We recently saw a program on the origins of language. (Slang, to be exact.) One of our favorite types of shows! Words! Learning! History!
Part of my therapy right now is about describing. Not judging, merely observing and stating facts. More opportunities for precise language!
The images and scenes which brought our message this morning had two words. When combined, they make a powerful statement. But, maybe not the one that everybody would first imagine.
As in physical weight? Nope. Not at all. This is all about the imprint, the impression, the traces we leave behind once our corporeal presence is no longer visible.
What is the statement we want our legacy to be? One of joy or sorrow? One of complaint or praise?
Do we want to leave a trail of waste and destruction behind us? I think we don’t. I believe that we are able to walk with a light step merely by being aware.
Aware of what we say, what we purchase, what we do, where we go, who we spend time with, and most importantly, who we help. These choices all carry the same burden.
Also, we are better able to “lighten” up when we make the conscious choice to live a spiritual* and/or mindful life. On our card altar today, back within the regular rotation, we have a messenger who brings us that metaphysical connection.
*Spiritual in the sense that you are a reverent and lovingly kind type of person, not that you must ascribe yourself to any particular mode of religion or devotion.
“Blackbird ~ Druid Dhubh (pronounced as Druid-doo) ~
Enchantment, The Gateway, The Inner Call
The card shows a blackbird sitting on a rowan tree branch. It is twilight and the first stars are just appearing in the sky. In the background we see the entrance to an enchanted cave. Druid Dhubh is the bird of both the gateway and the forge.
Druid Dhubh calls to us from the gateway between the two worlds, urging us to follow a spiritual path or to become more self-aware. He calls to us in the twilight, showing us the path to Otherworldly secrets, pointing out the ways in which we can discover more about our hidden motivation and potential.
There are times in life when it is important to concentrate on the outer world and your responsibilities in that world, but there are also times when you must attend to the haunting song of your soul which calls you to a study of spiritual truths, and to an exploration of the inner world through dreams and myths.
In heeding Druid Dhubh’s song, you will discover healing and new depths in your soul.”
As I was transcribing this definition from the guidebook, it was made clear that we also need to see the Contrary position for Blackbird, to understand the message completely.
“Drawn reversed, this card reminds you that the blackbird is the smith’s bird, and his song may be calling you to work in the forge of your own heart – to create a life of passion and purpose.
All four elements are used in metal-working, and to create a healthy and balanced life we must work with the power of the four elements, integrating and developing our minds and hearts, our instinct, and our intuition.
Just standing at the gateway between two worlds, without truly working in either, is a denial of our own power and responsibility.”
The Druid Animal Oracle – Working With The Sacred Animals Of The Druid Tradition by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm illustrated by Bill Worthington
Tonight’s Kitchen Adventures:
is this view from the Instagram account of my Beloved.
I posted a phone photo as well, but his turned out better. He was instructed to eat more fiber, and we’ve been binge-watching some old cooking shows. The combination, lead us to that glass trifecta of wonderfulness.
We’ll let you know tomorrow how it all turned out.