People who do the kind of work I do, those of us who live primarily within a certain believing in our lives, approach “negativity” (for lack of a better way to phrase it) in different ways.
There are some who just barge right in and SAY it all. (The late Sylvia Browne was like that.) And then there are folks who will only provide “positive” information. (I can think of several examples.)
I’m pretty sure that I’m somewhere in the middle. Yes, being more uplifting than downtrodden is just such a happier way to live. But the honest truth is that every day isn’t filled with dolphins and cake. (Although, holy shit, would I ever love to live THERE all the damn time!)
What I saw and heard this morning was less than positive. However, it reminds us of the fact that when we DO have to handle the crappy parts of life, the inconveniences, the “bad news” -we need to (and can) learn from them.
Something or someone is not being entirely genuine. Something or someone needs to be watched. We must be on our most aware status right now.
Difficult situations along our path are very much like getting a tattoo. It’s REALLY fucking painful! And then, it’s not. Then, the healing begins.
As each layer of skin and cells heal, we recover. We feel better and better. We don’t forget how bad it felt, but we aren’t sensing that cutting burn so deeply any longer. We even come out of it with something kinda cool.
Our history is like permanent ink. We’ve gained knowledge and we’ve gained respect. Respect for our having survived. And that knowledge is a share-able commodity. It might just help somebody later on down the line.
This lesson can be offered to any person who hasn’t been through a traumatic ordeal, as we have. We can say, “look, I made it out okay, you can, too.” And then we can offer to hold their hand, whether they sit in a chair while an artist paints with color and blood, or they just want to sit, not doing anything at all.
Back within our regular rotation around the card altar, we have the perfect messenger for this one (because, of course we do). Also, allow me to remind everyone how fond I am of huge water birds….. flamingos, herons, egrets, ibises, and yes, cranes.
Also, like yesterday, we’re going to be looking at both directions. It’s the correct way to go right now.
“Crane ~ Corr
Secret Knowledge, Patience, Longevity
The card shows a crane fishing in a pool. Its legs are crossed to show the Ogham letter Muinn, and it gazes into the water, patiently waiting for sight of a fish. Behind the pool is a cave entrance to the Underworld, and in the evening sky the full moon is rising. In the foreground grow bitter vetch (Cairmeal from Corr) and bloody crane’s bill.
Corr brings the qualities of patience and perseverance. The crane will stand for hours peering into the water until the time is right for it to dart at its prey. Combined with the ability to be patient, the crane conveys the capacity to be focused and to be able to concentrate without distraction.
It brings an ability to guide others into the Underworld, to help them with their transition at the time of dying, or with their journeying in the inner realms.
As well as conveying an ability to work in the ‘Underworld,’ the crane symbolizes arcane science, or Secret Knowledge, which in the Druid tradition is represented by the Ogham script – the tree language of Druidry. In its widest sense, learning this language involves learning to read the ‘Book of Nature.’
the crane stands alone for hours on end, simply observing and patiently waiting. But it is also able to join its colleagues to fly in formation or to dance together.
You may need to learn the right balance between being alone and working with others. Spending too much time alone can create feelings of isolation and separation. Conversely, having no time to oneself can be an avoidance of self-knowledge and the uncomfortable feelings of loneliness.
Spend a while looking at your life to see whether you give yourself enough time having both these experiences. The ‘shadow’ side of the crane is manifested as harshness, meanness, and a nagging, complaining disposition.
If you find these qualities showing sometimes in your behavior, see if you can experience the deeper aspects of this crane, in which it becomes an animal of the Goddess-as-crone or wise-woman.
Ask yourself to what extent you are denying the wise-woman who has a knowledge of death and the Underworld in yourself, and to what extent your negative behavior may be a reflection of this denial.”
The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm illustrated by Bill Worthington