Isn’t it wonderful that we can take the small action of hanging out a birdfeeder and almost immediately be blessed by their presence? It’s hard to explain my growing interest in birds, but I know how Thoreau felt when he wrote the statement above. A visit from a bird, especially a rare or new one, is like a small miracle. A new book by a Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Birds: A Spritual Field Guide, explores these sightings and encounters from a new perspective.
The book uses cultural myths, popular culture, folklore and legend to explain what each bird divines. Here are some things I learned about a few favorite species, the ones that I’m drawn to as my own “spiritual guides.”
|Use the talents you possess - for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best. ~Henry Van Dyke|
Murphy-Hiscock, who is a third-degree Wiccan High Priestess, encourages us to construct our own method of interpretation, and develop our own system of observation, noting that bird divination can vary greatly from person to person, or culture to culture. She suggests keeping records, noting dates, times, locations, mood, weather and moon phase in addition to the type of bird in the companion: Birds: A Spiritual Journal.
Which birds would you consider your “spiritual guides”?