Last night, a hawk swooped into the tree above my house, landing on a large branch, with another smaller bird clutched between its talons. Hawk is one of my three main bird totems, otherwise known as medicine animals, the other two being Crow/Raven & Hummingbird, so I was not surprised to see her.
Especially since, after meditating on Eagle totem at New Moon, I called out to Hawk just afterwards, at the Crescent Moon, with these images & words “Thank you, Eagle. Now calling another of my core totems ~ HAWK ~ going to need this powerful medicine for the work ahead. These Susan Seddon-boulet images invoke the energy required at present ~ may it be so. ‘Hawk is the messenger of the spirit world, uses the power of FOCUS, takes the LEAD when the time is right, POWER to see, clear VISION, strong connection with SPIRIT, increased spiritual AWARENESS, keen observation then ACTION at right time.’
However, what was unusual is that another of my friends who lives in the neighborhood had just shared a story with me yesterday morning of a hawk landing on a branch outside HER window, grabbing a mourning dove in its talons, then taking off into the sky. This hawk seemed to have a pigeon as its prey as well, also a member of the Dove family, so I paid closer attention.
And yesterday morning, after hearing her story, I called out to Dove “thank you, Hawk medicine, energy has been strong & you have served your purpose up until this Full Moon. Your energy released, now calling in Dove ~ bringer of peace & love, understanding of gentleness, spirit messenger, communication between the two worlds, maternity, femininity, prophecy. Myths & legends surrounding dove link it with many goddesses; renowned as the embodiment of maternal instinct. Dove’s brood consists of 2 eggs. 2 is a symbol of creative & feminine energies. Home & family are very dear/meaningful to those with this bird & life lessons are strongest” I went to sleep hoping to understand more about this arrival. Was there war and peace symbology happening here? <<Popularly, “hawks” are those who advocate an aggressive foreign policy based on strong military power. “Doves” try to resolve international conflicts without the threat of force.>> dictionary.reference.com Did this mean that peace was being sacrificed? I went to sleep with Hawk medicine card beneath my pillow.
I awoke still curious, as dreams did not reveal any further meaning. However, the hawk was still in the tree outside my house this morning when I went to bike with my daughter to school. She seemed to be waiting for me. So, since Hawk is the Messenger of the Spirit World ~ I looked up and asked her what her message was. She cried out, then seemed to look down, where feathers from her conquest (the Dove) were scattered all over the ground. Suddenly reminded of when a cat brings you a mouse as a gift, I realized – she literally brought me what I asked for, when I called for Dove energy yesterday morning. She showed the dualistic connection between my friend Lucha who lived several blocks away. She reminded me (this was the same day of the small yet close LA earthquake in Westwood) of the raw power and beauty of nature – and the importance of both nurturing and protecting gifts. She showed me – again – that the universe is listening, carefully. Words are power. Thoughts become things.
I paused and honored the spirit of the Dove who served as a symbolic sacrifice (sustenance and nourishment for the Hawk). I thanked the Hawk for listening, for coming, for bringing her gift. I then carefully gathered the largest dove feathers to turn them into a smudge wand for peace & sang these words to move from symbolism to reality, (be REALLY specific with the universe when asking for things):
I call for wisdom, I ask for peace,
I summon healing of all grief,
I call for gentle justice, love,
and inspiration from above.
Thank you, Spirits of the Wind.
Thank you, Messengers of Air.
Thank you for your gifts and teachings.
Thank you for the insights shared.
Amy Clarke, Gaia Grove, March 18, 2014
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