Signs, Symbols and What They Could Mean For You, Part 3

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Welcome to Part Three of our latest series — Signs, Symbols & What They Could Mean For You!

In these chaotic times developing your intuition and understanding what the symbolic meanings of numbers, animals, trees, flowers, insects, birds and places is very helpful as we navigate life. Of course as always seeing something randomly one time probable doesn’t mean anything BUT you never know, so pay attention anyway. Usually when something appears at least three times in a short period it means something for you.

Throughout ancient times trees were thought to have souls. Trees were treated as ancient beings and were respected as divine sources of wisdom and protection. Spiritual energy fields are generated by trees, and the landscape they inhabit.

Sometimes we forget we are connected within a living pulsing Universe, a Universe that sings with life, that pulses with intensity of spirit.

Trees have a multitude of meanings. One of the most popular is the symbolism of the cyclical character of death and rebirth that trees represent. Trees symbolize the three levels of the cosmos. The underworld through their roots, the earth’s surface with their trunks and lower branches, the heavens with their upper branches and the top reaching up to the light.

The Cosmic Tree is often depicted as a majestic species. Celtic culture felt it was the oak tree, the Germans the lime tree, the Scandinavians the ash tree, the Eastern people the olive tree and in Siberia  often the birch tree. All of these trees were large, white and lived a very long time. There is also the World Tree and the tree of Life in many ancient cultures that had powerful and significant symbolism for their people.

So let us dive into some possible meanings of trees. The apple tree has symbolized knowledge, spirituality, sexuality, concentration, well-being, magical energy, healing, happiness and success throughout time in many cultures around the world.

The oak tree is a powerful symbol of strength, durability, expansion, rebirth, and manifestation of creativity. The birch tree is known to many to symbolize new beginnings, protection, and guidance. The beautiful ash tree means resilience , endurance and development of sensitivity. The pine tree teaches us all to learn to go beyond appearance, and activate our inner light. It also teaches us to listen to our higher wisdom and guidance.

The elm tree symbolizes trust, compassion , balance and developing self esteem.  The spectacular fir tree represents joy and protection . The aspen tree which covers much of the land around my home in the Rockies  tells us to express our feelings, be gentle, have strength, be hopeful, and follow what your heart tells you is right. The yew tree symbolizes longevity, eternal life, ancient wisdom, resurrection, reincarnation and new beginnings. The last tree we will discuss is the flexible willow tree and it symbolizes lunar cycles, receptivity, nurturing yourself and others, developing balance and your intuition.

Another powerful symbol around the world is the wolf. Wolves are connected to protection, family, teachers, psychic powers and loyalty. Some consider the wolf  the scout or pathfinder, the forerunner of those who return to the group to teach and share new teachings. Wolves mate for life and are very loyal. Some legends tell us that wolves come from Sirius, the Dog Star. If the wolf comes into your consciousness you might pay closer attention to your inner guidance and take more time alone to understand your true path within your group or family. Pay attention to your intuition, writing ability or ability to help others understand  their path in life. Wolves are very loyal to their pack and also are powerful individuals. The most common symbolic meanings are not connected to loss or fearful situations even though many show wolves that way…it is not what they symbolize.

The cat is given contradictory meanings — angel and devil, attacker or guardian, good luck or bad luck, it is associated with independence, curiosity, and healing. Cats excellent at detecting the presence of Spirit. Cats also have powerful senses of smell, eyesight and hearing. So they teach us to pay attention, listen carefully and be quietly patient. Cats represent transformation, clairvoyance, agility, watchfulness, sensual beauty, and mystery. In Egypt cats were considered benign and sacred creatures. The cat headed goddess Bast was very popular and powerful in Egyptian culture. Other lunar goddesses were the Greek Artemis and the Nordic goddess Freya were drawn by cats. In Rome the cat was symbolic of liberty and freedom.

Finally I will finish up this part of the series with the symbolism of the cricket, grasshopper and ladybug. In most traditions it is best to leave crickets alone. To hear crickets was believed to herald good luck. Their appearance means to trust your own intuition. If you hear crickets sining it is a sign that a time of good cheer is upon you. Success is ahead. Grasshoppers are symbols of leaps of happiness. Leaping forward on your journey is what seeing a grasshopper is all about. It tells us to keep moving forward.

The appearance of the ladybug heralds a time of luck and protection in which our wishes begin to be fulfilled. Ladybug’s appearance also signals new happiness often with material gain. Worries will begin to dissipate.

I hope you are enjoying this series. There are so many different kinds of signs and symbols in the world we have decided to add a few more blogs and continue this type of conversation. I would love to hear from all of you about your experiences and stories.

Blessings,
Patricia

Signs, Symbols and What They Could Mean For You, Part 1

signs and symbols

Welcome the beginning of a new series!

Let’s start with my favorite flower (notice the picture for this series) the sunflower. Around the world this flower has a powerful and positive symbolism. Choose what matches your feelings around seeing these flowers either in pictures or in person. Usually for something to be a sign you need to see it at least 3x within a short period of time. If that happens start looking at what kind of message the Universe might be sending you. For example you see a van drive by with large sunflowers all over the side or you drive by a field of sunflowers or you see a bouquet of flowers that has sunflowers in them all within a week or so. Generally the meaning of the sunflower can be faith, loyalty, steadfast, optimism, happiness, longevity, good fortune and good luck.

         I live high in the Colorado Rockies so I am blessed to have, see and hear many types of woodpeckers year round. History is filled with stories and myths around this fascinating bird. In Native American tradition it is a bird connected to the heartbeat of the Earth itself. The drumming of the woodpecker has mystical connections from new life rhythms, shapeshifting to opening up of the heart chakra. Increasingly important for you is to follow your own unique rhythmns and flight. It also indicts that the foundation of your life is solid. It is now safe to follow your own rhythmns.

         The next powerful symbol that actually showed up this past summer for me was the Goshawk. The goshawk is a large, gray hawk. It is the largest North American hawk. Its’ means are new spirit contact within your life, helping you accomplish your goals, and maneuver anything that is causing you trouble. Their true message is “Remember who you truly are!” They remind all of us if we can dream it, we can achieve it!”

         One of my favorite animals that I see year-round up here are the elk. If the elk has come into your life in any form it can mean that you are about to hit your stride and learn to pace yourself effectively. Elk are very protective of their young. The words that connect to elk most are stability, stamina, perseverance and nobility.

         The next animal I see frequently is the deer. Most deer are wanderers. They never follow the same path twice. The myths and legends around deer are many. Often times the deer leads kings or hunters deep into the woods until they are lost and begin to encounter new adventures. The main symbolism of the deer is gentleness, innocence, and the lure into the unknown. When a deer shows up remember to be gentle with yourself and others. It always means there is an opportunity to explore gentle love that will open new doors to adventure for you.

         One of my favorite animals I get to see up here if I am lucky is the Bear. There are many myths and stories around the world connected to the Bear. They are very playful. They symbolize the awakening of the unconscious. Bear teaches us to go within for our answers and to tap into our own creativity at certain times of the year. They are often the power animals around healers, psychic warriors.  They symbolize spiritual authority, strength and protection.

         The moose is a majestic creature that I am always in awe of when I get to see them. Sometimes they are right outside my deck or on my driveway. They seem a bit awkward and yet very graceful at the same time. They move silently and swiftly. It is the symbol of creativity and dynamic forms of intuition and illumination. The symbolism of the moose can teach us the ability to move from the outer world to the inner world. They also are symbols of psychic ability, and a invitation to learn to explore new depths of awareness and sensitivity within yourself and your environment .

         The last creature for this part of the series we will discuss is the Red Tailed Hawk. This hawk is very symbolic. It is often connected to the Kundalini energy for many people. It teaches one how to fly to great heights while keeping your feet on the ground. The red tailed hawk helps us in balancing and using our senses appropriately. It also symbolizes balance and intensity of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual forces. Also it symbolizes hope and being open to new ideas, and fearlessness.

         All of the creatures are helpers and teachers for anyone who is willing to pay attention. The next blog will cover animals, numbers and their symbolic meanings for you when you see them three times or more. I recommend you write these sightings down in a journal or notebook.

Blessings, Patricia