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Holy crap you guys I picked up a bunch of followers.
I’ll queue up some more animal energies soon, and I will also try and get to everyone’s asks by the end of the week; please be patient! <3
Bowerbird - Gifts
Accepting and receiving love and gifts. Making something for others. Positive materialism. Care of possessions. Making and decorating a home. Home maintenance. Romance. Luxury. Courtship. Wooing your partner. Celebrating your gifts and the gifts of others.
Bowerbirds are incredibly intelligent and creative birds. They are known for their ability to build and maintain extensive, elaborate and attractive bowers. These bowers are built by the male to attract the female, and different species (and sometimes even individuals within that species) often display different decorating tastes. The satin bowerbird in Australia seems to prefer the colour blue, and will decorate its bower with blue pieces of glass, blue pegs, pen lids and flowers, as well as many other blue items that reflect its tastes.
Bowerbirds predominantly live in forests and actively feed on fruit, flowers, insects, stems and leaves when not maintaining the bower. The bower is not a nest, however, and after the male has attracted a female to the bower and she approves of him, they will mate and she will build her own nest and raise the chicks on her own. Bowerbirds are usually quite solitary, but others form flocks in winter.
Lessons and Challenges:
The bowerbird has many joyous lessons, but they are still quite a challenge for some people to learn. One of bowerbird’s significant lessons is that of accepting and receiving love and gifts. It is not just enough to give, but also important to have the grace and self-acceptance to receive and see yourself as being worthy of the gifts and joy of others. Bowerbird can help you to learn to how to accept joy, positivity and gifts from others while also learning how to accept yourself.
Materialism has its downsides, but at the same time, it is also possible to nourish the spirit with positive materialism. Look at the gifts that you have received from others over the years, what is important to you, why is it important, what does it represent? Ask yourself what they reflect about you and your environment. Do they hold memories of the people you love? Or are they just ‘objects’? Consider investing more energy into the. Ask yourself if you take adequate care of your possessions.
Sometimes it’s important to enjoy a little luxury, or at least a sense of luxury. Value what you have around you. Consciously take the time to examine the objects that you value, and also the gifts within yourself that are important. We can only enjoy a little bit of luxury if we take the time to become aware of it.
Gift-giving is an important theme with bowerbird, and consider taking the time to make something for others. It may be a gift, a card, some food. It may be a care package for people you have never met before, who could benefit from such giving.
Because bowerbirds invest so much time and energy into their bowers, there is an emphasis on making and decorating a home. Granted a bowerbird’s bower isn’t a ‘home’ (the female makes the nest elsewhere), but it does place considerable emphasis on decorating and maintaining and making a place that you care for and want to spend a lot of time within. It also includes taking the time to maintain and decorate an office space, or other places that you spend a lot of time around.
There is an emphasis on themes like romance, courtship and the wooing of your partner and also of friends. Take the time to show them you value them, plan special occasions, consider what the people around you enjoy and see if you can find a way to bring more of that to them. Likewise, there might be people around you right now who are trying to bring more courtship or romance into your life, accept it as it will be a helpful to you right now.
Bowerbird teaches us to celebrate our gifts, and the gifts of others, and not just on a material level. We are all people that possess varying gifts and abilities that can be used in some way to nourish our own spirits, and the spirits of others. Take the time to write down or think of those gifts and abilities that you have and can share with others. Think about the people around you and what they have shared with you. The world is filled with gifts, it is up to us to shift our awareness so that we can see it.
The Shadow Aspects:
Bowerbird comes into your life as a shadow aspect to let you know that you’re going to lose something or someone important to you if you’re not careful. If it’s a person, you are not treating them with enough care and romance. It doesn’t need to be your partner, it could also be a friend or a work colleague. Make sure they’re cared for, buy them treats, give them your time, let them know that they’re worth the effort you give them. Additionally, if it’s a project, make sure you take the extra time to see it through and give it the patience and skill that it needs.
The shadow energy of bowerbird can, by contrast, demand that you stop being materialistic. Materialism should be cultivated in moderation, often as a way to make us and others feel loved, cared for and happy. Excessive moderation hurts our funds and the people around us, especially if we are spending too much time on material objects (like video games / tv / computers etc.) and not enough time with real, loving people.
Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. Bowerbird spirit can be quite shy, but once befriended (bowerbird may require more than one visualisation or journey) can be a gregarious and reassuring helper spirit / animal energy.
Female bowerbird in interactions tends to teach more about motherhood, and how to be more selective about environment, home, partner, and friendships in order to maximise spiritual nourishment. Female bowerbird can also be integral for teaching one how to learn how to accept. Male bowerbird is often more concerned with aesthetics, creation and maintenance of creation, and how to give more freely. It’s best to research the type of bowerbird you are contacting in order to figure out the best items or objects offer. For example, satin bowerbird tends to love blue objects, but others may like different items. Instead of foodstuffs, decorative items are often better received.
African Painted Dog - Family Dynamics
Dependence on family, the need for extended family (or seeking one), family dynamics, giving away resources, large celebrations, planning ahead, putting the group ahead of the self, mutual hard work, punishing or ostracising others who make mistakes, knowing how to heal families and communities.
American Bison - Purpose
Purpose, possessing great strength, clashing with others, going head to head with someone else, being able to give a great deal of yourself to others (whether good or bad), give and take, sometimes appearing slower than you are, being able to quickly change direction, potential clashes with wolf energy, getting your status and wealth from your family, and finding it difficult to get it otherwise, support to those who identify as LGBTQ.
The American bison (frequently known as the American buffalo), is a large North American grazing mammal found in varying areas on grasslands and prairies. Males and females live in sex-segregated herds, and only come together during times of breeding, during which both sexes are polygamous. Offspring inherit their dominance based on when they are born in the season (those born earliest are most dominant, and only the dominant bison breed early in the season). Males will sometimes charge each other for rights over a female. Homosexual behaviour is very common, and intersexed bison aren’t uncommon, even being acknowledged in Indigenous Lakota cosmology.
African Elephant - Ancient Wisdom and Ancient Power
Ancient wisdom and ancient power, connection to one’s ancestors, having a great energetic presence, discernment, having power and the ability to be reserved with that power, big energy, strength and determination, being sought after and used for what you possess, beware of people who will treat you and your power poorly, to their own ends.
The African elephant (consisting of two surviving subspecies) is found in various pockets throughout Africa, and are the largest living land-animal. Both male and female elephants have tusks, and have molars that are constantly falling out / regrowing, to enable them to deal with their very fibrous diet of bark, roots, grass and foliage. Their distinctive mobile trunk is used for breathing, communicating, touching, grabbing and holding, drinking and smelling. African elephants will frequently play with and spray themselves with water, after this, they will spray themselves with dust to protect themselves from parasites. Females herd together, but males roam on their own
Bogong Moth - Nourishment
Nourishment. Nourishing others. Storing, finding and giving energy. Feasts and celebrations. Food cures. Night-journeying. Transformation. Nutrition. Giving yourself away. Masculinity.
The bogong moth is a dark brown moth of Eastern Australia, known for its long migrations and as a food source among many Aboriginal peoples due to it being high in fat. Plague numbers can occasionally occur, as the female can lay up to 2000 eggs which have a good chance of survival if they’re near a sustainable food source.
In Spring, thousands of bogong moths migrate South where they live in caves, in Autumn they fly back to Canberra. Often they get distracted by bright city lights, and thousands can sometimes be seen carpeting the side of a building. Bogong moths can invade floodlit buildings to such a degree that alarms can be set off, lifts fail from bogong saturation and air conditioning can become blocked. Caterpillars of the bogong moth (called cutworms) are robustly built and considered a pest to crops. Bogong moths are eaten by birds, bats, foxes, rats and some possums.
Lessons and Challenges:
Bogong moth brings all forms of nourishment into the light. Nourishment at its simplest is making sure that you have a balanced diet that helps your body to thrive, without providing correct nutrition to your cells, your body is unable to thrive and illness can develop. Nourishment on a spiritual level involves making sure that you have a balanced approach to your lifestyle, and finding out what sorts of spiritual ‘nutrition’ you need (like meditation, ritual, exercise, play, creativity, interaction etc.) and making sure that you provide that for yourself so that you are best able to grow and thrive. The presence of bogong moth tells you to scrutinise how you nourish yourself on all levels. What is your diet like? How is your lifestyle?
There is a specific emphasis on nutrition with the presence of bogong moth. Do you eat a balanced diet, complete with fat, carbohydrates and healthy sugars? Bogong moth reminds us that a 0% fat index is not - in its opinion - healthy. Some fats are good for you, same with sugars and carbs, and as long as you exercise and eat a good amount of vegetables and fruits, it’s not necessary to avoid carbohydrates or fats. Bogong moth lets us know that nutrition isn’t about crash dieting or fad dieting, but about changing and adapting our lifestyle in a way that will provide for us physically and emotionally for the rest of our lives without harming us.
It is time to also look at how we nourish others. Do we have healthy and balanced relationships with the land around us, our friends, family and lovers? Do you drain more than you give back to nature? Or alternatively, do you give too much and forget to provide for yourself? Bogong moth suggests gently that something may be out of balance, and provides the wisdom to help you to bring balance, stability and spiritual ‘nutrition’ back into your life once more.
Bogong moth helps us to find energy and store it. When we are able to store enough energy, we are then better able to give that energy away to others in a way that does not deplete us to the point of harm. Exercise methods like tai-chi help to find and store energy within the body, and also to release unwanted energy and energy blockages. However, even just thinking about drawing energy into the body can help increase how much energy you have at your disposal. Common anchor points or storage points in the body for energy include the gut or root, sacral and solar plexus chakras, as well as the hands.
Finding energy sources can involve pulling energy from weather phenomenon that contain a lot of energy (like thunderstorms), or going to natural and sacred places and respectfully pulling from energy there. Remember to always give back in some way, whether this involves sending energy back later, donating or giving offerings to preserve the land, or making sure that you do not forget what you have taken and use such energy meaningfully.
There is an indication of ‘giving yourself away’ at this time. One of the reasons it’s important to make sure we are at our best, is so that in times of crisis and emergency we are able to provide for others less fortunate than ourselves. Bogong moth may be asking you to give away your time, energy and resources to others who are less fortunate than you, including friends that are going through a tough time, or even strangers who you feel you could help somehow.
In Indigenous Australian wisdoms, bogong moth has special wisdoms and lessons to teach to men, and champions many different definitions and expressions of masculinity. If you identify as male and bogong moth has flown into your life, this may be an initiatory time for you, or a time of profound change.
Feasts and celebrations are indicated with the presence of bogong moth. Celebrate your life through food; consider making a dinner for loved ones, or indulging a sweet tooth with a close friend or family member. Alternatively, consider making your own meal times a celebration of your ongoing health and nutrition. Value everything that you eat, savour each bite, and consciously think about how what you eat will help your body to maintain its energy.
Food cures are also suggested by bogong moth. Many of us rely on medications to help with our health problems, but it has been well known in many healing modalities (especially Traditional Chinese Medicine) that introducing (and removing) certain foods into our diet can aid metabolic problems, mood disorders and many other health problems. Investigate food cures at this time, or look into seeing an alternative health professional with groundings in herbalism and nutrition.
The bogong moth migrates at night, and suggests that we consider night-journeying. Night-journeying can involve using shamanic journeying techniques under the cover of night, but it also includes performing meditation and visualisation at night-time. It may even be assisted by doing this outside, under an actual night-sky instead of a ceiling (make sure you’re rugged up!) Freeing your mind to journey during the night can reveal different lessons and wisdoms than the day, and also provides a sense of privacy; and even a sense of safety for those who do not fear the dark.
All moths, like butterflies, teach transformation. It is time to empower yourself and transform, particularly in areas of nutrition and self-nourishment. Bogong moth asks you to wake up and look at how you’re treating yourself. If you put yourself down, or put your body down, you also put yourself in a position to never be able to assist or aid others, or nature in a way that both enriches yourself and others. The ability to transform is with you, but no one can give you the impetus to transform but yourself.
The Shadow Aspects:
The shadow aspect of bogong moth suggests that we travel more often. We might be resisting travel because we resist change, but it’s important at this stage in your life that you get away from the places you consider your ‘home’ and venture outwards. Only through taking the risk of travel will you discover new homes and new sources of nourishment.
Bogong moth also reminds us of the healing power of food. As a shadow energy, bogong moth challenges us to question whether we have a negative or unhealthy relationship with food. We might have an eating disorder, we may binge, purge or starve ourselves. We may have feelings of guilt connected to everything we eat, or we may simply hate food itself. Bogong moth tells us that this unhelpful and dares you to create a more joyful relationship with food. Bogong moth also reminds us that fats are healthy and necessary parts of our lives, and despite the ‘diet culture’ of western society, it is important to make sure that fat is included in your diet.
Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. Bogong moth is a cryptic teacher, and more accessible to men or those who identify as male, than women. That said, bogong moth has valuable lessons to teach everyone, and can fly into your life, literally or metaphorically, to help draw attention to these.
Bogong moth is not - in my personal experience - a highly communicative teacher, and tends to appear at night-time. Its personality I feel is quiet somber and serious, but not without love and appreciation for all that is around it. This quiet teacher has wise lessons to impart. Offerings of healthy foods, moth sculptures and drawings and crop foods / grains / flowers etc. are particularly useful. Bogong moth responds best to approaches made at night-time.
Brown Honeyeater - Balancing Your Energy
Balance, knowing how to balance your energy, being selective about how you receive and give out your energy, singing your song, possessing the ability to balance the energy of others, the unobtrusive healer, seeking and finding clarity, getting what’s yours, flowers are healing, an affinity with flower essences and flower foods at this time, learning to be happy with blending into your surroundings.
The brown honeyeater is a small, grey-brown bird with a yellow tuft behind the eye, found in western, northern and eastern Australia. It is considered common and widespread, and populations are on the rise in urban environments. Brown honeyeaters live in a variety of different habitats provided they are close to a source of water; these habitats include mangroves, eucalypt woodlands and gardens. The brown honeyeater is mostly active in early morning, and seasonally nomadic within its territory, following the flowering plants and trees. It primarily feeds on nectar and will also take insects; it’s tongue is brush-tipped and specially adapted for mopping up nectar. Brown honeyeaters will also feed in small groups and flocks of mixed honeyeaters.
Brown honeyeaters maintain the same breeding territory each year, and nests are cup-shaped and woven from grass and tree-bark. They are acrobatic, busy and active birds, able to take insects on the wing and hover over nectar-providing flowers. They most prefer to feed in foliage and canopies, but will also feed on the ground. They have a distinct, beautiful, loud, clear song which is considered the best of all the honeyeaters. Some even consider it to be one of the best among Australian birds. They are predated upon by ants, pied currawong and their nests are parasitised by a variety of cuckoos.
Brumby (Wild / Feral Horse) - Wildness
Cooperation. Companionship. Trust. Journeying. Loyalty. Spiritual journeys. Guiding and guardianship. Overcoming obstacles. Endurance. Stamina. Energy. Healing and guiding others. A powerful ally. Possible danger. Wildness. The wild spirit.
Horses were introduced into Australia in the late 1700s. Now there are over 300,000 feral horses that, combined with feral donkeys, cause extensive land degradation and habitat destruction. Feral horses are commonly known as brumbies in Australia, this is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘wild’.
The brumby is an herbivorous, social animal, without a fixed territory. Stallions will fight for dominance over a group of mares, and in Australia a group of brumbies is called a mob. Brumbies are culled in Australia usually through aerial shooting, some are caught and domesticated, being a popular choice as a stock horse.
Lessons and Challenges:
The brumby specifically teaches about wildness. Its indomitable spirit was appreciated by Indigenous Australians, who named it by its very wildness that it exhibited. When brumby is present in a reading, it indicates the need to rejoice in your wild spirit and be aware that we are not just domesticated humans going about our daily lives, but wild creatures, capable of extreme emotion, spiritual communion and physical prowess. Brumby asks you to celebrate your wildness, and to ask yourself the last time you did so.
Brumby is a powerful ally, all wild horse teachers are. If horse has shown up in a reading, or in your life, there is a strong teacher nearby. Consider using visualisation to connect with brumby and see what s/he has to say.
The presence of brumby does indicate warning and possible danger. One of the reasons horse reminds us to make sure that we have a strong group to protect us, and provides a lot of energy for us to use; is that horse is an animal that frequently faces danger and has to know how to protect itself. Dangerous situations may be present in your life, by looking at how horse protects and nourishes itself, you can learn how to also nourish and protect yourself during this time.
The horse is a strong, and common animal teacher and has been for many different cultures of people, across many generations. Its presence in your life tends to indicate the need for all types of journey; physical, spiritual and emotional. It may be necessary to embrace change, or prepare yourself for some new pathways in your life. It is time to give away old habits, and accept healthier patterns.
The presence of horse indicates a time of increased companionship and an ability to foster trust and loyalty in others. It may be necessary for you to consciously work on your friendships and relationship to fellow colleagues in order to overcome any obstacles that are in your life at this time. The horse has a great ability to protect itself when living in a herd, and reminds you that if you trust and give loyalty to those close to you, you will find that trust and loyalty returned in times of need.
Horse indicates a need for increased cooperation with others. How are your skills at compromising these days? Horse suggests that you might want to look at how giving you are in your relationships with others, or how healthy your relationships with others are.
Horse as a teacher, helps you to guide and guard others. Look at how you can protect those you care about, and how you can teach them to guard themselves. Sometimes the obstacles that horse draws your attention to, aren’t just those that involve you; they may be obstacles that also involve your loved ones. Great healing potential is present when horse as a guide is around.
It is possible, with horse energy, to overcome great obstacles. Horse has an excellent ability to navigate its landscape. It can jump low obstacles, swim, run fast enough to outpace most natural predators, and as a group, will stand up for itself and others. Horse indicates that you have more than enough ability right now to navigate through, around, or over obstacles. It is up to you to decide how you do it. Horse does remind you, however, that you may not be able to overcome obstacles alone.
Horse energy lends endurance and stamina. People who feel quite tired or fatigued are benefited by the energy of horse, who as a herbivore, rarely sleeps and is able to generate large amounts of energy for the purpose of living as safe an existence as it possibly can. The presence of horse indicates energy is being made available to you, and that it’s up to you decide how you channel it. Horse additionally reminds you not to fritter away your energy on anxieties, especially when life can be challenging enough, without manufacturing extra fears.
The Shadow Aspects:
The shadow aspect of brumby dares us to stick through a crisis. It is time to plant your feet and find the energy. It doesn’t matter if you need to make vast sacrifices in other areas of your life - brumby demands that you focus on a crisis occurring in your life right now and funnel all your resources into it, no matter what. Brumby wants no holds barred, it must be ‘all’ resources, which means that it is also time to let your friends, family, colleagues etc. know that something is going on. If your life is relatively crisis-free, it is time to put your energy into helping someone else, even if it means sacrificing your own time, patience and freedom.
Those who fear or dislike brumby, may find that they fear or dislike wildness in the everyday. They may resent displays of anger, ‘too much’ laughter in places where it ‘isn’t appropriate’, or open displays of grief or of fear. They may also dislike people expressing their true selves and natures. Those who fear brumby (and horse in general) may find that they avoid activities that ask that they becoming physically active in an instinctive way (especially in front of others) - such as dancing - or that they avoid showing their own wild natures to others. They may fear rejection from others, or fear that they may ‘lose control.’ Brumby confronts such fear and dislike and reminds us that it isn’t healthful at this stage in our lives.
Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. I can’t speak much about the general temperament of brumby, as horse is a personal shadow guide for me. However, I have heard from others that horses are loyal and trustworthy animal teachers, who do not speak in riddles. They value honesty, dignity and self-respect.
Horse is quite an accessible guide for many, and can be contacted quite easily through visualisation and journeying. You can even get a very worthwhile experience interacting with horse energy by enrolling in horseriding lessons, or going on a carriage ride and really focusing on how the horse/s and rider work in tandem with one another.
Black Cockatoo - Spirit
Spirit. Rain Magic. Travel. Joy. Crying with Joy. Emotional Freedom. Spiritual Freedom. Finding Spiritual Truths. Your Inner Fire. Creativity. The Muse. Inner Beauty. Inner and Outer Wealth. Preserving What You Care For. Drumming.
The black cockatoos are immediately distinguishable by their characteristic black plumage. They often have very vivid white, red and yellow patches on their body. They are large parrots, with strong beaks. Some are endangered or threatened, and their futures hang in the balance.
Black cockatoos nest in tree hollows, and line their nests with eucalyptus leaves. The decline of nest hollows due to habitat destruction (particularly of old-growth forests) has meant that black cockatoos are already finding it difficult to recover old population sizes. Local Indigenous lore suggests that the beautiful calls of some of these cockatoos indicates rain.
Lessons and Challenges:
The black cockatoo represents the power of spirit come into your life. It could be a strengthening of your own spirit and soul, or a celebration of any spirits or gods that you happen to believe in. Black cockatoo energy tends to be celebratory and can bring about empowerment, happiness and contentment.
Black cockatoos are large, heavy birds (the largest black birds in Australia) that cast larger shadows, their cries tend to herald significant changes in Indigenous mythologies, including the bringing or coming of necessary rain. Black cockatoo flies into your life to suggest that right now there is a potential for great joy and change. You may experience peaks in your emotions, and black cockatoo can even indicate crying with joy, or experiencing transformative happiness and contentment.
It would be remiss of me not to look at black cockatoo’s significance when it comes to rain magic. Black cockatoo could indicate that there may be literal rains occurring in your life, or that it may be time to get in touch with water gods, spirits and entities through rain magic and ritual. When was the last time you stood in the rain, or walked through it, taking the time to enjoy its enriching presence in your life? If you feel you are experiencing a spiritual drought right now, consider using the imagery of rain nourishing your body and soul to help revive and recharge yourself.
The presence of black cockatoo in a reading can indicate short-distance and long-distance travel.
Black cockatoo is a liberating energy, suggesting a time of emotional and spiritual freedom. You may feel more able to use different rituals, spells or thought-processes, or more able to express yourself emotionally; not just when it comes to happiness, but also when it comes to grief, anger or even fear. Black cockatoo indicates that there will be a level of purity with such expressions, and that we can aid this by consciously not judging ourselves for expression of emotion or of spirit.
Themes of creativity abound. It is time to create! Create new ways of thinking within yourself, new ways of nourishing your body and spirit (including adopting new visualisations, or new ways of eating, thinking and being). Additionally, black cockatoo indicates artistic creation and ability, whether through drawing, painting, music, dancing, writing or other pursuits.
If you used to do some form of art or theatre as a hobby, consider picking it up again, or incorporating it into your healing journey. At this time, your creative Muse is strong and willing to aid and assist you. Externalise your expressions of self onto canvas, into song, or through dance and drumming and you may be surprised at just how much your spirit grows at this time.
Black cockatoo helps us to find spiritual truths, particularly those that help nourish our inner fire, motivation and ability to use our energy to reach our goals. Black cockatoo doesn’t teach through pain and suffering, but through comfort, happiness and contentment. It can be hard, sometimes, to let go enough of our pain and our imprisoned emotions to access growth through positive emotions, but black cockatoo is an enabling energy. By taking the time and giving yourself permission to express difficult emotion, you create room in your life for emotions that actually feel good. These will stoke your inner fires and remind you how to feel a burning passion for life again.
There is a potential for inner and outer wealth when black cockatoo comes into your life. It may be a time to work on securing raises, reminding yourself of how much you’ve saved or achieved monetarily, or looking at how rich and fortunate you are spiritually or emotionally. Take the time to appreciate the wealth you do have, even if you feel you may have none. Through valuing the wealth you already do have, you will find more opportunities and inroads to expanding that wholistically.
It is important to preserve what you care for. Materially, this involves looking after your home and the objects within that home. Keep your home clean enough that damage through dust isn’t an issue, don’t constantly invite guests over who will break your possessions or not care for them, and cultivate a sense of appreciation for the objects and possessions that you have earnt through hard work. Spiritually and emotionally, it is important to preserve the achievements you have worked for by not putting them down, ignoring them or forgetting about them. Take the time to write down what you have achieved spiritually, and what you have learnt emotionally over the years. What emotions have you learnt to express more positively, and how? What sort of growth or maturity do you think you’ve gained? Preserve that knowledge; write it down, meditate upon it, remember the positives that you have achieved.
Some black cockatoos actually use drumming in order to court their partners. They take time to select an appropriate beating instrument, and then will seek out a sufficient hollow log or branch to amplify their sounds. Celebrate black cockatoo energy, and life in general through drumming. It may involve creating a makeshift drum and just experimenting and having fun with the different sounds you can make. Or you can even take the time to invest in and listen to drumming based soundtracks. Drumming has been used for thousands of years to celebrate and also to contact the spirit worlds. See how you can incorporate it into your life to express yourself and your connection to the world around you.
Black cockatoo tells us that everyone has beauty on the inside, everyone. Even people in prison, even those who have committed unspeakable acts. Black cockatoo reminds us that no matter how ugly we feel, or how corrupt, there is a space of beauty inside every soul that is incorrupt and pure. Through the presence of this great bird, we can learn how to access it, to transform our opinions of ourselves and the world in general.
The Shadow Aspects:
Those who fear or dislike black cockatoo may have severe problems finding freedom or joy. You might fear what freedom can give you, and you may even fear joy. The reasons for this might be varied - freedom brings with it the need to take responsibility for our own lives and actions; joy doesn’t last forever, and we may fear what happens when it goes away. Whatever the reasons, it is important to confront your reluctance to find true freedom in your life. This freedom is found through taking responsibility for your actions and using this responsibility to empower your future decisions and thoughts; freedom is not to be found in giving responsibility away.
Black cockatoo suggests that you may not be caring for friends, family and material objects around you enough. You have to preserve what you care for, in order for it to remain nourishing. You can preserve the things and people you care for by giving them your time, your patience, and your energy. When you give away your material and spiritual wealth, you receive in kind.
Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. Black cockatoo is a powerful guide, and usually a messenger on behalf of other gods and spirits. If you have black cockatoo as a long-term guide or even as a guide, you have an extraordinarily strong locus of power to pull from. Black cockatoo’s ability to teach through emotional expression, creativity and joy also makes it one of the more cheerful teachers to work with. Black cockatoo is a communicative guide, accessible as an inspirational Muse, and also strong-minded and willed. S/he also commands a great deal of respect, and is one of a few animal guides that has no qualms abandoning you if you don’t give enough respect and humility.
However, black cockatoo can be a difficult guide to approach in journeying, let alone visualisation. This is a bird that comes at its own convenience, and not yours, and even those who have black cockatoo as a long-term guide find that there are sometimes whole seasons or years where it is absent. It can be honoured through drumming, particularly those that involve sticks or branches, as well as any creative expression. Offerings of artwork, song, chanting, drumming, dance and writing are appreciated.
Black Mamba - Leave Me Alone!
Looking into the abyss, being feared, the emotion of fear, terror, leave me alone, using fear to keep others away, threatening because you feel threatened, notoriety, death incarnate, prepare to strike, a willingness to do anything to protect yourself and loved ones no matter what the consequences, anxiety, wrestling with your fears, aggression, fighting back, wanting different perspectives on a situation, having hidden sides to your personality, protecting yourself.
The black mamba is the longest venomous snake in sub-Saharan eastern/southern Africa, their name is for the inky black colouration inside their mouth which they show when threatened; externally they are dull coloured. They are thought to be the fastest snake in the world. They inhabit savannah, woodland, farmland, dense and open forests, swamps, grassland and rocky slopes; though they generally prefer more arid, hilly environments. They will often shelter in abandoned termite mounds and hollow trees. They are generally shy and secretive, primarily diurnal and rarely arboreal, though they climb easily. They prey on bushbabies, hyraxes, rodents, snakes, bats and poultry. They primarily rely on their eyesight, their tongue, and ability to sense vibration to gather information. Males will fight, sometimes wrestling for more than an hour, over females during the breeding season which occurs in early Spring. Juveniles are hatched from eggs that have been guarded aggressively by the female. Newborns possess the same strength neurotoxin as adults, and have caused death in humans.
The black mamba is a ‘notorious,’ deadly snake that is feared, respected and loathed worldwide, having a reputation among snake experts for being aggressive, explosive and very venomous; untreated bites have a mortality rate of 100%. They prefer to flee threatening situations, but when cornered or badgered they become extraordinarily aggressive. They are often killed on sight in Africa where they face a lot of human persecution, and usually need more than three or four people to successfully and safely despatch it. In areas of sugarcane farming, they are known to bask at the top of sugarcane and wait for prey, which has resulted in dangerous human/black mamba encounters. In legend, it has been claimed that the mention of its name can cause profound anxiety in people. It has been attributed magical abilities.