“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” Stephen King. Certainly, for some of us the sight of swallows looping the loop over Mediterranean roofs and cathedral domes inspire graceful thoughts, there is something supernatural about their flight perhaps because birds, along with angels, have always been perceived as divine messengers.
On the other hand, you might not give our feathered friends much attention, other than to notice they are twittering away now and then. Perhaps you should change your tune in that case. Janice was practicing a Wicca ritual to ask for guidance. As she finished, a bird flew through the open window knocking over her altar. The bird was panicking, flying desperately around the ceiling. Janice managed to guide the terrified creature back through the window and it flew away. Janice sensed something was up. The following year she went through an extreme life challenge. She now believes the bird was warning her of things to come.
But are our winged friends really psychic? Do they see differently to us? Well, according to the Mimetic Mind Theatre Website, “the back of the bird’s eye contains numerous molecules for magneto reception. These molecules give rise to a pattern, discernible to the bird, which indicates the orientation of the field. Each such molecule involves three crucial components: there are two electrons, initially photo excited to a single state, and a nuclear spin that couples to one of the electrons. This coupling is anisotropic, so that the molecule has directionality to it.” In short, birds eyes are constructed differently to ours. Perhaps they really do see beyond the veil?
A crow predicted Phyllis’s marriage was about to break up. John and Phyllis had not been getting on for years; bickering was an every day event. When John was away at a conference Phyllis felt uneasy. She sensed something was not right when he rang to say he would be returning a day late. As she sat sipping a mug of tea in her front room, a crow hopped outside on the patio, it came close to the French Windows and strangely tapped them with his beak. Phyllis had never seen anything quite like it; she got a weird sensation, suddenly “knowing” that her husband was with another woman; they divorced the following year.
Birds’ magical messages are well known in supernatural circles, for example the Albatross is famous for its signs and omens, if you are lucky enough to see an eagle, or receive one of its feathers as a gift, it is said you will access spiritual secrets and wisdom. When the cuckoo calls, it not only brings us news of summer but good things to come, and doves help us connect to unconditional love and peace.
The Cherokee Indians saw birds as prophets and guides. They assigned the killing of eagles to a warrior known for his unique bravery and spiritual knowledge. Special prayers were said if an eagle was killed accidentally, because it was thought the eagle’s spirit could wreak havoc on the spirit of the one who killed it. In fact, eagles could only be hunted in winter, hunting or killing an eagle in any other season brought misfortune to crops and tribe. Their feathers were considered sacred, some Cherokee settlements constructed eagle feather houses close to sacred ground. Only great warriors and shamans were allowed to wear eagle feathers.
The Cherokees also believed that owls were the ghosts of dead warriors, and their night cries were warnings of impending disaster especially if the owl screeched close to an encampment. Owl feathers were bathed in water, and if drank kept warrior alert and awake at night.
The Cherokee believed the chickadee was a bringer of glad tidings, or news of a lost relative. Tom Starr an outlaw of Cherokee descent was apparently warned by a chickadee that he was about to be ambushed. When he heard the bird sing he turned away, and his life was saved.
In the remarkable movie “The Birdman of Alcatraz” Robert Stroud, convicted for murder and played by Burt Lancaster, tames a sparrow keeping it as a pet. This resulted in other convicts acquiring pet birds,. When they sicken, Lancaster experiments and finds a cure for their disease. The movie was based on a true story.
Perhaps birds are really magical beings, and we should agree with J M Barrie when wrote in his book “The Little White Bird” “The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
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