I was pruning the rosebushes the other day, my mind lost in things that shouldn't have been occupying my thoughts on a beautiful Spring day. Issues with family, with my health due to a random red blotch, with the future in general. I just couldn't be fully in the moment as my hands picked through the bushes and snipped off dead and old growth. I snagged myself on a thorn, dropping the shears. Cursing, I bent over to get them and there all around my toes and the shears were four leaf clovers. At least a dozen of them and in my excitement I plucked the four pictured above, leaving the rest in their patch. And as I walked in the house to press them in the book where I keep the lucky clovers my yard has gifted me I stopped and smiled; because every thing is going to be O.K. The Green Ones just wanted me to know, to pull my mind from useless worry and to enjoy the beautiful day and the scent of Spring.
I find signs like these in Nature when I least expect them, sometimes I know what they mean and sometimes I'm left wondering. I remember at a low point last summer I walked into the yard and there was a rainbow shining when there had been no rain and not much sun - I showed the dude and sprinted into the house for the camera (I have a problem with taking photos, ok?) but when I came back it was gone. The sky had smiled seemingly just for me but it wasn't meant to be captured. Just after the death of the rabbit I was sitting outside on a cloudy full moon night, sipping beer and I saw a rabbit made of cloud cross the moon.
Daily for the past four months Crow has been showing up, at least twice a day. She calls out to me as I read in the morning or perches on branches and sign posts just out of direct sight watching me as I walk or go in or out of work. Hawk shows up nearly as often, though he is more aloof and proud - sitting in higher treetops and circling over head. I know not what it means, but I'm taking it to heart and keeping my mind open.
Signs are all around us, gifts and messages from nature, the fae or deity. They can lift us up, confuse us or on occasion scare the pants off of us. The easiest way to find them is to stop actively looking, they'll appear most often in the random happenstances of life and corners of your eyes.