Friday, March 16, 2012

Finding Signs



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.

13 comments:

  1. Those signs are in fact all around us but it takes an astute soul to fathom the meaning. You are in fact more than an observer. Blessings, dear one. Oma Linda

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  2. lovely post, a call for us all to pay more attention. Much love x

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  3. I loved this post. True words, eloquently said.
    x

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  4. love it! And how "lucky" are you to find that many clovers with four leaves!

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  5. Lovely post - and indeed, signs are all around us...

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  6. I don't think I've ever found even 1 four leafed clover! Very lucky sign and I'm hearing you about thinking about other things instead of what I'm doing. I go though phases like that, I'm actually in one now. It's like my mind won't shut up. I have become aware of it lately and what I've been doing is closing my eyes for a couple of seconds and just literally feeling "myself" in my body. I open my eyes and look at my hands. I feel them. Right now I just did it and grounded myself very quickly by feeling every keystroke.

    Anyway, I have always been very big on signs. Songs, words, phrases, animals, plants. The Universe has so many ways to help us on our paths. There is no need to suffer, just keep your senses open and your feet on the ground.

    I hope everything is ok with yourself. I'm a massive hypochondriac and after 2 months of this red blotch on my low back I went to a dermatologist. I thought for sure I had skin cancer. He told me it looked like an age spot that had been aggravated by clothing. He biopsied it. It was clean. Diagnosis: I'm old and a hypochondriac.

    Love to ya girl.

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    1. This one was on my boobage and I made the fatal mistake of googling 'red spot on breast'. I'm not a hypochondriac but for Fucks sake when EVERY LINK says 'you've got cancer!' you sort of freak out. I called my doctor immediately and then proceeded to panic for nearly a week (because they obviously didn't think I was dying and didn't bring me in RIGHT NOW). Turns out it's just a broken blood vessel that was made more angry by my wearing a sports bra so I could do Zumba without jiggling too much. Thank goodness the universe smacked some serious Zen into me.

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  7. What a lovely affirmation that you're being watched over and blessed, Danni! Crow has been calling to me too on odd days here and there. Aine said the last full moon is the "Crow Moon" and I agree. Crow has a lot of trickery up her sleeve but also so much magick. Rainbows and four leaf clovers, lovely!

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  8. YAY! I love finding four leaf clovers! I always think of them as blessings.

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  9. A beautiful post and reminder to listen to the natural world around us. If we have our ears open there are pep talks and encouragement going on all the time. I have a problem with over-worrying and not being fully present quite often, and a glance out the window or short walk is all it usually takes to bring me back to where I should be. Glad the red spot wasn't serious!

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  10. I love those little signs and symbols. I had a heron that roosted in a tree behind my house once for a week or so, and it was so odd and out of place, but I realized no one else in the neighborhood noticed our unusual bird friend. Sometimes it is hard to understand how someone can miss such obvious beauty.

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  11. I believe in signs too! Good for you to be observant enough to notice. Hugs!

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  12. I love those little signs. For me they often come in the form of prisms of light showing up in unexpected places. Like driving in my car, fuming over a roommie situation only to realize WTF, this isn't me. And then feeling instantly calmed by the magic of prisms hitting my necklace and creating these rainbows of light everywhere. I love those moments, but like you, I agree, if you chase after them it often feels like you end up missing them. On the other hand, when you're open to them, you start to see them everywhere!

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