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owl medicine

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Owls, Things with Feathers, Two Spirits, Wild Things on March 30, 2018 at 2:27 pm

watercolor aceo 2018

‘A warrior’s strength is measured by the size of her heart. She is respectfully humble. She will stand with honor. She will fight with love. In the face of adversity and for the ones she loves, she will be a voice and a shield. She will be a beacon to light the way home for the old. she will gently make way for the young. She is a sister, mother, daughter, grandmother……….she is a warrior.’

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golden eagle

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Eagles, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on February 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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2/2018

Once while walking with my dog Buddha at the lake a large bald eagle swooped down on him while he was wading in the water directly beneath shrubby bushes and trees. I saw this all happen and it happened in an instant. Buddha is a cattle dog weighing in at 70 pounds so I would guess that when the eagle got close enough to measure him……no sale. The eagle shot upward with dog unharmed. If Buddha had been smaller, perhaps he would have made a meal for the eagle. 

There were several eagle families who called the lake home. They would sit high in the cedars picking away at their fish or small animal. Such sights was I privileged to see and will never forget.

Eagles figure prominently in the mythology of nearly every Native American tribe. In most Native cultures, eagles are considered medicine birds with impressive magical powers, and play a major role in the religious ceremonies of many tribes. 

Eagle conveys the powers and messages of the spirit; it is man’s connection to the divine because it flies higher than any other bird. The eagle is symbolic of the importance of honesty and truthful principles.

Both Bald and Golden Eagles (and their feathers) are highly revered and considered sacred within American Indian traditions, culture and religion. They are honored with great care and shown the deepest respect. They represent honesty, truth, majesty, strength, courage, wisdom, power and freedom.

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sacred wisdom

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on January 7, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Watercolor 1/2018 5 x 7

 

This is just one of so many Native American tales about Raven as well as other animals. I love to read them.

 

When Raven was killed

Raven had played so many tricks on mankind for so long that one day a great chief decided to kill him. The chief caught Raven unaware and threw him into a large skin bag. Then he began to climb to the top of a steep mountain. Raven asked from inside the bag “what are you doing, where are we going.” The chief ignored Raven. Raven told the chief that bad things would happen if he hurt Raven. But the chief did not listen and finally on top of the mountain, he threw Raven off the mountain. Raven was torn to pieces falling. The chief had killed Raven.

Everyone in the village was happy and they celebrated for days. Then they noticed that all the water was gone. The lakes and rivers were dry. The shaman told them that the water had vanished because the chief had killed Raven. Now the people wanted Raven to come back.

The shaman told the chief that he would have to put Raven back together again. So the chief put all the pieces back together again. Raven came back to life and started to fly away. “Stop” cried the chief. “All the water is gone and only you can return it.” Raven flew higher and said “Look around you, there is water everywhere.”

The chief then turned and saw that the lake was full and that the river ran deep and fast again. As Raven disappeared in the distance, the chief promised never to try to kill Raven again.

Because of his powers and role in their heritage, Natives do not kill ravens.

 

master of illusion

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on September 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm
watercolor 9/2016

watercolor 9/2016

Rumi has some great words about illusion. This one is my favorite because it always makes me laugh.

‘Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion.’

Yesterday when I was in the parking lot of the Safeway a young woman passed by me wearing a tee shirt with lettering that said ‘Minnie is my spirit animal.’ How great is that!!!

luna

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Owls, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on March 10, 2016 at 7:22 pm
watercolor aceo 3/2016

watercolor aceo 3/2016

The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see…..robert holden

dreamer

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on November 3, 2015 at 11:47 am
watercolor aceo 11/2015

watercolor aceo 11/2015

Oh beautiful dreamer….awaken within the dream.

beyond the veil

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on August 19, 2015 at 2:36 pm
watercolor aceo 8/2015

watercolor aceo 8/2015

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today…….Cherokee proverb

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jewel in the forest

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers on May 16, 2015 at 7:54 pm
watercolor aceo 5/2015

watercolor aceo 5/2015

Raven, I call on your wisdom. Teach me your tricks of thought and memory and lend me your eloquence to speak of hidden mysteries.

raven king

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on March 16, 2015 at 7:34 pm
watercolor aceo 3/2015

watercolor aceo 3/2015

In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

druid

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on January 26, 2015 at 8:39 pm
watercolor aceo 1/2015

watercolor aceo 1/2015

Raven shows us how to go into the dark of our inner self and bring out the light of our true self.

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