A couple of weeks ago, I decided to take my more-fierce-than-friendly terrier for a walk at the local park. This was her first time walking at this public venue. She is about a year and a half now but I haven't had much opportunity to socialize her and she is very defensive with anyone new. As it turned out, I encountered the perfect walking companion, a young man who was totally unphased by the ferocious initial reception he got when we walked near him.
He decided to walk with us of his own accord. It was not a long walk, maybe 15 minutes, but toward the end of it, he began to relate to me a dream he'd had in which claws were growing out of his hands, like wolverine. This was quite out of the blue. We hadn't been discussing anything about dreams, comics, movies, or anything remotely otherworldly. He said how it was so painful. I didn't have much to say except that he must have wolverine energy within him. I told him I had bear energy myself. This seemed to calm him. I told him it was no wonder he wasn't afraid of my little dog if he had wolverine energy in him. He agreed.
In the end, I'm glad I got a chance to confirm that for him. Goodness knows what another adult might have said to him. When I look back trying to figure out what prompted him to share that with me, what started the free associating in his mind that led to it, the only thing I can come up with is that he was thinking perhaps my dog was like a wolverine. Or maybe he somehow sensed he was talking to someone who could take it in without balking at the weirdness of it. In any case, I was grateful for his companionship on our short walk because it was good training for my dog and I hope my acceptance and willingness to share my own inner animal totem helped him as well.
Cardinal and Dove are two additions to my current team as of the past couple of days. I'm sure they are supposed to work together in some way that I have yet to fathom. It will take more thought. However, I decided to share how they appeared to me because they are rather classic ways for a power animal to declare itself. For one, they both came in a set of three in fairly close proximity. And I was actually "charged" by the dove in the last instance.
Cardinal first and unexpected. Though I have cardinals in my yard, I often will go quite some time without seeing them. At first I thought it was just a momentary gift that one lit on my back fence near the window and cheeped. I thought little of it. But then I saw the same fellow out front as I went to get in my car, again looking in my direction. Interesting. But the clincher was when I went to put food in the bowl I keep out for strays and there was a cardinal feather lying next to it. Okay, cardinal, you are accepted into my clan, though you're showier than I normally think of myself as being. Perhaps that's what I have to learn from you.
Dove came to me first from an oracle card deck but then was emphatically reinforced by real doves. Again, I do have doves around me in my neighborhood. Sometimes they have frequented my yard, sometimes not. I'm more likely to hear them once the summer is under way than to see them. In any case, they left no doubt. So first I pulled Dove from the oracle deck titled simply Bird Cards. This was in relation to my purpose and so it is significant. Though I like doves, I'm much more identified with hawk so I knew I would have to sit with dove to see how it was integrated into a life purpose for me. I took it at that time as simply a card reading. Then later that day, I saw a dove moving around in the upper branches of a large oak at the back of my property. It was primarily in silhouette because of the distance but it was clearly a dove. It was so far away, though, that I questioned its significance. Now I think it was indicating that it has been in the background waiting or perhaps even is a "shadow" aspect. The last encounter left no doubt, however. I was looking out my back window. I think I was about to go feed my dogs and was taking a moment's pause before that task. A dove came swooping out of trees in a dramatic fashion and landed on a branch directly opposite me and looked at me--a little shy and uncertain but looking nonetheless. It paced a little on its branch and eventually lit onto the ground where I couldn't see it. It's dramatic entrance, very much a "charge," as power animals are said to charge, is what convinced me that I wasn't just to read the dove card but to accept dove as a power animal. Seemingly for good measure, when I went out later in the day, a dove was on the power line in front of my house.
And so now I have two new helpers and guides to learn from. I hope others are equally blessed. Feel free to share your encounters in the comments and feel free to suggest any lessons I might learn from Cardinal and Dove. I'm finding that the messages are often quite individual, that what cardinal would have to share with me might be different from what would be shared with another or what is the "norm," but I'm always curious to hear what others know or have experienced.
Just a brief update about my experiences with Dolphin. Dolphin was an important companion for me as I went through grieving my dog Jessie, who I put down due to cancer. The grieving continues but Dolphin helped me see that she had other purposes to fulfill.
Both in the event above and in journeys since, Dolphin has proven to be a companion on journeys, something of a mediator between worlds. Dolphin knows where to take me to get what I need. The adventure continues.
This space will primarily examine my experiences along my mystical journey. It will include messages from the world around me and my interpretations of them. I will also share some of my experiences with my power animals.