“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day” – Henry David Thoreau
There are messages and lessons in nature everywhere you look. Slowing down and exercising awareness is all it takes to receive those messages, and interpreting them is down to intuition and observation. Today’s strangely cool, misty morning coaxed me out to the Lake trail, where I received these impressions and words of wisdom from these lovely lake-dwellers.
The Oracle of the Great Blue Heron – grace, balance, reflections, patience, slow movement, perspective, solitude, self-reliance, transitions, confidence, maturity
The bridge is the in-between place
and there, between bridge and marshy shore,
between willows black and white,
is balanced the graceful Great Heron.
Her floating perch is unstable
but she is sure and still
and perfectly balanced.
Great Blue Heron guides us through transitions and changes. Her elements are Water, Earth, and Air and she moves with grace and certainty amongst all three.
I watched the Heron stand vigilant, appropriately framed by the intuitive black, white and weeping willows of her wetland habitat. The fine plumage of pale lavender-greys and regal slate blue mirrored the misty veil on the lake and the overcast sky.
“These are colors and elements of the throat and third-eye chakras,” said the Heron, “Of communication, clarity, intuition and serenity. The air of thought and the water of emotion become the breath of speech and expression.”
Heron teaches us to think before we speak (or act) and to speak with truth and purity. She quietly urges us to raise our vibrations to better connect with nature and our higher selves. She teaches us grounding, stillness and reflection.
Even if our surroundings are unstable, we ourselves can achieve balance through patience and awareness.
The Oracle of the Black Willow – dreams, enchantment, intuition, new/dark moon, sensuality, femininity, shadow, hidden emotion and desires
At the far end of the Lake is what I call Willow Marsh – a beautiful little swamp of several willows (most of them black) and other watery trees, weeds and shrubs. Here is where many of the herons, ducks, geese and turtles spend most of their time. Halfway across the walkway through the Marsh was one of the largest of the black willows there, broken and tumbled down by the powerful winds of the stormy night before.
I am but the shadow cast
by the full Moon light
of the Willow White.
I am the Willow
that rules unseen Night.
For every waxing moon
there is the waning.
For every growing light
there is a glow
that is fading.
Howling winds broke me down
deep in that hidden night.
What cannot bend will break
and only lay in ruin
in the pale morning light.
Black Willow can most easily be thought of as the shadow of the White Willow; they are the dark and light side of the same Lunar, watery, feminine coin.
The theme of balance is elaborated upon by the related yet opposing trees that surrounded the Great Blue Heron; specifically, the Black Willow speaks of caution and of the inevitable falls and spirit-breaking that follow when one does not think before they speak or act, as the mindful, elegant Heron advises us to do.
Here, the fallen Black Willow reflects the consequences of behavior such as haste, stubbornness, inflexibility, or when one is simply worn down by uncontrollable outside forces. Also, overindulgence in other aspects represented by the Black Willow – power, desire, sexuality, suppressed emotions, grief – can easily lead to an untimely fall.
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