As spiritual guides, otherworldly allies, and magical companions, birds have been revered for millennia. From eagles and owls to hummingbirds and wrens, this lovely and lyrical guide to bird spirituality explores the rich beliefs and practices surrounding more than forty different birds—and reveals how these venerated creatures can guide us today.
Drawing on mythology and traditions of worldwide shamanic cultures—from modern times to the Bronze Age—this book examines avian spirituality from all angles:
—What birds have symbolized through the ages and why —How to decipher bird messages in your life —Bird deities from Aphrodite to the Valkyries —Avian presence in ancient cave art, shapeshifting rituals, magic practices, and religion —How to discover and work with your totem bird
From exploring the five stages of soul alchemy to helping protect our feathered companions, The Healing Wisdom of Birds offers a variety of practical ways to connect with these sacred creatures.
The butterfly is a symbol of the soul in flight from the body after death, beautiful in its true nature, unhampered by its earthly form. The butterfly has also been seen as a shape-shifter, able to transform itself into something other than its present form as it goes from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
Butterfly can teach us about transformation. About change and how we can...
The dove is one of those birds whose imagery seems universal. It is a symbol of hope, purity, and faith, and many people would never think to look any deeper into its complex and ancient past. But why the dove? How does a quiet, ground-feeding little bird come to evoke such potent imagery from culture to culture? Lesley Morrison, author of The Healing Wisdom of Birds, explains the long-standing symbolism of the dove and just why we should be paying attention.
In Irish tradition, there is a wonderful story of bile, the ancient tree. It grows by the side of a sacred well, and acorns, nuts, and apples spring from its branches.
How wonderful it would be to live in the world of folk-tradition: a magical place where the world is joined-up, the sacred is apparent in the everyday world, and every living thing... read this article