Nature’s Blessings Abound: Wandering the Trails of San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
This weekend was packed full of Spring beauty in Nature and potent Moon energies, not to mention the continued wild dream journeys. I hope that you had a chance to immerse yourself outdoors a bit and soak up some of the invigoration.
I was actually amazed that there were hardly any people at the beach or sanctuary enjoying the beautiful weather, but there were in fact a ton of people lined up to get to the Griffith Observatory on Saturday night.
Was hoping to see a cool show they were putting on there that evening, but due to the line up of cars, was satisfied to soak in and get a view of the Full Moon over the Observatory and a city scape view of Los Angeles by night since the line up made us miss the show. Everything happens for a reason, and coming home earlier than planned provided a good night’s rest, as well as snuggle time with the babies beforehand.
But in the day on Saturday a visit to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine proved magickal. This sanctuary has nearly 300 acres of wetlands that extend into 12 miles of trails with over 200+ bird species. It’s a truly peaceful place in the middle of the city to get lost in Nature.
And not only is that what took place, wandering the trails and taking turns by whim, literally on the “Lost Trail,” but tons of powerful encounters and magick was afoot.
The first thing that took place at onset of starting off was that I found a tiny, sweet, round baby bunny laying physically dead (with no apparent clue as to how it died) on the side of the trail sticking out from the bushes. Given that a couple of hours before I had posted the photo with words “I am not an Easter Toy” with tiny baby bunny on it, on my Facebook page, AND had just had a conversation at lunch before hitting the trails about how I was thinking of and sending energy to all the baby bunnies out there this weekend who may find themselves as Easter gifts with the potential of being abandoned later…this poignant sign felt to be a loud and clear message reiterating my thoughts and the path of supporting bunnies I know that I have.
I took a moment to honor this little one and all of the rabbits, focusing on transmuting the sadness into holding the energy of wholeness and love that comes from the conscious awareness.
Then the journey continued on this tranquil day, exploring the sanctuary. And that’s when the magick unfolded, or at least is magick to me because that’s how I view life.
The next encounter was a turquoise Dragonfly – just gorgeous. He flew past our heads and landed on a nearby tree, sitting there in display of all his glory and welcoming me to come closer to look him in the eye and capture a portrait of his handsomeness.
Dragonflies are magickal creatures that are both of the air – symbolizing change – AND water – the subconscious, dreaming mind, and mutable nature. The Dragonfly symbolizes prosperity, good luck, strength, peace, harmony, purity, but also change, change of perspective, going beyond the surface to the deeper meanings of life, power, poise, maturity, elegance, grace, defeat of self-created illusions, clear vision into the realities of life, discovery of your own abilities and your true self, removal of doubts, self-discovery, removal of inhibitions, living in the moment, living to the fullest, and ability to see beyond human limitations.
I don’t know if it was this same Dragonfly, or another, but one just like it, not long after joined us as we stopped to look out over the large pond and danced and played in front as I talked to him. I put my arm and hand out in welcome, as I talked, and he would fly just short of my hand, back and forth from the water’s edge to my outstretched arm…talking and playing with me. And when we turned to walk away, he was like, “where are you going” and came to the edge of the pathway to peek out and say farewell for now.
Then it was the Lizards that were really bold today. The first one running out quickly across the path, grazing our toes. This “crossing our path” started to become a thing, as not only did more lizards keep doing this, but some amazing birds did too. The animals felt to really be wanting to greet us very deliberately and making a point of bringing our attention to the energy they were carrying across our path that we are being gifted with the merge with at this time.
As the path wound and meandered, we came upon a smaller Snowy Egret. She was waiting at the edge of the piping for fish to come through from the connecting pond (this sanctuary is created by the Irvine Water Company) and she sat there peering at us with one eye and another on her fishy friends below – the power of having all your senses aware to take in everything in your environment at once, and make wise discernments, as well as be able to act quickly when necessary. But she was calm and waited patiently.
Not too long after Snowy Egret and a Great White Egret suddenly appear and flew directly across our path just 10 feet in front of us – so beautiful! I’d never seen a Great White Egret and the feathers on him were so ethereal at his tail, like peacock feathers almost when he fanned it out. It was such a gorgeous sight to see him fly so closely and then land in the pond to our right where he displayed himself to us, again all of these animals seeming to invite us into their intimate moments. They didn’t seem afraid and they were wanting us to experience their beauty and power – reflecting our own.
I read that when the Great White Egret comes into your life that he signals a time for change and is brings the teachings of peace, respect, stability, harmony, grace, directness, tact, awareness, good luck, and working in unity for the greatest good.
I’d been to the sanctuary before, but this was the first time we wandered more deeply and had no idea where we were going other than letting our intuition and hearts guide us. There was no thought process to it…just feeling it out, as we went along.
I then came across this lovely heart leaf that was SO perfect, I knew it had drawn my attention. I felt like Mother Earth and all of her children were sending loving support through this leaf message and all of the encounters.
It wasn’t long after we’d gotten on the “Lost Trail,” and I started saying that all these tunnel paths and meandering were reminding me of being Alice in Wonderland and journeying the rabbit’s hole, with amazing creatures that would show up and have a symbolic story and message to share, that Great Blue Heron arrived.
She flew directly on our path, just ahead of us maybe 20 feet. We were walking and out of no where she grandly flies in, in all of her majestic grace.
She was not afraid and just slowly strolled along the path, stopping to make sure we were following. She seemed to be waiting and wanting us to and then would stroll leisurely ahead, stopping again to have us catch up.
She then turned around a corner where the path widened into an open area toward one of the ponds and waiting just on the other side of the trees, peeking through them, waiting. I gingerly came closer and closer, getting around to the open side where she then looked me in the eye a while.
It was as if she wanted this close encounter, which truly was magnificent being so close and in connection, eye-to-eye, with such an amazing creature and soul.
It was truly magick! And I’d never been that close to a Great Blue Heron, able to really deeply connect and be in its presence in such a way.
“According to North American Native tradition, the Blue Heron brings messages of self-determination and self-reliance. They represent an ability to progress and evolve. The long thin legs of the heron reflect that an individual doesn’t need great massive pillars to remain stable, but must be able to stand on one’s own. Blue Herons have the innate wisdom of being able to manoeuvre through life and co-create their own circumstances. Blue Herons reflect a need for those with this totem to follow their on unique wisdom and path of self-determination. These individuals know what is best for themselves and need to follow their hearts rather than the promptings of others. Those with the Medicine of the Great Blue Heron may sit until the rest of us loose patience. And, when they follow the promptings of the heart, they are one of the most magnificent when they choose to soar.” (T.Andrews, Animal Speak)
And to add to that, I love, love, LOVE the symbolism Avia Venefica so beautifully and thoroughly expresses in her article on Meaning of the Heron and Symbolism of the Heron Totem to further explore the messages of the Great Blue Heron. These resonate with me quite deeply.
But everything that kept taking place was magickal and I kept saying what a blessing and gift we are being given today with these deliberate encounters. If not for following inner guidance and making turns along the path away from where one might go, at times, these encounters would not have aligned.
And each one had its own significant purpose and meaning.
You might ask yourself why I share such experiences and stories, to which my answer is simply to bring presence and awareness to our daily lives – that there is magick to behold, embrace, and embody daily all around us.
I also share to inspire greater connection with all creatures, great and small, and with all of life, and our amazingly giving Mother Earth.
There is so much beauty and so many gifts awaiting our hearts and inner eyes to awaken to them.
Life CAN be, and IS, a seamless cohesion of connectedness where there is a constant dialogue of co-support through every reflection.
And the more we engage each experience as such, the more we are let in on the dance that no longer will be a secret only others experience, but that you too will be handed the dance card to when you accept the invitation.
Posted on April 6, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged dragonfly medicine, dragonfly symbolism, great blue heron medicine, great blue heron symbolism, great white egret medicine, great white egret symbolism, nature sanctuary, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.