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Nature’s Messages – Autumn Weekend at the Beach


After another quite intense and deeply soul reflective dream Friday night, the weekend unfolded like a beautiful symphony of divinely orchestrated blessings, messages, encounters, and loving support that were exactly what I needed at the right time – just as my previous post – Angels in Disguise – explored.

Don’t you just love how that happens? Or at least how it CAN happen if you keep present, observant, and oh so ever-open and believing.

And if nothing else, they were beautiful moments in Nature that brought smiles, tears, skips in heartbeat, and stole some breaths. Not a bad deal either way.

Here’s a pictorial of the ocean’s love shared with me, and short captions and links to explore for yourself, if you so choose. Or, simply enjoy the images.

A lot of winged ones have increasingly been showing up, along with feather gifts. This weekend was no exception.

The way things evolved over the course of the weekend seemed to weave a story for me that connected with my dream sequence I’ve been having, as well as things I’ve been reflecting upon and feeling.

For the moments taken in heart and any Earth Angels that were with me, but not showing up here in photo, thank you.

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A week after finding my Osprey tail feather, this nearly 16″ wing feather of what I believe to be from a Pelican showed up – a first for me. Not only did being a long wing feather feel significant energetically, but I stumbled upon this wonderful “Birds in Alchemy” article that included Pelican as one of the states of the alchemical process. It resonated very much: http://www.crystalinks.com/birdsalchemy.html

cairn

This beautiful little sacred stone cairn was right next to where I stationed myself on the beach. I love the unique stones in it, the marbled one at top, the inclusion of a branch, but of course the tiny, light feather of the air that was placed at the top (anchored under the white stone) in contrast to the foundational, earthy stones

feather

I saw this sweet little angelic feather just after coming upon a sea gull that had very recently transitioned. I was so taken by the beauty, grace, and peaceful energy of the sea gull, both feeling the sadness of goodbye and the freedom of expansion. This little feather reminds me of the image in my Angels in Disguise post.

egrets

This was a beautiful sight…a pair of majestic Egrets. I have never seen two together before at the beach. I’ve only seen one on its own and it’s a rare sighting even at that. But two felt significant. This image of one in flight behind the other I just love. http://funkman.org/animal/bird/greatwhiteegret.html

sanderlings

I LOVE the Sanderlings and Snowy Plovers that show up on the beach at different intervals. Today there were so many, more than I’ve seen and they were so lovely standing peacefully together or nestled breast to sand. I love how they move together as a collective and their timing is so in sync with Nature. When their little feet glide quickly over the sand it makes me giggle.

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Osprey seems to be prevalent in my life right now. It had been a long time since they showed up, but never with so much presence and connection with me, as lately. After finding the Osprey tail feather last weekend, I found yet another Osprey feather and a direct, moving encounter. Coming out of an elevated meditative place, I opened my eyes to see Osprey appear in front and circle low around me once, with feet and talons out looking at me directly, then continued on his way. Returned three more times then later found him perched eating his catch for the day.

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On my walk I saw this sweet white Moth caught in the sand at the water’s edge. I was taken right away by her beautiful pastel aqua and lavender under-wings and pure energy. I gently and carefully picked her up wondering if she had already transitioned, but in fact her little legs moved. She’d been waterlogged and unable to fly.

moth

So I held her giving her Reiki and took her over to a raised area far from the water and placed her on a flat, dry spot right next to some plants and flowers for her and tenderly opened her wings so she could dry and rest in all her glory. I discovered one of her wings was damaged, but she seemed to fight for life continuing to move her legs and antennae. I knew that she’d have a rough go at it with a broken wing, but I would provide her every chance to live as fully as she could, or transition in peace and glory. I read that insect wings don’t grow back or heal, but I empowered her wings as they were – perfect and beautiful. They say a moth with a broken wing won’t recover, but she was loved and honored and in her safer surroundings she can choose her path for her remaining time, rather than walked on or drowned.

cucumber

For only the second time ever did I come across these magickal little pink and orange sea cucumbers on the beach. Just two on this day…again that pairing like the Egrets. The last time I’d seen tons lining the beach. And now, I’m in awe, as I was looking for the blog post link to share, so you can read their symbolism and just discovered the synchronicity of this sighting.

sea cucumber

http://tinyurl.com/seacucumbers this is the link to my post and if you look at the title and its date, it was posted almost exactly one year ago: Reflections on the Current Intensities & Today’s Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Aries October 18th, 2013! And tomorrow on the 8th we will be revisiting a Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries again, along with a Blood Moon. There is an obvious connection with these sea cucumbers and this moon phase. You can read their symbolism and my insights in the post linked.

smiley parasail

Although you can’t see it well in the photo, nearing the end of the afternoon I had to smile when I saw this parasail that had a giant yellow smiley face on it. 🙂

seagulls

The seagulls also started to surround me, as they sat peacefully gazing at the horizon, listening for the music in the sunset along with me.

footprint

And as I made my way back up the cliff to leave, my eye caught this…a heart footprint. The only one in all the footprints left behind by those who walked this path. ❤

 

Starfish Symbolism – Exploring the Magick of these “Star People”


Magickal capture of rainbow light around these beautiful ochre starfish at Crystal Cove

Every day of the weekend I get out in nature hiking in the mountains or hills and walking on the beach to be in the elements I love so much and to recharge. Each time is always a beautiful and invigorating experience, but yesterday had to be one of, if not the most magickal beach days yet.

The tide was out unusually farther than it has been in ages (according to the wildlife naturalist that strolls the beaches to educate, as this beach is protected as an underwater haven), which revealed a rare sighting of so many Starfish in one place in the wild that I have ever seen – had to be like a 100 or more! These particular ones we saw are “Ochre Stars” and range from orange to purple and every variation in between.

These stunning beings brought out the little girl in me that was in awe at each discovery, and exploring in wonder of these miracles and beauty all around. I was skipping, giggling, eyes popping out in welcome surprise…I was simply, SO happy inside. Intuitively this felt to be a sign of abundant inspiration, miracles, and rebirthing, but I also kept saying and thinking to myself – “Wow! Look at all these ethereal Star People I’m so blessed to be in the presence of that have decided to reveal themselves on this rare day.” – yes they actually ARE connected to all of these symbolisms, including our Cosmic family.

And as the artist I am, I love to photograph what I’m seeing through my heart and eyes, in order to bring the beauty and profoundness of life to others.

Starfish have always been one of my top five favorite ocean beings. Their symbolism is so magickal and beautifully powerful to me and in my life. So to see SO many all at once yesterday, and at this particular time, was a true gift reminiscent of the abundant stars in the sky they are mirroring.

A couple of the photos I took came out with spectacular captures of rainbow lighting that were surrounding these amazing Starfish. It really helped demonstrate the pure and magickal energy that was abound and what I was experiencing in the joy of this gifted encounter.

Because this was such a profoundly moving experience for me, I felt guided to post the photos and express a bit about the powerful symbolism of Starfish to share the magick with you.

The Starfish is a universal and celestial symbol of infinite divine love. It has been used to represent the Virgin Mary – or Stella Maris, which means Star of the Sea – an ancient title she goes by because she is believed to lovingly intercede as a guide and protector of those who travel over troubled waters or seek their livelihoods on the sea. For this reason she is also seen as an emblem of salvation during trying times, which the Starfish reflects in this mirroring symbolism. In addition to love, the Starfish also emanates the energies of inspiration, guidance, brilliance, intuition, and vigilance, with its connection to the stars.

In Egyptian mythology, the Starfish is one of the many titles of the Goddess Isis – a name by which tempest-tossed sailors adored and honored her as. It is thought that the attributes of a marine deity may have been bestowed on Isis by sea-faring Greeks of Alexandria and that this assumption is then thought to point to Sirius, the bright star of Isis, being the Stella Maris.

There is no coincidence, I feel, in this shared name by Isis and Mary since there are many similarities between them leading to a connection. In either and both cases, the Starfish comes to symbolize the same attributes that they convey and I found this very fitting to my personal connection with both.

The Starfish is considered a keystone species that affects many other organisms in an ecosystem and plays a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community.

The Starfish is also a symbol of healing and regeneration due to its amazing ability to regenerate an arm and an entirely new Starfish. They are able to simply drop an arm and scurry away to safety at will in order to outsmart predators. Because quite a few of the vital organs are housed in Starfish arms this enables the possibility to grow an entire new Starfish from an arm and part of the central disc, if ripped off it.

So, it is thought if you see a Starfish in your dreams, this may suggest a period of healing and regeneration, as well as could indicate that you have many options to weigh and decisions to make.

Starfish wisdom includes a connection to the Star People :), regeneration, Moon magick, beauty, and tidal movement. They are a way for us to realize our potentials, promises of dreams, ways to connect with the mystical, and to flow with the waters of life in trust. For me, it was all of this and a warm communing with my Cosmic family that gave me great joy.

I was drawn to one smooth stone on the beach this special day that reminded me of a moonstone, of the hidden miracles of life, and the sparkling stars in the Cosmos because of the way it sparkles with shimmer and pixie dust at just the right angles and is pearl in color. A beautiful gift of the sea and my friends, as a reminder of this day and the energy I know is there around me to call on and tap into when needed.

I felt an overwhelming joyful presence that still carries with me today from this experience and am feeling that depth of connection continuing to journey further.

Everything around you is a miracle waiting to be discovered. You are always surrounded by support, love, and the ability to create anew. I hope you each find time in your life to take pause of the beautiful messages and presences around you. To listen when your intuition, heart and body take you on a journey outside of your normal routine, to honor the brilliance and magnificence of every Earthly and Cosmic gift, and to be in the joy of All That Is.

I love this poem by e. e. cummings that my dear friend Jenny Yemaya shared with me yesterday. It perfectly mirrors this day and the last line is so true!

maggie and milly and molly and may by e. e. cummings

maggie and milly and molly and may 
went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang 
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles, and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing 
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles: and

may came home with a smooth round stone 
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) 
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

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