Friday Reflection

Sunset looking towards the Central West from the Blue Mountains.

Symbols we receive in life are often ignored simply because we are too busy to notice, too involved to see, too active to reflect. At other times, they are so obvious we have to stop and receive the message we are being sent. This is what happened to me as I was driving recently along the highway leading to Orange where my parents had lived until their passing more than ten years ago. Hovering above the road, precisely centred over the lane I was driving on, was what we used to call growing up a “hover-bird”. It was a Hawk, or Kestrel, which we often saw motionless above the ground in many areas of the property we grew up on, looking for any movement of potential prey in the grass or crops below. It was unusual to me to see it hovering above a perfectly sealed bitumen road. The first thought that came to me was, “I am being blessed”, and that puzzled me as I drove on.

A short distance along the road I glanced over to my right to see the numerals 333 emblazoned on a mailbox standing clear on the side of the road as I passed. I know that numbers carry energy that, “give us a better understanding of one’s pathway, and the circumstances which surround our life”, as Joanne Walmsley says in her introduction to numerology on her site: So I decided when I returned home to find out what 333 was saying to me. Three has always been a special number to me, the number of cards I draw in oracle readings, the number of crystals I carry with me, the number of the Trinity in the Christian tradition which was so much a part of my life. Little did I know I was to receive a third symbolic message as I visited the gravesite of my parents in Orange, where three magpies came to me, one of which stayed with me as I moved around, this one:


The Hawk, as the animal spirit intuitive Scott Alexander King writes, is the messenger, putting us on alert for signs that may fruitfully guide us to the next phase of life. According to legends from the First Nation people, the Kestrel is the protector of the warrior spirit, bringing good tidings, healthy change and victory.

Joanne Walmsley writes that the number 3 symbolises the principle of ‘growth’ and signifies that there is a synthesis present – that imagination and an outpouring of energy is in action. Triple 3 strengthens that energy so that you are encouraged to be creative, social and communicative and use your natural abilities and talents to empower yourself and uplift and enlighten others.

Scott Alexander King writes of the Magpie as the bringer of balance, an agent of awareness. He writes,

“Magpie is a doorkeeper to other realms; a guardian who lets only those willing to honour the sacred balance between the good and bad, light and dark, and feminine and masculine in all things to explore her world. It guides us to a place of awareness, showing us how to better understand the innate marriage between the opposites that are equal and the duality within all things.”

Duality was the issue I wanted to explore in the first blog post I created, one which I have abandoned as I was uncertain and lacked confidence to express myself publicly.

Reflecting today on those symbolic messages which came to me as I travelled through the land I grew up on and the country my parent’s spirit dwells so strongly in, I know what I am being told. My memories and thoughts will continue. My writing will take strength.

“Ghannabulla” (Two Shoulders) Mt Canobolas from my parents resting place.

15 thoughts on “Friday Reflection

  1. This is a very beautiful post. I use Alexander Scott King’s book a lot too. I like the way you have tied all the messages you received together. Numbers really speak to me too and the recurring patterns can be very potent at this time. I really like the way you are writing about spirituality and your experience of the Australian environment. I am sure your writing will grow stronger and your words will touch the hearts of others.


    1. Thank you Suzanne, I really appreciate your comments. I’ve felt quite a lift after the recent Lunar Eclipse on the Full Moon and feel I can write more confidently now. Support from people like yourself means a great deal to me. Jim

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      1. I’m glad you are feeling a lift after the eclipse. I felt quite strange when it was happening. It woke me up but when I went outside it was too foggy to see anything.
        Since then I’ve been feeling really tired and am still integrating the energies. I meditate a lot and my recent meditations have been very blissful. My writing seems to be taking a plunge into new territory too.

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      2. Take that plunge with confidence, Suzanne. I briefly read your story about the woman and the Koori. I’ll write a more considered comment tomorrow. I liked it. It raises an issue I have considered extensively as well.


  2. This is an interesting reflection on symbols that speak to us when we’re open to listening. I like the idea of numbers carrying meaning, as well as birds. I find fascinating your attempt to string together the meaning of the three symbols, the numbers, the three magpies, the hawk that you saw. That is always a struggle for me. I sometimes am aware that certain things are symbols, but then I wonder if I’m interpreting them correctly as they apply to my life. Thanks for sharing this thoughtful post.

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    1. Thank you for those comments. I often used to doubt people who spoke of symbols and messages, but after a lifetime of experiences I find truth in them. The secret to accepting messages from Spirit, I find, is not being too literal about it. Being open, trusting and completely flexible about the sign is essential. Our Western, Scientific culture is not at all helpful until you let it go and come back to the science from a creative, spiritual mind-set.


      1. Interesting you should focus on that. I mentioned the Wiradjuri word yindyamarra in my first comment on Suzanne post and I’ve been doing some more research on it. It contains elements of openness, trust and honour. I’m very pleased Suzanne wrote this post and all the people who have commented also. I’m encouraged to write more about yindyamarra. A lot of what I have read about it answers some of the issues of cultural appropriation that Suzanne wrote about. I’m not Indigenous myself, my heritage is Anglo/Celtic, but I feel very strongly that we can learn so much from sharing connection with country, as it is called, with our Indigenous colleagues. I was born on Wiradjuri country and feel a strong connection to that land.


      2. I agree that we can all learn so much from sharing connection with other cultures. If everyone tried to understand other cultures and to learn from them, we’d be a better world, I believe. I love how you feel a strong connection with your land, James.

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  3. An interesting post, I like symbols also but I feel we each need to interpret our own … they have meaning for us alone! We see duality where it’s actually non-duality 🙂


  4. A beautiful piece James! I really liked this one
    Above in another comment you said – “I was born on Wiradjuri country and feel a strong connection to that land.” when working with some elders at university, many years ago, they said they consider ALL people born of this land apart of their land and culture because it is the land that we belong to. It is our ‘mother’ that makes us one.

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