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: http://numerology-thenumbersandtheirmeanings.blogspot.com. 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.