I trust that you are all well and happy, and that life is good for each of you this February . . .
Yesterday while driving out into the wintery weather to pick up a few supplies, I noticed that several cornfields were filled with flocks of wild geese. Even though it is still very cold (-13 here tonight) and snowy, the annual spring gathering has begun it appears. Natures wisdom and perfection is quite amazing. The ceremony and perpetuity of this ancient ritual is a truly unfathomable wonder. It leaves one pondering the mysteries of all the great cycles, seasons and signs of life.
On a nearby river, just below a small dam and waterfall a flotilla of rare red-breasted mergansers swam and dived. They too seem to be gathering, instinctively awaiting the coming warmth and bountiful spring runs of spawning fish. The tiny pool of open water where the birds had landed was a lucky find as everywhere else the creeks and rivers are still frozen solid enough to make safe walking trails and temporary snowmobile highways for the local human population
It is interesting to note the qualities of the creatures one encounters as one moves through life. . . .Geese, for example, are traditionally associated with commitment, loyalty, protection, creativity and the ability to be both grounded and spiritually connected in daily life. Being creatures of earth and air as well as water., they show us how to move easily through diverse elements and yet maintain the true nature of who we are as individuals. Geese speak of migration, personal quests and flying free of old family imprints and patterns. Geese call out for creative self expression, especially in the form of stories and writing, and ask for fierce reflection
Mergansers on the other hand are said to bring emotional healing, strength and protection. Just as they dive deep for their food, we are shown how to dive deep in the waters of life for our own well being and sustenance. Merganser with his shaggy crest says, open your mind to new opportunities and allow the river to support you. With his ruby eye and beak he says, take action and go for the treasures that await. With his red breast he says, follow your heart and let the world of mystics and lovers be your inspiration.
Today dawned sunny and frigidly cold. The white brilliance of snow contrasting sharply with the long shadows of tree and out building, each footstep and animal track clearly outlined in the silent landscape. Even the toe marks of small birds and mice could be easily discerned and recognized. Yes, winter still persists, but the slant of sunlight has grown higher, songs of chickadees are in the air, and the ancient ritual of gathering for the mystical rites of spring has begun. . . .
Reverent Peace, SvG