Signs in Real Life: Goldfinch Mobs & Missed Blessings

So, I’ve got my Birdseed Oracle Cafe going, full swing. Little birds coming and going all day long. And as long as the seed is there, the signs, they come.

Except for one thing.

I suck at identifying birds.

I try to take them one at a time and keep it fun. Who’s obvious? Cannot miss Bluejays or Cardinals, and the black and white and reds give away the flavors of Woodpeckers that come by. Some are distinct enough I can easily identify them. But others can give me trouble.

I posted a picture of the “Warblers” I was getting at the Cafe. What I didn’t mention is that I’d initially been rather disappointed with them.

See, I love the colorful birds best–shhh. Don’t tell the others. It’s not their fault they don’t wow me. I just cannot hold a grudge against a Starling or Grackle, even if the behavior is boorish because they’re so damned beautiful. I thrill at the way those iridescent colors glint in the sun. But the same is true of any beautiful bird. I get excited seeing a boldly-colored Jay or Cardinal swoop in, because of the way they stand out.

Yes, the birds are all lovely, in their own way. And maybe it’s wrong of me to feel the way I do. But I do get more excited seeing more impressive birds.

The birds that were mobbing my feeder? Eh. Not so impressive. But as they continued arriving en masse over the course of days turning into weeks, I thought I’d figure out what they may be saying. I decided they must be Warblers, based on a picture I found someplace.  I looked at Warbler messages. It’s all good stuff.

And I’m looking to line up with this energy. So I make the decision to consciously appreciate them more, as is. I make note of their grace, and what I notice to admire: how politely they got their food and share space, how lovely they are in their own, understated way. How bravely they weathered Thor the Warrior Kitten staredowns from the other side of the window. These birds had spunk! Once you change the energetic channel to appreciation, you can find a lot to see.

I stopped (internally) complaining about who the birds were NOT and began loving them for who they ARE.

I was doing a good job of appreciating my Warblers, I think. I posted a picture of them. That’s when my double Libra friend came to my rescue and SO very politely–like, so politely you could have missed it, if you weren’t paying attention–pointed out that my mob of “Warblers” was actually made up of Goldfinches, not yet turned gold.


Not really Warblers, to someone who has a bird-clue.

The good news is, I could expect a glorious color explosion later this spring of sunny yellow. The even better news is, their color is determined by the quality of their diet. In other words, I’m directly contributing to the show by serving up the seed. That’s cool!

As if on cue, the next day I saw some of the birds starting to molt. The gold is beginning to peek through.

Not-yet-Goldfinch suspiciously eyes Becoming-Goldfinch

Now, I associate Goldfinches with joy and blessings, among other things. So the whole mistaken identity episode gave me a good laugh. Because I was surrounded by these birds, day after day after day. I had multitudes of blessings all around me, but I wasn’t recognizing them. Point taken.

Well played, Universe. Well-played.

Over the coming days, I’ll be watching them molt, a witness to the transformational process. Some look a little sick, or at the very least unkempt as the actual process of change is messy. Not any different from us. And I’m sure they’ll have more to say to me, as I watch them change and apply what I observe metaphorically, in my own life. My transformation process can be a little messy sometimes, too. But it doesn’t mean it’s not going exactly as it should.

Are you able to appreciate what you’ve got, even if it doesn’t look just like what you’ve wanted? 

Anna’s Long-Distance Romance: What’s next? Mini Tarot Chakra Reading

“I am dating a man that lives in a different state than I do and it’s very serious. I’m curious how things will develop.” -Anna

I’m very interested to see how this one comes out, in the context of chakra energy…hmmm. Hey, I’ll be Anna is, too. Har!

Short Answer: The future is not set yet. There seems to be an under-the-surface battle of wills of some sort–not necessarily between you and the guy, but related to the circumstances. It seems likely you’ll have an “impossible choice” coming (that’s not really “impossible” except that you can’t make everyone happy), probably within the next 6 months. It’s up to you set the parameters around what’s important to you and look to decide consistently with those values. That’s what gives you the best outcome.

Hope that isn’t too much of a downer and helps you out, dear.

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Gemstone Guide: Doubling Firepower with Calcite

IMG_2082I hovered my hand above the baskets of gemstones, trying to pick one that had a nice vibe to it. Being in a woo-woo store, I knew I wouldn’t be looked at askance. I liked the look of these pretty green stones, and it had a good feel in my hands. So I took one home.

Calcite comes in shades of gold, white, black, green, gray, yellow, blue brown and read. Lots of variety for this little stone! In the form of limestone and marble, it comprises a significant portion of Earth’s crust.

The stone itself seems to have a calming effect on me. It’s energy reminds me of the hypnotic effect of waves washing up on a beach. There’s an underlying vibration of power and inevitability about this stone to me, much like the expression of nature’s cycles.

It’s a stone of health associated with Cancer, so you can look for it to take care of you, just like your favorite Cancer might. You can bathe with it, lay it on your body or carry for physical healing, strength and immunity boosting.

Associated with the solar plexus chakra, it should help with a sense of personal power, a strong inner foundation. High-grade optical calcite was used in World War II for gun sights, in bomb sights and anti-aircraft weapons. How much more aligned with power could you ask for here?

“Calcite has the unique optical quality of double refraction. Draw a line with a pen on a piece of paper, then place a piece of calcite over the line. When you look through the stone, the line will appear to be doubled.” – Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic

Green calcite as pictured is said to enhance intuition and healing abilities, as well as physical issues connected to the heart, dissolving tumors and malignancies, and helping with sinus and lung issues. As green is the traditional color of the Heart Charka, I’m not surprised at the connection.

Caring for your Calcite: it’s not an especially hard stone, so beware abrasives.

Have you worked with Calcite? What do you think of it?

(Cunningham’s Encyclopedia Series)
by Scott Cunningham

If Your Third Chakra’s Clogged…

Let some sunshine in…


I love Sonia Choquette’s work. She’s very grounded, practical and calming. I understand her writing and get a lot out of it.

Funny thing…I put this book by her on my Amazon wishlist in 2005. I unexpectedly got it from one of my Tarot people last Christmas. Five years later! Can you imagine? I was floored, both with the surprise and to see the book; I’d totally forgotten about it and it was the last thing on the planet I expected to see when I opened my mailbox. How’s that for a ping?

She talks about power imbalances.

On the Sacral Chakra, from True Balance: A Commonsense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit:

“Sovereignty is the center of power and strength–yet paradoxically, when it is balanced, it endows one with serenity, gentleness, and patience. This is because it frees us of the fear of others, which causes us to be aggressive, defensive and harsh. A person who is truly sovereign is a peacemakers because he or she does not feel threatened by others. When we remain faithful to our priorities, we naturally become more appreciative and respectful of the needs and desires of others because we understand their importance to personal well-being. If we are accountable to ourselves, we will become accountable to others.” –Sonia Choquette

Of course, I love the book. It’s full of info on each of the chakras, how to tell when one is out of whack, and suggestions for re-whackifying. Simple, practical ideas for getting  energy in alignment.

My Gemini moon doesn’t want to read it through in one chunck, but is delighted to skip around to the part that’s interesting me at the time. Ha!

Extra Credit: I liked these suggestions for unclogging  power sinks in the article 5 Ways to Clear the Third Chakra.

Do you have any happy Sacral Chakra tips to share? :sun: