great blue heron. . .

by mulberryshoots

From Ted Andrews iconic book on animal totems called “Animal Speak”:

“The blue heron is a totem (symbol) of someone who has chosen to claim their life as their own. According to North American Native tradition, the Blue Heron brings messages of self-determination and self-reliance. It represents an ability to progress and evolve. The long thin legs of the heron reflect that even though we must be able to stand on our own, we don’t need legs that are great massive pillars to remain stable.

Blue Herons have the innate wisdom of being able to maneuver through life and co-create their own circumstances.

If the Blue Heron has shown up as your totem, it reflects your need to follow your own unique wisdom and path of self-determination. You know what is best for yourself, and need to follow your heart rather than the promptings of others. You probably sit calmly while the rest of us lose patience. And when you choose to follow the promptings of your heart, you soar with magnificence.”

I was remembering today that when I decided to take a writer’s retreat two years ago, a great blue heron flew over my car as I drove home on Route 128 after signing the lease. I was sure it was a sign that I had taken a positive step towards creating something I had been thinking about for a long time.

Thank you, great blue heron, for appearing and for reminding me that we can follow our dreams after all.