Each year, the Vernal Equinox initiates Spring and we move into the EAST on the Medicine Wheel of the Year, leaving behind Winter in the NORTH and the grounding energy of the Earth element. Spring brings us the lighter energy of the AIR element. Winds and breezes create a freshness in the air of this season of new growth.
The Winged Ones--birds of all kinds--are the creatures of the air. From the erratic jutting movement of the Humming Bird, to the graceful lofty soaring of the Eagle, the ability of birds to fly has always been fascinating for humans. It speaks of a sense of freedom. Birds can walk on the ground, swim in the sea and soar into the sky above. Many cultures see birds as a symbol of eternal life--the link between heaven and earth. Just as the trees, rocks, animals, flowers and other aspects of Nature offer messages to assist us in understanding who we are and how to live more aligned with spirit, birds can inspire insights and guidance through the way they live in harmony with the natural world.
Tune into your inner wisdom as you connect with and get to know the bird that speaks to your Sun sign. Explore its habits, where and how it lives and adapts, and how it interacts with other birds, creatures and the environment.
Spring is a time to tune into our breath, incorporating perhaps some different breathing practices such as alternate nostril breathing or deep cleansing breaths as a way to bring the freshness of Spring more fully into our body and into our life.
ARIES (March 19-April 19) ROBIN is the harbinger of Spring calling us to create new beginnings in some areaof our life. As you prepare to embark on a new year with your birthday, what lasting positive changes can you make that will strengthen and nurture a healthier, happier life for you? AFFIRMATION: My choices support my new sense of self that is emerging from deep within. I am guided and supported in every moment.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) EAGLE asks you to fly high upon his wings for an overview of where you are at this time in your life. What needs shifting, changing, tweeting to bring you more into alignment with where you would like to be? Eagle Medicine connects us to spirit. Use your prayers and actions to create the life you want as you prepare to begin a new year with you birthday. AFFIRMATION: I allow positive, life-affirming changes to gently ripple through my body, mind and spirit and throughout all aspects of my life bringing renewal on all levels.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) CROW is highly revered by many cultures as the keeper of Universal Law and Universal Truth. What is Crow saying to you as he caws overhead? What do you need to notice, examine, work on to get ready for the new year that your birthday will initiate soon? Contemplate and listen; clean out and let go; prepare for something new to emerge. AFFIRMATION: I fully open to the guidance, insights and inspiration that emanates from deep within me. I trust that I am Divinely guided in all ways and at all times.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) PENGUIN affirms that you have the ability to adapt to any situation. Keep your focus in the moment, be flexible, take care of the details, continually move forward with your vision or goal in mind. Trust that you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. Any sense of chaos will transform when you regain your center. Think harmony. Think balance. AFFIRMATION: I am grateful for all my experiences and easily see positive aspects in each one. I feel optimistic, centered and aligned in my body, mind and spirit.
LEO (July 23-Aug.22) DOVE the bird of peace, asks you not to push or try so hard. You don't have to make it happen. When we go with the flow, life is much easier than we ever imagined. Still your mind and trust the wind to support your wings. Allow the gentleness of Dove to calm your mind and fill your heart. AFFIRMATION: I allow my body, mind and spirit to integrate ideas, opportunities and options with ease. I trust in life's unfolding process. Peace fills and surrounds me.
VIRGO (Aug.23-Sept.22) STORK symbolizes new energy coming through birth, rebirth or re-connection to family. Stork embodies feminine, mothering energy. What has been shifting, changing, transforming in your life? What new aspect of self may be ready to emerge? Stork Medicine affirms your transition and supports your highest evolution and growth.
AFFIRMATION: I allow myself to shift ad change easily and effortlessly. I am grateful for all that I am and for all that occurs in my life.
LIBRA (Sept.23-Oct.22) PEACOCK is a mystical creature beckoning you to tap even deeper into your inner wisdom. Meditating on the "eye" image of the Peacock's feathers is a gateway to higher knowledge and to "seeing" from a far wider perspective. Peacock's magnificent colors encourage you to shine your beautiful light wherever you go! AFFIRMATION: I am guided from deep within my being and feel connected to the flow of the Universe. My Light shines brightly uplifting all around me.
SCORPIO (Oct.23-Nov.21) TOUCAN speaks to us of communication and visibility. He acknowledges that it is safe to be yourself. Step forward and allow yourself to be seen and heard. Clear your throat chakra with toning and chanting so that you can confidently share your wisdom and reveal your true self. AFFIRMATION: I love and respect myself. I feel good about the unique being that I am and about all that I have to offer the world.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov.22-Dec.21) HUMMING BIRD reminds us of the beauty and sweetness of life. Take a step back from the harried pace of life and breathe....Notice the sky, the trees, the birds and other creatures, the rain...What gifts are they bestowing on you? Be present and inhale the fragrance of life. AFFIRMATION: I open my heart and my eyes, grateful for the beauty and joy that is all around me. I am blessed!
CAPRICORN (Dec.22-Jan.19) PELICAN symbolizes the balance of helping others and self care. You are very caring and always willing and able to be of service, but there must be a balance of quiet time for yourself for rest and renewal. The full bill of Pelican affirms that you are often blessed with abundance because of your selfless nature. AFFIRMATION: Each day, I take time for relaxation and renewal. I love and appreciate myself for all that I have to offer to others and our world. Love fills and surrounds me.
AQUARIUS (Jan.20-Feb.18) OSPREY affirms that you have gone through many changes recently, but you are a strong survivor. Don't worry, you are doing fine! Be sure that your boundaries are clear and respected and that you respect the boundaries of others also. Osprey has sharp eyes--stay alert to any new opportunities coming your way! AFFFIRMATION: With ease and confidence I examine, explore and negotiate whatever comes my way. I am clear, focused and guided rom deep within.
PISCES (Feb.19-March 18) VULTURE reminds us that we are all important. The part we each play is essential in creating the whole. As a scavenger, Vulture is necessary in the larger scheme of things. Feel good about your role, whatever it may be--whether seeming large or small, it doesn't mater. You are important! Focus on making decisions that support your highest growth and feed your heart. AFFIRMATION: I love and accept myself for the unique being that I am. I open my heart and allow love to flow to all that I experence.
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