Great Blue Heron as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

When we cross paths with Heron, what does he want us to know? What is his message for us? In this blog post, I will talk about the Blue Heron as a Spirit Animal.

Peace, serenity, stillness, patience, silence, grace, and healing. These are the traits that come to mind when I think of this beautiful bird. I’ve recently had 2 encounters with this majestic animal. Both times that I witnessed the creature, I immediately became like the heron itself – quiet, still, and contemplative. The Great Blue Heron is a true Mystic of the Chesapeake! Here are some things I’ve learned about the spirit of the Great Blue Heron.

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Know Thyself

Heron’s are solitary creatures. They do not hunt or live in flocks. Since they spend so much time with themselves, they really must become their own best friend and ally – but that doesn’t seem to bother them too much! The Heron comes to us with the message to take time out of your busy schedule and truly get to know yourself. The best way to do that is to spend time alone! Put away distractions – the cell phone, the Xbox, the iPod, Facebook, anything that you can watch, listen to, play, or that makes noise. Sit in the silence with yourself. Be in the present moment. Don’t worry about the future or the past. Who are you – right now?  Who are you without prying eyes? Who are you bare bones? What is in your heart? Yes, it will probably be uncomfortable the first couple of times you try this exercise. In the 21st century, silence can  feel deafening with life and the media always hurling things our way! Silence can be scary. Being alone can be intimidating. But the key here is that you can be surrounded by people and feel completely alone. Blue Heron is never lonely because he knows he can rely on himself and is confident in who he is! Get to know yourself – your strengths, your weaknesses, your talents. Become your own best friend. That way, even when there is no one in your physical presence, you are never alone. You carry YOU with you wherever you go! Do you want to be your own biggest cheerleader or do you want to be a stranger to yourself? If you don’t know who you are, how can you expect someone else to?

Be Still + Reflect

As the Great Blue Heron stares into the water, ever so patiently waiting for a yummy morsel to swim by, he has lots of time to contemplate. His reflection stares, unblinking, unmoving, back at him. What does he see – past battle scars and ruffled feathers or a peaceful, calm, and sleek independence?  Be still in the present moment and reflect on your life and who you are. The Heron comes to us with a message of meditate and contemplate. You are exactly where you need to be right now in this moment! When this graceful bird crosses your path, stop and think – just pause. Sometimes that is all we need to do when we are in the middle of a chaotic situation or a difficult decision. If we pause long enough in disturbed waters, the ripples will smooth out, and we can once again gain clarity. 

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Photo credit: 2010 Whimbrel Nature Photography / Elijah Goodwin

 

SEIZE OPPORTUNITY!

The Heron is a patient hunter. Barely moving, with eyes unblinking, they search the surface of the water with their eyes. Daring not to breathe, for the slightest breath may cause a ripple in the water. They wait like tall statues, unbearably still, until a fish swims by unaware of the danger overhead. The moment has come – the heron moves at lightening speed, catching the fish and gulping it down. If you do so much as blink you will miss it! Heron comes with the message to wait for the perfect opportunity before you strike. You will know when it is time. I also think this has a warning element of not letting opportunity pass you by or you may go hungry! Don’t be too afraid to make a move. Don’t hesitate or you might miss the moment you’ve been dreaming of! Go after your prize! Be confident in yourself when you strike and you won’t miss your mark.

Blue Heron skimming water

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Home Sweet Home

The Heron is always moving between the worlds of water, earth, and sky. He has to feel a sense of home in every one. He is comfortable in all of these environments and can move from one to the other without any fear or resistance. He flows, flies, glides, swoops, and dives in and out of these 3 habitats. He knows how to use each of these elements for their resources to help his survival. Become one with your surroundings. Where are you most at home? How do you co-create with nature and your environment (especially to find opportunity)? How easily do you adapt to change in your environment? Learn about your environment and how you can tap into its resources. Realize that you are a part of a vast ecosystem. Know that whatever you do, it will create a ripple effect throughout your environment. Everything is effected because everything is connected. For example, how does your work life, carry over into your home life, carry over into your romantic life? Are there any boundaries that you need to set between them all? Are you expecting something from a situation or from someone that they are just not capable of giving to you (often times to no fault of their own)? The Great Blue Heron knows he won’t catch a fish in the sky and that he can’t fly in the water. He knows that he must go to the water if he’s hungry and wants to hunt. He takes to the skies if he wants to fly! How can you be more in the flow with the different parts of your life and the demands of each? Do you know where to go to get what you need? When you’re secure in who you are and your capabilities, you can feel at home almost anywhere!

King of Vessels | Heron - Wildwood Tarot

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Has the mystical Heron flown across your path? Did his lack of movement catch your eye? I’d love to hear about your experience with this majestic creature!

 

xo Ariel

Spiritual Awakening & Trusting Yourself | Maven Mindset

Trusting yourself is often one of the most difficult things we have to learn to do in our lives. Self doubt and the overcoming of it is a huge part of the Ascension Process. Think about this – when you are with someone you don’t trust, you don’t go off with them on crazy adventures or truly heed their advice. They may make you nervous, uncomfortable, or even wary. When you have a lack of trust in you, you are giving that very energy to yourself! Don’t treat yourself like the strangers your mother warned you to stay away from. Your Higher Self wants to take you on a grand and mystical adventure full of synchronicity and wonder! Yet, that is hard to do without relaxing into full trust in yourself, who you are, and the Universe. When you don’t fully trust, you hold yourself back – your smile is shaky and not as wide, your laughter not as deep, your voice small and quiet. Get to know yourself by trusting yourself! Don’t you want to be able to tune in to your Higher Self and know that the information you’re receiving is for your best and highest good? When you fully trust in yourself, you allow yourself to fully and deeply experience. The best way to begin that process is to trust in YOU!

Trust Yourself (Sacred Rebels Oracle)

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When you lack self trust and confidence, your world stays small and colorblind. When you listen to and trust yourself, so much beauty is released all around you! Color and endless opportunity light up your world! Synchronistic events will occur with increasing frequency when you trust the intuitive hits and signs you get from the Universe. These signs may come to you as repeating numbers (like seeing 333 or 468 or 999 etc. over and over), animals appearing to you (read about my experience with fox), or when what you’ve been trying to manifest seems to fall into place piece by piece.

Your Higher Self will never tell you anything negative, will not be condescending, and definitely not judgmental. Your Higher Self looks out for you in the best and most healthy ways to help you grow and change for the better. Your Ego on the other hand wants to protect itself. Your Ego can be harsh, critical, prideful, and fear driven. Ego has a very loud, boisterous, and interrupting voice while your Higher Self is much more quiet, loving, and gentle.

Imagine (Wisdom of the Oracle)

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Imagine what trusting yourself can do for your dreams and goals! For example, there’s a company you’ve been dying to work with and they start to show interest in you. You’re feeling pressured to make a business deal but something in you is telling you this may not be such a good move, so you decide not to go through with it. Then you find out down the road that the company has a history of fraud. By trusting yourself and listening to the feeling that this deal was not in alignment with your Higher Self or purpose, you avoid all the trouble of having been caught up in an association with that company therefore saving the reputation of your business. We often put pressure on ourselves to do what we think makes the best linear route to our goals, but the path to our goals is not always straight. Sometimes we have to take a zig zag route to get there. If your logical and analytical mind is telling you to go left but all the signs you’ve been receiving from the Universe, as well as your gut instincts, are telling you to go right (which is far off the beaten path for you), think about what you will have wished you had done down the road. When you look back will you be happy that you made the decision you did? Will you have wished you listened to your Higher Self? Pause and listen to your instincts. You’re feeling that way for a reason.

Here is another example, let’s say that your friend wants you to go to this party with them. You’re an introvert and parties aren’t really your thing, but something is jumping up and down inside you telling you to get dressed and go! You don’t feel comfortable around a large amount of people but you figure it would be nice to go out with your friend so you throw on your best little black dress and go to the event. At the event you end up meeting someone who designs websites. Lately you’ve been having trouble with your business page and so you decide to tell them about it. Bingo! You end up hitting it off with them and manage to get all your questions answered. You get your website up and running and the next thing you know, a magazine wants to feature one of your articles! You do that for a few years and realize you think you’re finally ready to start writing your manifesto and then BOOM! – you’ve written a best selling book! And it all started with that silly little dinner party all those years ago. Even when you’re afraid, trust yourself. Feel the fear and do it anyway. There is so much growth and opportunity presented to you when you do that! You never know what path it may lead you down. 

Spiritual Awakening:Conflict (Crystal Reading Cards)

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The Universe will often throw challenges our way to see how we respond to them – especially during the Spiritual Awakening process. I think of these as “tests” or “check-ups” of my trust in self and my intuition. The main one I’ve seen come up over and over again is conflict. Conflict is an opportunity for growth – at least Spirit sees it that way! Spirit wants to know how you have grown in the handling of different types of conflict, whether that be standing up for yourself when someone is talking down to you or how you react when having an argument with someone else. What you would have done in the past compared to your current handling of that type of interaction? If your intuition is telling you to drop it, that it’s not worth your time or energy, listen to that voice! If your Higher Self is telling you to be more assertive and to stand your ground, heed that advice! How well are you listening to that voice? Have you put Ego aside when dealing with these types of confrontations or do you let it do the talking for you? Do you trust what your Higher Self  has to tell you or are you too afraid to step out of your comfort zone and into a different (and higher) vibration?

Ace of Pentacles - Shadowscapes Tarot

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Trust in your intuition and Higher Self to tell you what is needed for continued growth on your journey of Spiritual Awakening. The path Spirit wants you to take may be rocky and nerve wracking compared to the easier road that the Ego has laid out before you. When you listen to your intuition during times of hardship and conflict, it builds more trust in yourself and your abilities, strengths, and prowess. It unleashes your confidence and faith. Without difficult circumstances or the confusion that comes with tough decisions, there would be no growth. Stepping away from old patterns of belief and behavior and away from your comfort zone, leads to more personal development than you can imagine. Change equals growth. Growth leads to new beginnings. New beginnings lead to more chances to shine your inner light even brighter! It’s not easy and takes hard work. When you trust in yourself, you plant the golden seeds dreams are made of.

By quieting the voice of Ego and tuning in to the world of Spirit and our Higher Self, we open the door for more abundance and opportunities. The more you listen to it, the stronger it will get. The Ascension Process calls for us to be aware and receptive to the messages we get from the Universe, Spirit, and our Higher Self. The more you trust in their guidance, the easier it is for them to guide you along your life path and soul purpose. So stop and listen intently to the Universe as she whispers her secrets to you.

xo Ariel

 

Third Eye Chakra Tarot Spread

 

Third Eye Chakra Spread Layout

Our Third Eye Chakra is the hub for our intuition, clairvoyance, and psychic ability. It is associated with our pineal gland, which Descartes called the “seat of the soul”. We use our Third Eye when we use our imagination, communicate with Spirit, do mediumship work, read tarot cards, have premonitions, or do any type of divination work. I love this chakra so much, that I have designed this spread to help us dive deeper into what our Third Eye wants us to know and how we can develop this beautiful gem! I pulled these cards as a general reading for anyone who reads this, whenever they read this, to help them get a snapshot of what is going on with their Third Eye. Take a look and see how this spread works and then try it out for yourself if you like!

 

Third Eye Chakra Spread Cards for Blog

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Card 1 – What is the current state of my third eye?
Three of Swords
You may be feeling a little heartbroken that your clairvoyant abilities aren’t where you want them to be right now. Open your heart. There may be a need for more spiritual protection from negative energies that you may be releasing. Try sending white healing light to your Third Eye and Heart chakra. Be positive about where you are in your development. You are exactly where you are supposed to be with it – right now, in this moment.

Card 2 – What has my third eye been telling me I’ve been blind to?
Eight of Cups
There is a situation or state of emotion that you need to move away from, but do so gracefully. Stand up for yourself and how you’re feeling. Honor your emotions and feelings on the situation. Listen to what your intuition has been telling you about leaving this situation behind you. There’s a need to break the surface so you can breathe again. A need to step into a new world, new environment, new surroundings, new emotional state of being.

Card 3 – What is blocking my clairvoyant vision?
Nine of Swords
Anxiety, fear, and worry are MAJOR blocks to our clairvoyant vision. You could be stressed out about a personal situation. You may be freaking out because your mind races during meditation or you don’t feel like you’re doing a certain third eye opening technique right. You’ve been working towards this for a while and have yet to see results. You may be scared of what you may experience. I also get the feeling of a fear of being seen as crazy, wrong, or not fully trusting in what you have been experiencing. You don’t know what to expect from this new world of psychic vision and communication so you are unconsciously blocking yourself due to this fear of the unknown. Relax!

Card 4 – What am I seeing clearly?
Six of Cups
You’re sense of play and the need to let your inner child run free are definitely appreciated! You’ve been having a lot of nostalgic feelings around old memories – smells are exceptional triggers for this and for your clairvoyance. Your sense of imagination has been very childlike as of late. You may have been wondering if any experiences you had as a child are real. There may be someone from the past who has shown back up in your life. Trust the intuitive impressions you receive about this person whether they be good or bad! I also get the feeling that there is a friend or loved one who has passed who you’ve been thinking about a lot lately. You wonder if it is their presence that has been surrounding you. There may have even been a certain song on the radio that really allowed you to feel their energy around you. You have an inkling it’s them but you’re not quite sure? Don’t doubt your feelings because it IS them!

 
Card 5 – How can I strengthen my intuition?
Five of Swords
Don’t worry if you feel your skills aren’t up to par with someone else’s. Let go of envy, jealousy, judgement, and comparison. Trust in your own abilities. Don’t be cocky about your skills or be trapped in a state of comparison. Allow the ego to fall away. Let your own gift develop in it’s own time. Don’t be unsure or insecure about your gifts – trust them. Trust the impressions you’re getting. You are not on everyone else’s schedule. Stay focused on your journey. Intuition is not a competition.

 

Card 6 – What does my third eye want me to see differently?
Ace of Swords
There is an idea – something you are trying to develop, a thought floating around in your head – that seems stuck or isn’t going anywhere. You’ve been trying to grasp a hold of it but can’t seem to pull it out from the concrete. Look at this idea from a different perspective. Take a step back from it and come back to it later. Try doing a Third Eye meditation and think about this idea. See what new insights your intuition has for you about this situation. Don’t judge whatever solution comes to you – just listen and be aware. Your Third Eye could be telling you this may not be the best way to go about what you’re planning.

 
Card 7 – Seat of the Soul – What advice does my third eye have for me at this time? (Shadow Card)
Five of Pentacles
Stop reaching and yearning. Let your Third Eye develop in it’s own time. Leave the scarcity mindset and the not good enough mentality behind you! This kind of mentality will only create more of that reality for you. Look around you for others that may have similar interests as you in developing their psychic ability. Lean upon each other and talk about what worked and what didn’t work for the both of you. Use the support of your peers. Find a mentor. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! It is not an easy or quick thing developing the Third Eye. It takes lots of work and practice but the reward is worth it.

Be sure to try this spread and let me know how it works for you and your Third Eye Chakra!

xo Ariel