The Meaning of Bears

Bears are kinda cool, in my book.  They’re relatively inoffensive, as long as you don’t get between them and their cubs, or them and some really, really good food.  There are a variety of species, and they eat a variety of things.  They’re not always bloodthirsty and angry and roaring.  They’re playful and inquisitive and intelligent.

If a bear is your totem, it could represent a good balance in your life – the ability to be curious and figure problems out, but also the ability to live a balanced and healthy life through your diet.  In addition, some bears hibernate.  A bear coming into your life (hopefully not in the, “I’m going to kill you!” sort of way) could indicate that you are in hibernation, about to emerge.

Bears also care very deeply for their young.  We say that someone is a mother bear, or that mother bears are the most dangerous creatures in the world.  With a bear as your totem, you know – or will know – how to hold onto and defend what is yours.

Protector of the family, intelligent, adorable AND omnivorous, what’s not to love?

From an AP News Article on Bears

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The Omens

I have not dissected what they mean, yet.  But, I thought I should include you in my areas of observation.  I was walking out of class, after speaking to a teacher about speaking to his class about novel writing, and I make my way towards my apartment building.  There in the sky, come two large birds, screeching as they, yet again, disappear from sight.  Upon pursuing them, of course, I can’t find them.  Its happened a few times.  With, of course, the screeching being analogous to the cries of Red Tails, my preferred bird and the one I tend to see the most when looking for symbols.  This morning, however, I was simply trying to go home.

Hawks are generally associated with, according to Ted Andrews of Animal Speak, “It may pop up as a totem at that point in your life where you begin to move toward your soul purpose more dynamically”.  He also says, it teaches to see, and to ‘fly to great heights while still keeping your feet on the ground’.

I also spotted a ladybug on my way back to my apartment – which I held, briefly, before allowing him to fly off to his next task.  He was just chilling on a blade of grass.

I mention these without the intent of interpreting them to the world, but instead to remind you that all creatures – great and small – or the way that the trees whisper as you walk by – can lend clues to your cycles of life.

Some great resources for omen/association identification follow.

http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/4076/index1.html

(Bird ID) http://identify.whatbird.com/mwg/_/0/attrs.aspx

(Tree ID) http://www.arborday.org/trees/treeID.cfm

Animal Speak and Novel Writing

This seems to be my advertising post, first one in a while, so hang in with me.  When I think of something more spiritually inclined to write about, I most definitely will.  But, both of these things which I am talking about below have affected me in the best possible spiritual way.

I may have mentioned the book before.  But, I finally decided to start taking a chunk out of it, metaphorically of course as I would never injure a book.  I’ve gotten to the end of chapter three, and I am amazed at how simple, logical, and respectful Ted Andrews was in writing this book.  He makes things both easy to understand for people who may not be pagan/wiccan/nature oriented, and also is able to remind me of things which I tend to forget in every day life.

The visualization exercises are so well written that, upon reading them, I am nearly sucked into the vortex of my mind.  I haven’t even gotten to the omens chapter yet!  Its an enjoyable read and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone, Christian, pagan or in between.

Animal Speak is a great read.  Don’t be surprised if I mention it again and again.

On a second note, I’d like to plug a great non-profit organization that I participate with every year, since 2003, and plan on participating again, and actually helping the area which I go to school in.  National Novel Writing Month is a November based, 30 days long fun filled adventure in which hundreds of thousands of crazy people across the world band together and support each other: to each write a 50,000 word novel.  I’ve done it, like I said, since 2003, and have come out with the following results:

  • Colder Than Death – a story about a young woman who is stalked and then kidnapped by her stalker.  Unfinished.  53,000 words.
  • “The Kids” – a story about a bunch of kids banding together to create a secret society.  Unfinished.  55,000 words.
  • How Can You Love ‘Em If You’ve Never Met ‘Em? – A story about a young woman who falls in love with a man over the internet.  Finished.  60,000 words.
  • Immortals’ Gift – A story about a demi-god who gets on the wrong side of Zeus – and is assigned to babysit a girl, when his brother god is constantly trying to set him awry.  Finished.  39,000 words. (Not during NaNoWriMo)
  • Immortal Burden – The characters from Immortals’ Gift return to usher a boy into the world of the Gods, as the leader of all earth-born god-children.  Finished. 56,000 words.

NaNoWriMo challenges your creativity, productivity, and will power.  When you can write a novel in a month – you can do anything!

That’s all for now, folks.  I’m headed home.