Friday, February 10, 2012

Swan – Totem Animal

swans

Wednesday, February 8th was our wedding anniversary. We had big plans to go to Peoria to the Bass Pro Shop for dinner, then take a roll of quarters and play at the shooting gallery and do a bit of shopping. Yes, we are big kids and love to play at the shooting gallery! lol! We passed each other on the road, each of us going home from work/tending grandchildren, (Gerald work and me from being with Dylan). I saw Gerald throw on the brakes when he saw me and whip around into a parking lot, so I joined him there. He excitedly told me he had just seen the biggest group of swans, he had ever seen around these parts! We went and home and got my camera and enjoyed sitting in the truck just watching this wonderful bird show! Swans are dear to me and played a big part in our wedding with their likeness on our invitations, and incorporated in our decorations, so they are special and this was very appropriate for the day!

Swans are strong totem medicine. They live a very long life, are strong, and graceful. They can represent longevity, strength and grace and strong family bonds. Since they mate for life, they can show up to indicate the one you are with, or one soon to be met, is your soul mate. As an archetype, they start life as “the ugly duckling”, but grow into beauty. Like the children’s story, this can be about growing into inner beauty. Her message might be to look beyond the obvious. Swan can teach you to realize your own inner beauty and the inner beauty of others. She tells of the development of intuitive abilities. She tells of the time of altered states and foretelling. Swans figure prominently in all cultures myths, legends and lore. She soars through the air, nests on the ground and swims through the water, taking herself through the different elements with ease. She may be showing us to consider a change of mood or heart, with her movement through these different environs. In dreams, she could be telling us to spread our wings and take charge of our waking dreams.

As you can see in the picture and video, there were thousands of snow geese and some had on their blue color phase, also!

Thank you for visiting Comfrey Cottages xx

9 comments:

Rowan said...

Happy Anniversary! That is certainly a lot of swans, I'd no idea that they gathered in those sort of numbers. Fantastic sight.

Comfrey Cottages said...

Thank you dear! We have seen groups of around 8 before, but never this many together! So magical! xx

Pat said...

Happy Anniversary! I love that swan is you animal totem. The video is awesome, as there looked to be hundreds of them! Whatever they are to bring your way it must be huge!
I know this summer we kept seeing turkeys pass in the road before us, over and over again. Turkeys are a sign of abundance and blessings coming your way. Each and every time we saw them within a few days we were getting some kind of check in the mail of this refund or that. So please let me know what the swans bring to you in a way of a blessing! Love Pat

Comfrey Cottages said...

Thank you Pat xxx Just to be clear, the birds in the air are mainly snow geese (just in case the video wasn't clear enough to tell). We had to park kind of far so we wouldn't spook them all. Snow geese are very, very leery:) Yes, swan is one of my special animal helpers:) I just adore her. I sure will let you know if any special blessings happen. That is so cool about what happened with you and turkey this year! I just freeze when I see a wild turkey. They are so cool! Big hugs and love to you dear friend! xxx

AnkeB said...

The boys love feeding the swans when they visit their Grandmother (in the UK).

What lovely symbolism to have so many swans visit you on your anniversary. Happy belated anniversary <3

Comfrey Cottages said...

Thank you Anke xxx Awwww that is sweet to think of the boys feeding the swans xxxx

Hedgewitch said...

Lovely post and wonderful sight! I am developing a fairly close relationship with some swans locally (lol!)- there is a boating lake down at the seafront where we live where we go and feed the ducks, great big hordes of beautiful ducks of all sorts, my little'un loves it cos they take the bread straight from his hand. There are usually 2 or 3 beautiful swans there.. and they come right up and will actually put their beak in your coat pocket if they've sussed you've got the bread in there. I must admit I'm a little nervous of them, although I think its only when they have young that they can be dangerous? I'm trying to get more comfortable with them! They are always an incredible sight, so beautiful.

Comfrey Cottages said...

Oh Steph, how fun they come right up to you! I see you have posted a blog post about yours. I am off to visit it! xo

Mally Roxas said...

Really impressive published release, so lovely one.
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