Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night; Card of the Week, 27th April 2015

card 4.27.2015

Holy cow! How much do I love this week’s card? Not only is it another bird (birds are a theme in a personal project I’ve been trying to work on)   it’s one of my faves – and it reminds me of one of my very favourite songs** by the Beatles,

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise    – Paul McCartney

In the picture we see a magical twilight scene where stars and moon are on the rise and blackbird sits in a tree, singing.  In the background a cave of secrets and knowledge.

Blackbird speaks of a jumping off point, a new momentum, and something you’ve been waiting for (or working towards on unseen levels) your whole life.  He calls us to focus on our life path and purpose. This is the beginning, the starting point.  This could have been a revelation that came in the last weeks, or simply one of life’s many turning points. Just as with last week’s “phoenix” symbol, a new chapter is underway and you’re about to arise on a special voyage that’s special and right for just you.  It’s not about what everyone else has or wants. It’s about your own path.   This could be the journey of a lifetime underway.  (I notice this theme reflected in news and celebrity happenings in the last week or so too!)

Symbolically, this bird stands at the gate between two worlds and invites healing on spiritual and emotional levels. Maybe in the last few weeks you’ve been seeking for meaning and direction more than usual.  Perhaps you’ve been waiting for messages and signs about where to go next.  Greater self awareness and greater spiritual awareness are what this card is all about.  Remember though, this is awareness about your path that you give to yourself.  Your own spiritual path is unique and it’s not always something another person, religion, philosophy or formula can always give you.  It’s something residing in your heart and soul already.  It’s like the faint sound of a birdsong at night…. will you hear it?      Sometimes it’s really tough to hear that song when we’re freaked out about bills or worried about a dilemma at home, wondering about what will come, when and how we should get to it (so we don’t miss out!)  —   don’t be afraid to go into that metaphorical cave, to dwell in your own inner connection to sort it out.

It’s important because this week and lately the energy has had us chomping at the bit a little more than usual! There’s more desire and burning quest to CONTROL things and figure everything out so we can do the maximum job at getting it all done exactly the way we want it.  The problem is, sometimes all that surface scratching and looking at what we SEE doesn’t give us much info.  Those are JUST The times when we need to listen to our own “birdsong”  a little bit more! Blackbird says, come into the twilight, listen to the information welling within you.    Yes, we have to be practical and live regular life, but checking in with our core is important sometimes and this week we’re getting valuable information that helps us know what to do in the real world real life scenarios where we must make choices.

In the right corner of the picture we see an F-shaped  marking carved into the stone: I think it’s supposed to be the Celtic ogham for the Rowan tree.   The Rowan tree also represents looking deeper into things than what we physically see with our eyes and our usual limited perspective.  (it also happens to the the kind of tree, with pretty red berries, that our blackbird is sitting in!)         Look beneath the surface, know there’s more going on than meets the eye!

Stillness is important when it’s time to connect to those liminal “world between worlds” areas of ourselves. Give yourself some time and space this week to not think, to not try to figure everything out, to be receptive to being SHOWN from within.   (That also means maybe you’re taking some time out where you’re not constantly coming and going with friends and activities, or maybe you’ve had to rest for some physical reason)     You may even find yourself re-focusing on your own special path or purpose whether that’s to do with your career or not and nudges and pokes from within your heart will abound.  If you’ve had difficulty in this area (“I’m not getting nudges!”) this is a week to turn that around!

Happy midnight singing, everyone!

 ** the Beatles song was already one of my favourites when I heard an interview a few years ago  that the guitar line was inspired by a Bach piece I loved to play on the piano when I was young (Bouree in E minor)  – that made it more special!  🙂

About this deck:   The Druid Animal Oracle is an interesting 33 card deck   by Stephanie Carr-Gomm, Philip Carr-Gomm and illustrated by the talented Will Worthington. Perfect for meditation or inspiration,  It’s published by Connections.


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