Hummingbird Magic

Hummingbird a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible. It can teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living in your own life. It teaches you to purse your dreams and bring them into reality. You must believe in your own dreams and with work they will manifest.

Hummingbird medicine is herbal; it shows us how to use flowers for healing. They teach us how to draw life essence from flowers and create your own medicines.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Fall Hollow – Natchez Trace Parkway

Today I took a trip down Natchez Trace Parkway to Fall Hollow where you can hike to a couple of different waterfalls. I started the trek on the Tennessee side at the 444 mile marker and made my way down to mile marker 391.9 to Fall Hollow. The brochure said it was not an easy hike down or back up for that matter. About half way down I had to find a good sturdy stick to help me the rest of the way down. Without that stick I doubt I would have made it back up. It had rained all night and was still raining off and on today so the hike was worse than normal. There were lots of places you had to hold on to the trees to make it down to the next level. The good thing is you really don’t have to hike very far to reach the falls. There were 3 different falls to Ooooo and Ahhhh over and I’m glad I made the trip down to see them.

At the last waterfall I started taking a video and a little blue butterfly decided to pay me a visit. It danced all through the waterfall and then up into the forest where it disappeared.

Check out the video and the photos below :-)

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

I’m Not You… I’m Me

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I don’t look like you may think I should, but…
That’s okay because I’m not you… I’m Me

I don’t do things the way you think they should be done, but…
That’s okay because I’m not you… I’m Me

I may not react the way you think I should, but…
That’s okay because I’m not you… I’m Me

I don’t paint what you think I should paint, but…
That’s okay because I’m not you… I’m Me

I don’t say what you think I should say, but…
That’s okay because I’m not you… I’m Me

I may not eat the way you think I should eat, but…
That’s okay because I’m not you… I’m Me

I may not feel what you think I should feel, but…
That’s okay because I’m not you… I’m Me

I don’t see what you think I should see, but…
That’s okay because I’m not you… I’m Me

I don’t believe the way you think I should believe, but…
That’s okay because I’m not you… I’m Me

I’m perfectly good the way I am, being me the best way that I can. We are all different and that’s not bad. Instead of building bridges to keep us apart, lets build them so that we can come closer together. You bring the rope and I’ll bring the planks. Together we’ll build a connection that unites us.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Our Connection to the Rain

There certainly is something special about the rain… don’t ya think?

Feeling quite artistic this morning. Admiring the beauty that magically comes after the rain.

What is it about the rain that makes us feel so much more deeply? Could it be water being associated with our emotion and rain drops resembling tears?

The rain is said to soothe and lull us to sleep with its rhythmic sounds. There is a hush that comes over the Earth as the rain begins to fall and the only sound is that of the rain pounding against your shelter, your own heartbeat and your breathing.

Maybe it’s how the rain slows us down, physically and mentally. We certainly slow our pace and think before we rush out into it. Sometimes we even stay put and wait it out. It’s the perfect time to curl up in favorite place to read, watch a movie or just hang out with your favorite person or pet.

There certainly is something special about the rain… don’t ya think?

Here are some red roses on their last days, fading with the times, soon to give way to it’s life so another can be born.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Appreciating the Breeze

This morning I dragged my butt out of bed before 5 am and made my way to the lake with camera in hand. One of my biggest loves is capturing the beauty of nature on camera and sharing it with the world. This morning I found myself complaining A LOT! It went something like this:

What the hell was I thinking?
Why am I out in this heat this early in the morning!
My feet hurt
What’s that pain in my side, I don’t like that …
I’m hot
I’m covered in sweat
OH God, what am I doing
Too flippin late to turn back now
Where are all the animals, even they know it’s too hot for this shit
I’m exhausted already
I can’t breathe … where is the air????
God, it needs to rain!
I can’t wait to get back to my car and the bottle of Gatorade in the console
Oh, this is painful

And then something beautiful happened… I topped the ridge and a breeze came soaring through the trail. That moment when I first felt the breeze upon my skin was nothing less than heavenly. All the things I had been complaining about where non existent for that moment. There were no negative thoughts rushing through my mind any longer… just the wonderful sensation of that cool breeze and a thankful mindset. I made it back to my car with just a handful of photos to share but with a whole new appreciation for something else.

There is nothing more refreshing and beautiful than a breeze when you have been far too long in the stale air. 

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

The Magical Dragonfly

Dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. The dragonfly changes color as it matures and is a reminder that we should embrace our own transformation as we grow.

The Dragonfly

Swiftly buzzing through the air
Dancing on the breeze without a care.

Wings shimmering in the sunlight
Colors of change, taking flight.

From the water to the sky
Listen closely to the wisdom of the dragonfly

Don’t fear the changes in your life
For it doesn’t always bring one, strife

To transform is to grow
Bringing with it, wisdom in tow

Allow the light within, to shine bright
Unfold those wings and allow yourself to take flight

From these wings of mine
Let me be your reminder, your sign

Life is filled with joy and light
When change comes, don’t make it a fight.

Today I took a sort walk around the lake on my lunch hour and danced with a few of my winged friends.  Here are the photos.
Click on the images for a larger view. 

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

A World of Colors

Every day I begin my mornings with camera in hand, on the hunt for something to photograph. I know there is beauty to be found… so I search. I always seem to find something. It may not be as grand as the sunrise and a sky full of colors, but it is beauty in it’s raw, natural form. From the spider’s web to a buzzing bee to the dew on a dandelion or the bark of an old tree… there is beauty all around us that goes completely without notice by most. Take some time each day to see the beauty that surrounds you… give thanks to the Earth for the gift and enjoy life and all of it’s precious moments.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

There’s Magic to be Found

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There is magic to be found every day. 

Some days it is really hard to see the magic that is there, but it is still there.
Some days we really have to work on shifting our view to see the good in that day.
Some days it is easy.
Some days it’s right there in front of us, waving hello.
Some days it is hidden beneath a whole bunch of crap.
Some days we really have to dig.
Some days it’s a surprise.
Some days we need it more than others.
Some days we forget that its always there.
Some days, no matter how hard we look, we just can’t see it.
Some days all we need to do is feel it.
Some days it guides us.
Some days we don’t have to search.
Some days it saves us.

The magic is there… it is always there. If you can’t see it… look again. If that doesn’t work… keep looking. Eventually you’ll see it and if not today, there is tomorrow. 

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Finding What You’re Looking For

WP_20140703_009This morning as I sat in the grass, searching for 4 leaf clovers I thought about the search… not just the search for special clovers, but the search in general.

As I searched, I found myself ever so focused on what I was looking for. All other “things” were on the sidelines as I searched for these elusive clovers. I found one, and kept searching. I found another and continued to search. I found 3 then 4 and 5 and 6 and I kept searching. I found that I kept finding 4 leaf WP_20140703_007clovers until I decided to stop searching.

The same can be said about: Love, Success, Opportunity, Wisdom, Peace, Knowledge, Answers and everything else that one might search for.

You will continue to find what you seek until you decide to stop looking for it.

You may not always be happy with what you find or how you find it… but the choice is always there to keep searching.

WP_20140703_001It is fully up to you to decide when you have found enough and are ready to move on to the next search.

The search won’t always be easy, depending on what it is you are looking for. Sometimes you have to dig deep and go below the surface to find it. Sometimes it is right in front of you, but for whatever reason, you just can’t see it. The thing is… you will eventually find it for as long as you don’t give up searching for it.

For me this morning … the answer is 20. I found 20 four leaf clovers this morning before I decided that I had found enough and stopped looking. :-)

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Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Finding the Wisdom Hidden Inside

IMG_7218We are born with an inner knowing that for the most part in the majority, goes completely untapped. Finding the wisdom hidden inside yourself takes patience, practice and an ability to quiet the mind. You see as children, we live in that inner knowing. Can you remember back to your childhood for a moment? Think about some of the things that you understood without anyone telling you, think about the things you believed without ever being subjected to it, think about the things you did without over-thinking that turned out in your favor…. think back to that time.

In the process of growing up and being “taught” what to think, we forget what we already knew.

How to find that hidden wisdom:

Be patient with yourself.
Practice meditation and practice listening to your intuition.
Learn how to quiet the mind.

It’s not something that happens quickly. I’m sure you will doubt yourself many times before you start actually listening. You will get frustrated and you will give up many times. You will keep trying and eventually you will find yourself trusting that inner knowledge. It’s well worth the time, effort and practice. When we follow our instincts, we find ourselves in a better place, mentally, physically and emotionally. We have to learn the difference between fear and lessons learned. There is a part of us that alarms us when we are about to do something that isn’t good for us… only you can determine if this alarm is going off from fear or from a previous lesson.

There are many forms of meditation. Try all of them until you find ones that work for you. When you find something that works, practice, practice, practice. The more you are able to master the art of meditation, the more you will find yourself hearing and understanding your own inner guide.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Emotion and Clarity

WP_20140627_002Water is a symbol of emotion, so take this image as an example of what happens when we let our emotions take over in too many places in our lives.

Those spaces of clarity become less and much smaller while the emotions take over our entire lives. Put those emotions in their place so that we can have more clarity in all areas of our lives.

It’s not going to be an easy task. It will have to be something to strive for daily, especially if you are anything like me and experience intense emotions.

Sigh… good luck :-)

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Where’s Your Focus Point?

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Have a good look at the image above. What did you aim your focus on first?  Was it the flower, the crack or the overall landscape?

Life is a reflection of what we aim our focus on. We can stand there each day focusing on everything that is wrong or we can adjust our focus to include those things that are right. By focusing in one direction only, our world becomes off balance.

So take a step back today and adjust your view.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Finding Peace Within

WP_20140625_002This morning I kicked off my shoes, planted my feet firmly into the Earth and began singing my song as I searched for 4 leaf clovers before work. For a long while I just sang and searched, moving along slowly as I kept my gaze upon the clover beds before me. At some point in my search this morning, I realized that I had found much more than special clovers. I found peace, relaxation and love.

In that moment that I realized what I had found, I smiled and do you know what I did next? I continued. Why stop the bliss? Why ruin the moment with over-thinking and analyzing?

A few factors came into play to create this moment of peace. Firstly, kicking off my shoes and making that direct connection to the Earth, created a grounding effect as well as linking myself with the Earth’s hum. The singing and searching, emptied my mind of all the other distractions, worries, fears, etc that living creates. My focus was solely on spotting clovers with more than 3 leaves. In a sea of clovers, one might think it would be a hard, stressful task, but for me this was relaxing and rewarding. With every 4 leaf clover I found, I gave thanks for the opportunity… I felt my whole being also being thankful with every “thank you” that I muttered.

On one’s search for inner peace, let go of that idea that we must find that peace and hold on to it every minute of our lives. It’s not quite practical that we will be able to do that and when we begin to fail at that task, we find ourselves pushing away any peace that we once had.

Allow yourself peaceful moments. 

Once we have mastered these moments, no matter how small or large they may be… we will find ourselves having them far more often. Bringing us more peace, more relaxation and more love.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Magic on Ordinary Days

WP_20140623_003Some people spend their entire lives wishing for magic to happen. Whether it be their knight riding in on a white horse to rescue them from their mundane life or being followed by a magical trail of glitter and sparkles where ever they go, they keep wishing for magic. What they fail to see is the magic that is already there. Yep, right their in their lives every single day. We all have it! Magic isn’t something only a select few get to experience. Magic lives in the lives of all of us if we wish to see it.

Here’s some everyday magic you may have not noticed:

A smile from a stranger
A compliment for no reason at all
Finding something that was once lost
A cuddle from someone you love
A kiss
A kind gesture
Finding a penny (face up)
Finding a 4 leaf clover ;-)
Laughter from a child
Giggles between friends
The song of the birds
The soft scent of honeysuckle floating on a breeze
Positive words
Feeling good about who you are
Completing a complicated task
Finding understanding
Knowing who you are
Being in the moment
Peace within
Finding your balance (even if only for a moment)
Doing for others
Spreading positivity

You see these may not seem very magical, but they are. These are just a few of the simple things in everyday life that make us feel good. Imagine for a moment a life without all of these things. Yeah, not so nice huh? Drab and sad to say the least.

Magic isn’t about fairy tales and sparkle, it’s not about a bunch of hocus pocus and making things appear with a twitch of your nose. Magic is about appreciating all parts of life and walking your path with love.

Magic is noticing those things that are mostly unseen, finding an appreciation for all life here on Earth, and harnessing the happiness life offers us.

Most important … Magic is love.  Plain and simple .. LOVE. Love yourself, love others, love living. LOVE.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Let it Rain

What is it about the rain that is so alluring? The soft, sweet lullaby of mother nature rocking us to sleep. The fresh smell of the Earth after a down pour and a thirst that has been quenched. The rain brings with it a cleansing and leaves behind a freshness that only the rain can provide. Puddles everywhere, reminding us to reflect upon our lives and the footprints we leave behind in our journey. Tiny droplets decorate the Earth, like tears from the heavens, glistening as the sun comes out, showing us that even as life is fading we should sparkle with all our might til the end. The rain and it’s soft sweet lullaby.. oh how I do love you so.

Here are a few of  rainy day photos I’ve taken… enjoy the lullaby. (click to enlarge)

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Starting the Day with Positivity

How we choose to start each day makes a huge impact in our lives. It certainly doesn’t stop bad things from happening to us but it improves our general outlook and productivity. This morning I started my day with a little positive reinforcement from Karen Drucker with her song “Thank you for this day”.  I have to admit, when the song came on and I started singing along.. I did instantly feel better. My energy level raised up and I am feeling quite the happy camper and nothing special has even really happened to my day. That little moment of positivity and the message of being grateful just for having another day to live has been enough to get me moving in an uplifting and joyful way. Thank you Karen Drucker for this song and the positive energy it brings.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Being Motivated

IMG_3841 This morning I watched a video about some women who have worked so hard at perfecting their martial art skills that their abilities were simply amazing. Personally, I have struggled lately to find my drive. There is a place inside all of us where our motivation, our drive and our will to succeed lives. Through the daily grind that life gives us, we sometimes lose that place. It’s still there we just forget to tap into it’s power.

When you start utilizing that force inside yourself, you begin to work like a well oil machine. Nothing can get in your way, you are unstoppable. I need to tap back into my own force and stop making all those excuses I tell myself that today isn’t the day, maybe tomorrow.

You know the old saying, “There’s no time like the present!”. Oh man, this means a lot of work is in store for me. I can handle it, I just have to want to handle it. So here I am, before all of you, saying: “I can handle this! I got this! I will do it!”

Ready set go!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Finding the Light

WP_20140616_010I woke up this morning with no idea what I was going to talk about today, so I have been throwing all kinds of topics around in my head. None of these seemed to be the topic of the day. For a moment I thought, oh well I may not have a blog to post today and then life happened.

My co-workers started making their way into the office and I felt my thoughts falling into a big ol’ bucket of negativity as they began all their banter with each other and interrupting the peace and tranquility I’ve had so far this morning. I thought to myself, “Wow! I really might be anti-social today”. I stepped outside to get away from the noise for a moment and I thought, this is a good time to take my daily sky watch photo.

Stepping outside, I found not a cloud in the sky… only sunlight and blue skies. Great, but kind of boring from a photography point of view. Heavy sigh. So as I was feeling more relaxed and walking around, I looked up and saw the sunlight twinkle in and out of the crape myrtle flowers blowing in the wind and my thoughts were instantly lightened. I took my phone out and started snapping photos, trying to catch the light as it was peeking through the branches. It was a fun, playful experience… dancing with the tree, the sun and the wind. Finally I caught it!! I caught the light!

You see today’s message is a simple one. “There is light where you choose to see it.”

I am now out of my anti-social pit of negativity and in a more positive frame of mind.

Thank you Spirit and thank you to the sun and the wind for the playful dance beneath the crape myrtle tree.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Please Help Me Win Toast!

toast logo 2013 - holly toast logo 2013 - hollyWe want these signs to say 2014!  :-)

Please please don’t forget to cast your votes for me this year in Toast of Music City

I’m running for Best Blog and Best Visual Artist …. just click each link below to cast your votes.. I’m listed under People & Places for both categories of  Best Blog and Best Visual Artist.

Thank you in advance to everyone that takes the time to vote this year.. I appreciate you guys far more than you know! Voting is daily from June 15th – July 22nd.

Thank you all!

Vote Now! Make sure you register with the site and click”VOTE” next to my name to cast your votes  :-)

Best Blog - Holly Stokes, myravenblog.com

Best Local Artist (Visual)- Holly Stokes, myravenblog.com

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

The Magic of Friday the 13th

friday 13thToday is Friday the 13th and a Full Moon!

You will hear most everyone today talking about their fears and how they dread Friday the 13th … add the Full Moon on top of it and people go frantic! I’ll just stand to the side and shake my head. What is there to fear? Do any of them have a legitimate reason to be afraid of the number 13? How about the moon? Do they really have reason to fear the moon?

Let start with the moon… particularly the full moon because that is the moon most feared. What does the Full Moon actually do? Well from where I stood on my deck last night, it provided a glowing light in what could have been a very dark place. We will leave out the magical parts because “most” don’t understand that anyway… they are just afraid of a large mass in the night sky that is turned in such a way that it reflects the most sunlight it possibly can on it’s surface for the month.  Yep… real scary! Run for your lives!

Now lets look at the number 13. There are a lot of stories from olden times that contribute to the superstitions but that was the past. It already happened and for whoever it effected back then.. yep that was pretty unlucky but the number itself wasn’t the cause of the bad luck.. the cause was created by the people who committed the violent acts.

Number 13 = made from the number 1 which is a symbol of new beginnings and the number 3 which symbolizes creativity, communication, compassion and manifestation. Wow when you break it down, the number 13 looks pretty darn amazing!

So tell me now…. what is there to fear?

Here’s a bit magic I found today, on Friday the 13th with the full moon overhead:

I’ve been outside singing to the fairies this morning hunting four leaf clovers and taking photos in the rain…  Most will just want to stay inside when it rains, saying how yucky it is … but me… I think the rain is beautiful! I found 16 four leaf clovers this morning and captured some beautiful pictures with my camera. Have a look at the rain that everyone else avoided. (click on the gallery for best viewing)

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

June Full Moon – Lover’s Moon

IMG_6779Standing beneath the moons glowing light, I can feel her magic coursing through my veins. The energy of June’s full moon is that of love, marriage and success. It is a time to nurture your garden and enjoy it’s beauty. The same can be said for whatever projects you are tending in your life at this moment. All things become their best when we embrace them with love, whether it be a relationship, a job, project or anything else in your life. Act with love and watch it grow!

The June Full Moon is known by many names, some of them are:  The Lover’s Moon as well as The Strawberry Moon, The Rose Moon and The Honey Moon.

Don’t forget to step outside and soak up a bit of that full moon magic tonight. Also now is a great time to cleanse and charge your crystals with that full moon energy… place them outside or in your windows so that they can capture that moon magic.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Magical Thistle

I just love this time of year when the thistle are in bloom. Sprouts of purple can be found along side most roads throughout the South. Purple, being my favorite color anyway… there is no wonder I love it so much. Also it is my birth flower, the November flower :-). More reasons to like it, as if I needed any other reason.. it’s a flower – it’s purple and it’s my birth flower. Love, Love Love!

I thought I’d share with you some information I’ve gathered from the web about it’s magical properties along with some photos I took of thistle last night when I was out walking my sweet dog, Monty.   ENJOY!

Make sure you check out more info on the thistle below the photo gallery.

An herb of protection and vitality.

A bowlful placed in a room strengthens the spirits and renews vitality.

One may be carried for added strength and energy.

They offer protection when grown in the garden or carried in the pocket.

Throwing them into a fire will deflect lightning away from your home.

It is said that when a man carries a thistle he becomes a better lover.(Ooooooooooooooooo) lol.

A method of calling spirits is to boil some thistle.

It was once believed to cure the plague.

Thistle is also known to remove negative energies and hexes as well as bringing one uplifting energy and luck.

It strengthens the memory, helps with depression, and is useful in migraine headache.

Combine it with peppermint, elder flowers, and ginger for colds, fevers, and backache.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Being YOU

owl444Don’t allow outside forces to destroy who YOU are or allow them to take the light from inside.

Be who you are without fear ..

We are happiest when we don’t have to hide or mask the true self… when we are allowed the freedom to be exactly who we are without criticism and without fear of others looking at us with the tilted head and disapproving look on their faces.

I have learned that those type of people exist no matter where you are or where you go. There is always someone out there that won’t agree with everything you do or everything you believe.

Be yourself and don’t worry about what if someone doesn’t like this or that .. what if I look foolish .. what if I fail.. what if it doesn’t work exactly as planned .. what if.. what if… what if ….

I know from experience those “what ifs” are the true killer. Every day  that you don’t do something that feels right in your soul .. those what ifs eat away at you .. and your mind takes you on a nasty journey of self doubt.

Now please, do use common sense when living your life and making choices. Don’t do those things that you know may hurt you or someone else in some way.
Just follow your heart and be true to who you are. Follow your truest dreams and don’t let the ideas of others cause you self doubt.

 

You never know .. some of those dreams may just come true.

 

As my favorite quote goes:

Only the ones who believe,

Ever see what they dream

Ever dream what comes true….

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Who am I…

holly 6-4-14 1I am the girl next door who didn’t follow the crowd.
I’m that twinkle you see when you look into my eyes.
I’m the magic that knows no bounds.
I’m the whisper that says, you can do it.
I’m the odd one, the weirdo, the freak.
I’m sometimes the wise one.
I’m the one who laughs at myself.
I’m the artist, who just loves to create.
I’m the scared one, needing a hug.
I’m the witch with a cackle like no other.
I’m the sun, the moon and the stars.
I’m the friend to the fairies.
I’m the worried one, hoping for the best.
I’m the messenger of Spirit.
I’m the light and the dark.
I’m the seeker, wanting to be found.
I’m the smile that I share.
I’m the listener.
I’m the creative one filled with wonder.
I’m the bird with no visible wings.
I’m more than what you see.
I’m me.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Let the Fun Begin!

Coolidge park 107Life has it’s ups and downs and all arounds … it gets crazy and hectic .. but it’s also wonderful and fun.

 

Today … I just want you to have fun.. enjoy life… do something today to make yourself smile.. and maybe even make others smile.. laugh… love and giggle.

 

At the end of your days here on Earth … my wish is that you will be able to answer YES to the question “Did you enjoy the ride?”

 

So go on… do something unexpected today and have fun!

 

Many Blessings,

Raventalker

Nothing More Than a Memory

holly sketchI don’t know why, but I started to think about when we pass and then began to think of my own passing and what would be left behind. This is what I came up with in that moment of reflection.

Nothing More Than a Memory

One day I’ll be gone from this Earthly place
Leaving nothing more than a memory to trace.

A glance from your eyes to mine
Something I hope lingers lovingly in your mind.

My mark, I’ve left on many a canvas
Now only memories left to dissolve softly into the blackness.

My words fading from the paper where they were once wrote
Leaving behind only a handful of mindful quotes.

My scent only a few knew, no longer lingering around
My laughter, no longer making a sound.

No projects left to craft
No more designs left to draft.

My love, I hope stays with you til the end of all time
Remember me dearly with a bit of  rhyme.

One day I’ll be gone from this Earthly place
Leaving nothing more than a memory to trace.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Hawk Meanings

I pulled into the parking lot at work this morning and noticed a couple of crows in the tree at the other end of the lot … I grabbed my camera and slowly walked toward the tree so that I wouldn’t frighten them away .. walking in a way that didn’t make me look too eager or aggressive… as I got closer I looked up and There was a Red Tailed Hawk sitting on the brick wall below them with his breakfast… check out the video for more information about our friend the Hawk.    :-) 

 

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

What We Don’t See…

I stepped outside the office for a little break, of course with camera in hand as always. You never know when a photo opportunity will reveal itself! It’s warm out but there is a soft breeze out that is sooooo refreshing. I stood there for a moment, taking in the fresh air. The light scent of honeysuckle carried over from the field across the road, filled the air as it swept past me.

I walked over to the retaining wall at the side of the building, looking at the clover and clover flowers. I was hoping to spot a nice big bumble bee or a butterfly to photograph, but no such luck. There was a dandelion that was slowly fading away and some clover flower, so not wasting a moment I got my camera ready to capture their beauty. I moved around the side of the building to see what else I could see and there was my buddy the bumble bee… after capturing a couple of clicks I looked next to me and saw my friend the ladybug so I stepped back just a bit to get her in focus and started clicking away before she flew off.

I went back inside and got back to work, when I had a moment free I loaded the photos onto my computer from the card and as I was cropping the photos of the ladybug I noticed something in one of the photos. It was this tiny little bubble of dew hanging from a small blade of grass. I had completely missed it when I was outside. It was right there just inches away from the ladybug but I was focused so intently on the ladybug I missed this magical little bubble that was right there in front of me the whole time.

You know life is often just like this moment. When we focus so intently in one direction, we miss what is just in front of us.

Here’s the clicks I captured on my little 3 minute break: Click on the images to enlarge them for better viewing.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

More Additions to My Newest Series of Paintings

I’ve begun a new series of paintings using mixed media: ink and acrylics.  I’ve  listed my available pieces on Ebay and will be working on a few more pieces in this style before ending the series and moving on to other types of artwork .

Check them out!! Click Here to see them on Ebay!

Many Blessings, Raventalker

Lost in Nature

This morning before work, I took a nice long walk around the lake with camera in hand and I got lost. Not lost in a way that I needed to be found…but lost in the most beautiful way. Honeysuckle and jasmine filled the air and I was taken away.  The canopy of trees  overhead, the animals all chattering away just like when everyone gathers around the office in the mornings but so much better. The sights, the smells, the sounds … I was absolutely lost in this world and for a good while I wasn’t the least bit interested in being found. It’s a wonderful feeling to step away from the busy hustle and bustle of life and enjoy the tranquility of nature. I walked roughly 3 miles around the lake at a quick pace this morning but instead of feeling tired and drained, I am refreshed, excited and full of new found energy. My thoughts were not of worries about work, life, bills, projects or anything else of the sort… instead, my thoughts drifted from the pure pleasures of my surroundings like when a breeze would sweep through the trails and  suddenly I found myself drenched in the scent of honeysuckle and jasmine. I walked along and looked at everything I could possibly fill my eyes with. The way the clouds and the sun danced in the sky, the way the trees moved with the wind, the silhouettes of wildlife in the distance, the way the trail would seem to disappear and come back again as I made my way, the way the water sparkled in the sunlight and the colors that painted the Earth. I was lost and it was the most wonderful feeling ever.

Here are some photos of my walk this morning: (For more of my nature photos visit my photo blog http://natureblessings.wordpress.com )


Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Superstitions and Bird Meanings

IMG_3460I am asked all the time about the meanings for different bird superstitions.

Here are a few I’ve been asked:
What does it mean when you see 6 hawks flying overhead?
What does it mean when  bird flies in your house?
What does it mean when you see 3 magpies?
What does it mean when you see 2 doves?

This list goes on and on with all the different kinds of birds there are… so I’ll stop there.

There have been superstitions tied to birds for centuries. Who know where each one originated with but somewhere down the line someone said to another this means this and that means that and so on and so fourth.

The Magpie rhyme is a good one: One for sorrow, Two for joy ,Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, Never to be told.

Here are a few others I found online:

  • If a bird poops on your head it is a sign of good luck.
  • Don’t become a sailor if you kill an albatross, as superstition states you will get lost at sea (we just think you shouldn’t on principle).
  • It is good luck if a blackbird makes a nest on your house.
  • If you see 5 crows, sickness will follow; see 6 crows and death will follow.
  • To avoid bad luck tip your hat if you see a magpie.
  • Whatever you do to a robin will happen to you, so be nice!
  • It is bad luck to see an owl during the day.
  • A kingfisher is a very lucky bird.
  • Three seagulls flying together, directly overhead, are a warning of death soon to come.
  • Sparrows carry the souls of the dead, it’s unlucky to kill one (again, we think killing any birds is wrong).
  • When a swan lays its head and neck back over its body during the daytime it means a storm is coming.
  • Having a wren around will prevent one from drowning.
  • A bird that flies into a house foretells an important message. However, if the bird dies, or is white, this foretells death.

These are all superstitons that many of us have grown up being told to believe as truth. All these things do is contaminate our minds with rubbish. A bird is a bird and a bird does what birds do. They fly most often in groups so if you see 5 or 6 crows .. well those crows are mostly likely family and they just like hanging out together. If a bird flies into your house, it probably didn’t mean to and is suddenly thinking “Holy Crap, get me out of here!!” .  If a black bird makes a nest on your house, it just likes where you live too. Are Kingfishers lucky? yep they get to hang out at the lake and fish all day … lol, that’s pretty lucky if you ask me. Is it bad luck to see an owl during the day? Ummmm well not to me.. when I see one in the day I feel extremely blessed, because I get to photograph it!!

It’s hard to get rid of the ideas we were always told to believe. It can be done. Just change the way you see those things.

When I see a bird or two or three or however many…. I get excited and happy. I am usually with my camera and the opportunity to photograph these beautiful feathered friends is something that makes me really happy. It’s nothing to do with omens, luck or anything else. It’s simply an encounter with a bird. That is just doing what birds do.

So what else have you been told to believe that might not really be true?

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Our Personal Journey

IMG_3602Today I posted a simple statement, ” Don’t let the ideas of others get in the way of your own personal journey”.

This statement short and simple, but I feel many will have a deeper understanding to its truth than one might think.

Often in our journey we allow the ideas and thoughts of others interfere with our own quest. We allow those ideas to seep into our path and distract us from where we were going. We begin to question what we already knew to be our own truth. Those ideas get intertwined with ours and distort the vision we had for ourselves. It’s like a contamination. We must learn to hear the ideas of others without those ideas taking away from our journey forward and our purpose.

Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and the path that is true to you. It is okay to walk away from those things that don’t feel true to you and your path. Many Blessings, Raventalker

The Struggle with Our Own Knowing

IMG_2794This morning a friend asked me how to explain to others how being in awareness of your own abilities can bring you into a better place. Even though we all have abilities, most like to stay in their safe place so that they don’t feel vulnerable.

My Response: Most people are afraid to question what they were always taught to believe … so they fight with themselves, second guessing what they feel inside to be true. Your soul already knows where you are going and what you should do, but most people fight with their own souls because they were taught something else.

Don’t get too caught up in meanings other people, websites or books give you, you can listen to them, take them in and make note but don’t let that be what guides you. You have to always listen to your own inner knowing… your own soul.

 The more we trust, the more our lives will come together in a much more peaceful way.
I’m not saying we won’t have battles because we will. We will battle, we will struggle and we will survive.. time and time again… that’s all a part of living and if you have never been through a storm how can you help guide another as they go through their own.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

The Healing Energy of Purple

purple passionEver wonder how colors effect your mood and other parts of your life?

Every color has it’s own healing properties. Changing colors of a room will give it a completely different feel so why can’t it also effect other parts of your life as well?

Here’s some info on the color purple I’ve found around the web:

PURPLE light has the shortest wave and the highest vibrational frequency.  The traditional meaning of the color PURPLE is that of spiritual fulfilment, and it is associated with nobility and power. (I’ve read in several places that royals wore purple because it was more expensive to create than other dyes.)

PURPLE is a deeply rich, comforting and engulfing color that resonates with passion and energy, with the warmth of RED blended with the calmness, coolness and sophistication of BLUE.

PURPLE is used to inspire and motivate us to put our creativity into action.

The color PURPLE is indicative of devotion, Divine healing and healing abilities, kindness, love and lovingness, compassion, care and empathy.  PURPLE is also the color of mysticism and spirituality, justice, wealth, dignity, integrity and high rank, and resonates with power and inspiration.  PURPLE represents Divine guidance, protection, creativity, art, beliefs, imagination and extra-sensory abilities.  PURPLE enhances inspiration, reinforces spiritual awareness and enlightenment and meditative abilities.

PURPLE relates to mystery, perceptions, psychic abilities, transformation, spiritual insight, spiritual renewal and power, psychic healing, balancing polarities, astral projection, paranormal sensitivity, compassion, active dreaming, personal power and inner-wisdom. PURPLE relates to the intuition and is deeply associated with dreams.

PURPLE stimulates our spiritual perspective and is the color of transformation, contemplation, reservation, and meditation. PURPLE uplifts, calms the mind and nerves, offers a sense of spirituality and encourages creativity.  PURPLE brings spiritual insights and renewal, and encourages restful sleep.

PURPLE has long been the color of royalty, dating back to a time when the monarch was thought to have a direct link to the heavens.  PURPLE resonates with divination and prophecy, angels, psychic healing, psychic abilities, reversing curses and counter-acting negativity/black magic, meditation and inspiration, spirituality, astral projection and the Third Eye.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Choosing Stones & Crystals

crystal2Crystals & stones have long been used for healing purposes of all kinds. Each one having its own unique properties and qualities. There are websites all over the place that elaborate on all the many different types of crystals and stones and their many uses.

Find a website that you trust when it comes to understanding their properties. Also you have to use your own intuition as well when it comes to picking out one that best fits you and your needs.

So you have done some research and you know what type of crystal or stone you need and now all you have to do is find one. Here’s what you do:

If you are able to go into a physical store and touch the stones, then that is the best way of choosing. Pick up and touch every stone of the type you are looking for with your intentional use  in mind. Eventually you’ll pick up a stone that you feel that you just can’t put down or that you’ll keep going back to. THAT is your stone! If you can’t find one that calls to you then you’ll have to find another shop or wait til they have new inventory.

If you can’t get into a physical shop and you are shopping online for your stones then it’s a little bit different since you can’t touch the stones and feel their energy. You’ll have to keep that intentional use in mind while surfing through websites. The same feeling will come upon you when you find THE ONE. It will be stone that you just keep coming back to. A stone that imprints on your mind and connects with you.

I hope this has been of help.. now go out and get some stones!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Spirit Journey

WP_20140502_0065/4/2014 Tonight as the hours tic by and bedtime approaches I feel Spirit guiding me. I decide to go  have a bath and meditate for a while. As tub begins to fill I feel myself in a very calm, relaxed state. I was meditated until I started to wrinkle and just before I got out of the bath I heard a whisper say ” you know better, dip your head under the water as well… you know this is how a cleansing goes before each journey”. I thought for a moment .. but I didn’t want to get my hair wet .. and Spirit whispers .. ” well do as you like but if you don’t dip your head, it is then your choice not to journey”. And so I dipped my head like I was told.

As soon as I slid under the water, a Grandmother spirit appeared overhead and said “Go la nv Ga wo ni ha , you and I will journey tonight. We will walk together in the clouds for a while, there are things I need to show you.”  Her face I will never forget, aged but not too aged, graceful and full of knowledge and kindness. Her eyes twinkled and her smile, sincere. She had long flowing, gray hair that seemed to float in the breeze. I cannot wait to journey with her tonight. So, off o my office I got to smudge before bed and then let the night fill my eyes to see what there is to see.

As I lay my head to pillow the journey begins:

Great Grandmother spirit comes to me and begins to bless me with healing waters. First she casts the waters down the center of my body from head to toe and then across my body from side to side tells me that this to keep me centered and aligned.  She then begins to rub an herbal ointment on my feet for safe journeys. Next up is the painting of my body, she begins with blue flowers that quickly turn into paint and rubs this all over my neck for a strong and clear voice, my face and entire head is painted white for the crown chakra, except for a purple smudge right in the center of my forehead for clear vision… tiny lines are then painted from the purple dot in my forehead that move from above my eyebrows and circle around to the corners of my eyes, again for a clearer vision. The rest of my body is painted in greens and browns to keep me grounded. My feet and hands are painted white. The palm of my hands have a small, bright fuschia red spot in the center, the white represents energy being formed and the red spot it’s focus. My feet are painted white so that I can easily walk between the worlds.

Now that I am all painted and have been blessed and told all the meanings of the processes that have been done to me, I am given some information to help with the days to come. I’ll keep those things to myself, for they are personal and not to be shared at this time.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Weaving with the Spider

IMG_2624This morning as I settled into work, I felt this overwhelming urge to go outside with my camera.. something was out there waiting for it’s photo op. I looked up into the sky, looked all around at the trees and then began to walk around the roses in front of me. I wasn’t seeing anything so I moved my focus in for a better look and what do you know… there she was … little miss spider waiting there on the rose petal, waiting.

So today I am to give you some information about Grandmother Spider and ask you to always be thinking about your own web that you weave throughout your life.

Spider is a symbol of creativity.  Is the weaver of the web of life and of fate.  Spider is able to interconnect, linking the past and the future, birth and creation.  If spider crawls into our awareness, it is asking us to rebuild the web of our life in accordance with the design Great Spirit gave us.IMG_2580

The spider shows us that the past, the present and the future are all interwoven.  It awakens our intuitive creative senses and encourages us to design the fabric of our lives from our souls original intention.

Take a moment to think about the web you continuously weave.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Life’s Puzzles

crow puzzleThere will be moments in your life when things will come together…  just like a puzzle you have been working on for a very long time. You’ll sit back … push away from the puzzle and admire all the work that went into bringing all those pieces together. Then you’ll notice the image the pieces created once they found their place…. and you’ll smile with a feeling on fulfillment.

Enjoy those moments.

Give yourself credit for sticking with it and seeing it through.

Smile because you have completed a life phase and are ready to embark on a new one.

It will be work, but it will also be fun… you may want to give up, but don’t … the reward at the end is worth seeing it through.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

The Magical Dogwood

Magical Properties of Dogwood: Wishes, secrets, loyalty and protection. The fire of passion, desire and will. Associated with fertility and sexual attraction, happiness and comfort.

Dogwood is sacred to the Elves at Beltane, this tree bears the magic of flowering, evocation of one’s ancestors, renewal of cycles of fertility, consecration of ritual or hearth fires, giving of comfort or healing and spells of banishment and protection.

Dogwood is useful in any meeting when those attending need to maintain confidence regarding the topics of discussion, and to help keep open minds. Dogwood may be used to keep ones writings private. It is a superior herb to guard ones diaries, or journals. Oil of Dogwood flowers is without peer in sealing letters and keeping the contents only for intended eyes. Use the powdered flowers or bark as incense for your sacred space.

Place the sap of the dogwood onto a handkerchief on Midsummer Eve. This will grant any wish you have as long as you carry it faithfully. Dogwood leaves or wood can be placed in protective amulets.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Abusive People

crow and mockingbirdThis morning I was reading a post by a friend, she spoke about a dream she had that her mother was in. It turns out that her mother was a very angry, negative and abusive person. In the dream, my friend had hoped that her mother might apologize or at least show some remorse for what she had done. That, of course never happened.

I have thought about what I could say to ease the pain of that friend and had a realization that I hope helps many. You see, I know a lot about abusive people, as I have been around them far more than I like to reflect upon. I had an abusive spouse that was abusive in every way that one could be. I grew up with a mother that never saw the sunshine, only the rain. Her entire life revolved around pain and misery and she was more than happy to spread it around. Let’s not forget those abusive friendships, abusive work relationships/encounters, etc.

So, while pondering what words of advice I could give to help my friend move past this pain, I began to think about all the abusive people I’ve encountered in my lifetime. It all really came down to something so simple and true.

All the pain, misery, abuse and negativity that comes from someone is because of them. It is not because of you or anything you have done. It is not any failing on your part, but on theirs. People are angry, abusive, negative, and hurtful because of themselves and their own past. They were not born this way but somewhere down the line they allowed themselves to become it.

You are not the root of how they behave… You were just simply there. 

The best way to let it all go is to forgive them for not being able to rise above their own history and become something better than what has happened to them. Forgive yourself for allowing their issues to get inside your own head and cause you pain. Forgive and let it go. Holding on to the pain doesn’t make them any better a person, it doesn’t change what they did or what they will do in the future. It changes nothing. It holds you back from moving forward and from finding your own peace. Let it go. Forgive.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

1st Day of Spring!

This morning I thought I’d take a quick walk around the lake so I got up while it was still very dark outside and made my way over to Radnor Lake. I arrived about 30 minutes before the sunrise so I was able to capture some great photos of the 1st Day of Spring this year.

A Time of New Beginnings.

Spring is the birth of life after after the long (and this year’s harsh) winter. The Earth comes alive with the buzz and hum of new growth and new life. Soon the landscape will be painted with colors from every spectrum. The air will be filled with all kinds of lovely fragrances and the sun will warm us all.

Here are the photos from this morning’s sunrise photoshoot. Click on the images to see the larger view.

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Enjoying Earth’s Magic,
Raventalker

Quote of the Week

I’ve been pairing up some quotes from my blog posts and photos that I have taken and thought I would start sharing these images each week or at least until I run out of them :-)

Cardinal reminds us that no matter what time of the day or year it is, there is always the opportunity to recognize the importance of our life purpose.

cardinal importance

You can view all of them on my pinterest board if you like
http://www.pinterest.com/raventalker/quotes-from-the-raven/

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

In the Dream

gray globeRaindrops falling from the night sky
Magical dreams begin when I shut my eyes

Drifting in and out of some magical astral plane
Waking suddenly when I think I hear someone shout my name

Wondering what these symbols in the night might mean
Trying hard to remember all the things I’ve just seen

Scrambled and encoded with a mystery still unknown
Visions pass through my mind like a wild and crazy cyclone

Is it a message from the great beyond?
Silently, I wait for Spirit to respond

Some say dreaming is a healing of sort
All I know is it’s a place where I am suddenly transport

From here to there and all over the place
Bringing always a story that by morning I’ll do my best to retrace

Raindrops falling from the night sky
Shush now there’s a new movie playing just behind these  shut eyes.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker