Just this morning I had a little visitor outside my window – much to my delight, a lovely Cedar Waxwing was sitting in my Rhododendron, gathering the bush’s flowers with its beak! Yes, it was quite the sight to behold….I was wondering why on earth it would be picking flowers…? Was this some weird nest-festooning thing it liked to do, like the bowerbirds of Australia? Were there bees or other insects inside the flower gathering pollen/nectar, and the bird was using the blossom like a net in order to catch its prey? What exactly was the deal with this?
Referencing my handy Audubon Society field guide on birds (yes, I *am* a nature nerd if you haven’t figured that out by this point in the story, LOL), I found out some cool facts about my little buddy:
Waxwings are apparently super-social creatures, usually hanging out in large flocks. They have a habit of lining up in a tree or bush and passing berries to one another in a chain, so they seem to enjoy sharing and are “polite” enough to feed their friends before stuffing their own beaks with berry goodness.
Hmmmm..interesting behavior for a bird – loves companionship, seems to have a penchant for flowers, and likes to share? I’d say this bird has some very Venusian energy going on! It was pretty cool to see an animal’s energy resonate so strongly with a planet’s. My shamanic healer friend, Deana, once told me that she and I both do similar work as we both deal with archetypes – mine are the heavenly kind (the planets), hers are the earthly manifestations (animals/totems). Something clicked when she told me that – I’ve never looked at animals the same way since. Now I pay attention whenever I have an interesting animal encounter and look at the “energy” (read: message) the critter in question carries, much in the same way I see the planets expressing their energies in everyday life and decode the memos they send out. It’s all symbolic & the signs are there – whether we read them through the planets or the animals, it’s all the same. It’s all energy.