Tarot for the 21st Century!
This page will be devoted to discussions and information regarding our animal totems--what they are, how they are, how we recognize them, what they mean to us, and together we will study and share our information.
I will begin with my two favorite books on this subject. The first, which I consider to be my bible, is Animal Speak, by Ted Andrews. I refer to this book whenever a bird, animal, insect, or any other living creature crosses my path in some way. That can be in person, in a dream, in a photograph---any time something catches your attention, there is a reason. Another book I use is Animal Spirit Guides, by Steven D. Farmer. If you want to understand your guides, these books are an important point of information.
I will start with the turkey vulture, or buzzard, as it is commonly known. This bird, in Greek mythology was a symbol of heaven and earth, spirit and matter, good and evil. Many see this as an ugly, gross bird that feeds upon the dead, but actually, the vulture cleans the earth. It disposes of what may be considered dangerous to our lives and health. This bird tells you that there may be a time coming when you will be noticed not by how you appear, but for what you can do. If a turkey vulture comes into your life, you may begin to see auras and colors around people and things. If you cannot, this bird may teach you how to see those colors.
Many times, when you look up into the sky and think you are watching a large hawk flying high overhead, it is actually a turkey vulture, searching for an area in life that needs to be cleaned. It has a powerful sense of smell, so if you see a buzzard, maybe something in your life doesn't smell quite right. It may also be telling you to watch what you are eating. The food you eat may have an effect on you emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally.
Regardless of it's appearance and eating habits, this bird keeps itself very clean. It cleanses the bacteria from it's feet by urinating on them. Every morning, it faces the sun and spreads it's wings to cleanse itself of any bacteria that may remain. It has no head feathers for this reason--to prevent bacteria from growing.
This may also be telling you to take care of your feet. If you are having problems, take the time to soak your feet. You may also need to be out in the sun more often, and to soak up some of the sun's rays. Having a sharp eyesight and sense of smell, this bird can also be telling you to be more aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you. Listen carefully for what you may not have heard. Watch for what you may not have noticed. Both may be essentual to your well being.
So, don't look at this vulture as a nasty, dirty, gross bird, but look at why it is hear on earth, and all the good it does. Study it's habits and reason for being into consideration to where it fits into your life. Learn from the message it is bringing into your life.