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Donal

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Re: Divine symbolism in everyday life
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2013, 02:44:25 pm »
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Hi

I've noticed that whenever I feel sad or lacking inner strength I seem to attract cats and  birds. I have no doubt that it's a deity trying to speak to me.

But I'm curious, does anyone else find that they attract certain animals if they're going through a particular high or low point? :)


I have a flock of crows that are based around my urban backyard. When I am having trouble, they seem to get more cantankerous. I think many animals can simply sense certain things from humans, and vice versa. Or, more likely, whatever is in the environment that is bothering me is likewise bothering them. I sometimes think about the Morrigan at those times, and wonder if there is trouble brewing.
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« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2013, 12:00:49 pm »
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Crows! All the time! XD
Every member of the crow family too! It's what lead me to the Morrighan too because the amount around was ridiculous, I guess She was trying to get my attention XD Subtle She is not!
My partner actually has asked on occasion if I've been making offerings to Her or praying to Her about him because he will find that's there's an unnatural amount of crows around his home and he's usually spot on. XD
They especially seem to appear when I get mad or have a 'battle' or something to deal with too. XD

 
Morrigan sounds like quite a character! I've seen her name crop up a couple of times, I think I'll find out more about her. :)

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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2013, 07:35:53 pm »
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Morrigan sounds like quite a character! I've seen her name crop up a couple of times, I think I'll find out more about her. :)


If you're new to Celtic Paganism, I would certainly suggest looking into the Morrigan, known as the Phantom Queen, a major Goddess of Battle and Strife. I find my interactions with Her involve warnings of trouble and being alert to difficulties in life. She is a very useful to know about. I would also urge you to look into many other Celtic Gods and Goddesses. Enjoy your journey!

Donal
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2013, 08:15:19 pm »
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Crows! All the time! XD
Every member of the crow family too! It's what lead me to the Morrighan too because the amount around was ridiculous, I guess She was trying to get my attention XD Subtle She is not!

Bahahaha. Yup. I have even been chased/attacked by crows when I don't do what I know I'm supposed to be doing, particularly if it's because I don't have the ovaries to DO IT ALREADY. "OK, I've just had my ass kicked. By crows. Wonder if tM's trying to tell me something?"
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That what is no sense must be nonsense.

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Re: Divine symbolism in everyday life
« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2013, 08:33:00 pm »
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Bahahaha. Yup. I have even been chased/attacked by crows when I don't do what I know I'm supposed to be doing, particularly if it's because I don't have the ovaries to DO IT ALREADY. "OK, I've just had my ass kicked. By crows. Wonder if tM's trying to tell me something?"



That's funny. Crows have no problem asserting themselves. I have just read recently that crows can recognize and remember human faces, and will react to repeat human interaction.

I am considering doing some reading on animal behavior to see if I can find out more and maybe even work with the crows in my neighborhood.

I do most of my private ritual work in my apartment, but occasionally will go out at night into my urban backyard and do some quick ritual work out where my crows congregate. I may do some formal work with the Morrigan and her crows and see if I can get any useful results.

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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2013, 08:47:59 pm »
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Bahahaha. Yup. I have even been chased/attacked by crows when I don't do what I know I'm supposed to be doing, particularly if it's because I don't have the ovaries to DO IT ALREADY. "OK, I've just had my ass kicked. By crows. Wonder if tM's trying to tell me something?"

 
Okay, I admit I've just been skimming this thread, but I thought both of you were talking about cows.  Time to get my eyes checked again, but at least I have a hilarious visual. :)

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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2013, 09:07:17 pm »
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Okay, I admit I've just been skimming this thread, but I thought both of you were talking about cows.  Time to get my eyes checked again, but at least I have a hilarious visual. :)

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LOL. Being chased by COWS is a much funnier visual than being chased by Crows. I am going to try and do Celtic/Shamanic work with the Morrigan and Crows, but I suppose one could do some work with Cows and maybe Hathor. LOL.

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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2013, 11:46:50 pm »
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LOL. Being chased by COWS is a much funnier visual than being chased by Crows. I am going to try and do Celtic/Shamanic work with the Morrigan and Crows, but I suppose one could do some work with Cows and maybe Hathor. LOL.

Donal

 
Well, my image is more Bugs Bunny than cow goddesses, but that's something that could be worked with too, in my way of working.

Hmm....

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« Reply #23 on: January 28, 2013, 12:15:18 am »
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LOL. Being chased by COWS is a much funnier visual than being chased by Crows. I am going to try and do Celtic/Shamanic work with the Morrigan and Crows, but I suppose one could do some work with Cows and maybe Hathor. LOL.

Donal

Celtic cow work has Brighid all over it. *laughs*
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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2013, 02:23:25 pm »
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Hi

I've noticed that whenever I feel sad or lacking inner strength I seem to attract cats and  birds. I have no doubt that it's a deity trying to speak to me.

But I'm curious, does anyone else find that they attract certain animals if they're going through a particular high or low point? :)

 
Mice, after I started following Apollon. Both in dreams and in waking life (thankfully, not in my house) - before, haven't seen one in many years.

I'm not sure what the pattern of their appearance is (or if there is any at all), but the fact that I'm scared of mice makes it even more noticeable...

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Re: Divine symbolism in everyday life
« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2013, 06:17:09 pm »
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Morrigan sounds like quite a character! I've seen her name crop up a couple of times, I think I'll find out more about her. :)

 
Oh She's an interesting lady! :D


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If you're new to Celtic Paganism, I would certainly suggest looking into the Morrigan, known as the Phantom Queen, a major Goddess of Battle and Strife. I find my interactions with Her involve warnings of trouble and being alert to difficulties in life. She is a very useful to know about. I would also urge you to look into many other Celtic Gods and Goddesses. Enjoy your journey!

Donal


That's Her main interaction with me, she's excellent on giving the heads up about stuff :)

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Bahahaha. Yup. I have even been chased/attacked by crows when I don't do what I know I'm supposed to be doing, particularly if it's because I don't have the ovaries to DO IT ALREADY. "OK, I've just had my ass kicked. By crows. Wonder if tM's trying to tell me something?"


Crows surround the place whenever She's trying to get my attention XD
She's also particularly fond of surrounding my partner's house whenever I'm asking Her for protection for him XD He does be like "Dear, have you been speaking to The Morrighan today?" *looks out window wide-eyed* XD
'You're my friend, and I love you- but you really look like a witch!!'

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« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2013, 08:07:05 pm »
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Well, my image is more Bugs Bunny than cow goddesses, but that's something that could be worked with too, in my way of working.

Hmm....

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Ah! The Loony Tunes Pantheon! Bugs is a great Trickster archetype. Elmer Fudd, the Hunter. Yosemite Sam the Warrior. Might be a good way to teach polytheism to young ones. Classic cartoons, great fun.
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« Reply #27 on: January 29, 2013, 03:32:17 am »
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Ah! The Loony Tunes Pantheon! Bugs is a great Trickster archetype. Elmer Fudd, the Hunter. Yosemite Sam the Warrior. Might be a good way to teach polytheism to young ones. Classic cartoons, great fun.

 
This idea makes me giggle, I love it! So many hilarious mental images XD

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« Reply #28 on: January 29, 2013, 03:37:34 am »
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If you're new to Celtic Paganism, I would certainly suggest looking into the Morrigan, known as the Phantom Queen, a major Goddess of Battle and Strife. I find my interactions with Her involve warnings of trouble and being alert to difficulties in life. She is a very useful to know about. I would also urge you to look into many other Celtic Gods and Goddesses. Enjoy your journey!

Donal

 
Reading through what other posters have said about Morrigan has definitely piqued my interest. She sounds like a deity that doesn't hesitate to give you a swift boot up the bum (or apparently attack you with crows!) when she thinks you should be doing something.

I'll also look more into Celtic Gods and Goddesses, as admittedly it's not a pantheon I know much about. Thank you for the encouragement!

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« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2013, 03:00:49 pm »
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Reading through what other posters have said about Morrigan has definitely piqued my interest. She sounds like a deity that doesn't hesitate to give you a swift boot up the bum (or apparently attack you with crows!) when she thinks you should be doing something.

I'll also look more into Celtic Gods and Goddesses, as admittedly it's not a pantheon I know much about. Thank you for the encouragement!

I note from your posts that you are from Britain. There are a lot of people in your country who work with Celtic deities.

I am an eclectic practitioner myself, but the Celtic deities are my "go to" Gods and Goddesses.

I work with deities from other pantheons and traditions (I have long worked with the Athena archetype/goddess, for example), but my holistic religious practices are tending to use the Celtic deities more and more regularly, as a group, especially the Welsh Gods and Goddesses.

Other Celtic Gods and Goddesses that you might like to look into are:

Gwydion, Magician, Warrior, Trickster God

Arianrhod, sister of Gwydion, Goddess of the "Silver Wheel"

Govanonn, brother of Gwydion, a Smith God

The above are just three examples of Welsh deities, but there are many more Celtic Gods and Goddeses to work with, including many Irish Deities.

Donal
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