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Mockingbird no more

Ok, so I'm not someone who typically believes in things like animal spirit guides or the like. But I'm starting to think maybe, perhaps, there's something to it. And if there is? ...

So, ok, my animal is a mockingbird. Yes, a little, gray, very noisy bird. It's been in our yard for weeks, sometimes with a partner, but always at least one. It talks to me in the morning and evening from various perches in the back yard. Once, it was sitting directly on the clasp for the dog line, where I hook up Tas. There were many weekend mornings in which I'd sit in the breakfast room with a cup of coffee, and it would perch on a chair immediately outside the window (ie, directly in front of me; approx 4 feet away), cock its head, and make noise at me. Sometimes for the better part of an hour. Once, when I was on the couch watching the tele, it came rushing at the window screen, and hung on, flapping its wings like mad.
I was beginning to get spooked, so I looked it up.

According to Animal Totems:
When Mockingbird appears to you it is time to sing a joyous song of life. With one of the prettiest vocalizations of the bird family, his medley of calls is a culmination of many other birds, likewise, your song is a medley of circumstances, experiences and those that surround you. Rapid succession is events are about to unfold, if they haven't already. Experiences will expand your repertory profoundly. Mockingbird teaches the art of adaptability and going with the flow. He is about following your soul purpose and recognizing innate abilities. Communicating is part of what Mockingbird teaches. He also flushes negativity with his voice. Are you using your song to bring joy? This animal is also a fierce protector of its environment. Are you watching your territory for those that come to close? He will teach fearlessness and strength. Even with strength in defenses your song matches few to bring joy and harmony to many people. Mockingbird will teach how to accomplish this balance.

All fascinating stuff, I must admit.

But this morning, I heard no sounds from my "friend." And when I went to wait for the bus, I found a mockingbird, dead. Exactly where I would normally stand to wait.

Poor little guy. I have no idea what could have happened to him.

And my question to you superstitious folks is this ... does this mean something? Am I trying to find meaning in something that's just incredibly random? I have to say ... something inside me is going all wifty farkle with this. And I feel so bad for the bird :'(



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Jul. 13th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
I do believe that animals have spirits and that they are more in tune with us than we give them credit for. And perhaps he was guided to chatter with you and force you to focus your attentions on these things at this moment for a reason.

Is it superstition? No more than anyone else's beliefs in things you can't see or measure. ;)
Jul. 13th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
Poor small winged creature! I agree with Luna - if I could have written a description of you, that animal totem would be pretty close to it - maybe he was just here until you were reminded that you bring joy - which you do - and that you are the culmination of all the things that have happened to you, which you are. Keep being the positive person you are, finding beauty in the things most people choose to ignore - and maybe he'll come back! Or his brother or sister will. Or his children. :)
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