Saturday, May 05, 2012

Seeking insight from nature

For the last four days now we have had a male Downy woodpecker in our front Cottonwood tree and in our back maple tree...I know it's the same one because I've watched him flight from the back yard to the front.  So the beat of his little drumming has not been a bad thing but is had me wondering...lets say it's waking me up. So pulled from my library of books and looked up what the woopecker meaning was.  The tapping of his head rapping against wood and the color of his feathers can all have great meaning and that he's persistent at doing what he's doing. Sharing with you all about what I found and looking into it for a better understanding for myself about life in general these days.

Woodpecker- from Animal Speaks book author Ted Andrews


Woodpeckers are often considered a weather prophet; it’s drumming indicating forthcoming changes. In Native American Tradition a woodpecker is connected to the heartbeat of the earth itself. The drumming has many mystical connections from new life rhythms to applications of shape shifting. It is said that many shamans learn to ride drumbeats into other dimensions. There are many kinds of woodpeckers, most black and white with red. The Black and White reflects the need to see issues and aspects of life clearly. It reflects that things are fairly clear if we look closely.

Downys smallest, most common and most friendly. The red on the head area of the wood pecker, (mostly males) reflects a stimulation of the mental activities and the head chakra centers. It reflects stimulation and wakening of new mental faculties. The peck and digging reflects increasing analysis. And their sharp bill and its long barbed tongue can be likened to the art of discrimination.

Questions to ask yourself.. Are you looking at aspects of your life rationally? Are others around you not discriminating in their activities? Are you? Are you or others in your life just jumping into situations with little or no analysis?

If a wood pecker is showing up it might mean new rhythms. Rhythm is a powerful means of affecting the physical energies. Sometimes it is easy to get so wrapped up in our daily mental and spiritual activities that we neglect the physical. This can be when the woodpecker shows up. It may also reflect a need to drum some new changes and rhythms into your life. The woodpecker flies in a manner and rhythm unique to itself. All of this serves to emphasize the fact that it will become increasingly important for you to follow your own unique rhythms and flight.

Do what works for you in the manner best for you. When woodpecker comes into your life, it indicates that the foundation is there. It is now safe to follow you own rhythms. 

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