Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Vulture... (BLA Day #5)

Over the past few weeks I have seen more vultures up close and personal than I have probably ever noticed over most of my adult life. The first vulture we saw was flying so close to the roof of our house that the neighbors all stood in the road to observe him, in part because they were afraid if they took their eyes off of him they might get eaten. They thought he was a hawk, but because I am a bit of a  hawk stalker, I knew that was no hawk. The wing span on that rapture quadrupled that of the hawk and it had a different flight pattern. Even my boys knew it was a vulture. Cole and I set out to find where he landed only to find him curbside snacking on a dead rabbit, we both were strangely fascinated.

Over the next few weeks, vultures appeared everywhere I went. On random side roads as I drove Nolan to school, darting out of trees as I drove down the highway and popping up out of ditches as I happened to glance out my car window. So I had to pull out my trusted Animal Speak book by Ted Andrews, to read why vulture keeps appearing in my life. I have many girlfriends who will text me now and then and ask about a certain animal and why they appeared, I love to pull this book out and help them solve the mystery.

Andrews writes that vultures are a member of the raptor family, but unlike most raptors (hawks, owls, etc.), its weak feet and short talons make it unsuited for tearing and grasping. It relies on others to do the killing. Although their role as scavengers is often considered disgusting, it serves an exteremely valuable and necessary function. It limits infections and bacteria from corpses that could otherwise spread to other animals who do not have the resistence. They serve to keep the environment clean and in balance.

The vultures have a wonderful ability to see and use the thermals rising from the earth, giving them lift. Their ability to use the thermals is often likened to auric vision, the ability to see the subtle energy emanations from the body. We have all experienced thermals in our lives. When we have driven down a road on a hot summer day and see the heat rising off the surface, this is a thermal. To the human ground observer, these currents are only visible for a few feet above concrete. The vulture can see them as they rise into the sky. When on the ground, the vultures cannot see or feel the thermals, but in the air they are sensitive to every aspect of the currents. If turkey vulture has come into your life, you will probably soon start to see auras and colors around people and things. If not, the vulture can help you.

The vulture is a patient hunter. It can soar for hours without flapping its wings. They are tremendous symbols of flight without power. They ride the thermals and windborne updrafts. They use air currents to interfere with the pull of gravity and allow themselves to fly. In essence, they do not need to expend much energy to oppose gravity. This is seen in the fact that their wings rarely move, reflecting that the power for flight does not come from them. They simply use what is available. 

Although homely in appearance when just standing, in flight these raptors are magnificent specimens, They soar with grace and an ease that is thrilling. For those with this totem, it speaks of a coming time when you will be noticed more for what you do than for how you appear.

Hmmm... I need to digest that interpretation for awhile; soaring for hours without flapping their wings, sensing thermals and reading auras, flight without power, there seems to be so many themes that intrigue me. Most importantly, I have a newfound respect for this unlikely graceful giant and I will be less likely to throw my arms over my head, and scream when they pop out of the woods with a dead carcass in their beaks (well, maybe I will still scream a little). 

Love & Light,
Stacy



(I did NOT take the photo of the vulture above. However, I felt that this post would not be complete if I did not include a photograph. I will try and get a good one for future viewing.)

I may have not been able to photograph a vulture but I did get Spiderman and Batman with my iPhone. 







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