On my recent trip to Mount Shasta, I had two animal spirit encounters, not during my hikes, but on the drives beginning and ending my trip. On the drive north towards the mountains, I saw three falcons perched on fencing along some farmlands within the span a few minutes. The day before I had read a blog post (sorry, can’t remember whose), which focused on the symbolism of the animals in some of the Tarot cards, particularly the Nine of Pentacles, which has a falcon in it. I took a mental note of this because this month I had and have been getting the Nine of Pentacles nearly every day in my personal daily spread. It also came up in at least half of the September Monthly Tarotscopes and in this week’s Weekly Oracle Card Reading (see videos below).
I have written about the symbolism of the falcon before in Animal Spirits: The Hawk and the Falcon, but this encounter had a much more personal message, which is interwoven with the symbolism of the Nine of Pentacles. This card is about financial gain, but it is also about independence – being free to do what one loves and enjoys. In the readings in the videos below, for the ones in which this card came up, there was also a message of being free and secure to move on or forward and to take flight. Both the falcons and the Nine of Pentacles have been sending me messages of affirmation for where I am in life right now: feeling free to express myself, independent, yet building my network and community, and picking up momentum to take off in flight.
Also interesting to note is the number three. It wasn’t until I looked back at the old post, Animal Spirits: The Hawk and the Falcon, that I remembered that I had discussed the meaning of the number three: The number three, and trines, is an auspicious number. It represents creativity, abundance, and self-expression, all of which comes through and develops with relationships and community. And the number 9 is of course 3 x 3.
A few days later on the drive home a very large all-white bird flew by, or more like floated by, right in front of my windshield. It wasn’t a stork as I first thought (they don’t come all-white). So I had to do some research when I got home, and it was a Great White Heron, a variation of the Blue Heron. Herons are very self-reliant and independent birds. They are solitary, intelligent, calm, patient, and present, yet happy to explore. The heron, too, seemed to be affirming the greater independent and abundant stage that I am in in my life’s journey.