Posted in Family, Spirit animals

Deer spirit animal

I have noticed an abundance of deer lately and it seems they have appeared anywhere. Not just one or two which occasionally happens as well, but I’m talking about herds of deer and groupings everywhere. Yes the area around me is prone to deer, but it’s the sheer number of sightings that has gotten my attention. What is even more unusual, is that there have been quite a few buck sightings which has always been extremely rare. I used to see one every blue moon, but now, for some reason they are not all that uncommon anymore.

I went to revisit the spiritual meaning of of this animal to see if there was another message to be learned. It appears to go hand in hand with some of the advice you have given me and it is said that when a deer leaps into your life, it is time to be compassionate towards others and yourself. Deer belongs to those who shine the light so others may find their way home. Deer spirit is invoked to create peace in your sphere.

It all makes sense now…

I have been trying to do my best, to take care of myself and to stay calm, but in the end I know that life is filled with pieces of turmoil and my inner peace hangs in the balance. Deer spirit is a reminder for peace and to shine the light to those who feel they are lost in the dark. Mom lost her big toe on the other foot, for the most part she is doing well. The nurses are always surprised how quickly her legs go bad and reach a critical point, one that is close to amputation, and how quickly they recover in the hospital with proper care and regulated food and medicine. It is clear that this cycle will repeat over and over and that Mom cant handle this alone anymore. She might think she is in control and does everything as directed, but clearly she isn’t. Just try to tell her different, a mule is less stubborn than she is. I’m still amazed that our birthdays are only a day apart but how different we are in personalities. Characteristics of sharing the same astrology sign is a total miss in our case.

She is facing rehabilitation and losing a big toe will offset her balance in a great way. She could tip over, feel unstable and she better take that darn walker for whatever time necessary. That’s all I can say and think of right now. No matter how deep I dig there is no compassion for shenanigans and my compassion for her involves what’s best for her and her getting well, not foolish pride, stubbornness or thinking that she doesn’t need a walker. She fell, what else needs to happen? I truly hope that she has changed her mind and gained some insight and wisdom with this experience.

At twilight on the way home…

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Posted in Origami, Spirit animals

Origami Crane

I saw a post on 3cstyle.wordpress.com and Dominique was talking about Origami. Immediately I found myself intrigued and was ready to create, even though I didn’t start right away. I had a crane in mind and that shape was going to be my first attempt. I voiced to Dominique that I wanted to do a crane mobile and remember her response, which by the way still makes me smile. “You never do things like everyone else, don’t you?” It’s not that I try one way or another, I just follow what calls me at the time and quite frankly it feels good to maybe do the unexpected. To be unique and not predictable, I’m ok with that and it is what made me smile.

The day after the news came about Mom, I sat down after work and remembered my little crane project. It seemed perfect to take my mind off and indulge in a little creativity. I needed a distraction and what better way then learning something new. I looked up a tutorial and found an intermediate one that looked appealing. The beginner in me had to rewind a few sections but I managed to make my first crane. I was happy with the outcome, given it was the first time folding origami, but I wondered why I had chosen the crane. Granted a dear friend who calls me Tiger and who studied Martial Arts, refers to his movement style as the one of a crane, but soon I would learn that there were more underlying reasons to choosing this shape then I was initially aware of. I looked up the spiritual meaning of the crane and here is what I found.

Do what you need to do to bring greater balance into your life. This is a time of great abundance and plenitude, one in which you won’t want for anything. A portal has opened that allows you glimpses of the future without fear of trepidation. Maintain a relaxed vigilance at this time, paying close attention to signs and omens. It’s time to revive and restore that hobby or recreational interest you once enjoyed.

Crane totem reveals the secrets of longevity and spirit centered creativity and their connection to the eternal and divine realm. With the crane spirit you become witness to the power of your emotions and how they rule every facet of your life. Emotions lead you into a gale storm where you feel lost and powerless, it is not until you get into the eye of the storm that your power is revealed to you. Here in the center of the storm you can see the vortex surrounding you, the vortex is the field of your unharnessed emotions, fear, pain and stored trauma where you can feel lost and overwhelmed and not know how to find your way out. At the core of all storms is the eye, it is where you see the light has broken through the clouds, this is where the calm waters give safety. It is here that you have perfect clarity and can see the overriding power of your emotions surrounding you.

It seems like a perfect message for this point of everything that is going on in my life…

Posted in Spirit animals

Hawk – Powerful Spirit

I had a special visitor the other day and a Hawk came to visit. Actually is was two Hawks and I briefly mentioned it here. Together, they were sitting on a wooden post in my backyard as I stepped out onto the patio. One flew away, but the other remained for quite some time, watching me carefully sit down on the stairs. This wasn’t the first time and I had previous visits from the Hawk in the past, I knew right away that this was a special moment and another message that was due being delivered.

My dear Fairy Sister Roda recently sent me a pocket guide to Spirit Animals from Dr. Steven Farmer. Thank you, xo 🦋💙. God knows I’m a bookworm and how I love my books, she knew just which one could add additional joy to my collection that is ever growing. I was curious of what the book had to say and I’m fascinated with the timing of how these events often unfold. I could easily miss it if I was a sceptic, but I don’t think that it is coincidence that the book arrives and within hours a spirit animals appears in the most unusual settings. I guess it comes down to “Believe or not believe”. You know where I fall and here are the words of Dr. Steven Farmer and what the Hawk visit might mean.

You’re caught up in too many details, so step back so you can get a greater perspective on the situation.

Stay alert and focused on the task before you, eliminating as many distractions as possible.

Spend some time observing and studying the situation, and when it’s time for action, make it quick and decisive.

Pay close attention to your surroundings, as you’re about to receive an important message.

Be aware of any personal or psychic attacks, and be prepared to defend yourself.

Stop trying to change others or the situation, and work instead of accepting things as they are.

Sometimes the messages are surprising and may not always make sense. Sometimes they make you pause and drive awareness, as they bring to the forefront the subconscious of the things you might not be aware of. In a way, I believe that is the very purpose and meaning of it all together. Perhaps it was the last part of the message that brought the biggest eye opener for me. There are several examples that I’m surrounding with that the empath in me feels and absorbs the energy of these situations. I can’t deny feeling the pain and the struggles of some people dear to me, and without a doubt I would gladly wave my hands and wipe it all away if I could. I have to step back and realize that no matter how tough the lessons, they are part of their journey, a part of being stretched to grow into their higher selfs, and that those moments are necessary in the process.

It was also the first part of the messages that spoke to me, and it easy to get lost in planning all the details of my future and what is to come. It’s huge and overwhelming and the overall picture can easily discourage. Today I remember that sometimes we just need break things down. A journey of a million steps, starts with one single step and no matter if you can move at the speed of a leopard or a snail, eventually you will reach your goal as long as you keep moving.

Posted in Spirit animals

Bear – Spirit Animal

It’s Monday and time to join Roda’s critter challenge. I actually work today so I’m lucky that I got to spot a special critter during my outing last week. I had submitted a picture of Luna, thinking I wasn’t going to find some noteworthy critter and then it happened at the end of the day.

Dusk fell over the short days that definitely mark winter time as we made our way back. We weren’t on the road long as we noticed something (a few somethings) tumble across the road up ahead. Every second was of the essence as I squinted to confirm what I thought I was seeing. My heart was pounding as adrenaline pumped through my veins with such excitement that I jumped out of the car, left the car door wide open, I didn’t care, and started to chase after the three brown lumps that had by now crossed the road and disappeared downhill into a ravine. A second later I spotted Mama Bear cross the river below and her two cubs were in close tow behind her. I stood and watched them safely reach the other side and crawl straight up the hillside as if it was no big deal. They are excellent climbers and despite their clumsy looking nature, they are pretty agil and quick. I wouldn’t want to be chased by one, although that thought really never crossed my mind and I never had a problem with a bear. They usually want nothing to do with us unless they feel cornered or threatened. Luckily I have never come up on one by surprise and there was no need to feel alienated. If I could, I would give them a big bear hug, hence, pun intended. Bears are my favorite animal and resemble much of my own wild spirit. Strong, wild and free is how I see them, and if I had a Spirit Animal, a bear would probably have a strong presence in my chart. Seeing any animal in the wild is always a bonus, but this was definitely very special and it’s been a long time since my last bear encounter. I was elated and the day ended discussing this huge highlight all the way Home, and beyond. I had the hardest time not to share this with you, and I have been carrying this secret for a week now. Phew, am I relieved now that it is finally out even though the thrill was worn a bit.

Of course you don’t get to see these guys in the wild every day, so there had to be a message that came with the sighting and here is how it translates to when a bear crosses your path.

Bear is here to provide strengths in challenging times when we feel helpless or weak. Bear encourages us to stay the path and muster the courage to deal with difficult situations. Bear is definitely up to the challenge and if you have been swallowing your words, bear is here to remind you to stay true to your vision without compromise. Bear may also ask us to take on an authoritative role, not only in our own life but also when it comes to guiding others. Wow, it’s truly amazing and crazy at the same time and I feel I had a few moments like these recently. When you think of the height and weight of a bear, it simply demands respect. This is not the time to “play dead” but it is the time to engage and make things happen.

I’m sorry for the poor quality of the pictures. Dark lighting didn’t help and these guys don’t exactly sit there and lose until you got your shot, but I still hope you can enjoy this. Until next time…

Posted in Spirit animals

Pronghorn Antelope – Spirit Animal

Last week I encountered a large herd of Pronghorn Antelopes. Although I’m used to seeing this magnificent animal in that one particular spot, it was the number and the size of the herd that made me pause. It’s not unusual to to see a couple, but 35 in one spot is a seldom sight. As you would know me, of course right away I started to think that this had to be a sign of some sort. Whether it was the animal itself or the sheer number of how many there were, something was unique and a message was in need of being told. Here are the things to ponder when antelope crosses your path, and you can see how to apply their spiritual meaning to your life and your current situation. When encountering Pronghorn Antelopes you are being asked to make decisions and take the appropriate actions. Trust your intuition and allow it to guide you. Make your decisions based on instinct rather than intellect and choose wisely. Follow your gut feeling and make up your mind quickly instead of contemplating. The time has come to allow the antelope to show you the way. To see through their keen eyesight and recognize the path and what is being offered.  

Antelope can also show you how to adapt to the most difficult of situations. Using it’s spirit like medicine will help you find greater love and an abundance of life in most anything you encounter.

Posted in Animals, Spirit animals

A special guest


I had a special guest visit the store today and this fourteen year old pooch and his owner came walking towards the registers to pay for their purchase. Apparently it was time for a new toy and off to the plush aisle it was, where he (the pooch) picked up a new stuffed animal. Seeing him walk across the sales floor was definitely not something I expected, or for that matter ever seen before, but it instantly brightened my day. Between conference calls, a dentist appointment, interviews and a corporate visit, he was a heart warming sight to see, and seemed happy and content with his selection. After asking the owner for permission, I got this shot and a few cuddles, which I thoroughly enjoyed. 💙

It was unusual how this animal entered my life today and I can’t help but look at it as a spiritual sign. When a dog spirit enters it brings the gift of awareness and protection. You might be surrounded by problems you can’t see and it is time for the dog to sniff out the situation. Trust in the power of protection and remember that it is ok to play. The dog spirit belongs to those who love unconditionally. Dog spirit also indicates adventure, excitement and something new. It is time to feel very excited because something exhilarating awaits. There is a playfulness and curiosity, a reminder that we should never hesitate to ask questions and pursue our interests. You could also be urged to evaluate the people who have treated you badly and consider how you are dealing with them.

Posted in Photography, Spirit animals

Hummingbird – Spirit Animal 

It was during our last backpacking trip to Winnemucca Lake, that I spotted a beautiful patch of blooming wildflowers. The color was so vibrant that it stood out against the rest of the scenery. Located quiet a bit higher than the waters edge, a giant boulder was right in the middle of this amazing color display. My curiosity was peaked and determined I set out to make it to the rock. After a little bushwhacking, I was there, sitting surrounded by the flowers, in the sweet smell of bliss. I was immediately still watching the water below me in silence, taking in the beautiful mountains across from me, while feeling that I had found my own unique place of peace and serenity. A flutter passed right by me, towards the display of beautiful magenta colored flowers. It’s quick, precise movement startled me initially, until I made out a tiny, beautiful little hummingbird that stopped by to visit. Flapping it’s tiny wings at speeds the human eye was unable to make out, there he was right in front of me, suspended and floating effortlessly through the air while drinking the sweet nectar from flower to flower. Click, click, click, I needed to get a picture of this unusual little friend, but it proved to be a bigger challenge than I imagined. As soon as I locked focus, he moved to the next flower, which repeated in quick successions. Eventually I got one that would turn into my best effort and it would have to do. I felt grateful being allowed to visit this special little display and I was anxious to learn about the spiritual meaning of the hummingbird. 

Here is what I learned…

When a hummingbird flutters into your life, it might be a reminder to enjoy the simple things in life. To be more present and INDEPENDENT. Hummingbird helps lift negativity and is swift to respond. It might be a tiny bird but it is resilient and able to travel great distances. A reminder that strengths can often be found in the tiniest of packages and that mind over matter definitely has a good chance at winning. We are never know what we are capable of, until we have to be strong. Prepare to be amazed when it does happen. 

Hummingbird is a reminder to take joy in the simple pleasures and to enjoy yourself. A symbol of encouragement, to open your heart and express yourself more to joy and love. Are you ready to become who you are meant to be? There was once a time when you used to dream big. What happened to all these dreams? Just know that there is still another version of yourself who didn’t give up on those dreams. Hummingbird is here to remind you that it is never too late to make your dreams a reality. 
Xoxo 💙🦋

Posted in Inspiration, Spirit animals

Wolverine Fitzgerald


Met a little friend on the trail yesterday and it took me a moment to figure out what he was gnawing on. Actually I saw a few, popping out here and there, strangely comfortable right next me instead of scurrying away. I love to watch these little critters and this one got himself a mushroom for supper. That was a first for me and I never knew that they eat mushrooms. 

The blog title came to be because I name the animals I come in contact with. I know, I know, pretty soon I will start talking to myself…oh wait, I already do that. They often bare silly names that we laugh about and what can I say “I guess I’m easily amused and find fun in the most basic ways and circumstances.” Holding on tightly with his sharp, little claws, there was no doubt that he reminded me of Wolverine. I sat for a moment and envisioned this little superpower furry critter fight you with all it’s might for mushroom rights. And the last name, well I’m not sure, perhaps it came from encountering some fellow Germans on the trail (even though Fitzgerald is not a German name) or because of U2 releasing a new song yesterday. It will sound great live and I’ll see you next year. So perhaps a good old, traditional, American last name fell to the wayside this time. 

As I’m sitting here, writing this post before work, my resident squirrel “Dirty Jake” is collecting his breakfast, filled with nuts a d veggies on the porch right next to me. “Good morning and beautiful day to you my little friend.” I have to smile at myself how much peace floods through me, watching such simple little acts. It seems like they are becoming more and more priceless, and one day all the little things will add up and become the big things of our lives.

The unusual behavior yesterday came across as yet another sign, as if my little friend “Wolverine Fitzgerald” was trying to tell and teach me something. Here is the spiritual meaning of chipmunk…

Something good is on the way to you and something delightful and wonderful will touch your heart and make you smile and laugh. Chipmunk is very benevolent and grants the deepest desires of the heart by making wishes come true. Chipmunk is a totem of abundance, friendship and preparation. It is said that there will be an important conversation that is coming your way, pay attention to the details. Chipmunk has secret tunnels for a quick getaway, symbolic of illusion and the power of magic. Chipmunk also loves a good adventure and is constantly noticing new changes to the environment. He will quickly tell all those close to him and who care to listen of his findings and the tiny pepples that have moved. 

The only thing I can say to this is “Germany, I know you will have important things to tell me and I’m preparing for the journey. I know you bare secrets, not yet visible and hidden in secret tunnels, I will leave it up to you to show me the magic and reveal what you think is necessary in the next step. 

Posted in Inspiration, Spirit animals

Red Dragonfly 

It’s been the summer of Dragonflies, a magical time of Fairy realms, change, transformation and adaptability. Dragonfly has invited me to dive deeper into the realm of emotions and feelings. To be on the lookout for false illusions and deceit and be prepared to see through the veil of what is not always clear. Dragonfly has been a constant companion during this year’s outings and I don’t remember ever seeing so many. Unexpectedly, they have appeared in the most of unusual places, such as the parking lot at work, sitting on an antenna ball, swarming shallow water crossings in high numbers, they have landed on my arm, unafraid or bothered by my human presence or flew around me while swimming in an alpine lake. 

The majority has been blue in color with a few brown ones, but that was about to change as the other day, I had the pleasure of having a red one land on a tiny branch right next to me. There it sat, keeping me company, while together we admired the glistening lake as a back drop right in front of us. Dragonfly, a tiny, whimsy reminder and messenger of everything that lies ahead and what is yet to come. The signs have bee amazing and without resistance but full of wonder, I value the guidance they have provided for me.  

Posted in Humor, Spirit animals

PRAYING with MANTIS 

It’s been awhile that I wrote what I would consider a real post. Life has been busy, busier than usual but the experiences have been nothing short of happening in this period of personal growth in my journey. 

Another funny happened to me the other day and I’m thinking about submitting the story to my friend Linda at mainepaperpusher.wordpress.com for her guest in jest series. She loves a good laugh and who could not use a little extra humor in their life. I hope to reach my goal to lift her recent tough days and scares just a little while bringing a smile to her face. If you haven’t stopped at her site, please take a moment to do so and be prepared to laugh and find sass around every corner. 

Anyways back to my story. It’s about 7:30 AM the other day as I arrive at work. The parking lot is empty for the most part with only a few random cars from other employees. It’s still early, before store opening and the world is quiet from all the hustle and bustle of retail life that is about to begin. I sit for a moment and as usual I’m fashionably early by about 30 minutes. What used to be calculated to the minute in younger years with not a moment to spare, has turned into easing into the day and putting the rush on a back burner whenever possible. A random woman is walking the parking lot. Her hair is sticking up wildly and appears non groomed. Her clothing old and dirty, I watch her for a couple of minutes and conclude that she might be homeless. She lingers around the area and takes another stroll through the lot. It’s time to go inside I decide as I grab my purse and lunch pail. A few steps away from my car, something on the ground catches my eyes. It appears straw like and the color contrast against the dark asphalt was hard to miss. Perhaps a twig of some sort, but somehow it commands me to look closer. Wow, well “Hello there dear Praying Mantis”, I almost mistakingly took you for a stick. Luckily I missed you and didn’t run you over with the car. I forget about everything around me as I try to snap a quick picture with my phone. The top view doesn’t do it any justice and I’m not happy with the result. I know that I have to get down low if I want to capture anything worthwhile. Purse and lunch pail aside I’m now on my knees in the empty parking lot in front of this Praying Mantis that can’t be seen from a few feet away from me. A picture that would even had the wild haired homeless woman wonder and raise an eyebrow in good old “What the heck” fashion. I don’t care and frankly I forgot all about her even being there. She is somewhere close by and all I know is that she could be standing right next to me, this very moment. I’m focused (literally and all pun is fully intended) on my little unusual friend. On my knees, upper body extended forward my hair is on the ground and I’m inches from the dirty pavement. I finally get my picture and I’m happy with the new and improved version of the prior picture. Back at my feet, I see the woman weirdly stare at me from a distance and I realize that she was still there, obviously watching the whole thing. She is now hanging out at the front door of which I have to enter, waiting for me as I appear to busy myself on the phone reviewing the pictures I just took. She waits, unwavering, inquisitive look on her face and all and a confrontation with her is unavoidable. Within a few feet from her, she decides to meet me half way and begins walking towards me. I prepare to give her some money for a warm meal but instead she has another type of question for me. She grabs my arm, bewildered with a look of seeking to understand what just happened in front of her eyes. What weird thing possessed me to hit the ground, arms extended in front of me facing south she is curious. “Where you Praying out there?” she asks my with the most serious look on her face. Now it’s my turn to sport the bewildered look as all I can muster to say with a short laugh was “Well yes, I was PRAYING with MANTIS. I’m sure she didn’t understand what I was talking about, but the picture and this incident became the joke of the day and even now is still a funny one to tell. 
So, here is the picture I did capture of my friend “Mantis” and I hope you enjoy the story and it brings a smile. Xo 🦋💙

As a spirit animal, Praying Mantis brings the blessings of stillness, intention, attainment, fulfillment and satisfaction. 

In a symbolic meaning  it will bring the magic of evolution, hypnotism and spiritual perception. 

Not at all strange to see this beautiful sign from the universe at this point of my journey.