Today you can find me blogging on my other two contributing projects.  Here you will find an amazing new video by one of my favorite artists, First Aid Kit, on The Bohemian Collective.

Here you will find me talking about this beautiful bird above, the blue jay.  Im so excited to be a part of The Mama Earth Project.  This project just launched a few days ago, by Elisabeth of Manic Mrs. Stone.  It's a beautiful blog, with an amazing cause!  So stoked to be a part of another loving community.  And the blog was designed by Kelly Ann, the same lovely who designed the blog for The Bohemian Collective.  Anything she touches turns to magic.

Go show some love to these other corners of the web that I like to call home. xo.

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For the past 2 months, the spider has been showing up for me.  Im usually pretty good at paying attention when animals are showing up in my life, and I need to further investigate.  But this one has taken me a while.  I guess Im use to relating to animals like birds and deer, ones of that nature.  For me, the spider is one I tended to look the other direction.  But the more it kept showing up, in random places, and in random conversations, the more I realized I needed to pay attention.  And then... the other day there was a HUGE tarantula on the front of our house.  Its the first one Ive ever seen in real life, and to me, this was like SCREAMING at me to pay attention!  

It was kind of a funny situation.  James was the one that found it, sitting up in the corner of the underside of our roof.  Even being so high up, he was huge!  James ran to the door and yelled at me to come out and help him.  (he is super scared of spiders).  He wanted to kill it (only out of fear and first reactions), but I yelled at him not to.  After doing some super quick research to make sure it wasn't poisonous or anything, I wanted to just let him stay up on the roof.  He was most likely looking for a mate, since they don't usually show up during the day.  But James was not going to let it stay near our house, so we compromised.  James got him off the roof and I captured him in a box, and we walked it across the street to a pasture with lots of trees.  I was afraid between knocking him off the house and the heat he would not make it, but he crawled up to a safe place just fine.  So hopefully he is okay.  It was a pretty intimate little moment we had with that spider.  

So, even though I had read it before, I knew I needed to re-read and dig a little deeper in my Animal Speak book.  The beautiful card above was sent to me the same week, from my friend Lauren of Vision Wise.  The words I read in Animal Speak spoke to me.  Kind of a re-affirmation of many things Ive been feeling lately.  Just a few lines from the book...

"Spider teaches you to maintain a balance - between past and future, physical and spiritual, male and female.  Spider teaches you that everything you now do is weaving what you will encounter in the future."

"The spider awakens creative sensibilities.  It weaves a web of intricate and subtle fabric, as if to remind us that the past always subtly influences the present and future."

"Spider reminds us that the world is woven around us.  We are the keepers and the writers of our own destiny, weaving it like a web by our thoughts, feelings and actions."

"Because it is constantly building and weaving new webs, it has also been a lunar symbol, with ties to the waxing and waning of the moon.  For those with this totem, this pattern is a reminder to maintain balance and polarity in all aspects of life.  Spider teaches that through polarity and balance creativity is stimulated."

Some questions to ask yourself:

"Are you not weaving your dreams and imaginings into reality?  Are you not using your creative opportunities?  Are you feeling closed in or stuck as if in a web?  Do you need to pay attention to your balance and where you are walking in life?  Are others out of balance around you?  Do you need to write?  Are you inspired to write or draw and not following through?"

These words, thoughts and questions speak to me, and have been for a while.  It is most definitely something I have been needing to pay attention to.  Im thankful the universe provided such a loud in my face opportunity to listen.  Sometimes we need a little a help! 

There is an awesome giveaway today on From Under His Feathers, featuring works from 3 of the artists from The Bohemian Collective!  Its a good one!!!

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Yellow Billed Cuckoo - Spirit Animal >>>

Yesterday on the way home from the post office, we came across this beautiful bird in the middle of the road.  I instantly knew it had been hit, but didnt realize it was still alive until we drove past.  So I told James to turn around so we could get him out of the middle of the road before he got hit again.  When I went to pick him up, I saw blood, and he didnt attempt to move, so I thought it must of been pretty bad.  I scooped him up, and unknowing to James, brought him back to the car with me to take home.  I was worried if I just moved him to the side of the road, he would straggle back there, and I felt in my heart that if he did die, I wanted to be able to send him off with love.  I didn't know if it was the right thing to do, but my heart told me it was, with the best intentions. 
After we brought him home, I sat him in the grass to see if he would try to move or fly.  For a while he just sat there.  But luckily, when I went to move him, it hopped.  Then it hopped a little bit further.  Then it mustered up the courage to hop up onto a little low branch... After sitting for a moment at each step it made, it would venture a little further, until finally it flew up into the tree!!!  Here he is below up in the tree.  After sitting and recouping for a long time in the tree, it flew off!  I was sooooo happy to know that he made it, even if he was relocated.  If I had left him in the road, he would surely not be with us today.  Ive never had such an up close personal experience with a wild bird before.  I talked to it alot while it was up in the tree.  I told it to please come visit me... although, Im pretty sure I wont be seeing him in my backyard.  Cuckoos like to remain hidden in the woods.  But I would be delighted if he did!!!

Since we are currently studying animal spirit guides in the Intuitive Heart Sanctuary, I definitely saw this one as a sign.  I usually do anyway, since I feel such a connection with animals... but evermore so this time.  It was very interesting to read about this particular bird and its meanings, especially knowing the cuckoo is a close relative to the roadrunner, whom came to me preceeding my dads death. The fact that this little birdy made it out alive, and its a yellow-billed one, not a black-billed one, tells that it came to show me a new beginning, not an ending this time.  Im curious to see how this unfolds.  I feel blessed to have met him yesterday.

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For the Heart of Nature >>>

A lovely bundle of goodness.  Mostly gifted to me by Julie of The Peaceful Peacock.  I ordered the sage bundle from her etsy shop, and she lovingly sent along some extra goodies including these reusable tea bags which Im super excited about!  I ordered the Animal Speak pocket book and cards from amazon.  I was giddy to find the pocket size animal speak b/c its one of my all time favorite books.  Now I can carry this little version in my bag at all times!  This bundle brings a big warm smile to my face.