I'm watching a healthy squirrel run up and down the branches on the redwood tree outside my window.
I am blessed with, well, depending on how you look at it, deer who live in my yard. I see the babies grow up and head out on their own. Often, when I go up to the mailbox, one greets me. Sometimes the young ones look guilty as we again set boundaries and agree on what is set aside for them to eat, and what I prefer left uncut by their browsing teeth.
I was at Muir Woods on Monday with a friend, and it was practically empty which is great. We usually get a two week break in tourists and tour buses the first two weeks in December. Maybe the economy will mean a further drop in visitors. Each time I am there, someone points out browsing deer to me, some enchanted tourist, and I smile and am just as enchanted. I'm not sure what it is about deer that each meeting is a blessing. I had a buck guarding one corner of my yard for a time. I needed him then and when my strength returned, he left. Some believe that deer symbolize the soul.
Now I google symbolism and deer. This is one entry that comes up:
Deer - Love, gentleness, kindness, gracefulness, sensitivity, purity of purpose, walking in the light, swift, nimble, meek, gentle, meditation, love, longevity, wealth.
The deer in native American symbolism according to one source is Gentleness, Compassion and Kindness
The squirrel is gathering, appreciation, and thrift. How appropriate for these times.
In my medicine card book, I read that the deer is gentleness and the squirrel is gathering. Perhaps both feel appropriate for today.
Yesterday I saw a kestrel on a branch of a tree. Unfortunately, it was the branch of a tree that will go in the next week or two. But then, I pointed out the redwood tree and it flew there. It will still have a home.
I see now the hawk is strength, foresight, and truth. The hawk is the messenger, "akin to Mercury, the messenger of the gods."
We are surrounded by messages when we give time to see.