Friday, March 29, 2013

Voices of lost lovers....


“Somewhere a bird sang, its chant hanging plaintive and melancholy in the still air...I think it's a sort of lark or something. Our tradition has it that they sing with the voices of lost lovers. If the stars are smiling on them, you will hear its mate call back in a moment.” ― Jane Johnson, The Tenth Gift: A Novel

There are so many wonderful things said about birds....

I love to sit in my yard
and watch all the lovely birds
I'm blessed with.
I especially love to see the cardinal pairs.

(female cardinal)
At times I see the male cardinal feeding the female.
(I have yet to get a photo of it happening)
She is waiting for his return.
 
Some Native Americans believe...
 
The Cardinal is one of the most easily recognizable birds with its brilliant red color.  It can be seen throughout the twelve months of the year and is often depicted as a Christmas bird. Their eggs hatch in twelve days.
The number twelve connected with the Cardinal
 is why there is a belief that they are lucky.
 When you spot a Cardinal 
you can expect a change for the better
 within twelve days, twelve weeks,
twelve months or at the hour of twelve.

Another belief by many Native Americans
 is when you observe a Cardinal flying upward
 toward the sky
you will have good luck.

The Cardinal perching your windowsill
is the spirit of someone you have lost.

Savor the Day!
Yvonne


4 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I realize it's been awhile since I've been here, and for that I apologize.

Before I moved to Wichita, I lived in a small town in MO, called Webb City. It is actually on the north end of Joplin. They city was called the Cardinal City and the high school football team was called the Cardinals. Several of my friends gave me cardinal art each year at Christmas. Consequently, I have always had a real fondness for this lovely and colorful bird.

Barbara said...

Very touching Yvonne, thank you. I will never see cardinals the same again. :)

Halle said...

Cardinals were always my dad's favorite. He put up a mirror with a perch near the window after observing a male cardinal perching on the rear view mirror of his van to look at himself. He'd get the male nearly daily coming to preen at the mirror. :)

Kim Andersen said...

I had no idea about the lore of cardinals. My grandmother kept many bird feeders and cardinals were always her favorite. I remember seeing them at her house - and now that I come to think of it, that is the only time I have seen them. We have lots of nuthatches and finches in our yard. They love the berries and seeds left on the bushes overwinter.