Eagle Medicine


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Eagle Medicine




*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:


Eagle defines the self confidence of intellectual freedom to pursue unconventional concepts or issues.




*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:


American: Freedoms and liberties in which everyone deserves to share.


Soaring with an eagle: a type of flying dream.


Many solar gods are equated with this symbol, giving the eagle associations with the lifting of depression or a more conscious awareness.


Lofty ambitions that require great skill to achieve.


Jungian: Your father or another masculine authority figure. Leadership skills. Among the Romans, this bird became a kind of totem for the emperor, who was
thought to reincarnate as an eagle. Alternatively, this may also symbolize traditionally masculine characteristics like pride and fierceness developing.


An alternative lightning emblem. In ancient Greece, people placed eagles on temple rooftops to protect the building from lightning, as they felt this creature
controlled the fire from the sky.




Riding on the back of an eagle represents a spiritual voyage, possibly an astral journey or OBE.




*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:


Key Words: Powerful, thoughtful, intense


Magical Influences: Spirit flight (astral projection), acute vision, monogamy, attainment of high aspirations; mastery of the element of Air, evokes aid of
sylphs.


Personality: Eagles are commanding presences. Whether they want to or not, they attract attention. Those with this animal personality have strong leadership
skills and take swift action when it is needed. They also tend to mate for life and cannot understand how others can be happy with relationships that are
anything but monogamous.




*Brad Steiger/Totems:


Among ancient Mediterranean people, the eagle was associated with the sun god, fire, and lightning. Zeus, the father of the classical gods, took the form of an
eagle when he carried his young lover Ganymede to Mt. Olympus. For the Romans, the eagle became a symbol of the soverignty of its emperors, and the image was
carried before the Empire's legions as they set about conquering the known world.




The eagle became a popular symbol of power among the Germanic people because the great bird was representative of Wodan, the ruler of the gods. As with the
Romans before them with their Caesars the eagle's mastery of the heavens came to symbolize the sovereignty of the German kaisers.




Because the eagel could appear to fly so close to the sun, the Medicine priests of all the tribes regarded the large bird as a very special messenger of the
Great Mystery.




In India, the Vedic tradition also portrays the eagle as a messenger of divinity and as the bearer of soma, the favorite drink of the Vedi gods, from Indra.




An old Aztec folktale tells of the ciuapipiltin, spirits of women who died in childbirth, who returned to the earth to snare the children of living mothers.
These entities could appear in the form of ghostly women or as an eagle, swooping down from the sky.




Psalms 103:5, "so that thy youth is renewed like an eagle's"; and Isaiah 40:31, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles," both allude to the old Hebrew belief that the eagle had the ability to plunge into the sea and regenerate
itself every 10 years.




Over the years in Christian iconography, the eagle has represented a special messenger from Heaven, the spirit of prophecy, a prayer rising swiftly to God, and
even the Ascension of Christ. St. John the Evangelist is identified with the eagle.




In the old days, eagle feathers were used whenever possible on Native American war bonnets, rattles, shields, pipes, baskets, prayer sticks, and all kinds of
ceremonial costumes. The very style in which the feathers were clipped, colored, and arranged on a chief's or warrior's clothing would reveal his rank
in the tribe and the deeds that he had accomplished to earn that rank. Today, of course, with the eagle on the endangered species list, psuedo-eagle feathers
are created from crow, chicken, and turkey feathers.




And speaking of turkeys, if Ben Franklin had had his way, the turkey would be the official fowl of the United States, rather than the bald eagle. Franklin
considered the eagle to be little more than a scavenger, while in his opinion, the turkey was an honest, decent bird.




The origin of placing such high esteem on eagle feathers was told in an old Native American folktale that recounts how all the birds met one day to decide once
and for all which could fly the highest. Some flew up very swiftly, but soon became tired, but the eagle flew beyond them all and was about to calim the
victory when the crafty gray linnet suddenly emerged from its hiding place on the eagle's back and, fresh and rested, succeeded in flying the highest.




When the birds came back to alight on the Earth Mother, the great council of fowls still voted to award the prize to the eagle, for not only had it flown
closer to the sun than the other birds, it had done so with the linnet on its back. Hence, from that day forward, the feathers of the eagle were esteemed the
most honorable adornment for the warrior, as it is not only the bravest bird, but it is also endowed with the strength to soar the highest.




If the eagle has appeared to you in your dreams or visions and revealed itself as your totem animal, you may expect to receive renewed strength of body, mind,
and spirit. At the same time, you will find your meditations becoming more profound and your visions more prophetic in content. If you maintain a harmonious
and balanced lifestyle, you will feel a stronger connection with the Great Mystery than ever before in your spiritual pilgrimage on earth.




Just as the eagle can soar high above the earth and rise above its companions and its competitors, you must guard against the powerful eagle vibrations causing
you to withdraw from your family and friends and grow aloof from your community. If you listen carefully to your spirit helper, it will instruct you in the
sacred responsibility of sharing your prophetic insights with others and show you how to become the most effective kind of spiritual teacher.




*Bobby Lake-Thom/Spirits of the Earth:


Eagles are always very special and good signs. They represent protection, wealth, wisdom, foresight, strength, and spirituality. If one or more should approach
while you are praying or performing a ceremony, then you know your prayers have been answered. If I see an Eagle sitting in a tree, on a telephone pole, or
alongside the road while I am traveling, I know it is telling me that I will encounter a spiritual person up ahead, such as a medicine man or a ceremonial
leader. Or if I am planning on performing a ceremony somewhere and the Eagle comes in, I know that it will be a good group of people and a good ceremony.
Sometimes the Great Creator sends in an Eagle just to check up on us, so when we see this, we always give special thanks to the Creator and the Eagle. The
Eagle carries our prayers directly to the Great Creator.




*Barbara G. Walker/The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets:


Classic soul-bird, symbol of apotheosis associated with the sun god, fire, and lightning. Greeks thought eagles so closely akin to the lightning spirit that
they nailed eagles to the peaks of temples to serve as magic lightning rods. Hence the name aetoi, "eagles," for the pediments of Greek temples.
These were ancient forerunners of the "weather-@#%$" on the rooftree of a barn or house.




Cults of fire and sun made the eagel a bearer of kingly spirit: the god's soul returning to heaven after a period of earthly incarnation as the king. It
was the Roman custom to release an eagle above the funeral pyre of each emperor, just as an Egyptian pharoah rose to heaven on the wings of the solar hawk.




Zeus himself took the shape of an eagle to carry his young lover Ganymede to heaven. This was often interpreted as a symbol of the father-god's reception
of men's souls when they were initiated into the solar Mysteries.




The eagle was connected with rites of calling down "fire from heaven," probably with a burning-glass, to consume sacrifices on the altar. Such
"fire from heaven" came down from Yahweh to consume the sons of Aaron (Leviticus 10:2), who died like sacrificial victims to the solar gods of Tyre.
Such victims "passed through the fire" as offerings, and rose to heaven in the form of eagles.
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We must bear in mind that in the East, whence all these beliefs and cults derive, not only was fire regarded as an all-powerful purifying agent, but death by
fire was looked upon as an apotheosis which raised the victim to the rank of the gods..."Fire," says Iambilchus, "destroys the material part
of sacrifices, it purifies all things that are brought near it, releasing them from the bonds of matter and, in virtue of the purity of its nature, making
them meed for communion with the gods. So, too, it releases us from bondage of corruption, it likens us to the gods."

The eagle was often identified with the fire bird or phoenix, who underwent a baptism of the fire that "burns all sins" and was reborn from his own
ashes. The eagle also stood for the soul of Heracles, who passed through fire into heaven at seasonal festivals of Tarsus, and inspired St. Paul's belief
in the virtue of giving one's body do be burned (1 Corinthians 13:3). The eagle was the totemic form of Prometheus, who "stole" fire from heaven,
like the eastern fire-lightning-sun hero, man, or angel embodied in the Garuda bird. Garuda flew to the mountain of paradise to steal the gods' secret of
immortality. Later, he assumed the golden body of the sun. American Indians had a similar hero, the thunderbird or lightning bird.




As the royal bird of Rome, and the embodiment of deified emperors, the eagle was worshipped by Roman legionaries. Each legion had its sacred eagles, carried
into battle like banners. If a legion should lose its eagles, the disgrace was unbearable; another whole expedition might be mounted to recover them.




The Roman imperial emblem was inherited by the Germanic "Holy Roman Empire" and its Kaisers, derived from Caesars. Thus the eagle became a Teutonic
symbol of soverignty.




*More to follow.
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*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
The eagle is
a bird of prey and feeds on small mammals, fish,
reptiles, and other birds. A member of the genus Aquila,
this bird occurs throughout the world, except on small
islands far from other land. In the United States, there
are two major eagle species: the golden eagle, and the
bald eagle.
The eagle has very keen
eyes and powerful wings. This bird can soar at great
heights, yet see what is happening on the ground. It
takes advantage of air currents to get where it wants to
go. Armed with razor-sharp talons and beak, the eagle can
swoop down on its prey at great speeds.
Since ancient times, it has been a symbol of
war and courageous qualities. The eagle has long been
considered a solar bird and a symbol of sky deities. it
represents majesty, authority, spiritual power, victory,
courage, and strength.
Ninurta, a
war god of Assyria, Babylon, and Canaan, used the eagle
as his emblem, as did the god Marduk. This bird was alo
shown with the Assyrian storm god Asshur as a symbol of
lightning and helpful rain.
The
eagle was the royal bird of ancient Egyptian pharaohs and
the jGreek Thebans. It was the only bird said to live on
olympus with the Greek deities. Originally, this bird was
an emblem of Pan, who gave it to Zeus. Later, Roman
emperors put the eagle on their legion standards as a
symbol of bravery. When an emperor died, an eagle was
released at his funeral. Among the recovered treasures of
Crete are several gold pins with eagles on them; many
modern coats of arms depict eagles.

Because of its connection with sky gods, the eagle was
also associated with lightning, the Sun, and fire itself.
Prometheus, who stole fire from heaven to give to humans,
was connected with the eagle. The pediments of Greek
buildings were called aetoi ("eagles")
because they were believed to deflect
lightning.
In the East, the eagle
was the bird of Indra. Garuda, the solar storm bir-mount
of Vishnu, resembles an eagle in many ways. In the
Persian religion of Mithraism, both the eagle and the
hawk were symbols of Mithras, the Sun deity. To the
Chinese, however, the eagle represented the warrior,
carnage of war, fearlessness, and keen vision.
In the legends of Scandinavia, an eagle sat at
the top of Yggdrasil, the World Tree. Odhinn once took
the form of an eagle when he stole the poetic mead.
Finnish tales say that the Supreme God could turn himself
into an eagle. The Finnish-Ugrian people of Siberia
considered holy any tree where an eagle built a nest for
several years. Celtic talke all call the eagle a bird of
wisdom and long life.
In North
America, the eagle was considered great medicine power.
to the Native Americans there were different kinds and
divisions of eagles. The golden eagle had a very high
rank. The most potent and magickal was the sky eagle
which the Iroquois called Shadahgeyah. Among the Hopi,
the eagle god was called Kwahu. According to Hopi legend,
this great bird seldom came below the clouds; only the
holiest of shamans ever saw it. Even the Aztecs said this
bird represented celestial power and the rising
Sun.
Nearly every Native American
tribe had an eagle clan. They had songs to the eagle,
eagle dances, eagle ceremonies, and even eagle secret
societies. If an eagle was seen or dreamed of during a
vision quest, the seeker gained special medicine or
spirit power. That person then had the privilege of using
the eagle symbol on a medicine shield. The eagle had the
greates power of all birds and was associated with the
Sun. They believed it could live in both the spiritual
and the Earth realms.
Alchemists
used the symbol of the soaring eagle to denote the
liberated spirit and double-eagle to represent mercury. A
crowned eagle shown with a lion symbolized quicksilver
and sulphur.
Superstitions: An
ancient Irish legend says that Adam and Eve did not die,
but changed into eagles and went to live on an island off
the coast of Ireland. The Egyptians believed that every
ten years the eagle flew into the fires of the
Underworld, lost its feathers, but gained a new life. The
Welsh say that when the eagles of Snowden (an ancient
sacred mountain there) fly over the plains, disease and
death will follow. A stolen eagle egg brings peace of
mind. Please don't do this! Eagles are a protected
species. The eagle has each of its chicks stare at the
Sun. If any do not, they are destroyed.
Magickal Attributes: Swiftness, strength,
courage, wisdom, keen sight; knowledge of magick. The
ability to see hidden spiritual truths. Seeing the
overall pattern of life. Rising above the material in
search of spiritual direcction; connecting with powerful
spiritual beings. Creating a stronger connection with
spirit guides and teachers, deities.

*Denise Linn/The Secret Language of Signs:
This
is a sign of great significance. To native peoples around
the world, the eagle was a symbol of the Creator. The
eagle connects you to the Great Spirit above. In ancient
Egypt, the eagle was the symbol of the day and the full
light of the sun, and was therefore considered emblematic
of illumination. In ancient northern Europe, the eagle
was associated with the gods of strength, power, and war.
In many ancient cultures, the eagle was considered a
messenger from the heavens. On Roman coins it was the
emblem of imperial power. Listen carefully when this sign
appears for you; it can signal a time of power and
strength in your life. An eagle can be a sign of soaring
freedom, of seeing life from new heights. If you find
yourself mired in a situation, look at it from a new
height.
*Zolar/Encyclopedia of
Signs, Omens, and Superstitions:
For
Christians, an eagle is a symbol of resurrection, as it
is the only bird capable of looking into the sun. Should
it be nailed to a brn door, it will keep away evil
spirits. Should one eat is brain while it is still warm,
it is said to grant fantastic illusions. So great is the
power of an eagle that, should its feathers be mixed with
those of other birds, it is said to burn and spoil
these.
Should one eagle's egg be
boiled and eaten by two persons, it is said to kkeep
witches and other evil spirits away. Should an eagle be
seen flying about for any length of time or should its
screech be heard, it is said to be an omen of death.

One should never steal an egg from
an eagle's nest, according to an old Welsh tradition, or
he will never find peace again.
One
tradition holds that Adam and Eve didn't die but were
turned into eagles who would live forever on an island
off the coast of Ireland.
An
ancient Egyptian belief was that, every ten years, the
eagle soared through the fires of hell and plunged into
water in order to acquire a new life.
Among the American Indians, the eagle appears
as a major animal character. Its feathers were often used
for costumes, headdresses, and other ceremonial objects.
Only the bravest tribesmen were worthy of wearing eagle
feathers.
For the Cherokees,
obtaining eagle feathers for their "eagle
dance" was an arduous task. The eagle killer had
to go alone into the mountains for four days, fasting and
praying. By using a deer's carcass to draw the agle and
by uttering proper magical songs, it was believed the
bird could be killed. Once killed, the eagle would be
left at its death place until rites could be performed.
The eagle killer would return to his tribe claiming that
a Spaniard had done the deed and that "snow
bird" had died to protect them. Members of the
tribe would then go to collect the feathers they
desired.
In ancient times,
especially in Mesopotamia, Horus, the jFalcon God, was
held in great importance. As far back as the third
millenium B.C. in Babylonia, the double-headed eagle was
associated with Ningursu of Lagash, the Fertility, Storm,
and War God.
Among the Mexicans, the
conflict between the bird that was believed to soar the
highest and the reptile or serpent, which creeps into
holes in the earth, is graphically depicted.
In Greek mythology, the eagle is an associate
of Zeus. In the Old Testament (Daniel 7:4), we read of a
lion with eagle's wings. Aristotle, Plato, and Pliny
noted that eagles who could survive infancy would indeed
live a long time.
Auguries drawn
from the eagles were used by both the Greeks and romans.
Tradition holds that, in 331 B.C., a soothsayer, riding
close to Alexander the jGreat, assured him that he had
divined by an eagle that Alexander would be victorious
over Darius. It is said that an eagle had appeared when
Alexander was born.
In the sixth
century, the Christian saint, Saint Medard, Bishop of
Noyon, was said to be protected during a tempest by the
outspread wings of an eagle. Likewise; an eagle has long
been the symbol of Saint John.
King
Arthur was said to have lived in a cavern guarded by
eagles. In bad weather the Welsh would often say,
"The eagles are breeding whirwinds on
Snowdon."
Last, one must be
reiminded of the use of the eagle as a symbol for the
United States. However, it is said that Benjamin Franklin
wanted a turkey (an American "only"
bird) to have this honor!
*Lady
Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's
Dictionary:
If you see an eagle flying, your
business prospects are very rosy indeed. And should this
noble bird happen to be percehed in a high place, you
will have fame as well as fortune. If you see it on a
mountaintop, you will achieve beyond your highest
ambitions. However, should the eagle attack or frigthen
you, you will have to overcome some difficult obstacles
before reaching your goal.
*Jamie
Sams and David Carson/Medicine Cards:
Spirit.
Eagle medicine is the power of the Great Spirit, the
connection to the Divine. it is the abilty to live in the
realm of spirit, and yet remain connected and balanced
within the realm of Earth. Eagle soars, and is quick to
observe expansiveness within the overall pattern of life.
From the heights of the coulds, EAgle is close to the
heavens where the Great Spirit dwells.
The feathers of Eagle are considered to be the
most sacred of healing tools. They have been used for
centuries by shamans to cleanse the auras of patients
coming to them for healing. Within the belief systems of
Native American tribes, Eagle represents a state of grace
achieved through hard work, understanding, and a
completion of the tests of initiation which result in the
taking of ones personal power. It is only through the
trial of experiencing the lows in life as well as the
highs, and through the trial of trusting one's connection
to the Great Spirit, that the right to use the essence of
Eagle medicine is earned.
If you
have pulled this symbol, Eagle is reminding you to take
heart and gather your courage, for the universe is
presenting you with an opportunity to soar above the
mundane levels of your life. The power of recognizing
this opportunity may ome in the form of a spiritual test.
in being astute, you may recognize the places within your
soul, personality, emotions, or psyche that need
bolstering or refinement. By looking at the overall
tapestry, Eagle teaches you to broaden your sense of self
beyond the horizon of what is presently
visible.
In learning to fiercely
attack your persaonal fear o fthe unknown, the wings of
your soul will be supported by the everpresent breezes
which are the breath of the Great Spirit.
Feed your body, but more importantly feed your
soul. Within the realm of Mother Earth and Father Sky,
the dance that leads to flight involves the conquering of
fear and the willingness to join in the adventure that
you are co-creating with the Divine.

If Eagle has majestically soared into your cards, you are
being put on notice to reconnect with the element of air.
Air is of the mental plane, and in this instance it is of
the higher mind. Wisdom comes in many strange and curious
forms and is always related to the creative force of the
Great Spirit.
If you have been
walking in shadows of former realities, Eagle brings
illumination. Eagle teaches you to look higher and to
touch Grandfather Sun with your heart, to love the shadow
as well as the light. See the beauty in both, and you
will take flight like the Eagle.

Eagle medicine is the gift we give ourselves to remind us
of the freedom of the skies. Eagle asks you to give
yourself permission to legalize freedom and to follow the
joy your heart desires.

Contrary:
If you have pulled Eagle in the
reverse, you have forgotten your power and connectedness
to the Great Spirit. You may have failed to recognize the
light that is always available for those who seek
illumination. heal you rborken wins with love. Loving
yourself as you are loved by the Great Spirit is the
lesson which the contrary Eagle brings.
On some level, Eagle is telling you to seek
higher ground on which to build your nest. the nest is
the home of the heart and cannot remain in a swamp. If
your nest is in a swamp, this may be connected to your
belief that your wings are clipped by an impossiblity in
your present status.
Eagle's nest is
high in the mountains, where the air is clean and the
movement free. It may be your time for a Vision Quest so
that you can commune with the Great Spirit. Fasting and
praying will surely bring an answer. Seek lofty ideals,
and illumination will be close at hand.
*More to follow.Blessings,
Cinnamon
"The power and ways are given to us to be passed
on to others."
...........Fools Crow,
Ceremonial Chief, Teton Sioux
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Ted Andrews/Animal-Speak:
Keynote:
Illumination of Spirit, Healing, and Creation

Cycle of Power: All seasons and during daylight

The eagle is one of the greatest and most admired birds
of prey. It has served as inspiration to many societies.
Their ability to soar and hunt amazes and thrills those
who are witness. Eagles, in fact, are so good at getting
food they spend very little time hunting. The fact that
they are good at feeding themselves from the land and
still soar to great heights in the sky reflects much
about the hidden significance of the eagle who comes as a
totem. They will teach a balance of being of the Earth
but not in it.
Every society whech
has had contact with eagles has developed a mythology
and/or mysticism about them. In the ancient Aztec
tradition, the chief god told the people to settle at a
place where they find an eagle perced on a cactus eating
a snake This place would become Mexico City.
The eagle was sacred to Zeus, who often
changed into the form of an eagle to help himself control
thunder and lightning. The Sumerians worshiped an eagle
god, and the Hittites used a doubleheaded eagle as a
symbolic emblem so they would never be surprised. The
eagle has also been associated with Jupiter, and it was a
strong emblem for the Roman Empire. In Egyptian
hieroglyphics, the eagle is a symbol for the vowel
"A"; and also a symbol for the soul,
the spirit, and the warmth of life. In early Christian
mysticism, the eagle was a symbol of
resurrection.
The Thunderbird, to
the Native Americans, is most often depicted in the form
of an eagle. This was the great spirit who controlled
lightning and rain, punishment and reward. To the Plains
Cree all eagles had mystical power, and these powers
could be shared by anyone who possessed part of the
bird.
To the Pueblo Indians the
eagle was a bird of the sky with the ability to spiral
upward until it passed through a hole in the sky to the
home of the sun. It was associated with all the energies
of the sun--physical and spiritual. The Pueblo Indians
honored six directions--north, south, east, west, zenith
(above), and nadir (below). The eagle was the symbol of
the zenith because of its abilty to soar to great
heights. From these heightes it could survey all four
directions. They became symbols of greater sight and
perception.
To the Hopis, the golden
an dthe bald eagles were the greatest of all birds of the
sky, but these are the only two eagles that live upon our
continent. Some groups of Hopis also included the
red-tailed hawk as an eagle, referring to it as the Red
Eagle.
There are 59 species of
eagle, and they are often divided into one of four
categories: 1 Fish and Sea eagles, 2 Snake eagles, 3
Harpy or Giant Forested Eagles, and 4 Booted Eagles; but
there is always a great deal of variety within these four
groups. When it comes to coloring and feather patterns,
every eagle is unique and beautiful in its own
way.
Fish and sea eagles are those
who live primarily upon a diet from the sea (fishes,
etc.). Upon the North American continent, the bald eagle
is part of this category. Those who have a bald eagle as
a totem need to look at the symbolic associations of
water. Water and fish are often symbolic of the psychic
aspects of life and the creative energies. Water is also
an area that separates land from the heavens. Thus a bird
of the water, such as a fish or sea eagle, reflects an
awakening ability or need to learn to walk between
worlds.
Water is the creative source
of life, and living near natural water sources may be
imortant to the health of those who have a bald eagle as
a totem. An eagle hunting in the waters must be able to
penetrate the waters, grasp what it requires and then
rise out of them. All this reflects increased ability and
need to learn to work with emotions, psychism, and all
aspects of spirituality with greater control. It reflects
teachings about true mediatorship being able to enter and
exit the more etereal realms at will.
Snake eagles often have crests of feathers
upon their head. Their toes are short and strong to
enable them to grasp and hold onto wiggling snakes. Those
who have a snake eagle as a totem would do well to study
the section on snakes within this text. The snake eagles
swallow the snakes whole, reflecting the swallowing and
digesting of higher wisdom--the serpent
knowledge.
The Harpy Eagles are the
largest and most powerful. None of these are found upon
our continent. They have huge claws that can be used for
grabbing larger prey, including deer. An examination of
the particular food preference of the individual harpy
eagle will provide further insight.

The other type of eagle found upon this continent is the
golden eagle. It is part of the Booted Eagle group.
Booted eagles, in general, usually have a majestic mantle
of feathers on their head and neck, and their legs have a
heavy covering of feathers so that they look as if they
are wearing boots.
The two that are
most important to those upon this continent are the bale
eagle and the golden. The bald eagle is larger than the
golden, but it cannot fly as high nor is it considered as
graceful. The bald eagle is often a symbol of th femiine,
while the golden symbolizes the masculine. The white
feathers of the bald eagle especially are often treasured
as they are links to Grandmother Medicine--tremendous
wisdom, healing, and creation.
The
feathers of eagles are sacred to the Native Americans,
and since the eagle is protected by the United States
government, it is a felony for anyone to possess such who
is not of Native American blood. The feathers, though,
are used in powerful healing ceremonies (cleansing the
aura) and even for shapeshifting. White and black tipped
feathers were often used on the masks of the Pueblo
Indians to give the appearance of white and black clouds.
Again we see the ancient connection to the mysteries of
the sky and all of its phenomena.

Both the bald and golden eagle have come to symbolize
heroic nobility and divine spirit. These eagles are the
messengers from heaven and are the embodiment of the
spirit of the sun.
They are also
symbols of the rediscovery of the inner child. There once
was a belief that as old age approached, the eagle's eye
would grow dim, and the eagle would then fly so near th
esun that it would become scorched. It would then seek
out a pure water source and dip itself three times into
the clear water and its youth woud be
destroyed.
This reflects much from a
mystical point of view. It hints of resurrection, but it
also hints of alchemy. The fire of the sun and the clear
water are opposite elements brought into harmony in a
manner that elicites a change. It reflects several needs
for those with an eagle totem:
1 There must be
involvement with creativity. Three is the number of new
birth and creativity.
2 A willingness to
experience extremes in a controlled condition and thus
facilitate the alchemical process within your
life.
3 A willingness to use your passions to
purify (flying into the sun) and to use your abilities
even if it means being scorched a little.
4 A
willingness to seek out the true emotional aspects of
oneself and immerse yourself within them, and by doing so
rediscover the lost child and awaken a higher sense of
purity, passion, creativity, healing, and
spirituality.
An examination of the
individual characteristics and behaviors of the eagle
will reveal even more of the medicine and power
attunement will bring to you.
the
feet of the eagle have four toes. four is a traditonal
symbol for keeping oneself grounded and laying a solid
foundation for oneself. Even with th eagle's magnificent
ability to fly, it stays connected to the earth. The
talons of the eagle are meant grasp and to hunt. This
reflects the need to stay connected to grasp and utilize
the things of the earth. Without an ability to grasp
powerfully and utilize what it grasps, it will not
survive.
The sharp beak is designed
to cutl tear, and crush. eagle has strong jaw muscles.
The jaw is important to dgestion and speech with humans,
but there is a difference with eagles. Although vocally
the eagle is weak, its jaws are one o fits morst powerful
musckes. For those whith eagle totems, it will be
important to know when to speak, how much, and how
strongly. I twill be important to remember that unless
this is controlled, it will be very seasy to
inadvertently husrt someone with words (cutting, tearing,
and crushing).
For those with eagle
totems, new vision will open. This vision will be far
reaching to the past, within the present and to the
future as well. The eyes of the eagle are set closer to
the front of the head, and they have a 3-D or binocular
vision, just like humans. They can see forward and
sideways, and their vision is 8X's greater than humans.
Meditation on the number 8, especially its figure (or the
symbol of infinity) will reveal much about the kind of
vision that eagle can awaken.
The
ears of the eagle are not visible, but it hears very
well. It can hunt as much by ear as by sight. To those to
home eagle comes, the ability to hear -- spiritually and
physically -- will also increase.

Many eagles mate for life. The male will collect the
material for the nests, but the female will be the
architect. These roles should be considered by anyone
working with eagle medicine. The nests are always large
and built high up for safety. Although the roles in the
construction of the nests are separate, the task of
feeding the young is shared by both, teaching the lesson
of cooperative responsibility.
The
mating ritual of the bald eagle is one of its most
mystical and intriguing aspects. A powerful form of sky
dancing occurs. The birds soar, loop, and plunge into
deep dives. At a certain point, they grab each other's
feet and lock talons, rolling and falling, until the
mating is completed. Then they separate and soar upwards
to repeat the process over and over again. This reflects
some of the mystical joy, danger, excitement, and power
of the sexual energy experienced by those with eagle
medicine. It can open them to new heights and
thrills.
The eagle is a true
predator, and as with all predators, it helps to keep the
world in balance. Predators capture the weak and the
sick, helping to keep the natural world healthy by
preventing the spread of disease. This healing role is
one that will awaken in many forms for those working with
eagle totems.
They have a powerful
sense of energy conservation in their hunting. They will
often perch and wait, biding their time through joyful
soaring and aerial acrobatics--all the time using their
great vision to let them know when to take flight and
capture their prey. This sense of confident energy
conservation will be necessary for those with eagle
medicine to develop.
They are also
opportunists, and they will let other birds do the
hunting for them, often stealing the food from other
birds or predators. Whenever eagle flies into one's life,
opportunities (even those thought long lost) always
arise. Those with eagle totems must learn to see their
opportunities and snatch them as they arise.
Eagles don't always swoop down to kill. They
hae tremendous control over their powerful wings and they
can glide slowly and silently down so that the prey does
not hear them coming. They are also known to be able to
stop their movement and just hover in the air for brief
moments to make the strike more accurate. A new sense of
timing and movement will begin to develop with those of
eagle totems. You will learn to swoop, to soar, to dive,
and to hover--to use the winds within your life and your
own developing wings to ride them to your own
benefit.
Large eagles don't just
kill with their beaks or talons. Some can hit their prey
with great force--this alone being enough to stun or kill
their prey. A bald eagle can strike with twice the force
of a rifle bullet. This reflects the primal force
inherent and easily awakened in those with eagle
medicine.
Eagles are symbols of
great power, a power that goes beyond their actual size.
An average bald eagle will weigh 8-10 pounds, about two
pounds less than the average house cat.
To align yourself with eagle medicine is to
take on the responsibility and the power of becoming so
much more than you now appear to be. From a karmic
aspect, it reflects that the events will now fly faster,
and the repercussions for everything you think, do or say
(or fail to think do or say)--positive and negative--will
be both stronger and quicker. To accept the eagle as a
totem is to accept a powerful new dimension to life, and
a heightened responsibility for your spiritual growth.
But only through doing so do you learn how to move
between worlds, touch all life with healing, and become
the mediator and the bearer of new creative force within
the world.
*Eagle Medicine open for
discussion.Blessings,
Cinnamon
"The power and ways are given to us to be passed
on to others."
...........Fools Crow,
Ceremonial Chief, Teton Sioux
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Silver Eagle Dreamer
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Joined: 21 Mar 2002, 09:23

18 Apr 2004, 06:49 #4

Quote:
They
have a powerful sense of energy conservation in their
hunting. This sense of confident energy conservation will
be necessary for those with eagle medicine to
develop.
Well, that explains a lot for me.
Energy conservation is integral for me. I knew this about
eagle but it really jumped out at me today. For instance,
I 'plan' almost religiously. I save most of my errands to
do on one day and plan my route to take the quickest and
most efficient route possible. Heck, I even cook that
way! Over the last year, I've loosened up just a bit in
that respect because I was a bit overbalanced in that
area.
Quote:
From a karmic aspect, it reflects that the events will
now fly faster, and the repercussions for everything you
think, do or say (or fail to think do or say)--positive
and negative--will be both stronger and quicker.
This is one of the reasons that
efficiency develops in everyday life for those with
eagle.
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They
hae tremendous control over their powerful wings and they
can glide slowly and silently down so that the prey does
not hear them coming.
Anyone whose worked with me can
attest to that! It's very effective when helping other
through difficult times. You can circle a topic as many
times as they need and then swoop down into the heart of
it without them even knowing you did it until it's too
late. It's part of how the healing abilities of eagle can
blend with other more predatory aspects.
Just
some thoughts I had reading through the material
provided.
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Cinnamon Moon 1
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Joined: 16 Oct 2003, 23:40

18 Apr 2004, 10:16 #5

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Quote:
Over
the last year, I've loosened up just a bit in that
respect because I was a bit overbalanced in that area.
Sometimes you just make me giggle. Yep, a saw
an awful lot of you in here and smiled
wondering if you'd peek at it or not. Ha!Blessings,
Cinnamon
"The power and ways are given to us to be passed
on to others."
...........Fools Crow,
Ceremonial Chief, Teton Sioux
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cedar rose
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Joined: 19 Oct 2004, 07:31

08 Jan 2006, 11:47 #6

Role: ~Illuminating Force~

Lesson: Soar Above
Element: Air/Water
Wind:
~East~ Illumination
Medicine:
Connection to Grandfather Sky

Keywords

Illumination Ability to See Hidden
Spiritual Truths
Strength
Connection to Spirit Guides & Teachers
Courageous Intuitive Rising Above
Creativity Healing
Keen
Sight


On the
currents of the Four Winds
you ride the sky

held aloft by unseen hands
that
hold you close to the Grandfather

Far below lies the world of Man
a realm in
which you also dwell,
yet always from within

comes the ache to rejoin the Great Spirit

Caught between two realms,

you remind all who witness your beauty and
strength
of the eternal struggle of the
two-legged
to rise above the mundane

and feel the Soul take flight



Illumination
In Earth Medicine, we recognize
the Eagle (all members of the Eagle family) as a symbol
of a powerful, spiritual energy. Because the Eagle soars
so close to the Grandfather Sky, it is believed that
Eagle hears the voice of the ~Great Spirit~ and is thus a
link between the Divine and the Two-Leggeds (humanity)

Bald Eagle feathers are treasured
and revered amongst the Native People, for they are
recognized as containing a very powerful Medicine
energy/magic). While speaking in Truth, seeking to bridge
differences, or in asking for guidance and Illumination
for a course of action, the Eagle feather is held during
ceremonies to draw in such spiritual illumination.

As a means to speak with spiritual
clarity and Truth, the Speaker will hold an Eagle
feather, either as it is attached to a ~Talking Stick,~
or held in the hands. This serves as a connection to the
Divine, so that all words that are spoken, are spoken
from Higher Intent, and also as a means of asking that
the Ancestors and the ~Great Mystery~ speak to and
through, the Holder of the Feather.

***Thus, One who flies with the Eagle, has a
responsibility along the Good Red Road, to operate from
Higher Intent, to develop the latent abilities of
Illumination, and then freely share this Illumination
with Others. Obviously, this is no small task, or one to
ever be taken lightly, for the ramifications are very far
reaching, as are the Gifts and blessings for the Self

and Others, which ripple outward from this
particular attribute.
The Path to
Illumination is one often fraught with boulders and
stumbling blocks that serve as a schoolroom for the
developing soul. A broad range of experiences (both
pleasurable and exceedingly painful), are met by the one
beside whom Eagle flies as it is from the depth of
experience that true wisdom is forged and from wisdom,
comes the Illumination of the Soul, or ~Enlightenment.~

However, as while encased in the
Robe of Physical Life, there exists the possibility that
the personality center may arise that Eagle soul may
examine his/her current level of growth and integration.
In some instances, one such manifestation of the
Personality Center may be a sense of self-aggrandizement
or self-importance, as these are individuals who have an
intuitive grasp on mysteries that elude other less
observant and/or intuitive individuals. This ~arcane
knowledge~ often gets the Eagle individual noticed, and
where the soul has not sufficiently integrated the lower
vibrations of the personality center, arrogance may
surface. Or the converse may be true wherein the Eagle
Soul has not acknowledged the splendor and beauty of
his/her soul. In this instance, what is obviously
apparent to Others as to the Gifts and Quality of Being
that exists in the one beside whom Eagle soars, will be
non-apparent to the Eagle Individual, and the lesson then
becomes acknowledging and embracing the Light of their
own Spirit.
Soul of Bald Eagle will
possess an innate ability to ~see,~ dream, feel or ~know~
secret or hidden spiritual truths, both of the other
realms and planes of ~Being,~ and the hidden truths of
~Others.~ Such powerful insight and perception (think of
the eagle’s powerful vision and ever-alert and
intense eyes), comes from both a plethora of past life
experiences whose memory bubbles just below the surface
of conscious recollection, and partially from present
lifetime experiences which serve as lessons in developing
and honing the gift of ~Insight.~

For the one who is able to find the splendid dance of
balance between self-love and humility, celebration of
Self and celebration of the All, the dance is a beauty to
witness, as the Eagle Spirit unfurls the wings of their
Soul, like their winged Totem dancing upon the Wind as
they fully embrace and inherit the brilliant Gift of true
Illumination.***

Intuitive
The Eagle, as he
soars amongst the clouds and floats upon the unseen
currents of air, dwells in close proximity to Grandfather
Sky. From his connection to the Grandfather, Eagle also
seeks to rekindle his connection to the creative force of
the ~Great Spirit.~ As such, Eagle intuitively
understands that we are never far from Home, or
completely dis-connected from the Source of All That Is.

Bald Eagle is one of the Totem
Animals that dwells simultaneously within two realms.
Such dualistic Totems symbolize the need for Balance
between two points, or the requirement that the Soul whom
Eagle flies beside, learns to dance between two planes.
In the instance of this Totem, Bald Eagle is considered
to be a Water or Fish Eagle, as the primary source of the
Bald Eagle’s diet consists of fish that the Eagle
will capture in fresh water rivers, streams and lakes.
Yet he also exists in the realm of Air, living on the
wing and soaring above the mountain peaks.
Earth Medicine teaches us that each elemental
clan symbolizes various aspects of our walk along the Red
Road. Water represents our emotional and spiritual Self,
while Air represents our intellect and conscious mind.
Hence, Eagle must dive into the water with precision in
order to retrieve her meal of fish, which she will clutch
firmly in her razor sharp talons, then to rise once more
to greet the sky. Within this behavior of Bald Eagle,
lies the clue as to the nature that it represents within
all two-leggeds who have the Soul of Bald Eagle.

Water, as intuition, psychic
attunement and emotions, represents your Soul’s
ability to intuitively assess situations, individuals and
circumstances with an immediate grasp. Yet water also
symbolizes a depth of emotion and feeling that is nearly
fathomless. Love is given whole-heartedly and without
restraint, a trait that can often lead to your being hurt
by souls who have not reached sufficient maturation and
integration with their own Emotional Centers. Then, it is
imperative that one learns the value of appropriately
timed detachment (as represented by the Air), and the
quality of discernment so that the beautiful nurturing
and loving energy that flows so effortlessly through you
is not "wasted" on those who have not
earned this most precious of Gifts, and shared instead
with those of a similar depth and maturation who are able
to reciprocate what has been received.
With each successive incarnation, the Soul
learns how to move swiftly from one realm to the next, to
know when to utilize the psychic/intuitive gifts and
depth of emotion, and when to soar above and revisit the
condition of the encounter or experience with detachment.
This is one of the primary factors in the Life Path of
one with this Totem.
Ultimately,
the Soul will reach the Zenith of this Life Lesson, and
the Eagle’s desire for reuniting with the Great
Spirit will be fulfilled as the Eagle Soul learns to love
and nurture the Self.

Courage
Wherever Eagle soars,
the Native People have recognized this splendid bird as a
symbol of strength & courage. The builders of the
American Constitution likewise acknowledged this majestic
creature’s aura of strength, and established it as
the national symbol of America.
In
the wild, the Eagle is the undisputed king/queen of the
skies with no other bird equaling the Eagle in either
size or hierarchy. And it is in watching the heart
stopping dives as the Eagle pummels downward to capture
their meals of fresh fish, that one truly begins to
understand the connection between these mighty birds and
the keyword for this Totem of Courage.
***Like their totem Ally, the two-legged who
has Eagle flying beside them, will often exhibit great
depths of inner strength and courage. Often times, they
will encounter situations in their flight along the Red
Road of Physical Life in which they will need to call
upon that courage in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Does this mean that the Eagle Soul feels no fear? Hardly,
yet once the fear has been felt and acknowledged, the
Eagle Soul will then establish a plan of action in order
to confront and resolve the situation as these are the
problem-solvers that will find a possibility in what
appears to be an impossible scenario. In facing their
fears we witness the Eagle demonstrating the literal
meaning of Courage.
Whenever faced
with situations, people or circumstances in which fear is
felt, one with this Animal Spirit might call upon Bald
Eagle to bring the Courage to face what must be done. In
so doing, they are not only recognizing and giving thanks
to the role of this Totem in their Life, they are
honoring their own Divine Essence of the ~Eagle
Within.~***

Rising
Above

Much as the Eagle soars
majestically, held aloft on the Four Winds and leaving
the ground far below, so does the Soul who has Bald Eagle
as their Power Totem, possess the same ability to Rise
Above the mundane.
***In many
respects, this keyword is linked to the preceding one of
Illumination, for it represents the Soul’s ability
to integrate the lessons of the physical world, to leave
behind the trappings of the past and the darker shadows
of the human mind, so that one might soar on the winds of
illumination and awareness. Only once the ~Lower
Personality~ has been thoroughly embraced, understood,
resolved and integrated, will the Soul have the freedom
to Soar. The road “there” is not an easy one
to take, nor for the faint-hearted, yet it is a Journey
that all of us must make in order that our Soul may
evolve beyond the need to incarnate into flesh.

This process is begun by uncovering
those habits, beliefs and actions which are either
self-destructive or cause pain for another, and is the
crucial first step in the Journey of integrating the
personality to the Soul. Many lifetimes may be spent in
this first step alone as to face one’s own Inner
Truth in complete honesty may be painful and require a
good deal of detachment, it also requires that we embrace
those aspects of ourselves that we may see as less than
desirable. Yet once the Soul has acknowledged these
~Truths~ then the greatest step has already been taken.

Next in this process (once our
~stumbling blocks~ have been identified), is to evaluate
what lessons they have presented in our life. This is
then initialed by once again evaluating the Self in
honesty, by asking if these lessons and issues have been
resolved, for if they have not been, they will simply
re-present themselves again and again, becoming
exponentially
larger, until we are
“forced” to confront and resolve them. For
some who chose to evade and fool themselves, this can
ultimately manifest physically with the individual either
becoming so ill that they are left under the surgeons
knife, in the hospital, or they ~transition,~ only to
come back in the next life and face those very same
lessons yet again.
If indeed, one
can honestly affirm that those lessons have been
thoroughly acknowledged, learned and absorbed, then the
unfolding of the Soul begins and with it, the ability to
rise above the mundane. This, as stated earlier, is a
very involved process and must always be approached in
conscious awareness, yet the freedom of the Soul on the
wing, able to rise above those things that have caused
one so much pain, anger or torment in the past, is a
glorious unfolding to behold.***

Connection to Spirit Guides and
Teachers

As an Animal Totem, the
Eagle has long been revered by the Native People for the
proximity in which he/she soars to the Great Spirit.
Because of the Eagle`s ability to fly so near to the roof
of the sky, to view all that which lies below from a
viewpoint similar to that of the Great Mystery, this
mighty bird is believed to be a conveyor of messages
between the
Blue Road of Spirit and the Red
Road of Physical Life.
***Like
their Spirit Animal, the two-legged beside whom Eagle
soars, will have an aspect of him/herself that will be
attuned to the voices of the Ancestors. This ability to
tune into other realms and hidden knowledge, may be seen
by those lacking in such sensitivity and attunement as
"day dreaming" or "spacing
out." The truth of the matter is that the soul
of the Eagle individual is in a near-constant state of
receptivity, though they may not be consciously aware of
the messages they are receiving from Spirit Guides,
Totems and Teachers, the messages are coming through none
the less.
The more that the Eagle
Soul can learn to tune into his/her feelings, intuitions
and visuals received, the greater this perception and
ability to tune into ancient wisdom becomes. For some,
the knowledge received will be expressed as
"automatic writing" or trance
channeling, others will express this ability via creative
artwork in the form of beautiful illustrations that
convey a deep spirituality, for others still, such
knowledge and connection to
the ~Higher Self~
is expressed via deeply stirring music.
Regardless of the medium through which such a
connection to both the Spirit Guides and Higher Self is
established, the end result is that these are the souls
that carry profound messages for the rest of Humanity.
Through conveying such messages in their non-judgmental
and beautifully presented manner, the messages and
knowledge passed along is received on a deeper level, and
thus both the Messenger and the Recipient benefit from
this beautiful Talent.

Creativity
The Eagle is
recognized in Earth Medicine as a Winged One that is a
symbol of Creation. In particular, the Thunder Eagle (or
Thunderbird) is revered as a powerful Spirit that heralds
great change and unlimited happiness that arises through
the fountain of the Divine Creative Spark.
Eagle’s place in Native American culture
is quite significant, as very few Totem Animals are
believed to possess such a broad and all-encompassing
range of Medicine. For Eagle, the greatest creation is
Life, either in the saving of the life of another (as
through the strong healing emphasis associated with this
raptor), or in the act of procreation. Like the legendary
Phoenix, the Eagle is a Animal Totem of Transformation
and Regeneration, a Spirit in a continual creative
process.
***The two-legged who is
blessed to have this Spirit Animal fly beside him/her,
will be an individual that has entered onto the Good Red
Road to express themselves creatively. This Divine Spark
of Creativity may manifest in a multitude of channels,
from music to making intricate and stunning jewelry,
producing beautifully illustrated paintings to
conceptualizing impressive architectural designs.
Whatever medium this creative genius asserts itself,
these will often be amongst the most skilled of artisans,
poets and musicians.
Indeed, the
entire existence of the Eagle individual will seem to be
a creative process, and life will be seen with a
sensitivity that is both esthetic and deeply spiritual.
Herein lies the key for the Eagle Soul, as the art they
create will contain deeply spiritual overtones and
undercurrents, their music, writing or art will transcend
their captive audiences to a higher vibration where all
life is celebrated with a deep reverence and joy.

The irony perhaps is that often
these souls are not fully aware of the talent they
possess, as like the white crown feathers of the adult
Bald Eagle, the two-legged beside whom this raptor
travels will mature into his/her supreme talents. Such
profound creativity must be reclaimed with a willing
heart, yet one that is willing to fully embrace the
responsibility to convey the realms of ethereal beauty,
mysticism, music and art that is often invisible or
unheard to the average two-legged. Yet when the Bald
Eagle Soul has fully embraced both his/her talents and
the responsibility to pass along their ~Vision,~ the
physical world is not only made more esthetically
appealing, the spirituality inherent in the visions
conveyed will call to Others to reach for that sense of
Beauty, Peace and Illumination within.***
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CinnamonMoon
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28 Feb 2009, 02:17 #7

The Druid Animal Oracle by Phillip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm




Eagle: Intelligence, Renewal, Courage


Eagle helps you to see your life in the wider context, enabling you to make decisions and chart your goals with clarity and objectivity. A powerful ally, it is
courageous and strong, and draws its power from the sun. If you will allow the eagle to work for you, it will bring you a sense of purpose and the courage to
see this through, enabling you to venture into fresh territory with confidence. It will allow you to detach yourself from everyday worries and cares, and will
enable you to grasp subtle concepts. the eagle, when accepted, will also show you the way to renew and rejuvenate yourself, by demonstrating the art of
plunging--at just the right moment--into the lake of the heart.




Contrary may mean that you need to guard against the dangers of an overpowering intellect. The eagle, when it knows how to renew itself in the secret lake, is
able to balance its masculine fiery qualities with the feminine, watery qualities of the lake. But when it cannot find the secret lake, when we deny our minds
access to the heart, our lives can become dry and sterile, our intellects harsh and overly analytical. Now may be the time to see whether your mind and heart
are in balance. You may want to pay more attention to your dreams--to listen to the call of the unconscious, to the depths within, without denying the value of
your questing, rational mind.
~Wan-Tanna-Hey: "Walk In Peace With Spirit"~

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