Sunday, October 08, 2006
"When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe in one of two things.
there will be earth upon which to stand,
or you will be given wings."
A friend saw a Falcon today. A Peregrine Falcon in his backyard. They are incredibly Rare. They are the fastest animal on earth, when they swoop with great power ,reaching speeds of up to 200 mph.
Native Americans have different tales, legends and dances that honor and embrace the Falcon. They believe that Birds of Prey, especially, are Messengers from the Spirit World.They carry prayers to the Sky Spirits, and also return to Earth bearing Blessings and Guidance. These birds are also believed to be connected to Elemental Forces, Rain, Wind, Thunder and Lightening. Some tribes call them "Thunderbirds" and "Thunderers".
Some Tibes believe that Your Animal comes to you and lets you connect with it, and letting you know it is your guide. You may even have different animal guides along the way, depending on the situation.
Some tribes do a Falcon Dance and paint their eyes to look like Falcons to ward off Evil Spirits. To the Navajo they are Symbols of Faith. To Other Tribes they represent Faith, Insight, Openess, Adaptability to Change.
( Birds of Prey include Eagles, Falcons and the Snowy Owl).
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