Category Archives: Mythology & Symbols
I was going to move on to different aspects of health, but your post about the hawk and messages from nature means we’ll walk a slightly different path today: the path of listening.
I’m completely with you on this one. We’re all brought messages from the world around us each and every day. The trick is to listen to them. And then act.
It’s funny you should have an experience with a bird when driving just a few weeks after my post about the thrush flying in front of my car, urging me to slow down (and avoiding a head-on collision as a result).
So let’s have a bit of a look at what hawk means, given you’ve chosen to move into Free Flight from the Free Fall of last week. That’s a big difference in energy between those two phrases. Flying freely is to be moving forwards with purpose, whereas falling freely is to simply be allowing gravity to do its work. So, you’ve turned an important corner, moving from the genuine “handing over” of self to the Divine Design to a state in which you are now taking action to walk your path and sing your song.
Here’s what “Hawk” means to me: having clear sight (being “hawk-eyed”), focusing on specific areas, being able to fly fast, to quickly change direction in mid-flight, having a certain, detached quality towards things (ie not being moved by everything) and being strong enough to grasp your food on the wing.
Being adaptable (changing direction in mid-flight) is one of the key elements for us all right now as we see big changes in the world: financially, climatically and emotionally too.
A hawk once flew right past me. I was getting out of my car and about to close the door when a small bird flew into the hedge that ran along our driveway. Right behind it was a large hawk. At the last moment the hawk realized it was not going to catch the smaller bird so it “hit the brakes”, flicking smoothly at a ninety-degree angle and flying between me and the hedge. It was no more than 18 inches from me as it passed by. For an instant I was looking into its eye. In that instant I felt the same feeling you and Dewitt are talking about in your last post: the moment of awe when we meet nature head on, when something wells up inside us like an irresistible wave, with joy, elation, wonder all wrapped up in equal measure.
The next moment the bird was gone, flashing past me and up and over the house so fast that I could barely believe it. It had held my gaze for less than a second, but I remember that feeling to this day.
Here are some other meanings of the word “hawk”:
As a verb, to hawk means to sell (particularly in a market place) and that seems appropriate to me, because you’re now moving into a time when you leave the day-job and start selling things in a new way. Selling gets a bad rap, but most of us have to do some when we run our own business. Hawking your own wares is to do so without fear, without inhibition.
So, one message might be to have full confidence in your talents and in the value of your service: to shout out loud to the world rather than being so quiet that no one hears you. Not that you have to be brash. There’s a big difference between confidence and arrogance and we’re both on the same page when it comes to being humble.
Another interesting meaning of the word hawk is that of a small board or tray on which mortar is mixed when building a house. I love this meaning for you, because mortar is what glues things together, helping a house stand for a long time, keeping it dry and weatherproof. It’s also the origin of the word mortar-board, the hats people wear when they graduate from college. So, Gaye, it seems you have graduated from one school of learning and are entering another!
I’ve saved the best for last…
You and I have a love of mythology and symbols. My course Natural Wealth delves into ways in which magic and metaphysics can be brought into daily life and it seems to me that you’ve been given a powerful message here that you are “on the right track” as the person responsible for gathering together the “online family” of people who are interested in applying the simple Laws that are the backbone of Natural Wealth.
Let’s cast our minds back a few thousand years to the time of the pharaohs and one of the most well-known of all symbols: the Eye of Horus.
In Egyptian mythology Horus is the hawk-headed god who was born to Isis. He and she are often shown in statues in a way echoed much later by those of Mary with the baby Jesus. Like Jesus, Horus is the product of divine conception.
The Eye of Horus was a symbol for resurrection, power, protection and health! Perfect, given the topic of our last posts.
The Right Eye was the one usually shown (which indicates the masculine side, the more logical) in old iconography. This represented many things, but high amongst the list was the meaning of “one who does”: someone who takes action. To the Egyptians the eye was active, not passive. The Right Eye also symbolized Ra, god of the Sun.
The Left Eye was representative of the Moon, the feminine and more intuitive side of human nature. This eye also represented Thoth, the god credited with being the first “master architect”, the one who brought learning and understanding to the world. Again, perfect for you just now.
In Natural Wealth I have tried to balance methods applicable to both male and female readers, appealing to both the intuitive and the logical parts of the brain. Balance to me is the most important key to success, because it is in the balancing of our masculine and feminine sides that we become most effective (in business, in health, in love and in expressing ourselves). That balance extends to an acceptance of the spiritual, divine or super-natural as a part of every day life.
The Eye of Horus itself contained many hidden numerological and geometrical meanings, but perhaps the most important of these is that it stood for the number 1, which is the number of beginnings and of self-knowledge.
Another fun resonance is that there were originally 7 different hieroglyphs that represented the eye – nicely corresponding with the 7 elements of health we talked about last week!
I could expand here, but we are entering a field that stretches past the horizon of a single post, so I’ll leave you with the thought that the Eye of Horus also represented a goddess called Wadjet whose name derives from the Egyptian word “wadj” which means “green” (we see this today in the word wadi, a green oasis in the desert sands).
Green is the central colour of the seven chakras, the middle pillar. It is located in the heart, which is where you felt your huge welling of emotion as the hawk flew by. The heart is the centre of all creation (our thoughts coming only as a result of what we feel, not the other way round) and the Eye of Horus includes the teardrop image within it: an image for the heart’s compassion within strength. Green, of course, stands for growth and vitality too…
This is where you say to me, “Hey Richard, all this is contained in one moment as I drove back from working-out?” and I say “Absolutely! All this and more is contained in each and every moment. The lessons are always there, flooding to us thick and fast. And our amazing hearts and minds process all of this every second, each day!”
The trick is to listen, to take note and then take action. So, today’s affirmation might be “I never miss a trick!”
With that I’ll leave you to enjoy your last day of “work”!
Next week we can come back to some of the specific questions about health that you asked.
Written on July 1st, a New Moon and partial eclipse…and the beginning of Gaye’s Great Adventure!