Stafford City Centre


Even on cold days I have fun. I bought some boiled sweets and wandered in the City Centre. Spotted some Grotesques on a nearby church and even stopped in to see the current art. I liked the sun symbol on the site for Titanic Brewery quite a lot, as it is the sign I chose to symbolise myself. (You might recall the sunshine playlist) My love of the sunflower and daisy knows no bounds.

According to my deck of meditation tarot, if you select a symbol for something significant in your life, the appearance of that symbol in your sight, is a powerful communication that you are supported in whatever you are currently doing. I chose the moon symbol for my friend M, because we are working on The Moon Lenses together and it is something he is drawn towards. I also selected the star symbol for someone. I have seen all three with regularity this week.

Oddly enough, I have encountered the Peacock and Raven in readings recently also, so it was interesting to encounter them on my day out. I took a photo because the art is interesting.

I  also took photos of the butterflies, because I chose them as the sign from my guides and angels (you may recall that from a previous posting) that all is well and I am supported  and watched over. 

 

 

Want to learn about the imagery of these symbols?

Peacock:

Peacock Symbolism

The peacock is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavor to show our true colors.

In history, myth, legend and lore, the Peacock symbolism carries portents of: Nobility, Holiness, Guidance, Protection and Watchfulness.

Contemplate the powers of the Peacock when you need more vibrancy and vitality in your experience. The Peacock can also help you on your spiritual Path, and breath new life into your walk of faith.

The Peacock can rejuvenate self-esteem levels too. If you’re feeling “blah” and blue, imagine the glorious, techno-color display the Peacock provides. This puts us in a proper mood to embrace your own nobility. In no time, you’ll be walking tall and proud as a Peacock too!

Blackbirds:

Symbolic Black Bird Meanings

Birds robed in black do not give up their secrets easily. They love to watch us marvel over their messages. Black birds demand our commitment to learning their wisdom, and do not reveal their meanings unless they are convinced we’ve devoted ourselves completely to the path of understanding (both dark and light sides of) energy.

This concept correlates to lunar themes too. The symbolic meaning of blackbirds is eternally linked to the “dark vs light” phases of the moon. I’m talking nocturnal awareness. Illumined lunar understanding which requires a different use of the senses. Sense which can only be utilized when transformative devotion is made. A commitment to higher knowing (flight) and an acceptance of the void (infinite vastness that eludes the ego and rational mind).

This is a fundamental concept of alchemy which is: Transition and Transformation. The bird is symbolic of life in the heavens (higher ideals, higher path of knowing) and the color black is symbolic of pure potential. Between the two, there is no limit to human transformation – all we have to do is close the shutters of the rational mind, and start sojourning with our darkly feathered friends.

Butterfly:

Symbolic Butterfly Meanings

Interpreting animal symbolism is a powerful way to connect with nature, and learn lessons from her creatures – lessons that we can apply to our own lives. Observing the butterfly and learning her symbolic meanings offers us an opportunity to apply her movements to our own lives. For example, we can relate the butterfly’s stages of life to our own life-phases…growing pains, times of ravenous hunger, times of vulnerability, moments of miraculous expansion. The more we seek symbolism in nature, the more we realize we have a lot in common with animals, insects and life in the wild realms. Indeed, we are intimately connected with the animal queen/kingdom – inseparable from nature and her movements.

Overwhelmingly, cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis.

From egg, to larvae (caterpillar), to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) and from the cocoon the butterfly emerges in her unfurling glory.

 

The Butterfly asks us to accept the changes in our lives as casually as she does. The butterfly unquestioningly embraces the chances of her environment and her body.

This unwavering acceptance of her metamorphosis is also symbolic of faith. Here the butterfly beckons us to keep our faith as we undergo transitions in our lives. She understands that our toiling, fretting and anger are useless against the turning tides of nature – she asks us to recognize the same.

Exploring Sun Symbolism:

The sun symbol is found in all cultures throughout history.

Considered by most peoples as a cosmic power, it’s not surprising we see the sun emblazed upon countless artifacts and writings.

Ancient Chinese culture recognized the sun as the Great Male Principle – the ultimate Yang. These symbolically appreciative people also personified the sun as a cosmic eye viewing out upon its dominion during the day.

Alchemically, the sun is sol and is esoterically symbolic of the mind or intellect.

Action
Vibrance
Vitality

When focused upon, the sun yantra can bring about enriching transformation, and faciliate a desired level of consciousness. Sun yantra’s combine the embulient energy of the sun and in the form of a yantra, an invitation is created to draw awareness into solar warmth, healing and energy.

Moon:

Moon Meanings and Moon Symbolism

Throughout nature we find a cavalcade of energetic counterparts: Light/Dark, Male/Female, Increase/Decrease, etc., and the moon takes her place in the balance as the counterpart to the sun.

The sun is symbolic of the fraternal (male, yang) aspect of guidance; and so logically the moon stoically stands as the maternal (female or yin) influence.

Star:

Stars lead solitary lives in the crazy chaos of the cosmos. They keep living, dying, rolling and functioning though. They keep shining by their own perfect design.

Starlight symbolism also deals with navigation. For as long as humankind has been star-gazing, we’ve been using these glistening lights to mark our way through life. Whether using an astrolabe or casting an astrological star chart…stars are the ancient GPS for human observers.

There is a grand, powerful force that guides each of us. It could be the stars. It could be our passion. Maybe it’s our idea of a higher power. Whatever it is…in order for it to move us in the right direction, it’s got to be big and meaningful. Stars in terms of divine navigation remind us to make our motivational-maps big, beautiful, breathtaking and bold.

 

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