Herons are the reason I named this blog the hedge. They are a strange bird, and carrying one as a totem puts you in line to work at your own pace, being patient, able to work with the group or alone. Longevity is also part of their medicine. Theirs is the power of the mystic, along with the swan. I love this bird, almost as much as I love my swan totem, these birds look just plain funky, and don’t care. That works for me. If I was long legged instead of round as a rubber ball, I’d say this was my primary totem, but, nah, I look a lot like the owl, and that has been what I have been called since childhood, a spooky ol owl.
You don’t seem to find swans or herons or even owls laughing, so I am glad I have Raven and Otter in there to balance things out a bit. There are so many of the Origin stories on the internet that, if you are interested in them, there’s lots to read. Remember your local library, also for references. After all, your taxes pay for the community to have those books on hand for all of us, so use them, don’t misuse them.
The heron is a long legged wading bird. There are about 60 species of heron including several species called egrets. Most egrets have white plumage that is highly prized as ornaments in oriental ceremonies.
Herons are often seen standing motionless, as if in a meditative state, on its long thin legs. This stance symbolizes its ability to maintain balance through proper focus. Its inner foundation is secure although not fixed.
When the heron feeds it stands in water. Its neck is bent in an S shape. The flowing pattern of the letter S reflects the rhythm of this bird. Understanding your personal rhythm and responding to it accordingly is imperative for those with this medicine.
Water is associated with the mysteries of life. It is connected to the emotional body of man. When you see a heron standing in water notice how deep the water is. This depth can symbolize the depth that needs to be explored within self. The deeper you go the more you discover. Whatever is discovered take the time necessary to stand in silent reflection. In this way clarity of understanding is known.
Those with this medicine have strong emotional natures. They feel things deeply and with passion. The challenge here is to keep passionate thoughts and feelings under control in order to maintain a balanced emotional nature. The advantage of this energy indicates the passion and ambition needed to complete tasks and accomplish goals.
Herons are seldom seen flocking together. They are solitary birds that enjoy their own company. Heron medicine people are independent and willing to make changes when the need arises. They do not need a lot of people in their lives. This can sometimes lead to challenges in personal relationships especially if the other person has needs that require constant attention. Maintaining some type of social interaction and not withdrawing from others completely is helpful.
Herons stand out in their uniqueness and know how to take advantage of things and events for their own benefit. By observing the heron, its actions and its lack of action we learn how to perfect out personal flight through life. Herons hold a silent power, their grace, agility and majestic presence reflect balance. This balance is the gift they offer to all who choose to receive it.
This is from a website called Sayahda, informative if you don’t have access to totem lore from books, or better still a teacher. Learning how the animals can teach us to be truer to our own souls is fun, and Spirit honoring.
Oh, BTW, it is a hedge of herons, a counsel of crows, a lament of swans. Someone with tongue firmly planted in cheek, eh?