shown up in your life? Do you have some emotional congestion to clear? What a
gift that a bird that is so widespread and so accessible can show up just about
anywhere and teach us to more properly express and release emotions that
disable our ability to take in new life and new approaches to life. It seems,
in this day and age, we ALL could use a little emotional clearing to help us
navigate more smoothly along our paths.
Let’s take a
closer look at grackle.
Although it is
often considered part of the blackbird family, like crows and starlings, it is
actually part of the meadowlark and oriole family of birds. On the surface,
grackle looks to be simply black; however, about its head and shoulders are
iridescent feathers that change from blue to green to purple or bronze,
depending on the light. What might this symbolize? Perhaps that situations are
not what they appear to be and we may not be looking at them
correctly—particularly anything dealing with the emotions.
It is important
to note that black is the color of the inner and the feminine. The purple and
bronze that color grackle’s head indicates that emotions are coloring our
Grackle is a
very sociable and chattering bird. (Mom/Dad, if you’re reading this, these are
the birds that adorn the trees at the river and act as our 6:00am wake-up
call). It is not unusual to find people that are in the midst of unbalanced
emotional states constantly narrating and rehashing their conditions in social
situations. While this may be thought of as a therapeutic form of release, one
must remember that most of the time, these social “opportunities” do nothing
but aggravate the conditions and feelings surrounding them. Again, grackle can
teach a more creative release of this emotional congestion.
are not properly dealt with can aggravate or even create congestion in the physical
body at some level. Grackle loves pine trees. Pine trees are very therapeutic
to emotional states. In homeopathic medicine, pine is used to help alleviate
strong emotional states, particularly feelings of guilt.
It is said that
most illness is symbolic. Congestion, especially pneumonia-like in appearance,
can tell us that we are suppressing emotions and refusing to deal with certain
long-standing issues. This, in turn, suppresses our ability to move forward.
Grackle can show us how to handle this—show us where excess emotions are
dissipating our life force and facilitating a congestion of growth and
movement. Grackle helps us to express and release our emotions in a more
creative and beneficial way…