my feathered friends that reside at my home & their associated deities & tales they tell
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Next time you see a bird, appreciate their watch over to you. Associated with the gods & woven deep into our pagan roots. Here is my list of feathered kin that reside in my place & visit daily along with a briefing on the deities these beauties are associoated with & the tales they tell. At the end of this post there's a vlog of my my lazy morn watching my friends watch me from my window. From the chapter 'animal & Insect
my family of birds that reside here
A bird of the summer solstice, when the sun is at its highest this cheeky bird flies up to sing to him. In Japanese folklore the bird is angry & arguing with the gods for not letting him back into their realm (he got carried away enjoying himself with play away from their realm & he was shunned as punishment)
A bird of cunning & the king of all birds.. "He who shall hurt the little wren Shall never be belov'd by men." by William Blake (Auguries of Innocence) A bird sacred to the god Taranis who liked to inhabit the oak tree & has lightning as his weapon. The wren was also called 'Drui-en or Druid bird' in Irish Gaelic. In Welsh the word Dryw means both druid and wren.
Associated with the god Ilmater, for those who suffer, are oppressed, and persecuted, He encourages one to endure & others to help them. Ilmater would take their burdens or take their places (I wonder who stole this pagan tale??) A deity of the faerûnian pantheon who shared rank with the norse god 'Tyr' (the maimed god - thanks to the shyster loki's tricks) Tyr is one of my pantheons & a god of justice, (Ilmaters superior prior to the Spellplague) & along with Torm the True (god of loyalty and duty) these 3 deities formed the Triad, An alliance of lawful good deities that were stronger as a united force than individually. It is said that the god, Ilmater would travel with Tyr, to assist & teach Tyr to live without his sight and to rely upon his 'gut/intuition' instead.
The celtic queen of magic, is often attended by 3 blackbirds (song birds) who revive the dead & lull the weary heroes with song, to sleep. Also considered as the doorkeepers to the underworld, refer to the 'song of branwen'
The roman mother goddess Demeter (Ceres) a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. Originally the central deity in rome paired with her daughter Proserpina. Refer to the Greek rites of Ceres (meaning "to satiate, to feed) And no i refuse to accept christian associations with the dove or pigeon. I'm a child of europe. None of the abrahamic middle east religions of origin have a place in the west.
Mynah bird & the Rainbow Lorekeet
The cheeky & boisterous birds i often keep in check by making sure they don't steal everyone else food.. In folk pagan asia it is said that human spirits assume the form of birds and animals after death, so they must be cared for :) Mynahs are symbols of peace, & undying love, for they often pair for life (like swans). The Nepalese folk tales that the mynah and the parakeet were lovers & the reason loving couples are often given the name ‘Mynah-like lovers' matching like the mynah bird.
The irish goddess the morrigan 'tuatha de danann (the first people of Ireland, also considered to be gods). A goddess of war, protection, hunting, and abundance. The ale father odins pair 'thought & memory that return to him every night relaying what they have seen & heard
In old Norse mythology, the priestess of the magpie clan 'Skadi' (the daughter of a giant) represented sexual union & the balanced energies of feminine & masculine (very much like the ying & yang of Asia) In england, if a magpie flies by, it is recommended to take off your hat & to bow repeating this line 'Morning/Afternoon Mr Magpie. How's Mrs Magpie and all the little Magpies?' This will help assure your good luck throughout the day ;)
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