Spring has sprung in the midwest.  Early March we had summer-like weather.  Tonight we are having one of those “thunder-booming” rain storms, and it strikes me that even violent weather and rainstorms can be a harbinger of what’s to come, hoping of course for a resurgence of all that is new and beautiful, all there is to look forward to as the weather turns golden and warm.

As part of this, there is the return of the bluebird.

Bluebirds in the midwest are not seen as often as they used to be.  They are much more rare than they used to be, but we nevertheless keep an eye out for them.  As follows in much of nature, the males are the brightly colored, beautiful blue we associate with the bird whereas the females are more brown with blue wing tips.  Many of nature’s creatures follow this pattern with the male being the show-off to capture the attention of the ladies, and those cagey coy females hang back and get to make the decision as to which of those male birds they are most attracted to.

This doesn’t seem to be particularly true for humans.  Women paint their faces, pay attention to how they look, how they dress.  These women might even spend a lot of time exercising and obsessing over how to capture the attention of their male counterparts, quite the opposite of many of nature’s other creatures.

The bluebird symbolizes the setting of the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, but even though they are winter birds in this respect, they nevertheless signal the coming spring as well, a transition from the old into the new.  In this way, the bluebird signals the end of the cold season, the transformation into spring, the passage into happinesss and fertility.  The fertility represented is not only the recognition of the birth of the new, the heralding of infants into the world, it also speaks to the birth of new creative endeavors.  Thus, the bluebird is dually a winter bird as well as a spring bird, foreshadowing an awakening of a new consciousness.  They not only represent the transition and passage of winter to spring, they also speak to a passage from child to adult, night to day, and barreness into that aforementioned fertility.  The bluebird acts as a guardian of all transitions.

If a bluebird finds its way into your life, look for the possibility of the new and renewed in all your endeavors.  Symbolically, a person could herald the birth of the new and unexpected in your life, and I myself try to surround myself with those “human bluebirds” who encourage me to embrace all my potential.  If you find a sort of bluebird in your life, expect opportunities to reach new levels of joy and happiness.

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