Saturday, October 29, 2011


A mated pair of Bald Eagles in our pasture.
 Cordelia of Cordelia's Cauldron had a post today speaking of familiars and totem animals.  It struck a cord with me and I thought I would share a little story of one of my totems, the Eagle.

I have always admired Eagles but my first direct experience with one was when I lived in southern Wisconsin.  I was a new mom and having a rough time living in the city where we lived.  I just did not fit in and I spent too many hours crying to return home to the northwoods.

One cold January day, the winds were howling and it was -20F.  To get the mail, which was my connection to the outside world in those days,  I had to walk two blocks to the beginning of our cul-de-sac.  So I walked down and got the mail and as I was walking back I saw in the sky a large dark bird floating.  I looked up and called to it and the bird came down closer, so close I could see its yellow eye!  I was flabbergasted and speechless as Eagles were not known in the southern part of the state at all!  It then floated upward and headed off to the north.  I stood and just watched until it disappeared behind the trees.

I knew it was an omen!  I didn't know what it was but now I know that the Eagle came to tell me that I would soon be heading home!  Five months later we bought our farm that we live in now!

Eagles are common here.  And every time I see one I call to it.  They are very curious and will come and fly close to see who you are.

A few years ago I had a mare miscarry her foal.  What was of it I left out in the snow for the Eagles.  They would come in and feed.  I know a lot of people would be sickened by this but I saw it totally differently.  I was giving my foal wings!  This foal now flies in new generations of Eagles.  It is my gift to them.

When we have dead calves I leave them out for the Eagles.  The photo above was taken because we had a breech born calf that was dead.  Now that calf has wings too.  Nothing goes to waste.  It is all good as as it should be.


  1. Oh wow. I don't think I've ever actually seen a bald eagle. And I agree with you on the leaving the dead animals for the other animals to eat. It always surprises me when people are disgusted by nature taking it's course. Granted, I wouldn't want to sit there and watch, but it's just the natural life cycle. Awesome picture by the way.

  2. I love eagles but have only seen one, wayyyyyyy up high, and that... Only possibly. Neither my husband nor I have young-eyes any more. :-) But he thought it was one, and we were thrilled.

    A lovely familiar or totem, and a lovely story, you have. I'm so glad you are back where you are content.

    And I can see your view point, about leaving the dead animals out, for the eagles food. It's the natural way, after all.

    Gentle hugs,
    "Nothing beats a haunted moonlit night on All Hallows Eve.... And on this fatal night, at this witching time, the starless sky laments black and unmoving. The somber hues of an ominous, dark forest are suddenly illuminated under the emerging face of the full moon."
    ~~Kim Elizabeth