Iron John Chapter 01. A hunger for something wild.
Narrative: There was once on a time. Time and space are treated differently in these stories. Stories do not happen in linear clock time nor in our geographical world. They happen inside our psyche and can happen repeatedly. The geography of the story tells us where within our psyche these stories happen, in metaphor of course. For instance, the enormous forest is the whole territory of soul, magical things can happen there, animals speak and have messages for us, if we can listen.
The King sends out a hunter
Narrative: There was once on a time a King who had a great forest near his palace, full of all kinds of wild animals. One day he sent out a huntsman to shoot him a roe, but he did not come back
The king sends out more hunters
“Perhaps some accident has befallen him,” said the King, The next day he sent out two more huntsmen who were to search for him, but they too stayed away. Then on the third day, he sent for all his huntsmen, and said, “Scour the whole forest through, and do not give up until ye have found all three.” But of these also, none came home again, and of the pack of hounds which they had taken with them, none were seen more. From that time forth, no one would any longer venture into the forest, and it lay there in deep stillness and solitude, and nothing was seen of it, but sometimes an eagle or a hawk flying over it.
The hunters simply disappeared—really? Or were they so transformed by their experience that they were not recognised upon their return.
The hunger for something wild, the hunger for Soul. The narrative says that the king felt a hunger for something wild and so sent hunters out to bring back some game to eat. The hunters never returned Three times he sent out hunters doubling the number of hunters each time, searching for the missing hunters. Nobody returned. The forest got the reputation of being dangerous. So, the health and safety people went out with their army of security, hazmat suits and placed warning signs, of the prescribed dimensions and colouring, along with hazmat tape. Signs proclaiming the dangers of the forest. The unintended by-product of keeping us “Safe” by the old king has the effect of separating us from and having access to Soul. If we would understand violence in our communities and especially violence on women and children we need to look no further than our separation from Soul. Our inner child is safe living in the enormous forest, called Shadow or “the long bag we drag behinds us” slowly regressing.
In the chapter about the journey from the Enormous forest to the Castle quo we spoke about what we must leave behind in the forest simply to make the journey, This a replay of the incarnating process where we had to leave behind much in order to incarnate into this world. Once again, we leave our inner child behind.
What we deny and repress for acceptance. Men feel the loss of this inner child as low-grade anger and resentment, especially directed at those who can express feelings-women and children. Men, particularly fathers, can be very cruel to their children to get them dried out, to be accepted by and tough enough to survive the Castle Quo. Why dried out? We have that expression “wet behind the ears” which implies weakness, softness, sissy, in all events “Not ready nor acceptable” Father, parents and the education system do this drying out too soon too early in the child’s development and in so doing damage self-esteem and the will forces of the child.
The child’s boundaries are trampled, and the child is taught it is nothing, just a chattel of the parents and the status quo. This lack of boundaries causes huge problems later on in life. Self-esteem, self-motivation, Relationships all suffer. This lack of boundaries creates huge and constant anxiety in us and so we resort to self-medication. We try to escape our anxiety with alcohol, cigarettes, sex, work, distractions, and drugs of all sorts.
Finding our soul in the enormous forest. Hunting for the King in the forest, the hunter may come across his own inner child the child that was banished in growing up drying out. The Hunter will never return to the Castle Quo. Why would he? To be a hunter is to be looking for something and implies a readiness, a hunter is a metaphor for a seeker like Ivan in The Fire Bird Story.
It is also true that the Old King fulfills his mission by sending out on quests those he deems ready.
In the story of Jason and the Argonauts Jason’s uncle has usurped his kingdom, murdered his father, married his mother, and lives in fear of the prophecy of “a man wearing only one sandal (Jason). So, he sent Jason on the quest for the golden fleece, believing it an impossible and fatal task.
The last line of the narrative is both curious and revealing! “Sometimes a Hawk or an Eagle flew over it”
We believe we are separate from nature or at least that we have overcome it, ironically, we live in an animal body that relies on this very same nature for our life. We distance ourselves from the very thing that can support us and soothe our anxiety, nature has tremendous healing properties.
We are not separate from nature, though we think we have conquered it until it shows us its power i.e. COVID-19. Nature is like Soul always communicating with us. We have just forgotten how to listen. This message from Hawk and Eagle is clear for this story.
As with any other animal totem, hawks will show up when you need guidance from the universe and support from something beyond yourself. The hawk represents focus, strength, and poise, and can show you your hidden abilities to lead yourself and others to a more positive outcome.
Hawk Spirit Animal By Elena Harris,
Hawk Totem Meaning
The hawk spirit animal or totem has several attributes and meanings:
- Hawk is the messenger of the spirit world
- Use the power of focus
- Take the lead when the time is right
- Power to see, clear vision
- Strong connection with spirit, increased spiritual awareness
Hawk spirit animals belong to the realm of bird medicine. It carries the symbolism that comes with the ability to fly and reach the skies.
The hawk spirit animal as the messenger
The hawk can soar high and reach the heavens effortlessly. As most bird totems, this power animal is often considered as a messenger who brings messages from the spirit world and the unseen.
Hawk spirit animals and taking the lead when the time is right
The hawk is also a bird of prey. Hawks symbolize the power of observation. This spirit animal’s guidance may also indicate that you have the opportunity to study a situation before taking action. Observe the situation and then act when the time is right.
Hawk spirit animal and power to see The hawk spirit animal is associated with the power of vision. If you have the hawk as a totem, you have or are developing the ability to see clearly and have strong visions.
Just like the hawk can see in great detail at great distances, you may be able to perceive what others do not. You may have an affinity with piercing life great mysteries and divination in one form or another.
Hawk symbolism in ancient traditions
In numerous traditions, the hawk has a strong relationship with the world of the gods. Some of this symbolism has persisted in modern mythology and beliefs. In Ancient Egypt, the belief was that a hawk-headed spirit called “ba” would fly off a mummy to come back among the living as a hawk or swallow. The hawk symbolized a part of the soul that would be freed up after death and come back to the world of the living in the shape of a bird. It was also the animal of choice for the god Horus, the god of the sky, who was represented with a hieroglyph depicting a falcon or hawk.
The popular belief in more modern times that birds like hawks or owls are announcer of death may be rooted in this myth. For the Greeks, the hawk and the eagle were associated with the god Jupiter, king of the gods. The bird is strongly connected with the realm of the gods.
Eagle Spirit Animal
Author: Elena Harris
The Eagle spirit animal is an inspiring messenger. With the ability to soar to heights other birds merely dream of, the Eagle is a powerful animal totem that offers lessons about looking closely at the most minute of details in order to see life from a broader perspective. When this graceful hunter comes into your life, it’s time to look inward with a careful eye. Allow your heart to guide you, and opportunities you never dreamed were possible will present themselves when you least expect it. Eagles have feet with four toes. Four is a symbol for having a solid foundation and being grounded. Those who are guided by the Eagle spirit animal are grounded. Even though the Eagle can soar to great heights, they are still strongly connected to the earth. Among being grounded and connected to the earth, those guided by the Eagle are also resilient and in complete harmony with the spiritual aspects of their lives. Unafraid of the unknown, these seekers accept life’s challenges with unshakable courage, determination and confidence.
Eagle conveys the powers and messages of the spirit; it is man’s connection to the divine because it flies higher than any other bird. The eagle brings the message of renewed life because it is associated with the east winds – the direction of spring, dawn and rebirth.
As a power animal, the Eagle is most frequently associated with wisdom and freedom. Here are additional symbolic meanings for the Eagle totem:
- Healing . Sexual Power
History & Vision
For generations, Native American tribes have associated the Eagle with vision, wisdom, and strength. The predatory spirit animal symbolizes taking responsibility for one’s actions, healing nature and treading lightly as a matter of respect for Mother Earth.
Nearly all religious and spiritual traditions embrace the Eagle as a symbol of salvation and hope. Historically, cultures all over the world have associated the Eagle’s energy with the commanding elements of sun and thunder. One example of this is Zeus. The Eagle was sacred to Zeus. He often changed into the form of an Eagle in order to control the thunder and lightning.
From Biblical times to modern-day, some of the most powerful societies and cultures have adopted the Eagle’s image as a sign of strength and freedom. Cultures such as the Aztecs, Sumerians, Hittites, Romans, Egyptians and Native Americas all had strong symbolism associated with the Eagle.
The Eagle Is A True Predator
The Eagle is a true predator. Predators help keep the balance of nature healthy. They capture the weak and the sick, which helps to prevent the spread of disease. Throughout time cultures have considered this a healing role of the Eagle. Those working with Eagle spirit animals are often healers. If you are not a healer and the Eagle spirit animal is coming into your experience, you may soon be awakened to a powerful self-healing or the emergence of your healing powers.
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