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A Kingfisher's Tale

Posted
March 15, 2024,
by
Claire Montanaro
"
the kingfisher is the promise of good fortune.....
"

Outside my home the River Wye falls steeply into its valley, cascading noisily as it does so over great and ancient stones on the river bed, reminders of the seas and ice that once covered this land.  The river, at this point in the Upper Wye Valley is never still and always vocal as it flows over and around the rocks heading for the calm waters of the meandering channel beyond.

Whenever the river is high after heavy rain, the waters are wild and turbulent making it impossible for birds to hunt and otters to swim, and it is then that the kingfisher, the master fisherman, returns to my ponds in search of newts and frogs, of which there are many. To see the flash of his iridescent blue plumage on a bleak spring day is an uplifting, heart-warming sight, even if his ruthless manner of killing his unfortunate prey by banging it against a stone or branch is disconcerting.  His story, however, is not.

Greek mythology tells us that the kingfisher is the reincarnation of Halcyone and her husband Ceyx, who died in stormy seas.  Upon finding his body in the waters, Halcyone in her despair drowned too, and the gods rewarded her sacrifice by transmuting them both into a pair of spectacularly beautiful kingfishers representing symbolically the promise of love, peace and good fortune, birds of water and so of spirit.

We rarely are blessed with the sight of a kingfisher, and if we see one it means that the balance of nature is in order:  food is plentiful, the waters are clean and the right habitat is available for them.  They are a barometer of the state of the environment and of our world too, for as peace and love decline, so do the numbers of these special birds.

Compassion is an important part of being human, and it is evident in the bird kingdom too, but sometimes we may care too much about events that are beyond our ability to influence.  To be aware of and have concern for events in the Middle East, for example, is understandable, but to become over-emotional about a situation outwith our control can contribute energetically to general fear and tension and ultimately hurt only ourselves.  Anger can be infectious and certainly unhelpful.

The kingfisher by contrast lives his life focused on pragmatism – finding food and shelter in the best possible environment, breeding and perpetuating his species.  He will be aware of what is happening around him, of potential predators, of the weather and magnetic patterns, but he will not care about what is happening thousands of miles away.  He lives for the present, for survival, for a mate and for the enjoyment of life with no excess of negative emotion.  His life may be short, but it is well lived.

It may serve us to consider if and how far our attention on the stresses and uncertainties in the world - encouraged by a drama loving media – is undermining our ability to live our own lives in the peace and love represented by the kingfisher.  How we feel and what we do affects everything around us, in our own lives and far beyond:  to be positive and to see the good and not just the worst can be very powerful.

The kingfisher is the promise of good fortune.  That promise is for you.

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I am a spiritual teacher, channel and writer with a special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition, who loves nature and wildlife.  My aim is to help your human and soul journey through spiritual wisdom, spiritual connection and the raising of consciousness.

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