Happy Wednesday, Witches!
Some people believe that birds are “spirit messengers” who carry messages between the living and the dead. In Shamanism, doves and pigeons are interchangeable and represent home and security, carrying messages of love and peace.
Consider this as I tell you my “exciting” story.
The weekend before last, I heard a thumping sound in my chimney. I assumed it was a small trapped animal, but when I opened the damper there was nothing there. I used a flash light and scanned the inner walls of the chimney to see nothing but crumbling brick and cobwebs galore.
But the thumping sound continued between Sunday and Wednesday and I was starting to freak out.
You see, about a year ago I wrote a short story about an elemental fire witch who haunted a fireplace and it all began with a thumping sound that the homeowner assumed was a trapped animal. Instead, it was an angry ghost witch named Brenna.
As my chimney thumped away, I had feelings of frustration and guilt. I even wondered if I was losing my mind, because my husband never heard the thumping. If there was an animal in there, I felt horrible. I couldn’t imagine being stuck in a chimney, slowly starving to death. I felt sick about it.
On Wednesday, it finally happened: I saw the animal! It was a large rock pigeon who was as calm as could be, just hanging out inside my chimney. One look at her and I instantly felt relief because (1) I wasn’t going crazy and (2) I knew I could get her out if she cooperated.
So I left the damper open and found cardboard to barricade her inside the fireplace for a little bit. I left her some water and peanut butter and I figured it would be a while until she ventured down.
I was wrong. She hopped down before I could get the cardboard in place.
She had a little peanut butter before realizing she was in an open room. She attempted to fly but hit her head on the ceiling. She then proceeded to knock down everything in her path as I frantically opened windows (in 20 degree F. weather). She then huddled into a corner, so I picked her up with both hands and set her on the windowsill where she flew outside and onto my roof.
I was relieved. “Brenna” was free!
But, the story didn’t end there.
I mentioned that in Shamanism, pigeons carry messages of love and peace. I was having a difficult time Monday afternoon because I had an appointment and leaving my house is torture for me because of my anxiety. As my husband was driving me to my Dr’s office, we were speeding down the highway and I was really nervous to be “out”, but lo and behold what did I see?
A beautiful rock pigeon with gray feathers and an iridescent purple throat–just like my Brenna– was on a light post and she looked right down at me as we drove below her.
Now, I’m not saying it was the same bird, but the experience was amazing and I felt a sense of calm after we passed her. 🙂
This calmness I carried with me to my appointment, and for once in ten years, my blood pressure wasn’t high. I had a good appointment!
Okay, I know what you’re thinking… there are probably twenty rock pigeons congregating on every lamp post in the city and there is no way it was the same bird. That isn’t the point. The point is, for whatever reason, when I saw this bird I felt a sense of calm.
So, just maybe, they do deliver a little peace and love. 🙂
Before the light is reborn within the womb of darkness and the Sun returns, will Winter reverse the curse?
When High Priestess Iris Rose-Thorne bets her granddaughter’s womb in a broom flying contest–and loses, Winter wonders where the real danger lies: from the Witch Hunters she fled from the far North or her shady grandmother.
She finds safety with Turmeric of the Wormwood clan. His eagerness to protect her warms her frozen heart. But her love for him defies the Segregation Curse of Old, cast by the Elders to preserve ancient clan bloodlines.
Can they find a way around the Segregation Curse of Old to be together?
And with time running out as the Winter Solstice nears, will Winter be able to reverse the curse on her womb? Or will she agree to her fate and remain barren?