Yesterday afternoon, passing by the lake on an ice-cream run, I couldn't help but notice an enormous pair of brown feathery wings draped on the towering water measurement rod. Turkey vultures are one of the most misunderstood species, but I've noticed how they appear whenever an extra dose of unseen motherly help is needed. They represent Purification--Death and Rebirth--and New Vision. It's a time of endings and beginnings, and to trust the process is for your highest good. It is also a time of renewed health.
Turkey vulture is a bird of grace--it's scientific name, cathartes aura, means golden purifier. The flock gathers on communal roosts at night, and at dawn in the early morning light, they open their wings wide to dry the dew. This stance looks like they are honoring the rising sun.
Although homely when just standing, they soar the vast skies with grace, riding on air thermals for hours without flapping their wings. They don't have to expend a lot of energy to defy gravity. They simply use what is available.
These birds have keen eyesight and a powerful sense of smell. As such it will help to discern if something doesn't quite smell right in your life. Although the vulture has no real voice, it can force air out of its beak to hiss. To some, this teaches the lesson of acting rather than talking--performing rather than just talking about doing it.
The turkey vulture brings a promise that the suffering of the immediate is temporary and serves a higher purpose that is at work, even if not understood at this time. It reflects that no matter how difficult the life conditions, rescue is imminent in your life regardless of how deep the troubled waters may appear.
The sky was full of rain clouds as I got out of the car and approached her. As you can
see, the turkey vulture turned around to face me, making sure her best
side was captured on the tall water meter pole. After the photo op, she spread her wide wings and took to the skies...soaring effortlessly and free.
Love and peace,
(Ref. Animal-Speak, Ted Andrews)