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SEAGULL OR GULL
*Bobby Lake-Thom/Spirits of
The Seagull is a survivor. He can go for long periods of time
without food and survive under the
worst conditions. He represents stamina, perseverance, and cunning.
But he can also be
mischievous, selfish, and quarrelsome. If you see a flock of
Seagulls inland flying around in
circles, it is a warning that a bad storm is coming. The power
of the Seagull can also get rid of
negative powers, such as when thousands of grasshoppers ravaged
the Midwest back in the
1930s. Seagulls were sent by the Great Creator to purify the
pestilence. Seagulls will eat
anything if they have to.
*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
A number of species of web-footed sea birds of the genus larus;
related to the terns. They live
primarily in the arctic and temperate regions around the world.
The adults are mostly white with
patches of gray, brown, or black. A few species live inland
on lakes and marshes, but most gulls
stay around salt water.
The sea gull can soar on the air currents over the ocean waters
with grace. However, it can also
be a nuisance. The sea gull is an avid scavenger, preying on
eggs and the young of other birds. It
will eat almost anything. Its raucous scream is part of the
atmosphere of the coastline.
Although not mentioned in the Celtic legends, the sea gull was
connected with the Celtic god
Manannan mac Lir and the Welsh goddess Don. Like other birds,
they were considered to be
messengers from the Otherworlds to humans.
Superstitions: Some sailors believe that killing a sea gull
is to court bad luck for the rest of your
Magickal attributes: Spiritual messengers. Opening yourself
to communication with deities.
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Seagull pertains to spiritual thoughts.
*Zolar/Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions:
Generally held is the belief that it is unlucky to kill a seagull.
Three seagulls flying together
overhead is said to portend death.
Keynote: Responsible Behavior and Communication
Cycle of Power: Year-round
Gulls are wonderful birds. Most people, especially in seashore
resort areas, have a tendency to
look upon them as pests. In their communities, away from human
contact, their behavior is much
Sea gulls--or herring gulls as they are rightly called--are
actually shore birds, and they seldom
venture far from land. Shorelines are places of great mystery
and magic. It is a place neither of
land nor of the sea; it is between the two. It is one of those
regions often associated with fairy
contact. Because of this, gulls can help teach how to open communication
with the Faerie Realm
of life--especially the water sprites and spirits.
This idea is further reinforced by the fact that the gull is
associated with the element of water, as
well as the air. it is a bird which can combine the gifts of
swimming and flying. It is very
buoyant in the water. It knows how to work in both kingdoms;
it knows the behaviors
appropriate to both. This reflects the ability to teach you
how to behave and work in other
dimensions than that which is normal.
The appearance of a gull usually indicates lessons or abilities
in proper behavior, courtesy, and
communication. It may reflect you need the lessons, or that
you may become the teacher of such.
It may also reflect new learning in the subtleties of communication.
Gulls have developed an intricate code of behavior. They have
developed a regular signal code
for all of their ritual activities. They use a combination of
calls and gestures. Because of this they
can teach you how to read people more effectively. They can
help you to understand the
subtleties of communication--what is not being ostensibly expressed.
They can help you to read
between the lines and understand the body language of others.
They hold knowledge of the
techniques of psychological communication.
Gulls also help to keep the beaches and shores clean. They are
ecological birds. Their appearance
as a totem may reflect opportunities to work on ecology in general
or work on cleaning up the
shore areas of your own life.
The young are fussy eaters. They have to be stimulated to eat,
and the color red is their eating
stimulus. Adult mother gulls have a red spot on their beak.
The baby gulls know that only by
poking at it will they get something to eat. This process reflects
many subtle lessons. It has ties to
proper eating behaviors, stimulation of diet (physical and otherwise),
and more. Meditation on
this will elicit some wonderful insight into your own life patterns
Seagulls generally live by the water near seaports. They are
often seen diving into the water or
bobbing on its surface. The seagulls connection to the water
is symbolic for those with this totem.
Water represents the emotional side of a persons psyche. Because
the seagull is a messenger its
actions should be studied in order to know what it is trying
to tell you. If it dives into your life
this can indicate deep seated emotions that need to be healed.
If seen bobbing on the surface its
asking you to let go of worry, go with the flow and enjoy yourself
Seagulls are considered untidy birds as well as scavengers.
They make their nests out of
vegetation and garbage. Some people consider them pests and
others admire them. When the
locust invasion of 1849 threatened to destroy crops in California,
huge flocks of Gulls fed on the
insects and stopped the invasion.
Scavengers as well as fishing birds they will eat almost anything.
When several gulls find food,
the one who gets there first gets to eat. They seldom fight
over their dinner. Seagulls hold the
teachings of fairness and respect and show those with this medicine
how to create relationships
based on these two principals.
Relaxed and easygoing in all of their pursuits seagulls bring
us the gift of a carefree attitude.
They are casual about how they build their nests and where they
live. Those with this totem are
sometimes untidy in their appearance and disorganized in their
life. Although comfortable with
these characteristics friends and family often find these habits
distasteful which creates challenging living
situations for those with this medicine.
For those with this totem try to remember that the complementary
side of a carefree nature is the
proper acceptance of responsibility. When you commit to something
and others are depending on
you its not appropriate to just fly off if the mood strikes
you. It is good to temper a carefree
attitude with a responsible nature and to know when each behavior
My daughter, who has come to live here in Dubai had her first
'aware' experience with animal
spirits only a few days after she arrived here. I had to smile
to myself at the wonder of it. She
asks me very little about my developing relationship with Totems
because to be honest I don't
think she has been very interested. Until now that is. I see
a gentle tapping on her shoulder to
take notice in this experience. She was trying to get to sleep
one night, and had to sit up in bed
because she could hear a flock of Seagulls. She was quite amazed
the following moring when
she was telling me because the sound was in the room, and not
coming from the outside. She
then wanted to read about Seagull medicine.
How nice to stand by and see this manifest no matter where it
leads her. I think this little event is a wonder.
I love it, and how fortunate she is to have you there to guide
and explain things, Maat. So many
children have these experiences and stuff them away afraid to
talk about it to those around them.
Enjoy the journey with her!
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