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BLUE JAY MEDICINE
The blue jay and the stellar jay have a reputation of being
a robber of campers food and of
nesting materials. They wait until other birds have gathered
the necessary essentials for the nest
building and then rob them of it. Although jays do possess these
tendencies it has other qualities
that are far more important. Jays carry the power of presence.
They are confident and fearless.
Both the blue jay and the stellar jay create a tremendous amount
of noise when engaged in a
robbery. This noise works to the jays advantage. The more noise
they make the more chaotic the
situation appears. This distortion of energy becomes the jays
victory song. The jay reflects
lessons in how to use personal power correctly and efficiently.
They remind you to pay attention
and not allow yourself to be placed in a position in which power
is misused against you. Those
with jay as a totem need to heed this warning. The bright blue
crest on the top of a blue jays head
links it to father sky, reminding those with this totem that
true power must be utilized with
integrity and balance. Jays are incredibly resourceful. This
can represent a need within you to
learn adaptability for survival with the least amount of effort.
Since the jay doesn't usually
migrate and stays around all winter, it serves as a teacher
who will settle in and work with you as
long as you need it. Jays are fearless and have been known to
gang up and drive away hawks and
owls. They know how to play the game of life and succeed. Jays
reflect great talent, but that
talent must be developed and used properly. If the jay has flown
into your life it indicates that
you are moving into a time where you can begin to develop the
innate wisdom that lies within
you. Jay is willing to teach you fearlessness, adaptability
and survival but you must be willing to
follow its lead and become "power through presence."
From Ted Andrews' "Animal-Speak"
Keynote: The Proper Use of Power
Cycle of Power: Year-round
The blue jay has long been thought of as a bully and a robber,
and although it can have those
tendencies, it has other qualities that make it stand out positively.
For those to whom the jay
comes as a totem, it can reflect lessons in using your own power
properly. It can also reflect
lessons in not allowing yourself to be placedd in a position
in which power is misused against
you. The word 'jay' comes from the Latin 'gaia' or 'gaea' which
has associations to Mother
Earth. In Greek mythology, the union of Mother Earth (Gaea)
and Father Heaven (Uranus)
resulted in the first creatures who had the appearance of life.
This reflects much about the
intrinsic power associate with the jay. It has the ability to
link the heavens and earth, to access
each for greater power. The black and white markings found on
its blue wings also reflect this
same ability. The sky (blue) separates the Heavens (white) and
the earth (black). This is a totem
that can move between both and tap the primal energies at either
level. The jay is aware of this
innate ability, and this is reflected in its blue crest--higher
knowledge that can be used.
The main problem will be in dabbling in both worlds, rather
than becoming a true master of
both. Those with a jay as a totem usually have a tremendous
amount of ability, but it can be
scattered or it is often not developed any more than is necessary
to get by. it is not unusual to
find individuals with blue jays as totems to be dabblers--especially
in the psychic and
metaphysical field. They know a little bit about a lot of things,
and they use that knowledge
sometimes to give the impression they know more, or that they
are true masters. The bright blue
crest of the jay should always be a reminder that to wear the
crown of true mastership requires
dedication, responsibility, and committed development in all
things in the physical and spiritual.
The blue jay is a reminder to follow through on all things--to
not start something and then leave
it dangling. The blue jay reflects that a time of greater resourcefulness
and adaptability is about
to unfold. You are going to have ample opportunities to develop
and use your abilities. The jay
does not usually migrate, staying around all winter, so look
for there to be ample time to develop
and use your energies to access new levels. It will stay around
and work with you as long as you need it.
The blue jay is actually a member of the crow family, and most
crows have no fear. Crows and
jays alike will gang up to harass and drive off owls and hawks.
The jay is fearless, and it is
because of this that it can help you to connect with the deepest
mysteries of the earth and the
greatest of the heavens. The blue jay is an excellent mimic,
with a sharp eye and voice. It
especially has a wonderful knack for imitating red-shouldered
hawks. Old-time naturalists were
convinced the blue jay derived pleasure from this activity.
As with all members of its family, this
sense of seeking pleasure--often at the expense of others--can
reflect an imbalance. Sometimes
jays show up when this is occurring in your own life. Blue jays
have a tremendous ability for
survival with the least amount of effort. They reflect great
talent, but that talent must be
developed and utilized properly. If the jay has flown into your
life, it indicates that you are
moving into a time where you can begin to develop the innate
royalty that is within you, or imply
be pretender to the throne. It all depends on you. The jay has
no qualms. It will teach you either
From "Animal Magick" by D.J. Conway:
This New World bird in the genera Cyanocitta and Aphelocoma
has mostly bright blue feathers
varied with white; some have a conspicuous crest. Their usual
cries can be melodious whistles or
rasping shrieks, but they can also imitate the calls of certain
other birds. There is an unrelated
bird in India that is commonly called the blue jay, although
it is a member of the roller family,
Blue jays were said to spend every Friday with the Devil, reporting
all sins. A blue jay carrying
twigs is taking fuel to the fires of hell.
Courage, warning, eloquence. Divination to check on future trouble-spots
in your life.
Your cry of warning breaks the silence.
Warn me, friend, of coming disturbances.
Teach me eloquence of speech
And the courage to say what is needed.
Mary Summer Rain's "Guide to Dream Symbols":
Blue jay: See Bluebird: Bluebird refers to spiritual joy and
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