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I realize that I never held my October one card draw; sorry about that! It was a very busy month for me personally, and I just ran out of time! But the birds are getting cranky at me, so here I am, good servant that I am!

In case you were wondering what's so awesome about starlings, here's a new video currently going viral of a starling murmuration. :)

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.



Interestingly, October was the month of the sparrow this year. You might have expected crow, or raven, or even Canadian goose, but it was sparrow that kept fluttering into view. These small, everyday birds are a constant reminder that everyone has value, everyone has something to offer the larger community. They are benevolent household spirits, reminding us to be gentle with ourselves and others and that a clean house is far less important than a loving home. As we swing into a season often ripe with stress and judgement, I hope we can all hold on to this message and keep light in our hearts, letting our heavy burdens slip from our shoulders.

November's one card draw will be this Tuesday, the 15th! I will do another full day of readings, and have a special incentive, so stop by!
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I just noticed that "flocking" sounds a lot like a certain "naughty" word. *laugh* So, the birds are cranky with me. I have not been working like I should, and they are letting me know. I cannot drive anywhere without birds flying in front of my car, though they are usually kind enough not to make me slam on my brakes...usually! They have pooped on my house and my trash can, and are threatening to do the same to my car and my mailbox.
This morning, a whole flock of starlings landed in my front yard and then took off with a great ruckus when I didn't notice them right away. Oops! So, in apology, I am getting my butt in gear and writing this post. Of course, I can only write about starlings!

The most awesome thing about starlings is the way they flock. Here's a link to someone talking about how people love to capture flocks of starlings on photo and film. The photos and videos collected in that post are enough to really give you a taste of what it's like. To me, it's like watching living abstract art. It cannot help but inspire awe...and maybe a little terror if you are familiar with Hitchcock's The Birds!

One look at my name will tell you that starlings are important to me. When I was first discovering my calling as an auspex, I recalled how starlings had been nesting at my house for some time; we even saved their babies, which I considered a good sign for my own struggles with fertility. (We have two children now.) We even took to calling our home Starling House...all before I knew I was an auspex!

So, what does starling mean? In the kind of synchronicity that has filled my experiences since my calling came to me, it is completely and utterly appropriate for me. Starling is in the bird Ogham, the major arcana of my bird oracle, and speaks about being present in the now, smoldering fires, the shaping of things, bending/turns, patterns especially in terms of language/communication and groups, directness/honesty (sometimes with unfortunate consequences), being a Speaker and unafraid to show your voice.
For me, I am rather renowned for my directness and honesty. Being an auspex was a very unexpected turn of events in my life, but filled with patterns and meaning, and starling told me to live in the now and move forward, to use my voice as a speaker and interpreter for the birds. How could I not listen?
If starlings are speaking to you, perhaps change is coming or has recently come to your life, or perhaps it is time to speak up and say loud and proud what is in your heart. Starlings live big and bold and vibrantly, and we do well to emulate them!

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