Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Spirit Animal - Blue Jay

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"Blue Jay watching for it's next meal"  - picture from Wikipedia

The Blue Jay wears the many colours of Father Sky.  Although, Blue Jay is native to most of North America, one may go years without seeing Blue Jay, almost the way we see old friends from time to time.  Even though we do not talk every week, we have no doubt that should we need them, they will always answer our call.So, if you are starting to see Blue Jay, he is answering your call. 

You may say, "I have not called on Blue Jay".  However, you may have asked God or Great Spirit to show you what is next in your life, what is holding you back, or what your next step is.  Blue Jay wears the colour blue and the little blue crest (cap) as part of his messenger duties from Great Spirit.  Blue Jays do not have naturally blue feathers.  Rather, their blue colouring is from light refraction on their feathers.  When Blue Jay feathers are removed from the bird, they turn darkish as the light refraction no longer works. 

Our Ancestors have passed down stories that say this colouring was a gift from the Gods because of the impossible tasks Blue Jay was given to do.  One of the traits associated with Blue Jay is the "Trickster" aspect of his behaviour.  Blue Jay steals - eggs and other things - destroys nests or other things, plays jokes and shape shifts.  All of these characteristics have caused the other birds and animals to shun Blue Jay.  Many humans shun him because of his harsh, noisy call, and his habit of making a mess of bird food or other things.  Yet, by these actions,  Blue Jay plays an important role in teaching everyone to take better care of what they have, to value home and family, to be discerning about what they believe, and to keep their sense of humour.

Blue Jay comes to you as a teacher.  He uses noise to distract.  Are you easily distracted by noise or commotion?  Now is the time to work at being more disciplined.  He shows you how easy it is to take away another's power.  Yet, shunned and mostly alone, Blue Jay walks his talk (integrity) and stands in his power.  Blue is the colour associated with the throat chakra - the chakra of truth.  Regardless of how one views Blue Jay's voice, he teaches us that when we have something to say, it does not matter how harsh it sounds if it is the truth.  Being able to stand alone and say what needs to be said is Blue Jay's lesson in leadership. 

Blue Jay comes to tell you that it is time to step into your truth, and find the resources within to acknowledge that people (governments, corporations, family, employers) have been taking advantage of you - whittling away at your nest (income and home) and that now is the time to make changes.  Just as Blue Jay shifts shape from bird to human, he tells you that you may shift to be anyone you wish to be.  The power is within you.  Blue Jay recognizes talent, and he says that you, too, have talent.  Recognize that it needs nurturing and developing, and that along with Blue Jay as a teacher, you will need to find other teachers of strength and integrity to help you cultivate the innate skills that are within you.

If Blue Jay is working with you, now is a good time to remember how connected everything is.  Blue Jay represents the blue of the skies and the oceans and the point on the horizon where they become one.  Just as the wave cannot exist on its own, Blue Jay's feathers do not exist without the nurturing life support of Jay's body.  He reminds you that your light cannot shine without nurturing the body and the soul, and that now is a good time to get started on your journey to live harmoniously with the Earth.

May you have nothing but blue skies!

Judith

17 comments:

  1. thank you for the article. Last summer I was gifted a large bundle of the Blue Jay's feathers in my back yard. I knew they were special:o)
    this winter I had a OBO vision quest (unexpectedly) .. and I saw myself holding a twirled tree branch staff with the blue jay feathers hanging .. and using in it a healing ceremony/session. ... to my thought "Oh my goodness .. people already look at me strange (practicing shamanism in the south -NC) ... but 3 days later I meet a guy that I told of my vision ... 1st time meeting this person, mind you ... and he was in shock ... "I hAVE THAT STAFF!" ... so ... long story short .. I have this identical staff from him .. same as my vision ... and I have so many healers that look upon this staff as supreme magic. .... I am in the process now of putting the feathers on it.... trust me when I say ... Blue Jay medicine is me :o)

    check my site later on ... I will post a picture of the staff.

    www.TrinityHolistics.com

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  2. thank you for this! as a little girl i lived in the country, in texas. my grandmother and i would watch and keep track of what birds would come into the yard. the blue jays were beautiful. on day while standing on the back porch a blue jay landed right beside me. i got so excited and called for my grandmother. she brought me out bread and the bird ate right out of my hand!!!! my grandmother told me that i was special because of this. they are not to fond of humans... this article also makes me smile because my grandmothers name was also judith... i feel the link!

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  3. I am so happy that you shared your story with me! I love the synchronicity of the name "Judith". Blue Jays are very peculiar about who they hang out with. However, when they form a bond, they are not at all shy! We have two blue jays that have been in our yard since 2003. They are almost friendly, and they do talk a lot. This spring has been quite cold and we have had lots of snow. I normally keep our bird feeders topped up with different seeds and suet. However, because I had a cold and flu, the feeders had not been topped up for a week. Our friend, Jay, hopped up to our front window and screeched, and tried to get my attention. I ignored him. He then hopped up on the roof, where it hangs down close to where I was sitting, and began "talking at me". I knew he was asking for food. I did get my husband to put some out. Two days later, when I was outside in the yard, Jay flew over me as though in thanks.

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  4. my son Jesse passed away in an accident on the night of sept 5, 2009. He was only twenty two years old. We were so very close. After the winter that same year in spring, I was cleaning up his gravesite and heard what I thought was a kitten crying. I looked up and there was a baby bluejay on the ground on our plot. Family plot. I tried to find a way to get it back to its nest and couldnt. I brought it home and to work with me everyday. It grew healthy and we were very bonded with each other. My son had a mohawk and sideburns and beard along his jawline and around his chin and it looked so very much like my sons. I smoked and so did my son and baby blue (I named her/him would grab my cigarettes out of my pack and take off with them as if she was frantically going to not let it go. I would have to pull it out of her beak and would have a fight on my hands, lol. My son also allways would play with lighters when he got older. Hed tease me because I always said thats dangerous and he would just laugh. Baby blue would allways peck on and play with my lighters. She would sleep on the heart that was a heart of flowers from my sons funeral that I kept by all his personal items and the chair he passed away in. She would sometimes sleep on my shoulder or behind my head on my shoulders. She always was on my shoulder during the day. I would leave her out during the day when she got older and let her fly in the trees. Eventually she started staying out everyday. She would allways come and look at me or land on my shoulder just to make sure I was there. She came in every evening to sleep and knew when I put my makeup on in the bathroom and would be in there waiting for me before that time came. She loved to play with my makeup pencils and play with the toilet paper to try to hide it for later nest making. Would sit on my shoulder and watch me put my makeup on. She loved to ride in the car on my arm or steering wheel to work and back every morning untill I would keep her at home and outside in the last couple months. I love her/him so very much. Would give me kisses with her beak and hide food in my hair or shirt all the time. On the aniversary of my sons death in the evening, she never came back. There are 5 other bluejays that she/he got to know and hung out with and they all came by and one would respond to my call but just sat in the tree in front of me but as if he/she knew me but yet didnt. She allways ate her live mealworms every morning on my shoulders and live crickets. I would whistle and a bluejay kept whisling back to me but didnt come to me. I dont know whats going on. Ive allways known that jesse sent me this baby to help me. I get out of my deppression when I help another. But its been days since the aniversary of my sons death at around midnight and I havent had baby blue come to me or inside our home once. Im not sure even if the bluejay that I see is her because it acts as if it knows me but has reverted full circle to a wild bird in one days time. Could my son have taken on the body of a bluejay?

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  5. Anonymous - thank you for sharing this beautiful story of the baby blue jay! You were indeed blessed! To answer your question, could your son have taken the body of a blue jay. Yes, he could have, however, it is unlikely that he did. More likely, part of his agreement for leaving the planet was to make sure that you had some company. The baby blue jay was a good way to show you the cycle of life - having young ones, and letting them go. The baby blue jay flew off because she knew that this was the right or natural thing for her to do. She will not forget you, and may come to visit in the future. The gift that she is giving you now is the lesson of releasing attachment. And, that is a glorious gift.
    -Namaste, Judy

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  6. When I was 12 or 13 years old, a blue jay landed on the top railing of a swing set in my backyard while I was sitting on one of the swings. I watched it for a while and, when I was sure that it wouldn't fly away, I went inside to get bread. I slowly approached it, offering pieces of bread, until it was finally eating out of my hand. After that, I went outside once a day to feed it and eventually it grew comfortable enough with me to sit on my head or on my arm while I fed and petted it, and it would come when I called for it.

    After a couple of weeks, though, I stopped going out to see it, even when I saw it waiting for me on the swing set railing, and eventually it stopped coming by. I never saw it again. Part of the reason I stopped meeting it was because I was afraid that it would learn to depend on me for food or trust other, untrustworthy people as much as it trusted me (it started sitting on my grandpa's head, too, after a while), but another part of me just took its friendship for granted. I've always been ashamed of that and it's been one of my deepest regrets. It still haunts me after ten years.

    I live in a new city and state now and haven't seen a blue jay again in all this time--until this morning. I was in my backyard with my dog and saw a flash of blue. I followed the flash and saw a blue jay sitting on a low tree branch about 50 ft. from where I stood. It flew off a moment later. I was struck by its sudden presence after all this time, so I went outside again this afternoon and waited to see if it would make another appearance. After about 30 min., it flew past and landed on a branch high above me. It cawed several times and I cawed back once, like I'd done with the other bird when I was younger. This new bird gazed down at me and there was this quiet moment of recognition. Then a cardinal landed on the same branch and the jay flew away. It might sound silly, but it really felt like a moment of redemption. At the same time, though, all of my guilt from abandoning the other bird has resurfaced. Is this a sign that I've been forgiven, and that I need to forgive myself?

    I was very much a nature child when I was younger; I'd spend hours in the woods behind my family's house and really felt a bond with the trees and animals. As I grew older, though, I kind of lost that connection. But I've been trying to reconnect with nature lately and it seems significant that the blue jay appeared to me now, at this point in my life. I feel that there's some kind of connection, but I'm not sure what it is. I guess I'll figure it out eventually. Just felt like sharing. :)

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  7. What a wonderful experience! Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Your journey with Spirit sounds like it is well underway.

    Love and light, Judy

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  8. There are some very nice stories & information about Blue Jays on this page (thank you for that)! Recently I've been searching for my totem animal/animal spirit guide. One day, while walking my usual path to work, I found a Blue Jay feather. The odd thing was, the wind was so gusty that it made no sense that the feather was just flapping in place on the ground. I picked it up, said thank you for the gift. I've kept it on my altar ever sense. Almost every morning sense then, I've seen a Blue Jay outside my windows or he'll fly by me. I'm pretty certain that he is my totem animal, for now♥ I appreciate your information about the message he's trying to send me :)
    ~Brightest Blessings to you Judith~
    p.s. Do you have any suggestions for offerings I could leave the Blue Jay?

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  9. Savvy - thanks for you comments. Blue Jays love food, a lot! Leaving them treats of peanuts, or suet and nuts is a blessing for them. Love and light, Judy

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  10. Thank you very much Judith! I will certainly leave him some goodies near his usual spot :] Take care hun!

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  11. I really enjoyed reading about the blue jay. I pulled the blue jay card for myself a few days ago, so I was looking up the meaning and that's how I found your site. Thank you for this information. I just remembered - I found a blue feather a couple of weeks ago! Love and light to you, Judy!

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  12. Many blessings, Bonnie. Thank you for contributing to this blog with such light!
    Love, light, and laughter, Judy

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  13. I know I am a little bit late replying to this, but I have been seeing two blue jays outside my window at work. They stay in the tree(s) for a long time and follow each other around. I talk to them (in my head) and I ask them what message they have for me, I also make a wish. I have a feeling it could be my two dear aunts that passed away in the 90's telling me to move forward with my life or "let my light shine"...possibly?

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  14. That was the most perfect thing ive ever read. I kept seeng blue jay symbols everywhere and i remembered how I loved them so much as a young kid. Your explanation of who blue jay is perfectly fit what im going through in life. Thank you so so so much :) so encouraging and uplifting!!

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  15. I saw a blue jay on my wood fence one morning. my grandmother was dying and passed the following day and I felt peace and so much joy when I saw the blue jay. I had never seen one in my life ever I live in san antonio, texas. I've seen many red cardinals all the time but never a blue jay so I felt blessed even thou I was going through hard times as I had lost my job also. I have depressive disorder that caused me to go on medical leave for too long then I was finally terminated and unemployed. making the depression worse and harder to even find a new job.. yet I prayed even more now. I wasn't sure if my prayers were ever going be answered, there were times I choose not to pray I felt anger but for a short while. I had been applying for many jobs interviewed and reject alot but I did not give up. recently I sat outside while I talked to my mother on the phone, I had previously mentioned the bird appearance to my mom and when I am talking to her on the phone the blue jay shows up again. he flew next to the house and then on the grass and then he flew back up on a pecan tree I have on the backyard. he made his presence known. I told mom about it again and she asked if that was him singing she could hear it but I wasn't sure. and again felt over came with this joy I can not explain. his presence felt special I was happy I got to see it again. I don't know what his connection is to me but its nice and I knew and felt that good things where to come.. that's the message I kept receiving every time. I got a job offer soon after, my first day is on Monday I feel happy and blessed, as I have been unemployed for a year and 2 months now, living off ui benefits. I am thankful that God is there even when I thought he wasn't. now I know God makes his presence known even through his messengers. I'm glad I found this article I knew Blue Jays were special they had to mean something just by my experience alone, but I couldn't really explain it. thanks..I feel lucky.

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  16. hi, to start, for as long as I can remember my great grandmother was very fund of birds, she gave me her bird collection before she died in 1997, I have been in the company of a couple of blue jays in my back yard for over four month as I am intentionally finding my spiritual journey, today I saw 6 bluejays at one time, I watch them as long as I could, calling on the tree tops, it was beautiful, and I know it was ment for me to see, judith, what does it mean to see so many at one time, where do I start?

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  17. This is a very interesting article,
    But I was also wondering what a Blue Jay feather would mean if one was found on a loved ones grave?
    I was visiting my great grandpaw this evening and noticed a feather right where he was buried.
    If you could please help me, that would be great.
    Thank you.

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