QUESTION - I am 24 years old, and was brought up Christian, but always have been drawn to magick. I remember the first pull I felt was at the age of 7. Since then, I've tried to abstain from practising, but sometimes I just can't help it. I feel this strong pull, and I just do it. I've noticed this usually happens during a waxing moon. Anyway, since the moon began to reappear Monday, I've been practising a lot. And about 30 minutes ago, I was outside drinking a cup of herbal tea and was saying a short spell, trying to ease my troubled mind. A lot is going on in my life and I'm struggling with anxiety, confidence, and success with a new job. I was saying my spell, when two small black and Brown birds flew up to me. They flew in a small circle around me, one coming around me from each side. As soon as this happened, I almost felt fear. They landed on the ground in front of me. I looked at them, they both looked at me, and then they flew away. As soon as they landed, I felt without a doubt it was an omen. Like they were a sign of something, I'm just not sure what. What could this mean? Any thoughts?
ANSWER - I think a lot of people coming to the practise of witchcraft from a background of Christianity do feel some reservations about taking a path in such a different direction. Magic is often (not always I’ve met some very tolerant and open minded Christians) viewed with suspicion and distrust and it can be hard to put those feelings aside when they have been so prevalent in a lifetime of the Christian faith. Whether you choose to abstain or not is entirely your decision but what I will say to you is that magic is just another tool to use on life’s path. It is not inherently good or evil it is simply a neutral tool to be used in line with the intent of the user. Chances are if you feel a strong pull toward it then you have natural abilities in that direction which, if used within your own person moral framework, could assist you in helping both yourself and others. It is not the practise of magic that has earned witches their reputation of dubious morality, it is the choices some witches have made in using it.
I think your birds are interesting and I agree that they likely have some significance. There are a lot of signposts to be found in our lives, it is just a case of being aware enough to notice them and open minded enough to consider different interpretations. I’ll give you my interpretation but this is a subjective view and not an absolute. Part of the value in any signpost is being open to more than one interpretation and looking at something from different perspectives.
My interpretations is that these birds both represent a different part of you. One represents your faith and your desire to lead a good life and the other represents your magic and the pull you feel toward craft work. The fact that the birds both flew around you in a circle shows you that both elements of your life are embracing you and when they stood together and looked at you they were symbolising the unity and harmony that both parts of your life can be fused together ad you do not have to make a choice in preference of one over another. I’d take it as an omen to be yourself and use all parts of who you are rather than breaking the perfect circle by rejecting part of yourself in favour of being incomplete.
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