The Secret of Being Colorful…
A flash of deep red appeared before my eyes… I was watching snowflakes dance and flurry when the cardinal landed with the grace of a ballet dancer on a thin leafless branch. It took my breath away, excited the little child inside of me and moved my heart with wonder. I watched as he sat comfortably on his branch for a few minutes, then he flitted away to a rooftoop, another tree and away into the sky…
I rushed to the computer to look up the medicine of this beautiful creature and here are a few things I found:
*Native American lore says if a cardinal crosses your path or attracts your attention you may experience renewed romance.
* The number 12 also is associated with the cardinal. Native American lore holds that if you have encountered a cardinal, expect good luck to follow, possibly in 12 hours, 12 days, or at noon or midnight.
*Your primary purpose for being on this planet is to bring colour to it. You find your own way to do this, for example simply to wear colourful clothes, decorate your home in a colourful manner, to make people laugh and smile, or to show the world it is ok to be unique and different.
*You are entering a creative time and the cardinal comes to give your creative endeavors it’s blessings.
Not to conform to any other color
is the secret of being colorful.
He shocks us when he flies
like a red verb over the snow.
He sifts through the blue evenings
to his roost.
He is turning purple.
Soon he’ll be black.
In the bar’s dark I think of him.
There are no cardinals here.
Only a woman in a red dress.
“The Cardinal” from Running Lights by Henry Carlile. Copyright © 1981 by Henry Carlile. Reprinted with the permission of Dragon Gate, Inc.