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"Saimi in the Meadow" by Eero Järnefelt 1891 {{PD}}

“Saimi in the Meadow” by Eero Järnefelt 1891 {{PD}}

We find the way to dream realization, living ideals, creating and communing through our connection to Nature, and through those roles and that power we hold in the real world. Responsibilities point directly at our areas of empowerment, and show us the forms and manner of materializing our ideals and dreams. It’s a tidy loop that may confound with its simplicity; some will be loathe to see it as so direct, because complicating things removes the need to acknowledge how much power to affect things they truly have (Perfecting today: Neptune nov Ceres)

Today’s word image is a red cuckoo nesting in the bright yellow nest of another bird. Now I knew that cuckoo’s had something to do with the nesting of other birds, but when I saw this symbol I had to go investigate the cuckoo’s real-life behavior in order to make sense of it. It seems the cuckoo is known for laying its eggs in other bird’s nests; this from Wikipedia: “The common cuckoo is a brood parasite; it lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. At the appropriate moment, the hen cuckoo flies down to the host’s nest, pushes one egg out of the nest, lays an egg and flies off. The whole process takes about 10 seconds. A female may visit up to 50 nests during a breeding season.” And this is accompanied by a roughly 66% acceptance in the host nest of the cuckoo’s offspring as its own.

From plates by Louis Agassiz Fuertes {{PD}}

From plates by Louis Agassiz Fuertes {{PD}}

The colors of the image also speak, the red of aggression and perhaps passion, the yellow of the mental and of intelligence, and so possibly refers to intellectual energy, property, or ‘space’. Are we the cuckoo, inserting ourselves out of anger or enthusiasm into someone else’s space? Are we perhaps expecting to ‘piggyback’ our efforts or creativity largely off of someone else’s energy and assets? Or are we aggressed against, dealing with the intrusion of someone’s ideas or expectations as to how we should use our energy? This isn’t a pretty picture, but does refer to something that can happen quite easily when our boundaries are not what they should be, or when our own passion for something causes us to ignore the right of others to make their own choices.

Here’s a little more on the consequences of allowing someone else to put ‘their eggs in your nest’

Enjoy your Thursday!