by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness
I always see interesting things when sitting out on the deck with my morning coffee, and today was no exception. I live on the prairies Southern Alberta, Canada and though I live in the city I still have the opportunity to spot lots of wildlife native to the area. This morning I received the gift of a beautiful nesting pair of Golden Eagles that soared directly above me.
Spirit Animal Info
For generations, Native (North) American tribes have associated the Eagle with vision, wisdom, and strength. The predatory spirit animal symbolizes taking responsibility for one’s actions, healing nature and treading lightly as a matter of respect for Mother Earth.
Whenever I have odd encounters with wildlife, I always take it as a message from spirit. Spotting the Eagles was a definite sign for me as the Eagle according to tradition speaks of wisdom and freedom. The Eagles confirmed that I have been successful in making some major changes in my life when I recently closed up some old karmic cycles that had been dragging on for years and walked away from some things that were no longer serving me.
Golden Eagle Facts
The Golden Eagle is one of the largest birds of prey found in the northern hemisphere with a massive wingspan of 6 to 7 feet, or 2 to 2.5 meters.
In North America they are found mainly in the western area of the continent, and they also are found in Eurasia. The Golden Eagle prefers to live in wide open spaces such as farmland or wild prairies and their typical home range and territory is estimated to be 77 square miles miles, or 20 square kilometres
The main diet of this formidable hunter includes rabbits, squirrels, marmots, gophers, mice, as well as fish and large insects. Golden Eagles have also been known to attack large animals such as deer
Spiritual Meaning of the Eagle According to the First Nations People of North America
Besides being an animal totem that symbolizes wisdom and freedom, the Eagle also represents the need to look inward to listen to the intuition and follow the heart. Creating solid foundations and having the courage to take responsibility for one’s actions and soar to new heights.
The Eagle can also be a sign of a soul mate coming into one’s life. Eagles mate for life and the commitment they have to one another offers lessons in relationships and loyalty when it comes to loving another person.
Though the Golden Eagle was once a very prolific species, like all birds in the world their population numbers are in sharp decline. Eagles have faced a lot of persecution from humans in history from hunting and habitat disturbance. However due to conservation efforts, Golden Eagles as well as all other birds of prey are now protected under the Provincial Wildlife act Alberta and are considered a non game species.
As a population humans are at a pivotal time in history with animal, bird, and plant species going extinct every day at an alarming rate. We tend to forget that we are part of the ecosystem and every living thing has a role to play in keeping the balance of the earth.
There is a large need for all of us to respect nature and do what we can to protect habitats for if we continue to destroy everything in the natural world for the sake of money, we in turn will destroy our own home. Without the earth and it’s natural systems, humans as a species will not survive.
Do you crochet? Please visit my free crochet patterns page for original patterns designed by me.