I cannot help feeling that we are entering a new era in the work here with the animals. As I posted in December, our very old Wild Chicken Mama died. I buried her in the middle of the property under a v-shaped arbor by a rose bush and a honeysuckle vine. I buried her with a heart shaped locket from my maternal grandmother. I received an image in meditation, guiding me to do this.
Then, in early April, Vienna died, the herd matriarch. She wanted to be buried on a boundary spot that also formed a triangle with the bodies of Landor and Joey, who had died quite a while ago. The triangle is a symbol of many things, one being the vulva, from which life is birthed.
A while after the Wild Chicken was gone, I discovered a nest full of her eggs in the hay barn. They were still edible. I baked a cake with them as a celebration of her fertility. That was back in January.
Vienna was quite dissociative by the time she was euthanized. Nevertheless, she found the strength to give us a final life lesson on the day of her death. She broke a wooden fence. She seemed to be saying something about breaking free. Maybe she was creating a gateway – an entrance into the Invisible, the world of Spirit. She seemed to emphasize with force her transition out of her body by creating an opening.
Maybe it was a continuation of her boundary teachings, reminding us that while we hold our personal boundaries to create a safe place for our Spirit to live on this Earth, our Spirit also needs to be able to travel to sacred places, such as we do in meditation, or as she did on April 9th, to the Light. I believe the gateway is the heart. These two wise women were here with me as I grew and the property developed into a place of healing. They helped form this healing space. With their deaths, they appear to be creating an opening for a new era.
Right now, the birth of three new chicks, and the excessive sexual play between the horses seems to be more evidence we are moving into a new era. Time will tell what this new era entails…