Here is the Report From The Back 40 – The Day of the Wren.
Today marks St. Stephen’s Day, also known as The Day of the Wren, a day of festivities and celebration in Ireland and other countries. Here is a story told in Ireland about the festival Day of the Wren. God wished to know who was the king of all birds so He set a challenge: the bird flying the highest and furthest would be win and so be crowned King of the Birds. The birds all began together but they dropped out one by one until none were left except a great eagle. The eagle grew tired and began to drop lower in the sky. The wren then emerged from beneath the eagle’s wing and soared higher and further than all the others. This belief is shown is the song that begins: “The wren, the wren, the King of All Birds, St. Stephen’s Night got caught in the furze.”
Celtic mythology considers the wren to be a symbol of the past year. The European wren is heralded for singing even in mid-winter. In the Netherlands, the wren is also known as ‘winter king’. I would add ‘winter queen’ as well. These birds have such a penchant for song, especially compared to their size.
The wren has been hunted by humans throughout its history, yet despite this, it remains a bird that has such a great heart and spirit – spirit even in the face of great adversity. When I sit quietly in the woods, especially on winter mornings, few birds are out and about before the tiny but mighty-hearted wren. The wren lets out a sound that from my view is at least100 times louder than its seemingly little body and tiny delicate vocal chords could possibly muster – but the sound is unmistakable, resounding off the tree trunks and reverberating all throughout the woods. I am always struck with how this bird can exude so much sheer joy of spirit through its song. These birds weigh 10-12 grams…that’s about 0.4 oz (please note the location of that decimal point). They are one of the smallest birds in these woods, yet they have one of the loudest songs.
I hail from a family with the name Wren, so it is no wonder to me that I recognize the spirit of the wren as being one of my totems. As one of my spirit animals, the wren teaches me that I can ‘fly higher and further’ than I can imagine…this bird is a great example of living the Aquarian sutra “there’s a way through every block”. The mighty-hearted wren embodies such indomitable spirit. The essence of its spirit is always there for me, especially when times are dark and I am in search of the light. The wren shows me that one can most certainly possible to transcend the limitations of the physical and emanate from the energetic realm. What’s up in your neck of the woods?
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