It’s just a sparrow…

It’s just a sparrow… May 29, 2018

Animal Magic: It’s just a sparrow

sparrow, animal magic, rachel patterson

I was sitting in the conservatory last week having my lunch and reading a book, as you do.

From the corner of my eye I saw movement in the garden and looked up to see the leaves on one of our shrubs twitching just above where we hang the bird feeders.  So I watched, and a bird hopped out to help itself to bird seed.

My immediate thought was “oh it’s just a sparrow” and then I caught myself…it was a judgemental thought.  Whilst we do get a few different birds in our garden; including various finches, lots of pigeons, blackbirds, starlings and the occasional magpie and even a seagull, the majority of the birds that use the feeders are sparrows.  Why was I so dismissive?

It made me stop and think and also to look more closely.  The sparrow is actually a really pretty bird and it has quite a lovely song to it too.  I had absolutely overlooked the humble sparrow as anything more than just ‘common’ and unworthy of a second glance.  That was my mistake.  I was horrified that I had done so.  I wonder how many times we do this on a daily basis with other things?

On further investigation this delightful little bird is packed full of symbolism, messages and magic…

  • Funnily enough one of the most important messages from sparrow is about self-worth (I chastised myself) and knowing that we are special no matter what.
  • The sparrow sings with energy and passion and brings both of those qualities with it – sing your own tune, sing from your own song book!
  • They are happy and joyful little creatures who love being part of a community.
  • It is also a reminder that the simple things in life can be beautiful and wonderful.
  • The ancient Greeks believed the sparrow to be a messenger from Aphrodite so there is a big ole love connection there.
  • Sparrows are busy little birds, flitting about all over the place, never resting for very long so they bring productivity, hard work and persistence with them.
  • Being idle won’t get you results, follow the example of these hard working but happy birds and life will be sweet.
  • Be proud of what you have accomplished which in turn will boost your self-worth.
  • Sparrow is not a loner, they are much happier being part of a community, there is strength and protection in numbers.
  • Don’t be fooled though, the sparrow is a fierce little fighter and won’t stand any nonsense, choosing to stand up for himself when necessary. He has absolute faith in himself and his abilities.

For me, it was a bit of a wake-up call, I had totally dismissed this beautiful creature in one short sentence.  And I work with animal spirits on a regular basis and have even written in detail about bird magic!  Sheesh…My bad.

Maybe I should have been looking and learning from the sparrow and the messages it was shouting at me.  I was underestimating the power that this particular animal brings with it.

Sparrow brings:

Respect, self-worth, self-esteem, dignity, power, empowerment, happiness, community, faith, fight, strength, hard work, productivity, persistence, love, accomplishments, passion, energy, integrity, simplicity, care, creativity.

My apologies to the sparrow community, I have re-filled the bird feeder and added a fat ball as well, hopefully I will be forgiven…

"It's not a matter of "saving the planet." Earth is going to be here, and ..."

What can we do to save ..."
"I will be seventy-one in July. Menopause has long been and gone in my life. ..."

How does a Witch cope?
"I live in the southwest United States. Even in the winter we have the Sun ..."

Pagan Portals Sun Magic

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment