Animal Wisdom — Magpie-Lark ~ Mudlark
Assertive — Vigilant — Strong Self Belief — Protection — Masculine/Feminine — Mind — Harmony — Balance
WEDNESDAY’S ANIMAL WISDOM ~
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This Wisdom series, begun in 2016, aims to introduce some of the Animals who share the natural world with all Beings. Many of these Animals have shared their wisdom over the past 16+ years with us and may be found throughout the Peace Space work. On occasion, the Wednesday Wisdom Animal will be new, previously unpublished in any of the existing Peace Space manuals. All are shared here with thanks to Peace Space contributors — past, present and future.
Magpie-Lark ~ Mudlark
Mandala 85 of the Clearing & Protection – “Gilded Guidance”, Level 2 (diamond)
|A bird with many names—neither a Magpie nor a Lark—it derives its name from the colours of being black and white. Known where it lives in Australia as Mudlark, Pee-wee, Pee-wit or Murray Magpie, this bird is a ground dwelling flycatcher foraging on the surface and in the air for insects and small invertebrates. They are also keen on eating seeds. Magpie-Larks are a common sight across the vast Australian landscape and can be seen in the home spaces of urban, rural and country inland areas where these birds have long set up a close relationship with human presence. Their territory is on flat ground with water close by so they can build their mud nests for breeding, hence, also giving rise to their name Mudlark.
These plucky birds hold dominion over the territory they occupy and can be observed being very assertive in maintaining their home range with all other bird species. They do not like being intruded upon by other magpies, crows, kookaburras, hawks or even eagles. Magpie-Larks are vigilant; they set themselves strong boundaries for their own personal safety and are not easily messed with. Their presence is a reminder to you of the need to keep a strong belief in using Source energy for your own protection levels. Magpie-Lark suggests you assert yourself in setting clear boundaries for your own safe energy supply and output from Source by being aware to use energetic Clearing & Protection regularly and often.
The male Magpie-Lark has a black throat and white eyebrow, while the female has a white throat—this is an indication to you of the balance of masculine and feminine (dark and light / light and dark) energies required when reaching upwards for higher guidance from Source. The white eyebrow of the male energy is representative of asking you to envision bringing down this higher guidance for sharing with the female energy and so creating together a true conscious connection for planting the seeds of truth for yourself and for Earth healing. Magpie-Lark encourages you to stand in your belief of yourself and marry the balance of Male/Female within the self for the benefit of your own self-worth and wellbeing. Mudlark reminds you that it is your responsibility to own your own ‘store house’ of Source energy and connection. These birds are most self-sufficient and show you how not to become dependent on anyone, nor should anyone become dependent upon you.
Magpie-Lark is one of the many species of birds who sing in duet. The male and female each sing a note per second, and half a second apart, which to human ears often does not sound like two birds are actually singing. Yet this is symbolic of the bond of Masculine-mind with Feminine-mind unity and is a lesson to those of you travelling the spiritual pathway of the importance of balancing and harmonising these two energies within your individual selves as you change and grow into being fully responsible, mature human beings. Magpie-Lark offers you the guidance of bringing together your two mental bodies—that of your heart and instinctual centre (female) with your nervous system and reasoning mind (male), uniting them. Whether these birds are found in pairs or group gatherings, Magpie-Larks are the teachers of creating sure, stable, steady and sensible systems of support for themselves and their community. They show you how to provide a worthy ‘store-house’ of Source energy for yourself by learning how to be self-sufficient with your own energy, while at the same time being a responsible role model for others dependent upon you so they can then learn for themselves. Magpie-Lark warns you to acknowledge that in assisting others, you do so only insofar that they learn to recognise their own Source connection and take responsibility to change and grow spiritually.
Magpie-Larks build cup-shaped nests of mud some 20 feet above ground. The significance of mud is linked with the elemental mix of earth and water which provides nurturing life-force for grounding from Mother Earth. These nests are lined with grass, feathers and fur, in which the female Mudlark lays a clutch of 3-5 eggs. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the young. These birds valiantly defend, mind and protect their nest of new life as they all change and grow. Also, it is known that Willie Wagtails will nest in close proximity and take advantage of the protection the Magpie-Larks have to offer. Here the Magpie-Larks are encouraging you to be aware of bringing in your own levels of Source connection and life-force for protection as you build a trusted position for serving the Earth while you change and grow and show others how to do the same.
Assertive — Vigilant — Strong Self Belief — Protection Masculine/Feminine — Mind — Harmony — Balance