Friday, January 14, 2011

Totems: Black Cockatoo

This is actually talking about black cockatoos in general  and these birds themselves is notably the totem of a clan known as Wamba Wamba. These birds and their habitats are sacred to the Noongar people of Western Australia and are the totem of several families and groups.

It is even said that if a black cockatoo makes its call it is an indication of rain coming and the black cockatoo is associated with rain magic itself. If a black cockatoo appears it might be an idea to try to get in contact with rain or water spirits and gods.

These birds are also associated with the occult which probably have stemmed due to its black feathers and the fact that black cockatoos are associated with rain magic. It is the black cockatoo teaches of both emotional and spiritual freedom which does mean dealing with the occult if one chooses to do so.
With emotional freedom, there are some people who don’t want to let their emotions be free or cannot express their emotions freely and it is the black cockatoo who teaches that it is okay to show emotions.

It this bird who tells of travel, long or short, it is this bird that teaches of travelling. One thing that has stuck with me is that once I did see a pair of black cockatoos while walking to school, the pair landed in a dead tree. I looked at them while they looked at me and decided to go flying off. The two were obviously travelling and travelling itself is needed for many reasons, this just happens to be one of the lessons of the black cockatoo.

Some black cockatoos are known to drum for the purpose of courting partners, getting something to use as a beating instrument and then finding a good hollow log or branch for the very purpose of drumming. Drumming is great, one can experiment with objects to use for drumming or use a proper drum. One can even honour the black cockatoo by drumming.

There is the lesson of creativity, and this is also important for when one is drumming, too. Besides creating music with drums, one can be creative in multiple ways which does include but is not limited to cooking, gardening, artwork and even pranks.

In this world one does have to remember that there are many spiritual truths out there, especially so for nourishing one’s own motivation (or inner fire one can call it) as the black cockatoo will teach and likely help with.

Wealth is also taught. To take time to appreciate one’s own wealth that one does have both material and spiritually. Obviously preserving what one cares for is important such as looking after one owns house and possessions and not having people around who will damage or steal possessions. Even though one would advise to keep those who will damage or steal the black cockatoo does teach that every person has some sort of beauty within despite how unspeakable their actions have been..

As mentioned before the black cockatoo can be honoured with drumming. One can offer the seeds and flowers of native trees and shrubs of Australia such as Grevillea, Hakea and Banksia. There are other things people can offer to the black cockatoo, such as corn and fruits such as apples.

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