The “Fierce Defender”


Did you know that the male Cardinal bird is nicknamed the “Fierce Defender?”

In the Native American Culture, there are totem animals.  Animals have traits or symbolic qualities that we can apply to our own lives.  Jamie Sams and Ted Andrews are two people who have written extensively about this.  I refer to each of them when an animal crosses my path…especially an animal that I rarely see…like a bear or a wolf.  Or when I suddenly feel drawn to a particular animal.  I consult their books or go within myself to inquire as to what that animal offers that might be of help to me in any given situation.

Writing Prompt:
Is there an animal that has been crossing your path recently?  Or even one that you feel drawn to?  What might that be about?


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4 thoughts on “The “Fierce Defender””

  1. Yes, every once in a while I see a green hummingbird flying around in a weird place around dead branches where there are no flowers. Also, I see green hummingbirds just fly very near and just stay for a while. A friend of mine is a medium. One day she asked me out of the blue if I had seen a green hummingbird that day. I had and she told me that it was sent by Maureen Bruschera(DeNatalie). And throughout my life I would see them. They would always be green and I would know because they would be in places where they normally are not! It’s only happened about 5 times in ten years but I have noticed that it only happens when I am worried or stressed about something. She sends them to assure me everything will be alright. I know that because I always feel so happy when I see one and instantly feel better. Green is my favorite color!


    1. Dear Sandra,
      What a beautiful story! Very touching. The hummingbird is likely one of your totem animals
      and definitely connected to Maureen. How reassuring to have this sign from someone who loves you
      and you have loved. Thank you for sharing.
      with love,


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