i’m seeing red
a brilliant cardinal
in a juniper tree
perhaps a loved one from
beyond has come to visit me,
tidings of good fortune about
to come my way…what’s this!
more brilliant red, a ruby
capped woodpecker hops
from tree to tree grounding
me; what say you my rowdy
friend? be kind but cautious,
head in the heavens, feet
firmly planted, adapt to
the changing tide, go with
the gentle flow, yes!
i am seeing red


While sitting outside I was visited by two magnificent birds. The cardinal and the woodpecker. I decided to see what these two symbolized in legend and lore. This is what I found:

The Cardinal

The number 12 is considered a lucky number by many Native Americans. The number 12 also is associated with the cardinal. … Native American lore holds that if you have encountered a cardinal, expect good luck to follow, possibly in 12 hours, 12 days, or at noon or midnight.

Symbolic signs appear in many forms, but the red cardinal has long been embraced as the most notable spiritual messenger who has been sent by our loved ones in Heaven to watch over us. To this day, red cardinals are one of the most common spiritual signs that people receive from Heaven. The word cardinal comes from the Latin word cardo which means hinge. The cardinal is serving as the hinge on the doorway between Earth and Spirit, delivering messages back and forth.

The Woodpecker

The woodpecker meaning encourages you to strike a balance between being kind and being cautious. It symbolizes the need to understand different rhythms, patterns, and cycles, and to do your best to adapt to them and flourish. It represents warnings and prophecies, and the need to be connected with the earth.

Woodpecker symbolism is letting you know that it is time to pay attention because an opportunity is has come knocking along with it. In other words, the Woodpecker meaning is signaling you that significant changes are happening in your life. Therefore, it is up to you to seize the moment. Whether it is the renewal of an old project, the finishing of a new project, or a serendipitous meeting with someone in your life, get busy! Furthermore, whatever way you perceive it, this spirit animal insists that you must understand that the door is wide open for you right now and that success is yours for the asking.

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