I was always drawn to the Thunderbird, but it was only after getting the tattoo on a whim that I really researched the significance. And I got my mind-blown a little:
A spirit bird that is considered sacred is the Thunderbird.
He boldly represents “Dominion” which is to hold your own power.
A symbol of endurance & an emblem of supreme empowerment he represents a force to be respected, honored & reckoned with. Thunderbird is drawn to energy dynamics & always follows the path of the most dynamic energy –> the reason for his incredible power.
He carries the same powers as Thor, the God of Thunder & has the capacity to wield the creation, direction, intensity or length of a storm. It is electromagnetic energy that surges through the storm that gives them their legendary power. The Thunderbird represents a culmination of all these powers. He intrinsically understands electromagnetic energy & he absorbs it from the atmosphere, empowering him & giving him the understanding of the forces of nature. He has awareness of the essence of lightning –> electromagnetic energy discharged from the earth.
It is this power that holds all things together at the molecular level.
Another aspect of the mighty Thunderbird is panorama –> panoramic view:
It means getting the big picture of your life, your life’s purpose, of seeing how it all fits together, how everything has a rhyme & reason, how for everything there is a time & season.
Also regarded as the harbinger of life sustaining water, elaborate rituals are prepared & enacted to ensure local agriculture thrives, with access to an uninterrupted food supply. Tribesman create beautiful headdresses & dance. Many tribes believe the Thunderbird carries souls to the other side providing strength & comfort. During their rituals their masks would open up, epitomizing this spiritual journey of man & Thunderbird where Soul becomes one with the spirit bird. Source: Thunderbird Symbolism & Native American Thunderbird Symbolism
Most people spend a lot of time designing their own or just looking for the perfect tattoo. As one should, if uncertain – cuz as you know it doesn’t exactly wash off 😉 I have 7 tattoos so far, & have said for years I was going for 11, my favorite number. (I’ve been seeing 11:11 & 1:11 on clocks, as tips, as bill totals, as change, on taxis, you name it – everywhere; for years now.) And you know what ‘they’ say about that 😉 But as I sit here & type this today, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna exceed that number. I have a ton of stories to map & tell.
I look at my body as a canvas on which to display artwork that is important to me, as reminders & to map my spiritual journey.
Strolling down Notre-Dame in Montreal 6 years ago, on a piping hot July afternoon, wondering what kind of exciting things I wanted to do with my day, on a whim I decided to get a tattoo at a random shop I spotted. All of a sudden, there I was standing out front. I didn’t know for sure what I wanted – at this time I only had 2 tattoos: my first, for my sign, Scorpio – a Scorpion. Most everything I’ve read about it describes me to a T. I don’t know many Scorpios who don’t have one tattooed on them actually loll. My second, a red Treble Clef, with 2 black music notes on either side. Music is the food for my Soul. Normally people also research their choice of tattooer; but for this one I did not. I knew I was taking a bit of a risk – but something bigger told me, go. Something drew me there. And then I found this pic & it was perfect! “No I don’t need to look at any other Thunderbird pics, this is the one, let’s do this!” When you know, you know 😉 I sat through the 2.5 hours it took, proud I did it all in one shot, my longest one yet.
Shivers when I read the description! There’s definitely nothing like a fierce thunder & lightning storm!! As odd as it may sound, in a sense I feel as though I am a Thunderbird, in certain aspects (especially energetically & definitely electromagnetically speaking) on this spiritual journey 😉
- Indomitable Divine Dominion
Messenger Authority Powerful Warring Sun Nature Victory
Thunderbird Magic Powers:
These days I’m just in love with pretty much every one I see! I feel so connected to it 😉
Every time I saw or heard the word “Breathe,” I noticed my body take an automatic very deep breath – like I was observing my body ‘relax itself.’
Sometimes I forget to breathe. Happens sometimes with severe anxiety & ptsd.
But my body knew better 😉
So I decided to get the word tattooed inside my left wrist, as a reminder to relax, & help combat these leftover symptoms from all the trauma.
It really helps 🙂
Sadly, there is still that lingering stigma around mental illness – which I wish was eradicated: I was once asked, “Watcha gettin’ on your other wrist – ‘Blink?'”
Hardy har har.
Moral of the story:
Do watcha gotta do for yourself, don’t worry even for a sec what anyone else thinks or says!