Wedge-tailed Eagle - The Persecuted King
The Persecuted King. Ignorance and Intolerance. Misunderstanding. Strong Structures. Sun King. Sun Worship. Celebration of the Blue Skies. Upperworld Messenger. Pride. The Value of the Ego and Transcending the Ego. True Sight. Accurate Clairvoyance. Power. Heat and Wind Wisdom. Soaring Over Obstacles. Flight of the Spirit.
The wedge-tailed eagle, or eaglehawk, is found throughout Australian and southern New Guinea, and the most common of large eagles worldwide. It is the largest bird of prey in Australia with a wingspan of 2-3 metres. They are generally varying shades of brown, and darken as they age. They predate on native wildlife, such as wallabies, possums, snakes and lizards as well as feral animals such as foxes and rabbits (which now make up a significant part of their diet). The wedge-tailed eagle is distinctly aerial, and employs thermals in its flight. Their nests are distinctly massive and in prominent locations, and added to with each breeding year. Nests that weigh over 400kg have been known. Adult eagles mate for life, and can attack unfamiliar wedge-tails. Australia is one of the only places in the world that still gives licenses to farmers to shoot this animal despite its protected status.
Please remember that if this animal is contacting you, it will often be the best resource for teaching you what its lessons are. What I write is only intended to be a guide, it is not absolute, nor is it infallible.
- The wedge-tailed eagle is the persecuted king, he is still shot by farmers, and even considered 'vermin', he is hunted, misrepresented and sometimes demonised. When eagle comes into your life, he warns you that you are being demonised or persecuted unfairly, or alternatively, there is a situation or person that you are refusing to understand or see in an open-minded way. Broaden your horizons, don't live in a narrow world, eagle will give you the true sight you need to see clearly, and the strength to be seen clearly by others.
- The wedge-tailed eagle flies into our life and suggests that ignorance and intolerance has found its way into it. We are misunderstanding a situation, or we are being misunderstood. If we let go of our own prejudices, we are less likely to be judged in a negative manner. If we live our lives openly and with pride instead of insecurity, others will eventually come to respect this. At the end of the day though, persecution occurs whether we like it or not, and like wedge-tailed eagle you must continue on in your life despite any ignorance being directed your way. Do not change for other people. Do not expect other people to change for you.
- Wedge-tailed eagle, like some other eagles, teaches us the value of strong structures. Is your house weather-proofed, are your beliefs rigid, are your creations protected, are you legally okay? If not, eagle tells you to sort all of these things out, because it is important that we make our lives, homes and the things we love strong and solid. Eagle even suggests that, at least while he is in your life, being excessive about protection and structure is not a bad thing.
- All eagles are in their own way, the Sun King, they lord over large territories, have a strong understanding of heat and wind wisdom and command the skies. When eagle (any eagle) comes into your life, he tells you to focus on the sun more strongly in your ritual, and in your life. Get outside more, feel the sun on your back and on your head. Enjoy the breezes and the hotter days, find something to love about the warmth! Celebrate the sun, it nurtures growth in that which nourishes you, and in yourself.
- All eagles emphasis the need for increased sun worship, particularly if you are a spiritual person. If you focus too heavily on the night, the moon, and forget the importance of the sun, eagle suggests your path will become imbalanced. If you are not very spiritual, bring more sunlight into your life and see how everything around you warms up and becomes brighter.
- All eagles represent a celebration of the blue skies, and all imagery relating to the sky and sun are important at this time. Consider finding land that is open, that seems to hold the sky, and have a picnic there enjoying the sun. Eagle is also an upperworld messenger and may bring you messages directly from gods and angels, if you believe in them.
- When eagle comes into your life he teaches you two lessons that may seem contradictory - the value of ego, and transcending the ego. Our ego is often considered the root of our selfishness, and is sometimes characterised in an exclusively negative, or evil way. But our ego is the source of our personality and our pride, and eagle teaches us how to celebrate this in a positive way that still enables us to transcend the ego and develop and maintain a strong connection to the spirits or deities we believe in.
- Eagle teaches pride. Pride in our work, our appearance, our family, our homes, our creations. Be bold in what you do, do not hide in the background if you have accomplished something - even if that 'something' is as simple as yourself!
- Eagle comes into our lives and teaches us true sight, and is an asset to psychics and those who work with divination, as he lends the power of accurate clairvoyance. Let the eagle's sight, more accurate than our own, filter into our souls so that we may see what we have been missing all along.
- When we are close to the spirit, and respecting ourselves and the world around us, we are able to fly close to the great Spirit, and when we are able to do this, we are able to simply soar over obstacles. Eagle lends us the power to do this when we see him, or when he lends his energy to our life.
- Eagle teaches us about power in all aspects of our lives, and eagle people tend to make good leaders because they are able to remain detached yet respectful in any situation they are in.
As a shadow aspect:
The shadow guide is the animal we often fear irrationally, that teaches us things about ourselves that are profound and difficult to confront. Often the traits we fear most within the shadow guide, are the traits that we dislike in ourselves. We must scrutinise why this is, and learn how to work with them.
- Those who fear or dislike wedge-tailed eagle, are often those with pre-conceived notions in mind who are unwilling to let them go. The rural farmer who refuses to believe that an eagle only predates on sick or dying livestock, is challenged by prejudice, for example. Wedge-tailed eagle confronts this prejudice in those who have pre-conceived or outdated notions.
- Those who fear or dislike wedge-tailed eagle, often resent having to re-think their beliefs, or to strengthen their homes, or to basically add reinforcements to something once they think it's 'done.' These people often have fragile beliefs that are easily challenged by eagle! And they often react with dislike or resentment that these beliefs have been pulled apart so easily. As someone who has been on the receiving end of two wedge-tailed eagle critiques, I know what it's like! On the other hand, it certainly strengthened the beliefs that were torn down, and enabled me to recognise their wisdom. Wedge-taile eagle people are excellent in verbal debate.
Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. You can contact wedge-tailed eagle in many ways, and if you live in Australia simply driving through the outback, or keeping your eyes to the skies will often reveal him soaring over your life and your soul.
Meditation, visualisation, the use of shamanic modalities like drumming and rattling, are all ways to contact eagle. I have also found success using metal symbols, particularly in copper and brass. Doing rituals for or involving eagle during the day, under blue skies and the sun, or during summer, tend to be very successful.