Bald Eagle Sighting
On Sunday, February 25th, Jeff and I returned home after a wonderful weekend at our friends' Tom and Laurel's cottage on Lake Dalrymple. On the drive we traveled down through Kirkfield on the way to Lindsay, enjoying the clear skies and sunlit snowscapes along the way. Just before we reached the locks I spotted a Bald Eagle sitting at the edge of the river. I yelled at Jeff to stop the car and we reversed back to the bridge. When we stopped to see it better the eagle spread its wings, flew up and rested in a nearby tree. It was absolutely beautiful; the white head and tail feathers separated by the mantle of shiny black in between. After a minute, not wanting to disturb it further, we drove on through the underpass at the locks. Within seconds we were passing through the intersection of the village of Kirkfield when I spotted a second bald eagle, depicted as the background of a small sign on the side of a building, indicating “Kirkfield Corner Store”. How bizarre! It is not common to sight these incredible creatures here, let alone in the middle of winter. I never consider such things as mere coincidence. I decided to google “eagle symbolism” and this is what I found:
The eagle is present across a range of beliefs or philosophies;
The Eagle represents spiritual protection, carries prayers, and brings strength, courage, wisdom, illumination of spirit, healing, creation, and a knowledge of magic. The eagle has an ability to see hidden spiritual truths, rising above the material to see the spiritual. The eagle has an ability to see the overall pattern, and the connection to spirit guides and teachers. The eagle represents great power and balance, dignity with grace, a connection with higher truths, intuition and a creative spirit grace achieved through knowledge and hard work.
The dictionary of scripture and myth, describes the eagle as;
A symbol of the holy spirit, which flies, as it were, through the mind (air) from the higher nature (heaven) to the lower nature (earth) and soars aloft to the self (sun).