The Rose and the Grackle
The other day, my friend Shannon had brought me plants for Coco's passing. Later, I went to where Coco was buried to give her the plants, and I found a grackle sitting on her grave eating the red rose I left a day earlier. I knew this was a sign from Coco.
A little information on the Grackle: (source"Animal Speak" by: Ted Andrews)
Keynote: Overcoming Excess and Emotional Life Congestion
Although the grackle is often considered part of the blackbird family, along with crows and starlings, it actually is not. It is part of the meadowlark and oriole family of birds. It is a large black bird with an extra-long tail. About its head and shoulders are iridescent feathers that change from blue to green to purple or bronze, depending on the light.
This coloring often reflects a need for those to whom the grackle comes to look at what is going on in their life differently. It says that situations are not what they appear to be and you may not be looking at them correctly--particularly anything dealing with the emotions.
Keep in mind that black is the color of the inner and the feminine. The purple and bronze coloring about the head especially usually indicates that emotions are coloring our thinking process. The grackle can help us to correct this.
Most illness is symbolic. Congestion, especially pneumonia-like in appearance can tell us that we are holding in our emotions. It can reflect a suppressed crying or a refusal to deal with certain long-standing problems and issues. (Have we neglected situations, giving them time to be cultured?) It can reflect a refusal to take in new life and new approaches to life, and so we become congested with old emotions.
Coco had congestion and pneumonia when she passed away.
The Red Rose:
Red being related to the Earth, Sincere Love & Respect, Courage & Passion
Coco's energy is all of the above.
Roses are very sacred flowers.
The rose has always been valued for its beauty and has a long history of symbolism. Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. 'Rose' means pink or red in a variety of languages (such as Romance languages, Greek, and Polish). The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses (including Isis and Aphrodite), and is often used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary. The ancient Greeks and Romansidentified the rose with their goddesses of love referred to as Aphrodite and Venus. In Rome a wild rose would be placed on the door of a room where secret or confidential matters were discussed. The phrase sub rosa, or "under the rose", means to keep a secret — derived from this ancient Roman practice.