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#1 Wezip

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Posted 20 October 2018 - 09:05 AM

For the past 6 weeks or so any time I leave my house or go to different destinations I keep seeing 1 magpie - only ever 1. This is unusual as they are more often found in pairs.

When I am stopped in traffic on my way to work. There’s always one outside my car - no matter the place I’ve stopped...

When I walk the dog, head out of a shop, take the kids for a walk etc etc - always there appears one magpie at some stage of my journey...

I know the old rhyme “one for sorrow, two for joy etc” and I am beginning to think I’ve had a curse put on me or that this is a message of some bad luck that’s about to befall me...

Has anyone any other explanation for this? Or has anyone else experienced something like this?

I always make a point of saying hello to the magpie and giving him the traditional “salute and asking after his family”....

Side note - I did call out to the Morrigan a while ago... but I thought she always sent crows, so I’m not sure if that has any relevance, but thought I should add it in...

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 03:16 AM

Side note - I did call out to the Morrigan a while ago... but I thought she always sent crows, so I’m not sure if that has any relevance, but thought I should add it in...

 

'Pies are also corvids (same family as ravens) so could be a connection.

They are fiercely protective of their chicks and family/territory so might be a learning in that direction, of course it could just be that one has decided that your place is nice and setting up shop there - leave out bacon rinds and such for it and you will make a fast friend. :-)


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Posted 22 October 2018 - 09:21 PM

I love Magpies, we don't get them in the mountains where I live. When we go to an area where there is open range lands I see them there a lot.
I know one is supposed to be unlucky and I always look for another to make a pair. But really I'm just happy when I see one. They are so pretty, I don't believe they are unlucky
Just like my Black Cat, he's not unlucky.

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#4 Khundekling

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 09:56 AM

I know the old rhyme “one for sorrow, two for joy etc” and I am beginning to think I’ve had a curse put on me or that this is a message of some bad luck that’s about to befall me...

 

Is there any reason someone would want put a curse on you? Been pissing any witches off recently? If not, then it's most likely nothing.

 

As it is still a bit warm for this time of year perhaps the young birds fledged late and are still being fed by their parents. They usually hang around their parents until October anyway. It tends to be the non breeding birds that are in groups, so if the parents are still feeding that would explain why you are seeing single birds. 


Edited by Khundekling, 23 October 2018 - 10:29 AM.

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 03:49 PM

I don't think they are unlucky either, and as someone previously mentioned, unless you've aggravated any witches lately I doubt you're cursed.

 

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:05 PM

I see them constantly when I am writing creatively or having a lot of ideas around writing. I don't know if this is a personal symbol or if others have found it, but they definitely relate to voice for me - having a voice, expressing verbally and in writing etc. I don't see them as unlucky (I don't really see any animal as unlucky though), but I do always greet them. I definitely don't see them as signifying a curse, but wondered if you might have personal reason to feel this? They are actually very special to me, my other online name is Magpie. 

There are a couple who live in my garden or the neighbouring one, they actually moved in when my ability to write returned after a couple of years of utter nothingness. So, for me, a very good omen indeed. One other thing they represent to me is knowing myself, that might sound a bit weird, but many people have misinformation about Magpies so, often, the birds they actually are compared to what people believe is different. They remind me to tell my own truth and my own story, to look at my actual self, and know what is within me - not be swayed by others' views of me. I hope that makes sense? It might be irrelevant because it is quite a personal one, but thought I'd share it in case it helps.


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Posted 24 October 2018 - 01:19 PM

I see them constantly when I am writing creatively or having a lot of ideas around writing. I don't know if this is a personal symbol or if others have found it, but they definitely relate to voice for me - having a voice, expressing verbally and in writing etc. I don't see them as unlucky (I don't really see any animal as unlucky though), but I do always greet them. I definitely don't see them as signifying a curse, but wondered if you might have personal reason to feel this? They are actually very special to me, my other online name is Magpie. 

There are a couple who live in my garden or the neighbouring one, they actually moved in when my ability to write returned after a couple of years of utter nothingness. So, for me, a very good omen indeed. One other thing they represent to me is knowing myself, that might sound a bit weird, but many people have misinformation about Magpies so, often, the birds they actually are compared to what people believe is different. They remind me to tell my own truth and my own story, to look at my actual self, and know what is within me - not be swayed by others' views of me. I hope that makes sense? It might be irrelevant because it is quite a personal one, but thought I'd share it in case it helps.

Thank you for this!

 

Sometimes I am the sort of person that just really needs the obvious to be explained to them!

 

I literally see one (only ever one) pretty much everywhere I go, and I have had a bit of a run of bad luck recently which has probably just ate in to my insecurities which then lead on to me thinking "am I cursed", however - when I think rationally about it, I haven't pissed anyone off (that I know of), so no one should have any reason to place any curses on me...

 

When you write about them representing knowing yourself that has immediately struck a chord with me, I am going through a bit of a personal journey this year (after almost dying twice) and when you write about "telling my own truth and my own story, to look at my actual self, and know what is within me" it all makes perfect sense.

 

Thank you for this and now every time I see one I will absolutely be mindful of my true self and my own story!

 

You are a bit of a genius xx


Edited by Wezip, 24 October 2018 - 01:20 PM.

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 07:46 AM

You’re very welcome. ☺️ Glad I could be of help. I empathise with the personal journey and have noticed quite a lot of us on here have gone through near death experiences, even being resuscitated. I was resuscitated and in a coma in 2016, and though I already practiced the Craft I think it still changed the way I practice and pushed me to explore further, I went on to nearly die a few times after that, so I understand how it can push you in certain ways on your personal journey. I really hope everything is going a bit more smoothly for you now.
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 11:18 PM

Glad to hear that you are still alive and kicking! I have been resuscitated as well and it aint no picnic. Weird thing was while I was lying in recovery I thought it was a good time to meditate and relax when suddenly I had two male nurses jumping on my chest and then they shocked me. A WTF moment!
I'm glad to be in the alive and kicking club too!

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 11:29 PM

I wonder if having to be resuscitated does indeed alter us in some way... it’s an interesting thought, and I can say for sure that I haven’t been the same since it all happened...
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Posted 04 November 2018 - 05:40 PM

I think it does alter your perceptions a little. Now we know how easy it is to die.
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Posted 04 November 2018 - 05:42 PM

True. We are fragile little vessels really!
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Posted 27 November 2018 - 10:04 AM

This might be of interest to some... https://www.britishb...nd-superstition  the bit that interested me is how other cultures perceive what is good or bad luck.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 06:04 AM

I had a magpie... it was a young one. Whilst I had it it was the craftiest, naughtiest little bird I'd ever had in my life!

 

They are also very independent spirited, pretty much as wild as they come. Flew off in the end, naughty little begger. It hated cages & had a perch in the dining room instead. It would fly in circles excitedly when it saw me in the morning with it's breakfast. It learnt quicker than other birds I've had, identifying windows etc. But evil? No. In fact it was quite the joker of a bird & fascinated by life.

 

I don't apply superstitious belief to animals unless there's a definite cause for me to believe. Animals are friends to me, or at least acquaintances. As long as it doesn't want to eat me, it's fine.


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Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:10 PM

How lucky you are to have had a Magpie live with you even for a short while, they are so beautiful, how could anyone say that they are unlucky.
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 04:44 AM

The magpies, ravens, and other scavengers all know my pickup at work.  They land right on the hood to see if I'll give them something.  There's a raven the size of a cat I'll see sometimes when I work Saturdays; she lands on my truck so hard I can feel it shake.  Unfortunately the city could fine me if they found out i was feeding them *shrug*

 

I'm pretty sure ordinances like that date back to King James. *thinks*

One of the guys calls them my pets, asked me if I was bringing them from home.  I'm sure he was joking but they're a gossipy religious bunch and I have to wonder sometimes if they're serious.

 

gulls can piss off though lol they're gone in Winter

 

I should try to get some pictures :party9:


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Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:46 PM

That is a good story Caps! The Ravens are your friends, they recognize you as a food provider. I have seen another instance of Ravens liking to hang out with people.
Near us, there is a town called Kaslo, it is a small town in the mountains. Hubby and I like to visit and one day we saw a man with a staff and a long coat standing at a street corner, at his feet were two huge Ravens. I said to Hubby " Tell me that is not Odin". It sure looked like him minus the beard and eye patch.
I wish I could have got a photo, it was awesome.

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