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magpies and omens


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In seeing birds as omens I keep seeing a single magpie, I know this stands for sorrow but I know if some people see this they look for another one to make up for gold. Surely you can`t look for another to make it right, what is seen is seen at that moment?

 

I don`t feel too worried actually as my feelings are that this magpie might be around me asking for help rather than symbolising anything. But I was just wondering what you thought about the whole magpie/bird myth?

 

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It used to worry me but now I won't let it! However, my husband's mum (and him) always say "Good morning m'lord" if they see one... now what the heck is THAT about?!?!?! LOL

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One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told. Thats the rhyme I know about magpies. We have very few up here but I see a pair now and again.They mate for life so usually if you see one by itself it's a young one or is recently single due to the other being killed. I don't feel that they are magickal, mystical or whatever but they are certainly very intelligent birds as all the corvids are. They speak easily, are naturally curious and hoard stuff (especially shiny things) in their nest to impress their mate. I think they are cool :)

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Thanks for the link Grim, very nice!!

 

I often see the male of the family of magpies that have nested in our tree for the first time this year and i just like to think that i'm blessed to have this cute little family nesting here. Maggies stay in one spot for years at a time so if you're still living there next year look out for them again showing off their babies to you :D

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lol this is something I used to wonder about !

 

I know the "one for sorrow, two for joy" thing, but what confused me was, if you saw one, then a minute later saw another, would that be two lots of sorrow or would it be two for joy haha !!

 

I think sometimes I over-analyze things..... !

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A friend of mine was having a bbq once with his family, and they were completely terrorised by a magpie! It flew at them, swooped on the kids.. hurled itself at the windows.. everyone was really scared. My friends Dad knew a bird specialist and rang him - and was told that Magpies can go completely psychotic and if he had any sense, he'd get a rifle out and shoot it, as it could continue to bother them. So, they went and got their rifle.. sat in wait whilst all the women and kids watched from the french windows.. and the bird swooped one more time and flew off.

 

I didn't think much of this until my sister-in-law from Australia was over for Xmas, and we were in the garden. I heard a magpie making its noise from our big tree and she practically ran in the house. Apparently, as kids their Nan had made them walk to school part of the way with little tin buckets on their heads (Poor buggers) because Magpies would dive bomb the kiddies as they walked. It made me a bit wary after that!

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^ Yes i was taught that rhyme was for Ravens/Crows.

 

As to Maggies attacking, they do that when they've got eggs or little ones, the males get super territorial and will attack if they think you are a threat, myself i've never been swooped by a maggie even though i've been in areas where they do it, don't know why that is, maybe i just give off the vibe of calm or non threatening.

 

Goodness i hope you didn't shoot him! Just try and avoid them or go outside with - yes i know this seems stupid - ice cream containers with big eyes painted on them, works like a charm........come to think of it, it sounds kinda like a magic charm doesn't it??

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Just in case people aren't aware, the magpies in Australia are not the same as those in the UK. Different species altogether, though with similar markings, and the Australian bird is a songbird. ;)

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Just in case people aren't aware, the magpies in Australia are not the same as those in the UK. Different species altogether, though with similar markings, and the Australian bird is a songbird. :wink:

 

That's good to know, I had no idea of that! (not sure my Australian sister-in-law did either) which is why she was so hesitant to go back in our garden :)

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