A Question of Omenssam
Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more.
Ask Your Mama, The What, When, Where, Why, How, and Who of Ceremony & Spirituality by Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
Dear Mama Donna,
Both of my cats are lying at the front entrance of my home in identical positions (stance) facing inward. Is this an omen?
– Curious in Kansas
The answer here is another question: Is it? Only you know if it (or anything) is an omen for you. Does it feel like an omen? It must, because you thought it might be. An omen is an omen if you think it is an omen. But an omen of what?
The image in my mind’s eye of your cats lying in alignment like two book ends remind me of the huge stone lions on the front steps of the New York Public Library, which in turn remind me of Egyptian sphinxes. But you see, it doesn’t matter what they seem like to me. They are your cats in your home and in your psyche.
Our inner thoughts, feelings and reactions to things offer direction and meaning to our lives. When we begin to pay serious, disciplined attention to the inner process of our journey, we start to notice the serendipity, coincidence, and synchronicity that surround us. We become more sensitive to the special, uncanny, lucky surprises that keep popping up in our path. Soon we begin to recognize these personally relevant occurrences as omens, and it behooves us to take very careful note of them. They are the guideposts of our soul’s journey toward itself, the psychic maps that help to show us the way to go and keep us on the right track.
Like divine affirmations, these meaningful signs and signals serve to assure us that we are in the right place at the right time. They are road markers inscribed in our own private language, leading us along our life path. Some people find money wherever they go. Others could walk with their heads down, eyes perpetually scanning, waving around a metal detector, and never find a single penny. Other people find shells or feathers or spiders or sea glass or rainbows or certain number combinations.
Each of these items represents something particular to the people who recognize them. My friend, Dominique, finds heart-shaped stones. To her, they symbolize the mission of the “heartist” which is her life’s chosen work. Each rock she encounters is like a small pat on the back. My dear Kay finds doll arms. Doll arms! They remind her of the little metal Mexican charms called milagros (miracles) that she loves. Whenever I come across a heart stone or doll arm, I know that our paths have crossed that day.
It is easy to recognize our personal omens precisely because they are so personal. Here are some suggestions that will help you to recognize and understand the omens that you encounter:
What colors, numbers, objects hold special meaning for you whenever you come across them? Have you had this sense of connection since childhood or is it recent?
What do these clues mean to you and why? Perhaps they recall a fond memory, a symbolic association, or a fortunate magical significance.
Notice how and when these signs and symbols present themselves to you. Notice how they make you feel. What is the question that they answer?
Make a mental note or journal entry of the occurrence of the omen and its meaning for you. Make special notation of your appreciation of this sign, this clue, this nod of approval.
Keep your eyes and ears open. If you keep looking for omens, directions, connections, synchronicities, messages and miracles, you will certainly find them everywhere.
So, then, what is the difference between a seeker and a seer?
Yours for clear vision,
*Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more. Send your questions about seasons, cycles, and celebrations to Mama Donna at [email protected]
Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, ritual expert, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed Ezine and writes for The Huffington Post and UPI Religion and Spirituality Forum. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.
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