In mystical symbolism, the heron, stork and crane represent much the same things – they are all solar and water birds that are said to be able to predict the weather. They represent vigilance and are valuable as destroyers of reptiles.
In Greece, the heron was sacred to Athene and Aphrodite, carrying their messages to humans. In both China and Japan, the white heron is teamed with the black crow to symbolize solar-lunar powers. Ancient Egyptians associated the heron with the rising Sun and the return of the resurrected god Osiris. It signified regeneration of life. In the Celtic cultures the heron symbolized both the Sun and the underworld and was connected to solar healing deities, but was also a messenger of death for Pwyll, king of the underworld.
Magical attributes of heron are the ability to watch patiently for results. The dignity of movement and methodical procedure in matters. Gaining dignity and self-confidence for facing personal problems.
“From the stately heron I learn dignity,
Patience to wait for proper timing.
By example, I see the sense of methodic planning.
One step at a time, personal problems are solved.” DJ Conway
The great blue heron is considered the king of the marsh and reflects an innate wisdom of being able to maneuver through life and control life circumstances.
This shot was taken after he scared away the Bald Eagle, apparently moving in on his fishing territory along the banks of our Naches river.
thinking of you Pamela ;)