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Of all the birds in the garden, this bird is the medicine man, this bird is the dancer, he will do a rain dance and convince the worms it is raining once they come up he will feast. If rain is due he will wait on the fence for the rain to start and will feast as the worms appear.
If we look to the skys for the seagulls who will lead the rain inland, then we can look to the ground at the blackbirds behaviour, if he is dancing on the ground then it will not rain today, if he is waiting then it will rain later.
The dawn chorus begins with a competition between the the Blackbird, the Cockerel and the Pheasant, with each in their own territory it is difficult to tell who rises before sunrise, but it is only the blackbird who leads others into chorus.
The Blackbird has caught the attention of many a painter, writer, laureate, lyricist and bard. Paul McMcartney in recent times used the symbolism to represent the oppression of slavery, nursery rhymes from the time of Henry VIII describe events surrounding the King, the bards, ovates and druids from more than 2000 years ago were able to relate to the black cloak of the blackbird to represent the night turning to day, the dawn breaking and the start of a new day.
With a cloak as dark as night, a voice as soft as a distant brook, it's appearance is always sudden and it's departure always seen. Many a myth and secret has been bestowed upon this bird, a creature to be trusted with knowledge as birds of this feather will flock together and will look after whatever is bestowed upon them. The shrill scream of the Blackbird will warn everything around of impending danger, the calm serene song of the Blackbird will bring meloncholy tones to every dawn chorus. The Blackbird will happily eat the berries of the Rowan and as such affords the protection and calm to all around them.
The blackbird can be acknowledged as the medicine man, the creature who wil bring healing, the black gloss of it's feathers implies the other side, the green shine seen in the light of day confirms the healing elements are being carried to you by this messenger. He shows you the green as a reminder of new growth, just as he dances when there is no rain, sings to celebrate a new day, he is showing you the green shine to his feathers as a reminder and a promise of what is to come. A new dawn, a new day, a fresh beginning, the orange to his beak is the colour of the sacral chakra, representing fertility, birth and creativity.