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The Seagull is possibly one of our least thought about birds, known by everyone but once we are away from the coastline we seldom give them a moments thought. Yet without realising we know the seagulls lead every storm, we hear them as they bring the storm in... Next time you see a seagull on the horizon or hear the seagull overhead, look to the horizon for the rains or storm that is surely following.
The Sea is a place of emotion, a place of extremes, controlled and co-erced by the moon. The seas and oceans are places of serenity, harmony and beauty also respectfully a place for turmoil, isolation and facing fear itself.
The Seagull is able to skilfully negotiate the problems of the sea, heading out fearlessly into the freedom and isolation that the sea and oceans bring.
The power of three:
The Air. To be able to look down and view the problem.
The Sea. To experience the problem and move through it.
The Land. To bring the problem back to shore and resolve it.
The seagull comes to land to nest and to create the family, to build strength and to harvest new beginnings, before once agin journeying out to a solitary life of introspection and wisdom gaining. Negotiating the torrents or turmoils of the sea before coming back to land to share it's newly aquired knowledge.
If the Seagull comes into your life then maybe it is a time for introspection, a time for emotions to be explored and revealed. Maybe a time to help others explore their emotions, a time for strength to be shown or sought.
The druids knew of the secrets of the natural oils from seagulls holding them in high regard and knowing their eggs contained an inherited wisdom.
To crush egg shells and using the egg whites to make a fine paste is a natural healing remedy for grazes and minor cuts. The eggshell membrane is revered around the globe for it's healing qualities.
It is suspected that the druids would make disc shaped biscuits from the seagulls egg and distribute them to the knaves and lower classes, also children and elderly, such was the nutritional value that it was an immediate pick-me-up for the grateful recipients.
Helping to build strong bones and encouraging eyes and teeth to develop. Sea-weed mixed with egg shell producing natural medicine for blood helping to produce strong clear nails that show good health over time.