Spirit Animals: The Cardinal

The cardinal is the state bird of Ohio.  So, I thought I would look into this beautiful little red bird to understand what he/she can bring to the spirit.  References always provided 🙂

The arrival of the cardinal signals that you might need to be clearer regarding your intentions.  As the new year comes crashing in, the cardinal tells you to start setting clear, meaningful goals for yourself.  By doing this, you can accomplish just about everything you set your mind to.  It’s time to spend less time thinking about the small stuff (the things that don’t really make a difference either way).  The cardinal also reminds you to think carefully.  Your thoughts propel through the universe, causing problems or positives.  In other words, if you are thinking positive things, you will pull positive toward you (the law of attraction once again).  In turn, if you are thinking horrible thoughts, you will create negative things in your life.  The cardinal reminds you that those thoughts can manifest.

The cardinal also wants you to understand that you come first, but not in a selfish way.  You should take care of yourself.  You should watch your health.  You should do this before looking after others.  If you have new projects, the time to begin is when the cardinal arrives.

Cardinal people often make great intuitive listeners.  They can interpret their inner voice.  They are usually in touch with the femininity that you they possess.  Are you sensitive?  You may want to look around you.  A cardinal could be afoot.  A cardinal person will likely be the pioneer of great ideas.  They make things happen.  You can also promote yourself well and enjoy leadership roles.  However, the cardinal totem gives you the ability to end senseless projects.  You know where to begin, and you know when to stop.

The cardinal also brings a sacred song to you.  Listen well.  You can gain direction from their beautiful singing.  The song will help you truly fall in love with your life.  This is difficult at times.  We face so many challenges, losses, and changes, that embracing our lives can be very heard, especially during the times we travel through the valley.  The cardinal may arrive to sit on your shoulder and show you the positives that surround you.  They can help you see the things that are wonderful, despite the darkness.

The cardinal brings the gift of seeing.  When I meet folks who are “seers,” I explain that they have the ability to see everything.  They don’t just see the future, the past, the dead, or other spiritual things.  They can see the big picture.

Believe it or not, the cardinal has a symbolism attached to Winter.  Therefore, I guess this post is very appropriate.  Winter is the natural time of hibernation.  We move a little slower.  In Paganism and Wicca, winter is the time to for the spirit and the soul to retreat after the gathering of the harvest.  It’s a time to reflect.  Even with the holidays, the winter months welcome the time of sacred rest.  It’s time to take things slow.  I am not a fan of winter, but understanding that it is needed so the spirit can recharge helps me cope with the cold months of the year.

The cardinal acts as a mascot of the holiday season as well as the winter months.  The bird tells us to slow down.  They help us focus on developing spiritually.  Even though we are resting, we can still move forward in our spiritual journey.  The cardinal embraces kin, but also balancing those responsibilities.  It seems that family can tear you apart at this time of year.  You are all coming together to try to enjoy the time of year, but in the process, if you are a sensitive, you are exposed to all of that energy.  Shielding yourself is very important, but for those who don’t know how, it can be overwhelming.  The cardinal reminds you to take it easy, and again, put yourself first.  If you feel like you can’t handle something, push away from it.  If you need to be alone, be alone.  Balance is the key with these animals.  Use their abilities to find the balance in your life.


Cardinal symbolism.  (n.d.).  Spirit Animal Totem.  Retrieved from http://www.spirit-animals.com/cardinal/

Cayne, C.  (2017, June 30).  Twin flame spirit animals:  Essential facts and insights [Blog post].  Retrieved from http://www.twinflames1111.com/blog/q-a/qa-twin-flame-spirit-animals/

Love, P.  (n.d.).  Cardinal symbolism [Blog post].  Universe of Symbolism.  Retrieved from https://www.universeofsymbolism.com/cardinal-symbolism.html



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