A curious thing happened early this morning. I went outside to take my puppy out to do her mourning business as usual and as I was taking her back in, I heard this persistent clicking sound. Across the street in my neighbor’s driveway a cardinal had flown onto his truck’s rearview mirror and it kept trying to fly into the truck window. In a loop it kept flying off the mirror and onto the edge of the window and pecking it to get inside. For a minute, I thought it was a fake bird because it happened at the same interval repeatedly for several minutes as we watched. Then it flew over to the other side and did the same thing for a few more minutes before flying off into the sunrise. Crazy right! I have never seen a bird do that. And no, it was not a woodpecker. It was definitely a cardinal.
Cardinals as spirit animals are winged messengers that tell us an angel is nearby. They can also indicate that your crossed over love one is near. In the Hidden Meaning of Birds: A spiritual field guide the author says that “the cardinal tells you that you can handle it and to believe in yourself.” These are birds that help you if struggling with depression or connecting to the root chakra. The root chakra helps us feel secure and stable. It is also our chakra that governs our survival instincts.
If you see these birds, consider the message they are trying to send you. Are you having struggles in some areas of your life? Are you looking for a sign that your crossed over loved one is okay or still present in your life? The angels ask these beautiful red birds to fly by your view, so you know that you are not alone and that hope is still present.
If you need to discern the message more, call upon St. Francis of Assisi. Cardinals are named after Catholic bishop robes so maybe it’s fitting that St. Francis is the guide to work with this spirit animal. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. He would give sermons to animals and had a special connection to them.
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is Hatred, let me sow Love.
Where there is Injury, Pardon.
Where there is Doubt, Faith.
Where there is Despair, Hope.
Where there is Darkness, Light, and
Where there is Sadness, Joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.