One of my favorite animal totems is the cardinal. The cardinal medicine includes:
- Realizing the power of the wind.
- Discovering the song of your being.
- Renewed Vitality through Recognizing Self-Importance.
- Cycle of Power: Year-Round (often with rhythm of 12-hours, days, months, and years).
I love it when the cardinal visits with their distinctive and loud chirping. The hawk is also one of my totem animals and introductions were made by two cardinals, a male and female. How? Loud persistent chirping of the two cardinals that did not stop until I stepped out on my back porch. I was trying to write until I realized they had been both chirping for a very long time and so loud it sounded like they were right outside by back door. Once on my back porch the cardinals immediately stopped chripping and just sat silently starring at me and before I could think anything of it I saw the hawk sitting on an adjacent part of the fence. I immediately felt my heart chakra speed up. I had that morning asked God for a sign of something that had been on my mind. Once I spotted the hawk the cardinals job seemed to be done an they flew off and left me and the hawk alone…me frozen in awe never having seen a hawk that close up before and feeling so blessed in that moment.
But now doesn’t that all make sense since the cardinal is known for their loud whistle, a whistle that penetrates the air with sharp distinct tones. They demand our attention, urging us to hear what is carried through the air. So when the cardinal appear in your life it is time to pay attention for starters.
And what about the male cardinal versus the female cardinal? The male is the almost all red brightly beautiful of the two. Often whistling together this reflects the need to integrate our male and female characteristics into our day to day life. Feminine energy is linked to intuition; Male energy to perseverance. If both are operating within our life, our intuitive knowledge has the perseverance and strength necessary to manifest our goals and dreams. So you need to also note whether you are receiving a visit from the male cardinal, female cardinal, or both.
What I find most interesting about the female cardinal is that her eggs hatch 12 days after they are laid. This, along with the cardinal’s year-round residency, reflects the rhythm of the number twelve. The number twelve often has important significance for those with this totem. It can indicate a turn of events or a life changing situation. When the cardinal flies into your life expect a change to occur within 12 days, 12 weeks, 12 months or at the hour of 12. Because this bird is a year-round resident, its medicine is available at all times and should be used by those with this totem whenever a need arises.
Also note the cardinals eating habits. They eat decaying weeds and injurious insects. So the cardinal appearing to you could also be a clue to check your eating habits. Is there a reason to receive this type of warning? Past life ties to overindulgence or the consumption of poisonous substances is often linked to cardinal medicine people. Extra care should be given to the blood and circulatory system and that ties into the bright red blood color of the cardinal which is very symbolic.
Red represents the blood or life force of the Mystic Christ. In yoga circles this vital force is known as the kundalini. The kundalini lies dormant within us until activated by a disciplined spiritual practice. Once activated spiritual power can be attained. The cardinal offers safe passage into the world of personal power for those who ask for its help.
Cardinals are named for the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church with their bright red robes. A great love or a strong dislike for religion and churches is common amongst cardinal medicine people and can indicate a past life connection with one or both.
Cardinals brighten the environment. They catch the eye and add color to our lives. When they appear as a totem, they do so to remind us to become like them. Add color to your life, and remember that everything you do is of importance.