Messenger from the other side

This morning, at an hour way too early to be up and about on a Sunday, I was pootling around and saw this lovely lady sitting watching me.

I love blackbirds; one use to sing in the eave next to my window as child, and mum put my hair from my brush in the garden from which they made their nest in our clematis in spring.

A blackbird nest near to your house brings good fortune, but I’ve subsequently found out that my mother’s act of kindness was endangering me to bad luck and headaches for the period the nest with the hair was in use, but I luckily escaped that fate!

Like magpies, seeing two (male) blackbirds is deemed lucky, and in some traditions dreaming of a flying one is said to indicate good fortune.
That said, much folklore tells that dreaming of blackbirds can bring misfortune for many weeks.

Blackbirds are also associated with Yggdrasil, or the mythical world tree, and are able to interact with other realms.
They are often said to be able to bring messages to our world from the dead.

Interestingly, in Ireland during the nineteenth century the shrill song of blackbirds was supposed to be the souls of those in purgatory; the singing at dawn foretelling forthcoming rain.

Personally I prefer the idea of the messenger role, although I’m not sure what message she had for me…


3 thoughts on “Messenger from the other side

  1. calmgrove says:

    I do like a blackbird in full throat, though sadly mostly it’s the cry of alarm I hear as I step out the back door these days. Incidentally, is there any significance to the four-and-twenty blackbirds baked in the pie? I do know that small songbirds often appeared in dishes — something we wouldn’t contemplate or even tolerate now — but other than the mellifluousness and scansion of the phrase I couldn’t guess at why 24 should be chosen; hours in the day perhaps?

    • lucyry says:

      Yes, and as a warning to cats too!

      I think the 4 and twenty blackbirds in sing a sing a sixpence is a reference to a court joke where a king was serviced live birds!

      Why one pecks off the maids nose I’ve no idea, but in some versions a wren comes and puts it back on again!

      • calmgrove says:

        I remember doing the actions with our kids, which involved ‘pecking off’ their noses between the middle and index fingers and displaying the thumb as the amputated feature. Raised eyebrows from the victims usually ensued!

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