Weekly Inspiration #36

Butterflies and feathers

Symbols of change, metamorphosis, flight and light.


There were three eagle feathers on my lawn this week, as well as a sweet black and white feather and a pretty little green and yellow one that floated down from the sky as I walked to work. The Bear presented me with a black feather at dinner last night, prompting me to tell my family about all the feathers I had been seeing around, and to top it off a fluffy white feather jumped up from the table next to my son’s plate as I was talking. As if that wasn’t enough for me to take notice, a gorgeous, finely marked blue and black butterfly, fresh from the chrysalis came and aired its wings within touching distance from me yesterday.

Things seem pretty stable at the moment – but I know from past experience that doesn’t mean a goddamn thing. Change can happen in the blink of an eye – a phone call, an email or a chance meeting can change everything.

There are a couple of other things that have me on alert for change – the first is that astrologically this is a very intense time. March 17th will see the sixth and final square between Uranus and Pluto – the last one was in December (remember the Lindt cafe hostage crisis and Ferguson?). With Uranus, think unexpected, alternative, technology, radical, new. With Pluto think controlling, destruction, obsession, phoenix from the ashes, globalisation. We have been living this adventure since 2012 – and I’m betting your life has undergone some pretty radical changes since then. So, that’s the first one. The second one is that April – June is when things happen to us as a family. No kidding. A little list of radical changes that have occurred at this time:

  1. Moving from Sydney to here in 2000.
  2. Buying and moving to where we live now in 2003.
  3. Birth of our first child 2004.
  4. Going back to work 2006.
  5. The Bear made redundant 2008.
  6. Birth of our second child 2008.
  7. The local Growers Market I founded and ran from 2009 finished here in 2012.
  8. Began blogging 2012.
  9. Began house extension 2011.
  10. The Bear got his dream job 2012.
  11. Next stage of renovation completed 2013.
  12. Won my first ever writing prize for poetry 2014.

So you see – when I see feathers and butterflies in the final hit of the zap zone, just before our bonkers change months…my ears prick up. I’ll keep you posted :).

Is there a time of year in your life when things come together, fall apart or when you expect the unexpected?

Best Short Read

The Complicated but Beautiful Process of Finding Your Calling by Jeff Goins

The reason I chose this article, apart from the fact that I enjoyed reading it, was because the title pretty much sums up the spiritual work we have all been doing in some way over the past three years. Authenticity. Finding your calling. Finding out what really matters to you and working head down bum up to achieve it.

The experience of finding your calling is both mysterious and practical. It takes effort but also seems to happen to you at times. What I’ve come to understand is that finding your purpose is more of a path than a plan: it involves unexpected twists and turns that at times look like accidents but actually are a part of the process. Everyone, I think, is searching for a purpose, for something to satisfy their deepest desires. I believe that “something” is a calling. What does that mean? To me, a calling means the reason you were born. It’s that thing you were meant to do. And finding it is never as simple or as easy as we’d like it to be.

What I learned

Click here to read the rest…

Best Watch

Elizabeth Gilbert on how to connect without getting pricked – Schopenhauer’s Porcupine theory.

Best Words

The Bear sent me this yesterday:

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.” ― Terence McKenna

Needless to say, I loved it <3.Tom Waits

It also totally made up for this one that he sent me previously.

Keep your ridiculous suffering to yourself, Tom Waits.

Best Listen

The Wanderings of the Avener Okay, I’m pretty excited about this album; it’s been on repeat ever since my boss recommended it to me a few days ago. And, it’s actually new, as in January 2015. You know you can trust me to get all your latest music ;).

The Wanderings is French Deep House producer The Avener’s debut album. Described as electro meets jazz, blues, folk and funk, this album pretty much covers all of my favourite music genres :). The album also features reworkings of little known songs by Rodriguez, John Lee Hooker, Mazzy Star, The Be Good Tanyas, Andy Bey and Adam Cohen. Have a listen – it’s awesome <3. Plus, if you’re a Spotify user like me, it’s well worth the effort to check out his playlists.

Listen here:

Best Graphic


That’s all from me today my friends <3. Have a beautiful weekend won’t you?


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  1. Sara, I enjoyed your “feather” post so much and wanted to tell you again how impressed I am with your writing. It’s so enjoyable and so lyrical, and you write with such ease. This post makes me more attuned to changes in my life between April and June, and I will have to think about them. But it’s possible my magical months are different, and I’ll have to think about that too. Look forward to reading your next Weekly Inspiration.

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    • Thank you David, your feedback gives me so much confidence when it comes to my writing. What would we beginner writers do without you experienced writers holding the light for us?
      Now, most likely your months will be different. I don’t think it happened like that for me before I met the Bear. I wonder if it’s because all of our birthdays are at those times…


  2. Wonderful about the feathers & butterflies, the G.O, loves feathers – he has a hatband full and the overflow stuck in old jars around the place and in his car visor! I follow a lovely & talented botanic artist blogger who also paints feathers. As well she is giving away gorgeous sketch-notebooks made from odds and ends of paper -https://annelawson.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/another-outing-for-my-homemade-sketchbook-and-a-special-surprise-for-you/.
    It’s been a good season for butterflies. In our TA garden we see them a lot, they flutter around oblivious to our presence but this summer for the first time I’ve noticed them off our city apartment balcony in the environs of the grimy noisy rail line… I wonder at that but there are enough flowers around I guess.
    It’s an interesting exercise to think about significant months. A lot of stuff happens between June -the G.O.’s birth month and mine. And, I always find the end of the year busy around my end of November birthday but close to the festive season it’s not surprising. Many things we do start with a conversation and simmer along for a while before they pop, so it’s a little hard to track.
    I often wonder about our ”calling” if we miss seeing the obvious because we’re looking for something with a label, that begins with a capital letter but the calling turns out to be something inherent, seemingly ordinary/everyday we’ve been doing all along, that if you asked some else about it they’d say “oh yes, she/he’s a natural/does that all the time/done it forever”.
    Lovely read this week, I’ve enjoyed every bit 🙂

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    • Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
      That’s a nice idea about the feathers, to put them in vases like flowers…I never know what to do with them! I think it’s significant that you’re seeing butterflies where you’ve never seen them before…
      The months April to June bookmark all of our birthdays, so my hunch that astrology has something to do with it has just advanced a notch 🙂
      And, I think you’re right about a calling – it should be something that is normal and natural for us. It should definitely be something that brings us joy and that we cannot imagine not doing…but it doesn’t have to world shatteringly important.
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend Dale…another early visit!
      S xo


  3. Today, your best words and best graphic resonated like a loud bell for me. That big “Yes!” With regards to disappointing others, thankfully I am very ok with that in my life. Not everyone gets me or is where I am. I think the only people I don’t want to disappoint are my husband, son, and myself. But even that can happen, because I am human.

    Right now my favorite word is alchemy. And reading about alchemical gold is perfect. Just a week ago I was 3 days into a 4 day workshop called Awakening the Illuminated Heart (a Drunvalo Melchizedek workshop) that was a deep immersion into healing and connecting with our heart to find answers to any of our questions and to manifest our lives from the tiny space of unity that resides inside our heart. The alchemy that happened with our small group of five participants and 2 facilitators was amazing. Transformation and transmutation abounded. I’m still integrating all of the shifts and changes.

    I feel like something is brewing in the ethers for me, but what it looks like I’m not sure of yet (and that’s ok). I know what it feels like, at least the important part. I have had the experience of something dropping into my lap out of seemingly nowhere, and have it change the direction of my life, so I am content to keep doing my daily things, knowing it can and might happen again. And it doesn’t have to be drastic either- especially because I’ve been very consciously asking the universe to bring change to me with grace and ease. Enough of my life had no ease and I didn’t even know about grace, so these days I specify, “with grace and ease, please.”

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    • Yes, thankfully disappointing others is not a problem for me either 🙂 I think the trick is, is to think carefully about the things I say yes or no to – and to do what suits me. People come to really respect that.
      I love how proactive you are about your spiritual development, and thank you so much for sharing your experiences with me ❤️


  4. Sara, reading about your feathers is such a treat! I can only imagine such occurrences in nature happening in my urban landscape…I also love how attuned you are into noticing these little signals from the universe…something’s coming!! I noticed in your timeline that we had children around the same time — my first was in 05 and the 2nd in 08. One was in Nov and the other in March so there’s no connection as to it all happening at the same time of year. Will listen to your spotify rec now as I finish up working on a few things. Have a good week! xo

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    • Yes, I thought our children might have been about the same age 🙂
      In our rural environment it makes sense that I would see messages via the natural world…but there would be other ways for you.
      I hope you liked The Avener – you’re a fellow Spotify lover too huh? Always lovely to see you here Elysha xo


      • I thought of you yesterday, Sara when we were walking home from school and a little mouse crossed our path. Now, if this were a rat– it wouldn’t have been significant…we see those all the time. But mice, not so much…who knows…maybe next we’ll be spotting feathers (from a pigeon, of course) 🙂

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      • Lol there you go, Elysha – even in the middle of NY City! For your information:
        The message is to see what is right before your eyes and to take action accordingly.

        It may also be reminding you not to neglect the trivial but necessary things in life. Have you become to focused on one or two activities and neglecting the opportunities that surround you or are you trying to do too many things at the same time?

        Know that to attain the big things in life you sometimes have to stay focused on the little things and stay in connected in the moment.



  5. Keep your ridiculous suffering to yourself, Tom Waits…. LOL
    Loved the post, Sara. But that quote just me burst out laughing! And I love Elizabeth Gilbert, How amazingly awesome is she?? 🙂

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    • Ah! You share my sense of humour, Tahira, as well as my love for Elizabeth Gilbert! I saw her speak a couple of weeks ago, which was a bit of a highlight, I can tell you 🙂


  6. I love that quote from Terence McKenna. It reminds me of a quote I heard a long time ago from Joseph Campbell. It was enough to encourage me to follow my bliss instead take the safe path, And things have turned out well.


    • It’s really something isn’t it? Sometimes beautiful words at the right time can really change your life – or at least they can support you as you change your life 🙂


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