Passer domesticus domesticus
Order: Passeriformes (perching birds) Family: Ploceidae (sparrows and weavers)
Essence: Bringing attention to aspects of ourselves we have neglected. Brings awareness in how we respond to family patterns and collective consciousness. Enhances ability to move though difficult situations keeping connected and integral. It also encourages agility and inner strength in relationships with people where there is a misuse of power or power imbalance.
Use: For coming out of periods of illness and retreat. Supports integration into community and social connection. Supports the nervous system and helps reduce anxiety due to stress and overload. It opens pathways of communication particularly helpful for shy or reserved people who would like to be heard.
Description: Sparrows were introduced to New Zealand in the mid 1860s. The house sparrow is found from subarctic to subtropical regions, everywhere, except western Australia and some small islands. It lives mostly in close association with man. The sparrow is a flocking species, and is not often seen alone. Roosting is communal: sometimes several hundreds, in dense shrubs and trees. The secret of the house sparrow’s success lies in its close association with man; both the nest sites and much of the food depend upon human endeavour, and it is exceptional to find house sparrows living away from human habitation.
Male and female sparrow differ in that the male has a conspicuous chestnut streak behind the eye and the upper surface of the wings predominately brown. The female is a more uniform brown with breast and flanks a soft grey.
Meaning: I know how to move around space. I am first alone and then there is in me an aggression, a real sense of survival and I will find that this can grow in me. I am impacted by the collective and I am part of the collective and yet inside of you I am alone. I am showing you existence. I am showing you aloneness and an awareness of that aloneness. I also act as a messenger for your ancestors and can reflect and open your awareness to the collective consciousness and your family patterns. I get you reflecting on relationship and marriage and family groupings. I support by bringing you to the details of a project and right actions of building piece by piece. I remind you of small attendance, building piece by piece until the greater whole appears. I reach up and peck at your heart. I am the bird that moves into the neglected spaces and bring your awareness to the aspects of your psyche that you have abandoned. I bring awareness to that that has been abandoned, neglected and forgotten. I also work with the physical form and remind you of the relationship between the physical and the metaphysical. I work through the extension of the senses to receive insights in the metaphysical world. I will always find my way out of any place and often find my way in; I do not easily become entrapped.
Key words: patterns, habits, survival, precarious, existence, invisible and neglect.
Sparrows have a habit of picking up delicate things off the pavement, off the floor.