White faced Heron


dream, inward journeying, opening the imaginal mind, fluid, invisible, aloof, alone, unobtrusive observation



White-faced Heron

Matuku moana

Ardea novaehollandiae novaehollandiae

Essence: Allows the space to dream and not feel compelled to attend to the daily external demands of others; Meditative; the ability to take time to be alone – this aloneness is dream-like and contemplative and has the capacity to balance an organized, busy life.

Use: Use this essence when there is a habit of serving others and allowing no deep quiet, contemplative spaces in life; and for mothers who are constantly running from one job to another. It enables the ability to be solitary in one’s endeavours and work. Use when we allow distraction to take us away from what is important in our lives. This essence is particularly helpful in healing soul loss through childhood trauma. It works well in tandem with soul retrieval. It can also be used for children impacted by seeing things in the etheric.

Description: The white-faced heron is a blue-grey bird with a white throat and face and forehead. Its legs and feet are an olive-yellow. It feeds in estuaries, flooded paddocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches. It nests in the crown of tall trees, building a platform of sticks. Foot raking is one of its characteristic hunting methods, striding through the shallows, pausing every two or three metres to stretch out a leg and drag its foot rapidly back and forth to disturb small fish and invertebrates. Often the wings are slightly spread to shade the water surface, increasing the bird’s ability to see below the surface.

Meaning: This remedy gives a distinctive awareness of what is happening in the surrounding environment, even the air on your skin. The senses feel extended. It nourishes the inner aspect of the creative rather than focus on the outer aspect of productivity. It allows for understanding the solitary nature of the artist. It allows us to experience dream-like qualities, inward journeying, opening the imaginal mind, fluidity, the ability to become invisible, aloof, alone, experiencing unobtrusive observation. Heron is a companion for the child whose being is not met. It is the child that watches the others and is not able to participate.


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