Category: Driftless

NutHatch Medicine

The Miwok tribe of California consider nuthatches to be medicine birds, and the Navajo say they are a symbol of old age.

Nuthatch’s Wisdom Includes: courage of the one in the face of the masses, ability to view things reversely, ability to move ideas from thought to practice, connection to woodpecker.

Those who have Nuthatch’s power usually have courage to face the masses regardless of what concerns them. They are very courageous and this enables them to get what they want in life. They are also good leaders. Good leaders have the courage to face a group of people and address them on the issues at hand. We need courage to work with other people because if we are not courageous enough some people can demoralise us and leave us very heart broken and vulnerable.

To address a group we need to be very firm and charismatic. With such traits, we would be able to gain respect from the group of people and the individuals that we address.

Those with Nuthatch power also tend to view things in a reversed manner. This can be very good or bad depending with the situation. In a case where something has advantages such people will usually realise the disadvantages and dwell on them so much. This may cause negativity in their life especially when they just see the negative side of a situation rather than the positive effects. On the other hand, they can also tend to see positive side of something that people view as so bad. They’ll be able to get the advantages of such things considered as very negative to us in life.

They have ability to put their thoughts into action. Such people usually have a dream that they work hard to realise rather than sitting down and letting things happen. They make it happen by exercising their thoughts. A dream is achieved by action not by just thinking. When we have a good idea but we never try to practice it then it will just remain as an idea to us. Someone else who is realistic enough can even steal your idea and practice it if you cannot.

Nuthatch shows up as a spirit guide when…

  • You need courage to face to face a crowd.
  • You need music to provide strength.
  • You have some fear.
  • You need to be very active.
  • To need to come to reality to achieve your dreams.

Call on Nuthatch as a spirit guide when…

  • You need to see things in another way round.
  • You need to be strong.
  • You need group recognition.
  • You need music to sooth your life.
  • You feel discouraged.

I grabbed my coffee and headed into my little space of refuge, my back yard. The breeze flowing through the Driftless area today is cool and light. First, I engaged a Mourning Dove that was sitting next to my Buddha statue just gazing at me. I stood there for a minute thinking maybe there was an injury that was keeping it from taking flight. I asked if it’s wings were hurt and it flexed them showing me that they were fine. We were inches away from each other and the Dove sat still and calm. It was not until Rox approached that the bird was not sure about the dog’s interest and decided to take flight to the top of the garage. Where it perched while staring down on my morning ceremonies. Right after, however, the energy shifted and 5 Nut Hatches surrounded me. One on the tree trunk, one to my right on a branch right above my head, two on the suet feeder and one behind me near the seed feeder. They were singing almost in unison. Just prior I had been mulling over my dreams. Bear medicine came again very strong last night. I was being singled out and in danger. People that I did not know were trying to harm me either physically or in reputation. This big massive Grizzly mama came running out of nowhere. She sheltered me from them and moved me like a cub out of harms way. The energy, smell and feel of being lifted and relocated stayed with me into my waking state. When I first got outside I noticed baby fireflies everywhere on our outside table. The Nut Hatches though gave me the most insight in my waking state which is why I am focusing on their medicine for today. Sometimes it is not easy being the single voice of reason or thought. Sometimes it take courage and a sense of worth to understand that you don’t have to agree with the masses. I don’t feel like I fit in much among my peers and colleagues. I am currently feeling discouraged wondering if I am making the right personal and professional choices. When something is introduced to an already established environment the adaption can go two ways. Smooth or rebutted. Smooth when most of the other occupants are at peace with their own worth and duties. They know that their most authentic self and purpose attracts those that resonate with them. Then there are the ones that causes rifts by trying to Bogart an area of focus. This speaks volumes not to quality of purpose or product but the quantity and monetary gain they are interested in. When these environments become overcrowded, to me, is the most important tool for success. It means that you have to stay actively involved and engaged in your participants. Your products, if worthy and genuine, will not have to have grandiose representation that speaks loudly, it can be a whisper because that is all that is needed. Nut Hatch also reminded me that I am a great ponderer and my imaginative state is admirable but my ability to put it to working order needs some assistance. So, that is what I am focusing on, the completion phase.

Turtle Medicine

All Photos taken by Village Keep

The following information has been pulled from various sources via the internet. After, the break is my own personal perspective of Turtle and its medicine.

The turtle and ancient wisdom of the Earth

The American continent is referred to as “Turtle Island” in the Native American folklore. It is said that the Turtle carried the weight of the land of that continent on her back. This image is also present in Hindu and Chinese cultures, where the turtle is the animal carrying Mother Earth  and holding the world in balance.

Having the turtle as totem means that you have an affinity with the ancient wisdom of the earth. You are naturally tuned into the elements, land, plants, people and animals. You carry your home on your back figuratively speaking and feel at ease wherever you are.

The turtle totem and determination

The wisdom of the turtle totem teaches us about determination and staying strong despite obstacles or distractions. This animal encourages those who have it as totem to listen deeply to their guidance and trust their path no matter what.

It is a great helper for those who need to provide a steady effort and persistence. You can call on the wisdom of the turtle when you need help to sustain your efforts and succeed in a long-lasting endeavor. By analogy with the biological attributes of this animal characterized by a long life, this spirit animal is also associated with longevity.

If you have the turtle as spirit animal, you may be inclined to base your decisions on a deliberate process of reviews and considerations. It may sometimes take you longer than most to make your move, but the results tend to be long-lasting and solid.

The turtle and the way of peace

The turtle represents the way of peace – whether it’s external or internal. It is considered as the Peace-Maker in Native American traditions. This animal is also often associated with the feminine principle or feminine energy, which foster peace and harmony with all things.

Being inspired by the wisdom of the turtle totem, you can slow down when you feel you are getting overwhelmed by a situation or emotions and rest to gain a more grounded perspective. This spirit guide can assist you in taking time for yourself to better integrate all the aspects of a given situation or issue.

Dreaming About Turtles

Turtles are known for taking it slow……real slow! If turtle shows up in your dreams, it may be telling you it’s time to slow down for a while. Are you moving too fast? Pushing too hard?

The turtle also has a hard shell that it retreats into when presented with danger. If your dream turtle is hiding in its shell, it could be a warning that danger is approaching. However it could also be a message about coming out of your shell. In what ways have you been hiding? It may very well be time for you to come out and share your gifts with the world!

Do you feel impatient?

Are you trying to rush plans or dreams along?  This spirit understands that it takes time to accomplish its goals.  When sea turtles reproduce they must swim to the sandy shores where they were hatched, once there they dig massive burrows where they lay their eggs, afterwards they cover the eggs with sand and debris.  Once the eggs are laid and covered the turtles leave – trusting their hard work will result in the next generation.  If you’ve done your part trust in the process.

Has your world been turned upside down?

Are you struggling to find “normal”?  If a turtle happens to be flipped over onto its rounded shell it can be difficult or even impossible for it to turn over.  If you’re in a position where you feel like you’re flipped over slow down and take care to try and right yourself.  It may take time and strenuous energy – spend time in meditation to find where you went wrong – seek connection with the earth to help you become grounded again.

Are you dealing with emotional wounds?

While a turtles rounded shell is tough and as strong as armor on the inside turtles are delicate.  Turtle spirit people appear to have an impenetrable shell when in reality they can be emotional and sensitive.  The turtle totem is telling you to take care of your delicate self inside of the shell.

Have you reached a point in life where you feel exhausted?

In the wild sea turtles travel great distances for food, mating and egg laying.  If you’ve reached the point of complete exhaustion the turtle totem is telling you to slow down.  Yes, life is a great journey and you have a lot of responsibilities – the turtle understands this and instead of giving up in its wisdom it paces itself.  It also utilizes strong currents to help conserve energy.  Try pacing yourself and seek currents or natural rhythms in life to help carry you to your destinations.


I believe that Turtle has presented itself because I am at place where I need to remember to ground. I need to appreciate patience and meditate more. That I need to call upon my spirit guides, ancestors and allies. I need to slow down and listen.  When a person is open to being assisted by Pachamama and her allies and with humility asks for them to appear and assist, they will. Be open and find gratitude in everything you do.