Purification, never-ending vigilance, guardian of mysteries – Death and Rebirth – New Vision
The Turkey Vulture
This unique bird detrives its name from the Latin vultur, and although it does not kill its own prey, it is considered a raptor and a predator.
It has a magnificent wingspan and an ability to soar effortlessly for great lengths of time. It is one of the most misunderstood birds, and yet it was one of the most powerful and mystical in many societies.
It is a creature of grace when in flight. Its scientific name, cathartes aura, means “golden purifier.”
In Greek mythology, they are associated with the Griffin.
They soar with a grace and ease that is thrilling. For those with this totem, it speaks of a coming time when you will be noticed more for what you do than for how you appear.
The vultures have a wonderful ability to see and sue the thermals rising from the earth, giving them lift. Their ability to use the thermals is often likened to auric vision, the ability to see the subtle energy emanations from the body.
They are tremendous symbols of flight without power. They ride the thermals and windborne updrafts. This is seen in the fact that their wings rarely move, reflecting that the power for flight does not come from them. They simply use what is available.
One of the mystical secrets believed to be held by the vulture is the ability to levitate. Levitation is the law of spirituality. Gravity is the impulse toward the material and mundane (physical). The vulture denies the material. Its ability to float, rise and soar has been seen as a symbol of movement away from the mundane. It is a symbol of the disintegration of physical holds.
One of its most powerful senses is the sense of smell. The sense of smell has long been associated with higher forms of discrimination in metaphysical traditions. (Aromatherapy/Essential Oils). For those with this totem, holistic health with smells may be the most effective to develop or use on self.
The Turkey vulture has a unique digestive system. The digestive tract contains chemicals that kill the virulent bacterial that is on the foods they eat. (for those with this totem, foods you eat may impact your energy body, pay attention)
The vulture has no real voice. To some this reflects the lesson of acting rather than talking. To some it shows that the vulture medicine has to do with performing rather than talking about performing.
The vulture was considered a sign of confirmation of a new relationship between the volatile aspects of life and the fixed, the psychic energies and the cosmic forces.
It was a promise that the suffering of the immediate was temporary and necessary for a higher purpose was at work, even if not understood at this time.
It reflects that no matter how difficult the life conditions, rescume is as imminent in your life as was the rescue of Prometheus by Hercules.
Symbolizing Purification, Death, Transformation, Rebirth, Conservation, Service Work, Thermodynamics.