This week I was actually preparing another canvas for a different animal when we were visited by three blue jays. My daughter and I watched them dancing around the evergreen tree for an hour and I knew I needed to paint one. My dad calls them beautiful bullies as they tend to scare off the little birds and help themselves to whatever is left behind.
The number three always feels auspicious to me, so I tend to pay attention when I see or hear things in groups of three. It represents magic, intuition, and the pure joy of creativity. Spiritually, it is also a symbol of the Holy trinity, the past, the present and the future. Interestingly it also represents reward and success.
As a totem animal, blue jay guides us to pay attention to how we use our personal power. 'Jay' comes from the Latin for for 'Gaea' which means Mother Earth. With grounding and focus, potential and ability can develop into the amazing personal gifts we have been blessed with but we must be careful not to become a jack of all trades and master of none.
AIRdirondack Art Project