Wild Geese Flying

geeseI thought I’d tell you a story of something that happened to me a few weeks ago. Birds have for many years been messengers for me and I’ve had the oddest of experiences in the past which no doubt I will share with you in time. This is just one of those strange occurrences…

I was walking home from town. I live only a 10 minute walk away from a city centre in England so whilst wild animals do make their home here, it is somewhat unusual to see much beyond the usual magpies and pigeons. I love to walk, my mind wanders and I enter a dream-like state but that day I can’t really remember thinking of anything much beyond what I was going to make for tea when I got home. The main road beside me was busy, roadworks were noisy and the grey street looked pretty much the same as everyday.

A strange insistent sound crept into my thoughts, intermittent and getting louder. A man was walking towards me up the street, still some way away. The sound got louder and my mind finally recognised it.

“Geese” it said.

I turned to look behind me and there gracefully flying towards me came two large geese with long black necks and dark brown plumage. They flew slowly and low and called as they came. I swear they had their eyes on me. I stopped dead in the street, staring at the geese flying straight towards me. As they reached me they were so low I could have reached up my hand and touched their feathers. Above my head they honked loudly seeming almost to stop in the air and then immediately turned and flew in a wide circle up and away, back towards the way they’d came from.

By this point the man in the street had reached me and his face looked surprised and slightly spooked. He looked to the birds and then back at me. I swear he’d watched the film Carrie!

Yes occasionally I’ve heard geese flying over in the city but they’ve always been the traditional white goose that many of us are used to. The different breed seemed important and the surreal nature of the event, witnessed by someone else made me instinctively aware that this was synchronicity at work.

I ran through my general associations with geese which mostly came from my days growing up in the countryside. Mostly I considered them animals of protection – they make good guard dogs! The goose is sacred to the Roman Goddess Juno who was married to Jupiter. There’s Mother Goose, ‘what’s good for the goose is good for the gander’ and of course the fairy story of the goose who laid golden eggs. Geese also mate for life and are connected to loyalty but there was something I knew I was missing.

I discovered that ‘my’ geese were Canadian Geese so a read some about their nature and patterns.

Something I read struck me: geese will never leave a sick or injured bird behind. They will always send one bird back to stay with the fallen until they die or fly again. They show great compassion as well as loyalty. Without going into personal details, this message came home to me – a previous intuition validated. It was a confirmation. A friend also pointed out that as I look after another, spirit looks after me.

The strangest of things can happen in the most mundane of places or at the most unexpected of times. It is in these quiet moments that the universe can communicate and the ordinary movement of two geese flying can become an extraordinary moment that tells me all things are as they should be and not only is the universe communicating but it is listening too.

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11 comments for “Wild Geese Flying

  1. wendy
    September 30, 2009 at 12:31 am

    I enjoyed your story, having just come from a walk outside in the dark. I was looking up at the moon (not quite full) thinking about geese flying with the moon on their wings. I had just turned away when I heard the unmistakable honking of Canadian geese (I live in Canada, so it’s not unusual at this time of year).
    I did watch them fly – illuminated by the moon.
    What is the message here? I googled “geese flying over the moon” and found myself here.
    I’m glad I did.

  2. Leah Whitehorse
    September 30, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Thank you Wendy. They are beautiful birds with a beautiful message.

  3. Robert ahistory
    March 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I keep seeing two geese flying above me and took it as a sign. I started researching and it took me straight to you. Your story is really inspirational. Thanks for sharing
    Robbi

  4. Leah Whitehorse
    March 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Robert. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found my post helpful x

  5. Sophie Wilson
    July 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    my sister do believe very much in astrology. maybe the stars might have something to do with our futures~`~

  6. Shower Cubicle
    December 4, 2010 at 6:57 am

    well, i do believe in astrology and horoscope is the first part of the magazine that i always check ~’-

  7. Shaun
    November 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I was outside in the dark when I had a similar experience. Two white geese flying low in my direction. I felt it was some sort of sign. It felt so profound. So I googled it and found this. I have just started dating someone and take this sign has something positive.

  8. Leah Whitehorse
    November 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    They are beautiful aren’t they Shaun and I completely understand the feeling that it’s a sign. Many blessings on your new path in love. Thanks for your comment.

  9. Kelly Boran
    August 16, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I haven’t gotten to read the whole story yet but I wanted to share my story, as brief as I can. My father passed away when I was 7 (on July 7, 1977 – 7.7.77) so I grew up not really knowing everything about my dad. Mom always told me the things she remembered most about my dad, he was a kind, generous and very loyal friend to everyone. Years passed and when my mom was in hospice and taking her last breath of life I was with her. After leaving the hospital I stopped by my father’s grave site, “to tell him mom has now joined him”, which I’m sure he already knew. As I go out of the car and started walking towards his grave I saw the most beautiful symbolism ever…two Geese took flight from the location of his headstone and flew off together. To me, that was my mother and father together again <3

  10. August 16, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Kelly
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. What a lovely symbol of your parent’s reunion in spirit. Blessings to you.

  11. February 9, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Kelly Boran’s story above is so so beautiful.

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