So there I was, returning from an evening bike ride, that's on the Kawasaki not the Raleigh. Been out with a few other members of the local bike club. It was getting quite cold and the light was failing so I was in a bit of a rush to get home. As I rounded a bend I was confronted with an Owl sat in the middle of the road about 20 metres ahead. Well what a sight. A large barn owl sat on the white line staring straight at me. I immediately rolled off the throttle and slowed up a tad. The owl spread its wings and with such grace and power, took flight. Its path was up and off to my right.
I steadily rode the next bend and noticed that the only street lamp was flickering an intermittent orange sodium glow across the road. Two bends and a short straight bit of road later I arrived at a T junction, a junction with very good visibility in both directions but a nasty ditch on the other side of the road. I slowed to a stop and put my foot to the floor. I would normally get to this point and if all was clear open her up. As my boot touched the floor I felt it slip slightly. I looked down and saw myself in a dark iridescent reflection. I realised I had stopped in the middle of a large spillage of diesel. I gingerly moved away with both feet on the ground until I was well clear and back on grippy tarmac. Without slowing down and coming to a stop I have no doubt that myself and the bike would have had to be recovered from the ditch in a rather poorly state. Now, normally I would have slowed down at the flickering lamp, but in the circumstances I think the Old Ones may have felt the need for something a bit more IN YOUR FACE, hence the owl.
Now, some signs and omens may require careful analysis and may take time to show themselves, while others require immediate attention. Sometimes we'll receive a message from the astral but it will be very subtle, perhaps little more than a specific perfume on the breeze; if you're on your contacts you'll be in “receive mode” and will pick up on these subtleties.
The owl is a totem animal of mine, so when it turns up I know something significant is on the cards, but different animals and birds mean different things to different people. If a creature is doing something out of the ordinary, it might be trying to get a message across to you, but I probably won't be able to interpret the message it has for you, you'll have to do that: what does that creature signify for YOU? The appearance of a fox, for example, might mean Lady Fortune will smile on you, whereas for me, it might mean to keep my head down. The only way you can find out the significance of a particular creature is by seeing what happens after it's shown itself to you? What happened next? Did it warn you about something? If so, when you see it again, it might mean to be on your guard.
So, fellow witches, always be aware of your surroundings and remember be on your contacts 24/7.