Spirit Owl Ranch has quite a few domestic animals, and wildlife characters, with their fair share of drama. Each time I visit, I get to know them all a little bit better.
Ghost is a very handsome, petite bantam rooster with a larger-than-life personality. He rules the roost—or so the hens allow him to think—most of the time.
Late one night, I heard a lot of squawking from the main chicken coop. I was concerned that a predator might be trying to gain entry, especially since I had also heard a loud, woody thump which made me wonder if the coop had been knocked over. I knew that there was at least one bear and a very large raccoon in the neighborhood, so I was understandably concerned.
Sticking my head out of the tent, I saw a large white shape sitting on top of the netting protecting the chicken yard. Startled by my sudden appearance, it launched skyward, and I saw that it was one of the barn owl parents.
Approaching the coop (accompanied by poor Beau—Vanessa’s fiancée—who I had awoken from a deep sleep), I saw a white feathered shape lying limp on the ramp leading to the chicken coop. His body looked headless, and I immediately flashed back to a memory of when I was a teenager. My sisters and I had hatched—and raised—three mallards to adulthood. Mine was the male. One morning I went out to feed them, and discovered the headless body of the male lying by the wire fence. We surmised that a weasel had most likely attacked the three ducks, and the male had been grabbed by the neck while trying to defend the females.
With my heart in my mouth since I was quite fond of Ghost, I shone the flashlight full on him, at which point he groggily picked his head up, and we discovered that he’d been sleeping on the ramp with his head hanging off the opposite side. Apparently he’d gotten kicked out of the chicken coop for rowdy behavior in the middle of the night, and the barn owl had come by to investigate, hoping for easy pickin’s.
Loss of some of his beauty sleep did not prevent Ghost from making his dramatic appearance in The Chickens Greet the Day. And it didn’t slow him down in the rooster crowing competitions, either. He may be small in stature but, so far, his voice is the most in tune. Apparently, teenage roosters and teenage boys experience vocal challenges while maturing!
Cowboy is a very handsome, buckskin quarter horse stallion who reverted to wild after neglect and abuse. He regained his trust in people after intensive work by Vanessa, and now is an exceptionally well-mannered and sweet horse.
Since this was the first A Walk on the Wild Side event at Spirit Owl Ranch, the shamanic energy and the encounters were new for everyone.
We discovered that Cowboy absolutely adored meeting the attendees, and willingly accepted hugs and kisses (we’re not always in serious ceremony, lol), and offered some hugs of his own in return.
Cowboy also voluntarily joined us for our morning circle in the pasture. He felt the energy of the circle connection, and kept his hooves politely in line with the chairs of the attendees.
His moment of crowning glory came when he joined us for despacho ceremony. As we assembled our offerings for the fire, Cowboy stood completely still and was VERY relaxed (his lower lip was drooping), and his hooves were once again in alignment with our loose circle. Clearly, he had chosen to participate with us in ceremony as an Ambassador.
Once we were complete, he roused himself, and moved back to grazing. What a very special ambassador he is!
Want to meet the Animal Ambassadors in person, and in ceremony?
Registration is now open for:
A Walk on the Wild Side, October 5-6, 2019 at Spirit Owl Ranch
The intention of the weekend is to break down barriers and build bridges of unity and connection, facilitating healing for all participants, both two- and four-legged.
The result? Increased awareness, connection, communication with all species, and release from limiting patterns and lifelong negative beliefs.
A powerful opportunity for deep personal healing as well as global transformation!
“The excitement of trees and messages through root systems, the breath of horses and spiritual equine energy, the dawn of the morning and prayers for the day, the cool evenings with owls, bats and bird—all fed my soul. I returned home a new and different woman, never to look back, but always forging forward with a newfound energy of spirit.”—attendee Destiny Sargeant, AK
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.
Her book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.