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For a few weeks now, a magpie has been bashing itself against the glass laundry door. It has happened once before with a crow around this time of the year. I pulled the blind down, and he took the hint and never did it again.

But this magpie just does not seem to get it! I pull the blind down and it still keeps bashing itself. It is about springtime, and I thought maybe it is trying to protect its young, but for a few weeks? Also, we are not quite into spring yet.

So, today, I decided to look at it as an omen. Not quite sure what to make of it. I am just afraid that the poor thing with hurt its beak or break it's neck before I get the message!

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Springtime? Do you live in the southern hemisphere?

I remember at one point you were in Australia looking at the milky way and the stars.

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Yes, I do, for almost 11 years. What a trip that was to watch the Milky Way. I had been wanting to visit the sacred site called Uluru ever since I came here, and it coincided with some wonderful play in the night sky.  It is in the middle of nowhere, so you don't get as much light pollution and the night is clear. It reminded me of the times when I used to visit my grandfather's farm as a kid and we used to sleep under the stars! It was a last minute trip, and airline tickets had skyrocketed during school holidays! So, we ended up driving over 6000 kilometres to get there and back within 3 weeks. Saw some beautiful rugged countryside. If there is a next time, I would plan a more leisurely drive.

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@manisha 

Cool. For some reason I was thinking that you live in India and had gone to Australia only for vacation one time.

It would be great to have such vivid real-time visual access to the nakshatras and the sidereal zodiac.

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I have been estranged from home for over two decades. The emotional ties to the motherland are not as strong anymore. 

I might have figured out the magpie’s message. It hasn’t appeared for the past couple of days. Thanks for indulging me in this conversation.

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Sorry I didn't address the Magpie.

This is interesting, since one of Mantreswar's techniques showed that I will be a bird in the next life, and that I was just saved from becoming a plant.

We've had several times over the last few Springs, and sometimes in the Fall, where birds will peck on the window, or see their reflection and think its a potential mate thus crashing into the window and knocking themselves unconscious! We even think one killed himself accidentally, possibly being blinded by the sun and not seeing the window. (I took this as a cautionary omen, as it was a year ago and no deaths yet. The caution I took became linked with other interesting and more positive omens which I may post sometime.)

Of course everything is interconnected, but I often couldn't find a personal meaning to the happenings so I stopped trying so hard (except around full and new moons and eclipses). If I am meant to know, I will know sooner or later.

Seeing a lone magpie may warn of someone seeing you as a potential partner who might be trying hard to win you over or won't take no for an answer. Or it may be cautionary of someone lonely and frustrated who wants to try to use you as an emotional punching bag or they just want attention, but they will eventually take the hint and move on.

Potential positives could be an opportunity knocking for a limited time, or a potential soul mate or way to connect with people. But according to what I could find from Christian European folk belief, a lone magpie bashing into the window is definitely not supposed to be effortless good luck coming your way. 

It could just be something you''re doing to yourself. Like trying hard over and over to find meaning in something, or beating a dead horse, etc. And since I will be a bird in the not-too distant future, the omen may apply to me too, haha.

Or not.

In pre-Christian Europe the Magpie was an Auspicious bird and a good omen, especially in Greece and Rome. But the Christian church ran a long-term smear campaign against them for various superstitious reasons in Europe. So I wouldn't worry. (And maybe it wasn't considered auspicious for the ancient Palestinian regions, if there were any magpies there?) 

But if you are one to whom the magpie is unlucky, you must carry an onion with you at all times to be protected from the bad luck the bird may bring.

They also recommend, at the very least, to wish the bird well and give it your blessings for a good day and for finding a mate.

 

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