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"Mourning Dove"

posted 4/25/2008 8:32:18 AM |
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I live in a village in northeast ohio and the houses are very close together. The place I rent is a 2 story home that was turned into 2 seperate apartments... downstairs & upstairs... I live upstairs. Recently we had a change in the weather - a postive change for once - in where the temps have reached low to mid 70's so it's gotten stuffy & warm up here. I had no choice but to take out the storm windows & put in the screens in order to get the air circulating.

The last couple days my home has been surrounded by Mourning Doves. I went to open my bedroom window yesterday morning and there were 2 doves sitting on the telephone wire going from my home to the pole by the street and they were coo'ing away. This morning I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth { the bathroom is on the opposite side of the house from my bedroom } and sitting right outside the bathroom window is another dove singing her song. Now I've lived here for 19 years and this is definitely the first time that this has happened to me so I felt a nudge to look up the meaning of Mourning Doves:

"The dove is a member of the pigeon family and both hold the qualities of home, security and maternal instincts. Many with this totem will experience unsettling childhood's and will be challenged continually to acquire a solid secure foundation in all areas of their lives.

The legends and lore surrounding the dove associates it with many goddesses and it is considered the embodiment of the maternal instinct. The brood of dove consists of two eggs. Two represents the creative and feminine energies. Home and family are important to those with this totem and life lessons will be most predominant in these areas.

Since the dove is a ground feeder and eats mostly seeds those with this totem would benefit from a diet rich in wholesome seeds, nuts and grains. They would also do well in any health profession relating to nutrition.

The dove's song is its most distinctive feature. It can be heard throughout the day. The mourning coo of the Dove reflects hidden emotions stored within those who carry this medicine. How you perceive its sound often reflects the energies that are playing out in your life.

When dove appears it is asking us to go within and release our emotional discord, be it of the past or the present. It assists us in releasing trauma stored within our cellular memory. Humming can aid in this release.

Doves hold the energy of promise. When inner turmoil is cleared from our thoughts, words and feelings, the possibility of good fortune awaits us. In order to receive the gifts the doves bestows on us healing on all levels is paramount.

When "Dove" makes an appearance to you it could mean:

People often find that unexpected and unseen support and assistance comes when they need it most.

Travel is often indicated when Dove appears prominantly, and this may include relocation to a new home.

A death, either physical (of someone one knows or is close to) or symbolic (within the individual) may occur and while it may bring grief, there is also quite often a sense of relief and gratitude that suffering has finally ended and peace will soon be at hand.

A new relationship may begin or an old one rekindled.

The ways and means of leaving a destructive or difficult situation is at hand. Life is about to become much more peaceful and satisfying on all levels."

This has me curious for the moment & I was wondering if any of you have had visits from the mourning dove & if so can you remember any significant changes occuring in your life shortly after the visit. Would love to hear some of your stories. Thanks!


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Apr 25 @ 10:22AM  
Though I am not all that into symbolism, I am curious as to the origins of such beliefs. Mourning doves, with their diet of seeds and plant matter - and friendly nature - have been easy prey for hunters. Surprising I'd say - in light of what small meal may be had from their tiny frames.

It is believed that these doves mate for life, returning to the same nest year after year. Quite often single doves are seen to return where there once were a pair. Thus the mournful cry is thought to be the dove's lament for a it's slain mate.

Stranger — Why mourning there so sad, thou gentle dove?
Dove — I mourn, unceasing mourn, my vanished love
Stranger — What, has thy love then fled, or faithless proved?
Dove — Ah no! the sportsman wounded him I loved!
Stranger — Unhappy one! beware! that sportman's nigh!
Dove — Oh, let him come — or else of grief I die..


They are beautiful creatures who help quell the spread of some of the worst "weeds". I can't understand why anyone would care to shoot them.

Apr 25 @ 12:24PM  
Though I am not all that into symbolism, I am curious as to the origins of such beliefs.

I don't know anything about symbolism..
But they're good to eat..

Apr 25 @ 3:34PM  
I love the White DOVE. ( I have a long story with that one.)

Apr 26 @ 6:34AM  
Hey Kat luvr, I would enjoy hearing your story... please feel free to share it with me.

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