Road Runner

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Road Runner
Compilation by 7M

Roadrunners are ground dwelling cuckoos found in parts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. They range in length from 20 to 24 inches from the tip of its tail to the end of its beak.

Legend has it that the roadrunner got its name from running on the road alongside horse drawn carriages. Also known as the chaparral cock this legendary bird is famous for its distinctive appearance, its ability to eat rattlesnakes and its preferences for scooting across the American deserts as seen in Warner Brothers cartoons.

Because of its lightening quickness, the roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador’s cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the tail, cracks it like a whip and repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead. It then swallows its prey whole, but is often unable to swallow the entire length at one time. This does not stop the roadrunner from its normal routine. It will continue to meander about with the snake dangling from its mouth, consuming another inch or two as the snake slowly digests.

Although speed is its ally, time is irrelevant to the roadrunner. It can do several things at once and isn’t bothered with completing one thing before moving on to the next. This is partly due to its great mental agility represented by the crest on its head. Many native cultures believe a “crest” symbolizes quick and efficient thinking capabilities. Those with this medicine have the ability to think quickly on their feet, flow with rapid change and understand the proper use of speed.

The roadrunner is a large black and white mottled ground bird. It has strong feet, a long tail and an over sized bill. It can run up to 17 miles per hour. When the roadrunner senses danger or is traveling downhill, it flies, but it cannot keep its large body airborne for more than a few seconds and so, it prefers walking or running. It has a clownish gait when running or walking and reminds us to laugh with ourselves and not take things too seriously.

The roadrunner is a vocal bird producing a variety of sounds from crows, chuckles, clacking and coos. Roadrunner asks us to use sound to benefit ourselves. Distract unwanted influences or say the right thing at the right time. By listening to the roadrunner we discover the right tone to use in any situation from a low coo to a screeching chuckle. Sound as well as speed can pierce through a situation and change its energy. Shamans are known to use both to shape shift realities when necessary.

Roadrunners are uniquely suited to desert environments and inhabit open, flat or rolling terrain with scattered cover of dry brush, chaparral or other desert scrub. When spring arrives, the male roadrunner acquires food for himself and then offers choice morsels to a female as an inducement to mating. He often dances around her while she begs for food, then gives her the morsel after breeding briefly. Roadrunner teaches us the importance of honoring our personal needs first before giving to others. Some might think of this as a selfish act but in truth it is a balanced one. Although roadrunner has an ulterior motive when offering the female food (that of breeding) it carries the message of survival. Take care of yourself first and then assist others.

Because roadrunner is always thinking of ways to get what it wants it reminds those with this medicine to use the ingenuity of their minds. If a problem occurs “think” yourself out of it. Highly intelligent, roadrunner medicine people have the mental capabilities to fix or change any situation. Procrastination is not part of this medicine. Roadrunner reminds us that mental alertness, speedy action coupled with the right use of sound always produces harmonious outcomes.

Totem Animal

The Road Runner teaches the ability of mental sharpness, quick thinking and fast responses and reflexes and knowing when to strike quickly and efficiently at ideas with timing and precision. He will show the correct direction to take with proper uses of timing and speed in order make quick changes.

Is it time to slow down or speed up? Are you being agile in thoughts and opinions? Roadrunner aids in physiological and behavioral adaptations along with conservation of energy when needed.

Are you ready for a burst of flight in mental, emotional, physical areas? Are you balancing incoming and outgoing energies, mental and emotional areas, diet and exercise?

The Road Runner will show how to adapt the fast approaching movements with harmony and grace.

  • The Road Runner teaches mental agility and speed. Those with this totem learn to think quickly and on their feet.
  • This totem can help you learn to shift your thought processes from one task to another with ease.
  • Road Runner people have increased opportunities to plan and then bring those plans to fruition.
  • Road Runner people are always thinking. Their minds are always at work.

Sources:
http://cindyknoke .com/2015/02/18/unwelcome-visitor-drops-by-the-holler/
http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/roadrunner.htm
http://www.starstuffs.com/animal_totems/dictionary_of_birds.htm
http://feathersandbones.blogspot.com/2008/07/metaphysical-roadrunner.html

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3 thoughts on “Road Runner

  1. cindy knoke March 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm Reply

    You are most welcome! Thank you for posting and I so look forward to the Totem post!

  2. thesevenminds March 3, 2015 at 6:51 pm Reply

    I was not going to pass on your stunning picture. I will repost this when I have a good article to attach to it. 🙂

  3. At Dream State April 26, 2015 at 1:17 pm Reply

    Nice post, 7M. Very upbeat. That picture makes the bird look as sharp as it is. 🙂

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