I was struggling to find a username for my WordPress account. My usual screen names were taken. Inspiration struck, ‘Lark In The Dark’, low and behold the name was available in WordPress. I began blogging. As a Witch I work a lot with animal spirits. In the moment I faintly wondered at the inspiration, but the Witch wasn’t the one ‘on the keyboard’ several others were – namely the Administrator and one other.
The Witch has been ‘on the keyboard’ a lot lately. The day I started writing for a blog began with the Witch. She doesn’t stay long, just long enough to get us going the right direction. The intention was for a blog on WitchVox, but I ended up with material on dissociated identity disorder (DID).
The Witch has been whispering to us lately, ‘What is the significance of Lark In The Dark?’ If you don’t listen to the whispers, you will listen to the shouts. I have begun waking up early this past week. This morning I couldn’t ignore the shout. ‘What is the significance of Lark In The Dark?’
I reached for my phone, one of the blessings of technology is that I can lazily lay in bed while I begin to look into larks. There are several brief entries on Google about larks. Generally, they are messengers – symbols of hope, light before the dawn. Then I came upon the website Rays of Wisdom by Stargazer. There is not a lot of copyright information available.
The link for Stargazer’s page is https://www.raysofwisdom.com/index.cfm?articleID=1170
In brief, Stargazer talks about the lark’s role in myth and legend as a messenger of hope. Famous authors have the lark as a symbol of the light before the dawn. This is really cool because I could use the reinforcement that DID is not going to derail or define this next chapter of my life. Stargazer talks about lark in a number of myths and legends, but what is pertinent to me is Lakota Native American lore. To the Lakota lark is associated with gods of the South Wind and the Sun. Additionally, in Lakota medicine lark brings blessings to marriage. This is awesome news because my marriage has suffered because of my relapse with DID.
Animal lore has it that the Lark is different from other birds in that it only sings when flying. Most birds sing while perched. Larks are one of the birds that mimic other bird song. Some larks have a crescent moon on its breast. The Moon is a potent image for a Witch. Stargazer reminds his reader that the Moon has both her light face and her dark face. Stargazer goes on to say that lark teaches us that when we are plummeting to certain death that we can still change direction and soar again. We just need to remember to spread our wings and fly. Sing a song of hope and let that lift us upward. Part of the message is a reminder that life lessons are just that, an opportunity to burn off some of the dross that weighs the soul down. The song of hope we sing is how we can help others having the same life lesson.