It is very exciting and interesting to study newly exposed bird remedies. We have more than thirty bird remedies, so now they create confusion when we prescribe. So for the purpose of more precise understanding, I started to divide them according to groups, like Raptors, Corvids, Anatidae (Duck family) etc. Here we discuss the Raptors.
Raptors are the birds of prey or they are predatory birds. Eagle, Hawk, Falcon, Owl and Vulture are the Raptors. First we’ll see their natural history and then the beautiful connection between nature and homeopathy.
Raptors’ Natural History: (Homeopathically important words are written in bold)
The term “raptor” is derived from the Latin word “rapere” (meaningto seize or take by force) and may refer informally to all birds of prey, or specifically to the diurnal group. Usually raptors are called birds of prey.
- Birds of prey are birds thathuntfor food primarily on the wing, using theirkeen senses, especially vision.
- Their talons and beaks tend to be relativelylarge, powerful and adapted for tearing and/or piercing flesh.
- In most cases, thefemales are considerably larger than the males.
- Because of theirpredatory lifestyle, often atthe top of the food chain, they face distinct conservation concerns.
- Birds of prey generally prey on vertebrates, which are usually quitelargerelative to the size of the bird.
- The vultures and condors eatcarrionas their main food source.
The Raptors are divided into main two groups…
(1) Diurnal Raptors and
(2) Nocturnal Raptors
Diurnal Raptors are usually called falconiforms and they are further divided into the following families :
(1) Accipitridae (hawks, eagles, buzzards, harriers, kites and Old World vultures)
(2) Pandionidea (Osprey)
(3) Sagittariidae (Secretary Bird)
(4) Falconidae (falcon and caracaras)
(5) Cathatidae (New World vultures)
Nocturnal raptors are owls and further classifies in to two families…
(1) Strigidae (typical owls)
(2) Tytonidae (barn and bay owls)
Correlation with nature:
(A) Excellent Vision
- Raptors have a very large field of vision.
- Raptors have large rounded eye balls which casts a relatively large image on the ratina.
- Raptors have binocular vision, so they can see the same thing with both eyes, which gives them special vision for catching the prey.
Over view of the earth/See from the height
(B) Powerful talons and beaks:
- Raptors have powerful feet with sharp pointed claws called talons with which the prey is acquired.
- Raptor’s talons are very powerful for catching the prey and killing by very high pressure.
- Usually bird’s beaks are specialized for acquisition of prey, and Raptors have a very strongly hooked beak that can be used to tear apart the prey, which is already killed by the feet. (This is in contrast with other birds where food is acquired by the beak and not by the feet.)
Catch and kill
Zoom from the height
(C) Soaring and floating
- Raptors (except owl) soar very high in the sky and see the ground from a great distance.
- Raptors feel safe and comfortable when they in flight instead of on the ground. They feel awkward and vulnerable on the ground.
Soaring/Fly round and round
Feel light, tranquil
My own world
Raptor’s source words:
- Pin point focus
- Speed, fast, swoop, spiral
- Free fall
- Sudden attack
- Sharp, cutting, tearing, splitting
- Rip, tear
We will discuss each group’s remedies one by one…
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)
The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle’s scientific name signifies a sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with a white (leukos) head.
Natural History of Eagle:
Scientists loosely divide eagles into four groups based on their physical characteristics and behavior – fish eagles, snake or serpent eagles, booted or true eagles, and harpy or buteonine eagles.
- Eagles differ from many other birds of prey mainly by their larger size, more powerful build, and heavier head and beak.
- Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong muscular legs, and powerful talons.
- They also have extremely keen eyesight which enables them to spot potential prey from a very long distance.This keen eyesight is primarily due to their extremely large pupils which ensure minimal diffraction (scattering) of the incoming light.
- Many species lay two eggs, but the older, larger chick frequently kills its younger sibling once it has hatched. The parents take no action to stop the killing. The dominant chick tends to be the female, as they are bigger than the male.
- Golden Eagles usually mate for life. They build several eyries within their territory and use them alternately for several years. These nests consist of heavy tree branches, upholstered with grass when in use.
- The bald eagle is in the family of sea eagles and are primarily scavengers, the bald eagle hunts only when there is no easier available source of food.
- The bald eagle is not strictly a migratory species. Some individuals stay in the same area year round, or migrate towards seasonal food sources.
- They have one tree for their nest, and a different tree for perching-and-staring, an activity at which they spend a lot of time. The perching tree will usually be one snag that stands out above the others and offers a good view.
- They use the same nests and add to them year after year, so the nests become huge.
- Eagles are believed to mate for life, although biologists have observed that they stay mated only as long as they are a successful reproductive pair.
- Mating, carried out in flight, involves several dramatic maneuvers. One of the pair turns upside down and grasps claws with the other bird; both fold wings and the mating occurs in free-fall as the pair drops toward the earth.
- During their nesting cycle they are extremely sensitive to disruption and will abandon their nests and their young if they are disturbed.
- The main feeling coming through the proving, was rising above all the negative emotions like anger, jealousy, greed, hatred, etc. The proving also mentioned one has to have a sense of objectivity when he has risen above his negative emotions.
- From the proving symptoms we can easily obtain the nature of Haliaeetus leucocephalus as a dichotomy of two parallel extremes, upward motion, elevation and elation and grounding, spiral depression, and despair.
- Dreams of anger but couldn’t express. Absolve to be free from obligations, sin and guilt.
- Feels trapped, caged, caught by the NEGATIVITY of anger, hatred, and ego, competition within and by its need for relationship.
- The desire is to RISE ABOVE & ABSOLVE oneself of the negativity within.
- To be indifferent, distant, detached, from the relations where they feel DOMINATED and confined by duties and obligations put on them.
- The Eagle expresses the desire to detach, fly away from, and rise above the human made world which traps them.
Correlation with nature:
(A) Eyesight/Vision: (The eye is the main survival tool for the eagle)
All eagles are renowned for their excellent eyesight, and the bald eagle is no exception.
- Eagle have two foveae, or centers of focus, that allow the birds to see both forward and to the side at the same time. Bald eagles are capable of seeing fish in the water from several hundred feet above, while soaring, gliding, or in flapping flight. This is quite an extraordinary feat, since most fish are counter-shaded, meaning they are darker on top and thus harder to see from above. Fishermen can confirm how difficult it is to see a fish just beneath the surface of the water from only a short distance away.
- Due to the position of the eyes on both sides of the head, separated by the great beak, there may be double or parallel vision, with an ability to focus only at long distances. Both eyes face forward, giving the eagle binocular vision, which allows for the precise depth of field necessary when diving from the sky to snatch prey.
- Haliaeetus’ extreme clarity of vision is mental as well as physical, at times ‘seeing’ things clearly before they happen.
(B) Speed, Concentration and Accuracy are must:
Like an Eagle, keeps an eye on that prey and then catches the prey with lots of skill … comes with full force and concentration… never miss the target.
- The other feature which was seen very prominently in the proving was speed. The prover enjoyed driving very fast, above the normal speed limit.
- There may be extreme inability to focus the eyes and difficulty with accommodation at varying distances.
(C) Power, Strength, Strong, Superior
Eagles sit at the top of the food chain, making them more powerful, stronger and superior.
- You have to be strong so that people do not dominate. I have power, I wanted to do what is right – on the other side- I fear-attack by somebody. Therefore, I have to be strong.
- Dream- harassed by the guy. If I do not do anything, they will be more powerful/do something, so I have to be strong.
- I have the strength to fight. I am superior. I am tall, others are small. I am upright; no one can dare to touch me.
- If you fall down you will fall in dirt, muck so never let yourself fall down.
(D) Syphilitic miasm:
There is no guilt or morality accompanying these impulses, and an uncaring and remorseless attitude. However the Haliaeetus may take pleasure in its violence.
- “Something has started and I don’t know where the end is. It’s an endless feeling.”
- “It’s like a deep, deep crack and it is getting deeper. The crack has an endless quality to it, like a crack in my soul or the universe.”
- “Life seems like hell, a negative spiritual experience, painful and frightening. All the beauty and order are gone. Horror of the extreme evil force of darkness emanates out of this crack, reminding me of extermination camps and killing machines.”
Eagle source words:
- Power, Strong, Strength, Superior
- Chasing and catching the prey.
- My Social Position/My Worth
- Clarity and Focus
- Low down depression
Falco peregrinus (Peregrin Falcon)
The scientific name Falco peregrinusmeans “wandering falcon” in Latin. The name Falcon comes from the Latin falx, a sickle and alludes to the sharp beak that, like the grim reaper, brings sudden death.
Natural History of the Falcon
- They differ from other Falconiformes in killing with their beaks instead of their feet. They have a “tooth” on the side of their beak for that purpose.
- The Falcon (female) is more powerful but the Tiercel (Male) is often more agile.
- The Falcon’s flight takes the form of a series of rapid strokes of the wings followed by a short glide.
- While its diet consists almost exclusively of medium-sized birds, the Peregrine will occasionally hunt small mammals, small reptiles, or even insects.
- The Peregrine requires open space in order to hunt, so they search for prey either from a high perch or from the air.
- The Peregrine Falcon is often said to be the fastest animal on the planet in its hunting dive, the stoop,which involves soaring to a great height and then diving steeply at speeds commonly said to be over 320 km/h (200 mph), and hitting one wing of its prey so as not to harm itself on impact.
- If the prey is not killed by the shock of being hit with razor sharp claws moving at more than a hundred miles an hour, it is quickly dispatched by a bite to the neck.
- They have a “tomial tooth” a projection on the upper beak with a corresponding notch on the lower one. This serration allows them to kill their prey immediately with a bite to the back of the neck and they do not generally have to contend with a struggling victim as the hawks do.
- The birds usually hunt in the early morning and again in the evening.
- A pair mates for life and returns to the same nesting spot annually. The courtship flight includes a mix of aerial acrobatics, precise spirals, and steep dives.
- The pair defends the chosen nest site against other Peregrines, and often against ravens, herons and gulls.
- The male brings the food close to the nest and passes it to the female in mid air. This can be an impressive display as they both fly vertically up, chest to chest, and pass the food from talon to talon.
- Apart from such anthropogenic threats as collision with human-made objects, the Peregrine may be killed by large eagles or large owls.
Falco peregrinus has a particular theme or dreams which include speed, free fall, and the bliss of freedom and being the fastest in the animal kingdom.
- It is a gripping feeling (sensation) as if you are stuck in a cage (delusion) it is something that grips you & it is black & dark. It is something vague that holds you & keeps you in a cage.
- The black thing is something that is inside of the me from top to feet & through the legs & it can make me do things, it is much more powerful than me. I’m & it is domineering me ,it has power over me, it makes me do things that l don’t want to.
- Recurrent dreams….A crushing feeling, totallyblack & I was so super-small & the black thing is so huge ,it came down on me so that I couldn’t breathe anymore….it came down in slow motion, like a black cape coming down slowly on me that wraps you completely.
Correlation with nature:
The Peregrine Falcon is widely renowned for its incredible speed. High speed achieved only during the characteristic swoop (hunting dive)…the Peregrine Falcon is the fastest creature on earth.
- ‘I drove home that evening in a record time of 1hr 10 min, a journey which usually takes me 1hr 30min. I drove at high speed, I was aware of the speed but I didn’t care’.
- ‘I was aware on my journey home that my driving was somewhat careless and that if I was not more careful I would have an accident, but it didn’t stop me.’
- ‘Was very speedy’
- ‘Went out by myself – feeling very good, pleased with myself, I walked out on the dam on the stream without a thought, after a few minutes I noticed how precariously I was perched and thought quite calmly, “You’d break a leg if you fell off here“, but I didn’t go back immediately.’
Peregrine Falcons arecourageous, strongandextremely agilebirds provided with dreadful weapons. When they catch their prey, usually the victims are stabbed to death or strangled up in the air, or very heavy birds are tortured in the air and then killed after they plunge to the ground.
- I don’t care and feel very relaxed.
- I find it very difficult to take anything seriously at all, great fun.
- Periods of great stillness – completely unworried by things
- Fierce and passionate
- Swearing without apologizing
- Explosive anger
(C) No sense of Danger
The Peregrine Falcon is often stated to be the fastest animal on the planet in its hunting dive, the stoop, but the dive may be dangerous sometimes, because the falcon may hit a tree or rock.
- Danger, lack of reaction to danger
- Danger, no sense of danger, has
- Delusions, danger, impression of, fear, but without
- Harming her own children
- Reckless driving
- Feeling in charge/Powerful
If the prey is not killed by the shock of being hit with razor sharp claws moving at more than a hundred miles an hour, it is quickly dispatched by a bite to the neck.
- Biting, about him, bites
- Biting, nails
- Biting, people, family, her
- Fear, injury, being injured, of
- Fear, attacked, fear of being
The falconry……The bird is left tethered in semi-darkness without food. After a substantial time, when the bird is exhausted and starving, it is offered a morsel of meat on the gloved fist. When it is driven by hunger to eat it will step on to the glove to take the meat.
- I can’t stand up for myself
- Feel dominated and controlled
- Feel hemmed in
- Numbness/Detachment/Disinterested in sex and sensuality
(F) Reaction to Imprisoned…
A bird of prey is never domesticated. The learned response to the lure and the sound of the whistle will usually call back the bird but if it were to fly out of sight or hearing it would be free…
- They will usually have experienced severe abuse of a physical, emotional and/or sexual nature. As a result, there is a great deal of anger, which may either be suppressed or expressed.
- Ailments from, scorn
- Anger, cold and detached
- Anger, contradiction, from
- Anger , touched, when
- Anger, violent
- Cursing, contradiction, from
- Cursing, rage, from
- Feeling of being dirty and cheap
- Vision of people living in squalor
- No interest in personal appearance
- Fear of infection and infecting others
- Dream of eating corpses
Falcon source words:
- Dark place/Covered by something huge
- Caged, imprisoned
- Dive with great speed
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)
The Red-tailed Hawk is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the U.S. as the “Chicken hawk”, though it rarely preys on chickens.
Natural History of Hawk
- In flight, this hawk soars with wings in a slight dihedral, flapping as little as possible to conserve energy. Active flight is slow and deliberate, with deep wing beats. In wind, it occasionally hovers on beating wings and remains stationary above the ground.
- The cry of the Red-tailed Hawk is a two to three second hoarse, rasping scream, described as [kree-eee-ar],which begins at a high pitch and slurs downward. This cry is often described as sounding similar to a steam whistle.
- The Red-tailed Hawk frequently vocalizes while hunting or soaring, but vocalizes loudest in annoyance or anger, in response to a predator or a rival hawk’s intrusion into its territory.
- Prey varies with regional and seasonal availability, but usually centers on rodents, comprising up to 85% of a hawk’s diet.
- The Red-tailed Hawk hunts primarily from an elevated perch site, swooping down from a perch to seize prey, catching birds while flying, or pursuing prey on the ground from a low flight.
- The Red-tailed Hawk reaches sexual maturity at two years of age. It is monogamous, mating with the same individual for many years. In general, the Red-tailed Hawk will only take a new mate when its original mate dies.
- Red-tailed pairs will remain together for years in the same territories. The birds are very territorial. The female is usually the more aggressive partner around the nest itself, whereas the male is more aggressive when it comes to the territory boundaries.
- The same nesting territory may be defended by the pair for years.
- During courtship, the male and female fly in wide circles while uttering shrill cries. The male performs aerial displays, diving steeply, and then climbing again.
- Copulation often follows courtship flight sequences, although copulation frequently occurs in the absence of courtship flights.
- Great Horned Owls compete with the Red-tailed Hawk for nest sites. Each species has been known to kill the young and destroy the eggs of the other, but in general, both species nest in adjacent or confluent territories without conflict.
- Great Horned Owls are incapable of constructing nests and typically expropriate existing Red-tail nests.
- Red-tails are therefore adapted to constructing new nests when a previous year’s nest has been overtaken by owls or otherwise lost.
- Looking after children and the vulnerable and being devoted to partner and to family are general bird features but, at the same time, partner, family and children are all tremendously restrictive.[this things strongly expressed in Buteo-j red-tailed hawk, in which the phrase, often used by patients…..”being tied to the stove” or ”to the kitchen”]
- “In the first night I had five dreams and in all of them I was naturally taking care for another person. I was especially impressed that my thought was a natural loving feeling like family.”
- The hawk is torn between the needs of the others and his own needs.
Correlation with nature:
(A) Needs of the others v/s His own needs
The hawks are small among the Raptors, so it has more predators. They have to defend against all odds but they are not as powerful as the Eagle and Falcon, so they have the necessity to stay together…
- He feels he is obligated to care for others (handicapped & retarded) out of his GUILT and yet when he does that, and not what he needs, there is RESENTMENT.
- Trapped by his guilt and resentment he longs to be free and do what is NATURAL for him.
- There is also a strong need to be a part of group or fit in & to do what is expected of him/rules or he will be abandoned , neglected (D/D cow).
(B) Me v/s Family or group
Hawks are the only Raptors that take care of a family for long periods. Usually all raptors are solitary and stay together only during nesting and hawks are not an exception, but they take care for longer during raising their young…
- Dreams, caring, another person, about
- Dreams, family, own
- Dreams, father
- Dreams, friends, old
- Forsaken feeling
- Forsaken feeling, isolation, sensation of
- Negative relationship, exploited being, feels as if
- Talking, people, more than wanted to give
(C) Power v/s Helpless
As a Raptor the Hawk is more powerful than the other Birds but its smaller than other Raptors, so it has more predator…. even some Raptors like Eagle and Great horned Owl …
- Mind, confident
- Mind, delusions, great person, is a
- Mind, power, sensation of
- Mind, helplessness, feeling of
- Insecurity, mental
- Dreams, helpless feeling
Hawk source words:
- Socializing/Self Control
Vultur gryphus (Andean Condor)
TheAndean Condor is a species of South American bird in the New World vulture family Cathartidea, it has the largest wingspan (as much as 10 ft). than any land bird.
Condor Natural History
- It is a large black vulture with a ruff of white feathers surrounding the base of the neck.
- The head and neck are nearly featherless, and are a dull red color, which may flush and therefore change color in response to the bird’s emotional state.
- The condor is primarily a scavenger, feeding oncarrion. It prefers large carcasses, such as those of deer or cattle.
- It is one of the world’s longest-living birds, with an average lifespan of 50 years.
- It reaches sexual maturity at five or six years of age and nests at elevations of up to 5,000 m (16,000 ft), generally on inaccessible rock ledges.
- The head and neck are kept meticulously clean byrubbing on the send,and their baldness is an adaptation for hygiene;this lack of feathers prevents bacteria from the carrion it eats from ruining its feathers and exposes the skin to the sterilizing effects of the sun.
- The skin of the head and neck is capable of flushing noticeably in response to emotional state, which serves to communicate between individuals.
- The middle toe is greatly elongated, and the hind one is only slightly developed, while the talons of all the toes are comparatively straight and blunt. The feet are thus more adapted to walking, and are of little use as weapons or organs of prehensionas in birds of prey and Old World vultures.
- The beak is hooked, and adapted to tear rotting meat.
- The condor soars with its wings held horizontally and its primary feathers bent upwards at the tips. It flaps its wings on rising from the ground, but after attaining a moderate elevation it flaps its wings very rarely, relying on thermals to stay aloft.
- It prefers to roost on high places from which it can launch without major wing-flapping effort. Andean Condors are often seen soaring near rock cliffs, using the heat thermals to aid them in rising in the air.
- Like other New World vultures, the Andean Condor has the unusual habit ofurohodrosis; it often empties it’s cloaca onto its legs and feet for cooling effect through evaporation.
- They locate carrion by spotting it or by following other scavengers, such as corvids or other vultures.
- The condor is invariably dominant among the scavengers in its range.
- Andean Condors are intermittent eaters in the wild, often going for a few days without eating, then gorging themselves on several pounds at once, sometimes to the point of being unable to lift off the ground. Because its feet and talons are not adapted to grasping, it must feed while on the ground.
- Sexual maturity and breeding behavior appear after five or six years of age.
- During courtship displays, the skin of the male’s neck flushes, changing from dull red to bright yellow, and inflates. Other courtship rituals include hissing and clucking while hopping with wings partially spread, and dancing.
- It deposits one or two bluish-whiteeggs, every second year. If the chick or egg is lost or removed, another egg is laid to take its place.
- Healthy adults have no natural predators, but large birds of prey and mammalian predators, may take eggs or hatchlings.
- There is a well developed social structure within large groups of condors, with competition to determine a ‘pecking order’ by body language, competitive play behavior, and vocalizations.
- The Chicks can’t fly until they are 6 months old and then rely on their parents for two more years.
- The older condors get to eat first, and then the younger ones take turns in order of age.
Comparison with Old World vultures:
- New World vultures have a good sense of smell, but Old World vultures find carcasses exclusively by sight.
- No New World vulture possesses a syrinx, the vocal organ of birds; therefore the voice is limited to infrequent grunts and hisses.
- An unusual characteristic of the species in genus Cathartes is a highly developed sense of smell, which they use to find carrion. They locate carrion by detecting the scent of ethyl mercaptan, a gas produced by the bodies of decaying animals.
- Other species, such as the American Black Vulture and the King Vulture, have weak senses of smell and find food only by sight, sometimes by following Cathartes vultures and other scavengers.
- The central theme is soaring associated with themes of flight, flying and floating sensations. (Soaring is specific to vulture)
- The feeling was that of feeling calm, centered, peaceful and content while flying. (The vulture is vulnerable on the ground.)
- Phoenix rising from the ashes. (The phoenix is a bird that through purification is disintegrating and rises from its ashes transformed and changed.)
- Probably Leprosy miasm
Correlation with Nature:
(A) Death, Transformation, Rebirth, “Phoenix”
Vultures have eyes for death. They purify the environment of death and infection by eating carrion, which is then transformed through the ”fire” of the bird’s powerful digestion into new life.
- Feeling trapped in my own physical body with all of its needs and drives.
- A sense of revulsion at my own shit, and at the odors associated with bodily decay, age, sickness, and death. In the past, when I worked as a hospital nurse, this caused me tremendous guilt and mortification.
- Dreams with a theme of death and the beyond.
- A total lunar eclipse; emerging strongly from the proving was the theme of immersion into darkness, and like the mythological ”phoenix”, rebirth through magical transformation from the ashes of loss and death.
- Decaying while still being alive, knowing others are just waiting for you to die. A hidden anger
- Falling into the circle of life and death brings one into time, while one’s natural state is to be disembodied, detached, alone, and outside this circle.
- There was a sense that she had lost a sense of solidity, a feeling of being fully present on earth…as if disembodied.
- Dreams of zombies…..people who are empty inside, alive but vacant, just not there.
- I’m not fully in my body. I exist in a kind of dead zone. Where I open with all kind of energies
- What is dead in people, what they need to do to move on…