A beautiful two more days walking in Galicia were punctuated by an interesting experience.
I met Lynda way back on the fourth day of my Camino. She and I, and five other lady pilgrims, have stayed at the same albergues off and on over the last several weeks. Lynda sent Melanie and I a message as we were each walking, inviting us to stop by and see the interesting albergue she had found. It was a bit off the normal walking track, but we were intrigued and made the detour to a sign marked Respira y Disfruta (“Breathe and Enjoy”, near the Hamlet Furela, a home called Casa del Alquimista).
The albergue is owned and run by Antonio, in a home that belonged to his grandmother. It was an interesting very old structure, and Antonio’s artwork covered all the walls. I realized by the art themes that he is an intuitive mystic; much of his artistic expression is about inner spiritual energy. His artwork is made by grinding down stones of different colors into powder and using a resin glue to bind it all together into the images.
Besides being an interesting artist, Antonio had a gift for reading animal cards using, I believe, an American Indian sort of Shamanistic approach. He asked me to mix the deck and spread the cards around a crystal in a circle pattern. Holding my hand over the crystal, he softly spoke some prayerful words. I next selected a card from the face-down grouping.
From the heavily used card-deck, I had selected the hummingbird! Antonio was delighted, explaining in Spanish (while another Pilgrim translated) that I was blessed with the special energy of joy. Joy! It seemed so apropos to my Camino journey.
(Antonio preparing lunch for the pilgrims; Lynda helping out.)
Finding the translation of the card interpretation online, here are some excerpts:
Hummingbird sings a vibration of pure joy. Flowers love Hummingbird because nectar-sucking brings about the reproduction of their families. Plants flower and live because of Hummingbird.
Hummingbird can fly in any direction – up, down, backward, and forward or hover in one spot and appear to be motionless.
Hummingbird feathers open the heart. Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. For the Hummingbird, life is a wonderland of delight – darting from one beautiful flower to another, tasting the essences, and radiating the colors.
If Hummingbird is your personal medicine, you love life and its joys. Your presence brings joy to others. You join people together in relationships which bring out the best in them. You know instinctively where beauty abides and, near or far, you journey to your ideal. You move comfortably within a beautiful environment and help others taste the succulent nectar of life.
Hummingbird hears celestial music and is in harmony with it. Hummingbird energetically embraces the highest aesthetics. Beauty is the target and Hummingbird’s mission is to spread joy or to be destroyed. Hummingbird quickly dies if caged, caught or imprisoned.
Follow Sister Hummingbird and you will soon be filled with paroxysms of joy and experience a renewal of the magic of living.
I just love the vibration of joy emanating from and encompassing my Camino! It feels in alignment with my every step along the Way. Antonio gave me a lasting Camino gift by his sacred card reading. Thank you again to the Camino that daily provides something of inspiration.
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