Element: Air

Characteristic: Head (the intellect)

Ask Lyrebird for help

to live in the moment:

Let me accept the moment and enjoy the show without needing to commit. Let me not mistake the copy for the reality and to be myself.

(c) This image of a lyrebird was created by Linda Karen Godden for the Australian Animal Oracle, and copyright for this image remains with Linda. Please do not copy without her permission.

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Lyrebirds are earthbound birds of paradise and perhaps should be called liar-birds if you are expecting a lifetime commitment from your current partner. The male lyrebird’s tail is used to attract a mate; he erects a shimmering curtain with his tail and proudly dances in an arena already prepared in the undergrowth to tempt a female. Then, after all the bright shimmering promises of courtship lead to mating, the female is left to incubate the eggs and rear the chicks alone.

The lyrebird, although it has a beautiful display and an equally impressive song, is a solitary bird. Its message is not of finding a life mate, but the bird equivalent of the one night stand. Every effort is put into building an arena, creating a lustrous illusion of beauty, but when the pleasures are over the mating dance begins again to attract a new partner.

Only you can decide if transient pleasure is what you need now. The lyrebird tells you not to look for a lifetime commitment in this current situation. By all means enjoy the arena and the display, the power and the grandeur and the beauty, but always remember now is a time of pleasure and immediate gratification and not of commitment and future plans.

Although this bird’s song is beautiful it is his ability to mimic that is truly extraordinary. It can imitate other birds and every sound in the bush that it hears including cigarette lighters and car engines.

The lyrebird asks you to see if you are following your own path or copying what others do in the belief it may be more acceptable. If you feel the need to follow another at this time, perhaps you should consider deliberately choosing a mentor so you can copy and learn from another’s experience before launching on your own path.

To mimic the success of others can help you to learn, as long as you don’t mistake the copy for the reality.