What’s up with the tendency to dislike or feel repelled by the vulture? I’ve thought a lot about this because the vulture is a bird I’ve come to quite adore.
Vultures are the only animals that do not need to kill to eat. As put in a recent article in National Geographic, “
The scavengers do the dirty work of cleaning up after death. With their numbers plummeting, we’re learning how much we need to keep them alive. A link to the full article:
Vultures clean the environment and hence represent a cleansing of psychic waste.
For more about the spirit of the majestic vulture, here’s an excerpt from the PYC yoga teacher training manual:
And this is the message we came up with as a team (Jane DeWitt, Caru Schultz, and me) when playing with the meaning of the vulture Empty yourself… what can you let go of? Vulture will take it. Life will go on. We are all made up of atoms of other life. Feel the richness of release and renewal. Having released, now you are lighter: soar, glide, kettle, and rise on life’s updrafts.