Photo: Heiner Kubny
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” Friedrich Nietzschethe
I love all animals and bird life and I am always keen to understand their energy and the messages they offer us.
Most albatrosses are found in the southern hemisphere from Antarctica to Australia, South Africa and South America. Their wingspan is up to 3.5 meters and they can fly at the speed of fifty miles per hour! There is no larger flying bird anywhere else in the world.
The whole purpose of an albatross’s life is to keep flying; unlike the other birds, they don’t tether themselves to any kind of earthly connection and lead an independent life. However, the albatross chooses its spouse for life and can take several years to find them.
The albatross is known as the ‘Prince of the waves’ for good reason. Due to their tendency to fly across the sea, these birds are skilled at navigation and are also able to predict the weather in the sea.
The sailors have practiced reading the behavior of the albatross for years to predict their journey.
What we can learn about these birds is to be true to our authentic nature and not to pay attention to the opinion of others. Each of us are responsible for our own happiness and passions in life and to stay committed to our true path.
The albatrosses are symbolic of freedom, hope, strength, wanderlust, and navigation. In many cultures, it is believed that these birds possess magical properties that can be used in healing.