As I reflected about which totem to write about this week, the thoughts of the bird totem of wren came to my mind. Perhaps it is because I am hungry for Spring to arrive and the wren totem has its cycle of power in the season of Spring. It may also be because there have been events in my life, of late, that call for being resourceful and maybe even a little bold. Those are the qualities of this small bird.
In some ways the stocky little bird is adored as much as the robin is. One can’t help but admire this feathered brother for his appearance of being so self-assured, often walking around with his tail feathers cocked up. He is a little on the sneaky side, too. Often the male will build several fake nests to trick his predators before he and his mate settle in to the real nest. Pretty resourceful for such a wee creature.
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The lower classes in medieval Europe believed that the wren was the pet bird of the Virgin Mary. Some traditions considered this feathered creature teacher a sacred bird and were friends to the gods and goddesses of their culture. Their feathers were used to prevent drowning and it was considered very unlucky to kill a wren.
Wrens often sing more than some of the larger birds of an area. He is so confident in his abilities that he may sing all day long. If his singing happens to attract another bird or even an animal that seems threatening, brother wren will not hesitate for a second to confront the intruder.
If you landed on this page, the totem of wren may be working with you as well. Things that we should ask ourselves as Brother Wren begins to work with us are interesting and I know that some of them apply to me right now. Am I using the resources available to me as I should? Have I been lax in showing the right amount of confidence? Am I as grounded as I should be right now? Have I fallen into a place where I can’t see the proverbial forest for all of the trees? Have I forgotten to sing because I have been worried? Have I been attacking life with the gusto that I should?
Brother Wren reminds us of the medicine of using what is available to us and shows us the most effective ways to build in our own circumstances and environment.
~Beverly Two Feathers~
I just had a wonderful experience with a cactus wren in Joshua Tree National park. It was very bold and came up to me very close and then circled me by hopping on all the boulders around me.
Thank you for this information as it has stuck with me but I’ve not known what to make of this sweet visit.
I live in the Southwest and we have the cactus wren. I just had three cactus wrens start hanging around my porch which is very unusual as I don’t have any natural desert close by other than ironwood trees. I am sure this is a message from spirit. Any ideas welcome.
My Mom adored the Virgin Mary. After her death in 2017 I started seeing signs and synchronicities. Most prominent among these are birds. The next spring a male house wren began building his nest in a roll up shade on my side porch (the house my Mom lived in her last years of life) . The female soon joined him and little hatchlings soon followed. Reading this today and the reference to the Virgin Mary just reinforces this as a message from my Mom and the Universe.
my mother passed away and I talked with her spirit via ritual and the next day I’ve been having a small brown bird on my lawn and front porch, all under my car and it’s not scared or hurt at all. I thought it to be a sparrow but it has white spots. I live in Louisiana and I’m from New Orleans and have many native American ancestors. just wondering if this bird lingering around my house means anything. Thanks 😘😘
Sparrow is God’s messenger. I knew my brother was going to not make out of the hospital this time because the sparrow flew into the big plate glass window behind me. I turned and heard ‘thump’ loud enough for me to hear. I was sure I’d seen him fly away, then I remembered the Bible verse the sparrow is God’s messenger. I thank almighty God for telling me ahead of time my brother will die; he sent the sparrow.
I am researching medieval Europe and the Virgin Mary for a piece I’m writing. We just lost a baby in miscarriage this week, and we have called him or her Wren. I was looking up wrens and found your site. This part intrigues me: “The lower classes in medieval Europe believed that the wren was the pet bird of the Virgin Mary.” Could you tell me more? I am hoping you could share the book or resources where you discovered this bit yourself? I think it could give me such a personal view into the people of the time as well as help me in my own healing. Thank you!
First of all, I am sorry for your loss. I had a miscarriage many years ago so I know the emotional pain that you are having. As to your request on my knowledge of the wren and the medieval lower classes, I honestly don’t remember where exactly I came across the information. It has been many years since I meditated on the wren to gain knowledge of it as a totem. I don’t remember if I came to the understanding during meditation or if I have read it in an historical account of the time at sometime in my past. I’m sure that if you do some research about the wren in medieval times or the wren and the Virgin Mary that you will find what you are looking for.
loved this, thank you Bev. I chose the wren card when I was doing the tarot recently. I’ve been writing about the Soul and how the phases of the Moon correspond to it….everything you said about wren applies to me right now and for this year to come!
Just moments ago, I helped a wren who flew into my house. After reassuring him that I wasn’t going to hurt him, he landed on an item I had misplaced. He helped me find it! And I did manage to help him fly back outside. Well, after an experience like this, I was sure it was a message. And then I found your page. Thank you so much for writing this. The message of Wren is exactly what I needed to hear right now. Brightest blessings…
The wren fits me a lot but I’m longing to know my spirit animal i am to excited to find it I’m a little impatient I try meditating but that doesn’t seem to work completely well
Actually, Michelle you have 9 power totems plus your birth totem. That doesn’t take into consideration the messengers that come in and out of your life. Relax, they will make themselves known to you and probably already have…you just haven’t realized it yet. Think of animals that you have felt a kinship to all of your life…most probably they are one of your power totems.
Wrens have very much entered my life and two friends of mine.
We decided to call our healing group The Wren group because of our experiences with wrens and the Virgin Mary.
Would love to speak further to you about this.
Boozhoo Joanne! I would love to speak to you about brother Wren and your healing group! I see your email with your comment, I’ll contact you privately. OK?
I, too, am drawn to the wren and the connection to the Virgin Mary. Could you share with me how you came to know about the lower classes in medieval Europe thinking the wren was her pet bird? This is so interesting to me! We called one of our miscarried babies Wren just because of this. I hope you will write back soon! Thanks!
I have been searching high and low for the Australian bellbird totem and have found nothing about it, it is a singing bird and almost sounds like a crystal glass when you run your finger around the rim. I have been hearing them occasionally and have heard them being mentioned by various people in overheard conversations. I was wondering being such a beautiful sounding singing bird that it may have a meaning of music and singing etc……would you have any information on this beautiful bird please….it would be very much appreciated thank you in advance to anyone who may be able to help 🙂
Hi Jennifer, thank you for stopping by. I’m sorry but your Australian bellbird is not one that I am familiar with. The totems that I share information about are from the tribal traditions of the North American Indians. They would not have had contact with the birds you describe so there would be no totem lessons for the indigenous peoples who lived all the way up here. I would recommend looking into the indigenous peoples of Australia and see if they might give you some insight. There are several sites that discuss Aboriginal totems if you do a search in Google.
Do you have crochet patterns for indian totems?
Thank you for stopping by today, Laurel. I do not have any crochet patterns for totems at the moment but let me see if I can find some and direct you to them. That is a really cool idea.
Wow! I hope the totem of wren is working with me right now. Sounds perfect for this time in my life!