The Great Blue Heron: Wader of Elements #herons #heronsymbolism #heronmessenger #greatblueheron

heron wading

Often, when I look to the sky these days I see the majestic form of a great blue heron flying a silent, solitary search for the next body of water. In flight, the great blue heron evokes the image of a prehistoric bird from a time when dinosaurs ruled the land and sky.

The great blue heron is often seen alone and there is a sense of awe instilled when we are lucky enough to glimpse this shy bird who walks and flies soundlessly through the elements of air, water, and earth. It is a bird of great grace and beauty with long appendages adorned in watercolor feathers.

The heron, when its presence graces our lives, reminds us of our inner strength and ability to adapt and survive on our own. That when we live a life of quiet grace, our inner beauty radiates and affects those around us.
flying great blue heron

Although it is not a water bird, the heron is a wader of shallow depths in the areas where land and water mingle. Here, the heron walks with stealth and grace on long legs, bending with ease to find sustenance in the form of fish, frogs, or other small animals living in or near the water.

The heron not only moves between the elements of land, water, and air with effortless ease, it is a master of balance, able to support its large, slender form on one long leg. Balance comes to the individual through wisdom and the ability to go within to find harmony. The heron evokes ancient wisdom. It is a sage for the soul who seeks balance and the harmony of inner truth, as well as a guide for the individual who finds peace in solitary endeavors.

The photographs in this post were taken by a good friend of mine who dances with heron. Much love and gratitude to you, Rachel, a woman who embodies the grace and beauty of inner strength. The journey of the heron can be lonely at times, but offers great rewards.

3 thoughts on “The Great Blue Heron: Wader of Elements #herons #heronsymbolism #heronmessenger #greatblueheron

  1. I love this post! Interesting you mention that they are not water birds or land birds but wading birds in “the area where water and land mingle.” I’ve never thought of herons as such because they always seemed to perfectly belonging there, but it gives me such clarity to just now realize there can be balance, harmony and majesty there on the edge.


    1. Yes, to me they really do symbolize the ability to live outside the “norm” and be comfortable with your self and your inner gifts, which radiate out when we find that harmony and balance. No need to be overt, showy or loud, but the ability to create quiet and powerful beauty. I think that makes them a bit melancholy as well, or at least we superimpose that trait on them because they are so solitary and quiet. But, of course, when we go inward we gain the greatest wisdom. 🙂


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