I was intending to put up the next chapter of “The Tithe Boy” today, but I’ve come down with a nasty cold, so it will have to wait.
This is one thing that really bothers me about Pagans, or, Hel, New Agers too,and related folks, the idea that, well, everything is a “sign” from one’s deities.
“I saw a bird today, it must be a sign!” (even though those are migratory birds that come here every year)
“I caught a cold today, it’s a sign that my deity is displeased.” (or it’s cold season, or you have a compromised immune system)
“I dropped an orange on the floor, it must be a sign!” (no, you’re just clumsy)
Now, maybe this is because I, not being in possession of a godphone like almost every other Pagan, like to assume that everything has a reasonable explanation and the simplest explanation is usually the correct one, but it’s amazing how there are a lot of people who literally see signs and omens in, well, everything, absolutely everything.
To be fair, though, I’m not saying that signs and such don’t exist, what I’m really concerned about is this tendency to view everything as a SIGN that means the gods love you and want you to be happy (actually, that’s beer). As an example, I maybe see a blue jay a couple of times a year, they are native to the area, I just don’t happen to see them very often, that doesn’t mean that the blue jay has some sort of message for me if I see them (though my mom always says that blue jays calling means that rain is coming). I mean, seriously, just because you see one thing that’s out of the ordinary doesn’t mean that it’s a SIGN!
Unfortunately, I don’t have any advice for you other than to use your head. Don’t assume that everything is automatically a SIGN, above all, LOOK FOR MUNDANE EXPLANATIONS BEFORE MAKING ANY ASSUMPTIONS! Seriously, Occam’s Razor and all that, sometimes a bird is a bird, a tree is a tree, and the brain that you aren’t using is the brain that you aren’t using.