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Crow Transmutes to Cat...

Two weeks ago I found a crow - in brittle, feathery pieces in a parking lot. It had been dead for a while and was now a dry, hollow carcass. I asked permission to remove some pieces respectfully and left him to blow away in the wind, minus a head and a foot.
Just this week I finally found time to process the parts. I like to clean these specimens and keep the bones in a sacred collection. The head was in a bowl in the driveway overnight. I don't know why I didn't consider the number of neighborhood cats, raccoons and opossums who would make a happy bone-crunching snack of such a piece. So of course this morning it was gone.
My partner and I made a general sweep of the grounds, hoping the animal who stole it would have been as grossed out by this stinky fleshy thing as I was.
As we were looking in the back yard, I heard a great number of crows, in a mess above the neighborhood. They were coming from the south, crossing over the houses on our street, until they were directly above us, a dark gaggling escort to a much larger bird.
It was a mature bald eagle, dark in body with a distinct white head and epic wingspan. It was cruising right above the tree tops, slowly, unfettered by the persistent company.
I recalled to Daniel, "Bald Eagles are totems for big changes to core elements." Well that just made too much sense, considering the predicament we're currently fording.
Eagle gone, sky quiet again, my eyes turned back to the ground in search of my missing crow head. Immediately I caught eye of a familiar and distinct pattern emerging in the eaves of an uninsulated hot tub porch - of the neighbor's house.
I doubted myself for a moment, not wanting to get excited over an illusion. But as I moved closer, it became evident that I may never see my crow head again, but I seem to have been blessed with something much more powerful.
The sharpness and regularity of an intact ribcage jutted up from last year's leaf pile forgotten in a shadowed corner of the back yard. I knew as soon as I saw the teeth what it was. The coloration of its remaining fur was distinct and a perfectly delicate little paw, enmeshed in cobwebs and long-dead leaves emerged to my eye and sealed the deal.
It was a small house cat, no more than a year old, by the teeth. Her colors are reminiscent of one of our live kitties. I'm not forensic enough to know how she may have died. She doesn't look particularly peaceful, but I see no evidence of physical trauma. Still, it's a little spooky to find such a finely decayed and naturally cleaned skeleton. It likely died in late-fall, early winter and had a slow decay over a long period in cooler weather. Perfect conditions!
I'm letting her rest for now. I'll take some photos but I want to see if she comes to me in my dreams and gives me permission to harvest her skeleton. I've been presumptuous with cats in the past. They are not very forgiving.
I like the auspiciousness of the trade. I may have lost a precious item, but by taking the time to look (and a little help from a transmutational totem) I found something far more rare and magical. This house has a certain level of spookiness to it as well ~ only insomuch that I'm learning more and more about the auspiciousness of my living here now.

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