Gifts: Drumming of wings, creating confusion. Personal power. Sacred spiral. Sacred dance. Destruction that must take place before new creation. Intensity that pulls people in (centripetal force). “To complain.”
Challenges: Inability to stand still. Arrogance. Impatience. Unnecessary destruction. Intensity that pushes others away (centrifugal force).
Grouse is traditionally recognized as a symbol of the spiral and personal power. This spiral can represent the action of circling in, coming closer and closer to an answer or circling out, moving up to higher levels.
Grouse’s spiral comes to me in the shape of a galaxy, a whirlpool, or a hurricane. You can feel both the destructive and creative forces in this kind of spiral. This kind of destruction, like that of the Hindu god Shiva, clears the way for innovation and re-creation. Tear down what you don’t need so you can make room for what really matters.
The spiral also represents both centripetal force and centrifugal force. You can see this as a balance, an alternating and anintegration of opposing forces. Centripetal force pulls people in. Centrifugal force pushes them away. Use Grouse energy to discern when you are best served by centripetal force vs centrifugal force.
Yes, there are times when it is to your great benefit to push people away. But be careful not to keep that force alone active all the time. Just as it is dangerous to keep centripetal force perpetually active. The spiral is about going in the right direction at the right time— alternating between centripetal and centrifugal, between creation and destruction.
Physical grouses are known for creating confusion in a flurry of wings in order to escape from predators. We normally think of confusion and deception as “bad.” But Grouse, like Octopus, teaches that they can be tools for “good.” When confusing the enemy and using deceit result in escaping to live another day, there is nothing bad about that.
Physical grouses are also known for drumming their wings. Many shamanic practitioners use drumming to get into a trancelike state for journeying into altered states of consciousness—to meet their spirit animals. Grouse drumming can be a sign for you to explore alternate realities, to go into a dream-state to gather wisdom and information, to meet your spirit animals. Confusion and deception that you feel in this reality may be quickly cleared up in an alternate reality. Follow Grouse when you need to find a path to clear confusion.
We commonly use the word grouse to mean complaining. If Grouse shows up for you, the message may be for you to stop your grousing. Examine where you may be giving up your personal power by complaining rather than acting to change what’s not working. On the other hand, maybe you need to speak up and complain about something. If there is a change that needs to be made, then speaking up is the first step to making it happen.
Another challenge with Grouse is controlling the direction of your spiraling. I don’t just mean pulling in and pushing away, but also spiraling down vs spiraling up. It’s OK—necessary, even, at times—to spiral down into sadness and despair. But you don’t want to stay there. Use Grouse to change directions and help you spiral back up when it’s time.