Cardinals nest year round, but are often associated with the deep of winter. An optimistic splash of bright red on a world grayed with snow and bare branches. Usually we see the Cardinal by herself, not in groups, but as always, be aware of the animals behavior when you see them. The Cardinal is one of the few bird species which the female is brightly colored as well as the male, and whistles just as beautifully. They are known also for sharing parenting roles.
Seeing Cardinal is a reminder to be strong in who you are. This animal is symbolic of our vitality and our independent survival. Cardinal is a survivor, they don’t move for the winter. Cardinal hunkers down and forages long and hard to sustain itself. Do what you need to do to survive, regardless of the advice of others. Cardinal is also a reminder to pay attention to your feminine needs, your needs to feel beautiful and be nurtured. Self care is one of the hardest things to maintain. Don’t collapse under the weight of wanting to fit in. Do what YOU need to do to be healthy. If that means going vegan and getting a mani-pedi every week, do it. Cardinal is also one of the more monogamous species of birds. So if you’ve got a partner to go the road less traveled with you, then strike out, and follow where you heart leads!