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The meaning of clouds

Sunrise this morning.

We can speak without voice to the trees and the clouds and the waves of the sea.  Without words they respond through the rustling of leaves and the moving of clouds and the murmuring of the sea.

~ Paul Tillich

As the day brightened.

Day 8 of #12daysofnatureomens brought about some clouds.  I’m not at all sure how you would interpret clouds as an omen, especially clouds that have been so changeable throughout the day.  Perhaps the answer lies there, in the varying and shifting nature of the sky and clouds.  August, then, will be an unpredictable kind of month, if you believe the omens.

I did look around for interpretations.  Ted Andrews did not have anything in his books (or at least not listed in the indices).  He does have a little about landscapes, numbers, colors, and direction so I was surprised to find nothing at all about clouds.  A search on the internet turned up clouds as symbols in dreams.  Extrapolating from some of that, white clouds are said to represent stability, inner consciousness, and goals.  Gray clouds, as you might expect, represent difficulties or bad times.  Clouds, because they’re high up in the sky, could also represent the higher self or the divine.

Rainbow colored clouds.

I don’t really know what colorful clouds might symbolize.  A colorful month?  A hopeful month (since the rainbow is said to be a symbol of hope)?  Whatever the case, they were interesting clouds.  Like thoughts, they moved across the sky, changing throughout the day from one type of cloud to another.

You are the sky.  Everything else — it’s just the weather.

~Pema Chödrön

Afternoon clouds, framed by the trees in the woods.

See this post if you’re not sure what #12daysofnatureomens is about.

The list so far:

  • December 26:  Crow
  • December 27:  Red Fox
  • December 28:  Squirrel
  • December 29:  White-Tailed Deer
  • December 30:  Snow Goose
  • December 31:  Myrtle Warbler
  • January 1:  Oak
  • January 2:  Clouds


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

6 thoughts on “The meaning of clouds

  1. On December 26th I saw a kingfisher. After that, who knows. I’ve seen some crows and a Ross’s goose (yesterday). Your red clouds at night mean a fine day the next day usually. In morning, they mean bad weather, but that isn’t symbolism, it’s just weather. Beautiful photos, as usual, Robin.


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