Alright, I know this isn’t my regularly scheduled work, and this also may be a loose translation, but I felt compelled to write about the Eagles, the Patriots, and the Divine…. in a wildly unassuming prediction of who wins the super bowl.
I’m sitting to do some work today when I decided to do a reading. I regularly do readings with oracle decks to allow space for God’s messages to move through in a non- judgemental way.
I would never have guessed where this reading was headed… and what card do I pull first? Out of a 48 card deck, – the Eagle card. Not kidding. The Eagles, RIGHT in the middle of my reading! I was stunned, such a bizarre connection, until I thought about it…
Admittedly, despite my Giants upbringing, I do have a very tender loving space in my heart for the green team. My dad has been a devoted Eagles fan for years and I want nothing more than for him to have an opportunity to see a parade in his lifetime! My kids are also Eagles fans, and I love that. I love they chose they’re own path, I love how they got swept in Eagles fever. I myself went to school in Philly, I live just outside of the city. Trust me when I say, it’s hard NOT to get caught in football madness living in this area! The fans, some of my best friends, are passionate DIE HARDS who would sell LIMBS to see a Super Bowl victory, also not kidding.
Eagles Football is a religion! (and sometimes aggressive, but I’ve tried not to categorize all Eagles fans as “evil meanies” as I’ve grown older!). This win would mean everything to the people I love, and therefore I want this so much for them.
Anywho back to my reading. So the Eagle appears and as an animal totem, Eagles are symbolic of a connection to spirit, the Divine, and communicating God’s messages.
I started thinking about the Eagles, their starting QB and our “neighbor” (who I’ve never formally met but do so enjoy telling people he’s our neighbor) Carson Wentz. A God loving man from the Midwest whose unwavering faith melds magically into his skill set and alchemical wonder of football. He is NOT hesitant to weave his faith into his work. Even when the man got taken out of his record-shattering season, he was still praising God for opportunity. Seriously, admirable. More importantly, Carson Wentz embodied unwavering faith in Foles as “the guy” and reminded everyone: God had their backs.
And sure enough, that miracle of a game last night with Nick Foles at the helm proved just that.
(If you’re NOT a sports fan shortened version: Foles is a backup QB sadly labeled with “subpar” talent.)
Yet here’s #9 showing us JUST how God DOES work in mysterious ways. Nicky displayed strength, agility and literal quarterback PERFECTION to obliterate a talented team.
How could you NOT be consumed by this Cinderfella story? “They” had written him off, but his tribe gathered around and gave him the support he needed to be an extraordinary man in less than ordinary circumstances.
And aren’t we all a little bit of Nicky Foles and the Eagles on the inside? Don’t we all feel underrated, underestimated and written off? AGAIN, how could you NOT want this TEAM to persevere?
The Eagle in my reading was two-fold, it was not only a message from spirit to believe in myself in circumstances that seemed “impossible” to overcome, but to LOOK for that story in the everyday world:
Visions of the game flashed to mind. In his first public moment, Foles gave credit for his accomplishments to who? Yep… you guessed it, God. There, is the Divine, right in the unassuming mix. Because God’s presence is Glory. It is genuine and it is pure, and it is magic. It is the tribe of coaches, teammates, and fans rallying around to move forward in faith and destiny. Physical proof that lending yourself over to a higher power can create limitless outcomes.
Next, I started to drift thought into their Super Bowl opponent. The New England Patriots.
I will outright admit, I’m not a huge Brady fan. The first thing that comes to my brain: Ego. This IS NOT A JUDGEMENT, RATHER, AN OBSERVATION.
Of all the footage the media ever displays of T.B., I witness two things: his obvious talent, and his flared ego.
Not to say he doesn’t honor God his own way (or maybe he doesn’t I couldn’t say for sure). But from an outsider perspective, Brady embodies flared egos all over New England. The Patriots EXPECT to go to the Super Bowl. They EXPECT to win. Tom Brady himself, believes himself to BE the “Football God” of sorts. And that is troublesome to me, because what happens when you let your inflated ego take over? You push out your Source. What happens when you forget who gifted you with this Earthly talent in the first place? Your bound to get knocked off your pedestal, at some point…
Don’t misunderstand me, EGO has it’s rightful place too, There is something to be said for puffed out chests of overconfidence. And you see how it has served them. Ego has created the well-oiled victory machine they are today. They absolutely believe they’ll bowl over their competition on pure talent alone. And let’s not forget, how hard Brady works to be perfect. He has turned it into art. It’s incredible. It’s insufferable, but admirable none the less. Love him or hate him, his drive is unparalleled.
But that’s the thing right? Rarely are we talking about New England as a team, but how “Tom Brady” works tirelessly endlessly to embody the football demi-God. Never really about “his” team, just about the legend that is Tom Brady.
I’m not saying ego doesn’t have a place because we ALL have egos to coddle. As humans, we want nothing more than to know “we’re right” when it comes to our talents. That is, after all, why we pursue our dreams, yes? But, hear me now, unchecked egos can turn ‘things’ dark… and I see a shadowy streak, in Brady, in the Patriots, in the entire NorthEast that has NOT left room for Spirit to move.
Cue the Eagles: and in my heart, I believe, they as a TEAM can undo all of those dark egos in an instant, just by being the team that expresses faith, light, and trust in each other.
That’s what it comes down to, MOST of us want to know if we lend ourselves over to a higher power, we leave room for miracles to occur.
So today, I predict in the Super Bowl of Cinderella vs. Goliath that She leaves the ball with her glass slipper and the world is stunned into the mercy of the unknown.
We all want to see it, we want to know it’s real, that hustle, teamwork and the miracle of God go together seamlessly from football …. to writers (like me). We want to believe in the impossible. I DEFINITELY want to believe in the impossible…. And in the end, I guess the Eagles have already won because no one thought they could do it and here they are… and that is the thread that connects us all… Achieving the unachievable.
But we also know, that’s not QUITE good enough, the hunger will not be satisfied until they’ve gone all the way and dismantled the ego train.
My outcome card, by the way, ~ “Dawn” which translates to “New Beginnings”. As far as my interpretation, I believe this to mean the beginning of a new era: for myself, my writing, for football land, for the Eagles, for Philly fans far and wide, and those out there who are ready for new life.
Because a darkened ego only goes so far before the predictable is uprooted and the Universal unknown makes room for radical change.
All that said, Go Birds and Good Luck, all the underdogs in all the land are on your side 😉