Thursday, July 12, 2012

Birds and Spiritual Connection

Birds and Spiritual Connection
Falcon – A symbol of the woman soul
The belief that a falcon never closes its eyes even in sleep led many to regard it as a protective companion. The Egyptians believe that it represents the God Ra, who wears a disk on his head. A human headed falcon is a symbol of the human soul.
Owl – A symbol of wisdom
If an own flew over Greek soldiers before a battle, they look it as a sign of victory. It has also, always been looked at as a symbol of wisdom, and in India, the owl is looked up for its powers of prophecy. In Greek and Roman culture, to hear the hoot of an Owl presaged imminent death. The deaths of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Commodus Aurelius, and Agrippa were apparently all predicted by an owl. In Native American, it was associated with death and spirits. Owls were also viewed as powerful spirit protectors and their feathers held great meaning and value.
Peacock – A symbol of new life and longevity
The peacock, which also happen to be our national bird, is regarded a good omen. It’s also considered to be vain because of its habit to draw attention to itself. Different religions see the peacock as a symbol in varied ways. In Christianity, it represents the all-seeing God and is often used as a symbol of immortality (it was believed that the flesh of the peacock does not decay). The Chinese believed that a glance from the Peacock could impregnate a woman. According to Hinduism, Saraswati - the goddess of knowledge and wisdom – rides a peacock and, when God Indra transforms himself into an animal, he becomes a peacock. In Buddhism, the peacock symbolizes purity, and their feathers are used for purification ceremonies.
Crane – A symbol of good health
In Asia, cranes are symbols of longevity and immortality. According to a Chinese belief, the White Crane can fly to the heavens and is a symbol of wisdom and is looked at with reverence. In many parts of the world, cranes are regarded as messengers of gods. In ancient Egypt, legend has it that a two-headed crane was once seen flying over the river Nile to announce a new age of joy and prosperity. Their wings were once used as talismans to protect travelers from exhaustion.
Sparrow – An omen of death; a symbol of luck
The sparrow is considered as bad luck in many European cultures; a sparrow flying into the home is said to be a sign of impending death. Contrasting to this belief, in Indonesia, the sparrow is considered to be symbol of good luck. Sparrows, according to ancient Egyptians, caught the soul of a person who had recently passes away. Many sailors would tattoo the image on their bodies with the hope that the bird would catch their soul, carrying it to heaven if they died while at sea.
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  1. In Hinduism, every God or Goddess has a "vahana" (loosely translated as a vehicle/ride). Goddess Saraswati rides a white swan. It's Lord Kartik (or Kartikeya) who rides a peacock.

    1. @Raulette,

      You are right. Lord Kartikeya rides on a peacock.
      But have also seen Saraswati with peacock in some old pictures. Anyways, thanks for the correction.