Balance and Beauty
Our spirit animals and our totems remind us that finding balance in life is the key to living in harmony. They are the key to the connection between the world we live in and the spirit world we’re part of. Rebirth and resurrection is a recurring theme connected to the peacock; therefore, when you experience a peacock sighting you can be pretty sure that you’re entering a time of rebirth in your life.
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What is a Peacock?
To better understand an animal spirit’s meaning, it is often a good idea to learn more about the animal itself. Peacocks, or more correctly, peafowl, are part of the Phasianidae family, which includes pheasants, turkeys, chickens, and guinea hens.
While many of these birds are considered “game,” and are frequently hunted and raised for food, peacocks are not targeted for hunting or consumption, though some people do keep domesticated peacocks as pets.
Instead, peacocks are prized for their beautiful plumage. The male peacock, in particular, is noted for its magnificent tail feathers, which he spreads during mating rituals in an attempt to attract a mate. Peahens, as the females are called, have less colorful plumage, but their feathers are still quite beautiful.
Peacocks come in a range of colors; some green, some turquoise, blue, and purple. White peacocks have a condition called leucism, which results in partial pigment loss. In addition, silver pied peacocks are also white in appearance; each stunning in their own unique way.
Encountering a Peacock
When you encounter a peacock, or an image of one, take some time to ponder what Spirit is trying to say to you. Consider the qualities of this bird and apply them to your life.
For example, are there areas in which you are reluctant to attract attention? A peacock sighting may indicate that you need to be willing to put yourself out there and let yourself shine. This may be particularly true in love; are you willing to put your best self forward when around someone who you admire?
White peacock symbolism is another matter. These birds are particularly striking in appearance. This may be a time to not only stand out, but to set yourself apart from others. Are you currently applying for a job for which there is a lot of competition? You may need to work on ways to show that you are the best choice from a pack of extremely talented people.
Another thing to consider is that the peacock is a prized bird. People love to look at them and their feathers are used as ornaments or in fashion. Are you valuing yourself as you should? The peacock should remind you of your worth.
Peacock Totem, Spirit, and Power Animal
Spiritanimal.info says “Individuals whose power animal is the peacock possess a firm connection between the past and present and recognize its effect on the future. They readily see the importance of integrity and honor. Confident in all they do, those with a peacock totem also recognize the need for light-heartedness and laughter.” Does this sound like you or someone you know?
As a spirit animal, the peacock offers you a message to show your true colors at all times and to live in your truth. In other words, be yourself. When you are your genuine self, you’re at ease and those around you can feel that. They see your confidence and experience your genuinity. This provides others with a level of comfort and inspiration to be who they are, too. When we try to be someone we’re not or when we display a personality that is disingenuous, we make others feel unsure and uncomfortable, and we appear untrustworthy. People want to know the real you—the good and the bad.
Still, you also have the option of pulling back your “tail feathers” when you need to. They don’t always need to be on display. Sometimes you need to keep more to yourself if it means getting things done or going about your business unnoticed.
As a totem, spirit, or power animal, a peacock sighting is a symbol of beauty and balance. However, they are not all feathers and fluff. Part of the balance symbolism comes from the appearance of their feet. They have three nails in the front, and one in the back, which not only provides balance but can also help protect them. Additionally, in deep contrast to their beauty, the peacock is not a very melodious bird. Their bird sound is like a sharp squawk. Luckily, they’re usually quiet birds who only squawk when mating, stressed, or in danger.
Peacock Symbolism in History and Spiritual Beliefs
Symbolically, in the world of spirit and totem animals, the peacock represents:
- Confidence (without cockiness)
- Self-Love (without vanity)
In real life, religious symbolism, or art, a peacock sighting can hold many meanings. Ancient stories connect the peacock to the Phoenix in the theme of resurrection because each time a peacock sheds his feathers, they grow back even more beautiful than before. Many paintings and mosaics of the peacock reside in churches and ancient Roman catacombs to symbolize the exchange of an individual’s earthly body for the body of eternal life. In medieval times, the peacock feather would decorate churches during Christmas and Easter.
Similarly, in Buddhism, peacocks represent purity and their feathers are part of purification ceremonies. In fact, using peacock feathers in shamanic and spiritual healing ceremonies goes back thousands of years throughout many cultures and religions. A shaman might use the feathers of a peacock to draw poisons from bites, heal wounds, and banish negativity. These feathers can heal by helping a person find harmony and achieve balance in their life.
The peacock also connects to Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. Lakshmi brings luck to those devoted to her and protects them from financial hardships.
Because of the eye-shaped design found on the peacock’s feathers, many view the feathers as a symbol of the all-seeing eye, such as the eye of Horus which was first seen in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. This all-seeing eye symbol in one form or another appears over and over again throughout ancient and modern symbolism. You can even find it on United States paper currency.
The Peacock in Dreams
While having a peacock sighting in your dreams is generally seen as a good omen, a peacock sighting may also be an indication that there’s something you need to pay attention to. If the peacock is squawking in your dreams, you may be trying too hard to be heard or to make someone understand your side in a certain situation. If that’s so, it may be telling you that it’s time to rethink your strategy around being heard or getting your point across. Perhaps it means that you’re wasting your time trying to have your feelings understood.
Always try to be a detective in your dreams. Try to figure out where you are, what you’re doing, and what your surroundings are telling you. See if you can determine who is with you and how their presence impacts the peacock sighting in your dreams. Dreams can be an important part of your message from spirit.
Now that you know more about the peacock, are you looking forward to your next peacock sighting?
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