The Peacock Animal Totem
The Peacock has many myths and legends surrounding it. The Peacock is the male of the species while the Peahen is the female. Like most species of the Bird Kingdom it is the males that display the magnificently colored feathers. Peacocks have played an enormous role in the Native American Indian culture and their feathers were and are often used for healing rituals and magical ceremonies; their beautiful and extravagant feathers were also used for making costumes headdresses and other ornamental pieces such as clothing and jewelry. Native Americans believe that the Peacock has strong medicine magic and many tribes consider Peacocks to be healers and clairvoyants themselves. Christians believe that the “eyes” of the tail feathers represent the all seeing mother church and further believe that the Peacock was a sacred bird.
There are many other legends surrounding the Peacock some religious and others mystical. Because the Peacock represented resurrection and re-birth and thus was very scared in medieval times, the most solemn oath in the days of the Knights of the Round Table was “Taken on the Peacock”. Or, in other words, the oath itself was taken with each individuals hands resting on the bird as they took their vow. In Islamic tradition and lore the Peacock was guardian of the Gates of Paradise. The Chinese equate the Peacock with divinity, rank, power and beauty and it was the symbol of the Ming Dynasty. Saint Augustine believed that the Peacock was incorruptible.
The large plume of the Peacock displays itself in the majestic fan shape when they are mating, and all through mating season, as part of their courting ritual which is usually accompanied by the laughing screech so familiar to many. The colors range from bronzy green, rich blue, purplish blue to violet, some have magenta coloring and of course their feathers natural iridescence displays all the colors of the rainbow when the light hits them. Their body feathers also display the rich deep jewel like colors that are present in their tail feathers.
All their feathers have an iridescent shimmer which makes them one of the most stunning natural displays of any in the bird or animal kingdom. A Peacock strutting its stuff for his lady fair is indeed one of the most eye dazzling wonders to behold. Their feathers naturally fall out in small numbers on their own and more grow to replace those that are lost. These feathers are prized amount all who are taken with the natural beauty of them. Also the feathers were and are used in healing ceremonies and magical rituals. The round “eyes” of the feathers are said to give the Peacock vision into the past present and future, and they are seen as the sacred all seeing eyes of the magical world.
The Peacock is the national bird of India and originally hail from there. Because of this they figure largely in the mythology of the Hindu and Buddhist cultures. They also were originally found in China, Malaysia, Europe and Egypt, so they are also important to these cultures and their lore and legends. They can now be found in many parts of the world because of the import, breeding and domestication of them over the centuries.
Peahens, or the female of the species, are excellent mothers and care for and protect their young very diligently. Peacocks and Peahens are very sociable but never as loud and boisterous as they are during mating season, in fact they are said to be usually quiet and somewhat dignified out of mating season. This bird is known to keep the Cobra population down as this snake is a favored meal of all Peacocks and Peahens.
The Peacock is a beautiful and dynamic animal. They signify luck and intuitive powers. They are a spiritual and medicine Totem providing insight, beauty and words of wisdom to those who seek their spirit council.
Peacocks come in different colors and types, but most of them display similar spiritual and physiological characteristics. The two most well known are Indian Blue Peacocks and Green Peacocks that are mostly located in Burma, Indo China, Thailand, Java and Malaya.
The Splendid Peacock Totem possesses the following virtues:
Respect, honor and love, long lasting relationships, strong powers of attraction, self-confidence, seeing into the past, personal pride, present and future, clairvoyant gifts, protective power, dignity, recognition, prominence, good luck, male charisma, exceeding male attractiveness and handsomeness.
Peacock Animal Pearls are said to impart their particular magical virtues to their owner. Peacock Pearls are characteristic of its host animal; they possess all the splendid characteristics that may be seen in the Peacock itself; the beauty and confidence of this animal is contained within the pearl waiting for its proper owner to bestow its inner magic to that unique and fortunate individual.
For century’s shamans, priestesses, spiritualists and practitioners of the occult have used Peacock animal pearls to transfer the powerful magical energy of the Peacock to themselves and to others in need of this commanding animal magic. Peacock pearls are highly sought after by any wishing to absorb Peacock virtues into their lives and develop stronger mental abilities such as those embodied by the powerful Peacock. The owner of a Peacock pearl will see their lives, spiritual energy and mental clarity imbued with all of the virtues attributed to the majestic Peacock.
The Peacock animal totem is a strong spirit indeed and its magical properties are one of the most influential of all animal totems. Beauty, power and self-confidence, Shamanistic healing energy, the wisdom to know when to display your assets prominently, and so much more can be integrated into the spirit of the possessor of this magical pearl and the Peacock totem.
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