Peacock Spirit Animal
Author: Elena Harris
The peacock spirit animal is the epitome of beauty. This graceful power animal offers lessons about self-love, honor, integrity and the importance of facing life’s challenges as well as the unknown with courage and confidence. When the peacock struts gracefully into your life you may be entering a time of rebirth.
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.
Commonly, the peacock animal totem is accepted as being symbolic of integrity and rejuvenation. In addition, this proud member of the pheasant family also represents:
- Wise Vision
- Laughing at life
The Peacock Message of Balance & Foundation
Like anything, it’s easy to get caught up in the good and risk taking it too far. As the peacock totem guides you to embrace self-love and confidence, don’t allow yourself to become arrogant, vain, or unapproachable. Maintaining a delicate balance of confidence and humility is the key.
Balance is obtained by having a strong foundation. Those studying the mysticism of the peacock should pay attention to the feet. The feet are our foundation and support system. Peacocks have sharp, powerful metatarsal spurs also known as ‘kicking thorns’. They use these to defend themselves against predators. Their legs are strong and they have three strong toes facing forward and one facing backwards. What message about balance and having a strong foundation is the peacock bringing to you?
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The Peacock & The Phoenix
Historically, some traditions equate the peacock spirit animal to the Phoenix, a mythical bird that is said to have risen from funeral pyre ash and to be reborn. Why the comparison? Like the Phoenix, the peacock exudes confidence and offers encouragement to shed the old to make way for the new. Another reason is that the peacock of all birds most closely resembles the phoenix in appearance.
Peacock Religious and Cultural Meanings
In Hinduism, the peacock is associated with Lakshmi the goddess of prosperity and wealth. Like Lakshmi, the peacock power animal is generally symbolic of patience, benevolence, and compassion.
Similarly in Asian spirituality, the peacock is associated with the goddess Kwan-yin. The peacock totem holds similar attributes in the Asian tradition, including compassion, good-will, and kind-heartedness.
Christian traditions equate the peacock power animal’s attributes of renewal, rejuvenation, and immortality to elements of Christian doctrine and teaching, such as Christ’s death and resurrection.
In Egypt the Peacock was associated with the sun god and the eye of Horus. This was most likely due to the pattern of what looks like “eyes” on its feathers. Another reason the peacock was so revered in Egypt is because the peacock destroyed poisonous snakes.
Peacock’s True Colors
Embracing your inner truth and allowing your true colors to show can be a point of inspiration and comfort for those around you. Lead by example. If you talk the talk, be sure you walk the walk. It is the peacock’s consistent grace and confidence that attracts attention and admiration.
The iridescent blue green color of the peacock’s feathers has often been associated with royalty and the traits of self-confidence and leadership. The distinctive pattern of “eyes” on the feathers is associated with vision and wisdom.
The Peacock In Healing Traditions
Shamanic traditions often incorporate peacock feathers into their rituals and ceremonies for their healing and protective properties. Symbolizing purity, peacock feathers have historically been placed upon or tied over wounds to draw out poison and negativity.
The Peacock in Dreams
Seeing a peacock in your dreams is generally a good omen. Representing longevity and rejuvenation, it may be time to take a step back and examine where you are in life and where you want to go.
Dreaming of a peacock spirit animal that’s vocalizing or squawking can indicate you may be trying too hard to make statement, maybe try toning it down some. Reason being, peacocks are normally quiet birds who only “sound the alarm” when something is amiss or they’re under undue stress. Showing one’s beauty and true colors with confidence is one thing, but don’t make yourself a spectacle.
On the flip-side, the presence of this graceful power animal in dreams may also portend you’re being watched.