feather earrings and feathers in history
"With these feathers, know the universe is once again reassuring you. It wants to celebrate your decisions and to encourage you on your path."
Consider the mythology and symbology of feathers when you choose what types of feathers you would like in your feather earrings.
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Feather meanings IN HISTORY AND MYTH
Rooster & Coque:
The rooster a symbol of good luck.
In Feng Shui: Rooster. The Rooster is often used in feng shui for career advancement purposes, because the same Chinese word used for the official is also used for the Rooster's chest. No matter which culture you come from if you watch Roosters you will notice that they tend to be quite bossy. For career advancement purposes the image of the Rooster is best placed in one's lucky feng shui direction. The Rooster wakes up very early and announces the dawn of a new day and the dispersing of darkness and dark spirits. The Rooster also came to symbolize the ability to ward off evil spirits.
Rooster feathers help in divining the answer to a difficult matter.
meanings for the Rooster feathers include:
The Rooster is an auspicious creature that can ward off evil spirits. Legend has it that the Heavenly Rooster of Dusu Mountain was crowing loudly and making all the roosters on earth crow along with it. This tremendous wall of sound (crowing) would result in scaring all evil spirits away.
Most cultures embrace the Rooster as a solar symbol, and a sign of illumination.
The ancient Greeks believed the Rooster rose to attention and saluted the sun every morning with a hearty cry, symbolizing victory over night. As such, the Rooster was considered a solar emblem to the Greeks, and was adopted as a sacred sign to the god Apollo as well as Zeus, Persephone and Attis.
The Rooster signifies the repentance of the saint and religious vigilance as well as resurrection. To this day the Rooster seen on a weathervane is steeped in symbolic meanings that deal with watchful vigilance against evil, as weathervanes are commonly seen atop churches.
One of the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac, the Rooster is a Chinese symbol of honesty, as well as physical and moral fortitude. It is of the yang attribute and signifies fortune, luck, fidelity, protection as well as bossiness.
In dreams, the Rooster is considered a time-keeper and is a sign of time passing in our lives. Hearing a Rooster's voice in our dreams may indicate we need a wake-up call, and need to pay attention to some circumstances in our lives. Seeing a brilliantly plumed Rooster in our dreams indicates it is time to let others discover our true selves, and strut our stuff (show our talents) to others.
The silver Pheasant feather has always been a constant Native American symbol of prosperity and wealth.
Symbolism of the Pheasant
Meanings and powers of the Pheasant Feather:
• sun, solar energy
• and magic.
The pheasant is a native bird of China where it is revered for its beauty, and thought of as a solar animal. Indeed, the Golden pheasant’s body is a shock of flaming red; its head a ruddy yellow. So intense are these solar colors that there is some debate as to whether or not the Golden pheasant (image shown right) may be linked to the legendary phoenix.
The pheasant represents yang energy and so it carries attributes of fire, life, summer, male, and action to name a few.
Also in China the pheasant is a symbol of nobility, and is associated with high-rank in political office and civil service.
In Japan the pheasant is a divine messenger for Amaterasu, the great sun goddess. Amaterasu is a focal point of the Shinto pantheon. She is the ruler of the heavens, so her association with the pheasant made this creature an important symbol of power, abundance and promise.
Native American lore considered the pheasant a symbol of protection and concealment. Presumably because regardless of their airborne capabilities, they prefer most of their time hunkered down in tall grass, concealed from sight. Further, unlike most winged creatures, the pheasant nests on the ground rather than trees.
Pheasants are considered symbols of sexuality because of the amazingly attractive male. Furthermore, the male’s appearance is quite effective, and often wins him a harem of females.
Lastly, the pheasant is a cousin of the peacock, and its symbolic attributes are similar to those of the peacock which can be found here.
Pheasants make excellent animal totems for many reasons. Their energy stimulates sexuality, encourages creativity, and enhances energy.
Pheasant Animal Symbolism
The flamboyant, eye-popping colors of the male pheasant, reminds us that nature knows no end to its variety and creativity. Nature makes a way for these males to be very attractive to their female counterparts by design. Consequently their bright colors are perfect for wooing pheasant strumpets.
Indeed, they are so effective, that males often have a harem of three hens at once. This is symbolic of creativity, sexuality, influence and magic. Why? Because females hold the gift of life (reproduction, creation of offspring), and the number three is a magical number that deals with the union of two to bring about the creation of another (male + female=progeny).
Those with the pheasant as their totem have the same ability to attract love and creativity in their lives as the male pheasant does. These people have strong libidos and are able to attract a healthy amount of attention from those with whom they desire to partner. Yes, even many at a time if they so choose.
A Quick-List of Pheasant Animal Symbolism:
• Using your gifts to get what you want.
• Knowing when to express yourself and when to refrain from doing so.
• Being aware of when to protect yourself and your loved ones.
• Being creative, productive, and tapping into the passions that burn within you.
It is important to note the element of balance in having this totem, and the pheasant's environment is our indication. He is a riot of glam and color, but ever-ready to slip into the tall grasses or sheltering shrubbery when he must. In other words, the pheasant can be a show off, but he is always ready to retract his wiles when the time calls for it.
This a powerful metaphor in our lives. We can show our bright colors of creativity, and influence in the world – but we must know the proper time in which to do so. The pheasant reminds us that no matter how vibrant and original we may be, if we carelessly throw our gifts out at inappropriate times, or to un-listening audiences our efforts are in vain.
Further, those who resonate with the pheasant may be wild on the outside, but quite tender-hearted and conservative on the inside. The pheasant asks that we honor our genuine selves, and not pretend to be something we are not. This incorporates the symbolism of protection of ourselves and our loved ones. Just as the pheasant knows when to blaze their beauty, they also know when to hide in the shadows for as a defense.
Their amazing ability to camouflage themselves, and hide may well have something to do with the fact the species has been hunted for both food and sport for ages. Over the eons the pheasant has “self-preservation” hard-wired in their bodies, and they know when to go.
The pheasant animal symbolism also speaks to us about the value of balance in areas of spirituality. Being an air animal totem, the pheasant deals with thought, dreams, aspiration, spirituality, and things that lift us into higher states of consciousness.
However, although an air creature, the pheasant rarely flies, and when she does, it is in short bursts and without much air time.
This is symbolic of our ability to reach ever-increasing heights in our spiritual understanding, but we must recognize the need for groundedness.
There is a reason air balloons have sand bags. Be lifted, be inspired, climb ever higher on your path to spiritual awareness – but the grounded pheasant reminds you to keep your feet on the ground too.
Animal symbolism of the pheasant includes:
• Good Judgment
• Being Genuine
• Law of Attraction
Peacock feathers represent pride, and by extension, nobility and glory. Peacocks are also known to eat poisonous plants with no ill effects, making their feathers a symbol of incorruptibility and immortality.
Their feathers are easy to collect, because they lose them, each year, during molting season.
The Many Meanings of Peacock
In Feng Shui: Stunning in its beauty, the Peacock is considered the manifestation of the celestial Phoenix on earth. Its mesmerizing colors and the "thousand eyes" look on its tail is considered to promote fame luck in feng shui, as well as enhance one's protection and awareness. Of course, such a stunningly beautiful bird as peacock will also symbolize beauty and the feelings of love and attraction, thus the image of peacock or the peacock feathers are often recommended in feng shui as a love cure for single people to help attract the desired mate.
Egypt: It sometimes accompanies Isis.
• In Egyptian, Greek, and Roman mythology, the peacock feathers were considered all seeing. ?The Egyptian myth about Argus is an example. Argus was a traitor to Osiris. In Osiris's absence, Argus locked Isis (wife of Osiris) in his castle and then proclaimed himself "King." When Osiris returned he learned of the ambitions of Argus, and the kidnapping of his beloved wife. Argus had spies everywhere, in the Kingdom of Osiris. A cure was placed upon Argus that from that day forward he would be a peacock and all his spies would be the peafowl's eyes. These eyes were placed in the bird's tail.
Ancient Greek Meanings
In ancient Greece, the peacock was the patron bird of the goddess Hera. According to myth, she placed "eyes" on its feathers, symbolizing all-seeing knowledge and the wisdom of the heavens.
Greek: The emblem of the bird-god Phaon. Associated with Hera, who is credited with scattering the "Argus Eyes" over its tail.
Hindu mythology associates peacocks with the god Lakshmi. The feathers thus represent his qualities: kindness, patience and good fortune.
Hindu: The myth is that the peacock "has angels' feathers, a devil's voice, and the walk of a thief." It is the mount of Sarasvati, goddess of wisdom and learning. It is also, sometimes, a vehicle of Lakshmi and of Brahma. When it is mounted by Kama, god of love, it represents desire. Hindu gurus are fond of using peacock feathers in darshan to deliver shaktiput to their disciples.
• The peacock is the symbol of India. (see print at beginning of this article.
• The peacock is the bird of Krishna and he wore peacock feathers in his hair.
• In India, the god Murugan is often accompanied by a peacock. Murugan is a popular diety in the foothills of Western Tamil Madu. He is identified with Skanda, Shiva's son. Skanda's brother is Ganesha (although legend says Shiva was not his "real" father), the Elephant god. Muragan rides a peacock. Murugan is popular as a "clan" or family god. Skanda, as Skanda-Karitkeya, and Murugan both rode peacocks. Murugan's brother was Ayyappan. They were both sons of Shiva.
• The Bhil tribe of India wore clothes of peacock feathers.
• For over 4,000 years peacocks graced Indian temples, because of their snake eating ability.
• In the western world, the peacock was referred to as a slayer of serpents. The shimmering colors of his tail feathers were explained by his supposed ability to transform snake venom into solar irridescence.
• Sarasvati, goddess of poetry, music, and wisdom also rode a peacock.
• In Indian (from India) goddess Saravati rides a peacock.
• Indra sits on a peacock throne.
China: Its feather is an attribute of the goddess Kwan-yin
• In China the peacock stoof for fertility.
• The Chinese goddess Kuan-Yin is associated with peacock feathers.
• In China, the bird was a symbol of the Ming Dynasty. The Chinese equated the peacock with divinity, rank, power, and beauty.
Japan: Its feather is an attribute of the goddess Kwannon.
Buddhists associate peacock feathers with openness, since the birds display everything when they spread their tails. Buddhists also ascribe great meaning to the bird's diet of poisonous plants--the ability to thrive in the face of suffering.
• Muslims thought the peacock symbolized the cosmos (the sun and the moon)
• The Phoenix of Classical Mythology also had gorgeous plummage and lived in the Arabian desert. Every few hundred years, the Phoenix would spread its wings with myrryh and burst into flames, only to rejuvenate itself from the ashes of the fire to live anew. (Saunders, 153). The Phoenix and the Peacock both symbolize resurrection and life after death, The Egyptians thought of the Phoenix as an emblem of Ra, the Sun God. ?Christians thought these "eyes" were representative of the all-seeing Mother Church. ?This made the peacock a sacred bird. ?"By the Peacock" was a sacred oath, because the peacock was thought to have the power of resurrection, like the Phoenix.
Peacocks are male peafowl.
Peacocks belong to the family Phasianidae and the Order Gallifromes. Their Latin name is Pavo crisatus.
Peafowl originally came from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, and the Himalayas, then spread eastward to Borneo and Sumatra. The Phoenicians brought the peacock to Egypt and Syria. They were considered an ornamental bird and they exist all over the world today.
The irridescent blue-green and gold hues of the peacock feather shimmer in the sun.
Alchemist thought the fan of the peacock (cauda pavonis) is associated with certian texts and images that are useful in turning base metals into gold.
In essence, the ostrich plume represents Truth.
In ancient Egypt:
Neter Ma'at (a Neter is a Divine Principle).
The goddess Ma'at wears an ostrich feather on her head and she represents divine order, cosmic harmony, justice, truth, balance and peace. In Egypt, the feather was usually a symbol of Ma'at, the goddess of truth and order. The goddess was always shown wearing an ostrich feather in her hair. The feather by itself was her emblem. In Egyptian art, the feather was shown in scenes of the Hall of Ma'at. This hall is where the deceased was judged for his worthiness to enter the afterlife. The seat of the deceased's soul, his heart, was weighed on a balance against the feather of Ma'at. If the heart was free from the impurities of sin, and therefore lighter than the feather, then the dead person could enter the eternal afterlife.
Ma'at, goddess of the moral order of the universe. Ma'at is the goddess of truth and represents truth and justice of the Supreme God. The weight of the heart of the deceased is found to be just only if guilt has not made the heart heavier than Ma'at's feather. The heart must be ma'ati (in accordance with Ma'at) if the deceased is to 'become Osiris' (i.e. take on immortality) If the heart does not pass the test, the soul must be reborn.
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feather earrings history
Finding Feathers on Your Path – Symbolic Meaning of Feathers
• It is commonly thought in most cultures that feathers are symbols of higher thought, spiritual progression. The line of thought here is that birds were considered divine creatures in primitive/ancient cultures because they are creatures of the sky (heaven) and therefore closer to God.
• When you find feathers upon your path it could be taken to mean that you are on a higher spiritual path (whether you accept it or not), and it may be a sign of encouragement as you philosophically travel on this path.
• Finding feathers on your path is also symbolic of having a lighter outlook on life or a particulary situation. When we see feathers in our midst it is considered a message that we need to lighten up, not take things too seriously, and try to find the joy in our situation.
• Dreaming of feathers in our midst is typically symbolic of wanting to achieve a higher goal, or overcome a challenge. It is also a reminder from our psyche that we are always connected to our higher source, and that our own divinity is undeniable.
A feather is synonymous with the soul. They are light in weight and are the only means by which a bird is able to fly. Similarly, the soul is extremely lightweight in comparison to the physical body that houses it. When free from restrictions, a soul can fly uninhibited.
Birds that have feathers but cannot fly, like ostriches and penguins, are also significant. They symbolize the fact that we are souls living on the physical plane, and also that we have to be grounded to Mother Earth so that any spiritual guidance can then, in turn, be grounded into our conscious minds.
The "eye" on the end of the peacock tail feather protect against the "evil eye" and stimulates inner clairvoyant vision.
The rooster's two prominent tail feathers (called sickles) are symbols of the God and Goddess. The black ones are sacred to the God because of their resemblance to the curved horns of the Horned God. They are also a symbol of male virility.The white ones are sacred to the Goddess because they resemble the tool (the sickle) with which grain (sacred to her) is reaped. They also resemble the waxing and waning Moon.
Feathers have a number of symbolisms. They are a direct connection to the bird from which they come and have significance therein. Once used as "pen" they retain a symbolism to communication and thought. In dreams, if they are falling around you, they are interpreted asa life of ease (freedom). In modern paganism they represent the element air and are often used to disperse incense in ritual.
Used in magical spells and charms as follows:
Dove - offer love
Eagle - protection
Goose - draw love
Hawk - Protection
Ostrich - truth
Owl - instill wisdom
Seagull - travel
Swallow - good luck\Wren - safe voyage
Woodpecker - carried by Shaman
When primitive man first sought to make himself attractive, he chose from his environment objects which were bright or colorful and wore them in his hair, strung them about his neck, looped them about his middle, or otherwise applied them to his person where application was possible. Garments evolved from this desire for ornamentation of the body and were used as protection from the elements or the immodest eyes of men.
- have been used as adornment in many cultures for thousands of years.
- represent and symbolize many things to different people, and you can give your own meaning.
- have even been used as currency in many cultures, and are sometimes a symbol of wealth.
- are used as powerful tools for healing and clearing energy.
- symbolize hope, flight, speed, truth, lightness, ascension, heightened awareness, enlightenment, the ability to communicate with higher powers, divinity, progress, the ability to rise above obstacles.
- symbolize the symmetry of male and female sides.
In dreams feathers mean travel or the ability to move more freely in life. White feathers in dreams indicate innocence or a fresh start in a spiritual sense.
The importance of feathers in world culture and tribal society:
Feathers and NATIVE AMERICANS
Feathers mean a lot to Native American Tribes. A feather isn’t just something that falls out of a bird, it means much more. The feather symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, freedom and many more things. To be given one of these is to be hand picked out of the rest of the men in the tribe - it’s like getting a gift from a high official.
If any Indian is given Golden or Bald Eagle feathers it is one of the most rewarding items they can ever be handed. The Indians believe that eagles have a special connection with the heavens since they fly so close. Many Indians believe that if they are given this feather, it is a symbol from above. They believe that the eagle is the leader of all birds, because it flies as high as it does and sees better than all the birds.
Once an Indian receives a feather he must take care of it, and many will hang it up in their homes. It is disrespectful to hide it away in a drawer or a closet
An Indian will be given a feather to hold on to or to wear, and if they hold it they must put it out for everyone to see. This will be a constant reminder of how to behave. An eagle feather is a lot like the American flag, it must be handled with care and can never be dropped on the ground.
Native Americans believed prayers and messages were carried to the Great Spirit on the wings of eagles and other fine birds.
Many Native Americans believe that birds have a special knowledge to communicate with other animals. Therefore, feathers hold a special higher power in communications for humans and represent symbols of prayers, sources of ideas, creative force or marks of honor and are taken from birds with the attribute for which they might be used.
Symbol meaning of feathers deal with ascension and spiritual evolution to a higher plane. Feathers were worn by Native American Chiefs to symbolize their communication with Spirit, and to express their celestial wisdom. Also in the Native American Indian culture, feathers represented the power of the thunder gods, along with the power of air and wind.
Native American Pueblo Indians would pay homage to the Feathered Sun which is a symbol of the cosmos and the center of existence. Another symbol meaning of feathers also revolves around prayer, and the Pueblo use feather sticks as they dance in prayer for rain during solstice rituals.
As a Celtic symbol meaning, the feather was worn by Druids in the form of ornate feathered robes. Celtic Druids donned these robes in ceremonies to invoke the sky gods and gain knowledge of the celestial realm. It was believed that the feathered cloak along with the presence of the sky gods would allow the Druid to transcend the earthly plane and enter the ethereal realm.
The Egyptians believed that feathers were symbolic of sky gods too. Ma'at, the Egyptian goddess of justice, would weigh the hearts of the newly dead in the underworld against the weight of a feather to determine the worthiness of his or her soul.
In Egyptian mythology, Ma’at was the goddess of truth, justice, and the underworld, and it was her job to evaluate and judge the souls of all those who had just died. She weighted each soul against a feather; if the soul was too heavy it was sent to the underworld, but if the soul was as light as a feather it was allowed to proceed upwards to the heavens. Ma’at was often portrayed wearing an ostrich feather on her head, a symbol of truth in Egypt.