Symbolism of the Heron or Egret

Written by avenefica on October 8th, 2007

The Heron or Egret is symbolic in many cultures. Here are a few highlights about the symbolism of the heron.

In Egypt the Heron is honored as the creator of light.  A double headed Heron in Egypt is symbolic of prosperity.

As a Chinese symbol the Heron represents strength, purity, patience and long life.

In Africa, the Heron was thought to communicate with the Gods.

Most Native American tribes took note of the heron’s inquisitiveness, curiosity and determination.  As such this set the heron as a symbol of wisdom in that this creature seemed to have good judgement skills.

Specifically, the Iroquois tribe held the blue heron as a very good omen, a very lucky sign.  They recongnized the heron as an expert fisher/hunter.  As such, they believed that sighting a heron before a hunt was a sign that the hunt would be a good one.

As a water creature the heron is also a symbol of going with the flow, and working with the elements of Mother nature rather than struggling against her.

The heron is a beautiful creature, exhibiting grace, and noble stature. It’s no wonder the Native Indians and ancients honored the heron throughout the centuries.

This is just a brief post – get a lot more information on the symbolic meaning of the heron on the website here.

More thoughts on animal symbolism can be found here.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Liz says:

    I saw a Great Blue Heron (GBH) on my walk today. The GBH was standing on a grassy hill and caught a mouse or gopher as I passed by. It then flew over to the adjacent small creek and dropped its prey in the water for a second then picked it up and swallowed it whole. I didn’t know drowning prey was part of how they hunt until I did a Google search.

  2. WordsLikeGold says:

    Haiku by Matsuo Basho:

    A flash of lightning:
    Into the gloom
    Goes the heron’s cry.

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