Message of the Sparrow – Symbolic Meaning of Sparrows

sparrowAll too often we take the sparrow for granted – small though she may be, she is certainly powerful.  It is her slightness in size that gives her advantages.  She reminds us we do not have to have the big stuff (cars, house, etc.) to be important, and we do not have to have the loudest voice in order be heard.

Some symbolic meaning of Sparrows include: 

  • creativity
  • simplicity
  • joy
  • protection
  • friendliness
  • community
  • productivity

Sparrows derive power from their numbers.  Always in a clan, they move in clusters, eat in clusters, and are always content as such.  This can be quite intimidating to some would-be predators.  Safety in numbers is a lesson the sparrow has to share with us.

The sparrow is vigilant in her goals.  She is always bustling for her food, foraging for her nests, and gathering for her young.  Fastidious and productive, the sparrow is a reminder that idle hands (and idle minds) should be avoided in order to live a full, healthy life.

She is a master of flight, and camouflage, and as such the sparrow teaches us to use our creativity to get around in life – think outside the box, and be creative in solving our problems.

As an air animal totem, the sparrow speaks of higher thoughts and ideals.  She beckons us to keep our burdens as light as we can in order to avoid a heavy heart.

I hope you enjoyed this brief summary on the symbolic meaning of sparrows.  Click here for animal symbolism. 

Or, check out my other page on Symbolic Sparrow Meaning here.

Symbolic Meaning of the Seahorse

seahorse meaningThe seahorse is quite a unique creature, and thought to have mystical significance among the Ancient Greeks, European (alchemists) and Asians.

The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the seahorse was an attribute of the sea god Neptune/Poseidon and as such, the seahorse was considered a symbol of strength and power.

Further, the ancient Eurpeans believed that the seahorse carried the souls of deceased sailors to the underworld – giving them safe passage and protection until the met their soul’s destination.

Chinese cultures believed that the seahorse was a type of sea dragon, and as such they were revered for their power and thought to be symbols of good luck.

Sailors have long viewed the seahorse as a good luck charm too.

Symbolic meaning of Seahorses carry the following significances:

  • Patience
  • Friendliness
  • Protection
  • Inflexibility
  • Perspective
  • Generosity/Sharing
  • High-Perception
  • Persistence
  • Contentment

A relatively calm, and mild-mannered creature, the seahorse is seemingly content to roam the seas.  Their bodies are geared for ambling-type motion – not for speed.  Thus, they are symbolic of patience and contentment – they are happy with being where they are, and are in no hurry for advancement.

Further testimony to these attributes is the lack of evolution of the seahorse’s body style.  They have remained with this body style without change since their inception.  Content to be who they are, and not feeling the need to change – these are a few profound lessons the seahorse provides us.

However, along with a resistence to change, and a carefree approach to progress, the seahorse can be a symbol of inflexibilty or stubborness.  To wit, the seahorse wraps its tail around the nearest object in order to anchor itself in turbulent waters.  This is a lesson to be persistent in our goals, but be mindful that we are not too inflexible or stubborn in our achieving them.

A unique aspect of the seahorse is that the male is impregnated by the female and carries the offspring to term.  This is a message of sharing the load in the home, and gaining perspective of both sides (genders) of an argument or situation.

The seahorse has a boney exoskeleton which is a message of protection. Often when the seahorse comes to us it is a sign that we either need protection from our external circumstances, or we are building walls that aren’t needed.  Their armor-bodies are a sign that sometimes we might need to let our guard down – or perhaps we are leaving too open to get hurt.

Lastly among the long list of symbolic meanings of the seahorse and its lessons is the idea of perception.  The eyesight of the seahorse is incredibly sharp, and each eye moves independently.  We take this as a symbolic message of perception and awareness of those around us and our situations.  When we are lost or confused, the seahorse asks us to take a good look around – not just with our physical eyes but with our spiritual eyes in order to get a better persepective of the situations.

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Spiritual Meaning of Numbers – Focus on Symbolic Meaning of Number Eleven

There are several different angles from which to view the spiritual meaning of number eleven.

The number 11 is thought of as a “master” number in numerology because it is a repeating double digit.  When this occurs – the vibrational frequency of the prime number doubles in power.  Meaning, the spiritual meanings of number one are doubled. 

To illustrate, the very basic & primary meanings of number one are that of new beginnings & purity.  When we see this digit doubled as with the 11 – then these attributes double in strength.

In numerology, the energy of number eleven represents:

  • higher ideals
  • invention
  • refinement
  • congruency
  • balance
  • fulfillment
  • vision
  • openings 

The 11 carries a vibrational frequency of balance.  It represents male & female equality.  It contains sun and moon both – while holding them both separate.  Perfect balance.

Consequently, constant reoccurances of elevens often signal us to be aware of our balance.  Balance emotion, thought, spirit – balance of masculine, feminine, – work, play – joy, sorrow – – – Elevens are magical messages asking us if we are centered or out-of-whack.

We can also derive more understanding of the symbolic and spiritual meaning of number eleven from the Tarot.  The energy of eleven is represented in the Justice card of the Tarot.  She is a classic archetype for congruency, fairness, and balance.

It is common practice in numerology to reduce number sequences.  Reducing entails adding the seqence to one number.  For example:  add 1+1 (eleven reduced) we get the number two – which is also a balance number. 

The spiritual meaning of number two deals with:

  • equality
  • justice
  • calm
  • kindness
  • tact
  • duality

These attributes of two, intertwined with the symbolic meaning of one’s make for intense combined meanings, all dealing primarily with the balance of spectrums presented to us.

When visually observing the number eleven as two straight lines side by side,  together they serve as a full meaning – two figures forming one value – one image.  However they do not touch – they are together yet separate at once.  This is symbolic of our universal connectedness – we are each connected in this universe, yet we are each separate to conduct our own wills.  

Yet another  also represents a doorway, and the spiritual meaning of number eleven often indicates a gateway into higher understanding/spiritual evolvement.

More and more my experience with the symbolic meaning of number eleven points to this gateway concept.   

Indeed, returning to the Tarot for clarity we see the pillars of Jachin and Boaz in the High Priestess card.  The Priestess is seated inbetwix the 11; she serves as the fulcrum between to pillars.  This card is also very relevant in our study of eleven because her numerical significance is two – tying into 11 when it is reduced.

As we deal with energy in our lives it is integral for us to understand we are all at once a part of it – yet we have the option to separate.

Elevens remind us our involvement in the progression of life is essential – however we must not be a slave to our involvement.  Here again, in the symbolic realm of 11, we see the theme of balance.

Symbols for Strength

A regular reader contacted me in special need of an emblem that would bolster his confidence.  He wanted a symbol for strength, courage and self-confidence as he was going through a difficult time – to which I responded:

 Dear Down-but-not-Out:

Some strong animal totems that boost confidence and facilitate strength and belief in yourself are:

The Dragon has always served me well as a symbol of self-confidence and courage.  Dragon totems – can make the heart beat stronger – instill fire within,  and may enable you to stand taller both physically & spiritually speaking.

Warriors often tattoo themselves with their family coat of arms (crest) to quicken their blood in battle, and give them courage to fight.  I’ve heard of warriors also tattooing shields and weaponry upon their bodies to symbolize great courage, honor and stamina in battle.

A crown is a symbol of strength, calm demeanor, maintaining control, and courage.  A crown indicates strength in knowledge rather than physical strength.  It is a symbol of keeping cool under pressure, and the ability to use self-control in times of anxiety.  It also symbolizes the ability of competent rulership/leadership.

Even the symbols of the Tarot can offer some ideas to enhance your level of assurance & courage.  Specifically, the Strength card has some great imagery you can draw upon for guidance.

In the flora genre, the mighty Oak tree is a powerful symbol of self-reliance, determination, strength in the face of adversity.  It stands steady and strong in the harshest conditions – a true testimony to self-belief.  The Ash tree also speaks of strenghth, but of the silent, expansive sturdy kind.  Both the Oak, Ash, and the Holly were considered strong rulers with the sacred Ogham knowledge base.

These are just a few symbols for strength and self-confidence that will ignite your imagination. As you begin to think about these qualities, and recognize your own internal strength, I believe you will find a symbol that is perfectly unique to you.

Symbolic Meaning of Peacocks

A regular reader of one of my websites was curious about the symbolic meaning of peacocks, to which I reply:

Dear Plucky, 

In general, the Peacock is representative of glory, immortality, royalty, and incorruptibility. It is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty that can be achieved when we endeavor to better ourselves and better our lives.

In history, myth, legend & lore, the peacock is considered an emblem of protection, nobility, watchfulness, guidance, and holiness.

In Greco-Roman mythology the Peacock is identified with Hera (Juno) who created the peacock from Argus whose hundred eyes (seen on the tail feathers of the peacock) symbolize the vault of heaven and the “eyes” of the stars who watch all life unfolding .

In Christianity the peacock represents the “all-seeing” church and the holiness & sanctity associated with it.  Additionally, the peacock represents resurrection, renewal and immortality within the spiritual  teachings of Christianity.

In Hinduism the peacock is associated with Lakshmi who is a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and luck.

Similar to Lakshmi, the peacock is associated with Kwan-yin in Japan – she is also an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good-will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness.  Kwan-yin chose to remain a mortal even though she could be immortal because she wished to stay behind and aid humanity in their spiritual evolution.

In Babylonia and Persia the peacock is seen as a guardian to royalty, and is often seen in engravings upon the thrones of royalty.

I trust this information on the symbolic meaning of peacocks helps you on your path.

And don’t miss my article on Peacock Tattoo Meanings here.

Identifying Animal Totems – More on Animal Symbol Meanings

There are many ways to identify ourselves with specific animal totems.   Some ways are simpler than others.

When I am asked questions about animal totems, I usually like to encourage people to open communication with the animal realm. 

When we take the time to meditate upon the realm of animal spirit, we often find that these animals are just as willing to communicate with us as we are with them.

Furthermore, we find that animals are willing to share their attributes and wisdom with us out of a innate knowledge that this will both benefit ourselves, and will benefit the animal kingdom. 

Identifying animal totems is a vital practice if you want to enhance your spiritual growth as well as learn more about yourself and the real of nature.

A simple way of determining one of  your animal totems is to identify your Native American zodiac animal symbol .  According to certain Native American belief systems, certain animal rule certain segments of the year.  Just as we have astrological symbols, so too do we have animal symbols according to our time of birth.

Another similar theory that the ancient Celts would adopt animals according to the season in which he/she was born (this was mostly the case with male children born intended to be warriors). 

With this loose guide, can determine your Celtic ruling animal symbol according to the Celtic way of thought.

The chinese also have their own animals for the zodiac.  Chinese zodiac animal symbols are determined according to the year of your birth.  There are twelve ruling animals of the Chinese zodiac and according to mythology, these were the creatures that attended the Buddha’s passing of the earth.

Whether you establish an animal totem according to your birthdate, or if you are met with one via meditation or other encounter, rest assured that getting in touch with your personal animal is an investment well made.

By focusing on the attributes of our totems, we internalize these traits and thus begin to externalize the very character we absorb from our totems.

Animals afford us visions of how our lives could be if we lived more simply and lived with purity of thought and emotion. Therefore, incorporating animal totems into our lives not only affirms our positive ideals, but also aids in attainment of higher life goals.

You can learn more about animal totems and all they have to offer on my new animal blog here.