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Working With The Animal Totems

Spirit of the Peacock:  Creativity, Clairvoyance, Beauty, Dignity, Guardians of Paradise


Mirco-photo images of Peacock Feathers ~ Fantastically beautiful!

Peacock/Peahen's Wisdom Includes:

* All aspects of beauty
* Immortality
* Ability to see into the past, present, and future
* Dignity
* Self-confidence
* Rising out of ashes

The Peacock

The peacock is a bird of the pheasant family. The male is actually a peacock and the female is a peahen, both are peafowl. The most distinct features of the peacock are its feathers and its eerie call. Two species of peafowl are the blue, or Indian peacock of India and Sri Lanka and the green, or Javanese peacock from Burma to Java.

These stunning birds hold an air of self confidence. Their train of tail feathers are brightly colored either a metallic green or blue and formed of the birds upper tail coverts which are enormously elongated. Each feather is tipped with an iridescent eyespot that is ringed with blue and bronze. These eyes represent their ability to see into the past, present and future and can teach those with this medicine how to awaken their clairvoyant gifts.

Peacocks have much lore and myth associated with them. Peacock feathers are believed to have protective powers and are used in Indian and Shaman rituals as an aid in healing. A tail feather is moved over a sick or injured person in gentle strokes to remove negative psychic imprints that have attached themselves to a person's energetic field. Those with this medicine are highly sensitive and proper maintenance of their personal energy field is essential. When an individual with this totem has acquired a strong and solid aura they have the potential to become powerful ritualistic healers.

In courtship displays, the cock elevates his tail, which lies under the train thus elevating the train and bringing it forward. At the climax of this display the tail feathers are vibrated, giving the feathers of the train a shimmering appearance and making a rustling sound. This display along with the eerie call of the peacock draws attention to it. They stand with dignity and demand to be noticed. Those with this totem often gain recognition for their talents and have the potential to be prominent leaders in their chosen field.

The peacock reminds us to see the beauty in all aspects of life. Its eerie call sounds similar to a laughing screech and reminds us to laugh with life and not take things so seriously. As it presents itself with confidence and awes us with its beauty it teaches us how to keep the ego under control and to set all vanity aside. Past lives associated with superiority has been linked to peacock medicine people. By observing the peacock we can learn to strut our stuff with dignity and grace.


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.

Fully aware of his own beauty, peacock signifies a new opportunity for spiritual growth and healing. Peacock's gifts bring confidence, stature and accomplishment to the dreamer. Peacock's feathers are ringed with eyes that contain the medicine of foresight and clairvoyance. On the surface, peacock spirit is boastful energy. The lesson is to watch our pride and beware of the ego. Thus, Peacock medicine is our ability to be noble, yet humble.


The peacock's eye I see before me,
A door to present, future, past,
A guide to divination ture,
A spiritual power that will last.
My inner eye is like the peacock's,
Open to the tide of life,
Whether it be joy or sorrow,
Success or change, abundance, strife.

PEACOCK: Wholeness

While in Hawaii several years ago I visited a house whose owners had peacocks on their property. It was the first time I'd ever seen these birds outside of a zoo, and I was struck by their shimmering iridescence as they paraded through the lush, tropical grounds. I was equally struck by their raucous cries, which held a hint of laughter, almost as if to suggest that nothing, including beauty, should be taken too seriously.

This is one important aspect of wholeness, for wholeness implies an integration of one's many aspects, without an undue focus on what appears to be missing. Peacock's laughter and the brilliant eyes on its feathers remind us to focus on what is, and to appreciate what we have.

This bird, like Swan, also reminds us that true beauty comes from within, for the peahen, though more drab in appearance than the peacock, has just as commanding a presence.

The peacock is also associated with the idea of resurrection in India, China, Egypt, Greece, and also in Christianity. It is the bird closest in description to the mythical Phoenix, which rises, reborn, from the flames and ashes of its funeral pyre.

The cycle of birth, death, and resurrection is in itself a whole. Thus, peacock medicine relates to an appreciation of all aspects of this cycle, and also to the faith that we never truly die.

We can also work with peacock medicine to make us aware that one may experience resurrection within a single lifetime. By being committed to our personal transformation we can shed the old and drab feathers of the past and claim the true beauty of our individual natures.

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