When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
Every afternoon as the sun begins to set; I receive the gift of seeing elegant peacocks gracefully gliding across the ranch in which I live. Their majestic blue hue sets off the stately tail feathers that emulate every prism color of the rainbow. Just by observing these beautiful creatures it is obvious they are a gift from the heavens.
I had to know where these divine creatures come from and their significance of their existence.
In Greco-Roman mythology the Peacock tail has the “eyes” of the stars. In Hinduism, the Peacock is associated with Lakshmi who represents patience, kindness and luck. In Persia the Peacock is seen as a guardian to royalty, and is often seen in engravings upon their thrones. In Christianity the Peacock represents the “all-seeing” church. The Peacock also represents resurrection, renewal and immortality within the spiritual teachings of Christianity. Themes of renewal are also linked to alchemical traditions too, as many schools of thought compare the resurrecting phoenix to the modern-day Peacock.
The Peacock has been linked to Kuan Yin and it is this deity that is supposedly the creator of the beautiful colors of the Peacock’s signature tail feathers. Legend tells us Kuan Yin could have been immortal but stayed because she wished to aid humanity in their spiritual evolution. Kuan Yin taught people, through her own compassionate spirit, to live together as friends. When she decided to go to the heavens she appointed a guardian to keep the earth peaceful. She called a bird, with dull brown feathers, to her. She rubbed her face and brushed her hands down the length of its feathers, which created a kaleidoscope of colors and beautiful eyes on the end of each long feather. The Peacock feathers remind us that Kuan Yin is compassionately watching over us.
In ancient days, it was believed that a male peacock doesn’t have intercourse with a female peacock (peahen to be precise) for progeny. Ancients observed that instead, the peacock only sits on peahen and brings its eye closer to peahen’s eye, and it was believed that perhaps the peacock’s eye drop lands in peahen’s eyes and that is how pregnancy is conceived. Consequently, the peahen is unsullied by the peacock, and the peacock remained ‘pure’ since it had no intercourse. Sri Krishna always maintained a peacock feather on his hair/helmet to highlight this fact that his 16,000 wives were always unsullied by him and he is always pure and beyond the bodily pleasures of humans.
Modern science discovered that peacocks do not have a penis. Instead, their behind (called cloaca) kisses the behind of the peahen for peahen to become pregnant. Ancients observed the meeting of heads & eyes, and we now know that it was really meeting of the behinds (called a cloacal kiss), but either way, the male does not enter the female, and as such the peahen is unsullied, unlike in mammals and other species of life.
These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. It can be arched into a magnificent fan that reaches across the bird’s back and touches the ground on either side. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.
Peacock symbolism: Vision, Royalty, Spirituality, Awakening, Guidance, Protection, & Watchfulness.
It is no wonder the Peacock has the pride of no other bird. Their noble presence speaks volumes no words could ever describe.
I shall accept my gift of their presence and hold dear in my heart what this gracious animal means to me.
With Hugs and Hope
Info on the peacock: nationalgeographic.com and mindbodyspirit.com