Superstitions About the Peacock and Their Feathers
Peacock Feathers for Protection:
The peacock is considered to be a bird of protection and safe guarding. This bird is also valued as a protection for the psychic self. There has been lore that writes that to have a peacock feather within the home this helps to safe guard any of the energy in the environment. I personally have always had peacock feathers in my home, even when I was a child in my room. I also know that some native people also use the peacock feathers in fans and some crafting. While I have heard some individuals speak of not having them in the home but I can say that nothing has never come about for me. I found the feathers and consider them to be a gift from The Creator.
Peacock: a symbol of spirituality, the third eye, a sign of protection, or of bad luck?
Peacock for Harmony
The peacock brings harmony and joy to our mind. This bird is majestic, proud with much expression and as the male bird walks and dances to the female in courting. This reminds us of the celebration in life.
NBC displays the peacock with its tail feathers full of All-Seeing Eyes. In Hinduism… ‘when the god Indra transforms himself into an animal, he becomes a peacock. In India the peacock was believed to have a thousand eyes in its feathers… In Java, the peacock was associated with the Devil. In Mosul in northern Iraq, there is a sect of Yezidis who hold that the Devil is not evil, and call him the Peacock Angel.’
Legend says it hates gold and will not go near it.
Peacock also is said to be able to foretell rain, and dances when rain is coming. … and if a peacock cries more than usual, it is said to foretell the death of someone in the family to which it belongs.
The Many Meanings of Peacock
Babylon. Persia: Both had a peacock throne.
Egypt: It sometimes accompanies Isis.
Greek: The emblem of the bird-god Phaon. Associated with Hera, who is credited with scattering the “Argus Eyes” over its tail.
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.
China: Its feather is an attribute of the goddess Kwan-yin
Japan: Its feather is an attribute of the goddess Kwannon.
Good luck, harmony, serenity, peace of mind, relaxation and protection are all associated with the magnificent peacock.
Peacock feathers indoors?
There are a lot of old superstitions abut bringing peacock feathers indoors though…
1866: I can vouch for a superstitious feeling regarding peacocks’ feathers being general in Derbyshire and the surrounding counties. It is considered extremely unlucky to have them in the house, and they are believed to bring losses and various misfortunues, including illness and death. I have seen people perfectly horrified when a child unwittingly brought peacock feathers into the house.
1890: A peacock feather in the house makes old maids.
1899: It is lucky to have a live peacock on the farm, but very unlucky to have peacock feathers in the house.
Here is a visitor who would agree….
I am writing is in regards to the superstitions about peacock feathers being kept indoors. I personally am a lover of peacocks, being such beautiful and protective creatures. I was so happy a few years ago when a friend of the family gave me a large bunch of peacock feathers. I was still in school at the time and was into lots of different types of superstitions, i.e. wicker, meditations, egyption oracles…etc. I dabbled in quite a few different things. I found my life to be average at that time… always found I had to strive harder than most to get where I knew I had to be. I was known to be clumsy, constantly late, and the bearer of general bad luck. Things never seemed to go right for me.
I read on the internet one day about peacock feathers and being the cause of bad luck when being kept in the house… I immediately realized that I had my peacock feathers kept in my bed room for quite a long time by this time. When I thought about it, my luck seemed to have diminished not long after receiving them from our friend. I quickly discarded them…though i was reluctant as I loved them so much, I knew they had to go.
All I can say about it, is it was a strange feeling when I walked back into my bedroom from throwing them in the trash outside. I felt a warm sensation and a feeling of being relaxed. When i sat on my bed things just felt ‘better’.
I noticed in the weeks that passed, I wasn’t being late for school, I was getting work done alot easier and my mind didn’t feel so crowded. I knew from this that it had to be true. The feathers were just holding things back for me. I tell you now, I don’t believe supersitions easily, hence why I have tried so many things. I find I need proof of something to be real… and this experience definitely proved it for me. I now warn people about keeping peacock feathers inside… though i tell them i had them in my room…which I’m not sure if it makes a difference. I just know from my experience, I will never keep peacock feathers again, instead i will simply enjoy their beauty where they belong…on their owner. Chantal :-)
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