I’m not sure that I believe in animal spirit guides, but if I did Mine would be the peacock. My observant readers will have noticed that I incorporated peacock feathers into My new logo design.
The peacock embodies some of the most sought after human attributes – beauty, knowledge, nobility, self-confidence, dignity, wholeness, courage, loyalty, curiosity. It is a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavour to show our true colours and better ourselves. The peacock can remind people that they are stronger and braver than they realize. It has a commanding presence that reminds us that true beauty comes from the inside. People whose spirit animal is the peacock have acquired a strong solid aura and have the potential to become powerful healers.
Having minored in comparative religious studies, I find it fascinating that the peacock has been considered a sacred messenger of the Divine by most major religions over the past 3, 000 years. In Greek and Roman mythology, the peacock is identified with Hera (Juno) who created the bird from Argus whose 100 eyes symbolize the vault of heaven and eyes of the stars. In Hinduism the peacock feather has great importance. They are associated with the deity Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth and represents benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck. Krishna is often seen wearing peacock feathers on his head. In Asian spirituality (Kwan-Yin) the feathers are an emblem of love, compassion, watchfulness, good will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness. In Babylonia and Persia the peacock is a guardian to royalty. In Shamanic rituals, the feathers are used as an aid in healing due to their protective powers. They represent renewal and resurrection in Christianity. The peacock can help us shed our old feathers of the past and assist us in taking back the true beauty of our individuality.
Living an “alternative lifestyle” takes courage. I appreciate the many stories I have heard about the journey people go through in accepting their submissive, Dominant or kinky inclinations. I have shared stories about My journey as well; a journey that I am still on with all of you. There are always peaks and valleys in life and even in the darkest times there is progress being made which brings us to this present moment. Growth and self-acceptance requires bravery and devotion to ourselves and to the process.
The peacock is drawn to a variety of plants and insects and will eat poisonous snakes if they come across one colourful enough. They thrive on their essence. What’s even more interesting is that just for the sake of amusement they will follow around a slithering poisonous snake for a while, just observing it curiously before they devour it. There are legends that say the poison peacocks ingest from plants and snakes actually makes the colours of their plumage all the more vibrant and beautiful.
What would happen if we changed our approach to the difficulties in our lives and met them with the same courage and curiosity as a peacock? How can we use our challenging experiences to make our feather more radiant? What do you need to do to be more devoted to your true self today?
Audaces fortuna iuvat (Fortune favors the brave)
I would love to hear what spirit animal you feel best represents your self and your journey in BDSM.