Beauty and mysticism entwined
By Shayel Niran Yahalom
The peacock is a beautiful fowl of the Phasianidae family, a symbol of sublime beauty emanating majestic splendor. Peacock’s body colors are intense and shiny and the magnificent tail feathers of the male captivate the heart and eye of the observer.
The peacock’s tail when fully spread out is approximately one meter long and extremely large in relation to its body, which also shares that length. The tail spread out like a fan reveals intense colorfulness and many eyes that seem to watch us, conveying a sense of flamboyance and power. This is Peacock medicine – majestic, wealth and flamboyance, an exhibition of abundance and power. The concept of modesty does not exist in the context of the healing medicine properties of this glorious bird.
Peacock teaches us how to show the world our inner and external beauty without hiding anything. On the contrary, to dare and declare: “I am aware of the presents God has given me and am sharing them with the world so that all may enjoy this beauty”. Peacock teaches us how to project honor and grace.
The peacock’s tail feathers are fully grown at the age of three. For those who are guided by Peacock as their totem animal, this may suggest that new projects in their life will mature and bear fruit after three years.
When Peacock appears as a spiritual teacher it signifies a need to strengthen self-esteem: a demonstration of majestic internal presence and external power by means of attractive well-invested clothes. Peacock awakens our awareness to the power of color as a healing element in our life and of wearing jewels as external means for building a self-image that suits us. Peacock people are aware of their body and accept it and know how to appear attractive. They are conscious of the beauty and personal charm they radiate.
The peacock is native to India, where it is worshiped and serves as a symbol of the power of the feminine force through the link to death and rebirth and is also their chosen national bird.
In many cultures Peacock is considered a sacred animal. In ancient Egypt, Peacock symbolized wisdom, vision and clairvoyance. The strong connection to mysticism is undoubtedly one of the features of Peacock people, as well as the connection to ancient Egypt, the knowledge and sacred healing concealed to this day in the depths of the pyramids. These people are likely to have experienced at least one lifetime incarnation in ancient Egypt.
Peacock people are noble and have gentle souls. In Greek mythology, the peacock appears as the animal that escorts Hera, Queen of Olympus and a noble queen that wears a royal crown on her head. Artistic creations from the Hellenistic period portray Hera riding a carriage led by peacocks that symbolize pride and beauty. Hera is the goddess of maternity and fertility, death and birth and the power of feminine medicine.
According to Greek mythology, the multiple “eyes” on the peacock’s tail originate from Argos who was Hera’s bodyguard and had 100 eyes, some of which remained opened even when he slept. After Argos was killed by Hermes, Hera commemorated him as the multiple eyes on the peacock’s tail. Peacock “eyes” indicates the ability of internal and external vision of those who are guided by Peacock. These people are highly influenced by what they see and are attracted to beauty, color and aesthetics. They have inner knowledge, which guides them when working with symbols and colors and teaches them how to attract other people. Furthermore, they are extremely sensitive and have “eyes in their back”. They have a strong sense of intuition and the ability to look into the past, present and future, providing them an intuitive understanding of the immortality of the soul, the concept of immortality as well as resurrection. In many cultures, Peacock is identified with the legendary Phoenix.
The peacock is an omnivore, feeding on small reptiles and even snakes, seeds and insects. Peacocks that live along river banks also feed on small fish. Peacock’s preferred diet is based on vegetables and plants whose fibers aid digestion. People who are guided by Peacock should preferably abstain from eating too much meat.
The Indian peacock (Pavo cristatus) is able to fly regardless of its long tail and on many occasions prefers to rest or sleep at night on tree branches where it feels safe and secure from predators. Nonetheless, it spends most of its time pacing on the ground; hence it is recommended for Peacock people to take care of their feet and to pay attention to their connection with the ground. Walking barefoot is recommended and to feel the touch of the earth. Reflexology treatments are particularly suitable for Peacock people.
The peacock’s neck is long with a shiny copper-blue color. A person who feels connected to this animal should be aware of his throat chakra and the expression of his personal freedom. Blue color symbolizes the sky, freedom of thought and daring. The throat is linked to our freedom of expression, the freedom to be ourselves without hiding and without having the need to please others. Nonetheless, since the peacock emits a piercing sound, freedom for Peacock people is commonly expressed in doing and being present exhibited by the manner in which they dress, the life style they adopt and the unique choices of life they make.
If this magnificent bird has appeared in your life as an escort and soul guide, it signifies a promise that dawn is about to rise and a new beginning awaits you around the corner. Peacock totem always brings the promise of rebirth and a life full of color, flight and self-realization.