Peacock symbolism is fascinating. They’re the favorite bird of Juno/Hera, the Queen of Heaven. They are also associated with the Buddhist Star Goddess Tara and the Ancient Egyptian Isis.
In Latin, their name is “pavo,” from the Sanskrit “pavana” which means purity.
“The pride of the peacock is the glory of God,” wrote William Blake. But then the Puritans twisted that into venal arrogance, suitable of condemnation.
Once upon a time, the peacock symbolized luxury, beauty, and immortality. The so-called vanity of the male is a projection. Peacocks of both genders are modest and eccentric. They hate gold. To them, it is like garlic to a vampire. And they’re sensitive to atmospheric pressure, becoming restless right before it rains.
Their favorite food is Himalayan Wolfsbane, and their feathers contain tiny photonic crystals, similar to opals in their structure. Another weird fact of peacock symbolism? People used to say that they were immune to poison. They preferred it.
Astrologically, they’re a bird of Neptune, linked to decadence and virtue. You could say that they are the avian expression of Neptunian duality.
Image: Peter Paul Reubens – Birth Of The Milky Way
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