Peacock Symbolism & The Spiritual Meaning Of Seeing Peacocks

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Peacocks are one of the world's most beautiful creatures known for their bright and beautiful colors and hues of green, blue, and copper. 

A peacock's colors signify integrity, truth, honor, and self-love. Peacocks also have many symbolic associations across different religions around the world. They are known for being confident and graceful and therefore represent a symbol of strength and courage.

The peacock teaches the lesson that you must learn from your past and see obstacles as an opportunity to create a brighter future. If we all show our true colors we can achieve anything.

Peacocks are confident but never arrogant and therefore are symbols of happiness, nobility, holiness, guidance, protection, and watchfulness.

If you're ever feeling down and blue, think of the peacock and imagine the beautiful colors it provides and soon you will harness its bright and powerful energy to boost your self-confidence. 

What do peacocks symbolize spiritually?

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Immortality

In ancient times, men believed that peacocks were blessed with immortality. There's a popular myth that explains the origin of this belief, and the story dates back to the beginning of times, with Adam and Eve.

In the story, Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the forbidden tree which makes the animals around them believe they could do the same. However, the Peacock was the only animal that refused to eat the fruit.

His refusal to eat the forbidden fruit was acknowledged by God who then blessed the peacock with imperishable flesh which would never decay, not even after death.

Vanity

Peacock mating season represents vanity as male peacocks put on their brightest display of colors to attract the peahens. The peahens then choose to mate with the peacock they find most attractive.

Through peacock mating, we learn that vanity can never be fulfilling and that beauty on the inside is much more powerful and valued than beauty on the outside. 

Royalty

Peacocks are inherently royal birds as they represent elegant posture, beauty, or tender meat. Only kings and their elite guests could enjoy looking at and watching peacocks dance in ancient times. Commoners and peasants would never even be able to see such beauty and joy from the peacock.

Peacocks' royal status has given them centuries of royal treatment, hence why they symbolize royalty.

Peacock Spirit Animal

Peacock spirit animals will watch over you if you believe things like luxury and extravagance are a necessity in life. These types of people have an innate desire to live an extraordinary life and will never settle for less than that. 

People who identify with the peacock spirit animal are aware that others might think of them as superficial or materialistic but they don't care as they will never change for anyone.

The peacock spirit animal has the ability to transform your life in ways you couldn’t have imagined. People call on the peacock for guidance in many circumstances such as becoming aware of your special talents and gifts, exploring your true potential, and how to use your strengths to your benefit.

They can also help you value self-love and self-confidence and help give you the energy to move forward from a tragic past experience. The ancient shamans believed peacocks possess strong healing powers. Those powers can heal all your mental and emotional wounds while helping you grow stronger and wiser.

Peacock Totem 

The peacock totem can help you when you have lost the ability to appreciate the beauty in your life. Peacock totems help you teach you self-love, self-confidence, and how to find pride as they can sense if you lack any of these in your life.

These totem animals teach you how to appreciate yourself, your talents, and your skills. They also inspire you to spread love to others once you find self-love yourself. This is why many people get a peacock tattoo as a reminder you appreciate your beauty both inside and out.

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Peacock Omen 

Most religions, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and in many Asian cultures in Asia and India regard a peacock as a symbol of good luck, good fortune, and immortality, and seeing one is a sign of good luck and a good omen. 

However, different colors of a peacock can have different meanings.

The only time a peacock is a bad omen is if you see a black peacock, as it's a symbol that someone you know and trust is secretly envious of you and is planning to use whatever they know about you, against you.

A white peacock, on the other hand, is a symbol of pride — however, it could symbolize you might be too proudful and that could cause others to not like you. 

What is the biblical meaning of a peacock?

In the bible, peacocks are favored by God as they are blessed with the ability to never decay, even after death. The peacock represents immortality, resurrection, and the spiritual teachings of Jesus Christ and Christianity. 

Christians believe that the peacock is a symbol of purity, and by spreading the feathers of a peacock over the deceased, it was a symbol of a pure soul immune to corruption. Feathers also were used to prevent the body from decaying.

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Peacock Symbolism in Different Cultures & Religions

Buddhism 

When opened up, the peacock's feathers are on full display, symbolizing openness and acceptance in Buddhism.

In Buddhist culture, the peacock symbolizes immortality because it was known to eat plants that were poisonous in nature and if humans ate the same plants they would die. Through this story, Buddhists thought peacocks could live with ease while enduring major suffering.

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Therefore, the peacock embodies everything about the word purity. This is why peacock feathers are used in Buddhist purification ceremonies to provide true and honest purity. 

Hinduism 

Lord Krishna and Lakshmi are two well-known figures in Hinduism. Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who signifies how important virtue, patience, good fortune, kindness, and having a compassionate heart are. Lord Krishna is seen as garnishing peacock feathers around his head and in the decorations on his flute.

It's believed by some that peacocks personally gave Lord Krishna their feathers as a gift. 

India 

Similar to the Buddhist story in Asian culture, the peacock can also eat poisonous plants in India. Therefore, the peacock nickname is the “Snake Slayer” as they are believed to be immune to the poison contained in snake venom.

It's also believed in India that if a snake is killed and eaten by a peacock, its feathers become more radiant and bright through the powerful venom.

The peacock is so highly regarded in the country that it's the national bird of India. 

Greek mythology 

In Greek mythology, the peacock symbolizes the Greek goddess Hera. She was the queen of the Ancient Greek gods and the wife of Zeus.

According to the Greek myths, Hera was able to transform her hundred-eyed guardian named Argus into a peacock. Argus's feathers were a mark of beauty, heaven, and the eye shape on the feathers represents the stars in the sky.

To this day, the people of Greece believe the peacock represents heaven and that it has all-seeing vision, wisdom, and knowledge.

Asia 

In Southeast Asia, the peacock is native to Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, China, and Sri Lanka. 

In Asian culture, the peacock is associated with Kwan-yin (or Quan Yin). Kwan-yin was a mortal who embodied great qualities of charity, compassion, goodwill, and kind-heartedness. Legend tells us she had the choice to become immortal or remain mortal and she chose the ladder option for the greater good of humanity as she wished to stay behind and aid humanity with their personal and spiritual growth. 

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Megan Hatch is a writer at YourTango who covers zodiac, love and relationships, and pop culture.