A peacock is a bold, beautiful spirit animal representing our innate desire to shine. It is known on a physical level for its expressive mating rituals, the male spreads his fabulous tail feathers in a fan shape, struts back and forth, and “shows off” with grace and style to attract a female! This courtship display is symbolic of the energy and symbolism of a peacock- peacocks are wonderfully bright and colorful.
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The spiritual symbolism of a Peacock
“If you’ve got it, flaunt it!” Expressions of the soul and spiritual alignment are the main themes of a peacock. This sensual animal teaches divine connection, how to connect to the source of power that lies in creation (cosmic, creative energies) and birth beautiful things. Beauty, kindness, benevolence, and soul resonance are all key themes of its spirit.
A key aspect and message is to hold a perfect vision of yourself and your future. Strive for personal freedom, embrace your need for liberation in expression and life. Like the Empress, you are a beautiful and divine creature of multiple dimensions… Tap into the source, to spirit, for self-alignment and self-mastery! It is linked to expressions of the soul and psyche. The deepest parts of yourself want to come out to be seen, heard, respected, admired and understood.
This is not a timid or shy animal, yet they do possess grace, charm, and modesty. The spiritual message is to embody the utmost integrity and dignity in all you do. Strive for self-mastery of your mind, body, emotions & spirit; don’t accept other people’s negativity or projections. Illusions of the world are here to serve a purpose, they help us to see our strength and power. And, achieve mastery of the self. However, they are not intended to weaken us or dim our light in any way.
Emerge into the true authenticity of your soul, connect to your unique gifts and talents, and open yourself up to abundance… Prosperity is your birthright. Transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Romance, Attraction, and Allure
A peacock symbolizes beauty, elegance, romance, attraction and allure. Grace and dignity flow effortlessly and in abundance, this animal portrays the power of positive attraction and living life with integrity. It is a beautiful creature with strong sexual urges and powers. They desire companionship, so this suggests you can tap into the qualities of both inner beauty and external beauty. Sexuality, sensuality, and glamorous beauty are all key themes.
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It represents a call to action, a wake-up call to ignite our inner fires and burning desires! Letting out inner fire burn freely and gloriously leads to manifestation, abundance, prosperous relationships, and so forth. Soul resonance. This animal is linked to romantic love and soulful love, harmonious & healthy relationships too. If this is your spirit animal you most likely believe in soulmates and further crave intimacy on a deeper level.
The superficial doesn’t cut it with a peacock. Yes, they can crave the spotlight- if a star sign were to be assigned to it it would be a Leo or Libra! Yet, there is a certain level of depth associated with such beauty and allure.
A message from this animal is to connect to your unique qualities, particularly your feminine ones. Both wild primal passions and sexuality, and female qualities of nurturing, care, and receptivity are linked here. A peacock is instinctive yet spiritually in tune…
Self-Expression, Creativity and Imagination
Self-expression, creativity, color, prosperity, abundance… a Peacock asks you to tap into your source of personal power. Self-authority, self-esteem, and self-confidence are all direct associations. In fact, your capacity to express yourself artistically and in general makes this animal closely linked to self-empowerment, and self-enlightenment. ‘Let there be light…’
It is a strong individual with a powerful personality. They’re not shy of attention! Nor are they scared or timid of standing in the spotlight, speaking their truth, or shining like stars. Imaginative, artistic and musical pathways are available with a peacock, and you’re most likely multi-talented in any or all of these skills. Whether it be music, performance, entertainment, poetry, speaking or art- a peacock spirit animal symbolizes taking center stage. Let it shine, hold and be the light, act with dignity and grace; yet don’t be afraid of ‘wowing’ others, friends, or competition.
And, the throat chakra is associated with a peacock as well. It can gently but powerfully assist in opening & clearing your throat chakra. This is, of course, the energy wheel or portal responsible for communication. Self-talk, your conversations with yourself, and communication with others can get a healthy boost from a peacock’s medicine. Transformational energies are available through mindful and empathic communication.
Empathy, mindfulness, honesty, and truthfulness come up for integration and embodiment. Be careful of your words and how you say them, because your words hold great power. They can create or destroy; they can heal and uplift, inspire and unite, or cause chaos and distortion. Language can be used to serve a higher purpose if you’re aware of the vibratory essence of words, which are, in essence, spells. We cast spells every day through our speech and intentions. Practice mindfulness and aim for self-honesty.
Magic and Co-Creation! (Infinite Potential)
Peacock assists in showing us the magic of the universe. There are infinite possibilities in-store, and the power of magic, trusting in the universe, being open to the flow of perfect divine timing, and dreams are all things we can learn. Magic, synchronicity, co-creation, and perfect timing; meditate on these. You’re conspiring with the universe- an active participant and co-creator with cosmic forces. The world is not against you but in loving support and mutual aid. Positivity, optimism, and healing can be realized.
A peacock is quite magical. A strong connection to the earth, Gaia, and the universe as a whole can be realized and then used as fuel for your inner fire. Passion is amplified when you embrace that time is only ever now, in the present moment, and that you can create the life you long for. Dreams and visions can be attained. Divine alignment is recognizing you’re part of holographic reality, a world where everything and everyone is interconnected.
It has links to the law of one and the law of attraction, in addition to other universal laws. Being in tune with the universe and natural world allows you to be sensitive to subtle energy. If you observe the male peacock’s courtship ritual, you will see how sensitive and self-aware this animal must be. Presenting their colors and beauty in such a way is an art! Like a peacock, you are part of the intricate design we call life.
‘Shadow signs’- things to be mindful of
The first ‘shadow personality trait’ associated with a peacock is manipulation. This is linked to communication and self-expression, the power of language and the words and speech you choose. The dual side of being so expressive and passionate is using your words, either intentionally or unconsciously, to destroy and cause harm. Seeking to hurt, belittle, oppress, suppress, or trigger others is a shadow side of it. The ego can be strong.
Wisdom and perceptive vision can be accessed to organically (naturally) overcome this. When you seek higher truth and wisdom linked to vision, a desire to use your intellectual and mental or imaginative and artistic powers to bring people together, inspire, and uplift; you create a higher vibration version of yourself. Laughter and joy are connected here too. Joy and color are linked to creativity, artistic expression, and evolved powers of the mind.
Like the colors of the rainbow and the shine and shadow inevitably associated with light and dark, life is a range of frequencies. Thus, aim for the colors that feed your soul in some way.
The second main theme is the tendency towards egotistical displays and even narcissism! This is birthed from the desire to be seen and stand in the spotlight. Loving the limelight is a beautiful gift if you do so to connect and find unity or common ground. Or to inspire and the like. Yet, this need to appear charming and attractive can manifest as a mild form of narcissistic personality disorder. The opposite of prestige and success is vanity and pride.
Arrogance, showing off, smugness and conceit are all negative attributes. Also, seduction to manipulate or control the opposite sex can be common signs of the dark side of a peacock. Separation should be combated with unity and intentions of interconnectedness, community, and harmony in relationships. Beauty comes from within too therefore be conscious of shallowness and superficiality. Self-deception and deception may arise when you forget the power of spirit & soul combined with attraction and beauty.
How to embody a Peacock spirit?
There are many exercises and activities to connect to the spirit of a peacock. Dance, sensuality, play, conscious sexuality and intimacy, drawing, art, poetry, channeling wisdom- higher consciousness (to activate senses), and activities that connect you to your body and the earth element are prime examples. Also, stimulating your imagination through storytelling is a great choice for awakening its spirit within. Shakti dance, kundalini dance, Zumba, freestyle self-expressive dance, and sensual movement connect you to your sensuality and divine sexuality. Dance like no one’s watching!
Tantric intimacy and tantric breathwork are profound for increasing libido and spiritual energy. Tantra amplifies and activates psychic energy and life force, the universal energy responsible for longevity and health. Work on your pranayama breathing and self-study tantra. Seek pleasure and self-expression more, your body and emotions want release! Self-pleasure ‘aka’ masturbation is very healthy, especially if you have past sexual wounds you’ve yet to heal. Sex is intimacy, a sacred act that connects two individuals (or at least it should be…). Self-pleasure is a form of self-love.
Learn to laugh more too, and don’t forget the power of self-care and self-love. Get in touch with your physical, spiritual, emotional and mental/psychological needs, because this could be an instant pathway to wholeness. Meditate on inner beauty and your perception of beauty. You may be unconsciously holding onto some negative or distorted views of beauty and what makes a person attractive. Work on healing your relationship with yourself and past lovers. Subconscious reprogramming such as self-hypnosis, binaural beats, mantras, affirmations and mindfulness are great at restoring your self-image, a healthy self-perception, and personal levels of confidence and self-esteem.
Work on your integrity. This is quite broad and the avenues to self-discovery and release are many. Holistic and complementary therapies are ideal, there are many to choose from. As peacocks symbolize beauty you would benefit from visiting a local massage therapist, reiki or crystal healer, energy worker, or reflexologist (or any therapy).
Create a connection to Goddess Lakshmi as well, as a peacock is associated with Laskshmi in Hindu tradition. Lakshmi is the Goddess of prosperity, wealth, benevolence, and compassion, thus meditating on her image- or connecting with her through music, art, poetry, and the like will create a personal bond.
Finally, color therapy is an excellent tool for embodying its spirit. Iridescent blue-green is the color of a peacock, and if you’re aware of Chakra healing you will know that green relates to the heart chakra and blue is symbolic of the throat chakra.
Incorporating more blues and greens into your life, wardrobe, and external environments has a significant effect on your psyche and subconscious mind. The colors essentially symbolize royalty, a majestic vibe, grace and charm, self-leadership, and powerful self-expression.
Paying attention to signs & messages from the Universe
Seeing or taking more notice of the ‘Third Eye’ symbol, the eye connected to the Third Eye chakra- your seat of vision, wisdom, and subtle perception, is a sign that you’re meant to listen to the medicine of a peacock. There’s a distinctive pattern of eyes on the feathers of peacocks, and these represent higher wisdom and vision.
Noticing subtle messages such as these offer a sign of protection. Here’s an interesting fact for you…. Spiritual beings who practice divination and shamanic traditions use the feathers of peacocks in their ceremonies, rituals, and prayer & healing work.
The feathers are believed to have healing, purifying, and protective properties! This isn’t suggesting buying large quantities of peacock feathers online or from an unethical supplier, you never know how the feathers were taken. But, if you happen to come across one on your path, receive it as a gift from the universe. Then, meditate with it. See how it makes you feel, what emotions and feelings, memories and thought processes it brings up. This is your clue to growth and self-evolution.