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THE SYMBOLISM OF BIRDS

Birds have long been bringers of omens; their popularity as means of divination only began to wane after the industrial revolution. Birds' feathers are still used for various purposes (such as conducting energy, decorating spiritual devices such as dreamcatchers and magick wands, and cleansing). However, folklore tells us that interpreting their appearance in the sky and many other things about their behavior can give us a plethora of insights. Here I list some of the more well-known ones.

Chickens

Cranes

Crows

Cuckoo

Doves

Eagles

Geese

Hawks

Hummingbirds

Magpies

Owls

Peacocks

Ravens

Robins

Roosters

Storks

Swans

Wrens

This information was expanded and organized from information in Patricia Telesco's The Magick of Folk Wisdom, 1995.

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