Okay forgive me if this post is really random and possibly quite hippy! My friend introduced me a while back to the concept of a soul animal. A soul animal is not necessarily an animal that is your favorite or that you even identify with on a normal level. This animal is one that you feel a weird connection with for some reason and you just can't explain it, but they give you peace and understanding. I had been trying to force meaning out of it for some time now, but I just kept coming up empty handed or with animals that I liked, but didn't really identify with.
Recently, my family has been having some hard times and it's been hard to be at school and be away from them. I was on the phone with my mom the other night and she said something that for some reason made me decide to look up the meaning of one animal that has now become my obsession and my new soul animal: the peacock!
Not only is this a gorgeous bird, it has an amazing meaning behind it that is really perfect for how I feel right now. I am usually not a big bird person in the slightest (I'm actually terrified!) but I was incredibly comforted once I read this. A peacock symbolizes benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and luck. In terms of faith, it reprsents resurrection, renewal and immortality within the spiritual teachings of Christianity. is representative of glory, immortality, royalty, and incorruptibility. It is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty that can be achieved when we endeavor to better ourselves and better our lives. In history, myth, legend & lore, the peacock is considered an emblem of protection, nobility, watchfulness, guiddance, and holiness.(Wikipedia)
See why I was so amazed? I never woulda thought :)
Do ya'll have any animals that really mean a lot to you? I'd love to hear!