The peacock is a magnificent bird. It’s a creature of inspiration to most of us, who know (or hope) at some level that we are lovely, but are often intimidated about displaying our true colours in all their splendour. The peacock displays his beautiful plumage for all to see.
A peacock feather is a great example of a fractal in nature. Its iridescent plumage is remarkable and stunning. The white feathers have a pearlescent quality about them and reflect a different hue depending on the viewing angle.
Some types of art depict peacocks looking backwards, towards their own tail. A peacock’s feathers are renewed each year so this is considered a symbol for renewal. Cultures around the world often pair peacocks and doves as focal points in the Tree of Life designs. The one below is from India.
Peacocks are pure of heart. They pair with a mate and are loyal and faithful to their partners. To many, they also symbolise eternal love. The bright spots are known as ‘eyes’ and inspired the Greek myth that the goddess Hera placed the hundred eyes of her slain giant (Argus) on the tail of her favourite bird.
Peacocks are a symbol of beauty, reminding us to take pleasure in life. It is a symbol of beauty, prosperity, royalty, love, compassion, soul and peace. In buddhism the peacock symbolises purity and their feathers are highly prized.
I love this next picture. It’s a hybrid species, a cross between a white and blue peacock.
In one of Aesop’s fables, the peacock goes to Juno (the Roman name for the greek goddess, Hera) and he complains that the nightingale has a sweet song, and he does not. Juno replied that the peacock has great beauty and size. The peacock asked what good was his beauty without a great voice. Juno wisely replied that every creature has its gifts and faults, and they should be content with all they have and who they are.