When I see photos like the one above- I can’t help but think that a lot of extra effort was invested when Peacocks were being created!
We have noticed that there has been a lot more interest in peacock feather themed wedding accessories lately. The beauty of the feathers can be universally acknowledged but the cultural symbolisms attached to the peacock is as diverse as the many cultures who have embraced the peacock as part of their lore.
A quick online search resulted in many differing perspectives. Here are just a few:
~In general, the Peacock is representative of glory, immortality, royalty, and incorruptibility.
~In myth, the peacock is often considered an emblem of protection, nobility, watchfulness, guidance, and holiness.
~In Greco-Roman mythology the Peacock is identified with Hera (Juno) who created the peacock from Argus whose hundred eyes (seen on the tail feathers of the peacock) symbolize the vault of heaven and the “eyes” of the stars who watch all life unfolding.
~The peacock feather is a symbol of constant renewal as the entire set of tail feathers are renewed each year and they shed the old feathers naturally.
~In Christianity the peacock represents the “all-seeing” church and the holiness & sanctity associated with it. Additionally, the peacock represents resurrection, renewal and immortality within the spiritual teachings of Christianity.
~In Hinduism the peacock is associated with Lakshmi who is a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and luck.
~In Japan, the peacock is an emblem of love, compassionate watchfullness, goodwill, nurturing and kindheartedness.
~In Babylonia and Persia the peacock was seen as a guardian to royalty, and is often seen in engravings upon the thrones of royalty.
~ The Peacock is the national bird of India
~ Stunning in its beauty, the Peacock is considered the manifestation of the celestial Phoenix on earth.
~ Its mesmerizing colors and the “thousand eyes” look on its tail is considered to promote fame luck in feng shui, as well as enhance one’s protection and awareness. Of course, such a stunningly beautiful bird as peacock will also symbolize beauty and the feelings of love and attraction, thus the image of peacock or the peacock feathers are often recommended in feng shui as a love cure for single people to help attract the desired mate.
The Peacock has clearly captured the imagination of all who have seen it and this majectic bird features in a multitude of religion and culturals. Many cultures believe it represents positive forces and beauty which make it a great wedding motif. On the other hand, some see it as an evil eye, a symbol of vanity and even an omen of death. Not unlike the nuumber 13, people have strong feelings about whether it is lucky, neutral or unlucky- we approach Peacock feathers with the same attitude. If you believe they have negative meaning, then you will obviously avoid it for a wedding but if you are captured by the beauty, you have a lovely starting point for a colour scheme and wedding theme!
Here are some Peacock-themed wedding accessories.
ADDED MARCH 2012: Brand new Peacock Personalized Tag.
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Online Sources include: www.symbolic-meanings.com, www.fengshui.about.com, www.wikipedia.org