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Peacock wisdom


peacock feather poster with quote remember who you are sally canning



Almost every time I hold an event or give someone my card I’m asked about the significance of the beautiful peacock feather image I use as my signature.


I have to admit to feeling a little bit rebellious when I chose it – you see when I was a child growing up it was part of the writings on my walls (limiting beliefs placed there by someone else), that  peacock feathers were unlucky and under no circumstances were they to be allowed in the house – looking back it seems even more ridiculous than I first thought because I’m not even sure where I could have laid my little hands on them anyway.  Isn’t it curious how forbidden things hold such fascination – for years I wore the Liberty Hara print on skirts, shirts, bags but never owned the real thing – such is the power we give to beliefs and superstitions passed down through the generations. 


The peacock is a wonderful metaphor in my work with women. The tail that’s trailed behind and hidden is significantly similar to the way we are prone to tuck our talents and gifts away until we reach a point where we’re feeling confident enough, when we remember who we are, to display their full magnificence to the world



It is generally recognized that the Peacock is a beautiful and dynamic animal but did you know they signify luck and intuitive powers?  It is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavor to show our true colours.


sally canningTurns out peacock feathers have long been associated with protection.  It’s beautiful pattern appears as an eye, fueling the superstitions that the peacock “eye” in some cultures was thought to represent the evil eye and considered unlucky. From Greek myth to Christianity, the “eyes” of the peacock represent celestial bodies, the field of eyes being the stars.

In ancient Babylon, they stood by thrones and throne-rooms as guardians to royalty.


Christians believe that the “eyes” of the tail feathers represent the all seeing mother church.


Because the Peacock represented resurrection and re-birth and  it was very scared in medieval times, the most solemn oath in the days of the Knights of the Round Table was “Taken on the Peacock”. Or, in other words, the oath itself was taken with each individuals hands resting on the bird as they took their vow.


Contemplate the powers of the Peacock when you need more vibrancy and vitality in your experience.  The Peacock can also help you on your spiritual path, and breath new life into your walk of faith.


The Peacock can rejuvenate self esteem levels too.  If you’re feeling “blah” and blue, imagine the glorious techno colour display the Peacock provides.  This put us in a proper mood to embrace your own mobility.  In no time you’ll be walking tall and proud as a Peacock too.


Looking back over the last year and how my affection for this beautiful emblem has grown and how other women have found an affinity with it I now see it as a huge step forward in my own personal growth – moving away from the constraints of old outdated thinking that was never mine in the first place.


How about you? 

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