Duck Meaning and Symbolism
Jul 13
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Duck Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Duck Spirit Animal

RETROSPECTION · IMPRESSION · EMOTION · FEELINGS · POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CONNECTION · BALANCE · FERTILITY · COMFORT · WATER ENERGY · CLAIRVOYANCE GUIDANCE · SEER ENERGY · ADAPTION

Duck symbolism connects us with emotion and water energy.  As a spirit animal the duck helps us navigate our intentions and intuition.  Providing those with clairvoyant abilities with guidance and a point of focus, reminding you to set intellect aside and trust your intuition.  In the natural world the duck is a common waterfowl that is found in every part of the world except antarctica. Their rounded beaks, glossy feathers and webbed feet are familiar to many people.  And can be found in rural as well as urban settings, swimming in man made waterways and ponds. When the duck totem appears to you it’s important for you to evaluate what you were previously meditating or thinking about.

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RETROSPECTION · IMPRESSION · EMOTION · FEELINGS · POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CONNECTION · BALANCE · FERTILITY · COMFORT · WATER ENERGY · CLAIRVOYANCE GUIDANCE · SEER ENERGY · ADAPTION

Encounters with the Duck

What is the meaning of duck symbolism? Find out what symbol the duck spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Are your emotions out of control?

When your emotions are out of control duck symbolism will appear to you with this message.  You must find your balance with your emotions. Like yin and yang the male duck represents joy and positive emotions.  While the female duck represents sadness and negative emotions. Take care to find your emotional balance.

Have you been ignoring painful experiences or memories?

Life is about balance between order and chaos, joy and sadness, peace and strife.  When you have endured a painful experience our human nature is to cover it up and move on.  The duck totem will appear to you to tell you to confront these feelings. Only then will you find your peace.

Do you feel emotionally closed off and unreceptive?

Duck symbolism is connected to emotion and water energy.  When you are disconnected and unreceptive to your emotions and the emotions of others the duck will appear to help you connect to your emotions.  It will be a process but through careful intention and meditation you will begin to unlock your emotions.

Are you or your significant other trying to conceive?

The duck spirit animal is a symbol of fertility and reproduction.  And can help you or your significant other while trying to conceive.  It can also help in you conceive in metaphorical ways as well. When you are struggling to come up with a new idea or if you have a block or need a new dream call on the duck totem!

Have you begun to connect with your clairvoyant abilities?

For people who have the gift of clairvoyance the duck is a powerful totem.  It can help you navigate your emotions and help you weed out false information.  The duck totem encourages you to trust your intuition and set intellect aside.

Duck Symbolism: The Duck Spirit

INTUITIVE · EMOTIONALLY BALANCED · SILLY · NURTURING
Could the Duck be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:

Intuitive

Because of its connection with water and emotional elements people with the duck as their spirit animal are very intuitive.  They make decisions based on how the feel and use their emotions to gauge what they should do.

Emotionally Balanced

Despite being connected to emotion and water energy duck totem people are highly balanced.  They aren’t the type of people who are ruled by their emotions but instead live in harmony with them. They understand that their emotions are important indicators and give themselves space to deal with and nurture their emotional being.

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Is the duck your totem?

Silly

Another way to describe duck symbolism in someone’s life is that they will tend to be silly!  They enjoy a good laugh and love making others laugh. When fully balanced they are a delight to be around.  For their closest friends and loved ones they are the person who knows just what to do to make them smile.

Nurturing

To understand a duck totem persons nurturing side just image a mama duck in the wild.  The way she guides and calls to her young ducklings and tucks them in safely at night. In the same way duck spirit animal people tend to care for those around them.  They often check in with others to be sure that they are doing okay. They tend to focus on the emotional needs of others versus their physical needs.

What are the Traits of the Duck Totem?

Lessons from the Duck Spirit Animal

Ducks are:

  • Thoughtful
  • Emotionally In Tune
  • Fun
  • Understanding
Is the duck your spirit animal?

Duck symbolism represents balance in our emotional state.  The male duck, in his bright plumage, represents joy and positive emotions.  The female duck, in her dull plumage, represents sadness and negative emotions.  To be balanced we must embrace both sides of the spectrum, the good and bad emotions, together.  Existing in harmony, together. While it’s good to focus on the positive there are times in your life when you will encounter negative experiences or tragedy.  Don’t run from the bad emotions, but embrace them and allow yourself to experience them, understanding that they are only for a season.

What does the duck spirit mean? Balance and fertility! Duck spirit people will find themselves balanced and experiencing fertility.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Duck

What is the duck totem!

Strengths


Adaptation

In the wild ducks have developed an amazing ability to change from male to female or vice versa.  While researchers are unsure of why this change happens many speculate it has to do with unbalanced gender ratios, or a lack of suitable mates.  People whose spirit animal is a duck will find that they have a unique ability to adapt to their situation. They are able to change and grow into the form that suits them best, even if it is in an unexpected way.

Preening

A part of a ducks daily routine is carefully preening their feathers.  Ducks have a small oil gland, either on their back or chest depending on species.  By rubbing their beak on this gland they are able to spread this waterproof oil all over their feathers.  Which helps insulate and keep their feathers clean and waterproof- which also helps them stay afloat! When duck symbolism is in your life it is important that you regularly address your inner self.  By caring for your inner self to make it easier for you to stay afloat in this turbulent world!

Vigilance

Because ducks are preyed upon by a wide variety of predators they have evolved to have an incredible defense.  Ducks take turns standing guard while the flock sleeps and they are able to sleep with one eye open! This keeps one side of their brain awake and able to detect approaching predators.  Likewise, anyone with duck symbolism present in their life will be known for their vigilance!

Emotion Energy

In life we will experience hardships, mountain tops and deep valleys of emotion.  In truth our emotions can become overwhelming and out of control if we don’t handle them properly.  Each emotion needs to be felt, accepted and experienced if we are to grow. Duck totem people have the ability to truly access their emotions and make sense of them.  This is thanks to their connection with emotion energy.

Weaknesses:


Molting

In the wild ducks go through seasonal changes called molting, were they lose their feathers.  This is done in order to prepare to grow new, strong feathers for the next season, although it can leave them flightless!  During seasons of transformation you may find yourself stuck or immobilized and unable to fly like you used to. Don’t worry, it’s a part of the process and over time your feathers will grow back and you’ll be able to fly once again!

Zeal

Most people imagine ducks as cute and gentle creatures, when in reality they have an intense side to them.  When mating, courting or defending their territory they can become so intense they can actually kill each other.  Likewise, duck totem people can have trouble understanding how to let something go. In fact, when they want something they can become overzealous and harm people who get in their way.

What is the duck spirit animal?

The Duck in Dreams: What it Means

Duck symbolism in dreams has a variety of meanings.  It is important to determine if you’ve dreamt of a male or a female duck.  A male duck represents positive emotions and experiences, and is a sign that you are about to enjoy an abundant season of life.  A female duck represents negative emotions and experiences, be aware that you may have to endure some hardships in the season ahead.

When you dream of a pair of ducks together it is a sign that you need to seek balance in your emotional life.  Take extra time to care for your emotional being and be sure you are not hiding or ignoring important emotions.

The duck is a sign of balance and fertility. It’s important to consider this when interpreting dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Duck

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In many Native American tribes the duck is portrayed in stories as being silly and gullible.  Although many clans actually use the duck as their tribes totem- there are stories of a duck diving down into the ocean and retrieving land for the creator to form the world.

Duck symbolism in Chinese culture is a sign for fidelity, affection and lifelong companionship.

Around the world the duck is a symbol for balance and fertility.

Historical Facts

One of the most iconic images of a duck has to be the Rubber Duck!  Did you know that this humble object was originally designed to be something other than a bath time toy?  Learn about it’s interesting history and be able to share with others the original function of a rubber duck!

Animal Quotes

There are times I am happy. There are times I am sad. But I always try to separate emotion from the need to reach for something stronger, deeper. And then no matter the emotion, I can reach for a stability that helps me accomplish what is the goal.
Troy Polamalu
If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck’s back.
Ellen Swallow Richards

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