Peacock Meaning and Symbolism
Dec 08
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Peacock Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Peacock Spirit Animal


Peacock symbolism reveals inner beauty and dignity.  Peacocks are commonly known for their bright and ornate plumage.  While the females, called Peahens, are clad in a humble tones.  As a spirit animal peacocks give you the gift of self confidence and pride.  The most recognizable feature of a peafowl is the males decorative tail.  Their long and ornate fans are decorated with countless “eyes”.  These eyes give the peacock totem the source of a powerful gift.  These peering, watchful eyes symbolize the gift of clairvoyance.  Peacock spirit animal people will naturally learn how to access clairvoyance until seeing is second nature.

Peacock Symbolism

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Encounters with the Peacock

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

Have you been waiting for change?

Young peacocks have to wait at least three years until they begin to grow their impressive tails.  Even then it can take some time before they can grow full and beautiful displays.  Sometimes in life we can feel like we’re waiting for something that will never happen but don’t give up!  The peacock totem teaches us not give up on our dreams.  When the peacock appears to you especially after a seasons of waiting hold onto your dreams!

Are you experiencing loneliness?

Peacocks are known for their elaborate displays of courtship.  Males will display their vibrate plumage and perform various calls in order to attract peahens.  When you are experiencing loneliness and the peacock appears to you it is a sign to go out and meet potential mates – but don’t be lazy!  This will require work on your part.  When a peahen appears to you in seasons of loneliness it is a sign to look around and see who might be trying to get your attention.

Have you been hiding in the background?

Peacock symbolism works to draw us out of hiding.  When peafowl appear to you it is doing so to encourage you to step out.  Don’t be afraid to show off your creative side.  When an opportunity to display a hidden talent or gift presents itself don’t be afraid to embrace it.  This is the time to showcase what you’ve been holding back or hiding from the world.

Are you struggling with self acceptance?

Peacock symbolism is about pride and self confidence.  When you are struggling with self acceptance this totem will appear to you to teach you how to love yourself.  It’s important for our spiritual and physical health to embrace and love ourselves.  Don’t let labels or past judgements about yourself hold you back or make you feel unworthy of love and confidence.  Embrace who you are and take steps toward sharing your spirit with the world around you!

Peacock Symbolism: The Peacock Spirit

Could the Peacock be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:


A sure sign the peacock is your spirit animal will be in your confidence.  People with this spirit animal know who they are and what they believe in.  They stand by their beliefs and values and have no reservations sharing those with others.  Peacock totem people aren’t perfect and they know that – it’s easy to confuse confidence with perfection.  People with this spirit animal know they aren’t perfect it’s because they know who they are that they are so confident.


Domesticated peafowl are kept on farms, zoos or in rural areas for this reason, they are very loud!  Their low meow like calls can be heard miles away.  Peacock totem people are very outspoken.  It’s easy for you to rely your opinions and thoughts to others.  Although you don’t just make noise – you are typically very well informed and knowledgeable about a variety of subjects.

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You know a peacock totem person by the way they walk into a room.  These people are highly respected about their peers and loved ones.  They conduct themselves in a dignified manner and seldom engage in behavior that will “ruffle their feathers”.  It’s easy for them to appear stuffy or arrogant – this isn’t true you just have to get to know them.


One gift of the peacock spirit animal is it’s creativity!  Peacock spirit animal people look for beauty all around them and have an eye for creative vision.  This comes from their own inner well of beauty and self acceptance – which overflows into the energy they use to create beauty in the world around them.

What are the Traits of the Peacock Totem?

Lessons from the Peacock Spirit Animal

Peacocks are:

  • Intelligent
  • Insightful
  • Reliable
  • Attractive
What is the Peacock Totem?

This totem teaches us to embrace who we are while holding onto our dreams for the future.  As a peacock totem person it’s important for you to learn to love yourself and give your physical and spiritual being the nurturing you need to thrive.  As you embrace and love yourself you will unlock your aptitude for clairvoyance.  Use your gifts to bring beauty to the world around you!

Peacock symbolism surprisingly teaches us about humility.  We learn this from the peahen who is clothed in simple and humble feathers.  It is a sign to keep your heart pure and your motives true.

What does the peacock spirit mean? Self confidence and new beginnings! Peacock totem people are confident and aren’t afraid of new beginnings.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Peacock

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It comes as a surprise to many people that peafowl are able to fly.  Despite their heavy and lengthy tails they’re able to fly exceptionally well!  This totem gives you the ability to maneuver and fly without your reputation and gifts weighing you down.   You don’t have to compromise your talents and reputation to move or change directions.  So when you “start over” you don’t have to start from scratch!


In many cultures peafowl are revered for the protection they provide.  They are known for eating snakes and driving them from their territory.  Peafowl are great “look outs” since they will often sound a warning call when large predators are in the area.  As a friend you are the person others can count out to drive out lies and things that come against your loved ones.  You also act as an early warning system keeping your friends and loved ones safe from disaster.  When you see danger approaching whether it’s in the form of an event or a decision you don’t hesitate to sound the alarm and tell others.


In the wild peacocks are known for their amazing ability to preform over 10 different calls.  As a peacock spirit animal person this manifests into your ability to understand multiple perspectives and ideas.  You are an incredibly valuable person to have around when it comes to brainstorming and coming up with new ideas and strategies.  Your ability to understand different sides of an issue give you an edge in the creative area.  When you encounter an obstacle or setback instead of being frustrated you are able to look at the problem, evaluate what went wrong, and approach it from a different angle.



Perhaps the greatest weakness associated with peacock symbolism is this totems vanity.  It’s important to be involved with team activities and for you to keep your heart soft.  When you get bored or are in a place where success is your own doing you can easily fall prey to vanity.  This is an unattractive trait because it often shines the spotlight on your own strengths while discrediting others.  This is why it’s important for you to engage in team activities – especially something you’re new to or are not proficient at – this sort of activity will help keep you humble and your heart soft.


Peafowl are bold, proud and flashy!  One thing they are not is strong!  When a peacock is pursued by a predator it’s best defense is to fly away!  This is because while they have a sharp beak and talons those tools are useless against the teeth and claws of their natural predators.  In the wild peafowl rely on each other to warn the others when a predator is approaching.  It’s easy for people with this spirit animal to brush people aside and live independently without anyone else close to them.  While this may feel natural and can be beneficial it’s important for you to keep a couple people close to you – don’t become defenseless!


Research has shown that peacocks are able to make over 10 different calls.  One that they are known for is mimicking the sound of a mating female.  They do this to draw in peahens who believe that a worthy and successful male is mating nearby.  Just like their spirit animal in the wild it can be easy for peacock totem people to begin spiraling into deceitful patterns.  A little while lie here… maybe a half truth there… and before you know it they’ve spun an intricate web of deceit around themselves!  When you’re surrounded by lies it can be difficult or impossible to let people close to you for fear of them discovering the truth!  As a peacock totem person it’s important for you to take care that your integrity stays in tack.  Don’t fall victim to your own lies!

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The Peacock in Dreams: What it Means

Peacock symbolism represents new beginnings and resurrection.  When one appears in your dreams it can be a sign that something new is about start.  Or that something like a dream, project or hope for the future that you thought was dead is now coming back to life!

When you hear a peacock calling in your dreams it can represent a deep and hidden longing of the heart.  It’s important to consider what is happening in your dream and look for clues about what the dream to determine what your heart is longing for – it could be companionship, a creative outlet or something of the past.

Around the world peacocks are a symbol of the immortal soul.  The peacock can appear to you out of the overflow of your spirit and share with you the treasures of immortality.  While providing you with clairvoyance and enlightenment.

A peacock is a sign of royalty and new beginnings. It’s important to consider this when interpreting dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Peacock

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India – Peafowl is the national bird of India and is protected in that country.

HinduPeafowl is considered a sacred bird.  The spots on the peacock’s tail are said to symbolize the eyes of the gods.

Christianity – Peacocks are one of the most precious items brought from Asia by King Solomon’s ships.

Ancient Greeks – They believed that the flesh of peafowl did not decay after death which made the peacock a symbol of immortality.

Worldwide – The peacock is a symbol of immortality and new beginnings.

Historical Facts

The Peacock Throne is a famous golden throne.  It was originally built for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the early 17th century.

Animal Quotes

Be like a peacock and dance with all of your beauty.
Debasish Mridha
Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.
Emily Dickinson

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