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Thursday, 20 September 2007

Kingfisher Symbolism

Also known as the Halycon, the Kingfisher is a long-time symbol of peace and prosperity. It has many legends and superstitions surrounding it with many originating in ancient Greece; the body of the Kingfisher, if dried, could ward off thunderbolts and storms.

It is said the Kingfisher is the promise of abundance, of new warmth, prosperity and love that is about to unfold within your life.

In Greek mythology Alcyone, daughter of Aeolus (king of the winds), found her husband drowned and cast herself into the sea. The gods rewarded her devotion by turning her into a kingfisher, and Aeolus forbade the winds to blow during the "Halcyon Days" (the seven days before and the seven after the winter solstice, when legend has it that the kingfisher lays its eggs).

Kingfishers are associated with Pallas (one of the Titans, a race of godlike giants who were considered to be the personifications of the forces of nature), Hera (the queen of the Olympian deities, the eldest daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and wife and sister of Zeus), and Thetis, one of the Nereids, the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris who dwell in the Mediterranean Sea. These beautiful women were always friendly and helpful towards sailors fighting perilous storms. The Kingfishers are beloved by sea-nymphs (in Greek mythology, nymphs are spirits of nature, and they are minor female deities and the protectors of springs, mountains, and rivers).


Anonymous said...

I saw a Belted Kingfisher today along a wooded trail near me. They are such beautiful creatures!

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

It's funny that a Sacred Kingfisher hitting my living room window in Feb 2011 was the thing that started me off blogging -

I took pictures of the stunned bird before it flew off.
I had never seen a Sacred Kingfisher in the wild before that,and I still haven't seen one since.

Anonymous said...

I saw a Belted Kingfisher yesterday and heard it's rattle call and wondered what kind of bird it could be. Upon doing some online research I identified the bird and am comforted by its symbolic meanings. I've never seen one of these birds before and find myself wondering how this beautiful creature came to be here in PA on a cold sunny winter day just as I was taking my afternoon walk.:)

Anonymous said...

I have one following me daily... I am pregnant and it's reassuring it's a good not a bad thing. It sits on my washing line...dive bombs the house and perches outside my kitchen n bedroom windows!

Anonymous said...

I dreamt about kingfishers last night--a bank by a river was full of their nesting holes and the kingfishers were darting in and out of them. I walked down the bank to get a closer look at the birds and I was even able to touch them. After the week I've had (well, whole year), their symbolism is very reassuring. Truly a dream sent by God.

Anonymous said...

I have a kingfisher visiting the bay I live near, and now a kingfisher tattoo!