Animals play a key role in symbolism as they visit you in your reality by various means: through dreams, visions, pictures, or in the life by which you live.
- Goose — FIRE, Celtic form of Mars, easily provoked, vehicle for the soul of the fallen warrior to return the place from which he came at birth.
- Nightingale — love poetry, romance, inspiration, creativity, the muse, nature's purity, virtue and goodness.
- Woodpecker — FIRE, sacred to Mars, courageous, spirited, keeper of the Peony. Nourisher.
- Dog — loyalty, unclean
- Bear — FIRE, Sacred to Mars
- Wolf — FIRE, Sacred to Mars; Male-wolf — victory. She-wolf — foster care.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Miranda Green, Animals in Celtic Life and Myth (Routledge, 1992), p. 126.
- ↑ Walker, Stuart (2012). "The Object of Nightingales: Design Values for a Meaningful Material Culture". Design and Culture.
- ↑ Plutarch, Roman Questions 21; also named as sacred to Mars in his Life of Romulus. Ovid (Fasti 3.37) calls the woodpecker the bird of Mars.
- ↑ Pliny, Natural History 29.29
- ↑ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita 10.27.
- ↑ The myth of the she-wolf, and the birth of the twins with Mars as their father, is a long and complex tradition that weaves together multiple stories about the founding of Rome. See T.P. Wiseman, Remus: A Roman Myth (Cambridge University Press, 1995), p. xiii, 73ff. et passim.