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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.

BirdsEdit

  • Goose — FIRE, Celtic form of Mars, easily provoked,[1] 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.[2]
  • Woodpecker — FIRE, sacred to Mars, courageous, spirited,[3] keeper of the Peony.[4] Nourisher.[1]

DomesticsEdit

  • Dog — loyalty, unclean

PredatorsEdit

  • Bear — FIRE, Sacred to Mars
  • Wolf — FIRE, Sacred to Mars; Male-wolf — victory.[5] She-wolf — foster care.[6]

ResourcesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Miranda Green, Animals in Celtic Life and Myth (Routledge, 1992), p. 126.
  2. Walker, Stuart (2012). "The Object of Nightingales: Design Values for a Meaningful Material Culture". Design and Culture.
  3. 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.
  4. Pliny, Natural History 29.29
  5. Livy, Ab Urbe Condita 10.27.
  6. 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.

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