Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

When peacocks shed their feathers they grow back even brighter and more beautiful, thus sustaining the power of the peacock image. Peacocks also hold meaning as a symbol of accepting one's own beauty and as a reminder to view self and others in their truest form...the incorruptible soul worthy of perfect love.

The peacock is an early Christian symbol for the resurrection of Christ. Several religions maintain that the peacock was present alongside the Tree of Life, and it is from this bird that all other animals were created.

There are Greek and Roman myths having to do with Jupiter (Zuess) and Juno (Hera) and how the peacock was created. It symbolises immortality, the reflection of the divine essence, is associated with the sun and the heavens, and is on par with the angelic realm...a creature capable of seeing God in His/Her true form. Supposedly Cherubim have peacock feathers in their wings.

In Hinduism the peacock is associated with Lakshmi who is a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and luck. Similar to Lakshmi, the peacock is associated with Kwan-yin in Japan - she is Goddess of love, compassionate watchfulness, good-will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness.
Kwan-yin chose to remain a mortal even though she could be immortal because she wished to stay behind and aid humanity in their spiritual evolution. In Babylonia and Persia the peacock is seen as a guardian to royalty, and is often seen in engravings on the thrones of royalty.
In general, the Peacock is representative of glory, immortality, royalty, and incorruptibility, integrity and the beauty that can be achieved when we endeavor to better ourselves and better our lives.

The peacock is known as the bird with one hundred eyes. The eye-like patterns in its tail cause it to represent the stars, the universe, the sun, the moon, and the vault of heaven. To Christians this bird's many eyes are symbols of omniscience, the all-seeing God, and the all-seeing Church. Christ is portrayed as a Lamb with seven eyes "which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth" (Rev 5:6). The peacock's "eyes" also symbolize the beatific vision.

According to Sufi legend the original Spirit was created in the shape of a peacock. When it saw itself in the mirror of the Divine Essence it was so overwhelmed by the beauty it saw therein that great drops of sweat flew from its body. It was taught that from these drops all other living creatures were formed.

Peacocks often play the role of the mythical phoenix in religious art. They are sometimes seen drinking from Eucharistic chalices or near the Tree of Life. Because of their association with the Tree of Life, peacock thrones were popular in ancient Babylon and Persia. Because Heliopolis is the city where the phoenix was said to build its rejuvenating funeral pyre, the peacock has become a substitutional emblem of that city. St. Barbara has a peacock feather as one of her attributes because she was born in Heliopolis.

Yezidi beliefs are a complex mixture of Islam with Gnostic, Jewish, and Shamanistic elements. Worship centers around Angels (Yezidi is from the Arabic word for 'angel'), the most important of which is named Melek Taus, or the "Peacock Angel," also known as Lucifer. Lucifer plays a different role in Yezidism, where he is consideredthe chief Archangel, and the creator of the material world. InYezidi belief, Lucifer is not a fallen angel, or the enemy of God. In Yezidi cosmology, the universal Spirit (the Supreme deity) created a pearl, which became broken after forty thousand years. Melek, or Lucifer, used the remains of the pearl to create the material world. After this creation, the Spirit created the remaining Angels.

For further reference to the Peacock God ~ Melek Taus and the Creation Myth please refer to my previous post: Peacock Dreams ~ Creation Myth with a link to a www


kethes said...

interesting article

dragonfly said...

Hello Kethes!
Thanks and glad you enjoyed it!

j. bay said...

I think we might be on the same "wave" lol

Silver Fox said...

Hello J.bay thanks for dropping by and yes I think we are on the same 'wave'!