why is it always crows or ravens in ya literature??? is it because they’re scary and foreboding?? you know what else is scary and foreboding?? geese. show some originality, give me a book with philosophical quotes about geese
This gives me the hypothesis that Big Bird is actually a Simurgh, a gargantuan type of mythical bird made up of the unity of thirty birds in enlightenment (At least according to the most famous version of its story spoken of by Borges).
This would explain his great size despite his age and his seemingly-indeterminate species of origin, as well as his golden color relating to Western alchemy’s symbol for enlightenment.
Boy is it fun to overanalyze Sesame Street as a fantasy setting…
[Source is at puppet . wikia . com/wiki/Big_Bird, which I cannot directly link because @staff hates competition.]
Okay Y’all, this took forever, so I hope you like it. If you have anything to add, please do! I left a lot of stuff out, just because I couldn’t find it. *NOTE* these correspondences are tailored to my personal beliefs
**WARNING** Please be careful when working with feathers you find yourself, don’t mess with dead birds, and know that on some places, it is illegal to collect feathers you find yourself.
Peacocks were thought to be very unlucky, because they resemble an
eye. The eye shape in the Feather represented the evil eye which people were
afraid of. Today the beauty and natural strength of the peacocks are again
recognized. The feathers are specially valued for their multicolored eyes.
The Crow is one of the animals humans have always been afraid of. A
crow at the window is said to represent the soul of a dead person. Crow
feathers are used for mourning and letting go of unwanted feelings or
Robins bring the omen of new things coming into one’s life. The
feathers can also be used to induce fertility. Robins laying eggs early in
spring represent abundances in the coming year.
The pure white feathers of swans are used to purify and cleanse by
attracting new energy. They represent beauty, grace and goodness. Black swan
feathers can be used to purify of unwanted energy.
This bird´s feathers are good communication feathers. They help to
tap into the deeper consciousness and can teach sacred wisdom.
The feathers of hawks not only hold the active energy of those artful
hunters, but can also be used to identify diseases at skilled hands. Finding
a hawk may mean you need to protect yourself from bad energy
Eagles are thought to be great energy bringers and remind us of the
basic sacredness of all birds. They represent peace and happiness and there
feathers can also drive away harmful energy.
The owl has always been associated with death, sorcery and the dark
side of life. However they are also associated with knowledge and power. Baby
owls represent curiosity while Adults carry an air of Cunning. Owl feathers
may help bring advancement at any task, or help to clearly find a goal or
Cocks were believed to represent light and goodness. There feathers
can also be used as part of weather spells to raise rain and storms.
Often, The feathers are used to help bring love, peace and Joy. These
birds are also an omen for a long (or prosperous) life
Blue Jays are valued as bringer of light and joy and are said to have
the ability to brighten up even the darkest places. Seeing one while pregnant
means you will have an intelligent child.
Someone in your life is not good for you. It’s time to seriously
re-evaluate your relationship with this person. Use these fathers in curses
and Hexes- especially those to end relationships.
Carrying these feathers will help something you’ve been working hard
for in your life to pay off. If you feel like you aren’t getting somewhere,
seeing a woodpecker means it’s probably time to use another method to achieve
The Feathers of Swallows may be used to help attract luck in some
magic, Likewise, seeing a swallow may mean that it is time to reach out for
Feathers are used for defensive and protection magic. Seeing one can
mean that it is time to act aggressively in a situation, and seeing one while
pregnant is a sign of a strong-willed child.
The Cardinal’s feathers can be used to encourage Courage and good fortune,
but seeing one can often mean that you’re flamboyance or outrageous means of
doing things will get you into trouble. Seeing one while pregnant will mean a
These birds represent Faithfulness, but also some over-activity.
[Image description: drawing of a green bird holding a blue book and a brown to-go coffee cup and saying “I wish you all the books you want to read and all the coffee you want to drink.” in an orange speech bubble.]
Roses. A metal engraving by Richard Earlom for Robert John Thornton’s book, New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus: And the Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature, published in 1807.