I know, I know. We like to think of animal spirit guides, totem animals, and the avian messengers of Spirit to always be the majestic, ephemeral, and powerful creatures such as wolves or dolphins or butterflies or hawks. But, sometimes common animals have messages for us too. Spirit works in infinite ways.
A couple of weeks ago Aggie from the blog Isis Farms (check them out – there’s even a chicken love story!) asked me if I had written an Animal Spirits post on chickens yet. I had not and said if chickens came up more I would. Then I wrote a couple of posts about my Simba and Lion Spirits. And what does that have to do with chickens? Well, in my old home where I had a little “farm” I used to have chickens, The Girls as I called them, who laid green and blue-green eggs, and Simba was my partner in raising, caring for, and protecting the girls. Needless to say, chickens kept coming up in my mind.
Chickens, the hen (female) and the rooster (male), are domesticated birds. From my experience they are proud, very intelligent, and have distinct personalities. Mine even knew their names! Hens symbolize nurturing and mothering. Hence, we have the term “mother hen.” Roosters, or cocks, are more cocky and flamboyant. They are protectors of the coop, the hens, and the chicks or eggs. Their loud cock-a-doodle-doo in the morning to welcome the Sun and the day, also makes them solar creatures and time-keepers. In Chinese astrology the rooster, who sometimes is called the Phoenix, is a symbol of good luck, fidelity and honesty, and protectiveness or bossiness.
The Chicken symbolizes:
- Community and family protection, growth, and nurturing
- Pride, courage, and arrogance/flamboyance
- Watchfulness and being in tune with Time and the Sun
- Wake-up calls and hearing your Inner Voice
- The power of voice and language
Here’s a little picture tribute to Simba and The Girls: