Totem Animals

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By CinnamonMoon

*Ted Andrews/Animal-Speak
Keynote: Return to the Love and Security of Home
Cycle of Power: Year-round

The pigeon is an unusual bird. Although most people think of it as a pest in the city environment,
it has very unique characteristics. It is also tied to very gentle and loving archetypal energies.

Today the word "dove" and "pigeon" are used interchangeably. Although there is a difference,
the two species are related. It would be wise for anyone with a pigeon as a totem to study the
characteristics of the dove as well.

The pigeon has a long history associated with the home and with fertility. The real name of
Christopher Columbus was "Colombo" which is the Italian word for "pigeon." Columbus helped
discover a new home. The pigeon also has an extraordinary homing sense. It knows how to find
its way back home, no matter how far it has gone. It is because of this that they often are symbols
for a time or a need to return to the security of home. Pigeons can teach us how to find our way
back when we are lost. They help us to remember and find the love of home and home-life that
we have either given up or lost. They are the only bird that can drink by sucking up water into
their beaks. This reflects that ability to draw on the energies of home, no matter how distant.

They are reminders to us to remember that which has positively affected us from our early home
life. Have we forgotten who we are? Are we falling into old patterns we vowed to remember and
change? Have we forgotten our basic foundations, the heritage we have had passed on to us
through home and family? This includes the morals, the behaviors, the attitudes, etc. Draw upon
them and use them.

Because they breed rapidly and publicly, pigeons came to be sacred symbols for fertility gods
and goddesses. They reflect the fertility of home and family that can occur when they are around.
Pigeons will huddle together during a storm. If there are storms in your life, huddle with your
family--biological or otherwise. There will be safety and security in that activity. Remember that
pigeons remind us of the possibilities, real and ideal, associated with home and family

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