Totem Animals

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*Bobby Lake-Thom/Spirits of the Earth:
Quail are good signs. They symbolically communicate that a friendly person is coming. For
example, if you are out for a walk on an isolated road or path in the woods and suddenly a Quail
appears near you, it is letting you know that a friendly person is going to cross your path. If a
covey of Quail show up near your house, it means a family is coming. If one Quail suddenly runs
in front of you, dances around in a kind of crazy manner as if all nervous and excited, but doesn't
fly away, the it is telling you that someone up ahead finds you attractive and will probably flirt
with you.

*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
In the Middle Ages, quails were characterized as having amorous personalities, and were given
the symbolism of erotic energy. Courage and victory in battle. In Rome, these were fighting
birds. In a cage, the quail came to represent the embodied soul that seeks freedom. Transmuting
any poisons that threaten your physical, mental, or spiritual health. Aristotle believed that quails
could safely eat toxins like hemlock that normally killed humans. Unexpected blessing. The
ancient Hebrews received quails as a miraculous feast (Ex. 16:11-12). Among Hindus, the quail
symbolizes spring and the returning sun. Similarly in Russia, this was an emblem of the dawn, a
time of hope and new beginnings.

*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
The term quail covers a number of small birds in the genus coturnix. They tend to live in
temperate and tropical regions almost throughout the Old World, including Australia. The
migratory quail breeds in northern Europe and winters in the tropics. The quails of the United
States, such as the bobwhite and others, are only distantly related to the European quail.

A flock of quail will always have one bird as a lookout while feeding. This guard will chatter to
the others, warning them of approaching danger. I've watched quail toy with my cat for long
periods of time, the lookout bird telling the others where Flash was, the flock staying just beyond
his reach.

The symbolism of the quail covers a wide area of the world, from Ireland to China and Japan,
and from Northern Europe to Central America. It was considered to be a night bird and was
associated with the Fire Phoenix by the Chinese. In some cultures, the quail symbolized Spring
and good luck, while in others it meant Summer. Many times this bird was classified as erotic
and phallic.

The quail was an emblem of the Greek deities Apollo and Artemis because Hera had turned their
mother, Leto, into a quail. The goddess Astaeria was also changed into a quail at one time. The
Romans associated it with courage and victory in battle.

Among the Phoenicians, eating quail was taboo. it was, however, sacrificed in a Spring festival
to Hercules, to the god Ba'al, and to the god Melkart because he defeated the evil Typhon.
To the Hindus, this bird was a symbol of the returning Sun each year. In Hindu legends there is
the story of the Asvins reviving the quail that had been swallowed by the Great Wolf of
Darkness and Destruction. This probably refers to the returning Sun symbolism.

When Russia had ruling royalty, the quail was an emblem fo the Tsars. However, the bird
appears in early myths as a symbol of the Sun found by the Dawn Maiden.
The Mayans sacrificed the quail to certain of their gods.

Superstitions: It was believed that quail fattened themselves on poisonous seeds. Aristotle said
that they ate henbane and hellebore.
Magickal attributes: Good luck, courage, victory. For success in a project.

*Denise Linn/The Secret Language of Signs:
The quail bird can be a homonym for the quail that means to fear or to recoil in dread. Is there
something in your life that you are shrinking back from? Are you cowering in fear?

*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Quail stands for fearful thoughts; anxiety; lacking self-reliance.

*Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's Dictionary:
A dream of eating it predicts an improvement in your living conditions; to dream of hunting it
indicates an agreeable surprise.

*Ted Andrews/Animal-Speak:
Keynote: Group Nourishment and Protection
Cycle of Power: Spring and Autumn

The quail is a member of the chicken-shaped bird family known as the galliformes. This also
includes, chickens, pheasants, grouse and such. In fact, quails have much the same habits as
chickens. These should be examined as well, if quail has flown into your life.

Because they are considered good eating, they have come to be associated with nourishment in
many areas. Their frenzied mating antics though have also earned them a reputation for sexuality
and fertility. In ancient Greece, they were considered a symbol of the return of spring.

The bob-white is a member of the quail family which speaks its name. This distinctive call has
been associated with the mysticism of names. It is a bird which can help you to learn your soul
name, the name that stays with you lifetime after lifetime. it has knowledge of the power of
names and the naming process. Hearing the sound of the quail during the first week before or
after the birth of a child can reflect you have chosen the most beneficial name for that child.
Quails live in groups called bevies. In cold weather, they will often nestle together to stay warm.
They will often sit in a tight circle on the ground, tails together in the center, their heads facing
the outer rim of the ring. They appear like the spokes in a wheel. This posture enables them to fly
in all directions to confuse the predator when they are threatened.

The quail has a wonderful ability to easily spot danger. It takes off with a loud explosion. This
startles the predator, distracting it and enabling them to escape. Quail can teach you to be
mindful of dangers and how to explode to safety when threatened. It teaches how not to hesitate
during times of crisis.

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