Blackbird Symbol


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Blackbird Symbol: The Bird has a deep symbolic significance to many different cultures and religions. The Bird is said to be able to communicate with gods; the bird can ascend into heaven and the bird is even a feature of the Tree of Life often depicted with a serpent at their feet. The blackbird for example has a deep significance to Christians. The Devil appeared to St Benedict to tempt him in the form of a blackbird. In Christianity, Blackbirds are also a symbol of temptation of the flesh - Blackbird Symbol Traits

The bird is generally thought to be a symbol of freedom. They can walk on the earth and swim in the sea as humans do but they also have the ability to soar into the sky. Birds are free to roam to earth and the sky. Many cultures believe that they are a symbol of eternal life; the link between heaven and earth.

A comprehensive guide to Blackbird Symbol:
  • Meaning of Blackbird symbol
  • Blackbird symbol - Facts
  • Dream explanation, what is the significance of seeing a Blackbird in a dream?

Blackbird Symbol
There is no exact definition for any symbol; each symbol is open to interpretation and birds are no exception to this. Their symbolism can vary greatly depending on different cultures and religion. The Blackbird is generally thought to be a symbol of temptations of the flesh and it has a deep significance to Christians as a religious symbol. The Devil appeared to St Benedict to tempt him in the form of a blackbird. It is also considered a symbol of the human soul and symbolizes intelligence, wisdom and joy.

Blackbird Symbol - Meaning
In England the Blackbird is a species of thrush (Turdus merula). In America, it is known as Eurasian Blackbird. It is a territorial bird and displays a unique "bow and run" display to deter other birds. This display involves a short run, with the head of the bird first raised and then bowed while dipping its tail simultaneously. The blackbird is a singing bird with several distinct 'calls'. There are many varieties of new world blackbird but they are from the icterid family and although share the same name, they are from a different species, they include:

  • Rusty Blackbird also known as the Rusty Grackle (Euphagus carolinus)

  • Austral Blackbird (Curaeus curaeus)

  • Bolivian Blackbird (Agelaioides oreopsar)

  • Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)

  • Yellow-winged Blackbird (Agelasticus thilius)

  • Melodious Blackbird (Dives dives)

  • Chestnut-capped Blackbird (Chrysomus ruficapillus)

  • Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

  • Cuban Blackbird (Dives atroviolaceus)

  • Forbes's Blackbird (Curaeus forbesi)

  • Jamaican Blackbird (Nesopsar nigerrimus)

  • Pale-eyed Blackbird (Agelasticus xanthophthalmus)

  • Red-breasted Blackbird (Sturnella militaris)

  • Scarlet-headed blackbird (Amblyramphus holosericeus)

  • Tawny-shouldered blackbird (Agelaius humeralis)

  • Tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor)

  • Yellow-shouldered Blackbird (Agelaius xanthomus)

Blackbird Symbol - Nursery Rhymes
Blackbirds are a popular symbol in nursery rhymes and in literature. The following traditional English children's rhyme 'Sing a song of sixpence' is also often referred to as 'Blackbirds in a Pie'. This rhyme was believed to parody the relationship between King Henry VIII of England and Anne Boleyn who was Henry's second wife. In preparation for a visit by the King to the home of Anne Boleyn, 'netters' were sent out into the fields of the estate with rye in their pockets to spread around to catch a mass of blackbirds. Two dozen blackbirds, feathers still on, were baked into a massive pie that looked beautiful on the outside. The line 'The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes' is believed to refer to Anne Boleyn who had been a maid (lady) in waiting to Queen Katherine when Henry took a fancy to her. Jane Seymour became a lady in waiting to Anne Boleyn when she became Queen. These ambitious women encouraged Henry in his attentions making sure they made their charms very obvious and appealing (hanging out their clothes). The line ' When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!' symbolises those who are tempted by carnal pleasures. Anne Boleyn was eventually beheaded and Jane Seymour died following the birth of her son.

'Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?
The king was in his counting house counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!'

Blackbird Symbol - Christian Significance
A medieval book called a Bestiary had allegorical descriptions of real and fabled animals including the Blackbird. These books were often full of symbolism and contained a moral or religious lesson or allegory. A Bestiary reflected the belief that the world itself was the Word of God, and that every living creature had its own special meaning. The Aberdeen Bestiary which was written in the 12th Century contains the following information regarding the blackbird as a religious symbol:

  • The blackbird represents those who are tempted by carnal pleasures

  • The blackbird in flight represents the temptation to desire

  • A white blackbird represents purity of will

  • To reject the desire symbolised by the blackbird, you must discipline yourself and thus rid yourself of pleasures of the mind by inflicting pain on your flesh

Blackbird Symbol - Facts

  • The term 'Blackbirding' refers to the slave trade. From the 1860s people were kidnapped and tricked known as 'blackbirding' to mine the guano deposits on the Chincha Islands in Peru and from the 1870's they were recruited to work in the sugar plantations in Queensland, Australia and Fiji

  • Blackbird is a slang term for the local indigenous people of Queensland, Australia, they are also called 'Kanaka'

  • A common blackbird only lives for about two and a half years

  • In early Christian writing, the Blackbird is a symbol of evil

  • The Devil appeared to St Benedict to tempt him in the form of a blackbird

  • The Blackbird is commonly thought to symbolise temptation of the flesh

  • The Greeks considered the Blackbird a sacred bird because of its beautiful singing

  • Native Aborigines believed that birds carried stories

Blackbird Symbol - Dream Explanation

  • Dreaming of a blackbird, is a bad omen and a sign of impending bad luck

  • A dream where you see a Blackbird also means your lack of motivation and that you are not utilizing your full potential

  • Dreaming of a flying blackbird however means good fortune.

Dream Interpretation - Significance of Bird Symbol

The following explanation of dreams involving birds in general is taken from the book entitled 'Dream Dictionary (10,000 Dreams Interpreted - by Gustavus Hindman Miller)':

  • It is a favorable symbol in a dream to see birds of beautiful plumage. A wealthy and happy partner is near if a woman has dreams of this nature

  • Moulting and song less birds, could denote merciless and inhuman treatment of the outcast and fallen by people of wealth

  • To see a wounded bird, is a symbol of fateful of deep sadness caused by erring offspring

  • To see flying birds, is a symbol of prosperity to the dreamer. All disagreeable environments will vanish before the wave of prospective good

  • To catch birds, is not at all bad. To hear them speak, is owning one's inability to perform tasks that demand great clearness of perception.

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