Dove Symbol



Dove Symbol: To see white doves in your dream, is a symbol of loyalty and friendships. It may also represent a message and blessing from the Holy Spirit. You have let go of your thoughts of hate and revenge -  Dove 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 Dove Symbol:

  • Meaning of Dove symbol
  • Dove symbol - Facts
  • Dream explanation, what is the significance of seeing a Dove in a dream?

Dove 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 Dove is generally thought to be a symbol of peace. In Christianity, the dove is a symbol of the holy spirit (holy ghost), and represents the soul. It is also symbolic of love. A pair of doves is believed to be a symbol of love and fidelity. Doves are often released by couples on their wedding day as a symbol of purity and to signify the beginning of their new life together.

Dove Symbol - Meaning
Doves are from the Columbidae family. They are stout-bodied birds with short necks and slender . Doves feed on seeds, fruits, and plants.

Dove Symbol - Color Symbolism
The dove is symbol of innocence, gentleness, and affection; also, in art as well as in the Scriptures, it is the typical symbol of the Holy Ghost. God sent his spirit in the form of a dove to gather mankind into his church. The meanings of the colors of the dove are:

  • Red Dove -  A symbol showing how Christ redeemed man with his blood

  • Speckled Dove - A symbol which represents the diversity of the twelve prophets

  • White Dove - A symbol of innocence, gentleness and peace


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Dove Symbol - Facts

  • Like the Pigeon, Doves can be used to carry messages due to their amazing homing instinct

  • The dove is a symbol of Martyrdom in Christianity

  • Doves feed their young on milk like mammals do, the 'milk' is produced from the parents throat and fed to the young chicks, this is called 'Crop Milk'

  • In certain cultures Doves are a food source

  • In Greek mythology, the dove was a symbol of several gods including Aphrodite and Zeus

  • The seven gifts of the holy spirit are often depicted by a cross surrounded by seven doves symbolizing wisdom, knowledge, counsel, understanding, piety, knowledge and fear of the lord

  • According to the Hebrew Tanakh, Doves are kosher and they are the only bird which can be used in the Korban which is a sacrificial offering

  • Doves are the emblem or symbol of Saint Benedict

  • The environmental group Greenpeace uses the image of a dove carrying an olive branch as a symbol of peace and hope

  • A pair of doves is a symbol of love and fidelity. A pair of doves are often released by a newly married couple as a sign of their commitment, love and fidelity to each other

  • Doves are considered a sacred bird in many cultures

Dove Symbol - Dream Explanation

  • Seeing doves in your dream, symbolizes peace, tranquillity, harmony, and innocence.

  • To see white doves in your dream, is a symbol of loyalty and friendships. It may also represent a message and blessing from the Holy Spirit. You have let go of your thoughts of hate and revenge.

  • To dream that doves are mating and building a nest, is a symbol of a joyous home life filled with tranquillity, pleasure and obedient children.

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.

Dove Symbol - Christian Significance
In the bible, a dove returned to Noah with an olive branch to tell him that the flood waters had abated, and that the Great Flood of God's judgment was over:

'He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. '
(Gen. 8:10)

Dove Symbol - Christian Definition
The following definition of the dove symbol is taken from the Easton Bible Dictionary:

  • In their wild state doves generally build their nests in the clefts of rocks, but when domesticated "dove-cots" are prepared for them (Cant. 2:14; Jer. 48:28; Isa. 60:8)

  • The dove was placed on the standards of the Assyrians and Babylonians in honour, it is supposed, of Semiramis (Jer. 25:38; Vulg., "fierceness of the dove;" comp. Jer. 46:16; 50:16).

  • Doves and turtle-doves were the only birds that could be offered in sacrifice, as they were clean according to the Mosaic law (Ge. 15:9; Lev. 5:7; 12:6; Luke 2:24).

  • The dove was the harbinger of peace to Noah (Gen. 8:8, 10).

  • The dove is often mentioned as the emblem of purity (Ps. 68:13). It is a symbol of the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:2; Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32); also of tender and devoted affection (Cant. 1:15; 2:14).

  • David in his distress wished that he had the wings of a dove, that he might fly away and be at rest (Ps. 55:6-8).

  • There is a species of dove found at Damascus "whose feathers, all except the wings, are literally as yellow as gold" (68:13).

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