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Black Swan Symbolism & Meaning

Are you feeling troubled and tense? Do you have trouble asking others for help? Longing for greater freedom of expression? Black Swan, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Black Swan teaches you to relax and how to reach out to those around you! Delve deeply into Black Swan symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can support, educate, and guide you!

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Black Swan Symbolism & Meaning

The Black Swan is a water bird that originated in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, where they build their nest in swampy regions. This particular bird is somewhat of a White Elephant symbolically and scientifically. Until the late 1600s, everyone thought it was simply a myth, and that all Swans were white. So Black Swan comes by the association of pleasant surprises, unexpected discoveries, and challenging the “impossible.”

The tales of Black Swan appear in Aboriginal Dreamtime. One tells us that black swans were once Ancestors to a tribe, eventually becoming men. Another tells us that an arrogant fisher doomed his entire crew to being transformed into Black Swans. He was out in the water and caught a young trickster spirit called the Bunyip and refused to release it at the behest of his mates. Mother Bunyip would have none of that, churned up the water for a flood around the boat, and used her might magic. It is said they remain in that form to this day, only being able to speak human tongue by night, because of perilous arrogance and pride.

A third folk story claims that there were once two brothers who became White Swans to assist in gathering weapons. The local hero, Wurrunna, used a crystal, shapeshifting them. Eaglehawks attacked the White Swans, picking them clean. Upon seeing this, Crows shared their black feathers, making the brothers into Black Swans. The color remained as a reminder of the Crow’s kind assistance.

Today the Black Swan is an emblem for Western Australia. Their miraculous return to life is likened to a lesson in not jumping to conclusions or making false assumptions. Black Swan Spirit and her story teach us that anyone can change feathers, particularly if we have a little help.

Throughout their native habitat, keywords and characteristics associated with Black Swan include ancestors, assistance, compassion, cooperation, discovery, epiphany, fidelity, group cooperation, happiness, liberation, joy, love, partnership, pride, revelation, shapeshifting, tenderness, thaumaturgy, and wonder.

Black Swans are totally black but for tiny tips of white on the wings. They often travel in flocks, particularly during molting season, when they cannot fly. At this time, they band together for protection, working in harmony together for the greater good.

Black Swans mate for life like other members of the Swan family. They work cooperatively on the next and in caring for their young; this is an example of natural love and commitment. When one of the two dies, two Black Swans of the same gender may band together for the same purpose – protecting the nest with as much devotion as any others in the group. Once babies emerge and the parents manage to deter a predator, they actually dance together in victory, making a loud-and-proud trumpeting sound for all to hear.

Black Swan Spirit Animal

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Black Swan may appear as a Spirit Animal for a variety of reasons. Sometimes she comes when you feel like you have no power over your circumstances. There seems to be no satisfactory solution, and you begin giving into victimhood. Black Swan wants to swim you away from that mentality and help you reclaim your power. Disadvantages can be turned around with a little creativity, and in this case, good energy from your Black Swan helper.

Sometimes Black Swan comes to remind us of where we should be helping (or not). This Swan has an exceedingly long neck, and it can reach the proverbial distance. The question here for you is: Are you over-reaching? Sticking your neck out for someone you trust over an acquaintance are two quite different things. Examine the situation more closely.

This Spirit Animal also teaches us about being willing to reach out and ask for aid ourselves (as much as you do for others). When the Black Swan cannot fly, it needs the safety of a group. So, if you’ve been grounded in some way, now’s the time to let Black Swan guide you to the right people. Even if it’s just your car being in the shop and needing a ride to work – say something! Don’t just sit and stew.

Once airborne, the grandeur of the Black Swan is nearly unparalleled; this is grace in action, moving above life’s limitations and seeing the greater picture. Your spirit is a beautiful thing already. Wait until you see it fly with liberated bliss.

Those who have been looking for a special someone may discover Black Swan coming into their awareness; this signals the love and romance for which you hope, but it won’t unfold in the way you think. Remember, the Black Swan appeared quite mysteriously, as if out of a fairytale. The new interest coming to you will be very spontaneous, quirky, and a total, wonderful surprise. Don’t get stuck in old relationship patterns and miss this opportunity for a long-term devoted partner.

Black Swan Totem Animal

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Those with the Black Swan Totem Animal are never exactly what you expect when you first meet them. The phrase “out of the box” was coined for Black Swan people. They love being a bit mysterious, enigmatic, mystifying, and even a bit cheeky about it. There is playfulness in Black Swan because they treasure life and laughter so dearly.

If Black Swan is your Birth Totem, those you love know it without question. Woe to the person or business that tries to insert themselves into that family bevy without invitation. You will protect hearth, home, and your extended family fiercely. Black Swan may look pretty, but in anything that could harm those people, all bets are off (the feathers can be combed back into place later).

Mind you; life isn’t all about facing battles. Most times, you just like to relax and enjoy the company of good folk with intelligent conversation and mouthwatering food. These moments are about savoring the beauty in life and sharing happiness. If you know people who have trouble unwinding, they will flock to you for a little TLC. Black Swans love to preen each other almost as Cats do!

In life, those with Black Swan totem may face some heartache that could make them jaded. You are really quixotic in a lovely way. Try not to lose that when you outgrow a relationship, as it would be a terrible loss to your whole aura. Don’t just give up on long-lasting passion. It will come. Black Swan will always find her life mate.

Black Swan Power Animal

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Black Swan is not a simple power animal. You must have full respect for Her and a clear purpose before calling for aid. When She does come, Black Swan isn’t a lenient communicator. Her answers or directions will be loud, strong, and clear.

You may wish to reach out to Black Swan in your quest for a soul mate. Be ready to be patient, however. Good things take time, and Black Swan will want only the best for you.

Black Swan Power Animal also helps you when you feel awkward in a group environment. If you’re not quite sure where you fit in or how to help, let this Animal Guide support your efforts. She knows what it’s like to feel invisible or out of touch. Note that if you tend to come off as heavy-handed, Black Swan tempers that too.

By far, the most intense reason for which to call Black Swan Spirit is when you need nothing less than what you perceive as a miracle. She has already made quite a splash on life. Get ready for a magical ride toward a whole new sense of wonder in your life.

Australian Black Swan Symbolic Meanings

Because of friend Swan originates in Australia, this is the place that we can learn more about her symbolism and meaning. Our first story tells us of a day when all Swans were white. Two landed on a mountain of Eagles who were very angry about the imposition. They swooped up the Swans carrying them to the Southern coast. Along the way, they plucked all those beautiful white feathers out, which became delicate flannel flowers across the land. Later, Blackbirds would share their feathers so the Swan would no longer be naked. The only remaining hint of their former color is on the very tips of the Black Swan’s wings.

Here we see how beauty can grow out of terrible moments. Some say it is a spiritual lesson, too, about seeking out perfection before God only to discover that part of that road includes suffering, harsh lessons, and eventual transformation.

Black Swan Theory & Symbolic Meanings

The Black Swan Theory is a metaphor about surprises that have a major effect but become rationalized, so they seem insignificant. There are events in life that are nearly impossible to predict or incredibly rare. These traverse all subjects ranging from math and science to history and finance. These moments, while they may even seem tiny at first, grow in magnitude to the point where the lasting effect, even if not directly recognized as such (even as the Black Swan’s re-emergence from being extinct).

All systems of thought have their Black Swan elements. They are fragile to inaccurate conclusions or poor logic. In this illustration, they believed all Swans must be white because that is what historical records indicated. But, as we know, Black Swans were going to change all that when the Dutch discovered them in Australia. Can you imagine their surprise?

A Black Swan event in your life would be one that starts outside of all your normal expectations, and that at first you may try to explain away. Nonetheless, that moment affects you so greatly, is so dynamic, much that now you try not to explain it away, but justify it. In retrospect, the Black Swan event simply “is.” Now, of course, the Black Swan is very personal. Your surprise may look like the Swan while Someone else perceives a Robin. It really doesn’t matter. The phenomena get all tied up in statistics and probability when it would just be more wonderful and simpler if we said WOW, appreciated the experience, and embraced the evolutionary change it makes in our lives.

Black Swan Dreams

When Black Swan shows up in your dreams, it may be an omen that something astounding is on the horizon. It’s usually a positive sign – good things, unexpected blessings, personal healing, relationship transformations, all of these are possible, so keep your eye open.

If the Black Swan swims with another, it represents your relationship. Moving together marks harmony and fidelity. A group of Black Swans moving together has a similar implication for your family: A meaning of working and playing together with love in your hearts. Contrarily if two Black Swans seem to be quarreling, something is amiss with a friend or loved one that you need to fix.

When Black Swan is on the edge of your awareness in your dream or seems blurry, it symbolizes the unknown or something that you consider outside your normal comfort zone.

If you chase after the Black Swan and it moves swiftly away, ask yourself if you are chasing after something you should not – something you see as taboo or forbidden. Consider wisely.

A Black Swan nesting often resonates with hearth, home, and safety. If the bird looks content, so are you; this is a time of peacefulness and little pleasant rewards for your good efforts in taking care of the family.

Dreaming of a Black Swan on a pond swimming your way is good news, often for new relationships. Be ready for a secret admirer to make themselves known.

Black Swan Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Compassion
  • Discovery
  • Fidelity
  • Happiness
  • Liberation
  • Love
  • Pride
  • Shapeshifting
  • Tenderness
  • Revelation

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