Flamingo Symbolism & Meaning
Need to maintain a sense of balance in your life? Looking for to remain steadfast amid chaos? Flamingo as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Flamingo teaches stand strong in the face of a storm! Delve deeply in Flamingo symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal Spirit guide can fortify, support, and help you!
Flamingo Table of Contents
- Flamingo Symbolism & Meaning
- Spirit Animal
- Totem Animal
- Power Animal
- Celtic Symbolism
- Flamingo in Uruguay
- Native American Symbolism
- Flamingo Dreams
- Far Eastern Symbolism
- Back to all Birds
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
Flamingo Symbolism & Meaning
Native habitats for Flamingos include the West Indies and the Galapagos Islands for the American Flamingo. Andean, Chilean and James’ Flamingos reside in South America. Greater and Lesser Flamingos are in Africa and the Middle East. All are water birds that stay near lakes, lagoons and other wetlands unless something happens to water levels that cause their retreat. While currently not endangered, the International Union for Conservation considers Lesser, James’ and Chilean Flamingos threatened due to decreasing numbers.
Evidence suggests that Flamingos evolved some 30 million years ago. Its earliest ancestors were the palaelodus who stood 5 feet tall; this creature could swim underwater where it gathered food using its beak. There may be older fossils, but none have been found yet. The best-preserved signs of Flamingos come from the Andes Mountains some seven million years ago.
The iconic one-footed Flamingo has beautiful pink feathers, a color that actually comes from their diet. The brighter the pink, the healthier the bird. Scientists aren’t really sure why Flamingo keeps a leg in the air, but there’s no question they could give a Yogi a run for the money in a balance competition. What many people do not realize is that the Flamingo is an accomplished flier as well. With this in mind, Flamingo has ties to both the Earth and Air Element.
Flamingos are also very social creatures who like living in large groups. The largest documented flock of Flamingos numbered over one million in East Africa. They will develop bonds when mating but may have more than one partner in a group. The cooperative Spirit of Flamingo is illustrated in how they build, tend and defend their nest together. In the interest of true liberation and diversity, Flamingos have same-sex couples too!
In considering the symbols and meanings of Flamingo, we must consider her color. Pink is a playful, charming hue that resonates with harmony, friendship, openness, tenderness and a smattering of romance for good measure. The pink Flamingo represents serenity and a contented life (you could say they are “tickled pink”).
Extending this, Flamingo can represent our social nature and desire to create community ties we can trust. Being social and part of something where we can express ourselves is a natural balance to our professional lives. We need both so that we always have a proverbial leg on which to stand.
There is a folk tale (unknown origin) called the Magic Flamingo that illustrates the gentle nature of this bird and the exquisiteness of its feathers. The story begins with a childless couple. The husband was walking one day and saw a beautiful Flamingo caught in a trap. He immediately rescued it, and it flew off into the sky.
Later that day, a young girl came knocking at their door asking to spend the night. They, of course, said, “Yes.” The girl went on to explain she had no parents of her own. The couple asked if she would become their daughter and live with them. She joyfully agreed.
After some days she went to her new parents and made a request. She would make them cloth on a loom but only if they would not watch her working. They could not glance even once. While they thought it was an odd request, they agreed.
Each day she gave them another beautiful pink cloth. The couple became increasingly curious. Eventually, the old woman could not contain herself anymore. When she peeked into the room, she found a stunning pink Flamingo using her feathers to weave the cloth.
The girl explained that she was the Flamingo the man saved, and she wanted to return the kindness. Sadly, the spell was now broken, and she would remain in the form of a Flamingo. So, she took to the air, dipping her wings and left, never to be seen again.
In Egypt, people associated Flamingos with the sun God Ra, and people treated them with great care. Peruvian stories depicted them as birds sacred to various heroes or protectors of humankind. Many cultures consider Flamingo an emblem of healing and love.
As an interesting aside it appears that Flamingos in America had their beginning in Florida. Eggs dating from the late 1800s appear in historical references. For a while, the birds disappeared due to over-hunting but are now making a comeback and are being protected by both State and Federal mandates. There indeed is no place like home!
Key attributes associated with Flamingo Spirit include cooperation, beauty, brightness, joy, family, relationships, healing, open-heartedness, equality, alliance, clan/tribe ties, and our destiny.
Flamingo Spirit Animal
The most apparent reason Flamingo might come to you as a Spirit animal is because something in your life has gotten out of balance. Even when the world seems like it’s spinning around you, keeping your emotions in check right now is of utmost importance. Additionally, if you are spending way too much time on tasks instead of living joyfully, Flamingo wants you to pause and give back to yourself. Find that which makes you truly happy and do it.
Another lesson from the Flamingo Animal Guide is one of cooperation. True civilization depends on our ability to connect and work with others. A community cannot grow and thrive without each person doing their part for achieving common goals. There is also a sense of belonging that harmonious effort brings. In short, look at your circles. Are they working as they should? Are you doing your part? The message is a very important one if you have a family. Flamingo nurtures and protects their “nest.” Follow that example.
Pessimistic people may find Flamingo in their lives as a message of hope. Yes, sometimes things seem dark and troubling, but you cannot live every moment under that cloud. Break free from negativity and the way in which it taints your outlooks. By the way, this goes for self-images too. Flamingo Medicine speaks profoundly of beauty that is far more than skin deep.
If you are in a toxic relationship, Flamingo has come along at just the right time. She brings healing on her wings. First, however, you have to be willing to step away from that poison.
Walk away from people or situations that corrode your Spirit and soul. You have no need for such situations. They only hold you back. Remember that when you “put down” one mode of living, it leaves you open for something new and fresh. Stay open to life, and trust your instincts.
On a final note, Flamingo Spirit sometimes comes into our lives as an omen of a new love interest. She appears saying, “pay attention.” Life is beautiful and love only makes it even more so. Just remember that love requires commitment and work.
Flamingo Totem Animal
If you have Flamingo as a Totem Animal, there is a bit of the flamboyancy in your Spirit. You are confident, outgoing and passionate. You don’t hide your light from anyone, and it is a very inspiring light at that. Many people with this Totem are natural healers or called to the study of healing arts.
Those around Flamingo know you to be very honest. Truth matters to you. Couching it to spare feelings isn’t in your nature. When you need to confront someone, it happens with confidence. Even so, you always have a way of balancing those insights with good advice for actions that will make things better. That’s your nurturing side coming through.
Flamingo people go after life with unique gusto. Their life and heart are open books, which can sometimes hurt them when people abuse that trust. Flamingos also rarely second guess their decisions. For boon or bane, it’s a done deal. Besides, your innate sense of balance means that life rarely gets you off-center.
Walking with Flamingo creates a somewhat intelligent, independent, imaginative demeanor. You understand the value of manners and offering help wherever it is needed. The desire to serve sometimes lands you in unpleasantness, but you always find a smooth way out. People perceive you as being in control, and you can carry on a conversation with nearly anyone.
Flamingo Power Animal
Klutzes of the world, your Power Animal, is here. When you always feel like you have two left feet (figuratively or literally), Flamingo is a great dance partner. Even when, and perhaps especially when, life becomes chaotic, they keep you on an even keel (no stepping on toes!).
Flamingo is a Power Animal suited to helping refresh your energy, make better choices, build stronger family bonds and get in touch with that inner child who often forgets to play. All of these developments act like a balm on many of your unhealed wounds.
Another energy signature for Flamingo is the strength of honesty. It is not always easy to be wholly truthful, but there are times in all our lives that nothing less will suffice. Flamingo assists in navigating these touchy waters gracefully. She offers similar assistance in relationships where you may feel tempted to stray. Building and re-building connections is a huge part of Flamingo Medicine.
In Scottish coats of arms, Flamingo represents virtue and preparedness to get a job done.
Flamingo in Uruguay
The following is a Uruguay Fable entitled, “Why Flamingo Lives in Wetlands?” One day animals decided it was time for a dance party. All of them put on the best colors they could find for the event. Flamingos went out looking for something to adorn their legs.
When they went to Owl, he offered them bright yellow, black and red stockings but warned they should not stop dancing. Well, no one can dance forever.
When they stopped to rest, coral snakes shouted that the Flamingos were wearing their uncle’s skin. The snakes came forward and bit the Flamingo legs painfully. They retreated to the river to cool the wounds where they remain to this day.
Native American Flamingo Symbolic Meanings
Mayan tradition paints the Flamingo as a heart healer with psychic insights and highly flirtatious. Aztecs used Flamingo feathers in headdresses for their rulers, embellished with jade and gold beads.
Among the Tribes of the Lower Mississippi Flamingo represented war.
When you dream of Flamingo, it means that you have not fully accepted your personal truth, or are having trouble communicating it to others. In some cases, Flamingo dreams signal that true love has come into your life, or a time of healing is about to begin. If there are several Flamingos in the dream, it represents common goals and working as a team. Do the birds seem content or stressed? Their disposition implies the overall effectiveness of those cooperative efforts.
Should the Flamingo in your dream seem incredibly flashy it’s advised that you are too worried about external appearances. Build on inner-beauty. Love yourself. A pair of Flamingo in your dream portends success and happiness. A Flamingo standing one-legged in a pond represents good news coming your way.
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Far Eastern Flamingo Symbolic Meanings
In Feng Shui, a system of object placement, you can use the image of a Flamingo to enhance the fortune area of the home (in the South).
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