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Parrot Symbolism & Meaning

Do you often find yourself in foot-in-mouth situations and regretting what you’ve said? Looking to harness the power of manifestation through focused intent? Parrot as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Parrot teaches how to be mindful of what you say and the real power behind spoken words. Delve deeply in Parrot symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can guide, instruct, and encourage you.

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Parrot Symbolism & Meaning

“If you have discovered a truth, tell it first to a parrot! Every new truth needs an insistent repetition.”
– Mehmet Murat Ildan

Parrots are very social and colorful so it’s not surprising to find that humans have fancied them for a very long time. There’s something about Parrots that inspire our thoughts. We know that the Ancient Egyptians kept Parrots as pets, specifically the very intelligent African Grey.

While we normally think of Parrots as talking, not all do. Some choose to sing or reproduce sounds instead. Those that can talk are usually the larger ones who have been known to learn as many as 100 words along with sounds like a doorbell, alarm clock or the barking of the family dog! This mimicry gives Parrot meanings and symbolism connections with communication and a bit of whimsy for good measure.

We can thank Alexander the Great for bringing Parakeets to Greece, and there is even a breed of Parakeet named after him. Once introduced, the Greeks and Romans started keeping Parrots, particularly in noble families. They had specially created cages fashioned from precious metals and stones. Of course, it was a servants’ place to care for the Parrot which actually turned out to be quite a treat for both the bird and servant alike.

On the other side of the pond, Native Americans were already aware of Parrots when the Pilgrims arrived. The tribes gravitated toward colorful varieties. They were not alone. In the later travels of Columbus, Amazon Parrots from South America came to Europe. The pair became a gift to Queen Isabelle.

While we might reminisce about Pirates having a Parrot on their shoulder, there is another historical tidbit that offers more symbolism. Sailors from Portugal kept them as seafaring companions when they travelled the ocean.

Even the famed English ruler Henry VIII kept an African grey parrot at his Hampton court. At the time, Parrots were common companions of Portuguese sailors during their long trips across the ocean. In this role Parrot became a confidant, comrade and shipmate whose chatter provided a much-needed distraction.

A Parrots’ words, blurted out without any sense of time of appropriateness, reminds us of the necessity of mindfulness. What messages do we want to send? When is the best time to send them? A Parrot repeats what they hear for boon or bane, giving the phrase “watch your words” whole new meaning.

Another way to look at Parrot symbolism is that they say the same things repeatedly. This is like a mantra, affirmation or even an incantation. When said with intent, those types of repetitions can make powerful changes in our lives.

There are a large variety of Parrots in terms of both size and coloring. You have a Blue-eyed Cockatoo who sees into your soul, the Umbrella Cockatoo who covers us during proverbial rains, the Crimson Rosella Parakeet filled with Fire-Element energy and the African Grey who can be quite the handful being so smart.

Macaws are some of the largest of the Parrots and have striking feathers. Most often the hue of a Parrots’ plumage contributes to the overall symbolism and meaning. For example, a Parrot that’s predominantly green may radiate healing energy. His or her songs or words could open your Heart Chakra for the energy of forgiveness, growth and compassion.

Parrot Spirit Animal

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When Parrot Spirit Animal wings its way into your life, be on the lookout for fresh ideas and signals that indicate a new direction for your work, relationships or spiritual pursuits. Parrot often speaks through omens and signs that come repeatedly. For example, you might see the color bright green everywhere you go. The color symbolism for green is GO. Whatever you’ve been pondering, get moving!

Sometimes Parrot appears when people are working on new languages or overall communication skills. Parrot Medicine supports that. Alternatively, if your words have been negative or sour, Parrot suggests stopping to think before you speak.

For those who have lost sight of their dreams and those things that really inspire, Parrot says return to those roots. Your hopes are not gone; your chances are possible. Repeat the steps that you took years ago with the wisdom and skills you have now. You will find your way.

Another reason Parrot Spirit appears in people’s lives has to do with color. Look around yourself. Do you work in dark, dingy or bland space? What about your home – does it have plenty of sunlight and paint or decorations that uplift? If not, you need to address this in some way be it in the way you dress or the meaningful knick-nacks you bring into your space.

Parrot Totem Animal

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Those born with the Parrot Totem Animal are people who really focus on their goals with confidence. They know both their limitations and talents and use that awareness for fueling success. This bird’s feathers are truly unique.

If Parrot is your birth totem you love a good party. Honestly, you might find any excuse for a good celebration with lots of iridescence. That spirit of finding joy in each moment is contagious, it touches everyone around you bringing smiles.

When you walk with Parrot you walk in beauty. You see even the tiniest of flowers as a grand universe filled with wonder. Share these insights with those in your circle. It will be a great blessing.

The person with a Parrot Totem can be a bit of a risk taker. They see opportunity and jump on it without a lot of forethought. The time is NOW. The door may not open again. Now, that doesn’t mean all those risks pan out, but Parrot certainly learns and grows from this experience. The Parrot person rarely lives in a “comfort zone.’

The Parrot Totem energizes your inner diplomat. You find yourself finding compromises for situations without breaking a sweat. Having said that, the Parrot is cautious about flying where they are not welcome, or should not go.

As you might expect, those with a Parrot Totem Animal love to talk and socialize. These birds don’t do well alone for long periods. People with this totem may find themselves drawn to vocal careers in public speaking, acting or singing, for example.

Another characteristic of the Parrot Totem is having a great memory. Don’t try to change the facts around a Parrot person. They’ll relay the whole scene frame by frame. This isn’t in a judgmental manner. To Parrot, it is simply a matter of record.

Parrot Power Animal

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There are many excellent reasons for reaching out to Parrot as a Power Animal. These include:

Needing greater perception and insight.

You’ve become reclusive and it’s unhealthy for you.

When you need greater artistic creativity, particularly having to do with words

The sense that the world or space around you has become dull and lifeless.

Getting help with your communications skills. Parrot teaches expressiveness.

Finding a way to create a personal style that really fits your personality (get colorful!).

Learning the skill of active listening.

Native American Symbolism

Parrots were not native to North America, but in South American tribes they show up. Parrot feathers were part of Native trade throughout Central America into the Plains Indians’ territory. The living birds were considered luxury pets particularly among the Anasazi people. It’s worth noting that the Hopi, who descended from the Anasazi, have a Parrot Kachina spirit. In this tribe Parrot is associated with the South. Pueblo tribes say that Parrot represents fertility.

There are Parrots featured among clan animals including the Zuni and Pueblos. Pueblos also have a tribal Parrot dance. Petroglyphs in this tribe reveal that the Macaw Parrot symbolized the rainbow and their feathers were used in Corn Mother fetishes, representing the many colors in corn at that time. The plumage also became part of prayer sticks.

In South America, the Bororo Tribe considers Parrot a messenger to the Gods and Ancestors.

Hindu Parrot Symbolic Meanings

Parakeet, which is a type of Parrot, appear repeatedly in Indian folktales. Specifically, the Parakeet is sacred to the God of love, Kama, who rides upon a Parakeet steed. The depiction of Parakeet here is with a red beak and green feathers both of which symbolize fertility. In South Indian regions various Goddess images include a hand-held Parakeet who is a messenger spirit.

A collection of Sanskrit tales called the Subacetate contains seventy parrot stories. Each story is meant to be read one each night to keep a woman from visiting her lover while the husband is abroad. The narratives center around illicit meetings that go awry and how the characters get out using their keen wits. At the end of seventy days, it is said that the husband returned from abroad and all such thoughts of having a tryst are forgiven.

The following is the story of The Brave Parrot (Buddhist). Our story begins with a little Parrot in the middle of a terrible storm. Our little Parrot immediately alerted other animals yelling, “Fire, Fire!” as loudly as he could. He also pointed them toward the river. Parrot rose high into the sky so he, himself could reach the waters.

As Parrot looked down, he saw that many animals could not escape the flames. In a moment of desperation Parrot went into the river gathering as much water as he could on his wings. He returned over the forest through dark black smoke to the middle of the flames and shook his watery feathers. He did this again, and again, and again with singed feathers, lungs full of smoke, blurry eyes and painful feet.

At this point, the Devas who float overhead from their heavenly palace looked down. They saw the Parrot but laughed at him… all but one. One Deva turned himself into a golden eagle flying right into the Parrot’s path. He tried to change Parrot’s mind telling him how foolish his efforts were. Over and over the Eagle cried, but Parrot continued on, saying all he needed was someone to help him.

Upon reflection, the Deva realized that he had the power to help. He joined in the task, drenching himself again and again. The Parrot became hopeful and laughed with joy. As the water from the Eagle touched the land new life came forth; life from the ashes. When those water drops touched Parrot, his wings became filled with bright handsome colors. All the animals rejoiced, seeing they were whole and celebrated their brave friend.

The following is the Yoruban Parrot Legend of the African Grey. It is said that the African Grey Parrot was not always grey, nor did he have red tail feathers. God decided one day to have a contest among the birds to see who had the most beautiful plumage. All the birds in the world started to primp and preen. All that is but the African Grey (who was white). He did nothing, which made other birds very suspicious.

In their desire to win the contest, birds decided to spoil the Parrot. One dumped ashes on it, and another had a powerful medicine person cast a spell that turned the Parrot’s tail red. They figured these changes would keep Parrot out of the contest.

Upon the day of choosing, God awarded the prize to Parrot because he came as himself, and because God saw beauty within. To this day the African Grey remains with his sooty feathers and red tail.

Yoruban Parrot Symbolic Meanings

The following is the Yoruban Parrot Legend of the African Grey. It is said that the African Grey Parrot was not always grey, nor did he have red tail feathers. God decided one day to have a contest among the birds to see who had the most beautiful plumage. All the birds in the world started to primp and preen. All that is but the African Grey (who was white). He did nothing, which made other birds very suspicious.

In their desire to win the contest, birds decided to spoil the Parrot. One dumped ashes on it, and another had a powerful medicine person cast a spell that turned the Parrot’s tail red. They figured these changes would keep Parrot out of the contest.

Upon the day of choosing, God awarded the prize to Parrot because he came as himself, and because God saw beauty within. To this day the African Grey remains with his sooty feathers and red tail.

Parrot Dreams

If you dream of a Parrot it may mean that you are repeating patterns from other people, not all of which may be healthy. Or you could be repeating your own propensities and never making progress.

Flying in the air Parrot symbolizes a tendency to please others before themselves.

Caged Parrot means that you haven’t really integrated lessons that you’ve observed in life.

A Parrot repeating the same things repeatedly in your dream has two potential interpretations. One is that someone close to you is mocking your efforts. Alternatively said person s just simply obnoxious and not only truthful. Take care in what you trust from this person.

Far Eastern Parrot Symbolic Meanings

Parrots represent a variety of things in China. Seeing the birds migrating to breeding grounds meant that it was time to plant crops. Additionally, Parrots in flight were often an omen of coming rain.

During the Tang Dynasty Parrot was declared a divine bird favored by Emperors.

Generally, Parrots represented long life and freedom.

Two Parrots are an emblem of devotion and enduring love.

Having the image of a Parrot on your roof was auspicious and protective, encouraging positive Chi.

Parrot Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Communication
  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness
  • Growth
  • Intelligence
  • Mimicry
  • Mindfulness
  • Sound
  • Voice
  • Words

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