Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Black Swan as a Totem, by Jude Chi

Black Swan, a Wikimedia file, from Joseph C Boone. By CC SA 4.0



Animal Totem Message :: The Black Swan


The Black Swan, in visions, as an animal messenger and a totem, presents us with a few different concepts; and as in the case of most totem animals, some positive, and some less so. First off, it alludes to a creature that is unusual amongst its species, that leaves one perplexed as to why it even exists, in a sense (this concept will be elaborated on further in, under the heading "Displacement"). Yet once the existence of said species is understood and accepted, its great beauty and uniqueness, and its specific qualities and traits, can be appreciated in full. So when we see this bird, one of the primary messages we can take from it, is that we are to appreciate who we are, even when we feel like odd woman or man out amongst the many.

Furthermore, this bird presents the notion that if at first people do not see your strength, competency, and formidability within your field or circumstance, leave them come to their senses and learn the truth of you, and in time they will.


Red Eyes, Red Bill


The bill of the black swan is red, and so are its eyes; these things in and of themselves speak volumes. The red eyes can be seen as alarm at what it sees, and its red bill alludes to serious communications, or alarming ones. If we relate this to the black swan's message to us, it tells us that an individual stands out from others when they perceive things that cause alarm and speak out on them. Conversely, at times these same traits suggest that a person may receive a message of something unsettling that has happened, and that it will be life changing to hear.


Displacement


As already touched upon, the black swan can present a message of displacement. It is extremely uncommon, but you can see a black swan the rare odd time, amongst white swans. It is a sight to behold. And if one does not know that black swans are in fact their own species, it seems like a big blunder of nature indeed, to have one amongst white swans.

It makes one wonder how swans perceive the one with different traits, and if they treat it differently than they do others more visually like themselves. Maybe they do, maybe not, but one message to be gleaned here, is that when an individual is amongst those they differ from, by culture, tradition, beliefs, or physical appearance or whatever, that they stand out, and also that they will be prone towards feeling as if they stand out or as if they are treated differently in some way...

And this is normal to feel, but there is no way to measure accuracy of such feelings. If one could measure accurately, should anything be done? Probably not, as surely there would be a tendency towards diminishing authenticity of self in creating change in this sense. The best one can do therefore, is to not place any emphasis on such feelings.

Black Swan Family, a Wikimedia file, by Sérgio Valle DuarteBy CC SA 4.0


Different Color of Offspring


A black swan has offspring that are of a different color than itself. In this context the message is that a person appears to be in charge of something they should not be in charge of, which could be a child, a project, a business, or you name it. It can hint at anomalies in hierarchy or in ancestry in instances.


In Relationships


The black swan sticks with one chosen mate, and thus speaks of loyalty to its kind and of being at peace with someone much like itself, within a relationship. And more significantly than with most other birds or animals the males of this species pair homosexually, and in cases females do. Multiple messages can be conveyed by these things, mostly obvious ones, so take from them what you will.

As well, the black swan after breeding loses its feathers and has to stay in one place. This provides another of its less comforting messages--feeling confined to a relationship, or to an area or circumstance due to being engaged in one. But it's only a passing phase, and every experience is an opportunity to learn; before you know it you'll be free to fly again.


In Parenting


Largely the black swan is a parent like any. But when weather conditions are less than ideally humid for them on dryer lands, they will abandon their young. Thus another message to be gleaned, is that in a given situation, one ideally should not depend on their parents to be there for them.


Exotic Beauty


When one feels as if they are rebuked or vastly underappreciated or misunderstood, these feelings may (once again) be erroneous. People may stare at someone. And they may in fact be staring without judgment, or because someone is unique looking, and or perhaps because they are captivatingly beautiful. But if it keeps on happening, the person getting those looks may develop a complex just the same, because this is the nature of humans. Thus in this case, the message of the black swan tells us that we are to know and value our Self, our beauty, our truth, our everything, because even when we are not like others, we have a central truth, that we came here on a mission to use.

As for being misunderstood, when people have a profound message, it is often the case that others do not understand, or perhaps resist understanding their message. That people do not understand is something that one must accept and move beyond as they work to create change and improvement in this world--which seems to be a predominant underlying message of the black swan.


Against the Odds


The term "Black Swan," refers to an event that defies the odds. We want to change this world for the better, and when working to create improvement in a given area and the odds seem stacked against you; the black swan urges you to keep on going, no matter what appearances dictate.


Creating Change


These birds were originally found only in Australia, and were introduced to other lands, where their populations set in. Them having remained in lands they were introduced to, is a demonstration of the black swan's ability to create change in this world, and to survive despite hardship.


Aggressiveness


The black swan is more aggressive than the white swan, and is not beyond using this trait to get what it wants or needs. As a totem message, it suggest one of two things--if you are being timid, it is not serving you as well as baring your teeth and flexing your muscles might. If you are being aggressive on the other hand, such behavior is not going to help you in your current circumstance.


Summary


When it feels like the chips are down because you are a "black swan"--not like everyone else, remember that whatever it is that sets you apart, is a significant part of your strength. The black swan is seen as an enchanting beauty, largely because most swans are white. Your special beauty lies within, and your special beauty lies without, it's all part and parcel of the same concept.

Beautiful messages indeed, supplied by the black swan.


~ Jude Chi

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