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Keynote: Family Fertility and Sexuality
Cycle of Power: Year-round
Anyone with a pheasant as a totem would do well to also study
the grouse and the chicken.
Though of the same family, there are differences. The pheasant
needs grasslands and grain fields,
hedges and brush to survive in the wild. These environments
should be studied by those with this totem.
Originally pheasants came from Greece, near the area of the
Phasis River, from which we get the
name pheasant. There they ran wild in the kingdom of Colchis.
Today, some pheasants are wild
as in the grouse or the quail which are distantly related. Others--most
to be exact--are
domesticated. Because of this, the pheasant is most often linked
to the energies of family fertility
Most pheasants have splendid tail plumes. Tail plumes have long
been associated with sexuality
and the greater expression of it. The colors and kinds of feathers
can provide even greater
insight, as the feathering and types of pheasants varies greatly.
A ring-necked pheasant, for
example, multiplies in domestication successfully. The ringed
markings on its neck reflect that
fertility and growth within its family--a spiraling outward.
Another example could be the badger
feathers found on pheasants. These feathers have the appearance
of striped, tapered markings
similar to the badger. Anyone with a pheasant totem that has
badger feathers would do well to
study the characteristics of the badger itself.
The colors reflect much, and most pheasants have a variety of
colors and feathers which should
be examined. They all can reflect different aspects of the energies
the pheasant symbolize for
you. Pheasants are good teachers in how to set romantic moods
through the warmth of colors.
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Pheasant connotes a spiritual seeking.
*Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's Dictionary:
This bird in your dream is a warning to be prudent with your
credit for the time being, as you are
likely to have an unexpected call on your resources soon; however,
if in your dream you cooked
the pheasant, the omen is reversed and augurs a new source of
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