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*Bobby Lake-Thom/Spirits of the Earth:
Quail are good signs. They symbolically communicate that a friendly
person is coming. For
example, if you are out for a walk on an isolated road or path
in the woods and suddenly a Quail
appears near you, it is letting you know that a friendly person
is going to cross your path. If a
covey of Quail show up near your house, it means a family is
coming. If one Quail suddenly runs
in front of you, dances around in a kind of crazy manner as
if all nervous and excited, but doesn't
fly away, the it is telling you that someone up ahead finds
you attractive and will probably flirt
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
In the Middle Ages, quails were characterized as having amorous
personalities, and were given
the symbolism of erotic energy. Courage and victory in battle.
In Rome, these were fighting
birds. In a cage, the quail came to represent the embodied soul
that seeks freedom. Transmuting
any poisons that threaten your physical, mental, or spiritual
health. Aristotle believed that quails
could safely eat toxins like hemlock that normally killed humans.
Unexpected blessing. The
ancient Hebrews received quails as a miraculous feast (Ex. 16:11-12).
Among Hindus, the quail
symbolizes spring and the returning sun. Similarly in Russia,
this was an emblem of the dawn, a
time of hope and new beginnings.
*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
The term quail covers a number of small birds in the genus coturnix.
They tend to live in
temperate and tropical regions almost throughout the Old World,
including Australia. The
migratory quail breeds in northern Europe and winters in the
tropics. The quails of the United
States, such as the bobwhite and others, are only distantly
related to the European quail.
A flock of quail will always have one bird as a lookout while
feeding. This guard will chatter to
the others, warning them of approaching danger. I've watched
quail toy with my cat for long
periods of time, the lookout bird telling the others where Flash
was, the flock staying just beyond
The symbolism of the quail covers a wide area of the world,
from Ireland to China and Japan,
and from Northern Europe to Central America. It was considered
to be a night bird and was
associated with the Fire Phoenix by the Chinese. In some cultures,
the quail symbolized Spring
and good luck, while in others it meant Summer. Many times this
bird was classified as erotic
The quail was an emblem of the Greek deities Apollo and Artemis
because Hera had turned their
mother, Leto, into a quail. The goddess Astaeria was also changed
into a quail at one time. The
Romans associated it with courage and victory in battle.
Among the Phoenicians, eating quail was taboo. it was, however,
sacrificed in a Spring festival
to Hercules, to the god Ba'al, and to the god Melkart because
he defeated the evil Typhon.
To the Hindus, this bird was a symbol of the returning Sun each
year. In Hindu legends there is
the story of the Asvins reviving the quail that had been swallowed
by the Great Wolf of
Darkness and Destruction. This probably refers to the returning
When Russia had ruling royalty, the quail was an emblem fo the
Tsars. However, the bird
appears in early myths as a symbol of the Sun found by the Dawn
The Mayans sacrificed the quail to certain of their gods.
Superstitions: It was believed that quail fattened themselves
on poisonous seeds. Aristotle said
that they ate henbane and hellebore.
Magickal attributes: Good luck, courage, victory. For success
in a project.
*Denise Linn/The Secret Language of Signs:
The quail bird can be a homonym for the quail that means to
fear or to recoil in dread. Is there
something in your life that you are shrinking back from? Are
you cowering in fear?
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Quail stands for fearful thoughts; anxiety; lacking self-reliance.
*Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's Dictionary:
A dream of eating it predicts an improvement in your living
conditions; to dream of hunting it
indicates an agreeable surprise.
Keynote: Group Nourishment and Protection
Cycle of Power: Spring and Autumn
The quail is a member of the chicken-shaped bird family known
as the galliformes. This also
includes, chickens, pheasants, grouse and such. In fact, quails
have much the same habits as
chickens. These should be examined as well, if quail has flown
into your life.
Because they are considered good eating, they have come to be
associated with nourishment in
many areas. Their frenzied mating antics though have also earned
them a reputation for sexuality
and fertility. In ancient Greece, they were considered a symbol
of the return of spring.
The bob-white is a member of the quail family which speaks its
name. This distinctive call has
been associated with the mysticism of names. It is a bird which
can help you to learn your soul
name, the name that stays with you lifetime after lifetime.
it has knowledge of the power of
names and the naming process. Hearing the sound of the quail
during the first week before or
after the birth of a child can reflect you have chosen the most
beneficial name for that child.
Quails live in groups called bevies. In cold weather, they will
often nestle together to stay warm.
They will often sit in a tight circle on the ground, tails together
in the center, their heads facing
the outer rim of the ring. They appear like the spokes in a
wheel. This posture enables them to fly
in all directions to confuse the predator when they are threatened.
The quail has a wonderful ability to easily spot danger. It
takes off with a loud explosion. This
startles the predator, distracting it and enabling them to escape.
Quail can teach you to be
mindful of dangers and how to explode to safety when threatened.
It teaches how not to hesitate
during times of crisis.
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