Dove teaches you how to still your restless spirit and compassionately embrace those you love.
Dove Symbolism & Meaning
The sweet purity of a white Dove has become a symbol for God, Spirit and hope around the world. But did you know that not all doves are white? They come in a lovely array of colors each one having different meanings. A red Dove represents redemption and speckled Doves symbolize variety and diversity.
Dainty Doves have been used as message carriers because they seem to always find their way home. So if Dove shows up in your life perhaps it is time to consider a quest to the place you call home, and pay close attention to any harbingers you encounter on the way.
Among the ancient Greeks Dove was sacred to both Zeus and Aphrodite, the God of the sky and ruler of Olympus and the Goddess of love and passion. This combination is one of the reasons humans favored Doves as an emblem of family unity at occasions such as marriage. Their wings bear wisdom, good counsel and acceptance. In nature, doves are monogamous.
Babylonians regarded Dove as a fierce spirit who taught honor in all things, particularly battle. Somewhat contrariwise, the Bible says a Dove brought Noah a sign that the Lord’s wrath had ended, and there would be peace again. The New Testament uses Dove as the vessel for the Holy Spirit, and a sweet symbol of affection and true piety. It is interesting to note that the words used for Holy Spirit in the New Testament have feminine implications, which may be why Dove also connects with the Mother Mary (and by extension, the Goddess). Legend claims that our lovely spirit animal is so pure that no evil can take its form.
A mother Goddess, Ishtar also held the Dove sacred, perhaps being calmed and encouraged by the bird’s sweet song.
Some cultures claimed Dove gently guides the souls of the dead to their final resting place. Gypsy tradition says when Dove appears it brings healing messages from parted loved ones to our ears.
Dove Spirit Animal
A Dove in the wild is very aware and often uneasy as a result. When spirit Dove enters your life Light workers ask, are you feeling out of your comfort zone? If so, determine the source of your uneasiness and seek sacred peace. Dove calls you toward centeredness – away from the stress of daily noise and movement.
Another message from dove has to do with your close relationships. Where do problems lie and how can you smooth out ruffled feathers? Dove does not tolerate cynicism, chaos or disparagement. Rather, Dove radiates through your inner child with simplicity and pure intent. If someone is robbing you of that innocent joy it may be time to cut those cords and reclaim your sense of self as well as strengthening your ties to Spirit.
Dove often opens opportunity’s door. If you heed her message, your dreams may manifest far more quickly than anticipated.
Dove Totem Animal
Those born with Dove as a totem animal are among the most compassionate in the world. It’s as if Doves gentle voice is your own, and your youthful outlook on life makes you very easy to be around. Dove people dislike caustic environments, chaos and ill will. They avoid these, seeking out serenity and the opportunity to nurture others instead.
With Dove as your totem, you have natural parenting skills be it for a child or a project that needs some coaxing. Diplomacy and wisdom thy name is Dove. There is a feminine power about you, and many dove people find they have natural prophetic abilities. You can soar between this world and other realms as easily as a 747 jet liner, guided by the ever-sure and honest Dove’s wings.
Dove people are lovers, not fighters. They must take care, however, that others do not use that love as a means of manipulation. Because you love purely and deeply, you hurt likewise so.
In relationships you are a one-partner person that builds a nest with great diligence, wishing nothing but warmth, comfort and safety within.
Dove Power Animal
Seek out Dove as a Power Animal when you wish to renew peace and love in a situation. Dove will help your communications and keep them pure – free from anger that wounds rather than heals. Dove energy is very soothing. It reminds us to keep the simple and sublime at the foremost of our relationships.
As a Power Animal Dove is a uniquely well-suited partner for people starting on the path of parenthood. Home and family means everything to dove, and her energy supports fertility, loving emotions, and nurturing.
When working with Dove energy consider carrying an amethyst, which has a cooperative energy matrix with Dove spirit, giving you greater insight, hopefulness and a sense of calm so we can attune to that small voice within.
Healers would do well to seek out Dove as a Power Animal to renew their soul.
Native American Dove Symbolic Meanings
In Native American tradition Dove represents the meeting of the Earth realm and spiritual worlds. The Dove’s call is a message, often one of possible futures. It is said when Dove comes into your life, you should release things from your past that hold you down. Once you let go, the Dove’s peacefulness settles in your heart and you can move forward.
Among the Blackfoot people Dove is a harbinger of safety in battle. Mexican tribes regard the Dove as a symbol of love, and used depictions of Doves in wedding rituals. Among the Algonquin a Dove’s cry foretold death while the Pueblo honor Dove as a rain bringer.
Dove as a Celtic Animal Symbol
The Celtic people felt that hearing a Dove’s cry meant someone had peacefully transitioned from life to death. Celtic deities associated with healing often had images of Doves near their sacred sites. This animal spirit also had strong ties with prophetic arts.
Dove dreams typically mean a time of harmony and peace. They also represents loving, loyal relationships and divine Blessings. You can learn more about Dove dream symbolism HERE.
Far Eastern Dove Symbolic Meanings
In China Dove is nearly universally regarded as a symbol of fertility and devotion. Feng Shui practitioners use Dove images to improve the flow of Chi for peace, longevity and love.