Gifts: Beauty. Being unafraid to show who you really are. Knowing your worth. Recognition. Timelessness.
Challenges: Arrogance. Focusing too much on appearances. Basing your worth on others think of you.
This is it: Vanity, arrogance, visibility, recognition. We accuse people of strutting around like a peacock when they seem to be showing off. We think of peacocks as being expensive lawn ornaments for people who have more money than they know what to do with. We see peacocks as superficially beautiful creatures that lack meaning or depth. Everything we don’t like about Peacock is what we don’t like about ourselves.
Wanting to be the center of attention, wanting recognition, accepting a compliment without self-deprecation, wanting to celebrate a win—somehow these have all become negative character traits. Yes, I agree that being around someone who has to be the center of attention all the time is exhausting. And they are difficult to be friends with because they often are pretty superficial. But those are challenges of having Peacock as your spirit animal. They aren’t the way you have to be with Peacock. Why do we criticize people who take pride in their accomplishments? Why do we shame people who care about their appearance? We demonize the ego and make pride a deadly sin.
The deadliest of sins is actually killing off parts of your Self by denying legitimate human needs. You need water for your body to survive. And you need recognition for your soul to thrive. Not everyone, and not all the time. Peacock is not leading you into temptation. It is delivering you from the soul-crushing evil of forced conformity. If this resonates with you, Peacock may be your spirit animal!
Peacock inspires you to show your true colors, to be seen for who you really are. Peacock can come across as arrogant, and yet Peacock can help you release the fear of vulnerability, which often manifests as arrogance. You hide who you really are, for fear that you’ll be criticized or ridiculed. Peacock invites you to come out of hiding and show your true worth. While everyone loves to see a peacock spread its tail, Peacock’s sense of worth does not come from others—and it does not come from its tail. Peacock’s worth and unwavering sense of Self come from deep within.
Peacock’s tail is a symbol of your true worth. That is not to say that you shouldn’t care about your outward appearance. That’s equally part of who you are—for this lifetime, at least. There is nothing wrong with taking pride in your appearance. Peacock gives you permission to do that.
By the way, your Peacock may be male or female, even with the full tail of a physical male. Gender does not matter to spirit animals—except as you need them to be one gender or another. Female Peacock (not peahen) offers the additional gifts of audacity and uniqueness—truly going against all expectations.