White Peacock Symbolism

The white peacock can represent the all-seeing, all-knowing eye of God.

People are used to seeing peacocks display coats and tails of splendid colors, but a white peacock is an usual find. Some of the meanings that different societies attach to the multicolored birds include nobility, guidance, beauty and fidelity. The same attributes are also paid to white peacocks, but humans also pin other forms of symbolism on them because of their white hue.

1 The Order of the White Peacock

Dancing white peacock
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According to the My Power Animals website, the Order of the White Peacock is an ancient order of shamans that are descended from the planet Venus. Both the white peacock and a highly revered shaman named Lord Sananda are considered to be the symbols of this order. The birds are regarded as protectors since they guard the order's temple on Venus and cry out to warn when someone is approaching.

2 Jesus Christ

Catholic artwork such as paintings and mosaics have used white peacocks to represent Jesus Christ
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Christian artwork, like paintings and mosaics, have used white peacocks to represent Jesus Christ. This is because the peacock is considered a symbol for death, resurrection and eternal life, which are concepts that are directly affiliated with Christ. The bird is also affiliated with such Christ-like attributes as royalty, glory and incorruptibility. Its white color represents his holy spirit.

3 Christ Consciousness

Close up of white peacock, its color standing for awakening, spirituality and light
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The term "Christ consciousness" refers to enlightenment, which means that a person is aware of the thoughts and fears that are projected by his ego, but doesn't accept them as his true state of being. Not only does the white peacock represent Jesus Christ, its color stands for awakening, spirituality and light, along with the purity of a person's intentions and his faith in God.

4 "Song of Solomon"

A single white peacock represents beauty and peace as well as the struggle of remaining flightless for its lifetime
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A white peacock that appears in Toni Morrison's novel "Song of Solomon" carries several meanings for the characters Guitar and Milkman. The bird represents luxury, as it's discovered when they uncover a stash of gold. But it also shows the trappings of greed, vanity and pride, as Guitar comments that the peacock "has too much tail. All that jewelry weighs it down." The flightless bird also symbolizes how Milkman's soul struggles under the weight of his problems.

Christa Titus is a dedicated journalism professional with over 10 years writing experience as a freelancer with a variety of publications that include "Billboard" and "Radio & Records." Her writing has also been syndicated to such media outlets as the "Washington Post," the "Seattle-Post Intelligencer," the Associated Press and Reuters. Titus earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan College.