Thursday, July 25, 2013


This is something I dreamed up years ago. I've posted it in the past, but it has remained filed away in the dark and dusty archives; it's ready for another hit of fresh air and daylight. The photographs seem a little fuzzier than they used to be - probably something to do with Blogger's change of user interface last year. Never mind, the birds are still recognisable.
PS: Next post will be on Monday.

After moving into the house where we now live in 2005, we became fascinated by the variety of birds visiting our feeders in the back yard, spent a lot of time watching them, husband taking photographs. I noticed that they DO seem to have distinctive personalities. I tried, just for fun, to relate them to the 12 zodiac signs. The photographs included were taken by my husband, mainly in our backyard.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker - quick and decisive in his movements, impulsive in his choice
of materials on which to "drum". He will drum on a metal gutter for the sheer enjoyment of hearing the noise - like music to his ears, or perhaps it's a mating call ? His scarlet head and pinkish tummy indicate the fiery element of Aries.

The chubby American Robin is typical Taurus. He stays close to the earth, walking around on the grass or soil, digging for food - he consumes a large amount. This bird is different from the little English Robin. Early settlers named him because of his Robin-like habits and his russet-coloured
chest. He is actually a type of Thrush.

The Goldfinch displays many typically Geminian traits. These tiny birds are very sociable,
move around in flocks, descending upon bird feeders en-masse. They are quick, fluttery, twittery, and appear unafraid of other birds 3-times their size. Golden and Mercurial!


The Mourning Dove represents the gentle nature of Cancer.
Her rather sad cooing call seems typically Cancerian. She looks dignified and a little old-fashioned when compared with more exuberant cousins. She doesn’t often mix with other birds, appearing shyly aloof.

Who would argue against the Cardinal being designated Leo ? With his flashy scarlet feathers, almost fluorescent, and his regal bearing he stands out from the crowd - however big the
crowd. Eyes are irresistibly drawn to him. He is devoted to his mate (evidence of his fixed Leo nature). They usually appear together. Madam Cardinal is more soberly dressed in a variable light brown, but still attractive - her beak is a nice shade of lipstick pink!

The Junco displays many of Virgo’s virtues. Sleek and neat, no flashy plumage here. The Junco, like the robin, stays on the ground to feed - evidence of his earthy nature.
These tidy little birds are quiet and industrious, finding all the food they need for themselves and their young. They never cause squabbles mix quietly with whatever other birds are around. One might at first consider them boring, but with patient observation their admirable traits become clear.

Perhaps the Mocking Bird represents Libra ? This classy bird, quietly but elegantly dressed in subtle shades of grey, white and black, with brilliant white stripe appearing on each wing when in flight. Sings beautiful songs sometimes throughout the night. The song is repeated 4 times, then he/she changes its mind (typically Libran) and starts a different ditty - repeating 4 times then changing again!

Traditionally the Eagle is one of the two symbols of Scorpio, but eagles do not frequent backyards - something less rare can carry the Scorpio banner. The American Crow is much maligned and misunderstood, like some Scorpio-heavy humans. He is, in fact, quite majestic, highly intelligent and very resilient. Humans have slaughtered many of his kind, but still they flourish. His glossy black feathers are mirror-bright as he strides around in the grass.

The wise old Owl would have been appropriate, but since the
author has yet to see one locally, another side of
Sagittarius is represented - the rover. The Brown-headed Cowbird fits the bill - often looked on as something of a vagabond or prairie tramp. They don't build nests , but deposit eggs in nests built by other birds - having no use for a home of their own! These birds once followed buffalo and cattle through the plains .


The third Earth sign is represented by the lovely Eastern Meadowlark, who is actually not a Lark, but related to the Starling. The Meadowlark has very similar
feeding habits to the American Robin - walking around in fields and open spaces looking for insects, grubs, worms etc. From the back he's a stripey grey and rather uninteresting, but when he turns, the sight of his brilliant yellow breast comes as a surprise, and, like the sense of fun often present in Capricorn humans - it brings a smile to the observer.


Looking now for the oddball of Birdland ! The Blue Jay. Some people love him, others hate him because he doesn’t conform to their views of how a bird should act or look. He is stunning in his bright
blue plumage with random markings of black and white, and a rakish top-knot. His call is either Crow-like (he is cousin to that bird) or a beautiful bell-like sound when he wishes to impress. These birds are curious and intelligent, like their cousin the Crow, not usually inclined to mix. They can appear at times to be imperious or bossy, and are certainly unique.

I'm nominating this group of juvenile Eastern Bluebirds to represent Pisces, they used to visit our birdbath regularly last summer - they loved the water like good Neptunians!


♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I'd say your opinions are quite accurate and it sure was a fun and interesting read...

have a great weekend and I'll see ya on Monday..

DC said...

I always wondered why there was never a bird in astrological symbolism....I often thought virgo might have been symbolized as the bird. Just a thought

Twilight said...

Thanks, Sonny - we had a super time!

Twilight said...

DC ~ It's odd isn't it? The air signs especially would be well-represented by a bird. The Eagle as the "better" side of Scorpio is the only winged zodiac critter, but it's not the traditional Scorpio mascot. :-)

DC said...

There's an interesting book I discovered some years ago, and maybe you know of it.....its an esoteric book of astology and the symbolism in it is rich with gets into the varying degrees and symbolic transformations from one degree to the other of the astrological "mandala", and all of the muli-fold sequences contained in the 360 degrees of the full circle....i.e. the astrological mandala.
You'll definitely recognize the author.
Check it out when you have time.
Here's a cool link here

and here's the book itself ,here

Twilight said...

DC ~~ I haven't come across that particular book based on the Sabian symbols, DC. I'd expect it to be of high quality, written as it is by Mr Rudhyar! Thanks for the recommendation.

I haven't yet been able to get a firm handle on Sabian symbols - I see them as akin to looking at something on a computer screen divided into the tiniest pixels - a method which could be useful and helpful in some endeavours, but needs a particular kind of mind and approach to astrology.

It does sound as though the author of this book has decided to "stand back" and see the pixels forming patterns - which is definitely more easily acceptable for my way of seeing astrology.

If I ever get the chance to acquire the book at a reasonable price, I shall snap it up! :-)