Represents: Grace, beauty, power of True Self
The Swan is one of the most powerful and ancient of spirit animals in Celtic lore. Swans are born as “ugly ducklings” who grow up to be the most beautiful of birds. If Swan is your spirit animal, you will begin to realize your own true beauty as you discover new realms and gain new powers on your spiritual journey. Swan can show you how to discover the inner beauty within yourself and in others.
Swans are aquatic birds. This characteristic associates them with Celtic deities of healing waters like Danu and Manannán mac Lir. Their love of swimming in the sunlight also associates them with Celtic Sun Gods like Bellenos and Lugh.
Lore and tradition from various cultures around the world link Swans with music, love, and purity of the soul. This is because Swans mate for life.
In Celtic mythology and in many other mythological traditions, Swan is a shape-shifter who can take human form, and who has mastered the elements of water, earth, and air.
For Druids, Swan represented the soul and was linked with the festival of Samhain. This is because Swan is a psychopomp, who conducts the souls of the dead to the Land of the Young when their time has come to make the journey.
Swan’s penchant for poetry and music probably came from the fact that the traditional Celtic bard’s cloak, called a “tugen” (pronounced “TOO-jen”) was made of Swan’s skin and feathers. The tugen was the “uniform” of the bards, signifying their class and status. Celtic poets were not only gifted in verse. They were also said to possess the powers of shape-shifting and divination. Some speculate that these powers were gained from the Swan.
A Swan spirit animal heralds a time of altered states of awareness and the development of intuitive abilities. Swan people have the ability to see the future, and to accept the healing and transformation that is beginning in their lives. If Swan calls to you, accept your newfound abilities and go with the flow. Stop denying that you know who is calling when the phone rings and that your dreams can predict the future. Pay attention to your hunches and inner knowledge, and Swan medicine will work through you.
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