Keynote: Awakening the true beauty and power of self.
Cycle of power: Winter
The swan is one of the most powerful and ancient of totems. For those with this totem, the emotions will become more sensitive, and you
will find yourself becoming more sensitive to the emotions of others as well.
The swan is usually pure white which makes it a solar symbol. The neck of the swan is long and graceful. The neck is the bridge area
between the head (higher realms) and the body (lower worlds). In the swan
totem, as you begin to realize your own true beauty, you unfold the ability
to bridge to new realms and new powers. This ability to awaken to the inner
beauty and bridge it to the outer world is part of what swan medicine can
teach. It can show how to see the inner beauty within yourself or in others,
regardless of outer appearances. When we are capable of this, we become a
magnet to others.
The swan is a cold loving bird. Those with this totem will find it easier to
stand colder climates than warm. Because of this the swan has ties to the
direction North, and it's symbolism should be examined as well.
The swan is the totem of the child, the poet, the mystic, and the dreamer.
Swans were sacred to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. They were depicted
pulling the chariot of Apollo. Zeus took the shape of a swan to make love to
Ledo (Leto), a mortal--reflecting the ability of swan to link different
worlds and dimensions.
The swan is a link to the fairy realm of life. The swan can teach the
mysteries of song and poetry, for these touch the child and beauty within.
from Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
Magickal attributes: Aid with the interpretation of dream symbols, transitions, spiritual evolution. Developing
intuitive abilities, seeing
into the future. If a swan is seen during your meditation, pay close
attention to hunches and omens. Divination on a spiritual level.
White bird of graceful beauty,
Lift my thoughts to spiritual things.
Let me not be confined by physical matters,
But aware the spiritual outcomes guide me.
I seek higher knowledge.
Show me the way.
from Animal Magick by DJ Conway