Epona's Way Pagan Pages
Bird Lore Four
Stork to Yellowthroat (Page Four)
*The stork is sacred to the Egyptian God of wisdom, Thoth.
*Storks are said to be able to take on human form.
*Storks drive off snakes.
*A flock of swallows resting on the roof foretells poverty.
*If a swallow flies under a person's arm, they will lose that arm soon.
*In China, swallows are caught and then released by the river to bring rain.
*A swallow entering the house means prosperity.
*To dream of a live swallow foretells a happy relationship, but to dream of a dead swallow foretells the loss of the affections of your mate.
*A swallow swooping in front of you foretells travel soon.
*Swallows can lead humans to the magickal herb that restores eyesight (greater celandine.)
*Swans are considered very magickal & sacred.
*In Wales, swans are thought to bring the thunder and rain.
*Swans are symbols of wealth.
*Swishers are believed to help mischievious Faerie milk goats dry at night.
*Some Native American tribes considered turkeys cowardly and refused to eat them, for fear of losing their courage.
*After sighting the first buzzard, one may be assured that there will be no more frosts.
*Vulture feathers are a talisman against rheumatism, and could sometimes bring the dead back to life.
*In Greece, buzzards are an ill omen.
*In Egypt, buzzards are a symbol of protection and women's health.
*Vultures are considered to be the descendants of griffins.
*If you see a lone buzzard, make a wish before he flaps his wings and it will be granted.
*If you see the shadow of a buzzard without seeing the bird himself, visitors will arrive soon.
*The call of the whipporwill can foretell an unmarried girl's future; one call, and she will not marry this year; two calls, and she will marry soon; three calls, and she will never marry.
*If the whipporwill calls repeatedly, answer "No." If he stops, someone in the household will die within the year, but if he continues, all will be well.
*The whipporwill is linked to the Moon.
*Whatever you are doing when you hear the first whipporwill of the year, that is what you will do for the following year.
*The red-headed woodpecker is sacred.
*Woodpecker feathers gaurd against lightening.
*A wood thrush singing around the house spells good luck.
*Wren feathers are considered to be protective talismans, particularly against drowning.
*Yellowthroats are sacred to witches because of their "Witchy! Witchy!" call.
*If a dark bird sits on your windowsill, good luck will follow.
*If a red bird crosses your path, you will receive good news from a loved one.