Wedding Symbolism: The Peacock

 

Peacock feathers are a top wedding trend, as a motif on invitations, wedding programs and thank you notes, and some brides are working peacock feathers into their centerpieces and color schemes. Bold, dramatic blues and purples evoke the colors of the brightly-colored peacock, and you’ll even find in nature all-white peacocks with graceful fanlike tails.

With peacock themes and colors going strong in wedding world, I thought I’d continue my series on animal symbolism with the peacock. Since so many elements of a wedding have a long history of symbolism bringing luck to the marriage, here is what the peacock’s symbolism can mean to your day:

  • Integrity
  • Showing your true colors
  • Nobility
  • Holiness
  • Guidance
  • Protection
  • Watchfulness
  • Great vibrancy
  • “A walk of faith”
  • Self-esteem booster
  • Vision
  • Refinement
  • Spirituality
  • Incorruptibility (a take on that ‘forsaking all others’ line from traditional wedding vows!)

In Greco-Roman mythology, the peacock is connected to Hera/Juno who, lore says, made the peacock from Argus with his hundred eyes. Thus, that mark on the peacock’s tail feathers that looks like an eye and in some legends symbolizes the “eyes of the stars.”

In Hindu culture, the Peacock is associated with the deity Lakshmi, representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck.

The peacock is also a symbol of Kwan-Yin in Asian lore, as an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, nurturing and kind-heartedness.

In Persian lore, the peacock symbolizes protection over royalty (and since you’re the queen of your wedding day….)

In Christian lore, the peacock represents the “all-seeing” church and has been connected to renewal as well as holiness.

So those are some of the top symbols of the peacock. How much do you love that for your wedding’s theme graphics or décor colors and accents now?

Symbolism of Gemstones: Aquamarine


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Aquamarine is popular for its gorgeous sea-blue color that can range from light blue to dark blue, and is one of the most enchanting gemstones that brides choose to wear as their Something Blue, or as the gemstone that will bring out their eyes.

Here is the symbolism of aquamarine, as well as some fun FYIs:
• The name ‘aquamarine’ is derived from an old Latin expression meaning ‘seawater.’
• Aquamarine is a variety of the precious gemstone beryl, and the beryl group of minerals is also closely tied to emerald…which is one of the ‘Precious Four’ gems of the world (emerald, diamond, ruby and sapphire.)
• Legend says that it is the treasure of mermaids, with the power to keep sailors safe at sea.
• Aquamarine is known in legend to be very soothing to married couples, which is why it’s such a top choice for weddings and for engagement gifts.

Symbolism includes:
o Honoring spiritual experiences
o Growing from spiritual experiences
o Reduces fear
o Inspires self-expression, in communication and artistically
o Compassionate communication
o Safety while moving through the stages of life.
o Vastness of life (like the sea)