Contradictory Superstitions About the Peacock and Their Feathers

The peacock is considered to be a bird of protection and safe guarding. This bird is also valued as a protection for the psychic self. There has been lore that writes that to have a peacock feather within the home this helps to safe guard any of the energy in the environment.

The Peacock is a symbol of spirituality, the third eye, a sign of protection, or of bad luck?


The peacock brings harmony and joy to our mind. This bird is majestic, proud with much expression and as the male bird walks and dances to the female in courting. This reminds us of the celebration in life.

In Hinduism... 'when the god Indra transforms himself into an animal, he becomes a peacock. In India the peacock was believed to have a thousand eyes in its feathers... In Java, the peacock was associated with the Devil. In Mosul in northern Iraq, there is a sect of Yezidis who hold that the Devil is not evil, and call him the Peacock Angel.'

Myth has the peacock representing fidelity, as it dies of grief, or remains single, if it loses its mate.

Peacock also is said to be able to foretell rain, and dances when rain is coming. ... and if a peacock cries more than usual, it is said to foretell the death of someone in the family to which it belongs.

Good luck, harmony, serenity, peace of mind, relaxation and protection are all associated with the magnificent peacock.

The many meanings of the Peacock

Babylon. Persia: Both had a peacock throne.

Egypt: It sometimes accompanies Isis.

Greek: The emblem of the bird-god Phaon. Associated with Hera, who is credited with scattering the "Argus Eyes" over its tail.

Hindu: The myth is that the peacock "has angels' feathers, a devil's voice, and the walk of a thief." It is the mount of Sarasvati, goddess of wisdom and learning. It is also, sometimes, a vehicle of Lakshmi and of Brahma. When it is mounted by Kama, god of love, it represents desire. Hindu gurus are fond of using peacock feathers
In darshan to deliver shaktiput to their disciples.

China: Its feather is an attribute of the goddess Kwan-yin

Japan: Its feather is an attribute of the goddess Kwannon.

Peacock Feathers Indoors

There are a lot of old superstitions abut bringing peacock feathers indoors though...A peacock's feather, being full of eyes, act as
spies in a house, prying into one's privacy

From 1866: I can vouch for a superstitious feeling regarding peacocks' feathers being general in Derbyshire and the surrounding counties. It is considered extremely unlucky to have them in the house, and they are believed to bring losses and various misfortunues, including illness and death. I have seen people perfectly horrified when a child unwittingly brought peacock feathers into the house.

From 1890: A peacock feather in the house makes old maids.

From 1899: It is lucky to have a live peacock on the farm, but very unlucky to have peacock feathers in the house.