The Intuitive Meaning of Doves
White doves have been used as a symbol of love, peace, and harmony. What meaning do they have when they appear unexpectedly? There have been so many interpretations across the board, some good, some not so good. The most intense interpretation of the appearance of a white dove is that someone in the household will die, or someone you know has just passed. On the flip side, seeing two or more white doves can be a sign of good things in the future, including love.
White Dove Legends
Other legends say that white doves are a symbol of the holy spirit, and are sent by God. Many of the more common explanations is that peace will come into your life, “And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.” John 1:32
Several Goddesses have been shown in art with the symbol of the dove:
In terms of goddess-energy, the dove is a symbol of procreation and fertility.
Spiritual Meaning – The Dove Symbol
Because of their ability for flight, reaching high into the sky, most birds, including the hummingbird, are symbols of spirit. Birds have been seen as the connection between heaven and earth. This connection is also symbolic of the bridge between what can be seen, and the unseen spirit world.
What about the dove? Is there any special meaning when a dove (or pair of doves) appears?
The dove is associated with the holy spirit. There is mention of doves throughout the bible, with words about purity, and the soul. Remember the story of Noah’s ark? The bible states that a dove was sent out to find signs of land, and returned with a single olive leaf.
Dreams about flying birds is a sign of prosperity. Seen in a pair, doves can represent friendship, love, and the desire for an honest and close relationship. Dreams of doves vary: a single dove can be about mourning and loss; a flock of doves can be a bright sign for the future.
Doves – Transforming a Symbol into Self Guided Self Awareness
One of the key elements shared here at HummingbirdShaman.com is recognition that we are spirit, with the ability to see our own reflection in the world around us in whatever form it takes. What can be recognized about self from the appearance of doves?
Bird watching is fun, but it can also be a great opportunity for a little self focus and appreciation. The next time you are bird watching, take a moment and notice how you feel. Are you feeling guarded, or closed in? Likely not. When we connect with nature we tend to open up, allow our energy to flow, and step into a more giving and accepting space. Simply taking a moment of recognition and realization can make a world of difference in managing your own energy through thoughts and actions.
What about the qualities of the doves? Now is a great time to appreciate your own ability to love and create a welcoming, warm community. While we’re on the topic, you can use this time to release what does not support your ability to love and be a part of a committed relationship. Top it off with an overflowing dose of “dove energy”, and renew your own ability to find freedom of spirit within the welcoming embrace of love.
It’s very easy for us to get lost in our complicated and busy world. Taking a few minutes to shift into a more soul-friendly energy can re-vitalize you for the days to come. Life happens, sometimes within our control, and sometimes not. What we do control is our response to our world, and the “spirit” we bring in to everything we do.
My greatest love is assisting others shift into the comfort of acceptance and appreciation. This relational, open-hearted energy carries into my many interests: photography, symbiotic gardening, long walks, and enjoying nature. Ready for a shift in your own world? Sessions available by appt.