Animal Symbolism of the Turkey
Turkey Animal Symbolism
Turkeys have been a symbol of thanksgiving and abundance long before the Piligrim’s “first meal” in 1621 with the Northern Native Americans.
Native American Indians view the turkey as both a symbol of abundance and fertility. Indeed, the turkey was the guest of honor (sacrificial, that is) in various fertility and gratitude ceremonies.
The Creek tribes still practice the turkey dance during its annual fire festivals. The feathers of turkeys are also used in ritual (see my Native American Feather Symbolism post )
The turkey was thought to be sacred to ancient Mexican cultures. The Aztecs, Mayansand Toltecs viewed the turkey as a “jeweled bird” and also referred to it as the “Great Xolotl.” Male turkeys were honored for their beauty and essence of cocky pride.
A Quick-list summary of animal symbolism of the turkey:
Turkeys (like the peacock) give clear signs of agitation prior to poor weather conditions This is often seen by primitive cultures as a symbol of foretelling.
Turkeys are at their peak of power in the autumn months. As fall season animals, turkeys are also symbolic of:
- new beginnings
Animal symbolism of the turkey also deals with male virility and pride. This isn’t surprising when we observe male turkeys in the wild. They are quite noble looking as the strut and fan their impressive plumage for all to see.
When the turkey visits us it is a sign that we must be mindful of the blessings bestowed upon us each day. Further, it is a message to express our strength and brilliance – it’s time to show our own plumage and reveal true selves.