The doves are back, which means spring must be here, or very close. I love the doves and am surprised by people who don’t. The mourning doves visited in pairs symbolizing love and devotion to one another. It’s no wonder people chooses to release them at weddings and ceremonies promoting peace. The gentle birds make a showy takeoff and return home, wherever that may be. This shows a great deal of intelligence and inner guidance.
The dove reminds us to check our intentions. Do we need to re-prioritize our lives? Often, we may be pushing too hard and long for something without letting the wind lift us to higher times. Other times, we may complain about our situation in life without doing anything to change it.
Usually any movement on my part or my dog’s scares the birds away, not the doves. They have an enviable calmness as they regard both of us with a curious glance. As larger birds, they can’t perch at the bird feeder and our ground feeders. The serene stare may be their way of saying, “A little food on the ground, please.” They are very resourceful in the fact they’ll search the ground for whatever the smaller bird may have dropped. They're not above eating bread, stale cereal, chips or popcorn either.
Similar to their cousins, the pigeons, they accept people. The doves appear in magic acts, ceremonies, and are a staple in many diets. The dove also functions as spiritual messenger. In Paganism, the goddesses, Atargatis, Ishtar, Inanna, Astarte and Aphrodite often take dove form or are associated with doves. Queen Semiramis was raised by doves proving her connection to the Goddesses.
Doves raised legendary queen Semiramis connecting her to the goddesses.
Even in the first literary work, Epic of Gilgamesh, a dove is released to search for dry land.
Doves are especially beloved for the soft cooing sound they make, which is similar to purring. This gentle communication is so endearing that it is often used to describe human lovers cooing to one another. It’s the sound of being content in life.
- Inner Guidance
- Spiritual Messenger
Remember to sprinkle seed on the ground for the doves.