Robins symbolize growth, hope, and new beginnings. Interestingly, a large robin would stay outside the window when we conducted the prison ministry. One long term resident woman commented that it was her totem bird, that it followed her around when she was out on the prison grounds. It represents hope, a chance of a new life, and freedom. The bird could fly away any time it wanted, but it chose to stay and offer comfort.
The robin usually breaks into song after its long migratory flight, a sign of contentment. The bird is unusual because it can fly both day and night while staying low to the ground. Its seasonal appearance reminds us that the earth is renewing itself. This renewal will bring budding plants, returning birds, and new born animals. It also brings happiness that the long winter is over. The robin often appears in your yard as a solitary robin until it takes a mate and builds a nest. Robins have developed a relationship where they will live close to humans building their nests in eaves, hedges, and trees.
The robin is important to the Plains Indian. Its return wasn’t viewed as not just part of spring, but had an essential role in bringing spring back. Its rosy chest symbolized the new dawn while its yellow beak stood for the sun rays.
This seasonal messenger brings us energy and new perspective to issues that may have bedeviled us all winter long. With the jolt of insight and the stamina, former insolvable problems vanish.
Per legend, the robin only appeared when the highest truth was spoken. It is also a reminder of the power of the spoken word and to watch what you say. Are your words inspiring or are they meant to bring someone down? Consider what was said or thought when spotting a robin.
Reaching out for the robin’s positive energy, lends clarity to our speech and thought. The robin’s tune is uplifting. It gives us a sense of contentment that all is well in the world. A robin is known for its song. When male robins engage in territorial battles, they sing it out. As a way of settling conflict is superior to shooting each other. Singing also has a calming influence too. Sing when anxious or afraid, it will slow your heartbeat and improve your mood.
Often the secret to be happy is simplicity. The robin reminds us of this. All we need to feel a sense of rejuvenation is the promise of warmer weather and longer days.
Colors associated with the robin are powerful too. The red breast is indicative of power, life energy, blood and prosperity. The yellow beak symbolizes clarity, happiness, warmth and enlightenment. Even the birds’ sky blue eggs tie into the throat chakra, which should be no surprise with its wonderful singing ability.
Robins lend their joyous song to the morning chorus. Imagine spring without robins. It’s hard to do. One way to continue the survival of the species is not to use pesticides in your yard. Many birds are bug and worm eaters. Pesticides destroy and poison their food source, and in turn, the birds.