ALBATROSS: Animal Wisdom ~ Air Animal Totem Meanings


Keywords: Alert for signs

Oracle: New opportunities are on their way to you – commit to them fully if you want them to succeed.

The Maori traditionally carved flutes from Albatross bone

Albatross’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Endurance
  • Ability to remain in emotional situations for extended periods of time
  • Awkward, but effective beginnings and endings
  • Understands the effectiveness of extended parenting
  • Stamina

    Athena and Diomedes - when Diomedes displeased Athena, she conjured a storm to destroy his fleet, and transformed both him and his drowned crew into large white birds, as one version of the myth goes.

The Albatross has a vast and contradictory history in folklore, and has long captured the imagination of man. Associated with the souls of lost sailors in English folklore, it was considered very bad luck to kill or capture one of these magnificent birds – however contrarily there exist reports that say they were often caught and eaten during long sailing trips. Another myth relates that sighting an albatross at sea was an omen of wind and bad weather.

Further back, in Greek mythology the god Diomedes offended the goddess Athene, who expressed her displeasure by conjuring up a ferocious storm at sea to wreck his fleet. In one version of the legend, she turned Diomedes and all his drowned crew into large white birds.

The adage “an albatross around one’s neck”, is derived from the poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by S Coleridge, written in the late 1700’s. In the poem, a sailor brings about disaster to his ship by killing an albatross, and is condemned to carry the carcass around his neck as punishment. Thus the adage means to be saddled by burdens or face obstacles.

In Japanese folklore, the albatross was sacred and considered a servant of the chief god of the sea, thus seeing one was considered a good omen.

The Albatross was considered a bad omen in English folklore, as iconified by the poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by S Coleridge


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