Flute Fetishes and Symbols
Fetishes represent the spirit of your favourite animal, bird, and other natural kindred spirits.  Have you ever dreamed of a specific animal?  Have you always been particularly attracted to a specific animal?  If so, then that spirit may have something to tell you, teach you, or to aid you.  Below are some of the meanings associated with various animal spirits, water mammals, bird spirits, reptiles, fish, insects, colors, stones, and other symbols.  Ask your flutemaker for information about incorporating any of these symbols into your flute design:

Animal Spirit/Symbolism:

Antelope
     
Grace, speed, endurance, adaptability
Armadillo 

Personal protection, safety, discrimination, empathy
Ass (Burro)
Wisdom, humility, endurance
Badger

Assertiveness, reliance, tidiness, organization, courage, persistence
Bat

Transition, new adventure, adaptability
Bear
Spiritual Messenger, strength, courage, self-awareness, good luck, spiritual blessings, healing, protection
Beaver
Creativity, dream building
Bobcat
Independence, mystery, magic, sensuality, secrets of the unknown
Buffalo

Healing, abundance, spiritual blessings, power, endurance, peace
Cat
Intuition, independence, strength, agility, vision, magic, ingenuity, Forethought
Cougar (See Mtn. Lion)
Independence, balance, mystery, magic, sensuality, coming into one’s inner strength and power, freedom
Coyote
Teacher of wisdom, happiness, magic, love, fun, playfulness, sharing, adaptability, cunning, wit, trickster
Deer
Grace, love, peace, innocence, gentle sensitivity, new adventure, alertness, ability to sense danger, renewal
Dog
Growth, sexuality, divination, protection, guardian, loyalty, intermediary, guide, purity
Elk (Wapiti)
Strength, power, pride, mystery
Fox
Clever, cunning, swift, smart, magic, ingenuity, shapeshifter, adaptation, disguise, adaptability, wit
Horse
Travel, safety, power, freedom, independence, strength
Lynx

Secrets of the unknown, solitary
Mole

Connection with Mother Earth, protection of fields
Mountain Goat
Self-determination, adaptability, confidence, stability
Mountain Lion (See Cougar)

Leadership, survivor of harsh environments, silence, solitary
Mouse
Secret wisdom, speed, messenger
Otter
Joy, happiness, humour, sharing, playfulness, skill, parenting
Rabbit
Learning from fear; turning fears to advantage, new life, fertility, enjoying every day, puberty, long life, safe birth, gentleness, release
Raccoon

Curiosity, cleanliness, adaptability, dexterity, fun, resourcefulness, playfulness, humour, family
Ram
Increase of flocks, confidence, strength, perseverance
Skunk
Sensuality, respect, self-esteem
Squirrel
Trust, preparation, energy, joy, happiness, friendliness
Weasel or Ferret

Speed, stealth, curiosity, playfulness
Wolf
Family, loyalty, spirituality, guardianship, balance, protection, stability, survival, commitment, strength, sociability, provider

Water Mammals:
              
       
Dolphin
   
Love, purity, peace, joy, harmony, spiritual aid
Seal or Sea Lion
Creativity, lucid imagination, dreamer
Whale

Creation, inner depth, music, instincts, family
 
       
Fish:

Salmon   
Instinct, persistence, determination, abundance, wisdom

     
Bird Spirit/Symbolism:
      
Albatross   
Stamina, efficiency, energy, adaptability, dance, joy, longevity, communication, fidelity
Blackbird
Understanding energies of Mother Earth
Bluebird
Modesty, unassuming confidence, happiness
Blue Jay
Proper use of power, joy
Canary
Power of song and voice
Cardinal

Renewed vitality, recognizing self-importance
Catbird
Language, communication
Chickadee

Cheerful and truthful communication
Cock

Sexuality, watchfulness, resurrection
Crow
Secret magic of creation, fun, joy, intelligence, community, inventiveness, cleverness, vision, healing
Cuckoo
Dawn, Spring, awakening, justice, sexuality
Dove
Feminine energies of peace, maturity, prophecy, love
Duck
Emotional comfort, protection, patience, mothering energy
Eagle
Spiritual Illumination, healing, creation, spiritual power, unlimited happiness, messenger of Great Spirit, brotherhood, safety, peace, love, fortitude, courage, inner vision, strength
Flicker
New rhythm of growth, healing power
Goldfinch
Awakening to the nature spirits
Goose

Call to vision quest, travel, new adventure, fertility, fidelity
Grosbeak
Healing of the family heart
Grouse
Sacred dancing and drumming
Gull
Responsible behaviour, communication, acceptance
Hawk
Visionary power, protection, guardianship, leads to life’s purpose, clarity, carries prayers to Great Spirit
Heron

Aggressive self-determination, self-reliance
Hummingbird

Tireless joy, teaches us to enjoy the sweet nectar of life, happiness, love, dance, freedom, independence, passion, energy, protection
Kestrel
Mental speed, agility, grace
Kingfisher
New warmth, sunshine, prosperity, love
Loon
Lucid dreaming, re-awakening of old hopes, wishes, dreams
Magpie
Proper use of intelligence, familiar and occult knowledge
Martin
Good luck, community peace
Meadowlark
Cheerful journey inward
Mockingbird

Finding your sacred song (soul purpose) and recognizing your innate abilities
Nuthatch
Grounding of faith, higher wisdom
Oriole
The weaving of new sunshine
Osprey

Sun, protection, fertility, nobility, victory
Ostrich
Becoming grounded
Owl
Mystery of magic, omens, silent wisdom, vision in the night; dreams, night protector
Parrot

Sunshine, color healing
Peacock

Resurrection, wise vision, watchfulness, protection, eye of the Great Spirit
Pelican

Renewed buoyancy, unselfishness
Penguin
Dignity, pride, family joy
Pheasant
Family, fertility, sexuality, disguise, patience, beauty
Pigeon

Return to the love and security of home
Quail
Family love, nourishment, protection, humour, joy in living
Raven
Strong magic, mystery, shapeshifting, creation, intelligence, trickster, dreams, clairvoyant vision, prophecy, healing, messenger
Road Runner
Mental speed, agility
Robin
New life
Sparrow
Awakening, triumph, common nobility
Starling

Group behaviour, etiquette, song
Stork

Birth, unspoken communication
Swallow

Protection, warmth, home, proper perspective
Swan
Awakening to true beauty, power of self
Swift 

Speed, agility, great quest
Turkey
Shared blessings, harvest, wily, agility
Vulture
Purification, death, rebirth, new vision
Woodpecker
The power of rhythm and discrimination
Wren
Resourcefulness, boldness
 
Reptiles:

Horned Toad
  
Symbol of good fortune; abundance
Lizard

Life changes, new beginnings, adaptation, relaxation, renewal and transformation
Snake
Life, sexuality, power, rebirth, wisdom, good fortune, regeneration, wholeness, rain
Turtle
Healing knowledge, teacher, motherhood, longevity, peace, protection, wisdom, symbol of Mother Earth

Amphibians:

Frog  
Emotional healing, peace, transformation
Salamander
Fire, adaptability, regeneration
         
Insects:

Bee   
Activity, creativity, power, wisdom, spirituality, knowledge, royalty, intuition, resurrection, eloquence, music, courage, usefulness, community, patience, group mind, discipline, industriousness, productivity, fertility, sexuality, transformation, spiritual growth, accomplishment of the impossible, mysticism, power, infinity, sweetness, sun
Butterfly
Messenger of Earth Mother, balance, transition, joy, dance of life, beauty, harmony, love, metamorphosis
Cricket

Good fortune, joy, emergence, life, music
Dragonfly
Hope, renewal, peace, love, dance of love, messenger
Spider
Creative process, interconnectedness, weaver of life

The Six Guardian Spirits (Zuni):
        
Sky
Eagle
West 

Bear
South

Badger
North

Mountain Lion
East

Wolf
Underground
Mole

Other Symbols:

Arrow
Guidance and protection
Big Dipper
Consistency
Broken Arrow
Peace
Cactus
Nature’s reservoir
Crossed Arrow
Friendship
Eagle Feather
Unlimited happiness and spiritual blessings
Feather
 
Truth, spirit, wisdom
Kokopelli

Sexuality, fun, dance, flute music
Lightning Arrow
Swiftness, light
Medicine Wheel

Circle of life and four sacred directions
Moon

Cleansing, healing, rebirth, new beginnings, intuition
Morning Star
Guidance
North Star
Guidance
Shaman’s Eye
Wisdom and healing
Snow-capped Mountain
Renewal and hope
Sun
Happiness
Water

Everlasting life
         
Stones:
  
Amber
Renewal, beginnings, health and healing, strength, protection, beauty, love, power
Black Obsidian
Protection, grounding, divination, peace
Coral
Healing, protection, peace, wisdom
Flint

Protection, healing, divination
Fossil
Rebirth, evolution, growth, life, childbirth, lessons, longevity
Geodes
Meditation, fertility, childbirth, Mother Earth
Jasper
Healing, protection, health, beauty
Jet
Protection, luck, divination, health
Lapis Lazuli
Healing, joy, love, fidelity, protection, courage,
Malachite Power, protection, love, peace, success in business
Mother-of-Pearl
Protection, abundance and wealth, the moon, luck
Onyx
Protection
Petrified Wood
Longevity, healing, protection
Pipestone
Life, Mother Earth, community, sacred power, peace
Quartz
Power, control, balance, centeredness, unification of spiritual and physical, self-knowledge, depth, confidence, healing
Rainbow Obsidian         

Joy, life, magic
Rose Quartz
Love, sexuality, relationships, friendship, balance, beauty, family, health
Tiger’s-eye
Mental activity, summer, the seasons, courage, energy
Turquoise

Protection, courage, wealth, love, friendship, healing, luck, magic, power
       
Colors:
      
Black

Self-control, resilience, quiet power, protection, Mother Earth
Blue   
Peace, healing, purification, spirit
Brown

Mother Earth, fertility, family
Gold
Good fortune, purity, success
Green 

Nature, fertility, life, health, Mother Earth, prosperity, luck
Orange
Sun, personal power, self-esteem, luck, success, sexuality
Pink
Love, calm, relationship, peace, happiness, joy, laughter, health
Purple
Receptive, purification, subconscious mind, spirituality, royalty
Red
Birth, fire, power, healing
Silver

Intuition, the moon, dreams
White
Psychism, luck, protection, magic, spirit
Yellow
Communication, self-expression, protection, movement, mental awareness
      
 
Adapted by Stephanie Baldridge from a list provided by Dream
    Walker and Eagle Heart
Eagle Heart Flutes
www.eagleheartflutes.com
 
 

 


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