Parrot - Everyday Beauty
Mundane communication. Friendship. Colour therapy. Celebration. Joyful expression. Congregation. Everyday beauty. Reaching new goals with ease. Pollination. Healing touch. Love. Superficiality.
Parrots are generally well-loved (and noisy) birds in Australia.
Some species are common and well-known, such as the corella, galah,
budgerigah and the rainbow lorikeet. Australia has around 50 species
of parrot, from cockatoo to ground-parrot to rosella. Parrots are
known for their usually bright plumage, diverse array of calls and cries,
and their generally sociable behaviour (though a few parrots are solitary).
Many flock and have complex social relationships with one another. Parrots
are also known for their strong hooked beaks, often used for consuming
nuts and fruits. Lorikeets have a specialised feathered tongue when
enables them to mop up nectar. Parrots are thought to be very intelligent,
and are popular pets worldwide.
Lessons and Challenges:
In Australia, parrots are quite common. They are regular and mundane reminders of
the glory and beauty that nature offers to us. As such they represent a kind of
'everyday beauty,' they are of course special, but we sometimes forget to notice
that they are there almost all the time, whether in the suburbs, the bushland, the forests etc.
They remind us that nature is always offering us the gift of beauty, especially if all we can
focus on is negativity or ugliness.
Parrot teaches about colour therapy, or using colours consciously either on our bodies (in the way we dress)
or how we accessorise our homes and other aspects of our lives. Colours can be healing, they can raise energy,
they can soften it too. What's important is that we start noticing how significant colours are, and what colours
we like/dislike, and how we bring them into our lives.
Parrots often allopreen or mutually groom one another, not just their mates, but also their young, and other
parrots in gatherings. This grooming is gentle, and as much a bonding exercise as a valuable way to get rid
of parasites. Parrot reminds us that touch is a very healing force, and that sometimes all we need is a good hug
from a friend, or a back rub, or some other gentle reaching out to feel as though we are home again.
When parrot energy is around, there is often a focus on friendship and love. It may be that you have some
friends that aren't nourishing you anymore, and that it is time to do away with them. Alternatively it may
be that you are being asked to focus more closely on your friendships and how much love flows between you
and other people. A good friendship is energising, it feeds our soul and assists growth.
Most types are parrot are adept at finding a great deal of food, and their ability to fly makes it doubly
easy for them to find nourishment in their lives. Parrot teaches us how to reach our new goals with ease,
to not struggle through obstacles, but to soar over them instead.
Many trees have adapted to the parrots that feed on them, and employ them as vectors for pollination.
Likewise, we can look at how we share our energies with others. The entrance of parrot into someone's
life usually indicates that there will be an increase in sharing and nourishment of others, as well as
yourself. It tends to raise energy around you, as well as from within.
There can be an element of superficiality to watch out for with parrot, as well as the potential for
gossip, and negatively employing everyday conversation for hurtful or shallow reasons. If you work
consciously with parrot energy, it is possible to learn how to turn even mundane communication into
productive, nourishing exchanges. Parrot communicates a great deal, but how we use that communication is up to us.
Parrot emphasises the connection we have with our friends, not only our closest friends, but also
distant friends and acquaintances. They all help us in varying ways, and parrot promotes health in
There is a sense of celebration and joyful expression with parrot. Social parrots often congregate
and chatter amongst themselves, allopreening one another, feeding each other, etc. They are an excellent
example of the healing powers of social gatherings, congregations and celebrations. Parrot energy is that
of parties and get-togethers, the healing ways in which we come together in groups to remember that we are
an integral part of our community.
The Shadow Aspects:
Those who turn away from the presence of everyday beauty in their lives are challenged by the loud,
bright and sometimes obnoxious parrot to open their eyes. Even when life seems raucous and abrasive,
there is still beauty to be found in the quiet moments, in the loud moments, and in the moments when
we least expect it. If we turn away from recognising the beauty around us, we also turn away from the
spirit. Parrot will loudly screech in your life until you start to pay attention to the beauty around
and within you.
The shadow aspect of parrot comes into your life to suggest that you are communicating poorly and
you are letting others get away with communicating poorly. The everyday components of communication
- the greetings, the manners, the small talk, are just as important as the grit of a deep and meaningful
conversation. It is important to pay attention to all facets of communication. Parrot informs you that
you have been neglecting this side of your life, and you may suffer or hurt (or hurt others) because of it.
'Small talk' is not bad or negative, and can build bridges and help you to get to know people better. It is time to bring it back into your life.
Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be
forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. Parrot is often quite a gregarious guide when it comes into people's life, often chattering quite freely, communicating in any language it feels like. It is not afraid to show itself in real life (if you are lucky enough to have them in your area) and often quite a colourful presence in visualisation or journeying. Some exceptions include the Australian ground parrots, which are shy, solitary and quiet. Try getting in the mood to contact parrot by acquiring some parrot feathers, or dressing in vibrant and bright colours that you enjoy, you can also consider giving offerings of flowers, nuts or seeds, depending on if there is a specific species of parrot you are trying to contact.