The Symbolism of Roosters in Art

The Symbolism of the Rooster:

sacred rooster symbolismThe rooster’s symbolic meaning include the following characteristics: Pride, honesty, courage, vigilance, arrogance, strength, watchfulness and flamboyance. Different cultures ascribe different meaning to the rooster.

The ancient Greeks considered the rooster a solar emblem who rose to attention and saluted every morning with a hearty cry, claiming victory over the night. The rooster became the sacred sign to the god Apollo as well as Zeus, Persephone and Attis.

In Japan the rooster is a sacred symbol so it is permitted to roam freely among Shinto temples. The rooster calls Shinto followers to prayer with its morning crow at dawn.

To China the rooster is a proverbial mascot to the five virtues – civil responsibility, marital fidelity, courage, kindness, and confidence.

Because of the rooster’s dependability at dawn, Feng shui practitioners paint a red rooster on the house walls for protection from fire or a white one to safeguard against demons.

Celtic and Norse lore calls the rooster a messenger of the underworld screeching out warnings of danger and calling out for the souls of the fallen in battle.

The rooster of our dreams is a time-keeper- a sign of time passing in our lives. Hearing the rooster crow in our dreams is said to mean a wake up call to reassess our lives. Seeing a brilliantly plumed rooster indicates that it is time to let others discover our true selves – to strut our stuff.

Finally, in Christianity the rooster crowed 3 times after Peter denied Christ and thus became a symbol for Christ’s passion. Later the rooster would signify repentance of the saint and religious vigilance as well as resurrection. To this day weather-vanes are sometimes seen on top of churches symbolizing watchful vigilance against evil.

Some consider the Rooster a good luck charm in the kitchen.  Whatever you believe about the rooster he is without a doubt a handsome and often colorful creature.

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