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The Heron or Egret is symbolic in many cultures:
- In Egypt the Heron is honoured as the creator of light. A double headed Heron in Egypt is symbolic of prosperity
- As a Chinese symbol the Heron represents strength, purity, patience and long life
- In Africa, the Heron was thought to communicate with the Gods
- Most Native American tribes took note of the heronís inquisitiveness, curiosity and determination. So the heron became a symbol of wisdom because it seemed to have very good judgement skills
According to North American Native tradition, the Blue Heron brings messages of self-determination and self-reliance. They represent the ability to progress and evolve. The long thin legs of the heron reflect that an individual doesn't need great massive pillars to remain stable and stand on their own.
For example, the Iroquois tribe held the blue heron as a very good omen, a very lucky sign. They recognized the heron as an expert fisher/hunter and, as such, they believed that sighting a heron before a hunt was a sign that the hunt would be a good one.
Blue Herons have the innate wisdom of being able to manoeuvre through life and co-create their own circumstances and destiny. Blue Herons reflect a need for those with this totem to follow their own unique wisdom and path of self-determination. These individuals know what is best for themselves and need to follow their hearts rather than the promptings of others. Those with the "Medicine of the Great Blue Heron" may sit patiently until the rest of us lose patience. And, when they follow the promptings of the heart, they are one of the most magnificent when they choose to soar.
As a water creature the heron is also a symbol of "going with the flow", and working with the elements of Mother Nature rather than struggling against her.
The heron is a beautiful creature, exhibiting grace, and noble stature. Itís no wonder the Native Indians and ancients honoured the heron throughout the centuries.
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