As random as this post may seem, it is anything but. For months the peacock has surfaced in everything from floral arrangements, fashion accessories, clothing, to home decor and even wallpaper! It first dawned on me there might be spiritual significance to this, when I happened across a loose peacock in Fredericksburg, Va. Yes, Fredericksburg, Va.
We were returning home from a trip “down south” when the need for gasoline brought us to the WaWa just off I-95. A strutting peacock paraded around the periphery of the parking lot, enjoying the freewill food of way-faring strangers. For those not familiar with this location, it is a high traffic / non-wildlife friendly area. Unfortunately, my camera was no where to be found… but I marked it.
Within the span of a week, I received a phone call from my sister who lives in the Portland, Oregon area. She just happened to be driving down a suburban road near Lake Oswego, when a random pair of peacocks emerged from the side of the road. She remarked to me how gorgeous they were, and should probably be in a zoo, behind a fence… and not on the side of the road. What are the odds of two sisters on opposite coasts, stumbling upon wild peacocks in the same week? It was then that I knew Father was attempting to communicate something of timely importance.
In the ancient middle-east, the peacock was symbolic of eternal life. It was believed the flesh of pea-fowl never decayed after death. As a result, paintings of peacocks adorned the tombs of early Christians. The “eye” of the feather also had particular significance.1 The multitude of “eyes” were representative of the all-seeing eye of God.2
The year 2010 is the Hebrew year 5770. It is known as the year of Ayin. Much about this year revolves around “seeing.” Here is an excerpt from a former post from my friend and contributor, Lisa Butler, on the Year of Ayin.
The word “ayin” means – eye; to see, and by extension, to understand and obey. It also means “Divine Providence”. Ayin represents the primeval light or the spiritual light of God. Genesis 1:3, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light'; and there was light.” I believe that as we pray during this new season, we will see an illumination. The hidden things that have been done in darkness will be brought to light.
The ayin is described as having 2 eyes – the choice of using good or evil to perceive things – optimism or pessimism. It is vital during this new season that we pray concerning the media. The perceptions of people around the world are being molded daily by the media. We must pray for new media outlets to emerge that will speak the truth. We must pray for reporters to present us with facts and not just opinions on what is happening in the world. In the past we have seen a targeted effort to alter the way events are perceived – evil or good. We must pray for an arising of alternative media who will perceive from the “good eye”.
Ayin is a silent letter. (No translation of it in English) It sees, but does not speak; represents humility. The name ayin can also mean “eye” or “fountain”, a fountain of wisdom and the ability to perceive wisdom.
Most are familiar with the phrase “proud as a peacock.” A lesser known saying comes from ancient Indo-Iranian culture, “The gorgeous peacock is the glory of God.” Again, the theme of glory is present. As you see peacock paraphernalia in the coming days, remember that Father is wanting to reveal to the eyes of the church, His glory, wisdom, majesty, light, prophetic insight, new vision, and providence in ways you have never seen before.
The following is a prophetic word contributed by my sister, the other peacock spotter. Father gave her this:
I am giving you the ability to find seers in unlikely places. The attributes of a seer are distinct and easy to spot. Their colors are visible from far distances. Peacocks stick to themselves and travel in packs because I’ve purified their bloodline. Don’t be surprised to find prophets traveling in pairs, or groups. Husband and wife, brother and sister, friends, all lost, all blind. Other species (Spiritual callings), can corrupt their gifting. It is natural that they not get along.
A mother peacock may not wear the glorious train, but she can still see. Encourage the ‘trainless’ that the gift is still within them, even though it isn’t obvious to the rest of the world.
There are many of these birds that have been lost and abandoned, left to fend for themselves, and find their own coverings. You have been given the assignment of finding them, feeding them, and sending them to their rightful owner. Some will be missing feathers, dirty, and sick. My grace will work through you to restore, and bring sight.
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1. Birds, symbolic.” Peter and Linda Murray, Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art (2004).
3. Read more about peacocks: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/peacock/