Black Swan

Black swans at Narrabeen Lake

This striking bird is Australia’s only native swan and is a symbol for the state of Western Australia.  Until it’s discovery, all swans were thought to be white; in fact, it was an expression; a black swan  (like a ‘white elephant’ or ‘blue moon’) referred to something impossibly fantastic – so expect a miracle if this elegant bird makes an appearance. Check out this post on Wiki! It might be time to examine where your thinking could be false or presumptuous.

There is a Dreaming[1] about the Black Swan which reveals it was originally white, and this is why swans have white tips on their wings today. The Black Swan is also linked with the creation of the native Flannel Flower and the Swan’s red beak has been related to a battle in the Dreaming. The creation of the first Black Swans was due to magic, so welcome the wonder in your life!

Universally, Swan is the archetype of grace and beauty.  A creature in myth and fairytale, the ugly duckling transforms into a beautiful swan just as we too can change our feathers. Wherever and whenever Black Swan appears, harmony and a touch of perfection will inevitably grace your presence.

These elegant birds appear in smaller groups or enormous, flourishing flocks; they mate for life. The larger the group you encounter, the more likely you will be evaluating, assessing, analysing and seeking to understand a collective myth or archetype which is touching your life and existence. A smaller group, or alone, Black Swan may relate more directly to your own, unique, personal experience and it’s meaning in the larger pattern of your life. Black Swan signifies an insight about yourself which changes your position from one of victim to victor.

Black Swan is a graceful reminder to move from any position where you feel powerless and at the mercy of external forces; it is time to reclaim your personal power.  Remember – these guys have no natural predators, so in theory, you are safe! Black Swan carries a confronting truth – you create your own ‘victimhood’. Own this, and you are empowered to move through it and change any disadvantageous situation.

The Black Swan has the longest neck of all the swans. If this feature is what strikes you, are you sticking your neck out for someone?

Black Swans moult once a year, at which time they cannot fly.  If you encounter Black Swan flightless, this may be a time to let go of what you no longer need in your life and create something new.  It is a time of patience and waiting.  If Black Swan is in flight, watch his beauty and majesty, his uniqueness and grandeur; and take it home with you into your life.  Black Swan in flight is free of limitations – you can fly free too.

[1]              Mountford, Charles P.  “The First Sunrise.” and   “The Dawn of Time.”  Roberts, D. And A. “Shadows in the Mist.” Reed, A.W.  “Aboriginal Myths, Legends & Fables.”