Peacock feathers bad luck or superstition?

In spirituality, the Peacock holds a sacred place. It is regarded as a symbol of protection, spirituality, intuition and transformation.

Not only does it protect us from external dangers, but it also safeguards us from within. Our emotions, subconscious and consciousness.

I’ve always kept peacock feathers in my possession, and I’m not alone in this practice. Many Native Americans had a separate space for peacock feathers.

However, some people hold this false belief that peacock feathers bring bad luck. This is utterly wrong because peacock feathers are a divine gift, rather than a satanic misfortune.

Peacock Feathers Bring Harmony and Inner peace

The Peacock brings balance to our mind. As we know, the peacock is a marvellous bird that has a boastful walk and vibrant feathers. It represents utter joy and beauty.

In Hinduism, the thousand feathers of a Peacock were believed to be eyes, which could foresee the future. But other cultures have linked Peacock with infidelity,
the Devil and grief.

Why are Peacock Feathers said to bring Misfortune?

To answer that, we have first to trace the origin of this superstition. In Ancient Mesopotamia, a female Demon named Lilith shared an uncanny resemblance with the Peacock’s feathers.

Lilith’s evil eye was linked to the thousand eyes of the peacock. So, in ancient times, whenever there were infant deaths or other incidences’ of misfortune, peacock feathers were immediately held culpable.

And coincidently, the victims of these strings of adversities had peacock feathers hanging in their houses.

The Place of the Peacock feathers in Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology, on the contrary, sees Peacock feathers as Goddess Hera’s gift to her loyal protector, Argus. Argus possessed a hundred eyes, and he was a caretaker of lo, whom Zeus was smitten with.

Zeus ordered Hemes to assassinate the Giant Argus. After Argus’s assassination, Hera preserved his 100 eyes in the tail of a particular bird. Since then, the peacock’s feathers are symbolic of the commanding eyes of the stars and the gateway of heaven.

What do religions have to say about Peacock feathers?

There are contradictory beliefs regarding peacocks in religions. The Babylonians and the Persians said that Peacock represented royalty. They adorned their thrones with its beautiful feathers.

Christians believe peacocks to be symbols of transformation and resurrection, linked with omnipotence, sacredness, and renewal.

Buddhists consider peacock feathers as a symbol of emotional openness and purity. That is why most Buddhist rituals include peacock feathers in cleansing ceremonies.


In light of the evidence above, I would strongly suggest you see peacock feathers as a symbol of positive hope.

Sure, some cultures have associated the splendid peacock with lousy luck, but there’s no denying its hypnotic beauty and prideful gait.

It reminds us to celebrate life with complete openness. Also, many cultures hold the peacock in high esteem. They don’t think that it brings death and destruction.

They believe that its beauty is symbolic of purity and spiritual transformation. Peacock feathers bad luck? Is it myth or truth? It is up to you to decide!

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