In Chinese culture, for hundreds of years the parrot has held a place of honor in ancient China. Often kept in the living quarters of women, parrots were considered the keeper of their secrets. Throughout the years parrots have come to symbolize several different things in the Chinese culture:
- Traditionally parrots, and other birds, symbolized freedom and long life. A parallel is often drawn between a bird and the life experience and wisdom that comes with old age.
- A pair of parrots symbolizes affection, fidelity and deep, enduring love – what we call “lovebirds” today.
- Parrots are also associated with feng shui. According to feng shui, parrots symbolize positive energy. These birds are considered as bearers of good news and it is also said that the feathers of parrots possess different colors that represent the five elements of feng shui - water, wood, fire, earth and metal.
In Native American tribal animal symbolism, parrots are considered messengers of specific prayers and can bestow blessings. I'm reading a book by Ken Carey (author of The Starseed Transmissions) right now called "The Return of the Bird Tribes" which is an account of the spiritual history of several Native American tribes. The "bird tribes" are closely connected to the angels and the Eternal Light. Birds, with their wings and ability to bridge heaven and earth stand for messengers from Source.