Swan Power Animal Symbol Of Inner Grace Balance Commitment

By Ina Woolcott

Swan’s Wisdom Includes awakening the power of self, balance, grace, inner beauty, innocence, self-esteem, understanding dream symbols, seeing into the future, understanding spiritual, evolution, developing intuitive abilities, divination, grace in dealing with others and commitment.

Swan represents grace and beauty on many levels. It is associated with love, poetry and music. The swan was sacred to Venus, the love goddess in Roman mythology. The swan was often pictured singing to a lyre in Greek tradition. In Celtic tradition the Swan represents the Soul, our eternal essence.

The Swan is one of the most ancient and powerful power animals. The Irish bards were both poets and musicians, and wore cloaks made with swan feathers. Also in the Irish tale about the Children of Lir, who were turned into swans and sang so sweetly that all who heard them were put at ease and slept peacefully. These 2 examples along with other Celtic legends of the humans shape shifting into swans highlights the deepest meaning of Swan medicine.

The Ugly Duckling is a widely known children story, about an apparently ugly little duckling, who doesn’t look like the others and is rejected and labelled a misfit, different. In the end all are surprised when he grows into being the most elegant of birds, the swan. This highlights the deceptive nature of first appearances and also reminds us that true beauty grows from within. The Swan teaches us that we all have inner grace and beauty, and this teaches us self-esteem. As we begin to realise our own true beauty, we reveal the ability to bridge new realms and new powers.

Swan will show one how to firmly rely on the beauty of ones being as it works in the physical and spiritual planes. One will be impelled to happy and grateful of and for the physical body and our intuitive mind.

Grace doesn’t mean only the ability to live a balanced life, it is also being able to be at home in many planes of reality, to see that we are more than we appear to be – we are both physical and spiritual beings. We are souls having a human experience.

Not only does the swan reveal to you your own inner beauty, but also that of others. A Swans graceful entering into your life signals a time of altered states of awareness and the development of intuitive abilities, for those with this medicine have the inherent ability to see the future, and to accept the healing and change that is starting in their lives. Accept this and it will help you go with the flow. Listen to your inner knowledge and intuitions and Swan will work through you. The Swan’s voice teaches the mysteries of song and poetry, for these touch our inner child and also our inner beauty.

Swan gracefully glide through the water leaving hardly a ripple behind. Their natural, effortless beauty reminds us to move gently through the currents of life and not fight against them. Swans do not dive into the water like other birds when feeding. Rather, they skim the water dipping their long necks and heads in and out. Water is linked with the feminine intuition and emotion. By following swans example we learn how to view our emotions without getting trapped by them. Our intuition helps us comprehend our feelings and the swan helps us process them.

Swans mate for life. When choosing a mate mutual bill dipping or head-to-head posturing are involved. They are dedicated partners. Us humans often make commitments we can’t keep. By following swans lead we will begin to respect what we have chosen and to follow things through. Honouring our commitments increase personal integrity.

Swans are VERY fast fliers, they fly in V formations at great heights during migration. Their wings beat slowly but steadily, lending them the endurance required reach their destination without tiring. If this is your power animal you have the same ability and should apply the swans movements when pursuing something. The large wings of the swan in the sky gather and store knowledge from Great Spirit. Their white plumage reminds us of the dazzling beauty and innocence found in the purity of Great Spirit, and their long graceful necks act as a bridge between the ordinary and the extra-ordinary. This bridge holds the wisdom for spiritual realisation.

12 thoughts on “Swan Power Animal Symbol Of Inner Grace Balance Commitment”

  1. This is beautiful! Swan appeared in a recent vision and I did not find any ‘satisfying’ description of Swan as a power animal or what message they may bring. Thank you for this perfectly timed post.

  2. I was on a train journey and saw a field of swans early morning yesterday…never seen so many in one place…magical! Great to understand more about them…thank you!

  3. Please help me understand.. I just saw two white swans fighting. One was on top of the other, biting the neck of the one on the bottom. They crossed the streets this way and two men had to separate them. What could that mean? Because usually when I see those wonderful animals, they seem so very peaceful en represent such beauty..

    1. the swans fighting on. the street could represent the fight between your spiritual and physical grace/ beauty desires over beauty is more important in the eyes of soicety. the men pulling the animals apart are the men you are trying to please. the fact that they are trying to calm the swans shows a equal desire to find a women with inner and outer beauty. let the spirit of the swan be an example and try to open up your heart and let love and happiness pour in. because in the words of marilyn monroe “the happiest girls are the prettiest girls.”

  4. This for this its beautiful

    in the last five days three occasions swans as symbols have popped up in my physical space, so I decided to see what this synchronisation may mean

    I was crying in my car looked up and seen a swan on the roundabout, the name of the school I was sitting outside of began with swan, last night I lit a white candel and the top of the wick look a swans head bent inwards and the white wax looked like the body

    I only realised the three synchronisations last night while meditating my mind went back to the roundabout and the school wow! Spirit shows up sending us signs and symbols all the time

    Deep gratitude x

  5. Thank you for this information. I have been searching for Native American folklore, myth, and legends on the swan. I am a new healer and I have been told twice now by a master healer that I am a swan and to do some more research on the swan. She told me that I have all the tools I need now all I have to do is dance. Happy make the connection with my spirit animal.

  6. My mother had dreams of a Swan speaking to her something about “I call you mother,I will teach you much. But I tell the truth, you are the child & I the adult. For I am the ancient swan.” she had this dream many times in the months before her death. Does anyone know if those words come from something.~Any help is appreciated, as I am stuck in grief from losing her.

    1. Hello Penny. My Condolences on your Mothers passing. I don’t know where those words come from historically, but to understand the meaning of the dream you have to know what the swan meant to your Mother. Dreams are a subconscious reaction to how we truly feel about what is happening in our lives. I did some checking into the Swan and this may be appropriate for your Mother. From the website – http://www.signology.org/bird-symbol/swan-symbol.htm “The bird is generally thought to be a symbol of freedom. They can walk on the earth and swim in the sea as humans do but they also have the ability to soar into the sky. Birds are free to roam to earth and the sky. Many cultures believe that they are a symbol of eternal life; the link between heaven and earth.” I hope this helps.

    2. In regards to your grief and since we are talking about swan there is a homeopathic remedy made from swan used for very deep states of grief and sorrow when the pain doesn’t seem to subside with passing time as if no time had elapsed and it is a very powerful remedy. Other main homeopathic remedies used to help with grief are ignatia and natrum muriaticum among others. best wishes.

  7. Hello Penny, I am sorry for your loss. The only thing I can say is during my awakening, I have felt like a child or novice many times, and the feeling has been good as I have felt protected and supported as by a parent. I am happy to accept that protection is always there. Have a look at Lorna Byrnes books, you may find her work helpful.

    I wish you healing.

  8. This is beautiful many pieces have now fallen into place. I felt compelled to leave a comment. This page has brought me much peace. My brother is suffering with depression. He lives all the way in the USA. (I live in the UK). So I performed a long distance healing/absentee healing (I am a Reiki Master) on him. One of the visions that came out of this healing was me presenting my brother with a tiny adult swan inside a bubble of air (his element). I said: “Look after it. Nurture it and it will guide you and stand by your side. It has long been a part of you, awaiting you. Let it become to you what my wolf is to me. A part of my very being.”
    The wolf is my main spirit animal (I have others but he is the main one). I only hope that this has made a tiny, tiny difference to his being. Thank you.

  9. I just saw an old white swan limping up the hill to the farm barn I live in. It’s a transitional time where I’m living. Me and my farm partner have seperated and are living in different areas of the barn house and today this transition has completed. It was a been a heart breaking week , I am 30 years old and have decided to seperate myself from who could have been my life partner. I made this choice for a few of what I thought were good reasons but to have awakened to a reality of seperation and to the idea of him with another , has completely affected me in ways I’d never seen coming. Perhaps it’s because he’s met someone else already and I pretty much instigated this to happen. The old white swan limping up the hill symbolizes, to me, the stubborn part of my being that still holds on and can’t let go of him as my partner , and to make matters worse as he met someone else, my life was unfolding the realization of my unavailability to other men.. The swan was upset actually , it quacked at jack as he tried to throw it bread, I really saw that as the swans way of saying , leave me alone, this is all the aged and beat up side to my heart, I’ve put myself through quite a bit already when it comes to relationships and here what I thought was a goose, comes to almost poke once more, silly little goose , you’re in quite the predicament now aren’t you

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