Symbolic Meanings of the Sparrow

All too often we take the little Sparrow for granted – small though she may be, she is certainly powerful. It is her slightness in size that gives her advantages. She reminds us we do not have need material possessions to be important and we do not have to have the loudest voice in order be heard.

Sparrows derive power and protection from their numbers. Always in a clan, they move in clusters, eat in clusters, and are always content as such. This can be quite intimidating to some would-be predators. Safety in numbers is a lesson the Sparrow has to share with us.

The Sparrow is ever vigilant in her goals. She is always bustling for her food, foraging for her nests, and gathering for her young. Fastidious and productive, the Sparrow is a reminder that idle hands (and idle minds) should be avoided in order to live a full, healthy life.

Joy, Creativity, Community, Inclusion, Protection, Simplicity, Productivity and Friendliness are attributes one associates with the Sparrow.

She is a master of flight, and camouflage, and teaches us to use our creativity to get around in life – think outside the box, and be creative in solving our problems.

As a bird totem, the Sparrow speaks of higher thoughts and ideals. She beckons us to keep our burdens light in order to avoid a heavy heart.

Here is a paraphrase of the song “His Eyes are on the Sparrow”:

Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come? Why should my heart be lonely when I know with Source I am One? I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, The Eye of Source is on the Sparrow, I know Source watches over me.

No matter what your spiritual affiliation, this hymn offers a fitting partnership to the symbolism of the Sparrow. The core message reminds us that there is safe-keeping, bounty and beauty for even the tiniest of creations. There is ample supply of spiritual abundance for us too.

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