The small but proud sparrow is one of the most common birds. However, it is often overlooked, its power is taken for granted. Although small, the totem of the animal sparrow is both powerful and productive. His persistence and integrity shows us that we don’t have to be big to make a difference. Nor do we need to have the biggest and best things for our voices to be heard.
The symbolism of the sparrow reflects the self-esteem that each of us must feel for himself regardless of external factors. This energy and passion for ourselves is within each of our hearts somewhere, waiting to be awakened. These little songbirds want us to sing the song of our own soul, as they do.
In addition to inspiring us to love ourselves, the sparrow’s spiritual guide also symbolizes other cheerful and kind qualities, such as creativity, community, kindness and the importance of simplicity.
Sparrows are totems of birds that had a long-standing symbolic value in the past. In ancient Britain, for example, sparrows symbolized the friendly spirits of the house. With the passage of time, however, the sparrow became a symbol of the peasants and the lower classes. This is quite strange when you think about how the Greeks believed that this little bird was the pet of Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
Features associated with the sparrow
Powerful, Productive, Friendly, Persistent, Integrity, Simple, Affectionate, Creative, Vigilant, Community, Enhancer
Sparrows in the Bible
The Greek word strou · thí · on is a diminutive that means any bird, and applied especially to sparrows. A variety of the common sparrow (Passer domesticus biblicus) abounds in Israel. Sparrows are usually brown and gray, loud and sociable. They are characterized by their song or gorgeo and they like to flutter from the house, tree or branch where they are to the ground and return again. Their diet consists mostly of seeds, insects and worms. The Moorish sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) also abounds in northern and central Israel.
The only direct references to sparrows in the Bible are found in the words Jesus said during his third tour of Galilee and repeated approximately one year later during his subsequent ministry in Judea. Once he mentions that “two sparrows are sold for a coin of little value [literally, an asarion, worth less than a penny (US)]”, or that five could be bought “for two coins of little value,” Jesus said that although these little birds were given so little value, “however, not one of them falls to the ground without the knowledge of his Father”, “not one of them is forgotten before God.” Then he encouraged his disciples not to be afraid, for he assured them: “You are worth more than many sparrows.” (Mt 10: 29-31; Lu 12: 6, 7.)
In the past, sparrows were sold in the Middle East markets, and they are still sold today. To eat them they plucked, crossed with wooden skewers and roasted (like meat skewers). In an ancient inscription on the law of emperor Diocletian’s tariffs (301 CE), it is shown that sparrows were the cheapest of all the birds they used as food. (Light From the Ancient East, by A. Deissmann, 1965, pp. 273, 274.)
While there are versions that use the word “sparrow” in the Hebrew Scriptures (Ps 84: 3; 102: 7; Mod [84: 4; 102: 8; DK, MK and others]), it seems that the term from which translates (tsip · poker) refers to small birds in general and not specifically to the sparrow.
Symbolic meaning of Sparrow
As a worker, the sparrow teaches us to be vigilant, hardworking and productive. In their natural habitat, these birds constantly work to ensure the comfort of their lives, collecting food and collecting. If we want to live happy and generous lives, the sparrow animal guide emphasizes the need for us not to be idle. We must work for what we want. By achieving things we can be proud of, we will also continue to increase our self-esteem and sense of value.
The symbolism of sparrows is also a wonderful symbol of protection and community participation, since they reach their power through the force of numbers. Sparrows are not independent birds, but that does not mean they are desperate or needy. On the contrary, these birds can be fierce in their own way. They care deeply about their community, and so they see the benefits of working together for common causes. The members of the clan teach each other to cooperate and share responsibilities in an equitable way, something that we all could learn a lot from.
Many times, we feel frustrated and discuss with our roommates, with other important people or with coworkers that we feel are taking advantage of us. The symbolic meaning of the sparrow inspires us to defend ourselves, but it also emphasizes the importance of compassion and the emphasis on teamwork in our defense. Sparrows move, eat, rest and participate in all other group activities, which can be very intimidating for a predator, no matter how big and fierce it is. This shows us that we don’t need to think that we only have ourselves in the world. We would do well to learn from this community-oriented life.
When an animal spirit sparrow flutters in your life, it is imploring us to recognize our own self-esteem. Although small, this creature can act as a massive source of power for us. Do not underestimate yourself and your abilities. Instead, inflate your own chest full of energy and elegant pride, singing your own melody and marching to the rhythm of your own drum. It reminds us that we must respect ourselves and act with dignity, showing us that even something as small as a sparrow can succeed in this great world.
As an animal totem, the sparrow tells us to live with joy, minimizing stress and unpleasantness. When a sparrow symbol frequents our dreams, we can take it as a signal to put some faith in ourselves. In addition, the dream bird can also mean that we need to examine our personal workload.
Ask yourself if you have assumed too much or if someone else in your community is not doing your part of the homework. In order to fly high and free, enjoying the “wind under our wings”, it is important that we keep the light loads for ourselves.