Peacock Feathers-Good or Bad Luck?
My ex's family is in England and I have never met them in person. This created a few challenges when I used to try to buy them Christmas gifts. Over the years I've found that almost without fail, the things I think they may like my ex always assured me they would detest. I still wonder if he just told me that just to aggravate me.
These challenges did not keep me from searching for the perfect gift though. I still look at things with my in-laws in mind and it's somewhat of a source of entertainment for me to wonder in my own mind what they would think if I were to give it to them.
On one particular Christmas shopping trip while I was still married to him, I was hoping to find some items to include in a holiday package that we were sending off to the inlaws. I ran across a package containing the two Christmas tree ornaments you see photographed above. They are a dark pinkish burgundy pheasant with gold glittery wings and crown and a long peacock feather for a tail. They clip on to a branch of the Christmas tree. They are made to look like hand-blown glass ornaments, but they are actually a shatterproof plastic. They are lightweight and the way they were packaged made them perfect for shipping.
Proud of my purchase, I brought them home to my husband. He took one look at them and you could almost hear his gasp of horror as I announced that I had bought them to send to his mother and sister. He looked up at me with a horrified expression and asked if I realized that having a peacock feather in the house is bad luck. I think the answer to that was pretty obvious. My heart sank once again.
I'm just not used to so many "thou shalt not's" and I had certainly never heard of peacock feathers being bad luck. Obviously the manufacturer of these lovely ornaments hadn't either. I guess we just do things differently in Texas.
Superstitions Regarding Peacock Feathers
I thought I would try to determine the story behind this superstition revolving around bringing peacock feathers indoors. After reviewing a number of websites I'm really not any closer understanding it now than I was before.
Evidently, some cultures have strong feelings towards anything resembling an eye. They believe it is an evil eye and by having it in your home you're inviting evil spirits. C'mon, in Texas we sing about "the eyes of Texas are upon you, all the live-long day". We evidently think the more eyes the better.
I'll provide the links below and you can decide for yourself if there is anything to worry about by having peacock feathers in the house.
Argus, in Greek mythology, had 100 eyes. After being caught in an act of deception by the King of Egypt, Argus was turned into a peacock and his 100 eyes became the “eyes” on the peacock’s feathers. This has evolved into the association with the peacock’s eyes as being “evil eyes”. The evil eye is something many fear and by allowing in your home you are inviting evil and bad luck.
- Why is it considered bad luck to bring peacock feathers indoors?
Why is it considered bad luck to bring peacock feathers indoors? It has to do with the beautiful, eye-shaped markings on the peacock feathers. Many cultures associate them with...
- Khandro.Net regarding Peacock Feathers
Superstitions About the Peacock and Their Feathers
- Superstitions and Old Wives' Tales
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