BIRD SYMBOLISMIt is important to note that there is no true definition for any symbol, and therefore the assumptions made on this page are just that, assumptions. Symbols vary depending on culture and time period. The bird is generally thought to symbolize freedom because 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. Many cultures worship birds because they can transcend the elements of time and space. Because of this, many birds are thought to be able to go into the heavens and communicate with god(s). Because Winona and Fortree City seem to believe, or worship, the sky, it makes sense that they'd also appreciate the Pokemon that allow them to be off the ground. Most Flying type Pokemon are based on birds or insects, along with some mythical creatures like dragons. On average they are faster than any other type. This allows the humans to transcend into the realms of their god, the sky. Because Flying Type Pokemon isn't very specific on birds in our modern day lives, I chose a few birds that are well known, and decided to list their meaningful animal totems that the Native American and other Shamanistic religions hold dear to them.
Blackbird: will teach you to understand your relationship to Mother Nature. Blackbird will allow you to use your psychic abilities to their fullest potential, particularly in the area of healing.
Blue Jay: encourages you to be a little sassy today! If there's something you've been wanting, ask for it. If there's an issue that needs confrontation, don't sweep it under the rug or Blue Jay will drag it back out into the open. One word of caution though - Blue Jays will eat the young of other birds - so be direct, but not destructive.
Canary: she represents the power of your song and voice. When Canary shows up as your totem, she wants you to practice speaking form the heart and shed any sour notes within you and to continue to spread joy with your words.
Heron: has flown in to help you. Because Heron is a water bird, he is more often associated with emotions. He stands motionless, almost in a trance, his body mirrored in the water below. Take steps to be like the Heron - be quiet, go within and discover the answer to your questions. Follow your heard and be determined.
Mockingbird: are master imitators and can mimic that calls of many other birds. They are also fearless protectors of their nest and will attack any bird (no matter how large) to protect their young. Mockingbird's lesson for you is twofold: listen to how you might be mimicking others in deference to listening to your own true voice or intuition; and to examine the value of what you defend.
Owl: embodies shamanism. Owl has exceptional hearing, and his totem is one of clairaudience - the ability to hear spirit. If Owl has silently glided into your life, he is asking you to face your own fears and to listen to the messages spirit is sending you.
Robin: teaches that change can be accomplished with joy and happiness in your heart. Robin signified growth and rebirth in areas of your life that have become stagnant. In order to do so, sing your own song or dance to your own drummer, and move forward. Trust in yourself and your own intuition.
Vulture: will show you how to use your own energies powerfully and efficiently. They glide effortlessly instead of constantly flapping their wings. They use the thermal winds to avoid exhausting themselves. Vulture comes into your life to tell you to be flexible, go wight he flow, be resourceful and adaptable.
Woodpecker: is tired of trying to get your attention, and he will peck and peck and peck until you hear the message. You have received the answer to a major question time and again, but refuse to act on it. It's okay to ignore a solution - but be forewarned that Woodpecker will keep making racket until you make some movement forward!