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Dove

Seen by many as a sacred bird since ancient times as the dove is the one bird into which the Devil cannot transform. The messenger of ‘Venus’, Goddess of Love, the dove is associated with lovers. For Indians the dove is traditionally believed to contain the soul of a lover, and that to kill one would bring misfortune. Miners though see the bird as one of ill omen and it is reputedly too dangerous to go underground after seeing this bird near a pitshaft. To have one tapping on the window or flying near the room of a sick person is also believed by some to be an omen of death, as is to see one circling a house. Today the dove is an international symbol of peace and also a Christian symbol of the ‘Holy Spirit’. The dove is one bird into which reputedly a witch cannot transform. (See Mystical WWW Mystical Birds Introduction & Mystical WWW Feather Beds).