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What do birds symbolize?

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In general, birds symbolize the presence of a higher being with a connection to the sky, ultimately freeing themselves from the restraints of gravity. Birds represent a human's power and ability to escape gravity and achieve success through the efforts of climbing higher and taking off into flight.

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Specific breeds of birds can also symbolize personality and character traits as well. For example, a canary symbolizes the power of the voice, whereas a cardinal represents renewed vitality and a sense of self-importance. Doves represent peace, maternity, prophecy and feminine energies, whereas a heron symbolizes aggressiveness, self determination, self reliance and authority.

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