Swan Medicine

When we think about working with the wisdom of animal guides, we often think of the beautiful practices of our Native American brothers and sisters. But did you know that many other indigenous cultures throughout the world also have ancient practices of transformational healing that works with animal, plant, and stone allies?

Among these peoples were the Celts, who held animals like Owl, Salmon, Stag, and Eagle. They also associated various animals with different Gods and Goddesses. For example, Brighid is associated with several animals including Swan, who dwells in the watery, liminal spaces that were sacred to her.
Swan teaches us to recognize beauty in ourselves and the world around us and to make space for grace. As a psychopomp and symbol of the soul, she was venerated by the Druids, whose bardic caste wore cloaks made of swan feathers.

This week, I am so excited to be teaching my students about Swan as we deepen our work with Brighid in Becoming Queen. Enrollment for this program is now closed, but if you're interested in learning when it opens up again, sign up here.