Call Upon the Swallow!

Swallow-Barn-1503 Fred Walsh

Barn Swallow by Fred Walsh

The Swallow is a welcomed sight in our communities. It is a symbol of the upcoming spring and the revival of life, in Europe the Swallow signals the end of winter. At times the swallow is depicted with something in its beak to denote him in his role as a messenger.  There are a few wives-tales about them, it is said that if they nest in farm buildings, it meant well-being and good fortune for the owners of the property. It is also believed that they protected farm animals from diseases and curses, and buildings from fires. Swallows were observed to see how the flew to help determine the type of weather they will have. If Swallows flew low it meant a rain, but if high, beautiful weather was expected.
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Swallow and Daisies by The Graphics Fairy

In ancient Egypt the swallows were associated with stars and therefore the souls of the dead. In Egyptian lore the swallow also announces a new love. In Chapter 86 of the Book of the Dead it instructs the dead on how to transform into a swallow. In Spell 1216 of the Pyramid Texts, the pharaoh describes how he has “gone to the great island in the midst of the Field of Offerings on which the swallow gods alight; the swallows are the imperishable stars.” The imperishable stars were those near the North Star that never seemed to rise or set, and therefore were “constant”. The swallow also appears in paintings of the solar barque as it enters the underworld. The swallow is usually shown on the prow of the boat. In this context, the bird appears to be an announcer of the sun’s approach.

Swallow on Solar Barge

Please note the swallow on the prow of the solar barque. Graphics by

If you are on a journeying and you interact with a swallow it may mean that you are too focused on the mundane and you need to reevaluate things and gain a different perspective on life. It means that it is time to let go of past hurt and unhealthy relationships, it is time to move on.


Swallow and Ocean by The Graphics Fairy

Call upon the Swallow when you…

… are in need of emotional warmth.

… need to feel protected during a difficult time in your life.

… feel sad and you need to cheer up.

… you want to add another layer of protection to your home.


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