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Humans have always connected a certain symbolism to the swallow either as a sign of good or ill luck.

It was usually regarded with nobility and has a rich and colourful history behind it.


It is used as a symbol of love, faith, hope and honor which are all honourable attributes which are attached to this wonderful creature.  To sailors, it was a sign of loyalty or luck and has served a lot is also connected to the ideas of friendship, honor and family. The swallow is one of the rare creatures who tend to place a significant value on these attributes and to which we also should look to as a guide.



What characterizes swallows most is their instinct of partnership.  Throughout its life, it will only have one mate, so when you are reminded of the swallow, what would come to mind is about the way we are dealing with relationships. 

They call us to remember the things that we have done with our partners lately.  Have we given them compliments and did things for their favour?  Not because they told us to but because we wanted to? What is our general attitude towards our spouses? Have we been amiss lately or have been inflicting pain and remorse in them? In Celtic symbolism, the swallow stands for a variation in the gender roles. 

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It is the male who first creates the nest, and then woos a mate to it through its singing.  This may be a welcome idea if we can only shed the traditional roles that society has placed upon us.



The swallow also stands for a loyal and faithful kind of love.  These birds are known to have always come back to their homes each year and so a man who has a tattoo of the swallow can also always be expected to return to his family. 

Since swallows never fly far distances from their homes, the sight of them always denote good tidings to a sailor.  It would mean that land is near.  Swallows are also believed to carry the spirits of sailors who have died at sea, to their home in heaven.



The swallow is also a good example of enduring faithfulness and love to your spouse.  They are monogamous birds and will only choose one mate in its lifetime.  This will be the only mate with which he will pair with until the bird’s life ends.



During the earlier eras of our time, swallows were also taken to be connected with the gods and the soul of those who have died.  The Greek and Roman myths, for example, had gods and goddesses who can transform themselves into swallows. 

On the other hand, the mothers of the deceased revered these birds as they believed that they are the ones who carry the souls of their dead children.  Hence, killing a swallow was considered to be a bad practice. The way that these people valued the swallow presents how they have also created the culture with how they treated family and friends.



Most of the tattoos containing the image of the swallow were created after the form of the barn Swallow in Europe.  It has a blue coloring and a long forked tail.  These birds build their nests out of mud are taken to symbolize freedom, like the wide open sky, and eternal happiness.





Swallow shows as a spirit guide when...

  • Need to be vocal about your feelings especially love.
  • Analyze things that we did to our loved ones.
  • When losing your faithfulness.
  • We need to accept change.
  • Enriching the love and relationship.


Call on Swallow as a spirit guide when...

  • You need to express your feelings toward the one you love.
  • Examine what we did to our partners and have more time for her.
  • Restoring the love.
  • Undergoing transformation.
  • Developing love and trust.

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