Among the various civilizations that existed before the current era, the Celts are among those who had a particularly strong interest in animals that lived in their vicinity.

If you can compare them with Native Americans, it would be in their respective interests about the actions and behavior of animals which they regarded as something that carries with it a deeper meaning and symbolism. The Celts studied the behavior of the wren starting the day when it first raised its young. It is quite notable that both male and female take their own responsibilities in this very significant process.

Anyone can see the important lesson that one can derive from this observation: both parents can share in the various domestic works and duties. Through the wren’s example, we can learn that we should not rely on fixed roles that society has imposed upon the different genders.

If animals can live in this kind of setting, can we not learn from their example? If you observe the wren, you will see that it is a busy yet tiny bird. According to the Celts, the wren symbolizes action, accuracy, watchfulness and enthusiasm in life.

To the Celtic people, this was taken to be a lesson about the importance of assiduousness at work, which made up a greater part of their life. Another important lesson that can be gotten from this little bird is its tendency to socialize with each other. From this we can learn that life should also be spent with others who also are a part of our own life. We should ever be mindful about keeping in touch with and doing something nice for every person whom we get to know each day.

Key Meanings of the Wren for Celts:

  • Sociability.
  • Charity.
  • Single-mindedness.
  • Cleverness.
  • Liveliness.
  • Nimbleness.
  • Ingenuity.
  • Cheerfulness.
  • Openness.

This bird’s happy disposition in life can also be witnessed in the gaiety of its song. Among the Celts, it inspired the local poets to do their best to capture this bird’s song into words. The delightful music that comes from the wren has made it the symbol the high standards in art, lyricism, and songs of the Celtic people.

Just like other birds that are noted for their songs, wrens are also known for their flying skills during the time of their migrations. The wren knows that eventually, he will need to look for another place and that he would not be able to live in a fixed abode that will last until his last breath. It best teaches us that one’s home is not in a literal or physical place, but that it is where our hearts can rest.

To this, we can learn the importance of not striving too much for wealth and other physical gratification. It is about the length and depth of relationships that we are able to cultivate as we go along the journey of life.

The flight of the wren is also a message that we should always be willing to open up our minds to different possibilities; that we should extend our friendships not just to those of our own family or of our close friends, but to anyone and everyone who is within our reach.

To us, the wren may be an insignificant bird because of its very small size, but the things that we can learn from the traits that this bird possesses are plenty – waiting for us to learn how to reach outwards and to open up ourselves to whatever the future may hold for us.

Wren shows up as a spirit guide when

  • You need to sacrifice yourself for a higher purpose.
  • You need to understand the gift of giving away.
  • You need to honor the earth mother.
  • You need have bounty harvests.
  • You need to share what you have with others.

Call on Wren as a spirit guide when

  • You need to sacrifice so as to achieve greater things.
  • You should be able to give to others.
  • You need to honor your parents.
  • You need to have what is enough for you.
  • You need to appreciate what you have.

By Flo Saul
Mar 23, 2013