Anyone can easily deduce that the symbolic value of the cardinal lies in its coloring – that vivid and dazzling red which can mostly be found in its males.
The deeper that this color occurs, the more can you see how this particular trait becomes of great value as a symbol to what this bird stands for. Perhaps this is the reason why it was named after the order of Catholic priests who are known to wear such deep red garments during mass.
The splash of this great red coloring, set in direct contrast to the whiteness of the winter snow, can do nothing but inspire a great awe in humans. The redness of the male cardinal instills feelings of heat, urge, and vitality which can be found in us, even if there is the chill and coldness of the snow.
It is also worth noting, that the deeper this reddish coloring occurs in the male cardinal, the more chances will he get of producing more progeny from his lineage. Those who are found to be of a much fainter color are not as likely to find a suitable mate for themselves.
Just like his color, the stronger male cardinals possess a greater pluck and spirit in them. They are more vigorous in maintaining the limits of their dominion and will often give a good battle once this authority is challenged. You can even witness them fighting their own reflection in the mirror for long periods of time.
You can hear excellent melodies coming from both the male and the female cardinal. Together with the chirrups and the beeps, there are also songs which ring the words “cheer” to the human ear. And this can only be right for the cardinal, as they are definitely creatures who bring us “cheer” whenever we see them.
Having the cardinal as your own animal totem can be of great advantage. The bird instills good pride which is the exact opposite of the base type. It inspires us to conduct ourselves in a more dignified manner; to be more noble and graceful in everything that we do. It teaches us to do and be more than what the average person can be when it comes to acts which have a moral bearing on us and on the people around us.
If your inner self brings you the cardinal as a totem, then you are a person who can be known for your vitality, affection for life, and of happily assisting others whichever way you can. Such people are always there with the zest for life that not anybody can muster during the regular course of the day.
When you are feeling like you are already at the deep end, think about the fresh and vibrant cardinal. You can also call upon their help when you wish to increase your energy and confidence in an event that you feel unsure of. It will give you a boost which cannot even be compared to taking your vitamins.
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