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An illustrated guide to symbolism and meaning

Cardinal Red and Blue Symbolism and Meaning

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The bright red color of this member of the Finch family, along with its sharp song, add to the symbolism and meaning behind Cardinal. The Bird is particularly focused on in Christian tradition where it represent the eternal nature of our soul and the sacrifice of Christ. It’s interesting that the Latin term for Cardinal means pivot or hinge. These Birds are named for the Cardinals of the Catholic church, with their brilliant red robes.

Cardinals, in nature, mate for life. They’re also homebodies staying close to home throughout the year. This gives them strong ties to devotion, nurturing, and love. Seeing Cardinals is considered particularly fortunate for relationships because we want those we love to be with us through all seasons or “year-round”.


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