A while back I mentioned that if you see a cardinal a loved
one in heaven is thinking about you and decided to take a
closer look this red bird and the myths, legends, and truths
about it. So here are a few things we dug up.
The cardinal was the first designated state bird when in 1926
it was named the state bird of Kentucky. Six other states later
adopted the cardinal as their state bird also.
There is a Cardinals pro football team, pro baseball team, and
college athletic teams. The bird is also the mascot of many
The Cherokee believe the cardinal is the daughter of the sun.
Legend dictates if you see a cardinal flying upward, towards
the sun, you will have good luck. But if you see a cardinal
flying downward, toward earth, it is bad luck.
There are even cardinal signals and we’ll cite a few here.
One is its color, cardinal red. This color is symbol of
faith. So seeing a cardinal can be a signal
telling us to keep the faith during hard times.
The cardinal cycle of twelve signifies the cycles of life,
death, and renewal. Regardless of which of the 12 months you
spy a cardinal, it symbolizes the opportunity for restoration
The sound of the cardinal is symbolic of cheer, elevation,
clarity, and communication. Their call can cheer us up, lift
us from depression, and follow the hope in our heart.
Cardinal health is a symbol of strength, readiness, self-
preservation, and vitality. A cardinal sighting suggests our
current diet may not be healthy, we should be prepared to fight
for our health, and that the strength is there to win the
Now that we know all that I think I’ll stick with the old
standby that says seeing a cardinal means a loved one who died
is watching over us.
Enjoy our Tuesday, We got cold here on the east coast of Iowa,
but it is December. Now I need coffee and a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.