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Peacock Feathers-Good or Bad Luck?

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My ex's family is in England and I have never met them in person. This created a few challenges when I used to try to buy them Christmas gifts. Over the years I've found that almost without fail, the things I think they may like my ex always assured me they would detest. I still wonder if he just told me that just to aggravate me.

These challenges did not keep me from searching for the perfect gift though. I still look at things with my in-laws in mind and it's somewhat of a source of entertainment for me to wonder in my own mind what they would think if I were to give it to them.

On one particular Christmas shopping trip while I was still married to him, I was hoping to find some items to include in a holiday package that we were sending off to the inlaws. I ran across a package containing the two Christmas tree ornaments you see photographed above. They are a dark pinkish burgundy pheasant with gold glittery wings and crown and a long peacock feather for a tail. They clip on to a branch of the Christmas tree. They are made to look like hand-blown glass ornaments, but they are actually a shatterproof plastic. They are lightweight and the way they were packaged made them perfect for shipping.

Proud of my purchase, I brought them home to my husband. He took one look at them and you could almost hear his gasp of horror as I announced that I had bought them to send to his mother and sister. He looked up at me with a horrified expression and asked if I realized that having a peacock feather in the house is bad luck. I think the answer to that was pretty obvious. My heart sank once again.

I'm just not used to so many "thou shalt not's" and I had certainly never heard of peacock feathers being bad luck. Obviously the manufacturer of these lovely ornaments hadn't either. I guess we just do things differently in Texas.

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Superstitions Regarding Peacock Feathers

I thought I would try to determine the story behind this superstition revolving around bringing peacock feathers indoors. After reviewing a number of websites I'm really not any closer understanding it now than I was before.

Evidently, some cultures have strong feelings towards anything resembling an eye. They believe it is an evil eye and by having it in your home you're inviting evil spirits. C'mon, in Texas we sing about "the eyes of Texas are upon you, all the live-long day". We evidently think the more eyes the better.

I'll provide the links below and you can decide for yourself if there is anything to worry about by having peacock feathers in the house.

Argus, in Greek mythology, had 100 eyes. After being caught in an act of deception by the King of Egypt, Argus was turned into a peacock and his 100 eyes became the “eyes” on the peacock’s feathers. This has evolved into the association with the peacock’s eyes as being “evil eyes”. The evil eye is something many fear and by allowing in your home you are inviting evil and bad luck.

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virgini on October 19, 2019:

I loved peacock. loved them theyre beautiful! I have collection of peacock rings. I am suffering from a long term disease, its a bad luck for me but its because of the peacock rings, it just happened that I got an illness like this...

tammy on October 30, 2014:

peacocks are awsome

Robbie on February 16, 2014:

What's good to know is Peacock feathers meaning in different cultures in Mexican traditions peacocks aren't unlucky but to receive a bouquet of peacock feathers is a way of showing "I wish you harm". Its a form of black magic and will cause bad luck and the invitation of bad spirits. In the Mexican tradition the only way to get rid of them is to burn them and smash whatever container its in. I had an incident a few years back.

T. Clifton from Buffalo, Missouri on August 10, 2013:

I think peacocks are very lovely creatures. I've always loved to look at them. One of my family names is POE which means peacock from what I understand. I'm not superstitious about anything. I do respect burial grounds and things like that but it has nothing to do with superstition. I think God gave us peacocks for joy just like all the other animals and I am going to continue enjoying peacocks. There may come a time when the feathers will be illegal. I would hate that.

Rounds on August 13, 2012:

What about eagle or hawks, any of those feathers bad luck?

me on April 10, 2012:

I've had peacock feathers less than a week, bought them in a zoo, put in my garage for the party. Since then, I had a very bad fight with my husband (not on speaking terms now) and my dog got seriously ill out of the blue, go figure. They'are leaving my garage now, going right to the gabage.

mac e on April 08, 2012:

peacock feathers are lovely just beacause others say dosnot mean there bad i have one and its beautiful.

TattooKitty from Hawaii on October 18, 2011:

Excellent topic for discussion! Although I've heard of the superstition, I don't believe it. My mother had a vase full of peacock feathers in her living room for as long as I can remember, and I don't recall them ever bringing any bad luck.

Our local zoo has a bunch of peacocks and peafowls cruising around, so my mother and I would often collect their dropped feathers during our visit. I've used them as ornaments, material for jewelry-making, and decorations for gift-wrapped presents. My opinion? Bad luck, shmad luck!!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on April 03, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by GForce and XXlsis! Some love 'em, some hate 'em. I think they are beautiful.

XxIsis_Mut_BastxX on February 27, 2011:

I've only recently found out about the superstiton surrounding peacock feathers, mind you I've had them in my house for over a year; and I've had no major bad luck. I've had downers, but that has been before the feathers, plus the house has already been considered haunted as well before the feathers.....if anything I feel at ease having the feathers.

GForce on December 22, 2010:

What a load of old tosh!....... get a life people. This kind of superstitious rubbish rots your mind......if you actually believe any of it I have pity.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 06, 2010:

Oh no, JoJo! I'm sorry you've experienced bad luck. Hopefully, things will improve for you!

jojo on November 06, 2010:

I've had soooooooooooooo much bad luck in this past week since I bought in Peacock Feathers! :(

I'm throwing them away today.

Firstly since they came in I've found spiders sitting on them daily. I've never had spiders in my home before. EEK.

Next I've been very foggy headed since they arrived. Not any real explanation for it.

I've had so many silly accidents and small arguments when I don't usually have any.

I had a complete stranger abuse me too.

I'm usually enjoying wonderful weeks since the past two years at least and since I bought the Feathers all I encounter is people in bad moods and accidents.

Oh not to count the spiders I had to kill.

They are 100% going today before anything else happens :)

mistywild from Houston, TX (Proud Texan) on November 27, 2009:

I hope they bring you the best of everything you want ;)

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 27, 2009:

Thanks Mistywild. I've had the ornaments you see pictured above in my house for a couple of weeks now...nothing bad has happened. I think we're good. :)

mistywild from Houston, TX (Proud Texan) on November 27, 2009:

I don't think there's a thing wrong with having a peacock feather in your house, they are beautiful. But don't take my advise, if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any at all, hahahaha, just kidding. thanks for sharing.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 26, 2009:

I bet that was a beautiful bedspread, Jerilee Wei! I remember someone near us having a peacock. Their call is quite eerie sounding. It can almost sound human.

Jerilee Wei from United States on November 26, 2009:

Wow! I'd never heard of it. I grew up in an era when anything peacock was a great thing. Still remember embroidering a bedspread with my grandmother that centered around a very large peacock and my mother painting one. Maybe it was the live ones outside that my grandmother was raising. LOL

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 25, 2009:

It's evidently quite common to believe that superstition in England then. As you can tell by the responses from my fellow American hubbers, none of us had ever heard of it. Makes me wonder how many other things are that way...LOL Thanks Ethel & Amanda.

Amanda Severn from UK on November 25, 2009:

My Mum used to say they were unlucky too. Ethel is from the North of England, and I'm from the South, so it's obviously quite a widespread superstition!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on November 25, 2009:

Yes my Mum alkways said they were unlucky. We brits are nuts I know lol

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 24, 2009:

LOL...yeah, I don't think the peacock's too happy.

Randy Behavior from Near the Ocean on November 24, 2009:

News to me! Now a dead peacock head... seems sorta unlucky. For the peacock at least.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 24, 2009:

LOL....You're welcome Habee. Just the fact that they even make Christmas ornaments with peacock feathers tells me that there are many of us who don't have a problem with bringing them indoors.

Holle Abee from Georgia on November 24, 2009:

Huh. Never heard of this. Thanks for the warning! lol

Pachuca213 on November 24, 2009:

wow thank you....that is so nice of you! I like it too. I think this one is a keeper!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 24, 2009:

I know, it's not really a good way to get on the in-laws 'good side'. LOL

By the way, Pachuca, I think the photo you have up right now is the most flattering photo I've seen of you.

Pachuca213 on November 24, 2009:

Crazy huh....could you imagine if a simple kind act of giving pretty feathers as a gift was mistaken as a mean prank to bring someone bad luck or evil? How awful! And you would not have known why they might have been offended or something.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 24, 2009:

Hey Pachuca, good to see you! It certainly took me by surprise to hear some people 'feared' them. I had never heard of it and certainly wouldn't have proposed sending them to someone I care about if I had believed it...LOL

Pachuca213 on November 24, 2009:

very interesting...I had never heard of that superstition before. In Mexican culture they LOVE peacocks...a lot of mexican artwork involves a peacock or their feathers. I love them and I plan to raise peacocks in my backyard just as soon as we get into our new house. Thanks for sharing that bit of strange and interesting information.

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