“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” - Vincent Van Gogh
Goldfinches are symbolic of joy, enthusiasm, positivity, and persistence. Goldfinches represent the riches of nature itself, generosity, and the wisdom of recognizing that the best things in life are often free. The goldfinch’s bright plumage can also represent good luck, joy, and the rewards that kindness and hard work bring. In Native American traditions, they are often regarded as Omens of good things to come and are connected with light and sanctity. Additionally, the bright yellow feathers of the American Goldfinch are associated with the might and spiritual power of the sun.
Echinacea is a North American coneflower. It is used in herbal medicine, largely for its antibiotic and wound-healing properties. Due to their long history of medicinal uses in North America and Europe, Echinacea flowers are often associated with health and healing. They may also symbolize strength and well-being.
Eastern Swallowtail Butterflies are believed to be optimistic. If you see one, you are supposed to see the good things about life. If you have been living a sad and negative life, the swallowtail butterfly will show up to change the narrative with positive energy.
In one Iroquois legend, goldfinches were originally a drab black or grey color. Dissatisfied with their plumage, these finches only earned their gold coloration through an act of selfless kindness. As the story goes, a fox took a nap beneath a pine tree. As he did this, the sap dropped into his eyes and sealed them shut. He begged for help and the drab grey finches agreed to help him. They worked in shifts pecking at the sap until the fox could open his eyes again. The fox offered them a reward of their choice for their help. When they asked him for brighter colors, the fox pressed yellow flowers into paint and painted the finches with his tail as a brush. The finches were so pleased with their new plumage that they began to flutter, dance, and sing. This is the reason that finches still flutter while they fly and sing such cheerful songs!