My research shows the dove symbolism as seemingly inexhaustible in their amorous attributes in history as well as in the world of mythology. However, when I think of a white dove, I think of love. Since ancient times this bird was the emblem of peace and love. At a wedding, a dove was gifted from the bride to her groom as a denotation of her love and fidelity. It is written in the bible at the retelling of Noah’s Ark and the great flood that the dove was a messenger of safety, finding land and bringing back an olive branch now a representation of peace. It is also used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit – the white dove stands for not only peace and love but holiness and innocence. The releasing and glorious flight of the dove is more and more present on many occasions today, in turn making them more memorable in a touching way, including the birth of a child, graduations, birthdays, grand openings, weddings, funerals, and memorials. Doves are known to be gentle, harmless, sweet and nurturing. Yes, I said nurturing. Did you know that doves produce their own milk which is called ‘crop milk’? I have never heard of any other species of bird feeding their young with their own milk. It speaks strongly as to why they are a sweet representation of motherhood.
Aphrodite the mythical Greek Goddess who is also known as the Roman Venus was said to be the Goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and eternal youth, her sacred animal was the dove.
I honor the dove with her soft murmuring coo in the feathered animal kingdom because it awakens in me — attributes of love, kindness, nurturing, peace and celebration of life. All encompassing the virtues of motherhood, innocence, peace in the land, love which covers all, mind, body, and soul. The Love Dove. True gold indeed. “You will be like the wings of a dove with silver and her feathers with yellow gold.” Psalm 68:13