“Being scavengers, the vulture, the buzzard, and the condor signified that form of divine power which by disposing of refuse and other matter dangerous to the life and health of humanity cleanses and purifies the lower spheres. These birds were therefore adopted as symbols of the disintegrative processes which accomplish good while apparently destroying, and by some religions have been mistakenly regarded as evil. Birds such as the parrot and raven were accorded veneration because, being able to mimic the human voice, they were looked upon as links between the human and the animal kingdoms.
“The dove, accepted by Christianity as the emblem of the Holy Ghost, is an extremely ancient and highly revered pagan yonic emblem. In many of the ancient mysteries it represented the third person of the Creative Triad, or the fabricator of the world. … It is sacred to Astarte, Cybele, Isis, Venus, Juno, Mylitta, and Aphrodite. On account of its gentleness and devotion to its young, the dove was looked upon as the embodiment of the maternal instinct. The dove is also a symbol of wisdom, for it represents the power and order by which the lower world is maintained. …
“In Masonry the dove is the symbol of purity and innocence. … Although Mohammed drove the doves from the temple at Mecca, occasionally he is depicted with a dove sitting upon his shoulder as the symbol of divine inspiration.” ~Manly P. Hall
Scavengers are not evil. They are cleaners. It is sensible to think of flesh-eating bacteria as evil, for they eat healthy tissue. But you would not consider something that destroyed only cancer cells evil. For the san reason, scavengers, particularly scavenger birds, should not be considered evil. This is not to say that being a scavenger is a lot like being an angel. Scavengers serve a purpose, but that doesn’t make them holy. They are, in my opinion, neither evil nor good, but neutral.
Mr. Hall praises them as purifiers of the lower spheres, but I think that is an exaggeration of their capabilities. Getting rid of dead and decaying animals is cleansing of a sort, but I would not go so far as to call it purification. The only real purification of matter and the world of matter happens when it is transformed back into spirit. Nothing else is purification. Continue reading “Scavengers and Doves: Not Evil or Good”