|In the book of Genesis in the Bible, Noah sends out a dove after the flood. It then returns with an olive branch – thus giving them proof that the waters were receding. The Greeks and Romans used this same image as a sign of peace. To Christians, a dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit.
Doves are associated with motherly love and salvation as they are one of the few birds who produce milk in their crops – thus feeding their young with their own bodies. Their gentle cooing, pure white feathers and gently rustling wings are often associated with some of our fondest memories.
We see them released skyward at religious ceremonies, weddings, christenings, and funerals around the world.
And for thousands of years doves have been used as carrier messengers. We also use one on the Hope Tree as a messenger – taking our hopes for health and wholeness on wing directly to the heavens.