4 Calling birds…


…symbolically represent the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

E6 The Evangelists

Stained glass in the Cologne Cathedral


Here in Australia on the 4th day of Christmas the true love gives 4 wattle trees which makes no sense to me because come August/September in my area the wattles are in full bloom. I’m starting to think by now that the authors of the Aussie versions were a wee bit tipsy or in a “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” timezone. 😉

I never could understand why birds such as the kookaburra and it’s “laughing” or the magpie with it’s warble were not included in the song because to me they are obvious choices, but then again, I’m little biased. Both these species and some little ravens are regular visitors to my home and have come to some consensus about who owns what part of my yard…the magpies have the front yard, the kookaburras have the back and the little ravens/crows sit on the roof and watch over all and sundry. I love listening to ravens talk to each other and am amused when they get territorial or have fun with each other.

There is no doubt that numbers and their meanings are significant throughout the Bible but here are some examples of other “famous fours”…

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
The Masque of the Four Seasons by Walter Crane
Four Elements – Earth, Wind, Fire, Water
Four phases of the moon

Wattle images found here, here, here and here. 🙂


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