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What does a red cardinal bird symbolize?

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The red cardinal symbolizes monogamy and relationships. Native American lore states that cardinals are emissaries of the great spirit that carry messages and knowledge to people.

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Native Americans believe many birds and animals bring messages to people from the Great Spirit and have magical abilities that empower human beings. The red cardinal is a bird that has monogamous relationships, so Native Americans believe that they symbolize monogamy and romance. A red cardinal that crosses a person's path heralds a future romantic relationship. In some cases, the cardinal is a warning to those who have been unfaithful to their significant other to mend their ways.

Furthermore, the cardinal is a sort of matchmaker. Legend states that a cardinal was befriended by a maiden. As it was flying, the bird happened upon a lonely man. The bird led the man to the woman, and when the two people met, a relationship blossomed.

Cardinals symbolize luck and are associated with the number 12. For instance, cardinals can live in a single place all year round, meaning that a person can see one 12 months a year. Cardinals also supposedly lay 12 eggs at a time. It is said that a person who spots a cardinal can expect good fortune at 12 a.m., 12 p.m., or in 12 hours or days.

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