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The stork is considered a sacred bird and one lavished with symbolism in many cultures. Storks are the great enemy of snakes so Christians regarded the stork as a symbol for Christ and His disciples because snakes represented Satan and his demons. Storks are also ancient fertility symbols and are typically associated with springtime and birth. In German mythology, rocky steeps called "adeborsteine" are places where it is said birds such as storks found the babies they brought to mothers in childbirth. It is considered a good omen and lucky in many places in Europe to have a stork nest on one's roof, and storks have long been a symbol of gratitude and faithfulness since they return to their nests year after year. They are emblems of immortality and longevity, vigilance, contemplation, prudence, piety, meditation, and chastity. Storks were sacred to Venus in Roman mythology. If a stork builds a nest on your roof, you have received a blessing and a promise of never ending love from Venus. Aristotle made killing a stork a crime, and Romans passed a stork law saying that children must care for their elderly parents.

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The arrival of storks in Europe, after wintering in Africa, marked the start of spring, hence their longstanding association with new life and rebirth. They could represent fertility, a spiritual awakening or a new path in life.

stork is also a symbol of vigilance, faithfulness.

Example of known uses of stork

Symbol of The Hague

Symbol of The Hague

The white stork - with an eel or snake in its bill - is featured in the coat of arms of the Hague, the seat of the Dutch government. It has been the symbol of the city since at least the 16th century.

Stork margarine

Stork margarine

A vigilant white stork on a blue background has been the logo of Stork, a British brand of margarine, since the 1920s. It is still one of the most widely recognised food brands in the UK.

Commercial Products

Commercial Products

Vlasic Pickles, uses a wise old stork to talk in commercials advertising their pickles.

Infant products

Infant products

Stork Cribs, uses the logo of a stork on their infant cribs.

Baking products logo

Baking products logo

Stork Baking Products also has this symbol on all their packaging. The crane, a distant relative of the stork is also seen on many airline logos and other products around the world.

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