What aspects of inner work does the pheasant represent?
Answer from the V.M. Samael Aun Weor.
Lots of other animals participate in High Magic. The crow is the symbol of the corruption and death of all the inhuman elements we carry within. The white dove allegorizes purity and chastity, as well as the Third Logos. The yellow eagle points out the proximity of success to the alchemist. The red pheasant, together with the royal purple [color] announces the completion of the Great Work to the wise.
The enigmatic and powerful Doctor Faust, venerable and xorable [sic] master, illustrious tahar [sic] lived comfortably and pleasantly as a well person. He assigned an occult role to animals and he liked to have them because he used them for his prodigies.
Samael Aun Weor. Excerpt from the book: The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac.
Answer from the Magazine "The Wisdom of the Being".
The pheasant as a symbol of the faculties of the Intimate, our Real Being, assumes three aspects that apply to the interior work:
The pheasant is a symbol of the Father of our Father, the crown of life, the ancient of days; for we see that he "flew to the highest trees (the tree of life) ..." The flight of the pheasant symbolizes the ups and downs in our life; the beauty of action, word and feeling that are necessary in our daily lives and symbolizes even the subtlety of prayer, which rises from earth to heaven.
The pheasant also represents "inner assistance," or "the voice of conscience." That is the voice of the Intimate that gives us warnings, that impels us to interior work and that even indicates to us when we have made a mistake with the voice of remorse. This voice is a superior help that every seeker with a sincere heart receives on the path of the revolution of consciousness. That is why the legend says: “his cry from him (the creative word, the voice of silence) was so powerful that all the inhabitants listened to him.”
As a bird with colorful plumage, the pheasant also represents the work with the waters of life, which in alchemical language is known as "the philosophical mercury". Its reddish color symbolizes the "fourth degree of mercury", which is associated with true men; those who have received the title of "Son of Man" who have worked intensely on the three factors of the revolution of consciousness through the magic of love and who, as great teachers, return to deliver a fundamental education and a revolution of the dialectic to humanity.
The Wisdom of Being Magazine 94, Chapter: "The Pheasant."