Okay this is an explanation for the albatross symbol. As I suspected…many of you do not know what the hell I'm talking about.

First of all the albatross symbol comes from an ancient poem called the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I'm not writing from any sources from the web. I actually read ALL of the poem. It's pre-prose. But to get to the symbol of the albatross you must know what the albatross is.

An albatross is a seafaring bird. A very large bird with an approximate wing span of 2 feet to 3 and a half feet. This is not joke…a large bird. In ancient times. Mariners, seafarers, and the such, looked to the albatross as a symbol of good luck and good fortune. Some saw it as the spirit of the open sea.

So in the ROTAM the Mariner gets a ride on a ship. As they are deep into their voyage the winds die and they are set to drift…for days upon days in the blazing sun. One day an Albatross appears. The mariner at first is happy to see it. But as the days go on the albatross is still flying around. The mariner is slowly maddening at this FREE bird while he is isolated and confined to the vessel. Eventually the mariner takes a cross bow and kills the bird. It lands near the ship or on the ship…which makes the sailors angry. So they take the dead bird and tie to his throat as a reminder of what he did. There is much more to the story, but you can find to ROTAM online. With other people's interpretations of the text.