As far back as pagan times, man has been fascinated by birds and by flight. Birds were believed to be vehicles for the soul and to have the ability to carry the soul to heaven. As a result, birds were very often invested with magical and mystical powers. Birds have come to represent the Soul - both its dark and its enlightened side. Psychologically, man often needs to project human qualities onto objects outside himself, and because birds conduct is entirely instinctive, they can be used in dreams to understand mans behaviour.