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Birds Symbolism & Meanings

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Ahhh, the divine Dove. They bring so many messages of love, peace, and compassion. Simply beautiful symbolism. But these seemingly delicate birds are also harbingers of tremendous release. Dove often opens opportunity’s door. If you heed her message, your dreams may manifest far more quickly than anticipated.

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Birds’ Symbolic Meanings as Spirit, Totem, and Power Animals

Stretch those wings and get ready to soar!

Bird spirit is the perfect symbol for freedom and perspective. Because they fly high into the sky, Lightworkers often tell us that they are messengers of the Gods who provide humans with a bridge between the mundane and spiritual life.

Perhaps it is because of this that the Ancients developed Ornithomany, divination by Bird observation according to species, color and the bird’s movement.

For example, Birds moving from right to left presage success in a personal or professional goal.

Other global symbols and meanings for Bird include:

  • Liberation
  • Air and Earth Element
  • Finding your Voice
  • Harbingers of Spring
  • Luck, love and joy (blue birds)
  • Positive changes (white birds)
  • Health (brown birds)
  • Wisdom (crane)
  • Peace (dove)
  • Faithfulness (hummingbird)
  • Magic (Owl)
  • Strength and honor (Maori tradition)

As you can gather from this list, Bird carries different significance based on cultural outlooks and their behavior in nature.

The Egyptians had a rather lovely take on Bird. When seen after someone’s death they believed the creature escorted the spirit into its new incarnation.

Meanwhile in China lore tells us the Sun’s soul can take the form of a Bird

Fun Bird Fact: The oldest known Bird was the Archaeopteryx – an odd cross between a feathered dinosaur that could not fly. The name means ancient wing.

Bird Spirit Animal

When Bird comes to you as a helpmate prepare for a time of transition.

Perhaps you’ve been so grounded as to forget your dreams, or so etheric that you need to get one foot back on terra firma.

Generally speaking, Spirit Birds elevate your consciousness and provide you with self-confidence.

Depending on the type of Birds you’re seeing, there may be other levels of meaning. For example, Dove bears hope and Hummingbird flies backward so you can reclaim lost power from the past.

Bird Totem Animal

Totems are like a spiritual energy imprint that you’re born with.

In the case of people with Bird totems, they have an affinity for being outdoors and an uncanny way of recognizing when danger is afoot.

Birds are lovers not fighters – they lean toward self-survival and adaptation over a fist-to-cuffs any day.

Thanks to fast thinking and reflexes Bird people can get out of harm’s way quickly, often warning others as they flee.

Bird Power Animal

There are many occasions that calling on Bird Spirit makes perfect sense.

If you’re feeling boxed in, let Bird release your wings.

Trying to improve your outlook on a situation, fly with Bird to get above circumstances so you can “see” the bigger picture.

Remember to meditate and seek out the specific bird species that closely resembles your goals for greatest success.

Birds in Celtic Symbolism

Birds appear in a variety of lore and Celtic art.

As an illustration, Crane is a Divine messenger who also represents the Higher Self.

The way in which Cranes care so diligently for their young adds the significance of good parenting.

By comparison, the Duck is a Bird that embodies integrity and a simple approach to life. Their ties the Water Element also offer re-connections to your true feelings.

Native American Symbols: Birds

As with Celtic stories, Native American myths see Bird as God’s messenger.

The Sacred Eagle is particularly important as a sign of leadership and strength, while Raven is a trickster whose lessons come with a laugh and Crow represents wisdom.

More Bird Symbolic Meanings

Hindu Astrology called the Pancha-Pakshi Shastra includes five birds, the peacock, crow, owl, vulture and cock.

In Buddhist tradition Bird represents Buddha himself, Christians see them as souls living in paradise.

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  1. Suzanne Stickley September 5, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Hi, I found your site while looking to see what the meaning of a bird in my teacup is. It is so clear, I have a photo, I think it must have some message for me. I often see things in the tea stains on the side of my cup but have never had anything as clear as this. Any ideas?

  2. Rachel Byers September 15, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Why am I so attracted to red cardinals? They always seem to be in my field of vision. Yesterday one tried to land on a light fixture out side my front door. Can you provide any insight? I collect red cardinal items too. So attracted to the red and the fact that the male and female are seen together.

  3. Joan December 5, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

    I have been coming across Sparrows. 2 alive, then 1dead. This has happened 3 times within in the past 3 weeks. As your article says, “it’s time to set up proper protection against wondering souls up to no good”. How do I do this?

  4. Adria Sorensen December 6, 2018 at 7:46 am - Reply

    On the day that my parent’s shih tzu, Reggie, had passed away, I had a dream about a nut hatch that was perched up in a tree that night. I was driving or passing by and happened to see the nut hatch in a tree, possibly with other birds that are commonly part of the winter flock with chickadees and woodpeckers…but it was during the summer, and took place where I went to college (ironically my parents got Reggie when I was in college ). Well, the following day, I saw our neighborhood nut hatch who I only see every once in awhile, not daily like the house sparrows or even as often as the chickadees in our neighborhood that I feed. Either way, I found it ironic that I happened to see the nut hatch after I dreamed about it and wonder if it connected to Reggie, who I was close to…Reggie, like the nut hatch, befriended other species (cats in Reggie’s case) such as chickadees or other mixed winter flock birds… twas curious to see if there’s more to it

    • Cheryl Doyle December 8, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Hi, I am here researching this same thing. I do believe that there is something to this. I just experienced losing my 17 year old kitty after having had a female cardinal pecking on my window for 5 days. She was fine and walking around, the minute the bird started I knew that I was going to lose someone precious, because the same thing happened to me almost 25 years ago. Same house, same window but in that case it was a brown thrasher and my dad died shortly after it began.
      But back to this one, the female stayed there the entire time squawking and pecking, and Libby got sicker, I had to force feed her and give her water, she died at 3:31 a.m. on Nov. 10. She was gone and I never heard from the bird again. It was about 5 days from beginning to end. While the female stayed the while time, a male kept coming and hanging out with her but would come and go. It made me wonder about my other sweet girl Sallie. Sure enough she got sick on or about Nov 22, had to have her put to sleep on Nov. 25th. It’s been difficult so far coming to grips with it so I thought that I’d do some research. Very fascinating story. Thank you for sharing it

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