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Blackbird Symbolism & Meaning

Want the world to hear your authentic voice? Looking to master trance work or communicate with spirits? Blackbird, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Blackbird teaches you how to reveal hidden truths while embracing tremendous transformation. Delve deeply in Blackbird symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can support, encourage, and motivate you!

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Blackbird Symbolism & Meaning

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Depending on the culture, Blackbird Spirit may be welcome as a good omen or the messenger of bad news. The dark wings of Blackbird give it associations with the Otherworld and the great Mysteries that haunt human souls; this also means it can fly as a messenger of death. Black is also often a color associated with magic, mystics, and Witches. Some say listening to Blackbird songs helps the Shaman’s travels to different spiritual realms. The ability to move between the worlds and retain clarity is a powerful bit of Blackbird Medicine.

The adult male Blackbird is not truly black, but more a black-brown with a yellow bill. Females are dusty brown with a speckled breast. With this in mind, Blackbird could take on the symbolism of a shapeshifter or one who knows glamoury – as humans “see” them as black.

Both male and female Blackbirds embody the idea that the nest is sacrosanct. Both will aggressively fight off any intruders, the male literally headbutting any threat. Usually, they win with their only real predators being cats, foxes, and sparrowhawks.

Blackbird also has sympathetic vibrations that speak to us of communication and finding our voice. Male Blackbirds begin singing in March to create a territory for themselves. It’s a lovely melody sung enthusiastically from treetops with abandon.

There are several specific messages to his song. One is “stay away” for aggressors like cats. Another is a warning to other male Blackbirds to refrain from their territory (only the Red-winged Blackbird has polyamorous tendencies). Third, Blackbirds have been known to mimic the tweeting of other birds, perhaps as a bit of showmanship or as a protective cover. During winter, Blackbird merrily sings to themselves as if the notes offer comfort in the cold.

Even as a winged creature, Blackbird has ties to the Earth Element. He spends much time on the ground, hopping around foraging for food. They always stay close to cover. In the nest, Blackbird is a yoga master. He stretches his legs, extends his wings, extends his back, opens those tail feathers, and listens. When you work with Blackbird, remember this – don’t just jump out of the nest. Take time, stretch, and breathe.

“The song of thrush and blackbird, joy that falls so gently on the ears to celebrate another day of life and living, flying free.”
– John McLeod

Blackbird is not a soaring bird. They take short, planned flights over open ground. Their focus is simple – to get where they need to go swiftly and effectively. It is is a good lesson for many humans who must move on the turn of a heel because of changing situations.

The “four calling birds” mentioned in the Twelve Days of Christmas may well have been Blackbirds. In England, sightings of a Blackbird were often a symbol of luck. The cry of a Blackbird here, however, warned of danger ahead.

Key energies associated with Blackbird include home, family, guidance, awareness, magic, safety, trance work, transformation, the occult, and mysteries.

Blackbird Spirit Animal

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When Blackbird wings its way into your life, the first question you should ask is if you have done any singing lately (even metaphorically)? What is the song of your soul? What proverbial music calls to you and to whom do you want to share your own trill? The Blackbird’s song is something that defines its identity, not only to its mate but other birds.

Another message from Blackbird is whether or not your communications with others have been sweet or harsh. Words have tremendous power. Yours can inspire and soothe, so consider well how you use them.

Blackbird often comes to those curious about mysticism and the occult. He can guide your way toward discovery and the wise use of magic. Charms are one of the great methods Blackbird teaches (the root word in Latin for charm means song!). In your spiritual quest, Blackbird will always call you to work toward higher and deeper values.

If Blackbird’s visit is short, look around. Is something amiss? Blackbird hints at secrets – some secrets have great power, while others do great harm. Be aware that things may not be exactly as they seem right now.

In any case, Blackbird is a valued ally in your life. They are both elegant and intelligent and will guard those that they choose to mentor.

Blackbird Totem Animal

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Those who walk with Blackbird as a birth Totem seem serious and always have a bit of swagger in their tail feathers. They enjoy a bit of mystery and often keep parts of themselves hidden. Blackbird loves to create and express. Arts having to do with music, especially hold appeal.

If Blackbird is your Totem, you tend to be the sensible one among your friends. You’re curious about nearly every aspect of life and might be attracted to adventures and exploring the world. During your travels, you take time to ponder how you fit into this huge puzzle…What is your soul’s task?

When you have Blackbird for a friend, don’t be surprised if they seem to know you better than yourself. Blackbird has a way of helping us look within when we’d otherwise prefer blissful ignorance. Contrarily, Blackbird holds his or her secret tight to the breast. They also tend to be far more active during the night.

There is a peaceful aspect to Blackbird people. They dislike negativity and tend to avoid toxic situations. With a strong personality and charisma, Blackbird is often the leader of the pack or, minimally, someone who influences situations often without even realizing it. Family and friends see Blackbird as a determined pathfinder hoping to unlock the full potential in not only their lives but others.

Blackbird Power Animal

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Call on Blackbird when you feel those things you hold sacred are in danger. This Spirit defines boundaries and helps you reclaim your territory. This is especially true if the issue has to do with your loved ones.

Blackbird can help those who feel something is hidden from them. This Spirit Animal’s energy brings things into focus. Whatever the obstacle, Blackbird helps you soar around it toward the truth.

If you have been thinking of making an Ancestral altar, Blackbird is the perfect Animal Guide. He will show you how to work with the Otherworld and create a sacred space. Blackbird understands honor, history, and tradition. He also guides us in the ethical use of our spiritual endeavors.

When the world around you is shifting and changing faster than you can handle, call on Blackbird; this Spirit understands transformation. He will help you adapt and awaken to the new situation with greater ease.

Other areas of life in which Blackbird Power Animal can help include self-control, divination, communication, overcoming fear, and contacting the spirit realm.

Native American Blackbird Symbolic Meanings

Blackbird shows up in the symbolism of the Plains Indians. Blackbird serves the Corn Mother. If Blackbird ate the crops, it meant that the tribe had done something terribly wrong; this would often result in having a special ritual that honored the corn and its importance to the community.

Among the Hopi, Blackbird is a guide into the underworld. This movement is not done alone. The Great Spirit always travels with birds. Blackbird is also a directional guardian for “Above.”

Blackbird often flies alone, so there is a sense of individuality. Blackbird Medicine can be aggressive, but only so long as danger exists. Their loudest music welcomes the spring. Blackbirds are clan animals among the Chickasaw and the Chumash.

There is a story from the Mississippi Valley area of how Blackbird got its red wing spots. It begins with an angry tribesman who began burning the sea marshes. When Blackbird saw this happen, he tried to cry out in warning, “The world is going to burn!” The man tried to silence Blackbird by throwing a shell at him, hitting the bird’s wing, and causing them to bleed; this is how the red-winged Blackbird came into being.

Blackbird as a Celtic Animal Symbol

Celtic symbolism doesn’t speak a lot of the Blackbird specifically but consolidates the symbolism with that of Raven, Crow, and other Birds with black feathers. As with other traditions, the color of the bird ties it to the Underworld, Spirits, and even the realm of the Gods.

It is in the myths of Rhiannon that Blackbird really shines. This Celtic Queen Goddess had three sacred birds. The birds could sing the dead back to life, and those alive to their grave. They were omens of great importance and considered one of the oldest animals having knowledge of history and the workings of time.

Stories allude to these magical birds having the ability of bi-location. Their songs were more beautiful than any other. The music seemed to roll on the winds from far away while humans saw them as if they were present nearby. Some folklorists feel that the birds actually lived with Rhiannon on the Happy Isle of the Blessed, where they could sing for the Queen indefinitely.

As a culture, the Celts had a strong connection with birds believing that they held prophetic knowledge. Birds brought messages to and from the Divine.

Christian and Jewish Blackbird Symbolism

The Bible does not portray Blackbird in a good light. St. Benedict was tempted by a Blackbird who was the Devil in disguise. The 12th Century Aberdeen Bestiary Blackbird represented many things, including carnal pleasures and temptation. Only a white Blackbird symbolized the purity of will.

In Rabbinical fables, Blackbird is the baal teshuva – “he who has sinned and changed his way, becoming the light in darkness.”

Blackbird Dreams

There are a variety of theories about what a Blackbird appearing in your dreams means. One is that it acts as a warning that those around you have secret agendas. Blackbird warns to keep your brilliance to yourself until you know things are honest and upright.

A flock of Blackbird acts as an omen of good changes, particularly in personal outlooks. Try to embrace this as a gift. Singing Blackbirds presage good news and joy, where a silent one in the trees whispers of ancient magic and untapped potential. In some cases, the Blackbird may also represent the Trickster, a spiritual messenger trying to teach you a lesson through humility and humor.

Blackbird Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Authentic Voice
  • Esotericism
  • Guidance
  • Luck
  • Magic
  • Otherworld Messenger
  • Safety
  • Shamanism
  • Shapeshifter
  • Trickster

19 thoughts on “Blackbird Symbolism & Meaning

  1. james buber says:

    A Blackbird’s wing can carry the spirits of the dead to heaven.
    e.g. song ‘Gulf Coast Highway’……’when we die, he says we’ll catch some Blackbird’s wing, and fly away to heaven…’ That is a very beautiful mythology, probably universal in origin. Thank You.

  2. Celia says:

    Thanks for a very interesting article about blackbird symbolism. These beautiful birds have deep meaning for me.
    Bright blessings!

    • W Wilde says:

      Thank you for putting your passion down to wear it can be seen and appreciated.

      I’ve noticed black birds on my path for a few years now. They’ve been really intriguing to me. I appreciate getting additional insights to their messaging.

    • Tree blood says:

      I saw a black bird flying with a white bird. I think it was a dove. Does that mean anything?

  3. Lioness says:

    One just flew and landed in my room! I set it free and it flew away…

  4. Starlight says:

    Befriend the blackbird. He is your friend. Ask him to tell you what he sees. Ask him for his wisdom and he will let you know! Talk to him. He will talk to you.

  5. Deric Barner says:

    hi, great read.. thank you! so i have a a question , i saw a black bird with bright, make that luminous white wing tips, not common around my area, and the bird had big white glowing eyes, as if they were made of light, the eyes that is … what do you think of this, a Angel? demon? or something else?

  6. Kathleen Kearns says:

    A Black Bird flew into me today, it was not an attacking me, and flew away before me.
    Later after coming back indoors an Black Bird flew into my window stunned herself and subsequently died.
    I’m wondering what message there is for me in these happenings?
    I would like to inter this birds body, but where?

  7. thulani says:

    i just saw a black bird while i was training at my balcony and it just stared at me for a while and it flew away.

  8. Eyes says:

    I have a blackbird that visits me everyday, he is cheeky he eats my blind cats food and he only comes in if I’m there and when I talk to him he sometimes just stays and listens and then some times if I come out to the pergola or someone else is there he fly’s onto the fence and makes this little squeal like he is saying omg they caught me. I also whistle to him and he whistles back to me. He is old and I think he is on his own now so he likes the company, he is so sweet.

  9. Jon says:

    Woke up from a very clear dream today that I was walking on the streets very late at night in the dark, and a black bird (not sure what species exactly) came flying towards me…. it was hovering in front of me and kept blowing at me. Just kept blowing into my face. It wasnt aggressive but clingy.
    I kept shining my flashlight an it to go away, but it wouldnt leave. Not sure what to make of it.

  10. Ray says:

    I work out of town and all summer long both at the fields while installing turf and back at hotel flocks of blackbirds constantly around does this mean anything

  11. Margaret Wilson says:

    I woke myself by yelling, Blackbird. Blackbird! Then when I went out for paper was dive bombed by one flying very low over my head, fast and away!

  12. Tracey Martin says:

    I went to window and down came a blackbird with orange beak they were starring at me through my window for bout 30 seconds I grabbed fone to take a picture but as soon as it saw my fone it flew away it was a weird feeling , there’s things going on around me I know I can feel it

    • elaine sharpe says:

      Me too, but it’s a beautiful good thing

  13. Jeanne says:

    On Jan 30/2021 I was up early singing and getting my inspiration to work on a project. I moved to the window and as fast as I saw him fly to the window – he flew away in a heart beat. I saw him look at me I know I can feel ✨

  14. Lisa Savage says:

    What does it mean when a blackbird has got into my work building and started fluttering around me when I ran out of the room it continue to run behind me a fluttering everywhere what does this mean

  15. onismus says:

    early evening a blackbird came hoovering , following me around as i was watering plants

  16. Carlos says:

    I have much simpathy to these birds
    I use to talk to them
    And don’t get afraid, I think they feel how much I like them
    Ones sitting at the park a blackbird came to me singing different melodies jumping around me
    I even made a clip of the bird, it was a magic moment

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