Birds Symbolism & Meanings
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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:
- 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.