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Eagle Symbolism & Meaning

Do you want to soar to great heights in your life?

Do you need to summon up true courage?

Are you called to deliver messages from the Divine but need support in learning to access them?

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Eagle Symbolism & Meaning

Because the Eagle flies higher than all other birds, He is considered Chief of all flying creatures. This certainly also connects Eagle with the Air element. He also rules over the Eastern quarter of creation, which represents renewal and the season of spring.

One of my favorite teachings of Eagle is “believe in your ability to satisfy the hunger”. Meaning, Eagle’s are so adept at hunting they spend very little time doing it. They exert only a small amount of effort finding and claiming that which “fills the empty spaces within”.

If you have a dream, if you desire to achieve a goal that will make your soul feel more “full”, take your cue from the all-confident Eagle and “know” your aim will be straight and true.

Egyptians regarded the eagle as symbolizing both the Great Spirit and the sun at noon. They saw the Eagle as rising over mundane restraints into the realm of mystical awareness and spiritual progress. The Native Americans agree with this assessment.

To the ancient Romans and Greeks, the Eagle was sacred to Jupiter/Zeus. The Romans used an Eagle to represent Roman emperors, while the Greeks said Zeus could take the form of an Eagle to transport his lover to Mt. Olympus. Hittites used the image of a two-headed Eagle in battle to protect them from surprises.

From high above the Eagle symbolizes an awareness those mysteries that humans find difficult to grasp. Eagle’s vantage point allows him to discover patterns that guide us toward greater spiritual knowledge.

Eagle Spirit Animal

The soaring of an Eagle inspires awe. From its place in the heavens the Eagle Spirit Animal can watch over us as a guardian, bear messages to and from the divine, inspire insight, manifest well-being, and offer us wisdom.

The Eagle as a spirit animal put you on notice that the winds of change are headed your way.

Some type of rebirth or renewal is about to happen, and Eagle prepares you for that change by showing you how to tap your inner strength and fortitude.

Stand up tall, wrap courage around your waist, and stay true to yourself.

This is a time for self-discovery. You may need to take a retreat to get your mind and spirit together and internalize the dramatic transformation on your doorstep.

Eagle is a mover and shaker who stretches your limits to new heights.

Eagle as an Animal Spirit Guide often shows up when we face challenges. On his wings he bears determination and the laser sharp focus to get through to the other side of our problems. Some of this symbolism and meaning has to do with ancient lore regarding the Eagle flying so closely to the sun. As a metaphor, “we must be willing to get a little scorched if we are to achieve greatness”.

Additionally Eagle as a Spirit Animal says, “look forward.” Don’t give up on your quest, but embark on it with uprightness in your soul. To accomplish this you have to be ready to stop outmoded habits or ideas to embrace something new and wonderful.

Eagle Totem Animal

Those born with an Eagle totem want to experience everything they can. They spread their wings fully on every project or adventure, yet nearly always manage to keep one foot on the ground. Remember, Eagles fly higher than any other bird. The heights of success that those with the Eagle Totem Animal can achieve is astounding.

But no bird can stay in the air forever. They must come back to earth. Eagles have 4 toes. In Numerology, 4 is the number of “solid foundations”. In this, Eagle stays grounded to Mother Earth just as well as it soars toward the heavens. This is no minor ability. It is to be reckoned with as few can achieve this remarkable feat.

Because of the Eagle people’s ability to fly so high yet stay grounded, they’re great at global thinking and, as such, make potent leaders and teachers. Generally, those with Eagle as a Totem Animal are strong, brave, creative and insightful.

Know that as an Eagle Person, others may find your perspectives a little daunting. You see more than the average human. Your perspective from the sky provides solutions that others cannot see because they’re too close.

This Totem Animal also means that Spirit often guides your actions and words, even unwittingly.

Be aware of that sacred duty and endeavor to speak with love. Otherwise you could become harsh with your beak and hurt someone without realizing it.

Eagle Power Animal

Call on Eagle as a Power Animal when you need to improve your perspectives from a higher vantage point. When you face struggles in your job or relationship, Eagle Spirit continues to gives you insight as well the ability to make sound choices.

Hint: Since Eagle loves heights you may have greater success in contacting Him from a high place (hill, mountaintop, etc.).

One of the most profound medicines that Eagle energy can help us with is knowing when to speak and how “forcefully”. While Eagles are not very vocal, their jaws and beaks are incredibly strong. When you need help deciding what to say and how to say it, Eagle Spirit can help.

While Owl medicine is legendary as a spiritual aid for ‘clear seeing’ or ‘being able to see that which has been hidden’ – Eagle as a Power Animal can help us see into the past, present, and future. The Eagle’s vision is 8 times greater than humans.

While there are many Eagle traits one could invoke during times of need, one of them must be used with great caution. A Bald Eagle can strike their prey with twice the force of a bullet from a rifle. Sometimes in life, no matter how peaceful a path we’ve chosen to walk, we have to “strike a target”.

Now, to be very, very clear, I’m not talking about using a gun or harming any living thing. But, let’s say you want to launch a business and build a worldwide brand, exit an abusive work or personal relationship, graduate with honors, get your child or pet the treatment they need, etc.

When an achievement we want to make is sacred to us, sometimes we need to be forceful – we need to ‘strike’ with the accuracy, speed, and impact of a metaphorical bullet. Again, I’m not speaking of real bullets.

Use wisdom and good judgement when you tap into this energy. Be very sure that you can handle the trajectory once you’ve set it in motion. Remember, all actions have consequences. However, used appropriately, and with no ill-will intended – this part of Eagle as a Power Animal can serve you well.

Native American Eagle Symbolic Meanings

Native American tradition embraces both the golden Eagle and the bald Eagle as sacred creatures. Depending on the tribe, Eagle represented bravery, wisdom, forte and as the bearer of prayers to the Spirit realm. The feathers of these birds were used in council meetings, and one myth tells us that the Sun Bringer, an Eagle opened his weeks to reveal the sun and closed them to bring darkness.

Eagle as a Celtic Animal Symbol

Three Celtic Gods has Eagles associated with them. Llew (Welsh) and Odin (Scandinavian) both have the ability to transform into an Eagle. Meanwhile in German tradition Eagle represented Wodan chief of the gods.

Eagle Dreams

Dreams about Eagles can have several meanings. An Eagle in flight often talks about taking a different perspective on a situation that’s eluded you. It may also be a message from the Universe to pay closer attention to your inner voice and trust it.

Far Eastern Eagle Symbolic Meanings

In Feng Shui images of Eagle placed in the North and East section of a home brings luck, love and a committed relationship. Be certain, however, to make sure these images look as if they are flying toward your house for greatest success. Eagle images are also said to be good for business and act as a guardian of the premises.

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  1. Nik January 24, 2018 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Just now an I was sitting in my bedroom staring out of the window when I notice a gigantic shadow. An eagle circled around my house 15 times before finally flying away! I’m having a rough time being unemployed and I just prayed this morning for help financially as I’m running out of options. I’m hoping this is a good sign.

  2. RK February 12, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Dear Bernadette,

    I have been experiencing some Eagle(Golden Eagle) visits recently. I live with my wife in Mumbai, India. Typically, one of them is perched on the railing of our balcony near our bedroom every few days. This has happened 5-6 times in a span of ten days. Once I even had the experience of the eagle looking at me me straight into my eyes from a few few feet away and it felt quite surreal. Another time, I even took pictures of the eagle as it was about to fly away. As if there was a message it wanted to give me… Followed by that, I heard one eagle calling out loudly – almost to attract attention- and made me look out of the bathroom window. As I acknowledged it and said ‘yes thanks I saw you’ it flew away.

    I read about such experiences and the spiritual meaning of eagle visits and in most places I found that it seems to be a good sign… “messenger from heaven, sign of courage and freedom, new beginning, power and success, possibilities, and many other positive things…” so I felt it’s all good and also felt reassured about continuing on my spiritual path… not getting bogged down by my current problems and to hold on to my dreams and aspirations.

    After that, I realized that there are quite a few eagles living near our house(apartment complex)- as it faces a small lake, I see them soaring over the lake and occasionally resting in the balconies of adjoining buildings like ours. So, I felt maybe I am reading too much into it and stopped thinking about the eagle visits. And also, i didn’t notice them perched in our balcony anymore.

    Then a strange thing happened today, while I was putting some clothes to dry, an eagle brushed past my head with its wing! I was a little shocked and instinctively my hand went to the back of my head and I felt there was no injury… and at the same moment I saw it fly ahead in front of me and then take a u turn mid air- as if to show me that it was ‘an eagle’ and fly away…

    So today, I read a lot again and found the same positive things written but nothing so exact about getting touched/brushed by an eagle’s wing while in flight and its meaning and context when seen along with the earlier encounters….

    Please do shed some light if you have any insights…

    Thanks for writing and helping so many people understand such spiritual experiences in a better way!


  3. Sunny February 23, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

    When I dream, which is every night in color, when the dream ends up I take leave of the location and as I depart, I awaken in bed. This morning, as I was my leave and getting to the car to take my departure, i had the drivers window open and 3 birds flew toward me and, as i watched in amazement, flew into the car settling in the passenger seat, barely fitting and I opened the passenger window for them.

    I got into the drivers seat as they made themselves ready to leave on the journey with me. They weren’t going anywhere, they were coming along. I peeked over the drivers seat and saw my small dogs in the back seat but the eagles paid them no mind, I woke up to happy doggies licking my face but feel the eagles are still with me.

    I live in rural Iowa and do see bald eagles on a regular basis in nature. But this was different. They intentionally came to me making it clear they were all three coming with me.

  4. Kimberly Lamb February 23, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    This morning I saw a bald eagle land next to the lake across the street. As I kept watching he flew to perch at the top of the highest tre next to the same lake. Soon after that he it dove down over the lake then flew off. What does that mean?

  5. John March 18, 2018 at 6:25 am - Reply

    I live and work in an Aboriginal community in Australia as a Police officer.
    The tribal elders gave me the name Kwinyala which is their word for the Australian Wedgetail eagle.

    During a particularly nasty death investigation I travelled into the hills to locate and investigate the matter. I told no one in the community about it as I wished to know what occurred before people got spooked as it occurred on a sacred site.

    While I was away an eagle flew into the community and over the river. One of the elders saw it and upon my return asked me who the man was who had died.
    She told me that the eagle comes when I leave the community. It brings messages.

  6. RA May 15, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Hy. This morning a young white eagle came a day on our house terrace wall. It remained there for almost 30-45 minutes either looking in our direction and at times at a small handmade pond especially kept for birds who come visiting us daily. But in our 2 years at this house, this is the very first instance, an eagle has visited us. Could you guide us towards its message for us?

  7. RA May 15, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Rather it was on the lines of being an hawk, probably

  8. JW May 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Four weeks ago, my Dad became very ill. At the time, we weren’t sure how things would turn out, but I was called home to be with the family. For me, that meant a 6 1/2 hour drive from my home to the home where I grew up. At one point, along a highway in the Southern Tier of New York State, I happened to look up. There, just off the road, in a very prominent location, at the top of a lone dead tree sat a bald eagle. And I remember immediately knowing that was a sign of some kind. I didn’t know why, and I didn’t know what it meant. I just knew it was a sign. Knew it deep down in my soul. I should also point out that I’ve made this trip several times a year, round trip, for the past 30 years and have NEVER ONCE seen an eagle at ANY point along the way. Ever.

    After I arrived at my parents, things were hectic and I initially forgot about my eagle experience. But, when I remembered it the following evening, it was like I was struck by a lightning bolt and I HAD to find out what it meant. I googled “Eagle as a spirit animal” and your page was the first one that came up, and the following section gave me goosebumps.

    “The eagle as a spirit animal puts you on notice that the winds of change are headed your way. Some type of rebirth or renewal is about to happen, and Eagle prepares you for that change by showing you how to tap your inner strength and fortitude. Stand up tall, wrap courage around your waist, and stay true to yourself. Eagle as an animal spirit guide often shows up when we face challenges. On his wings he bears determination and the laser sharp focus to get through to the other side of our problems.”

    What makes this so compelling is, I remembered the eagle messenger and read your page the evening we learned my father would not recover and decided as a family to stop treatment. He passed a week and a half later, never regaining consciousness.

    People can say what they want. I don’t believe for a second that seeing that eagle on that day was coincidental, during that particular trip, after 30 years of making the same trip and never seeing an eagle.

  9. saravanan kerberos June 7, 2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Amazing facts about Eagles.In Indian Tradition we used to use eagle to balance the negative effects made by the planet URANUS.

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