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Eagle Symbolism & Meaning

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? Eagle, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Eagle teaches how to embrace an elevated perspective while bravely speaking your truth. Delve deeply in Eagle symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can illuminate, support, and guide you.

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Eagle Symbolism & Meaning

Because the Eagle is one of the highest-flying 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, Eagles 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 a battle to protect them from surprises.

From high above, the Eagle symbolizes an awareness of 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.

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.

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 close 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 four 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 give you insight as well as 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 eight 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 judgment 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 wings 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.

Learn more about Eagle Spirit by reading Eagle Dream Meaning & Symbolism on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

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.

Bald-Eagle Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Divine Messages
  • Freedom
  • Great Spirit
  • Higher Perspective
  • Independence
  • Keen-Sight
  • Liberation
  • Power
  • Psychism
  • Vision Quests

95 thoughts on “Eagle Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Victoria Vialpando says:

    My mom and I were driving to White Rock NM we saw a ten bald eagles on the way and some on the way back home. They were beautiful. Got on here to find it meaning…

  2. tuck says:

    I just had an eagle drop a fish in my back yard…lol So I cleaned it and thanked the eagle.

  3. Shelley says:

    In my meditation, a bald eagle came. I have been debating on a decision about a home to buy, he landed on the table in the patio area and stomped his foot on the table while looking at me. I took this as the sign that ‘this is it’. Thank you Mr Eagle! Such a beautiful and magnificent bird he is!

  4. Rs says:

    I dreamed of an injured eagle I was hugging it and calming it I could understand it telling me I didn’t know how it got hurt…. I kept caressing it… It turned into a little boy. I asked it if it could fly and his name.. It flew and his name was Paul….he was so adorable ! got to even ask ask him his B-Day October 17 a day after mine!….. Vivid dream!!

  5. Matt says:

    Don’t know if anyone can help me looked at dream meanings but don’t say alot as all find are a few lines with not much detail,
    So the dream is I’m stood on a grass clearing to my left the grass goes off into the distance with no obstructions to be seen,on the area I’m facing and to my right are trees not overly tall but it’s I guess a young forest growing. I see others none I know in waking life,there’s a young woman with brown hair slimb in build and slightly shorter than myself,who I try to speak to but she’s a few meters ahead she looks back at me and smiles then goes into the trees where there are birds that most resemble eagles going between the tree tops see three or so doing there thing they all at their own time see me but are happy to let me get very close without any fear of being close enough to touch. One is much bigger than the others that stands on my arm and lets me stroke them and seems very calm and happy for me to.
    I would be humbled by any input anyone’s got to help me figure out what it means.
    Thanks you..

  6. Serra says:

    Hi Matt
    To me, it’s spirit inviting you to begin seeing things from a higher (and a multitude) of perspectives. To trust in your inner self and learn from the world around you.
    I hope this helps!

  7. Mandy says:

    I have a question how do I discover my spirit guide for some reason I feel like I know the answer already because ever where I travel I always see an eagle, and even when I don’t they tend to pop up like the time my children’s father found one dead on the road. Could this be my spirit guide?

  8. Marian says:

    Hi Matt. Just saw this today after facilitating a drumming circle the night before. It was about eagle medicine. We “send” on our right and receive on our left. Your left is wide open to receive messages. Do you feel intuitive, do you listen to the “niggle” or the voice in your self? Eagle is waiting for you (right side)to ask the question(s) . That part of you is ready to soar above and “ask” and seek answers from a higher perspective. It feels like your higher self is trying to get your attention.

  9. APRIL Lynn Lenoir says:

    To the lady with the dream of the woman smiling
    That was one of your ancestors speaking to you. They never speak in our dreams. You have a gift. Tap into it. Blessings to u

  10. Jim Dunn says:

    I had a bald eagle buzzed by me at head height no more than 10 feet from me. I felt his presence coming. I turned to watch as he came and went by. The power, speed and the wind sound as he went by was impressive.
    But why did he do it?

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