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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. Kathleen says:

    Hi John, I had a similar experience on January 24 actually, where it flew at eye level in front of my vehicle. I gasped and thought it was a strange omen. I never considered much about Eagles other than some native people used to call me eagle eyes. I like the native symbolisms, and wish you all the best in your deepest heart’s desires.

  2. cheryl preston-shaw says:

    saw a low flying eagle with a bright golden head fly through my backyard. I have only seen it once. At the time I was under a great deal of emotional stress lasting about 6 months . I feel that my animal totem had revealed itself to me . I also live in an area of the Colorado Mountains where Native American tribes lived

  3. Dishika Deepak Iyer says:

    Last night, before going to sleep, these were my words that I said out loud: “I let go of any anger and resentment I hold. I choose love and I let go of any negativity that I hold in my body. I’m free of pains, Universe. I have healed. I’m healthy and I surrender to you.”

    I slept off and I had weird dreams. My dreams were filled with birds, an eagle, a black colour bird, a black and white bird, a golden bird, so much so that I could transform into a bird too. I could hear them speak and though I don’t remember everything I heard, two things I remember hearing from them very well are: “Come!” And “Let go”

    Also, in my dream my brother and I come home in the evening and see birds after birds flying in one direction and I turn to my brother and say “They forgot to inform us.” Soon after that there’s tapping on the window and a golden bird fly’s in through the window and sits on the floor of our home, then it hops on to the roof where there’s a platform of some sort and ruffles it’s feather.

    Soon after that I was sitting with my family and brother, looking at an egg crack and a green worm come through it. We try to play with it and that’s when I woke up.

    I don’t understand what this dream was trying to convey. I know it’s a message because the night I say that I’m healed and I let go of any anger and resentment, I dream of these birds.

    Could someone help me out here, please? What could the dream mean? How do I invoke a bird/animal spirit? What does that mean?

    • The Tarot Bogan says:

      The universe has given you a start. It’s allowed you to become a caterpillar because it trusts you will grow into a butterfly and get your wings. Once you get your wings you will be able to progress higher and higher. To keep growing you have to keep nurturing the one’s without wings or that aren’t even ready to hatch. In doing this the universe will allow you to start seeing more and more than eggs cannot. You must look after other eggs even if they don’t know they’re eggs.
      By helping others hatch you will keep growing. Be humble in your heights, if you reach the heights of an eagle you won’t need to tell people you’re an eagle nor should you. Helping other people rise helps you rise, their accending energy makes it less work on your wings.

  4. Michele Jackman says:

    I saw a “white eagle” flying above me in all it’s glory and starting researching the symbolism found here. The information guided me to the meaning for me. We also have a poetry group and our theme was birds. I am the President of my own spiritual/practical site usowls.com for older, wiser, and laughing all the way. I also use Optimism of the owl– flying through the darkness in search of what it needs. The message for me was the question:
    What is my legacy? Bird see from above in connection with the divine–ask the bird. I did.
    Got the answer I am still resisting a bit. Birds symbolize freedom –perspective . timing and use of one’s energy. This has to be a personal individual insight simply lodged in the heart and given to others from God own’s website..

    • Dan says:

      Michele what do you make of my experience with the two eagles fighting overhead as I stepped out my back door? I am very interested in an insightful interpretation.

  5. Ameira says:

    While meditating I saw and eagle come down from the clouds and fly directly down to me and picked me up
    And sent me to the beach, place me on the sand and flew away.
    Then as I was looking up I seen an angel come down from the clouds and gave me a hug , as he put his arms around me he placed a big citrine crystal on my back.

  6. LISA STUMPF says:

    I had the strangest experience over the weekend. 2 eagles were circling overhead of my house. The next thing you know the one eagle appeared to knock the other one down in my backyard. As I am standing outside watching this whole thing in awe the one flew away between the neighbor’s house and the other was coming in my direction straight at me where I was standing, he was VERY low, like 5 feet, that is why I ran because I thought he was going to run into me. Does this have any symbolism?

  7. Joshua says:

    I flew with an Eagle, in my dream, last night.
    It was coming up behind me, gliding above emerald green grass.
    I could feel the wind pick up and I said “why not?”
    I jumped up into the breeze and gravity let me go.

  8. Dan says:

    Last September 15, 2020 I stepped out my back door in rural south central Wisconsin to witness two Bald Eagles entangled in a fight about 150 yards overhead. They were plummeting downward at great speed as they fought. My dog who was with me got very excited as he is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Just before they hit the ground they both took off flying straight east. I watched them go out of sight. I grabbed my phone to get aa video if they returned. As luck would have one of them came gliding back straight to the west and at tree top level went over my house and eventually out of site to the west. I did get the video of that massive bird flying over my house. Two months later to the day my companion CBR named Floyd was hit and killed by a car on the road in front of my house. It has been a tough winter but at least all humans in this house are healthy.

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