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Rooster Symbolism & Meaning

Do you need a boost of confidence? Are you hiding your most authentic self? Is time management challenging for you? Rooster as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Rooster teaches you how to awaken you inner strength and how to stand confident when sharing your voice. Delve deeply in Rooster symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can animate, motivate, and support you.

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Rooster Symbolism & Meaning

There is a reason for the term “cock of the walk”. Roosters are almost impossible to intimidate and truly believe they are “all that and a bag of chips”! And, who can blame them? This barnyard fowl can have such magnificently colored plumage they really have no choice but to strut their stuff.

Rooster is a very popular symbol throughout China and Japan. By crowing come the dawn, the Rooster Spirit chases away evil spirits. The Chinese assign the Rooster as a proverbial mascot to the five virtues – civil responsibility, marital fidelity, courage, kindness, and confidence.

This creature’s dependability at dawn gives it the additional meanings of punctuality and constancy. Feng shui practitioners paint a red Rooster on a house’s walls for protection from fire or a white one to safeguard the home from demons.

Japanese mythology tells us of the brave Rooster who enticed Amaterasu out of her cave, thereby bringing sun back to the world. Among Taoists Rooster is a lucky emblem and in some settings Roosters are thought to act as Divine messengers.

Portuguese folklore tell of a miraculous rescue made by a cooked Rooster. The story goes that a man was accused of theft. When he faced his accuser he claimed that the Rooster on the table intended for the banquet would crow as soon as they put a noose around his neck. The judge ignored the warning and took him to hang nonetheless. True enough, the Rooster stood up and crowed, telling the judge of his terrible error. Thankfully a poorly made knot kept the accused from dying and he was given his freedom to travel in peace. Thus in this region the Rooster represents truth and equity, particularly in matters of law.

Astrologically Orion has a Rooster companion that communicates messages to the Gods. Rooster is also one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. These kinds of associations may have been part of the reason that Rooster divination (Alectryomancy – also called alectoromancy or alectromancy) evolved.

In this form of fortune telling, a diviner would interpret the message or symbolism stemming from what grains the Rooster would peck (including timing, order, etc.). Hence, Rooster symbolizes the extra characteristic of Prognostication.

Jewish tradition poses the Rooster as an emblem of gallantry and honesty. They were so revered that temple officers were called “Rooster” as one of their titles. The Old Testament speaks of the officers has having a “cock girded about the loins”. Zoroastrianism adds even more honor to the Rooster considering it a symbol of the victory of light over darkness.

Rooster Spirit Animal

There’s a reason the saying, “Rise and Shine!” is always associated with the Rooster.

When Rooster (Cock or Cockerel) struts in as one’s Spirit Animal, the mind, body, and spirit can be on their way to great improvement. After all, who can feel poorly in the presence of so much splendid color and sunlight?

Rooster as an animal spirit guide teaches you the lesson of using your voice for great good. Those who are timid find confidence, candor and old-fashioned gusto in this bird.

Rooster entering your life means that you have something to accomplish and the time to “rise and shine” is now! Self-empowerment begins with that first brave step into the dawning of a new day.

Be prepared and look for unexpected possibilities and opportunities!

Rooster Totem Animal

If Rooster (Cock or Cockerel) is your Totem Animal, you are comfortable and in touch with your fiery side, especially in terms of passion/sexuality.

As the herald of dawn, Rooster also gives you hope and mental keenness. Those who carry Rooster medicine inside rarely find themselves depressed or lacking energy. Rooster fills your aura with enthusiasm and a renewed sense of wittiness.

Keep a Rooster Totem near when starting on a new task, particularly one that seems problematic. Because it only takes one Rooster to fertilize an entire barnyard of hens,

Rooster is the perfect animal totem for those whose powers of creation seem larger than life to the rest of us mere mortals.

Rooster spirit draws good luck, prosperity and overall health to both you and your situation or projects.

Finally, Rooster as a Totem Animal helps you to be a potent protector who is adept at keeping negative energies and evil away with your the solar light which burns brightly in your aura.

Rooster Power Animal

Invoke Rooster as your Power Animal when support is needed to reach your highest potential. When this brilliantly colored bird heralds in the new day, his crow reminds us that we have much to be grateful for.

As Rooster arches his neck up to the heavens and lets loose his sacred song, our attention is called to the fact that we are alive to witness the power emanating from such a small and relatively fragile creature.

If such a tiny soul believes he is entitled to touch the stars, so can you!

In meditations, the Rooster teaches you self-protection and vigilance. This Spirit Animal also mingles with your auric field to cleanse negativity.

Roosters are the timekeepers of our world. If you are finding it challenging to keep your life in order and on track, call upon Rooster. He can help you keep your own barnyard organized and peaceful.

Native American Rooster Symbolic Meanings

Native Americans designate Rooster as a symbol of the sun, resurrection, protection and fertility (particularly for men).

Rooster as a Celtic Animal Symbol

In an odd divergence from global symbolism, the Celts saw the Rooster as a messenger to the underworld. As he traveled, his caw called forth souls of the brave who died in battle. Gaulish depictions of the god Mercury (the god of messages and abundance) shows him with a sacred Rooster companion. Throughout the legends of the Celts, the Rooster has the power to banish ghosts and other unhappy spirits when he caws come the dawn.

Rooster Dreams

Dreams of Roosters represent pride, potentially to the point of showing off. Watch how loud you crow and make sure it’s with good cause. Roosters fighting in a dream represent angry rivals.

Learn more about Rooster Spirit by reading Dreaming of Rooster Interpretation on!

Rooster in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

Rooster is one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals as well as a Chinese New Year Animal. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of Rooster are here to strut their stuff! Flamboyant and good-natured this Zodiac Sign symbolizes good fortune and major success!

Rooster Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Eccentricity
  • Uniqueness
  • Ego
  • Lack of Fear
  • Curiosity
  • Sexuality
  • New Beginnings
  • Sun Engergy

23 thoughts on “Rooster Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Chemical says:

    The juwish interpretatio is more perfect thanks

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Chemical;

      I’m not sure what you mean? Would you please give me a little more information?

      Stay wild,

  2. Carol says:

    Thank you for being so thorough. You covered many points of view. I have a better understanding now.

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Carol;

      You are most welcome! Thank you for taking the time to comment on and visit!

      Stay wild,

  3. I says:

    Last night I dreamt of three gorgeous red roosters crossing the road…and it is the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Rooster tonight. Any ideas what this could mean. They were beautiful and elegant. I was speaking with a friend on the phone (in the dream) and telling her of this amazingly beautiful image.

    • True S3lf says:

      That is so cool!!! Sounds like a positive, optimistic, beautiful dream. Hoping it brings you the positive qualities outlined above – empowerment, vitality and prosperity. Namaste

      • Bernadette King says:

        Hello, True S3lf;

        Yes! I though the same thing! Just reading about I’s dream made me smile and gave me a big energy boost for the day! Thank you for taking the time to comment on and visit!

        Stay wild,

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, I;

      In Numerology, the Number 3 is about the ‘exuberance of life’. Red is the color of passion! So, it sounds to me like Rooster is coming in to let you know that it’s time to let the energy of ‘fire’ into your life! How exciting for you! Please keep us posted on all the fun you’re about to have!

      Also, you can visit Numerology 3 and the Color Red Meaning & Symbolism.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  4. lisa says:

    a rooster is standing on my house gate. ps advise what does this mean?

  5. Jean Hough says:

    I am very intrigued as I was woken at six this morning dreaming about a very large rooster walking up my garden path. It’s interesting as I am born under the sign of the rooster and I had some five elements accupuncture recently plus I also eat a Chinese meal last night plus did a walking meditation during the day. Lots of synchronicity. Me think it represents me stepping into my own power and coming home to myself.The timing was also symbolic as the dream occurred at 6:00pm when roosters wake you up so maybe this sygifies an awakening as well.

  6. DMFH says:

    Hello ! What does it mean when a rooster shows up at your home unexplained with no practical place to come from, and refuses to leave ! He nests under my bathroom window while I’m showering, he looks through the storm glass door at me, he follows me around the yard, and he’s roosting on a patio chair where he can look in my kitchen window at me. I have no neighbors with chickens and I’ve called people to try to determine where he came from. So what do you do with a real one ???

    • Diego Rosales says:

      I have that same problem

  7. Diego Rosales says:

    Yesterday I found a rooster in my front yard, so I closed my front gate to keep it from leaving. Later that night I came home and the roster was nowhere to be found. This morning I left my house for about 30 minutes and noticed that rooster a block and a half from my house. The rooster then followed my car and came inside my yard again. What could this mean? My brother who lives with me hasn’t seen it yet, but I took a video so I know I’m not just seeing things lol

  8. Alesa Green says:

    What does it mean when you hear a rooster crowing in the city where there is no roosrer around?

  9. Soncera says:

    I had a strange rooster visit my urban fenced backyard. My Siamese cat simply walked away as if the strange rooster belonged. Later, at dusk, the rooster was gone and hasn’t returned.
    I, too, am interested in
    symbolism and wonder why I was given this “message”.
    Can you please respond to the three requests for possible meanings?

  10. B says:

    Hi! I saw a black rooster walking around the other day. It was in a park. It seemed more furry than feathery. It was large, too! I read lots about white roosters. Do you have any words for a black rooster? It wasn’t my discovery. Someone else saw it first.

  11. Susan says:

    Are there any negative components of the rooster especially if rooster artifacts in front of a house that you want to sell and is not selling…… what are your thoughts.

    • Ashley says:

      That the property is worth is not going to the right person or people

      • Jacqueline says:

        A former home owner “painted” a rooster on the glass window of the home I bought in September of 2017. The hosusing market with its lack of inventory, the town that this house is in – this house should have sold….but it was on the market off and on and the last time it was on, the house was on the market for 22 days in at a time where houses were selling same day as the open house. There were no other bids but mine….I was meant to buy it. Looking at the rooster qualifications and meaniing…with all the huge projects that ihouse required…and still does…I am the right person to have bought it. I am fixing this house with the help of this rooster,S symbolism and meaning….really extordinary stuff. Comments welcome.

  12. Leslie says:

    Hi I stumbled across a rooster in the forest preserves .. two of us spent several hours trying to catch him to no avail… I was quite disappointed but I had to leave… I came back the next day and stumbled across a borage of feathers . I’m just sick. I did not want to give up on Ru the rooster.. I felt so alive and determined when in pursuit.. I am looking for answers now for why this was brought to me.. mixed concerns and messages.. any ideas?

    • Dj says:

      I saw a rooster today while driving through a park . He was red and magnificent. Ppl were blowing the horn behind me so I had to move on. I wish I would have tried to catch him.

  13. Jas says:

    I very beautiful black rooster keeps coming into my front yard everyday, he is so friendly and I live on a main Street I’m worried for him but he never goes on the road. What does this mean

  14. Kimbler says:

    I live in the city and looked out my front window and there was a Rooster in my yard. I have lived in this neighborhood for 20 years and never came across this before. Does this mean anything?

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