Feathers and Spirituality
Call it what you want, but God, Spirit, Angels, the Higher Self and Ancestors have ways of sending you messages from the other side. We often ask for these messages and forget before we see the sign. This guide will open your eyes to what it means when bird feathers cross your path!
Feathers are seen as spiritual symbols in many cultures, as angels have wings and birds are often depicted as messengers from spirit. Since the only beings in our world with feathers are birds, they are associated with the Air element (communication, change, ideas, thoughts, concentration). Depending on the bird from which the feather comes and the location, timing and circumstances you are under, you can easily determine if you want to use or keep the feathers that cross your path for your spiritual practices. For example, a crow’s feather would be a great addition to any protection work, but a geese feather just might not cut it. On the other hand, a geese feather would be great for family work, as geese often mate for life (aww) and travel in gaggles (specific term for a flock of geese).
When you find a feather, take a moment to pause and reflect and show some gratitude for the sign that you have just been sent. Journaling about the feather, drawing it, photographing it, collecting it or leaving the feather as is are all options for interacting with this divine message.
Renewal of Passion, Starting Something New, Male or Masculine Being, Power, Courage
Birds: Cardinal, Purple Finch, Red Faced Warbler
New Ideas, Creativity, Happiness
Birds: Baltimore Oriole, Orange Bishop, American Robin
Infuse joy into your life, Energy, Vitality, Keep Going, Mental Alertness
Birds: Great Tit, Yellow Warbler, American Goldfinch
Healing is taking place, Physical World, Prosperity, Love
Birds: Greenfinch, Parakeets, Rosy-Faced Lovebird
Pay attention to your conversations, Psychic Abilities and Awareness, Clairaudience, New Messages
Birds: Bluejay, Bluebird, Siberian Blue Robin
Higher Thinking, Royalty, Spirituality, Transmutation/Transformation
Birds: Bahama Woodstar, Anna’s Hummingbird, The Purple Martin
Love, Romance, Youth and Children
Birds: Flamingo, Roseate Spoonbill, Pink Robin
Things will look up soon, take time to clear the mind, body and space, grounding, Wisdom, Strengthening
Birds: Owls, Ducks, Finches, Turkeys
The ending of a cycle, Renewal, Spiritual Protection or the need for it, Warning
Birds – Crows, Blackbirds, Ravens
Purity, Blessings, Being watched over, Angels are Near, Loved ones Who passed on are near, Beauty
Birds: Cockatoo, Swans, Doves
Peace will soon come, Neutrality, To Be Flexible
Birds: Gulls, Geese, Northern Mockingbird
Union or Integration, Releasing the Past, Self-Discovery
Birds: Teals, Spotted Dove, Spotted Thick Knee
Black & White
Change is coming soon
Birds: Albatross, Black and White Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Opulence, Royalty, Protection from the Evil Eye, Hygiene
Although you can find feathers in stores or online, nothing beats finding feathers along a peaceful walk, when you least expect it. Next time you are preparing to take a stroll, go ahead and ask spirit a question and request that birds are used to show you what you need to know. You may see a bird you’ve never seen in your area before or almost step on a brilliantly colored feather!
I personally like to add feathers to my smoke cleansing rituals or as altar decoration. How do you like to use feathers in your practice? Leave a comment below!