Determining The Spiritual Meaning Of The Feathers You Find
amanda linette meder
Finding feathers on the ground in nature can be a very cool thing, and what a relief a found feather can bring during a time of stress.
When thinking about the symbolism of finding a feather, all one has to do is start by turning to the quote,
When Feathers Appear, Angels Are Near!
This saying started appearing online sometime in 2015, and it says a lot about the meaning of finding a feather outside of molting season.
Spotting feathers and other types of animal parts either in the woods, on your property, or dropped on the trail right in your path can be quite an extraordinary experience -
Feathers generally symbolize…
When finding a feather during a time of stress, you're most certainly going to read about feathers being symbolism from Angels.
This is just an example of one belief and here's how we tend to make that association -
Angels = sky gods = birds = symbols of sky gods
In addition, feathers symbolism freedom, flight and the ability to transcend beyond hardships and current circumstances.
Even though most people believe feathers are signs from Angels, to fully figure out what feather sign might mean to you when it appears, we have to put into play these other factors.
When determining a feather meaning, you also want to think about:
Species of Bird
The Location/Timing of The Find
All of these factors will go into the meaning behind the sign.
The color of the feather, the species of the bird, the location, and timing of your find will all help determine what message is being delivered to you when you found it.
The color of the feather you find can have meaning, too.
A list of colors for feather symbolism can be found in the blog Angels And Colors: Meaning And Symbolism Of Angelic Light Colors, but keep in mind:
White is a common feather sign and often associated with Angels.
Black is a prize and often associated with death and ancestors.
All other bird feather colors and species of the bird symbolizes something, for example, blue can mean communication.
The species of the bird - with crow, raven, hawk, turkey and blue jay being specifically symbolic - will also matter in determining what your find means to you and why it appeared to you at this specific time in your life.
The species of the bird feather can provide deeper symbolism.
Need help identifying your bird feather?
If you’re United States based, then take a look at the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Feather Atlas and use color, size, and pattern to narrow down your search.
The species of bird and the symbolism of finding one of their feathers can be found in a guide such as:
Then finally, location and timing of when you found the feather, or when the feather found you, also matters.
where you were when you found it
Location and timing of your find can hold additional meaning to the symbolism of your feather.
What were you doing when you found the feather?
What were you thinking about?
How long had you been searching for this feather (if you had been)?
What had just happened when you received it?
If it was a gift, who gave it to you?
If you found it while visiting somewhere, what was the purpose of your intended visit?
You can use all of this information to further narrow down the meaning of the message of your feather sign.
So what does seeing any one feather mean?
You really can't say by looking at just the color, the species or the location, independently of all else. You need all the aspects of the sign together to determine what it could mean.
It's like trying to identify a tree by just the leaf.
Sometimes, it's possible, but really, to get the best idea of an answer to this question you'll want to combine as much information as possible to really get to the source of what this sign is meant to mean to you.
In most cases, physical signs like a feather sign are reassurance messages from the Divine. After that, you’ll want to dive deeper into the species, the color, and the timing of the sign.
If you found feathers right when you were stressing about an incident, these are often positive signs that everything is going to be okay in relation to whatever it was you were stressing about.
Feathers can also symbolize that the experience you’re going through when you find it, is significant in your soul’s growth.
If you’ve been looking for this particular type of feather for a while, this is an extra positive sign.
wrapping it all up
Here’s an example of how to determine the meaning using all the symbolism.
Just as an example, to determine the meaning of a black crow feather found right after a stressful situation, like your car breaks down on the highway, you might infer like this:
Black is a positive warm color and can signify new starts due to it representing the absence of all that is.
Because this color is often related to death, this would say to me that the message comes from the deceased, compared to white feathers which typically signify angel messages.
Now on to species, both crow and raven feathers are typically signs of protection and regard messages about using your cunning to get out of a situation, this is a sign to me that this energy is with you to solve the situation.
So, that's just an idea of how one might break down the meaning of finding a feather and how significant the find is to you, using all the key points above.
Making meaning of feathers can be seen as superstitious, but it's fun and you always learn about wildlife and culture whenever you determine the meaning of a sign.
You can learn a lot about the critters around you by reading the signs they give, too.
Sometimes, found animal parts are just a pretty gift from nature - but other times it is indeed more than that.
So, if you believe your feather sign is more than that, as I often do, these are just a few tools you can use to figure out the deeper meaning for yourself.
Feathers can be physical signs from above, which you can receive as a message from their ancestors, angels or otherworldly sources.
Feather signs normally appear as positive support during a difficult time.
Their deeper meaning can change by evaluating the color, t bird the feather came from, and when you found it.
As with all things, life and the meaning we evoke from it, changes when we add our unique perception to it.
Finding feathers is a fun way to dive into symbolism, while gaining a deeper understanding of our environment, and developing a greater reverence for the world around us.
So, once you find one, that begs the further question, should you collect the feathers you find or just leave them be?
And for more articles on animals with a spiritual twist, check out the links below -
Amanda Linette Meder
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Last Updated: 2019.08.05
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