Determining the Spiritual Meaning of The Feathers You Find
Finding feathers in nature is a very cool thing and what a relief a found feather can bring during a time of stress! And while finding a random downy feather during molting season isn't necessarily anything to go crying home about, finding 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 a special experience -
When finding a feather during a time of stress, it almost always brings the finder instant relief, due to the long history of positive symbolism associated with finding such treasures in the wild.
So when it comes to finding out what feather symbolism means, 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 people tend to make that assumption:
Angels = sky gods = birds = symbols of sky gods
We must remember this is the symbolism coming from only one culture/frame of reference, and to fully figure out what feather sign might mean to you, we have to evaluate what feather symbols mean in your culture, plus, put into play these other factors -
When determining feather meaning, you want to think about:
Species of Bird
The Location/Timing of The Find
To fully determine the meaning.
The color of the feather, the species of the bird and the location and timing of your find will all go into determining what message is being delivered to you when you found it.
A list of colors for feather symbolism can be found here, but keep in mind: white is common and often associated with angels and black is prize and often associated with death and ancestors, but all other colors mean certain things, so check out this post by Wishing Moon for a start on color symbolism in relation to feather finds.
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 this specific time in your life.
Need help identifying your bird feather?
If you’re United States based, then take look at the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Feather Atlas and use color, size, and pattern to narrow down your search.
Then finally, location and timing of when you found the feather, or when the feather found you, also matters.
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? Or 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.
So what does any one feather mean?
You really can't say by looking at just the color, the species or the location, independently of all else.
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.
For 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 do something like this:
Black is a positive omen and 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.
If the feathers were found right when you were stressing about an incident, these are then often positive omens that everything is going to be okay in relation to whatever it was you were stressing about, in addition to this experience being a significant one in your soul's growth, which is normally what feathers can indicate. The experience you had while finding the feather = significant/meaningful.
Then add bonus points if you've been looking for this particular type of feather for a while and overjoyed to find it, or take away a few points if you're right under a nest or somewhere where feathers might obviously be found, like by a lakeshore during molting season.
So that's just a sample of how one might break down a found feather meaning and how significant the find is to you, using all the key points above. Yes, this practice be seen as superstitious, but it's fun, who cares and you always learn something when doing it.
Animal signs are generally drawn from animal behavior, so you learn a lot about the critters around you by reading the signs they give.
Everyone hates receiving signs without knowing what they mean, and yep - sometimes it's just a pretty gift from nature - but other times it is truly more than that.
These are just a few tools you can use to figure out the meaning for yourself and on top of that, a learn animal symbolism, which is just plain fun and often related to animal behavior, so a little scientific too.
Generally, though, feathers are physical signs from above, and whether they are apports or perfectly timed synchronicity, they're related to pennies, number signs and dream messages that one can receive as a message from their ancestors, angels or otherworldly sources.
Amanda Linette Meder
PS - What you do with your feathers after you find them is between you and your state, you and the federal poaching laws in your area, or, between you and your maker. That's not up to me. As this post is concerned, we're only talking Girl Scout Motto here: take only photographs, leave only footprints -