Symbolic Meaning of Seagulls

by Olivia

Symbolic Meaning of Seagulls

Symbolic Meaning of Seagulls

Symbolic Meaning of Seagulls
Symbolic Meaning of Seagulls

Seagulls have been everywhere for me. I don't live near the beach, and I've never really noticed this many seagulls where I am before. What really got me thinking of them as a sign was a seagull pendant I received the other day. This made me wonder if the seagulls are symbolic of something? I checked out your website, but noticed you haven't written anything about the symbolic meaning of seagulls. Can you share any information as to what seeing all these seagulls might mean? Thanks, Olivia.

Avia's Response to
"Symbolic Meaning of Seagulls"

The moniker "seagull" is ubiquitous. There are actually several different kinds of gulls, but most of us clump them under the name "seagull". In truth, it's a poor name, because seagull's aren't found exclusively by the sea. They are often found inland, and can thrive in both fresh and salt water areas. This is a good start to symbolic meaning of seagulls. It speaks about opportunity, resources and adaptability. Seagulls go where they can find the best food. They are notorious for scavenging landfills, picking over refuse in parking lots, and other garbage sites. In a symbolic sense, the seagull reminds us to move where the best resources might be. Many of us deny ourselves opportunities because we feel safe in our comfort zone. Not so for the opportunistic seagull. These birds may be a sign to fly out of our realm of comfort, maybe take a risk, and do so with the goal of finding better conditions for our well-being.

Their tendency to pick over wastelands of trash left behind by humans is also symbolic, in my mind. It speaks to me of recycling. The seagull is the ultimate scavenger. When seagulls show up on my scene, it makes me mindful of making the most out of what I have. I'm reminded of the value of resources, and not to be wasteful. Seagulls also inspire me to re-purpose stuff. I love thrift stores, yard sales and such. I rarely see a reason to buy new things. Rather, I prefer to make new uses for old things. This is a great aspect of symbolic meaning of seagulls.

Symbolic Meanings For Seagulls

  • Freedom
  • Adaptation
  • Communication
  • Opportunistic
  • Resourcefulness

The word "gull" is derived from "gullible". It's named thusly, presumably because the seagull will swallow anything it can cram down its gullet. Symbolically, this begs the question: "Do we swallow everything we hear or see?" In essence, this aspect of seagull symbolism encourages using our wits to determine the truth. This seagull behavior reminds us to discern, rather than blindly follow without further investigation.

Seagulls are quite chatty. They have no problems squawking and letting their voices be heard. As far as the symbolic meaning of seagulls goes, this is a pretty big sign. Seagulls might be a reminder to find our voices, and be fearless about speaking our minds.

Many cultures associate the seagull with freedom. The book by Richard Bach called "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" is a modern cultural legend that reinforces that essence of freedom the seagull is known for. The story is about a seagull who is disenchanted with the common way of seagull-life. He strives to break from the shackles of convention. He pushes himself to fly ever higher, and perform more elaborate flight maneuvers in an effort to be free from the mundane. When seagulls soar into our consciousness, it might be a sign to break out of the same, boring routing. It might be time to fly high, show the world our potential, and dare to be free from what the world expects us to be.

I hope these observations about symbolic meaning of seagulls helps you with your exploration about the bird entering your life.

Seagull blessings,


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