I get a lot of questions about finding feathers on our path, and what that means. Here are some ideas about what it means when we encounter feathers, and what we can do when feathers float into our awareness.
Meaning of Finding Feathers
It is commonly thought in most cultures that feathers are symbols of higher thought and spiritual progression. Birds are divine creatures in primitive/ancient cultures because they are beings of the sky (heaven) and therefore closer to God (or gods or goddesses).
Spiritual path: When you encounter feathers upon your path it could mean you are on a higher spiritual path (whether you accept it or not). It may be a sign of encouragement as you philosophically travel on this path. Birds and feathers are associated with divinity, higher knowledge, inner wisdom, and spiritual connection. Therefore, if feathers start entering your awareness, it might be time to trust your intuition more deeply or reevaluate your spiritual perception.
Lighten up: Feathers in your midst may also be symbolic of having a lighter outlook on life or a particular situation. When we see feathers in our midst it may be a message that we need to lighten up, not take things too seriously, and try to find the joy in our situation.
Visitation: I’ve gotten endless emails from folks telling me they encounter feathers on their path as a sign from a loved one who has passed away. I myself have experienced this too. If you’ve recently lost a loved one, and start seeing feathers, it may be a sign from him or her saying “It’s okay, I’m okay.” – it is a message of comfort and meant to be uplifting…almost as if the soul has been freed, and this is confirmation of that person moving ‘heavenward’ while letting you know everything is alright.
Symbolic Keywords for Finding Feathers
Suggested Messages from Finding Feathers
If you’re finding feathers on your path, here are a few suggestions as to what that might mean, and the messages feathers may present.
♦ Get Grateful. Feathers are a reminder to count our blessings and be thankful for the good stuff going on in our lives.
♦ Get Listening. Feathers are symbols of communication and from the gods by many cultures. So, their appearance is a reminder to listen to the bigger voice – as in a higher power.
♦ Get Love. Feathers often show up when there is someone or something that wants to reach out to us. Sometimes this might be a loved one who has passed into non-physical. A feather is a reminder that you are loved, someone is thinking of you and/or the presence of someone you love is nearby. It’s a message that although your loved one may not be around physically, he or she is certainly with you energetically.
♦ Get High. No, not like that. Feathers are a symbol of levity. When seen, they remind us to ease up on all the seriousness. Take a breath, relax, enjoy.
Finding Feathers in Dreams
Dreaming of feathers in our midst is typically symbolic of wanting to achieve a higher goal, or overcome a challenge. It is also a reminder from our psyche that we are always connected to our higher source, and that our own divinity is undeniable.
Feathers in dreams are also about receiving messages from our intuition and/or messages from those who have passed into non-physical. Do you sense getting messages or advice from spirits? Your ancestors? Finding feathers in dreams may be a sign of visitation from loved ones who, for whatever reason, are no longer present in your physical life.
Finding Feathers in Cultural Myths, Legends, and Lore
Every culture has a different association about feather meanings as well as finding feathers. Here are a few insights from various belief systems about what it means to find feathers.
Shamanic: Feathers found by medicine men or shamans in tribal communities were considered a connection to omnipresent, divine forces. Feathers were often collected and adorned in headgear or on robes as a sign that a wise man or woman in the clan had a direct link with the divine.
Many tribal leaders believed that accumulating feathers equated to building powerful second-sight, or facilitated strong psychic visions. Furthermore, shamanic feathers were considered a way to go soul-journeying…a sort of “walkabout” in the spiritual realms. In this instance, feathers gave shamanic leaders the ability to transport themselves beyond the realm of mundane or physical existence.
Native American: Many Native American tribal beliefs associate found feathers with sky gods or sun gods. For example, the Pueblo found feathers and adhered them to ceremonial sticks that would be used in special solstice dances. Ceremonies with feather sticks took place as devotion and sending prayers to sky gods. The feathers served as a sort of communication aid, and the dance was a plea for good weather to ensure bountiful food crops.
Celtic: Druids frequently found feathers and attached them to their robes. This was yet another act to allure or appease great spirits among their pantheon. Feathered cloaks were statements of considerable power in terms of spiritual communication to the divine. Donning the feathered cloaks assisted Druids to break away from the bondage of gravity and lift them closer to celestial energies where they could tap into sacred wisdom.
In countless cultures, finding feathers and using them in feathered headdresses, feathered cloaks – these are all symbolic of status and power. Feathers indicate the spiritual strength or mastery of the knowledge that comes from the soul and from divine sources.
Last Word About Feathers
When you find a feather, is it a message from someone you love? One who has passed into non-physical? Or is it a sign of spiritual connection with divine energy? Perhaps finding feathers indicates it’s time to sit, contemplate, relax, get present or give thanks.
The answers to what finding feathers mean to you are contingent upon what is going on in your life. Contemplate what’s happening in your world and apply it to some of these suggestions. If you take time to really understand the potential messages of feathers, odds are answers will unfold, revealing grand insights. I hope you enjoyed this article. As always, thanks for reading!
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