Feather Meanings: Spiritual Meaning & Symbolism Of Feathers

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Feather Meanings: Spiritual Meaning & Symbolism Of Feathers

Across various cultures, film, and literature, the feather has a strong symbolic meaning. Feathers in literature have certain connotations based on their use and color meaning.

What is the spiritual meaning of a feather?

The meaning of feather depends on its color, bird type and size. For example, black feathers tend to represent death or evil as they are associated with Ravens and Crows.

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White feathers can represent the divine because of their connection with angels. In general, feathers can represent freedom or flight due to the association with birds.

Each feather's spiritual meaning and symbolism is culturally unique. They each has a different meaning or message for the person who sees it.

Feathers have different colors and you might even see them in your dreams; you may even stumble upon them when you’re walking somewhere.

Feather Meanings: Spiritual Meaning & Symbolism Of Feathers

Feathers symbolize the protection and love of guardian angels and one’s connection with God.

Feather symbolism in Christianity and the Bible depends on the bird itself.

Ostrich feathers are mentioned in the Bible and mean hiding.

Interestingly enough, the ostrich doesn’t fly, and its feathers are light fluffy. The flabella fans were made with peacock and ostrich feathers and they were waved over the consecrated body and blood of Jesus.

Feathers symbolize the ability of the human soul to transcend mental limitations. Feathers allow people to see the bigger picture and they can give a detailed understanding of what matters in life.

Feather meaning in Native American culture

In Native American culture, the feather is a symbol that represents honor and the connection between the owner the Creator and the bird that the feather came from.

Feathers are objects that are revered and are a sign of high honor. Warriors were rewarded with a feather after winning a battle.

Whenever a feather falls to the Earth, it’s believed to hold all of the bird’s energy. There’s a perception that it’s a gift from the sky, sea, and the trees. Feathers can arrive at the most unexpected times, but not without a purpose.

The significance of eagle feathers is recognized by U.S law and it’s a highly protected creature. An eagle’s feathers are given to another in honor and they are shown with dignity and pride. If an eagle feather is dropped during a dance, a special ceremony is performed before picking it up again. The owner is careful to never drop it again.

When a feather is held over someone’s head, it would serve as a blessing that wishes bravery and happiness. Some would even tattoo feathers on their bodies to help with their journey or tell their story.

Feather Meaning in Chinese culture

Roosters is an honored creature in China and it’s even one of the 12 animals that form the Chinese zodiac. Red roosters are lucky or auspicious. The image of a red cockerel is often seen as a figure on the ridge of roofs. Roosters are believed to keep the fire under control.

Both cranes and stocks are called the same and the same symbolism applies. The crane represents longevity as well as wisdom. An embroidered crane is part of the regalia of the fourth Imperial grade of the Imperial officials and it can represent the wish for promotion to a high position.

The Chinese name for the crow comes from its raucous call, which is seen as an omen. The crow represents the natural example of serving parents as the birds would often help their parents.

The Dove is associated with long life and fidelity. It’s direct opposition to the Western idea of doves as they are associated with young love. Ducks are representative of loyalty as the bird's mate for life and when one mate dies, the other would soon die, too.

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Feather symbolism in movies

The biggest example would be the film, Forrest Gump. The movie starts and ends with a feather floating through the air. In the beginning, a feather comes to rest in Forrest’s suitcase and the end, it flies back up into the air.

How exactly did that feather get around the way it did? It has the wind, which can represent chance. It can represent Forrest’s view of life: there’s no big destiny endgame we’re trying to get to and there is a random series of events of life.

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Forrest’s mom has said, “Life is like a floating feather. You never know where it’s going to end up.” Jenny sings at the nudie bar about how the answer to all of life’s big questions is just “blowin’ in the wind.”

Feather color meanings

White feather meaning

As mentioned before, white feathers are representative of your guardian angels while black feathers can represent death or evil. Various colors of feathers mean different things, and they have their messages whenever they come into your life.

Pink feathers represent unconditional love.

If you stumble upon a pink feather, it can be a sign from your Angels that they are loving and supporting you. It’s a symbol of how love can have the power to overcome problems and heal wounds. A pink feather is a reminder that love can be the answer to your problems.

Red feathers symbolize physical energy and strength, passion, courage and power.

If you come across a red feather, it might be a sign that you are getting stronger, or that your health is recovering after a health issue.

Say that you are in the middle of a project, a red feather can be confirmation that you are going in the right direction. It can be a sign to have the courage to pursue your aspirations.

An orange feather can represent creativity, emotional balance, intuition, harmony and expressing your emotions.

Coming across an orange feather reminds you to be more creative. You should follow your intuition.

Green feathers represent good fortune, prosperity and abundance.

A green feather can be a message of encouragement and can push you to move forward. Green feathers can also serve as a reminder to calm your body and mind.

Unsurprisingly, gray feathers represent neutrality and it’s a sign that the world isn’t black and white.

It’s a reminder to think about a situation in your own life that doesn’t have a clear answer. A gray feather means to read between the lines. It may also reveal other viewpoints or ways to think about a situation.

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Chinyere Ibeh is a writer who covers entertainment, pop culture, news, and astrology.