Feather Symbolism

what do feathers mean

Feathers have many different meanings, but they have always been associated with freedom and communication with spiritual realms.

Finding feathers

Finding a feather can be an uplifting, spiritual experience, especially when you find one in an unexpected place where there isn’t an easy way to explain its presence. Any feather can be a sign, but having one suddenly float across your path can be a sign from the angels or from a loved one who has passed to the other side.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Feathers appear when Angels are near?”

Our angels are always silently near, to give us comfort and support and they will sometimes use a feather to remind us that they are here for us or to send us a little encouragement that we are on the right path.

To get a clearer understanding of the significance of the feather, you might try to remember if you were thinking about anything when the feather appeared. The feather may be a validation of your intuition or a hunch you had been feeling to follow one path or another.

The spiritual meaning of feathers

As a symbol across many cultures, feathers have always represented a connection to spiritual realms and to divinity; and because of their connection to birds, they have always been a symbol of flight and freedom, not just physically, but also in a mental or spiritual sense.

Like a bird that soars through the boundless sky and has a view of all things from high above, feathers symbolise the ability to transcend and move beyond your mental barriers and limitations ….to see the bigger picture and understand what really matters.

They represent the freedom of your mind and heart and your ability to travel, change and move through life freely.

Native American feather symbolism

In Native American or “American Indian” cultures, feathers have always been an integral part of sacred ceremonies. They play a significant part in many creation myths and are often used in sacred clothing, as well as weapons, tools, jewelry and dreamcatchers.

The Iroquois had a Great Feather Dance to thank the gods for all they were blessed with – their land and water, food and animals, the sun and moon. In this ceremony, feathers were worn in their robes, their hair and tied to their animals.

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Feathers have been used by many Native American or aboriginal cultures because they were seen as having a connection to the divine. 

The idea behind this lies in the structure of the feather and their connection to the birds and the sky.

If you look at a feather, you’ll notice that its central shaft is a hollow tube. This shaft was seen as a way to send prayers to the Creator and also a way to receive blessings or messages.

Native Americans considered feathers to be gifts from the sky. As such, they carried with them all the power of the birds, wind and air, and the power of the sky gods.

Feather symbolism in Ancient Egypt

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In Ancient Egypt, the feather was the symbol of Ma’at, the goddess of truth, justice and order. She is often depicted wearing a single ostrich feather in her hair.

After death, the heart of each person would be weighed against the weight of the feather of Ma’at. If the person’s heart, made heavy by the weight of sin, weighed more than the feather, the person would not be allowed to enter the paradise of the eternal afterlife.

Instead, his heart would be tossed to the monster Ammit, who would devour it, causing the person to cease to exist.

Feather colour meaning

White feather meaning 

What does a white feather mean? A white feather may be a gift from your Angels, letting you know that they are here to support you or to give you a little reminder to take better care of yourself.

It may also be a message of hope and comfort from them, reassuring you that every will turn out okay in the end.

If you have lost someone you loved, it may be a message from them letting you know they have successfully crossed into the spirit realm and are now watching over you. This may especially be the case if it is someone you were thinking of at the time.

Pink feather meaning

Pink is considered the colour of unconditional love. If a pink feather crosses your path, it may be a sign from your Angels that they are here to love and support you, forever and always.

It is also a sign that love has the power to overcome all problems and to heal wounds. If you are going through a difficult time in your life, a pink feather may be a reminder that love, rather than judgement or criticism, may be the answer to your problems.

Red feather meaning

Red represents vitality, the life force, physical energy and strength, passion, power and courage. 

If you encounter a red feather, it may be a sign that you are becoming stronger, or getting your strength back after a health issue. 

If you are in the middle of a project and wondering if the direction you are headed in the right direction, a red feather may be a confirmation of your choice. 

It may be a sign to have the courage and passion to pursue your aspirations.

Orange feather meaning

Orange is the colour of creativity, emotional balance, intuition, harmony and the expression of your emotions.

If you come across an orange feather, it may be a reminder to allow yourself to follow a creative endeavor you have been thinking about. Feel encouraged follow your intuition.

Feel free to express your emotions, allow a little spontaneity into your life and just have fun!

Yellow feather meaning

Yellow is the colour of the sun, full of happiness, optimism, confidence and feeling good about yourself.

A yellow feather may be a reminder to you to stay light-hearted, to keep a positive outlook and to know that you are enough, perfect just as you are.

Green feather meaning

Green is the colour of prosperity, good fortune, abundance and also of renewal and growth.

Is there a business opportunity you have been considering? A green feather may be a message of encouragement to move forward with your plans.

Green, being a colour of peace and harmony, may also be a reminder to calm your body and mind and to spend more time in nature, allowing its calming effects to heal you.

Blue feather meaning

Blue is the colour of communication, sincerity, truthfulness, the expression of yourself and trust in others.

A blue feather may be a reminder that you need to clearly communicate yourself to those around you, but to do it with love and trust.

A blue feather has a calming, peaceful energy that encourages you to have faith in yourself and to express your deepest truths.

Grey feather meaning

Grey is the colour of neutrality, it is a sign that the world is not black and white, that there are many viewpoints to consider.

A grey feather may be a reminder to step back and think about a situation in your life that may not have a clear answer

It asks you to read between the lines and to look for subtleties that may reveal another point of view or another way to think about or resolve a situation.

Brown feather meaning

Brown is the colour of earth – comforting, nurturing, stable and fertile. It has a feeling of the comforts of home, being cozy, safe and warm.

A brown feather may be a reminder to keep a balanced perspective, to live life in moderation and to set healthy boundaries.

It reminds you to stay grounded, to connect with the Earth and stay present in the moment.

Black feather meaning

A black feather may be a sign of protection from your Angels. Now may be a good time to take a personal retreat for some quiet and self-reflection.

It is a reminder that your Angels are here to shield and protect you, and to deflect negative energies from your life.

A black feather is a reminder to take time for rest and that you are not alone.

Purple feather meaning

Purple is the colour of spirituality, of transmutation, and the opening of psychic and spiritual sight.

Finding a purple feather may be a message of encouragement to become more aware of the connection between your body, mind and soul, to awaken your “6th sense” and to pay attention to your intuition.

Multi-coloured feather meaning

You may come across feathers of multiple colours – black and white feathers, brown and white feathers, red and black feathers or striped feathers.

These special feathers are a sign of regeneration, or mystical realms and have a strong connection to the Angels.

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