For thousands of years, human beings have interpreted the outside world. Nature, the moon and animals have all been used as omens and signs. Out of the many symbols, one important omen was thought to be birds. Depending on the situation or the bird, the omen may be positive or negative. In cultures as diverse as the Celts and the Native Americans, birds have meant something unique. We will cover some of the most common birds as omens and signs.
Birds can be a sign or an important message from the universe. If you can, try to figure out what type of bird you saw. Then, compare the species to the different interpretations to figure out why.
First, we will look at different birds that are commonly seen as omens.
Blackbirds, Crows and Ravens: These birds might be dark in color, but it is said that they bring auspicious news about a good passage or protection.
Owls: Unfortunately, owls are considered birds of ill omens and portend negative changes.
Hummingbird: If you see a hummingbird hovering near you, it is a sign that you are able to achieve things that previously seemed impossible.
Hawks: Seeing a hawk shows that you are clear-sighted as you focus on your vision.
Dead Birds Seeing a dead bird is an omen of change or of metaphysical death.
When a bird flies into your house, it can mean a variety of different things depending on the kind of bird and how it behaves. If a bird is following you, it is said to be a sign that the bird is your guardian. When a bird flies through your window, it shows that you may be encountering an obstacle in your life in the near future. You can also use augury to understand the flight pattern of birds to answer major life questions.
Hawks are known for being one of the most powerful birds of prey. They are also well known for having amazing eyesight. Because of this, hawks are said to be an omen of vision, wisdom and seeing the big picture. They represent clear-sightedness. If a hawk appears in your dreams, it is a sign that you are on the right path in life. The hawk is trying to take notice of this path and continue on it. Seeing a hawk is said to be a blessing.
Blackbirds, Crows and Ravens
In Western society, there are a number of superstitions about black-colored birds that are not based in the truth. Black is a color associated, and black-colored birds were once thought to be a representation of the witch’s familiar. Because of this, many people thought that a black bird was an omen of death and bad things.
In reality, this superstition is probably not true. In most other cultures, these birds are actually a good sign. In Native American cultures, the black bird is a bringer of messages. While the message could be bad, it is normally an auspicious message. The crow or blackbird may have a reputation in Native American cultures as a trickster, but they are not bad at heart. They are typically benevolent and bring messages of protection or passage.
This is one of the birds as omens and signs that is almost always good. These beautiful creatures are known for their exceptional strength and speed. They always seem to have an amazing level of energy and are naturally beautiful. When you see a hummingbird hovering near you, then it is bringing you a message of love and joy. This is especially true if it happens to land on you. In Native American culture, the hummingbird’s movement was believed to be a kind of dance that brought balance to the rest of the world.
Omens and Signs: White Birds
Believing that a black bird is bad is too simplistic. The same thing is true about white birds. It is too simplistic to believe that a white bird is a sign of good fortune. Different types of white birds have different meanings. While some cultures believe white is a color of emptiness or death, this is not always the case.
Ancient Hebrews believed that only white doves and pigeons were acceptable for sacrifices. Egrets have long been linked to prosperity. Meanwhile, white doves are thought to be a symbol of joy, peace and love. A white pigeon is said to be a guardian spirit or a sign of holiness.
Owls and Buzzards
Owls can symbolize a variety of different things such as wisdom, death and mystery. Unfortunately, there are a number of cultures that believe that owls are an ill omen. While they might be gorgeous, majestic creatures, they are typically connected to death. Seeing an owl could be an indication of an impending death. The Native American medicine men believed that owls could work for evil forces in the world. They could perform evil tasks or be forced by evil to spy upon you. In Eastern Europe, there are similar superstitions about owls. If an owl landed on someone’s roof, it was said to be a sign of a death in the home in the future.
Meanwhile, the buzzard is said to represent a blockage or problem during future travels. It may indicate an aggravating, difficult circumstance.
Birds in the House
In the Ozarks and similar regions in the United States, seeing a bird in your house was said to be a bad omen. This was said to be especially true if the bird that broke into your home was a turtledove.
While it might potentially be a bad omen, it is not always the sign of something bad. It is important that you look at the type of bird and the circumstance to really figure out what it means. Before you do that though, make sure to help set the bird free.
If the bird is trying to get out of the home, it may indicate that you have placed yourself in a box in your life. You may need to set yourself free and give yourself room to grow if you want to become happy and accomplish your goals. Some cultures also believe that birds in the home are an ill omen. In reality, this should probably be interpreted like the death card in tarot cards. Death could be a sign of actual death, but it could also represent the end of one thing that makes way for the start of something new.
If a bird follows you home, it shows that this particular bird would like to be your friend. It may want to be your totem or your spiritual guide. This can happen with any type of bird, so be open-minded and accept your spiritual guide’s help.
If a wild bird flies into your house or car window and is knocked out, stop interpreting the omen and help the bird. It can die from the impact. Once you have helped the bird, take a look at your life. This occurrence may be an indication that you are currently getting somewhere in life, but you are about to hit an obstacle or a wall. It could also indicate that there will be family turmoil or disputes occurring in your near future. Relax though. When one door closes, a window of opportunity will open.
Discovering a Dead Bird
Finding a dead bird can be terrifying. You may have accidentally run over a bird or discovered a dead bird next to the roadway. While this can seem like a bad omen, it could also indicate that an end to your pain, suffering or turmoil is coming. It might not mean a physical death. Instead, it could be a metaphorical death for something in your life. You might be struggling to find a job or annoyed with a dead-end relationship. The dead bird could be a sign that the negative situation, influence or event will soon be coming to an end in order to make way for something new.
A vulture tends to scare people away. This bird typically eats any dead animal they find as they scavenge around for potential food. While they might be a distasteful creature to some, they actually carry a powerful message. This bird shows that we have the power to make life from death. They show that we are always capable of making good things happen out of a bad situation.
Augery is a way of answering questions about your life and the world by analyzing the actions and flight patterns of birds. This type of technique was used by diverse cultures like the Celts and Native Americans. To perform augery, you have to listen and be receptive to the natural world. There are answers all around you, but you have to be open minded enough to use them.
Start by putting your mind into a relaxed state. You may want to meditate or sit in silence for a few moments. Then, sit and look up at the sky. You cannot force anything to happen. All you can do is wait for a bird or a flock of bird to fly by.
When you see some birds fly by, look at what they do. Where are they flying? Are they flying north, south, east or west? Do they seem to be swirling around, landing or flying in a single direction? Are there many birds or just a single bird? If a bird is flying on your right side, it is generally considered auspicious. Likewise, a bird flying across from your left to your right is considered auspicious as well.
If a bird flies straight toward you, it shows a windfall, blessings or good luck. A bird flying especially high shows a better outcome. If a bird or a group of birds suddenly changes their flying direction, it shows to be wary of a surprise attack or danger.
From that moment, use your interpretation to understand what the birds and their movements mean. You can also use different guides to understand their meaning. Your intuition can guide you. Go by what you feel the birds are trying to tell you. With practice, you will become better at using augury to understand the bids’ flight pattern and meaning.
Additional Birds as Omens and Signs
Gulls: A gull represents traveling and a happy journey.
Wren: This is a sign of good fortune.
Swallow: A wallow in early spring is a fortunate sign. If it builds its nest in your eaves, it shows happiness, success and good fortune for everyone who lives in the house.
Duck: A duck quaking is a good omen about coming prosperity. A flying duck is a positive sign for someone who is sad or troubled.
Rooster: If an individual girl hears a cock crowing while she is thinking about her sweetheart or crush, it is considered good luck.
Eagle: This is a lucky sign of power and might.
Cuckoo: hearing a cuckoo’s call from your right side shows coming prosperity.
Good: A good honking shows danger or secret enemies.
Quail: Hearing a quails call or seeing it is thought to be auspicious.
Dove: A dove is a representation of wedded bliss, love and happiness.
Robin: Seeing a robin near your home or in the garden shows good fortune for everyone who lives in the house.
Peacock: This is a bird connected to Juno and Jupiter. It is considered a positive omen. If the peacock spreads its tail, it shows prosperity and happiness. If you bring a peacock’s tail feathers into the house, it shows bad luck because it is thought to represent the evil eye.
Stork: This auspicious bird is encouraged to nest on the roof in many countries.
Pigeon: A white pigeon that flies around your home shows a coming engagement or marriage for someone in the house.
Woodpecker: This auspicious bird foretells success in your future.
Raven: A raven flying to the right or perched on your right is said to be auspicious. If it does not, some people say that it is a bird of ill omens.
Wagtail: A wagtail is said to be a good omen. This is especially true if the bird is approaching you from the left.