A Look At The Meaning of Feathers
Angels are spiritual beings with an incredibly high and light vibration who serve according to Divine will. Angels are the pure energy of love and light, and so while they're always near us, their energy is so light and fine that from the
density of the physical realm that it's easy to overlook their presence or miss it entirely. So they send signs to let us know they're near and offering their love, guidance and support.
In this post, I'm going to look at what very well may be the ultimate angelic sign, which is finding feathers. I'm always finding feathers on my path. I love seeing them, and when I do I just thank the angels for their presence and use the feather as a reminder to be present in the moment, tuned into gratitude, and aware of the angels which are all around.
Have you heard the quote “When angels are near feathers appear”? It's really quite true.
Although angels don't need wings to fly, wings represent their ability to swiftly carry out Divine will. Angels are also quite aware that they've been believed to have wings, and have been represented with wings in paintings, stories, and sculptures for thousands of years. Due to this, when they do show themselves, they often do so with wings so we will recognize them. And since most people aren't regularly in a high enough vibration to see angels (yet), angels love leaving feathers, as a sign and signal that they are near.
Angel Feathers… What Finding Feathers Really Means
The Symbolic Meaning of Feathers
In addition to representing the actual feathers from angels' wings, the spiritual symbolic meaning of feathers can be seen in many different cultures, each referring to spiritual communication and ascension to the higher realms.
Native American Chiefs wore feathers in their head-dresses to represent their communication with the spirit world, and believed finding feathers was a sign of new beginnings and rebirth from spirit.
Celtic Druids wore ornately feathered robes to transcend the physical plane and gain celestial knowledge from the realms of spirit. In the Bible, feathers metaphorically represent loving care and protection and as a common dream symbol, feathers signify the ability to freely move throughout life.
So what is the meaning of a feather?
Feathers represent a fresh start in a spiritual sense, as well as truth, speed, love, lightness, and flight.
White Feather Theory
Feathers clearly have a strong connection to the spiritual realms. So what's the deal with finding a white feather on your path?
First off, white feathers are the most commonly known and recognized angel feather. White feathers bring the simple reminder that your angels are with you loving and supporting you from Spirit.
White feathers also represent purity, the light, and that you're loved, guided and protected…
Keep the faith!
Types of Feathers and Meanings
There is quite a bit of information out there about white feathers, but really angels will use feathers of all shapes, colors and sizes to get your attention. The cool thing about finding feathers is the angels will align them on your path at just the right time to offer validation, comfort, or clue to in as to the answer of a question you've asked, or encourage you that you're on the right path.
For me, feathers are a beautiful reminder to pay attention. When you find a feather and increase your awareness, it's usually pretty easy to tune into the knowing of what it means. You may find it right when you're thinking about making a change, worrying about something, or you may simply associate the feather with something when you find it.
Feathers can also be a simple reminder that your angels are near, and they want you to know it, and ask for their help. Angels are always near, but as I mentioned earlier, they're easy to overlook, and they deeply honor your free will and will not interfere unless asked. So ask for help when you need it! There is no request too big or too small, and you can't ask for help too often. As long as your request is in alignment with Divine will, and for the highest and greatest good of all involved, the angels will work behind the scenes to help.
Next time you find a feather, use it as a reminder that your angels are with you. If you're not finding feathers, don't worry your angels may prefer another sign… Just pay attention. Want to find feathers?
Just think or say: “Angels I'd love a sign of your presence. Would you help me to find a feather?”
Colors of Feathers
I mentioned above that white feathers are the most commonly discussed ‘angel feather' which makes sense as white is a common symbol for purity, which is very much in alignment with the meaning of angels. White feathers can also be a sign from the angels that your loved ones in Heaven are well, and have successfully crossed over into the spirit realms. White is also a symbol of faith and protection, and when you find white feathers in peculiar locations the message is especially significant.
Although white feathers are the most commonly recognized ‘angel feathers', the angels may use feathers of any color and size. Just pay attention and increase your present moment awareness to tune into the specific meaning the angel feather holds for you at the time.
In addition, here is a quick look at some of the additional meaning certain colored feathers may have.
Pink Feathers are a reminder of the unconditional love of your angels, and a reminder of the infinite inspiration available when you're tuned into love.
Red Feathers signify life force energy, physical vitality, stability, strength, passion, and courage.
Orange Feathers carry messages of creativity, listening to your inner voice, and staying positive to attract success.
Yellow Feathers are often a reminder to be cheerful and light-hearted, to be present, alert, and to stay focused on what you desire to magnetize these blessings into your life.
Green Feathers signify abundance and money, a fertile opportunity, as well as vibrant well-being, health, and love.
Blue Feathers bring a calming and peaceful energy, and are connected to communication, awareness, and are often a reminder to listen.
Gray feathers are a call to return to peace within to create it without. Gray is also neutral, and can be a sign that the answer to your question is not yes/no or black/white.
Brown Feathers signify grounding, home life, and stability. There is an energy of respect, grounded positivity, and balance between the physical and spiritual.
Black Feathers are a reminder of the protection of your angels, and a signal that spiritual wisdom, and magic are accessible by you within.
Feathers with purple on them carry messages of deep spirituality, transmutation of negativity, as well as the opening of psychic and spiritual sight.
This is, of course, a general look at what finding colored feathers may mean, and the deeper meaning of the angel message present within the feathers can be found by being aware and looking within.
Don't worry too much about the specific meaning though, just be open and if there is something specific the angels want you to know, it will appear. The good thing about angel messages is they are repetitive until you ‘get it' so if you miss it the first time, they'll send you the message in another way.
Black and White Feathers
Feathers with a combination of black and white are often a sign that important changes are soon to unfold (or already are happening) in your life. Trust that you're supported and the changes happening are in alignment with your highest interest, and are ushering in greater healing, spiritual growth, and alignment with your highest truth.
Black and white feathers also signify divine neutrality. Rather than getting caught up in duality and judging things as good or bad, allow what is to simply be.
Visually, black and white feathers remind us of the balance between light and dark and call for us to integrate shadow aspects to become whole and unified beings.
Black and white feathers also represent connection, a sense of union, and bring the reminder that you're loved and supported by angels as you now step into important life changes.
Finding Feathers On The Ground… Should You Pick Them Up?
Recently, some of my members in The Angel Solution Facebook group were feeling guilty about not picking up the feathers appearing on their path.
But here's the thing…
You in no way, shape or form need to pick up a feather in order to acknowledge the message, guidance, and angelic presence it reminds of.
Finding feathers in and of itself is a blessing and a signal that your angels are with you.
Use the moment when you find a feather as a reminder to return to presence yourself, and to thank the angels for their presence and assistance in your life.
I personally never pick up the many feathers that appear on my path… Though I do often photograph them!
A Gentle Warning About The Legality of Picking Up Feathers
I do want to point out that if you live in the United States it may actually be illegal to pick up certain feathers due to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
The treaty makes it illegal to hunt, gather, sell or capture more than 1000 species on the list including Eagles, Northern Cardinals, Crows, Canadian Geese, certain Doves, Barn Swallows Owls, Chickadee's and more!
And guess what? The statute extends to any part of the bird including eggs, nests, and feathers!
Of course, if the feather you find is not from a bird protected by the treaty, you can bring it home with you…
Many people like to use these special feathers as decoration, in craft projects, or on altars…
But as far as gaining the full benefit of finding feathers on your path there is really no need to move them from where they are.
Do you find feathers? Leave me a comment below let me know about your experience.