The Spirit of Birds
There was a time
when peace was on the Earth,
and joy and happiness did reign
and each man
knew his worth.
In my heart how I yearn for that spirit’s return
And I cry, as time flies…
The Creator Has A Master Plan, Leon Thomas and Pharoah Sanders (1968)
There are 8,600 species of birds in the world today and they play a vital role in the balance of nature. They eat insects, pests and small animals. Fruit eating birds scatter seeds. We eat eggs and meat from birds and we use their feathers for pillows, quilts and clothing.
We’ve written books, poetry, stories, and songs about the beauty of birds. Many birds have become symbols for human values: the owl – wisdom, the dove – peace, and the eagle – political power.
Birds can become disoriented when they’re flying through heavily-polluted areas. Also, …their “calendars” can get thrown off if their directions are switched, adversely affecting the environments that the birds serve. The absence or delay of birds can distort ecological balance.
“The Spirit of Bird is not on planet Earth as an observer, but as a participant. Birds, encompassing the Sky, are reminders of Spirit, and that which is above, but not higher, than Earth biology. …It is the presence of birds that remind us that there is something “up there.” That something that is “up there” is down here, and knows no physical demarcation. Spirit is everywhere, and evident in all forms. Birds, to fly, must also touch the Earth.”
— Galadriel, Essay, The Mill Pond
Birds as Spirit Guides
“A Little Birdie Told Me”
In many stories birds appear as messengers with lessons about things we need to learn or overcome. There are some who believe that birds serve as our teachers, protectors, and spiritual guides. Crick, High Priest of Whispering Woods Coven, says: … that this guide brings out inner fears that we must be able to face and conquer in order to grow spiritually.
Blackbird – primal feminine energy, trance work, territorial, omens, mysticism, promise
Bluebird – Throat chakra, confidence, transformation, happiness
Blue Jay – Linking of heaven and earth, survival, control, resourcefulness, imbalance in one’s life
Canary – mysteries of song, healing, happiness, inner awakening, warning of danger or impending perils
Cardinal – Inspiration of self-importance, courtship, opportunities
Catbird – New communication skills, fertility, exposure
Chickadee – Mystery, social, truth, fearless, honest perceptions
Chicken – Sexuality, awakening powers, fertility, divination
Cockatoo – Survival, beauty, communication, connection with solar energy
Cowbird – Resolving old issues, grounding
Crane – Past life experiences, secrecy, creative resources
Crow – Magic, solitude, shape-shifter, creation, alertness, spiritual strength
Cuckoo – Dealing with fate, new beginnings
Doves – Female sexuality, peace, spiritual messengers, connection with other Earth, prophecy
Duck – Emotional state, water energy, communal, feminine energies, astral plane
Eagle – spiritual, weather control, creation, sense of balance, illumination of spirit, in-depth perception, awareness, healing, opportunities, spiritual growth
Falcon – Astral travel, magic, swiftness, healing of the spirit, command of the skies
Finch – Potential opportunities, activities
Flicker – Rhythm, nurturing, spiritual growth, personal insight, inner growth
Goldfinch – Link to spiritual realm, understanding the value of change, nature spirits, visualization, awakening of spiritual beings
Goose – fertility, spiritual quest, fidelity, imprinting life lessons, community, awakening of the imagination
Grackle – Clearing of emotions, accomplishment, growth, insight, coping with life situations
Grouse – Natural rhythm, creation, traveling through the great spiral, new dimensions
Gull – Ecology, cleanliness, faery contact, spiritual messenger, communication
Hawk – Visionary power, illumination, healing, life force, experience, psychic energies
Heron – Wisdom, dignity, individualism, exploration, balance, stability
Hornbill – Maternal instinct, overcoming obstacles, independence
Hummingbird – Healing, relationships, love, faery realm, joy, accomplishments, architects, relaxation
Kestrel – Aura of mystery, agility, speed, attentive, patience
Kingfisher – Peace, prosperity, indifference, new experiences, teaching of offspring, abundance, new life
Kite – Clarity, awareness, spiritual communication, prophecy, change
Loon – Adaption, controlling the dream state, astral plane, awareness, visions
Magpie – Encounters with the spirit realm, use of ritual, changing luck, inspiring intelligence, witchcraft, prophecy
Martin – Peace, communal, positive change, good luck
Meadowlark – Noble acts, clarity, positive spiritual quest, soul-searching, cheerfulness
Mockingbird – Courage, opportunities, learning through experience, master of languages, attitude, realization of inner talents
Nuthatch – Faith, truth, courage, faith in ones abilities, grounding
~Crick, founder and High Priest of Whispering Woods coven, dedicated to the love and worship of the God and Goddess.
“Free as a Bird”
“Fly like an Eagle”
Human beings have always been captivated by birds in flight. But even artificial flight by humans was considered impossible until it happened. Flight as a spiritual mode of transport means to “transcend the physical environment,” “to incorporate the weightlessness of Spirit.”
I once heard a story about a prince soaring high in the sky… until someone tells him it isn’t possible.
Remember the expression, “Birds of a feather flock together.”
If you’re an eagle, don’t hang around chickens …. Chickens don’t fly!
“…And once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
for there you have been and there you long to return.”
~leonardo de vinci
STORIES ABOUT BIRDS
By Ken Edwards
… whenever you look to the sky and see the eagle, remember that you can’t fly if you don’t have feathers. Keep true to our traditions, and remember – knowledge is our wings and our feathers.
The Eagle’s Flight
Before the people of corn, our people, came to this earth, eagles walked from place to place to get around. Once there was a girl who asked her grandmother how it was that eagle’s learned to fly. “Eagles,” Grandmother began, “didn’t always know how to fly. This is what the ancient ones say…”
written and narrated by Julie Reder Fairley
In a blackened gorge, high in the Catskills, there once lived an eagle. Unlike her peers, however, this eagle could not fly.
The AFRO-American Almanac
One day, as the birds of a certain place were talking, an argument arose as to who could fly the highest.
More bird images – copyrighted images that can not be reproduced here.
Russell Hansen Collection Breathtaking!
Endangered Birds Gallery
Make Your Very Own Flying Origami Crane
You can make a beautiful paper Dove of Peace
International Crane Foundation’s Children’s International Art Exchange from students around the world, offers an opportunity to educate children and adults about ecosystem protection and restoration.