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Air (Birds, feathers) Animal Totems

If an air animal totem (or totems) is catching your attention, you should feel very heartened by their presence. Allow their spirit to lift and touch your soul and be reminded, that you can Find Bliss within this present moment. Air animals are good omens, and their appearance is like a wink from God.

Air Animal Totems assist us in matters of higher knowledge. Air being the most ethereal of elements, it’s understandable that the creatures who inhabit it are able to lend the best understanding of its invisible ways. Also being closest to the heavens, air animals are our best allies as they herald our desires to the very gods in the skies.

Air animal totems are known to be symbols of both physical and mental strength, with the utmost power and authority. With the myriad of shifts and transitions we are all experiencing in our lives and in the world, these are indeed some very important traits.

Here is a list of some of the air animal totems:
Bats; Black Birds; Blue Jay; Cardinal; Dove; Dream Bird; Eagle; Falcon; Feather; Finch; Goose; Hummingbird; Owl; Peacock; Pheasant; Raven; Robin; Rooster; Sparrow; Swan; Turkey; Vulture; Wings (Angel wings; wings in dreams; wings on mythical creatures); Woodpecker; and the Wren.

I happen to frequent a few air animal totems (I also frequent the dragonfly, but that is considered an “insect totem” and is covered under a whole other topic)! My air animal totems are the Eagle; Feathers; Owl;and Wings. All of which I see very frequently and at the most random times. Sometimes surprising me, startlingly so. The Eagle has, quite a number of times, swooped down and up in front of my car quite suddenly, or is seen when in its largest form just flying along side of me. I hear the Owl at night when in the Country or when traveling; Pegasus (the Mythical greek horse with wings) will always just find it’s way to me, either when out shopping or reading; Angels and Feathers seem to be my lifeline right now. I cannot go one day without either becoming part of my day, and I love both. Whether at the beach or in the City, bird feathers will appear at my feet – be they 1 foot or less than 1 inch.

As the Eagle may be a totem for quite a few, I’d like to give you a sense of what this Totem stands for. This will hopefully prompt you to do some searching on your own, to take some quiet time outside in nature, and see who your air animal totems may be!

Remember, your “animal” totem may not be an “air” totem. It could be an insect, land, or water totem!

The Eagle Totem:

“Size does matter to the Native mind. It is the mammoth size of the eagle that, in part, wins its title as the King of the Birds in myth and lore. In spite of its enormous size, the eagle still takes flight, seemingly effortlessly. This is the first of many symbolic cues from the eagle about perception (not judging a book by its cover) and, not allowing the illusion of limitation to ground us in our flight.

What else matters when considering symbolic eagle meaning? Here are a few attributes and keywords associated with Eagle Medicine: Protection; Freedom; Determination; Power; Inspiration.

Native wisdom also honors the eagle for their opportunistic ways. It’s not that they’re not skilled hunters (they are), but they go about gaining their needs in ways that are most efficient. This is a lesson for conserving resources. Work smarter, not harder.

Some Native Americans (plains tribes) refer to the eagle as an earthly incarnation of the great Thunderbird spirit. Legend further states that lightning bolts shoot from the eyes of the bald eagle, and with the beating of its expansive wings, rain is conjured from the skies. That’s easy to envision.

Coming from the mindset that all energy is interconnected, an average wingspan of 5-7 feet (in golden and bald eagles) could understandably cause some massive energetic ripples in the cosmos. Even prompt rain. And, we see from the Native mind that eagle feathers are tribal tools resonating patterns of healing within ritual. Do a little research into Native wisdom, and you will find the eagle is invoked for revitalization, creation and healing purposes.

In this vein of thought, we can contemplate the healing messages the eagle may offer us in our daily life. When the eagle soars into our psychic vision, it may be a sign of getting prepared for symbolic cleansing rains. What needs cleaning in our lives?

Of course, as rulers of the sky, eagle meaning is connected with the air element, which symbolizes communication and thought. All bird totems speak to us about higher thinking, dreams, and mental liberation. As king of the birds, the eagle’s message of mental acuity is super-dominant. Visually, everything about the eagle’s appearance is sharp. Streamlined, sleek, chiseled. This prompts our deeper minds to hone our thoughts and skills. The eagle commands us to tailor our intelligence and talents in a form that best suits our needs. We all have inner abilities, but when the eagle shows up – it’s a clear sign it’s time to use these abilities in a laser-like fashion to bring about focused change in our lives.

With the Thunderbird association, eagles are said to bring down lightning with the storms. Think of flashes of insight, surges of power – electrifying vision. Look into the eyes of the eagle – see the lightning – see the sun itself living in those all-seeing bright yellow orbs. Do these observations strike a chord with you?

If so, take flight with the eagle meaning by experimenting with these visualizations:
Contemplate the power cased in the heart of the eagle.
Synchronize your own heart beat with that of the eagle’s – visualize each pulse as a flash of lighting – an impulse of divine thought.
Picture the power of the gods clapping like thunder with each flap of their wings. With each crack of thunder consider barriers and blockages in your life being shattered.
Then see the great 7 foot wingspan of the eagle growing even longer in your vision in order to swipe away the rubble – making all trace of limitation disappear.
Look into the eyes of the eagle, and see the dawning sun shine clarity upon the dawning of your own awareness. These eyes are like a light into your own contemplative vision – let them illuminate your from the inside out.”

“Alchemy symbolic eagle meaning:
A representation of prime matter, the start of an alchemical operation. The eagle spreads its wings over the step into creation and fans the fire, encouraging growth of new matter.

Aztec and Mayan meaning of eagle:
The eagle carries the veil of night and dark over our existence and awareness. It’s affiliated with the dawning sun, and is a magnificent celestial power, able to shine light into our world.

Celtic animal symbolism of eagle:
Associated with the symbolism of water, and the intuitive oracle water serves as. Perhaps because our Celtic kin observed their magnificent ability to see into waters with miraculous clarity. Like scrying. I like to think the Celts skimmed across the waters of their existence invoked the eagle for assistance in “diving in” for treasures of wisdom.

Christian eagle meaning:
Associated with the Christ himself. Because the eagle seems to easily ascend the skies, looking into the sun with unblinking focus, we relate symbolism of Christ’s unblinking faith in the Way, the Truth, and the Light. We also see themes of renewal (baptism) as the eagle plunges the soul of man into the sea, and lifts them out renewed and cleansed.

Greek meaning:
Another reference as a solar animal, the eagle is symbolic of authority, rulership and virility. It’s depicted with thunderbolts in each talon. This seems like a phallic reference would bolster sexual energy as well as warrior status (energy, thrust, courage, bravery, fearlessness). I get a confirmation of this by Zeus’s strong affiliation with the eagle in myth.”

Do you have an Animal totem story you would like to share? We’d love to hear from you!

Sending angels feathers your way.

Symbolic Eagle Meaning shared with love

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