Things You Should Know About Feathers: Symbolism, Usages
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Feathers come from birds and they are magical by association. Birds are regarded as messengers of the universe because they carry messages to and fro the bright blue skies. Finding a feather on the ground is a gift from Spirit probably a spirit guide, angel, or deceased loved one. There is something special in every found feather namely birds like Pigeon, Pelican, Vulture,Woodpecker, Eagle, Fowl, Duck, Kite, Swan,Ostrich, Hawk etc. If you find feathers on the ground and cannot identify the birds, do not worry.

You do not have to know the type of bird it came from to tap into its magical and spiritual nature. If you are determined to identify the feather’s bird-owner, you start by researching. Look at the kinds of birds that live in your area. Then identify the size of the bird and the feather. You can narrow down your search to few birds, if you try hard. Or you can ask your spirit guides to show you the bird in a dream or meditation. When you find a feather on the ground, do not forget to look up the symbolism. It is important to identify the kind of bird when diving into feather symbolism.

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Each bird has its own feather symbol, a peculiar own special magic. Birds have direct link with spirits and brings divine messages. If you do not know the kind of bird, observe the color. The color of the feather has special meaning.


👉 WHITE FEATHER: A sign from a recent deceased loved one or spirit guides.

👉 BLACK FEATHER: This means a call to spiritual action and self-exploration.

👉 RED FEATHER: This is a sign of passion or love in the near the future, strength even favour

👉 GRAY FEATHER: This means a time of peace is approaching.

👉 BLUE FEATHER: This connote a sign of communication, peace and protection.

👉 BROWN FEATHER: A sign of home life and importance of grounding.

👉 WHITE FEATHER: They are from spirit guides which symbolizes communication and guidance.

🦜WING FEATHER: This sends a thought or prayer to another or to Spirit. Wing feathers are stiffer than other feathers to support the bird in flight. It will support one in future endeavors. The technical name for these feathers are Remiges.

🦜DOWN FEATHER: These are soft and fluffy feathers that provide warmth to the bird. Use them to comfort and protect your spirituality.

🦜OUTER FEATHERS: These are called contour feathers and are the outermost feathers or feathers that one sees the most. These feathers are the most colorful. Contour feathers bring a sense of self appreciation and protection.

🦜Feathers are used for decorative purposes especially worn by the native doctors, Indians as headgears.
🦜Feathers are added to some herbs and burnt as incense to rid an area or person of negativity.
🦜It is used for spiritual sacrifices and cleansing rites.
🦜It can be used to open, closed doors.
🦜It is used to clean the ears locally in Africa.
🦜There are special feathers that when you carry it along, it attracts money to you.
🦜For the Lord of the wind, Arobinagu during the monthly sacrifice is bestowed with Awụ mee and ugbene Ugo (red/ white feathers).
🦜Feathers are used during chieftaincy ceremonies in Igbo land.
🦜In Igbo Land some masquerades are decorated with beautiful and bold feathers of different colors.
🦜Some elements and their altar installation requires that feathers be used to set up their altars and many more other usages.

©️ Dibịa Nwangwu Uchendu; BA(French), PGD(Education), M.ED(Educational Management)
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