Albatross,-- Stamina and endurance, ability to remain in emotional situations for extended periods of time, awkward yet effective beginnings and endings, seeing the benefits of extended parenting
Anhinga,-- The advantages of keeping wet, not wildly flapping to get somewhere, patiently waiting for the opportunity to spear your quarry
Bee Eater -- Ability to see auras, use of color in healing, capture of moving objects, ability to dig to find answers
Bird of Paradise -- Extravagant and elaborate thoughts. On the positive side, it can symbolize lightness, closeness to God, and removal from worldly concerns.
Blackbird,,-- A guide to understanding energies of Mother Earth. Blackbirds are known for their hypnotic song, calling from the gateway between two worlds, which is said to awaken the psychic mind. The Blackbird teaches how to use your voice for healing purposes. A familiar of the goddess Rhiannon
Bluebird,-- Bluebirds are a sign of spring and when the bluebirds show up there is a change in the climate, so the bluebird is a guardian of all passages and transitions that we make or are about to make. Your own fertility will increase and in your endeavors will no longer be stuck in "ice and snow". The song of the “bluebird of happiness” signifies a contentment and fulfillment that is happening or is about to happen. Bluebird shows how to find those joyful gems in everyday life with an appreciation anew. The bluebird teaches how to move through life with a gentle and patient persistence.
Blue Jay,-- (The word jay comes from the Latin word Gaea,for Mother Earth) Linking directly to the power of the Earth and access to universal energies. Aggressive and noisy, driving others from resources. Hiding away more than needed to keep others from having it. Deceiving others by mimicking their behavior./(Negative characteristics often seen in humans, which makes them unpopular visitors.) The blue jay is fearless when it comes to protecting its partner, young and territory. So too are those with this animal as their totem. They will defend their positions against adversaries who seem much more powerful than themselves. They keep the same mate for life, which is symbolic of endurance, patience and loyalty. (see also "Jay" below)
Blue Tit -- The Blue Tit represents a loyal and faithful love. Remember the great things in life, especially, those that have been successfully completed. Since Blue Tits never fly far distances from their homes, the sight of them always denote good tidings to a sailor. It would mean that land is near. Blue Tits are also believed to carry the spirits of sailors who have died at sea, to their home in heaven.
Bobolink (Reedbird) -- Awaken to the changesin perceptionsthat are unfolding before you. Pay attention to dualities and adjust perceptions accordingly. Trust your intuition and watch for synchronicities to show the way. This is a period of balancing the light and dark and grounding the physical with the spiritual. Be ready to reevaluate your position.
Bobwhite -- (see under "Quail")
Booby -- Fearlessness, trust, agility in water, courtship display, understanding layers, depth perception. A booby will never make a hawk. The booby allows itself to be fleeced by other birds, will never become a bird of prey itself.
Bowerbird/-- Creating elaborate surroundings (bowers) to impress others. Acquiring a dowry to attract a mate. A need to make sensible and practical preparations for the future. Positive materialism
Budgerigar -- see under "Parrot"
Bunting -- Knowledge and intelligence with an emphasis on utilizing your voice to "sing" your thoughts to speak from the heart. Learn to camouflage yourself in order to rest along with showing oneself when it is time. Emotions may need to surface or remain hidden in order to heal. Pay attention to the color of the bunting for this may mean adding color and vitality to life
Bustard -- The biggest thing flying. A faith that Spirit and Mother Earth will provide what is needed. If you can get through the first year you will make it.
Butcher Bird (Shrike) -- A predatory songbird, fearless and bold. A ferocious killer that will impale its victims. Check out your surroundings, know the value of having a surplus
Buzzard -- (see: 'Vulture/Turkey Vulture')
Canary -- A domesticated songbird, a Canary totem gives you the power of your voice. Beauty of voice, use of song in healing and enlightening, finding your souls song, ability to find joy in song during times in darkness, the importance of fresh air
Caracara (Mexican Eagle) -- National bird of Mexico, Attraction to the colour red, Clear vision, Connection to wetlands, Ability to see problems sharply. Conserve available resources for it is a sign of dark times to come.
Cardinal (Redbird) -- Cardinal is a reminder that this is an opportunity to recognize the importance of discovering life's purpose. The bright red color of the cardinal is symbolic. The color red represents the blood or life force of the Mystic Christ. (The Cardinal's name derives from the bright red robes of the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church.) In yoga the color red represents the vital force of the kundalini and the root chakra. The Cardinal signifies that.once on a spiritual path there is no turning back. The balancing of spiritual ideals and physical desires is necessary in order to achieve harmony so that life's purpose may be revealed and you will be able,to find your soul song. Add color to life and remember that every song you sing is important.
Cassowary/-- Jumping feet first into confrontations and knocking down the opposition. Address your need of Sacred Space and how you treat the Sacred Space of others.
Catbird/-- Language and communication, be careful what you say and to whom you say it, make it a point to mind your own business
Chickadee/-- Chickadee is among the most intelligent of the small songbirds, and has a wide range of vocalizations. The recognizable sound "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" is a warning call as well as a rallying cry to other birds. The number of "dees" indicates the severity of the threat. In Native American myth, Chickadee is regarded as a speaker of the truth. This Spirit can alert you to an ambush or hidden danger.
Chicken/-- Fertility and sacrifice, pecking out the answers that escape others, protection of family and community. Known for their hardiness chickens will run quickly and frantically away from danger. When danger is close they take off with a loud explosion which startles their predator. They are mindful creatures that have extreme sensitivity. Chickens feel the vibrations of mother earth and all life forms that inhabit her. This indicates its empathic abilities. Because empaths literally absorb the energy of everything around them a high strung nervous system can develop. If nervous energy isn't expressed in a balanced way sporadic unpredictable behavior can occur. Yoga or any other form of meditative movement can help those with this medicine acquire balance.
Cockatoo/Cockatiel -- see under "Parrot"
Condor,-- Soaring above limitations, imminent changes, knowledge concerning the dead, a new vision through death and rebirth
Cormorant -- Cormorants are expert swimmers and divers and can show us how to dive in and to swim where we wouldn't think possible. When the cormorant appears it means you can accomplish in unique ways what others could not seem to do. It appears in your life as a message dive into to what you have been hesitating to do. Dive deeper for answers and solutions.
Corncrake -- So called because of its fondness for feeding in grain fields. An elusive nature, but its loud call ensures that it gets noticed. A warning of misfortune to come if you do not make your voice heard. Be wary for the corncrake may also warn that you might be lured into doing something that can cause you troubles and may result in you getting arrested or hunted.
Cowbird -- The Cowbird does not build a nest of its own. The female lays her eggs in the nests of other bird species and then the host parents raise the cowbird chick as their own. So those with cowbird totem can start off with child abandonment and adoption issues. As time goes on these factors will present situations that will change your perception of realtionships and awaken you to the need to pay attention to interactions in relationships. Danger of developing behavior patterns of avoiding responsibilities and parasitic relationships.
Crane,-- The crane is a prehistoric bird with great symbolic meaning and has long been associated with royalty, balance, grace, and longevity. They can comfortably move between water, land, earth, and sky and they can open doors between all worlds, realms, times and traditions. Cranes can be fierce fighters when necessary and because of this they can achieve new heights and new spiritual experiences. Cranes mate for life and symbolize faithfulness and protection of family.
Crow/-- The Keeper of the Universal Sacred Law. Nothing escapes the keen sight of the Crow and it instills the wisdom to see things beyond the limitations of one-dimensional thinking. Crow calls to see beyond cultural limitations and the accepted rules of right and wrong. Crow is an omen of change and when experiencing something new watches closely to see what happens and then learns from it. Learn to recognize potential danger and be watchful in vulnerable times. Watch what you believe and question your ideas about reality against a more universal standard. The crow is the spirit which represents the transcendence that will reveal the true path to life's mission. Crow merges both light and dark, both inner and outer and when in the darkness of emotional pain and turmoil the crow is the Carrier of Lost Souls into Light. The Crow/has a message for you! Native American Totem Animal for "Libra" (The Celtic Goddess 'Morrigan' will often appear in the guise of the crow.)
Jackdaw -- Feisty, annoying, and territorial birds of the crow family. Jackdaws fight by launching themselves at each other feet-first and then wrestling with their feet intertwined and pecking at each other. Jackdaws are always beaten in fights with crows and rooks, and so their arguments tend to be amongst themselves. If the jackdaw wishes to make a friend it will swoop over them, wagging its tail as it does so. Much like crows, jackdaws are black may signify health issues and even death. The jackdaw warns you to be wary of evil and negativity abounding in your life and to understand that sometimes you cannot be prepared for the worst of times. Jackdaws are very evil and ill omens. There is one area that jackdaws are positive omens and this is in romance. Jackdaws mate for life and seeing them just before being married or when committing to a relationship is a sign that you will be with the person for life.
Rook -- A great deal of mythology has been associated with rooks and rookeries. Communal by nature rooks are individuals when it comes to the defense of their places within the rookery. They see off intruders whenever they catch them stealing material from nests to use in the creation of their own nests. This often happens, leading to some raucous and violent scenes. The agro attracts other rooks that gather around voicing their disapproval of the crime. Psycho pomp, mythologies and folklore relating to bad fortune, weather forecasting, planning according to weather cycles, delighting in the concept of community, politics and judging others according to their beliefs, belief systems, an affiliation with death and the concept of death, questioning luck.
Cuckoo -- It is the time is for new beginnings and Cuckoo will show how to move at this time, heralding a new fate. Cuckoo shows how to maneuver through the physical world and to be more sensitive to other worlds. Trust your intuitions and look deeper for solutions. A diet balanced with protein and fruits so be aware of your diet.,It is,time to migrate or remain, time to be active or a time to rest. Pay attention to the eyes and care for them and how to walk carefully by feeling vibrations. You may notice feet sensitivity as you attune the senses.
Curlew -- Long believed by the Celts to be associated with sorrow. One of the names that the Highlanders have for the curlew is 'Guilbhron' (Wail of Sorrow) or 'Guilbinn' (Wailing Music). The curlew is the bird of Dalua, the faerie fool, who is often called "The Shadow Lord". It is said to be a Storm Bringer.
Dove/-- Associated with many goddesses, (most notably the Greek goddess Aphrodite), it is considered the embodiment of the maternal instinct. When the dove appears it is signaling a time to go within and to release emotional discord. It assists in releasing the memories of past trauma. The dove bestows healing on all levels so that when inner turmoil is released the possibility of peace and prosperity awaits. A spirit messenger bringing communication between the realms of the conscious and the unconscious.
Laughing Dove -- Sacred to the goddess Venus, the Queen of Laughter. There is a joke hidden somewhere in this situation.
Duck,-- Connection to the feminine and the astral plane, maneuvering through the emotional waters with grace and comfort, assisting others through emotional entanglements, spirit helper of mystics and seers, comfortable with other ethnicities. Duck will also help filter out what is not needed, what is important and discern what is true from what is false. Duck shows emotional comfort and protection and teaches how to move with grace and comfort in actions, emotions and thoughts and aids in balancing the mind and emotions (the physical and spiritual) and discerning when to move while easing the transitions between the worlds. Duck will show new opportunities so be alert, quick and speedy movements will help ideas to take flight. Pay attention to the variety of colors of Duck for further insight. (Bold colored ducks hold the qualities of strength and perseverance, iridescent colored ducks call you to examine your emotions) Ducks are also a Celtic animal symbol of honesty, simplicity and resourcefulness
Mallard Duck -- Mallards are symbolic of emotions, as they are associated with the water element. In Feng Shui, Mallards are symbolic of relationships and commitment. They don't like to be alone, they reference to the need to be around those of like mind, where you feel comfortable and safe. (Mallards don't mate for life, but they do mate for the season)
Eagle,-- A Sacred Messenger from Heaven and,the,Eye of the Sun. The eagle lives in the spirit realm and it carries prayers to the Creator and returns with a vision. The eagle possesses healing spiritual power and their magical feathers assist medicine men and women in connecting with Spirit for healing. Eagles will mate on the wind and they symbolize the power of creation when released from the confines of the Earthly realm,with a lesson of staying grounded when soaring high.,The eagle teaches that with limited vision we may not see the things that lie before us and how to look at life from a higher perspective.
Emu,-- The Emu is a symbol of blame and forgiveness. In many Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime stories the Emu is cast as a troublesome, unreasonable and quarrelsome creature, who missed special opportunities and friendships due to the instigation of conflict. The message of the Emu is the examination of personal fears, unrealistic expectations and communications to bring harmony to relationships. Fulfill your responsibilities while you explore your possibilities
Falcon,-- Comes when you require higher vision and knowledge, being in a position to see everything, knowing when to fully commit and act, teaching how to ride the wind. Accompanies the soul back to the soul world, soul healing. The Falcon represents visionary power and leads you to your life purpose. The Falcon carries a message of transition and change. Native American Totem Animal for "Aries"
Fantail -- Curiosity, Ability to change directions quickly, Inter-species communication, Connection to water spirits.
Finch,-- An entertaining litlte singer expressing what makes its heart sing. Traditionally, the finch is an oracle of celebration and upcoming festivities and these are song birds, and their music herald the beginningounty of spring. The Finch’s symbolism is also seen in their flight patterns. Unlike most birds, who simply take the quickest and most efficient route from point A to point B, these songbirds make their journey in flight into a dance, twisting and turning throughout the air for no purpose other than enjoyment. Finch totem people also are often stuck raising other's children [see: Cowbird]
Flamingo -- Ability to cleanse and filter what emotionally nourishes and heals, understanding how to maintain balance
Flicker -- New rhythm of growth and healing power, love, balance
Flycatcher -- Proper use of diversion in deceiving enemies. Ability to change direction rapidly. Ability to judge distance.
Frigatebird -- A seafarer that cannot swim, puffing up the chest to appear important, will defend its own turf but no other, a pirate and a thief
Frogmouth -- Seek out the secrets being held by the Elders. Learn the ancient stories. Often mistaken for a wise old owl.
Gallinule (see: "Moorhen")
Godwit -- To the Maori they are birds of mystery: They are said to accompany the wairua (soul) of the departed back to Hawaiki, the source and destination of life.
Goldfinch -- (see under “Finch”)
Goose/-- The symbol of the sacred circle and its migration announces the passage of the Great Circle of the Year. Sacred bird in the temples of the Roman Goddess Juno,,and it is the totem of the Winter Solstice for the Native Americans. The goose reminds us of the stories we are drawn to that often reflect our life mission. The goose is a call to the vision quest, travel and new adventure and the celebration of victory with dance. The goose never leaves one of its own kind behind. Geese annually migrate to warmer climates during the winter. Should a goose become injured during this trek, another goose will leave the migrating flock to stay with its fallen comrade. An individual whose outer personality is one of determination and resourcefulness, goose souls may become so single-minded in their drive to provide a safe nest for their mate and offspring that they may ultimately attain their beautiful and sturdy nest, only to turn around when it has been achieved to find there is no mate with whom to share it. Native American Totem Animal for "Capricorn"
Grackle,-- Grackles are very happy birds that look past the emotional turmoil and find joy in the smallest of things. Black is the color of the inner and the feminine and the purple and bronze coloring about the head especially usually indicates that emotions are coloring the thinking process. Situations are not always what they appear to be; particularly when dealing with emotions. Emotions that are not dealt with can even go on to produce physical congestion in the body. Grackles love to live in pine trees and the essence of pine can be used to help alleviate strong emotional states, particularly feelings of guilt. The grackle showing up is a sign that it is time to clear away emotional congestion and to deal with your emotions.
Grebe -- Grebes are funny-looking little birds, with their red eyes, squashed backside, and wobbling gait. In Native American legends they are not merely comical but are also a symbol of perseverance and fearlessness. In Celtic mythology the grebe is a guardian of the spirit world. The grebe will help in seeing beauty in the mundane.
Grosbeak,-- Healing the family heart, when it comes to relationships the male and female sing a different song
Grouse,-- Sacred dancing & drumming drawing one into the higher consciousness of the Dance of the Sacred Spiral. Focusing on what is needed to be manifest and through movement creating the energy to accomplish it. Understanding the circular nature of time. Guide to perceiving the order within the Sacred Geometry. (see also: 'Water Animal Spirits/Nautilus')
Ruffed Grouse -- Quite trusting of others and friendly. But if that trust is broken, it will be very difficult to regain it. This leaves two states for people interacting with a grouse totem. They will either be a good friend or they will never be seen.
Willow Grouse (Ptarmigan) -- Balance masculine and feminine energies whether and be neutral in actions and dominant only when needed. Changes will come in three stages where letting go of the past, grounding and timing will best serve. Learn the art of camouflage
Gull,-- Spiritual messengers that demonstrate that a higher communication is taking place spiritually with the deities. Gulls also teaches releasing fear by showing that there are many perspectives to consider and it is time to change yours. Soar above your problems, watch how you behave and don't be a pest
Hawk,-- Hawk is the Messenger of the Great Spirit, the protector and the visionary; delivering omens, spirit messages and blessings from the Creator in order that you may see the larger picture. It holds the key to higher levels of consciousness. This totem awakens vision, recalls past lives and inspires a creative life purpose. Be careful not to become caught up in the details; fly higher so you can see the big picture, the overall view. Observe and study your surroundings and work on accepting things the way they are, rather than forcing change. Soar high above the mundane and everyday problems and be reminded of the great responsibility of diligently working to fulfill your soul's purpose.
Heron,-- The Heron is symbolic in many cultures. In Egypt the Heron is honored as the creator of light. In China the Heron represents strength, purity, patience and long life. In Africa, the Heron was a messenger from the Gods. Native American tribes held the blue heron as a very good omen and they saw the heron as an expert fisher and hunter and sighting a heron before a hunt was a sign that the hunt would be a good one. Heron represents the Holy Spear, and the concept of spear magic. Look at the imagery of spears and arrows, and start visualising aiming for your goals with spears to make sure you're 'on target'. The holy spear, is also the messenger from the gods, and heron comes into our lives like an arrow from the gods, to make sure that we're on target too.Heron's slow, deliberate manner produces a ceremonial aura and displays the harmonious natural flow of being ourselves. Heron people prefer complete isolation...but are equally at ease in a crowdof peers.
Hoopoe -- Humility in the wearing of laurels and fame, cleansing oneself, using odor for defense, tunneling as a means of escape. Hoopoe teaches the ability to tap into ancient wisdom to reach your own profound sense of regality. (The hoopoe gives warning when it detectes changes in the atmosphere that herald an electrical storm. It detects earthquake light and piezoelectric charges on split rocks, in the ten or twelve hours prior an earthquake.) This bird signals ways to tap into your energy body and to connect to higher realms. She demonstrates touching Mother Earth for balance. (Hoopoe: from the Middle French word duppe.,One that is easily deceived or cheated; "to deceive by underhanded means. It suggests the unwariness of a person deluded.)
Hornbill -- Ability to rear young alone, Protection of young, Pecking your way through obstacles, Breaking out of difficult situations.
Hummingbird -- The Aztecs of Mexico regarded the hummingbird as a warrior. Despite the hummingbird's delicate appearance, it is a bold, quarrelsome bird who will readily attack any intruder that strays in,to its territory. The hummingbird is a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible. The hummingbird is all about making the effort and going the distance. The hummingbird is tireless in its efforts to sustain itself over vast migratory paths. Its tiny body is designed for ultimate efficiency and,it taps into massive energy stores to maintainits high pace. This totem reminds us to explore the past and extract the sweetness from it. It can help you find joy and sweetness in any situation. Grab joy as swiftly as you can.
Ibis,-- Connected to the Egyptian gods/goddesses and the moon. The ibis symbolizes wisdom and the ability to work magick. The ibis lives on cobras, the poisonous serpent means creative force misused and as eaten by the ibis it shows man protected and saved by Wisdom. In ancient Egypt the ibis was the totem of the god of knowledge Thoth, representing great wisdom. Modern bird watchers have noted that the Ibis is a gregarious bird, mixing easily with those from other species.
Jackdaw-- see under "Crow"
Jaeger (Skua Bird) -- A character who sticks up for their own kind and looks after their own. Upsetting others by bullying to get them to cough up what they have, often working in a pair.
Jay,-- (The word jay comes from the Latin word Gaea,for Mother Earth) Jay spirit bestows an understanding of how to use power wisely, warning, courage, ability to check on future trouble spots, Jay’s show us how to use personal power correctly and effectively, reminding us to pay attention and to not allow ourselves to be put in a situation where power is misused against us. Jays symbolise huge talent, but this talent must be developed and used correctly. (See also "Blue Jay" above)
Junco -- Expression of Spirit, increased activity and opportunity, pay attention to how you express yourself
Kestrel -- Kestrel shows how to discover ones personal rhythm and act accordingly. As ones personal energy field is increased and broader vision is developed, one learns when to act and when not to. Kestrel teaches speed and action of thoughts must be done with a balance mind and heart along with patience to act at the opportune time. Kestrel aids in seeking out truths with clarity by illuminating the path.
Killdeer,-- A precocious little bird who runs into new experiences with its eyes wide open. One who gets along with those who are different and takes advantage of the opportunities these encounters provide. When you approach an adult the killdeer it may suddenly develop a broken wing. It struggles in front of you, as if it can barely walk, let alone fly. One or both wings drag pitifully on the ground. Somehow, while struggling to keep its balance, the killdeer manages to stay one step ahead of you. As you pursue it, the killdeer leads you farther and farther away from its downy killdeer babies crouching on the ground or half hidden under a tiny bush. When the killdeer feels that the young are safe from you, its broken wing heals suddenly, and the bird flies away, calling a loud "KILL-DEE" that sounds like a jeer.
Kingbird -- Love of open spaces, defense of environment, tenacity, fearlessness, balanced vision
Kingfisher,-- Ability to express oneself in a clear and concise manner, past life connections relating to the misuse of the ego
Kite -- Graceful and buoyant, responding with grace and gentleness, mediumship and a connection to the underworld, learning how to breathe to open psychic awareness. Kite will bring about truths and wisdom while keeping the watery emotions in balance and will teach how to skim the surface of knowledge to collect what you need for the moment. Observe carefully what is around you as resources will appear.
Mississippi Kite -- Being able to bring great darkness into the light, being unafraid to fly, caring for and helping others, wind energy, being a spiritual messenger, all spiritual messages, inner and outer grace, a connection to death, the shadows and the underworld.
Kookaburra -- A disarming laugh that is used to deceive, diving headlong into situations, a need to live as close to water as possible
Krestel -- (see under: "Falcon")
Lapwing --,Its name derives from its wavering flight. The lapwings meaning is disguise is the secret. The Greek proverb; more deceitful than a lapwing meant an artful beggar and this comes from the artful way in which the lapwing adapts its behavior to differing threats from differing predators combining illusion and discernment. It knows how to work a situation to its best advantage. Another interesting part of the spiritual myth of the lapwing is its connection to the goddess Ostara and the Easter Bunny. The myth goes that Ostara changed a lapwing into a hare to be her animal totem. (In the spring, the lapwing nests on the ground and hares have been known to sit in these nests therefore looking like they are hatching eggs.)
Lark,-- The mystery of sound, the power of voice, being awakened to your sacred song
Loon,-- Awakening of the imagination, the ability to separate the real from the unreal in the search for the truth, a haunting call that speaks of your dreams and wishes, pay attention to your dreams.
Lyrebird --,A timid, shy and solitary figure. Mixing a voice of its own with the voices of others. Songs and stories of long ago. Genetic memory stored in the DNA. (Appears on the Australian 10 cent piece.)
Mackaw -- see under "Parrot"
Magpie -- "The Cunning Prophet". Occult knowledge, can open the door to the Spirit World, use of everyday ritual, jack of all trades and master of none, witch's familiar. The Magpie is common in European folklore and superstition. Generally speaking, the bird is associated with unhappiness and trouble. This may be because of its well known tendency to "steal" shiny objects, as well as its harsh, chattering call. In many parts of the United Kingdom spying a single magpie is considered an omen of bad fortune and saluting the magpie is a way of showing the proper respect in hope that the magpie won't pass on some of the misfortune that follows it. As magpies usually mate for life seeing one on its own is as sign of sorrow because it's lost it's mate, whereas if you see two it's is a sign of joy as it's with it's mate. This is why when you see a single magpie you ask after it's wife, thus suggesting it has a mate and is in fact happy.
Malleefowl -- Parenting. Going to great lengths for your children. Incubation. Going within. Patience. Caring for what you create. Nesting. Giving Your Creations Freedom. Knowing the inner earth. Trusting your instincts and intuition.
Martin -- Teaches cooperation, establishing peace, shows team work and community action. Pay attention to ancestral ways. Martin shows how to take flight with aerial precision. Higher realms may be opening at this time which is a time to expand spiritually and go beyond comfort level. Watch for and keep aware of new opportunities. These chances may prove to be long lasting if you listen to Martin.
Meadowlark -- Cheerful journey inward, sublimation, imagination, courageous, going inward for answers
Megapode -- Born of the heat of the volcanic furnace. Springing forth, Athena like, fully grown. Mound builders who incubate their eggs buried in the ground. The association of the birds hatching from the volcanic soil has caused local natives of the South Pacific to see these birds more as evil spirits than totems.
Mockingbird,-- Finding your sacred songs and learning your life's purpose, recognition of your innate abilities, overcoming fear, learning through experience. Exposing to mockery those people and,things that can hurt you and in doing so robbing them of the power to hurt you. ("To Kill A Mockingbird",is to take away the innocence of a child)
Moorhen (Marsh Chicken) -- Connection to water vegetation, Ability to move above ones environment, Diversity of color and race, Use of voice.
Murre -- Dive deep for answers, cold weather activities, no fixed abode
Mynah -- Prolific talker and mimic, ability to learn a new language, traveling with large groups, an aristocratic pet
Nightingale -- Soft tempered, good speaker, smooth movement and voice, keeper of the night. When a nightingale appears it is there to teach you the healing power of song and to move through fear and shadow with grace.
Nutcracker -- Cracking open the outer shell in order to find what is hidden inside. Life tied directly to diet, willing to travel long distances, stay at home dad, yearning for the pine forests
Nuthatch -- Grounding of faith and higher wisdom. You need to crack something open to get at the truth.
Oriole,-- Ability to see how life is woven together, connection to tree spirits, ability to connect others to the fairy realm. Oriole is the symbol of approaching summer or sunshine, usually within a two-week period. An Oriole totem reflects this symbolism bringing sunshine (or positive changes) to your life and/or current projects.
Osprey,-- The osprey is connected to all aspects of solar worship. Osprey teaches how to plunder our resources and the necessity to move outside of our comfort zones in order to do this. Osprey teaches us to take risks, and to not be frightened of grasping opportunities just because they seem like they're out of our reach. Keen sight in seeing through illusions, freedom of spirit, connection to the Moon, understanding weather especially lightning
Ostrich,-- Learning how to use knowledge in a non-threatening way, become less visible, outrunning adversaries, avoidance and denial
Owl -- The owl is ruler of the night and seer of souls. The owl is honored as the keeper of spirits who had passed from one plane to another. Often myth indicates the owl accompanying a spirit to the underworld; winging it's newly freed soul from the physical world into the realm of spirit. Bringer of wisdom, revealer of secrets and omens, intuition and clairvoyance. Brings clarity and illumination to dreams, (Moon magick). The "night eagle", seeing and hearing that which others cannot. Be aware of omens and portents for the owl brings the power to extract secrets,out of the,darkness. Native American Totem Animal for "Sagittarius". ('Lilith', who was the first wife of Adam in the Garden of Eden and in Christian lore was said to be the first witch, is often depicted as appearing in the form of a screech owl or with screech owls as familiars. The owl is also the familiar of goddess'Athena')
Eurasian Eagle Owl -- The largest owl and the subject of legends from Egyptian hieroglyphs to Tibetan mythology telling of how it captures the souls of the departed. From these earliest times the Egyptians associated the Eagle Owl with freedom; in particular, the freedom of unobstructed bowel movements.
Oxpecker -- Riding through life, perching on other's ideas, flying straight and landing solidly
Oystercatcher -- Large, conspicuous, and noisy. A time to realize that portions of you are being suppressed. (Christian legend says that the oystercatcher once hid Jesus in a time of danger and was rewarded by being given the mark of the cross on its back.) A need to protect children from being taken. A selfless act of concealment.
Parakeet --see under "Parrot"
Parrot,-- A bird of the sun and its bright colors and sunshine aspect are what gives it its magic. It is a teacher of the power of light and colors and its feathers can be used for healing and to invoke the energies of the Sun. Some parrots have been taught to mimic human speech and can, on one hand be linked to learning language. On the other hand a parrot can be a sign of insincerity; speaking another's words without meaning them. When Parrot appears, look to your left.
Partridge -- A human spirit that has come to live on Earth as animal in order to serve the Goddess.,,(In the Greek myth of 'Perdix', who was one of the sacred children of 'Athene', Perdix was thrown from a tower to the sea. He was saved by the Goddess and carried to heaven in the form of a bird. "Perdix was the partridge and Athene was the pear tree.")
Peacock,-- Universal symbol of resurrection. The ability to see the connection between the past, the present and the future and its loud and raucous call, almost like laughter, reminds us to laugh at life. The peacock's feather in all ages has been considered as a sign of beauty and knowledge; beauty because it is beautiful, knowledge because it is in the form of,the all seeing eyes of the goddess 'Hera'.
Pelican,-- Overcoming troubles, rising above emotional turmoil, recovering from loss, sharing abundance with others, forgiveness, letting go of your judgments
Penguin,-- Lucid dreaming and the ability to alter the course of those dreams, out of body experiences and astral projection, leaping from the land (the conscious) into the water (the unconscious), the knowledge of the female within the male
Pheasant,--,A hardy bird that symbolizes warning and concealment. It teaches about fertility and sexuality as symbolized by its tail plumes. The pheasant feeds on grains and grasses and anyone with pheasant energy benefits by incorporating more grains into their diet.
Phoebe -- Heightening the powers of observation in the stillness within. Finding the balance between masculine and feminine energies; in the power and strength of the sacred feminine as well as the male and create a more solid foundation to build upon. Dont let the flies land on you.
Pigeon,-- Return to the security of home, use of senses to navigate life in a balanced way
Plover -- A shore dweller that likes to vacation inland. One who exhibits extremely flexible behavior when encountering difficulty and intruders that come into its life. One who will seem to walk away from a threatening situation, but turns back at the first opportunity. Taking long non-stop trips to get where you need to be. The plover call to us in desolate places to experience the wilderness, the wild and raw side of Nature. They also represent the wilderness and solitude within, where for some lurk so many of their fears. According to legend, the little plover bird hops into a crocodile’s mouth and cleans its teeth. Although crocodile eats birds, she never harms the plover. We can call upon Crocodile and Plover medicine to help us form alliances with people who are very different from us, and to help us find allies where and with whom we least expect.
Prairie-Chicken -- (see under 'Grouse')
Puffin -- Graceful in the water, clumsy on land and in the air, out of water there is difficulty finding equilibrium in life, using body language to convey messages, throwing tantrums when upset. The appearance of the Puffin signals a time for prayer.
Quail -- Living close to the Earth, group nourishment and protection. Seeing danger and finding peaceful alternatives. Having courage in times of hardship. (Quails have an intricate system of communication, and much of is revolves around avoiding danger. Quails have an uncanny sense of their surroundings, and are masters at eluding predators. They stay grounded, preferring the comfort of tall grasses over open skies. This reminds us to keep ourselves protected.) When Quail comes to call, be smart, communicate your hesitation clearly and be mindful to stay out of harm's way.
Bobwhite (Virginia Quail) -- Social pairing, time to protect your secrets
Rail Bird / Rallidae -- (also: Crakes, Coots, and Gallinules) -- An evil or mischievous spirit thatseems almost invisible in its elusiveness. Its call is heard, but rarely is it seen
Raven --,The Keeper of Secrets. Guide to the unknown and the teacher of the mystic, the raven goes into the darkness to return with the light. Raven chooses its students according to their knowledge and stays only as long as needed to impart its lesson and return them to the light. Raven is the bearer of magic and mysticism. They mimic and use the calls of other species and can teach how to understand animal language. The raven is a shape shifter and can assist in shifting consciousness into various dimensional realms. When the raven appears prophecy shall be fulfilled. ,Morrigan the Celtic Warrior Goddess appears in battle in the guise of the raven and will not be driven quietly back into the darkness.
Redbird -- (see: 'Cardinal')
Road Runner -- Speed and agility, stimulate the mind, act quickly to avoid danger, understanding rapid change, always thinking how to get what it wants, proper use of running
Robin,-- The traditional herald of spring and a symbol of new beginnings. American Indian tribes associated the return of the Sun (spring) with the red robin because its red chest is symbolic of the rising sun and its bright yellow beak a symbol of the Sun’s rays lighting the Earth. Medieval European legends associate the robin with the Christ story and thus as a call to divine service. The robin sings to help establish its territory and fights between robins over territory are usually in song. Confrontations are verbal and when the robin appears it is a sign to only speak the highest truth when expressing yourself. The robin will reveal your true path at the time you are ready to move forward.
Red-Capped Robin -- The best and brightest, wariness, setting boundaries with other people, inflexibility, faring better in more open environments, preferring to stay away from the hustle and bustle, needing quieter spaces, staying grounded.
Rook -- see under "Crow"
Rooster -- see under "Chicken"
Sapsucker -- see under "Woodpecker"
Seagull -- see under "Gull'
Shrike -- see under "Butcher Bird"
Snowbird -- Manners and etiquette, hopping and leaping, aloof but not stand-offish, small families, eating left-overs
Sparrow,-- A common visitor with a love of old buildings that are a symbol of peasants and the common people. Most animal totem resources describe the sparrow as a synbol of peace and joy who denote that even a common little bird can triumph. But on the negative side, sparrows are aggressive fighters that will evict any nesting bird from a cavity to take over the site. Sparrows will tear up nests, break eggs, kill and toss out nestlings and adults and then build their nest right on top of the carnage. Therefore they can behave like little Nazi storm troopers invading neighboring territories and seizing “Lebensraum” (living space) from peaceful native inhabitants. So when you see sparrow types coming around be wary of those who may be coming to force you from your home and taking it for themselves.
Spoonbill -- Sweeping obstacles out of ones way, shyness, wariness, silence, protection from communal living
Starling -- Starling teaches lessons of group etiquette, social standing, family relations and how you appear to the world within those relationships. The starling signals that communication through vocalization is important in relationships, but be careful what you say, for people may take it incorrectly or blow it out of proportion. On the negative side, starlings are like sparrows (even worse) in that they can be nasty little Nazi storm troopers invading neighboring territories and seizing “Lebensraum” (living space) from peaceful native inhabitants. They can be vicious fighters and will evict even much larger nesting birds, tearing up their nests, breaking eggs and killing chicks. When starlings begin to gather, be prepared for a brutal invasion.
Stork -- The stork carries feminine or mothering energies. When the stork appears a birth or rebirth will soon happen and/or you may need to reconnect to your roots . Creation, birth, new beginnings, unspoken communication, dance, protection of the young
Swan,-- A time of new states of awareness, ancient songs of true beauty and eternal mystery, powerful and graceful, seeing and accepting the future and going with your feelings, life partnership
Swift -- Speed and agility, journeying in the "Great Quest", responding to opportunities as they arise
Swisher -- Living in the "Between Time" (dawn/dusk), awakening to the fairy realm
Tanager -- (A species of songbirds of the southern forests consisting of over 240 varieties which often cross over into other species.) Traveling by night and catching meals on the fly. Riparian entertainment of a beautiful male song. A convoluted family tree.
Tern -- Enjoying all the comforts of Nature, refreshment on the fly,drinking of the local waters, screaming to get the point across
Thrush / Thrasher -- Coincidences and synchronicities will expand your spirituality in a profound way. Be alert to what may be hidden under the surface. A fierce protector of the environment.
Titmouse -- Fearless attitude, powerful voice, control of ego, not letting praise go to your head
Toucan -- Sharp tongued individual, a vast repertoire of sounds,,a need to tone down speech, knowing what to say and when to say it, either heard loud and clear or completely misunderstood
Towhee -- Makes noise until it gets attention, shabby, red-eyed, speaking with a southern accent
Turkey(Wild Turkey) -- A symbol of sacrifice and a giver of life. Native American peoples saw the turkey as a sacred bird because their great abundance provided a source of good meat. It gives its life so others may live. The turkey symbolizes the harvest bounty and honoring of the Earth Mother. Wild turkeys were almost eliminated because they were taken for granted and the turkey teaches a need to remember that nothing is an endless resource and that all gifts that come from the Great Spirit must be honored. When 3 turkeys cross your path a strange and eerie encounter lies ahead.
Vulture,-- Symbol of death and rebirth, new vision, new beginning, and purification of mind and body. The vulture asks us to be patient with ourselves, and think things through. They encourage us to be quite sure of how we feel before we enter the arena of our plans and this symbolism is underscored by the magnificent level of patience the vulture exhibits. Being noticed more for what you do than how you look, soaring above the difficulties of life, associated with the sense of smell (aromatherapy).
Warbler -- Characteristic regional manner, a distinctive voice,,pecks at its food, vagrancy
Wattlebird -- A shaman in disguise, drawn to the unusual, ventriloquist and mimic,,speaking will either set you free or imprison you, stand your ground and speak the truth
Waxbill -- Foster parenting, understanding female societies, communal living, ability to see from all perspectives, surefooted, ability to change and self respect.
Waxwing -- Gentleness and courtesy, polite and sociable,,ability to see from all perspectives and change as needed, surefooted, foster parent, a diet,of fruit, without a song to sing
Weaver Bird --,(The Weavers are named for their highly complex woven nests) An innate talent as a street performer. Will come to a call from a long distance. Using artificial light to enhance the environment.
Whippoorwill -- Whippoorwill's nocturnal nature teaches the art of night time movements and camouflage. The art of invisibility may be utilized when he appears. Heightened senses may be activated at twilight, dawn with special emphasis on moonlit nights. It is time to adjust your cycle to correspond to the lunar one. Pay attention to the cycles and themes you are experiencing around the moon phases. It is time to listen to sounds in the spiritual realm and in your surroundings. Whippoorwill shows how to adapt to this new phase.
Widow Bird / Waydah -- Spousal protection. Giving up young for adoption. Use of beauty in courtship. Aggression. Need for open spaces
Willie Wagtail -- Extroversion. Cheerfulness and gregariousness. Anger and irritability. Friendliness. Curiosity. Socializing. Appealing to others. Effectively maintaining your space and home.
Woodpecker,-- The drummer of the forest, shamans ride the drumbeats of the Woodpecker's rhythm into other dimension of space and time. Woodpecker holds the power of rhythm and discrimination, listen to your inner rhythms and heed what they tell you. The woodpecker pecks away at deception and when you hear the woodpecker knocking, the truth will be revealed. Native American Totem Animal for the Astrological Sign "Cancer"
Wren,-- The wren brings a message of going beyond the realm of the known and to pursue the adventure that awaits there. Resourcefulness and boldness. Medicine for the environment and for the healing of sibling relationships
Yellow Tit -- The color of awakening, inspiration, intelligence and action shared, creative, playful, optimistic, easy-going.