The past several months I find feathers on a daily basis. Multiple feathers. Some are small and white, others are large black and brown feathers mixed with white. I may find them in my hair when I wake up in the morning, in the parking lot, on the side walk, by the pool, basically in every random place you could think of. Each time I find one, I feel comforted. I love watching birds fly high in the sky so for me, I find peace in anything connected to birds or butterflies— or anything with wings that will not harm me.
I’ve experienced a lot of loss this past year, or to be more accurate, even in the past six months. I’ve lost loved ones and endured many new experiences and overcome challenges that I never wanted to face, much less grow from. Because of this, I also associate feathers with God’s love and provision and my deceased loved ones saying hello. Feathers remind me that I am not alone (see Psalm 91:4: “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” NLT), and apparently, I am not the only one.
Many Native American tribes like the Pueblo, believe that feathers represent the center of existence. The Celts believed that feathers connected them to the celestial realm. Egyptians believed that feathers were a connection to sky gods and that the weight of a recently deceased’s feather determined the worthiness of one’s soul in the afterlife. Christians, like myself, historically associated feathers with virtues like charity (love), hope, and faith. Finding feathers is also commonly associated with angels being near.
The meaning of feathers is supposedly tied to the color of them or what is currently on your mind in the moment you find one.
White- Peace, protection, heaven, consciousness, angels, peace, blessings, purity
Red- Good fortune, security, stability, career, money, strength, courage, passion, emotions
Blue- Acceptance, inspiration, awareness, knowledge, communication, truth
Yellow- Intuition, joy, energy, vision, happiness
Green- Love, relationships, unity, compassion, forgiveness, health, healing, growth, prosperity, success
Orange- Intimacy, attraction, appetite, change, optimism, ambition, will power, independence, creativity, new ideas
Pink- Unconditional love, soul mate, romance, friendship, physical creation, caring, empathy, service, faithfulness, honor
Purple- Spiritual growth and experiences, spirituality, transforming negativity
Brown- Earth, balance between the physical and spiritual, endurance, home life, respect
Gray- Neutrality, inner peace, mastery over something, authenticity,flexibility
Black- Warning, protection, death, end of a chapter, standing strong, setting boundaries
Black & white- protection and unity
Black &purple- Deep spirituality
Black, white, & blue- Change
Brown & black stripes- Balance between the physical and spiritual
Brown & white- Happiness, safe from harm
Red & green- Financial assistance
Gray & white- Hope
…Some Feathers I Found…
Do I believe in the meaning of colored feathers? Not really. What I do believe is that God is looking out for me and finding a plethora of feathers on a routine basis when I need it most is a love note from the Creator of the universe and a big hello from those I love that have passed. It often happens when I need it the most. Next time you find a feather, say a little thank you and think of God’s love for you and your deceased loved ones. I know I do.