Across cultures and decades, feathers have been objects of admiration, reverence, and wonder. Some believe when you find a feather on your path, it represents a message from a spirit guide, or angel. Some say it's a symbol of luck; and others claim it's a reminder that you're "on the right path."
I find a lot of feathers on my path. And every one of them brings me joy. Sometimes, however, a feather will jump out at me, begging for my attention by showing up in an unexpected location, or flashing spectacular colors or patterns. When this happens, I try to pay attention to its meaning, and how it pertains to me, and/or the moment. Recently, I found a small blue jay feather in my driveway. Its beautiful blue hue stands out from the many neutral-toned plumes I've picked up this summer.
A quick online search revealed a meaning that really resonates with me right now: The blue jay reflects that a greater time of resourcefulness and adaptability is about to unfold. You are going to have ample opportunities to develop and use your abilities. The jay does not usually migrate, staying around all winter, so look for there to be ample time to develop and use your energies to access new levels. It will stay around and work with you as long as you need it (source: Ted Andrew’s Animal-Speak).
All this got me thinking about all the feathers, and their respective special meanings and messages, that I've collected* over the years. Wishing I'd kept a record, I've decided to begin a journal for just this purpose. I also thought it would be fun to share a special feather find here each month, starting with August and the blue jay.
If you're a fellow feather spotter, or collector, I'd really love to know what shows up on your path (leave a comment here, or post a picture on my Facebook page). If you're not... perhaps you'll start watching for a little feather magic to come your way!
* In researching a few things for this post, I learned about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which essentially makes feather collecting illegal for most all bird species. What?! With this knowledge in mind (ignorance was bliss), I'll have to rethink my future feather gathering habits. Are you familiar with this law? What are your thoughts on collecting found feathers?