Birds as Omens and Signs Birds as Omens When you learn to listen to nature's language, you start to hear and see things in a totally different light. Nature has messages for us, just as our spirit guides, ancestors, and gods have messages for us. It's just whether we choose to listen or not. In this particular article, we will learn how to look at birds as omens and signs and how to listen to the messages that they bring to us. We will examine the bird in the house omen, black bird omen, and if there is a bird of ill omen or do all birds bring good news? For many centuries, our ancestors looked to nature to bring them important information on their health, love, prosperity, and more. Many of our ancestors relied heavily on the messages that birds brought to them, including Native Americans, the Celts, and many more cultures. Why not use the same methods of our ancestors and listen to what nature has to say to us? Birds as omens and signs is not an unnatural concept...nor is it evil. Black Bird Omen - Crows, Ravens, and Black Birds There is a misconception of black birds in much of Western society. Why is this? Is it simply because black birds are black and the color black seems to be associated with evil? Or is it due to many years of stereotyping the crow or blackbird to be a witch's familiar? Either way, the black bird omen seems to be one that sticks out in many people's minds when hearing the words "birds as omens". I have to disagree and state that this black bird omen being an ill omen is an incorrect thought. Even the Native American medicine man Bobby Lake Thom who wrote "Spirits of the Earth" states that the black bird always has a message to bring, and it usually is not an ill omen. While the crow or black bird can play the trickster, they are usually benevolent and bring news of good passage and protection. The black bird omen is one of fear and is not based in experience or fact. The video to the right is one that I took of a black bird (I believe it's a Raven, others tell me it's not) fighting off an attacking blue jay. I took this as a good sign and not a black bird omen. I had a great day and an even better week that week that I saw this huge black bird cross my path. I also immediately associated this black bird omen (albeit a good omen) with the god Bran and the goddess Maeve...two deities that had been trying to get my attention for quite some time. A Bird of Ill Omen As much as I love and adore birds in the wild, is there such thing as a bird of ill omen? I absolutely hate admitting this fact, but I have to because it is something that I've experienced personally and have read in medicine men's writings. The owl is usually a bird of ill omen. That was quite difficult for me to admit, as I am a big fan of owls...I find them to be beautiful and majestic creatures. However, every time my owl familiar has shown up at my home has been within a week of one of my neighbors dying...so in my personal experience the owl (no matter how lovely) has been a bird of ill omen in the aspect of bringing news of an impending death. Now, you may find that the owl brings good news to you on a personal level. The messages that birds as omens and signs bring can vary from person to person. There are some Native medicine men that say that the owl can be used by evil forces in which to spy on you or perform other evil tasks...I don't know if I can agree with this thought process or not. While the owl can be a bird of ill omen, I just can't bring myself to think that the cute little screeching owl (my familiar) is ready to peck my eyes out at the next given chance. So, you have to experience and listen to nature's messages for yourself and make your own interpretations. A bird of ill omen to me could be a bird of luck to you! Another bird of ill omen, according to some Native American tribes, is the buzzard (Hecate- horus, if you're reading this don't shoot me for talking smack about the buzzards!). While I have no personal experience with the buzzard's message, many find that the buzzard brings news of blockages during travel and other aggravating circumstances. Is the buzzard a bird of ill omen to you or has he been a bird of protection? Again, it's all in your own experience with birds. Bird In the House Omen If you are to google "bird in the house omen" most of what pops up is BIRD IN THE HOUSE IS A BAD OMEN...BAD LUCK! Honestly, I've never experienced a bird in the house omen...as I've never had a bird stuck in my house; however, I have seen birds fly into the windows at one of my family member's homes before...usually indicating that turmoil was coming in some form within the family. But I think that if a bird flies into your home or is stuck in your home, you have to examine the situation closely. Don't just assume, OH GOD THERE'S A BIRD IN MY HOUSE IT'S A BAD OMEN! Watch the bird...is it trying to get free or is it looking around your house calmly? What kind of bird is it? Could it be a bird that your ancestor or passed loved one was a fan of? Maybe one of your loved ones is trying to send you a message through this bird. Is it trying to get out constantly? Maybe it's telling you to free yourself of the box you've put yourself in. Not every bird in the house omen has to be an ill omen...it's similar to the death card in a deck of tarot cards. You don't have to take it in the literal sense, maybe there's an underlying message to it that you're not willing to see because you're jumping to conclusions. So the bird in the house omen...is it good or bad? Judge off of the situation and the circumstances that take place directly after the bird is in your home. And of course, by all means, set the little bird free! Reading Birds' Flight Patterns - Augury Another method of divination, and one that I use quite often is called augury. Augury is a way to determine the answer to a question or see what lies ahead by simply studying the flight patterns and actions of birds. The ancient celts used this technique and so did the Native Americans...though they might not have called it augury, they used it nevertheless. It is simply listening to nature and being receptive to the message it is bringing us. There are answers all around us, we just have to be open to hearing them. So to read the flight patterns or actions of a bird, you really have to use your personal intuition. Be in a relaxed state and gaze up into the sky...wait for a flock of birds or any birds at all to fly by. Or simply let the birds' flights come to you spontaneously. Is it a large amount of birds or is it one bird? In what direction are they flying? North, south, east, west? Are they flying steadily in one direction or are they swirling about haphazardly? What do you think these motions mean to you? For instance, one evening I was driving home from work when I saw a flock of about 20 birds flying above my car and into the sunset. Reading birds flight patterns was something that I'd been doing for years, and so it came naturally to simply look at these birds' flight patterns and determine that they're swirling flight (in and out of one another) meant that I was to experience some chaos at home that evening. And, while I won't go into detail, I most definitely did. Reading birds' flight patterns is not difficult...you just have to be open-minded and willing to watch and listen with your intuition and soul. Augury is a wonderful tool for divination and for everyday life. Birds as omens and signs is also a very powerful tool and can be utilized by anyone who is open to nature. As I've said before, a bird of ill omen to you might be a bird of good luck to me and vice versa. It's all in how you interpret it...just give it a try!