Have you recently come across a black feather – and are wondering what it means?
According to the bible, seeing a black feather could mean any of the things I’ve listed below. Let’s begin!
First up: What does a feather generally symbolize?
Before we dive deeper into the meanings of a black feather, let’s discuss the significance of a feather first.
Generally, seeing a feather can mean any of these things:
A feather is typically associated with heavenly beings – especially those coming from the angelic realm.
Many people believe that the feather is a remnant of their wings, which they leave behind to remind people of God’s presence.
As such, a feather is viewed as a sacred artifact that is closely linked with spirituality. Not only does it represent the divine – the being who constantly watches and guides us – it symbolizes one’s spiritual growth and enlightenment as well.
On top of that, feathers are believed to symbolize purity and innocence as well. After all, these two characteristics embody the existence of angels.
They also signify love and peace, as angels often serve as messengers of God’s affection for mankind.
In fact, here’s what other cultures have to say about birds’ feathers:
- Africans. According to a study, feathers “symbolize outward and inward purity and holiness” – something similar to the general belief.
- Japanese. For the East Asian country, feathers represent courage and valor.
- Chinese. Feathers are generally regarded by the Chinese as symbols of luck. If you see one, it means that good things are about to come into your life.
- Indigenous Canadians. The first nations tribe in Canada views feathers as signs of “respect, honor, strength, courage, and wisdom.”
- Cherokee Natives. For this Native American tribe, feathers symbolize “love, friendship, honor, bravery, and mystical powers.”
- Egyptians. The Egyptians revered Ma’at, who wore an ostrich feather in her hair. As she is the deity of truth and order, they view feathers as those that represent such virtues.
- Druids. The ancient Celts associate feathers with the sacred power and the heavens – which is similar to how they are represented in the bible.
No matter what culture you have, if you see a feather, it means that you can – and you will – rise above the occasion. Things may be challenging right now, but there’s hope. You have what it takes to maneuver your life in the right direction.
What does the feather represent in the bible?
In the bible, a feather goes on to symbolize more than just angels. They also represent various abstract concepts, such as:
According to Psalms 91:4, the feather is a sign of security and protection. As the scripture goes:
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
Needless to say, feathers symbolize how much God cares for us. He’ll do anything to keep us safe.
As long as you believe in him, you will enjoy the protection you need (and more) in your life.
Comfort and hope
Feeling sad or down? If you see a feather, then comfort shall come to you.
As per Psalms 68:13 – “Even while you sleep among the sheep pens, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold.”
In this passage, you’ll see how God offers comfort to people who are suffering. It’s also a message of hope, for whatever you’re going through right now, God will help you see things through.
As Jesus says in a passage in Matthew: “Every feather of mine will be accounted for.”
In Ezekiel 17:3, feathers were used to describe an eagle.
“Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: A great eagle with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage of varied colors came to Lebanon. Taking hold of the top of a cedar.”
The eagle here represents the King of Babylon, a mighty figurehead who denotes much power.
The Native Americans also hold the same belief, for they see feathers as symbolic of “high honor, power, wisdom, trust, strength, and freedom.”
What a black feather means according to the Bible
Now that we’ve discussed feather symbolisms, let’s dive into what a black feather means in the Bible:
1) Your angels are protecting you
As previously mentioned, the feather symbolizes protection in the bible. So if you’re seeing a black feather, it often means that your angel is out there protecting you.
They’re here to watch over you – like they always do.
Reminds Psalm 91:11 – “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
In fact, you may be lucky enough to have a warrior angel in your midst.
As bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah explains: “As soldiers battling for eternity, angels wage war with the enemies of God’s people, both seen and unseen.”
See, the color black is a sign of protection. As such, it means that God’s fiercest warrior is right there with you. While they’re here to defend you from malicious individuals, you’ll need to be doubly careful as well.
2) Changes will happen
Whether they’re good or bad, only time will tell.
As such, seeing a black feather means you need to prepare yourself for whatever may come your way. You may end up experiencing milestones – or you may be trodden with setbacks.
No matter what happens, you should take comfort in the fact that your angel is right there behind you.
3) You’re not alone
Maybe you feel alone in facing your hurdles – even if a lot of people are around you. Well, a black feather is here to let you know that you’re not alone.
You never were.
Your angel is always right there with you, protecting you and supporting you every step of the way. True enough, they’re the wind beneath your wings.
As Deuteronomy 31:6 goes on to remind all of us:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
4) Your angel is here to encourage you
A black feather means more than just your angel being there for you. In fact, it’s a sign that they’re here to encourage you – as well as give you hope.
Your angel has seen how much you’re feeling down and defeated. They’re sending you the black feather to remind you that God is always with you. Through him, you’ll gain all the strength and courage you need to get through the struggles in your life.
As Philippians 4:6-7 puts it:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
5) You’re a strong person
Some days, things get us so down that we think that we won’t be able to go through it. Well, the sight of a black feather is proof that you can – and you will.
As mentioned, the feather in the bible represents strength. Although your situation makes you feel powerless right now, your angel is here to remind you that you’re a resilient and fearless human being.
Isaiah 41:10 is a good reminder for such:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
6) Your angel comes with a warning
Although a black feather in general symbolizes many great things, it can also come with a warning.
As it is a beacon of protection, a black feather may be sent to you to warn you of imminent danger.
So if you see one in your midst, it’s your angel’s way of telling you that you should be careful and vigilant, especially if you’re dealing with new people.
They may end up hurting you – or causing your downfall.
For example, someone new may convince you to try a new investment. Although it may sound promising, seeing a black feather means you need to take a step back and take more time to think about it.
You need to seek knowledge, and I’ll talk more about that later.
Your angel may also send you a black feather to warn you of the consequences of your bad habits (a darkness brewing inside you.) They want you to change and improve yourself – so you can live (and serve) longer in this mortal world.
7) You’re confused
It can be said that a black feather is a form of confirmation from your angels. They know you’re feeling confused, although you may not be straightforward about it.
For example, you may be at a crossroads in your career. Perhaps you’re thinking twice about marrying your fiance.
You don’t know what to do, and it’s consuming your mind night and day. They know that, and they’re sending you a black feather in acknowledgment.
And although this feather is proof that you’re indeed bewildered and befuddled, it’s also a sign that your angel is here for you.
As I’ve mentioned, they’re here to encourage and give you hope.
Simply put, the black feather is here to remind you that you need to put your trust and faith in God and his angels.
8) Seek knowledge
As mentioned, a black feather might mean you’re confused. While your angels are here for you, they’re also here to motivate you to seek knowledge.
See, while God’s power will guide you through, you’ll need to do your own research if you want to make the right decision.
For example, if you’re confused about what career path to choose, then you need to take a look at all the available venues.
If you’re apprehensive about getting married, then you need to weigh the pros and cons of your relationship.
By seeking knowledge – and asking God for guidance – you’ll know which path is best for you.
9) Your angel is gifting you with wisdom
As you see, your angel is always right behind you. They see that you’re confused, and they’re here to give you the wisdom and insight you need.
These gifts will help you understand things better. Together with your newfound knowledge, this wisdom will help you make the right decision in life.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you,” so goes Psalms 32:8.
10) You’re being supported as you mourn
Perhaps you’ve lost someone special in your life. Although it feels like the pain is neverending, the presence of a black feather is a sign that you’re being supported in this time of grief.
After all, black feathers have been used to symbolize mourning ever since the early days.
And, as a gentle reminder from Revelation 21:4 –
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
11) The spirit of a dead loved one is right there with you
Speaking of a departed loved one, seeing a black feather may mean that their spirit is right there with you.
They’re not here to haunt you, though. They just want you to know that like your angel, they’re here to watch over you – and support you as you go through the hurdles of your daily life.
Apart from a black feather, they may send other signs that they’re with you. These could include a waft of their fragrance – or a gentle caress, although there’s no one in the room with you.
12) There is some darkness in your soul
While a black feather is a sign of your angel’s support and encouragement, it may also mean that there is darkness lingering in your soul.
You’ve committed transgressions, that’s why your angel is sending you a little reminder.
It’s not too late for you to see the error in your ways, though. As long as you repent and turn to God, you’ll be free of the darkness that’s consuming your soul.
As Proverbs 3:5-6 puts it: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
13) You need some enlightenment
If you’ve lost confidence and faith in the divine, or if there is darkness in your soul, seeing a black feather means it’s time for you to get enlightenment.
Your angel is here to help free your mind – and heart – from dark and oppressive thoughts. After all, the feather is a symbol of purity.
As such, your angel is basically asking you to do some self-reflection.
What do you need to change?
If you can’t seem to find the answer, worry not for you can always seek the counsel of those around you.
In such times of confusion, I recommend you flip the bible to Ephesians 4:22-24:
“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
What to do when you see a black feather
Think about the thoughts/ideas that were in your mind when you saw the black feather.
Were you feeling alone – or down perhaps? As mentioned above, the feather is your angel’s way of reminding you that they’re with you – and they’re here to encourage you.
On the other hand, maybe you were thinking about a departed loved one. Well, you’ll be glad to know that this black feather is a sign that the spirit of this loved one is right there with you.
As you see, what you need to do will depend on what you’re thinking of when you see the black feather. That’s why it’s important to always keep an open heart and mind. If these areas remain closed, you may fail to see the black feather – or any other sign your angel is sending you right now.
While the color black is often seen as a bad omen, a black feather may prove otherwise. After all, the bible has shown that it’s a sign of protection, encouragement, and support.
That said, it’s also a reminder for you to do your part. You need to prepare yourself for upcoming changes in your life – and seek enlightenment to combat the darkness inside your heart.
So the next time you see a black feather, don’t panic. Just reflect on what your thoughts were then. Doing so will help you figure out the best course of action for your situation.
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