Merry Meet :))
The other day I received a question from a reader about a raven's feather she found on her doorstep. She had asked a couple of people and they said it was a negative omen. In some cultures, it is believed that a black feather on your doorstep signifies that death of someone is close or bad luck. However, she and her significant other had been going through some extremely tough times. They had just moved into a new house. She also told me that her husbands totem animal was a raven. It was my belief that the feather was a sign that she was on the right path. It's a sign I'm quite familiar with as well. It's not uncommon for me to wake in the morning and find a feather from a raven on my doorstep. What's funny about them is they are usually perfectly lined up with the door as if someone had set them there. So my point with this story, is while reading about the different cultural symbolisms of things also look at your situation and follow your intuition. If I believed that I was going to have bad luck every time I found a black feather on my doorstep my life would be much different. However, the timing of the feathers and the energy I felt around them let me know not to be afraid.
Feathers have been symbolic in many cultures for a very long time. There are all different types of feathers and literally hundreds of meanings and interpretations for them if you start digging. Native Americans believed that symbolically fathers represent spiritual ascension to a different plane. They wore feathers as a sign of their ability to communicate with spirit and their wisdom. Druids had beautiful feathered robes that they wore during their rituals to help them invoke the sky gods. They believed that the presence of these gods along with the cloak would allow them to enter the ethereal realm. If you look on google you will find so many different meanings of feathers.
Another area I wanted to touch upon is the color of feathers. As wiccans we will often use feathers in talisman's or spellwork and it's important to know what color feathers correspond to what aspects. Here's a brief guide for you to help you in your workings:
White: purification, spirituality, hope, protection, peace and blessings of the Moon.
Pink: love, romance caring, empathy, kindness, tenderness.
Red: grounding, physical vitality, courage, good luck and fortune, life. Corresponds to root chakra.
Orange: attraction, energy, success, physical love, new ideas, will power, and independence.
Yellow: wisdom, playfulness, positive attitude, alertness, prosperity.
Green: harmony, unity, prosperity, money, health, nature, animals, plants, forgiveness, fertility
Blue: mental abilities, psychic awareness, spiritual connection, knowledge, communication, protection, peace
Purple: connection with the universe and universal energy
Brown: stability, respect, home
Gray: peace, balance, neutrality
Black: bring mystical wisdom that comes with true spiritual initiation. Protection.
Love and Blessings,