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What It Means When You Dream About Birds

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 16 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
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Bird dreams in general represent the mind, freedom and spirit. Like dreams about flying, they can make you feel independent and free. The dream may be of a positive tone or of a negative tone, but regardless, the important thing to remember is the dream is trying to open up something about yourself or others.

In dream analysis and dream interpretation, birds and their flying represent a freedom and joy, so when you dream about one, it may feel like a psychological awakening. Dreaming of seeing bird eggs can symbolise money and dreaming of a bird nest may symbolise security, maternal instincts, and parenthood. But not all dreams about birds are positive. Dreaming of dead or dying birds can predict a period of disappointment. If you dream of dying or dead birds, look at your life and see what problems are worrying you and if you are headed for disappointment in any area. Some people also dream of birds as a way of "flying away" from the day to day constraints and problems they face.

These are some of the more common birds that appear in dreams, and what they mean in terms of dream analysis and dream interpretation:

Because people often believe blackbirds to be messengers of death, it is often seen as a negative thing to dream about blackbirds. You may be unconsciously thinking that bad fortune is coming your way. Some people begin to have dreams of blackbirds as they age, perhaps because they are realising the actuality of eventual death. If you dream of blackbirds, examine your life to see what areas may be bothering you. Take a look at your health and see if there has been a physical pain that you have been ignoring. The blackbird may just be a symbol to remind you to take care of your health.

Eagles are proud and mighty birds and they can symbolise power and intellect in dreams. Eagles are also great hunters with flawless instincts, so dreaming of one may be your subconscious' way of telling you that you are a good provider for your family. They can also symbolise protection of your loved ones. However, a negative aspect of dreaming about eagles may be that you are so focused on your intellect that you are ignoring the tender side of life. The eagle may be your mind's way of telling you to slow down a bit from being the great hunter and protector and take time to enjoy the sweeter things in life.

Just as we make fun of a real ostrich sticking its head in sand, an ostrich in a dream represents the same thing - that you are trying to hide from something. Is there a situation in your life you are trying to ignore? Analyse your life to see if there is one area that you are trying to disregard due to discomfort, embarrassment, or fear.

In mythology, God was often represented by a swan, so it can represent the soul or eternity. It may also be a sign of good fortune to come. But, a negative aspect of dreaming about swans may be that you are suffering from deep emotional hurt. This is especially true if you dream of a swan swimming away. In dream analysis this can mean you are emotional shutting down and leaving a situation you cannot deal with anymore.

Dreaming of an owl can be two folded. On one hand, owls represent wisdom and insight. But on the other hand, owls can also represent death and darkness or the fear of darkness.

Just as blackbirds are associated with death, bluebirds are associated with happiness. Remember the old phrase "the bluebird of happiness?" A bluebird in your dream can show that you are truly and completely content and happy with your life. They are also associated with truth, so it may be that you are 100% convinced that whatever you are doing is the correct approach. However, a bluebird may also be a reminder that if you are not happy in your life and you need to examine it to make changes and open yourself up to happiness.

You may dream of a hawk when faced with a tough decision. If you have been shying away from a situation because you are unsure which route to take, dreaming of a hawk may make you realise that you need to be powerful and swift like a hawk and take swift action to resolve the situation.

The birds in your dreams may be a premonition of something to come, or merely a way to make your more aware of your life and proposals for what the future holds. There are many different interpretations for dreams about birds, but the most important thing is that you learn something from your dream - analyse your dream. Either you learn that all in your life is well, there are areas that need focus, or people in your life you need to come to terms with. Your dreams can help you understand what your conscious blocks out during your waking hours.

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If birds represent our spiritual or subconscious side, and the bird came in through an open window, he came from total freedom and then flapped his wings trying to get your attention maybe to draw you to that freedom but you hid your head, not wanting to deal with him,(or the freedom/growth)and then he tapped your head, urging you stronger to inner freedom or spiritual growth.
Michelle - 16-Jun-17 @ 2:49 PM
Hi i had a strange dream about a bird that flew in my window in the dream i was asleep but i could hear the bird flapping around my room i pulled the covers over my head to ignore it and it landed on my head it started pecking my head through the bed covers..not in a bad way kinda like it was trying to get my attention i heard it flap its wings as if it flew back out, then i woke up it seemed very real that i actually looked around to see if it was there when i seen my windows were closed i knew myself it must have been a dream.. been scouring the internet for a meaning to this but have come up with nothing so far i wouldn't normally bother about it but it`s been nagging at me since i woke up.
pauly123 - 18-Apr-16 @ 3:30 PM
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