Swallow, Woodpecker, and Blue Jay Spirit Guide Meanings

Birds as Spirit Guides

Birds are amazing creatures...creatures that are always around us that many people do not even notice on a daily basis. The Native Americans believed that birds were the closest creatures to Heaven...closest to the divine, as they could soar into the sky and deliver messages to the Great Spirit. Have you ever seen an eagle soar high above a mountain? Have you ever had a bluebird sing on your windowsill?

There is something mystic and yet mysterious about birds, as a whole. And if one comes to you as a spirit guide? Well, then you are one of the very blessed. In this article, we will talk about the messages and meanings that the swallow, woodpecker, and blue jay spirit guides may bring to you.

The Blue Jay is actually a wonderful animal spirit guide to have...
The Blue Jay is actually a wonderful animal spirit guide to have... | Source

The Swallow Spirit Guide

The Swallow was thought of as sacred to the Oglala Sioux for more than one reason. These birds were high flyers and were the swiftest flyers of the plains. The Lakota believed that swallows would show up right before a thunderstorm, and that these birds were closely related to the Thunder-birds of legend. The swallow was always honored in that the Native American warrior would wear the skin of the swallow into battle, in hopes that he and his horse could be as swift as the swallow and also be able to dodge his enemy with ease. In Egyptian mythology, Isis turns into a swallow in her search for her beloved Osiris.

The swallow spirit guide has recently appeared to me in a dream, along with a Sioux shaman. The dream was a very peaceful and purposeful one, and so I believe that the swallow spirit guide will come to those who are conscious dreamers and who are searching for a higher knowledge. A knowledge that comes from soaring through the skies, just like the swift swallow.

Woodpecker Spirit Guide

The woodpecker can seem like a pest to some, but I assure you he is a noble and humorous spirit guide. Any time the woodpecker reveals himself to you in nature, this is a good sign. He means to get your attention with his knocking on the wood, just as if he is knocking on your head and saying "hello? Is anyone home?" He may simply be just trying to get you to notice him. The woodpecker's powers are similar to those of the swallow in that he is closely related and a favorite of the legendary Thunder-birds.

Prophecy and warning are two of the woodpecker spirit guide's most purposeful messages to you. If you see him in a dream, realize that he perhaps is trying to warn you of an impending metaphorical storm in your life. Maybe you are getting ready to face a tragedy or simply a new path in the crossroads of life. No matter the storm, the woodpecker spirit guide will warn you ahead of time. So heed the woodpecker spirit guide's warnings should you receive them in a dream or vision. The Sioux believed that if they were to wear the woodpecker's feathers, this would give them more of an ability to "speak to the thunder". I interpret this to mean that if the woodpecker spirit guide comes to me with a message, the message is the sacred feather...and that message will protect me from the oncoming thunderstorm in my life. As I write this, thunder is beginning to talk to me outside my window.

If the woodpecker spirit guide comes to you with a message, you must examine whether your life has become stale as wood. Perhaps woodpecker is here to shake you up a bit, poke some holes into your hard, dry exterior.


Blue Jay Spirit Guide

The Blue Jay is a beautiful bird that is often looked upon as a nuisance or even a pest. In some Native American tribes such as the Cherokee, the Blue Jay was thought of as a very selfish bird. Crazily enough, I find the blue jay to be a bit different than what most people say. My grandmother used to say that blue jays were very mean birds and would attack you if you got too close to their nest. I see this as a very endearing trait of the blue jay, because it shows us that the blue jay is willing and ready to protect his home and family without any reservations. This trait is something that many of us can relate to and understand. The need to protect and keep our family safe and sound is an immediate one as nothing else is as precious to us as family.

My experience with the blue jay spirit guide has been one of wonder and joy. I asked the spirits of the land to give me a sign that they are real and listening to my pleas. I asked them to send me a feather as their reply. We went for a walk and I found no feather. While I was a little disappointed, I almost forgot about my request. Then at home, I picked up a book to start studying and boom. There was a feather sitting on the chair underneath of my books. And it was a blue jay's feather. That was my sign, clear as day! And the blue jay spirit guide came through for me in a very special way.

Perhaps you will have a similar experience with the blue jay spirit guide. Just because these birds can be aggressive doesn't mean we should disregard them as potential spirit guides. Can't we all be aggressive at times? At least these birds have a reason to be aggressive, and that is to protect their family and home.

Written and copyright © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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kittythedreamer 14 months ago from the Ether Author

SpiritRune - I am a blue jay person, for sure. I have a male and female that live in the oak trees around my house that I see almost every day. Love them so much! A lot of people say negative things about jays, but I've only ever seen them as messengers and guardians.

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SpiritRune 14 months ago

If any of you Blue Jay people ever get a chance to go up Highway 1 around Big Sur there's a place called The River Inn there has tables outside and these very happy Jays that like to interact. All along from there to Oregon you will find them in the woods too. I think they are great, very smart and like to interact with people, in the spiritual sense too.

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aesta1 21 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Just love your blue jay story. We have lots of them in our cottage in Canada and we leave peanuts on the deck rails for them. They're just a bit noisy but they look beautiful. Maybe, this summer, I can start boding with them.

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Tolovaj 2 years ago

Very interesting article. I know few things about birds as scientist and essayist, but this stuff is new to me. Birds are fascinating creatures with a very special position thanks to their ability of flying. We can make best airplanes, but we'll still be jealous.

I am a bit surprised about the role of swallows as spirit guides of warriors, but it totally makes sense. Thanks for teaching me something new.

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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Thanks, Kenja!

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Kenja 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

What a unique, informative and sensitive Hub... Great concept, worthwhile information, well told. Very nice Kitty. Thank you and Happy New Year. Ken

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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

rcrumple - That's okay! Trust me, any birds within cages or indoors are not friends of fact every bird I've ever come in close contact with loves to bite me. I was attacked by a flock of geese on a field trip when I was joke. Blessings!

Vinaya - I know...we haven't talked a lot but nice to hear from you, friend. Happy New Year!

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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Dear Kitty,

Haven't read your works lately. But I will read and learn more from you in the coming year.

Happy New Year!

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rcrumple 3 years ago from Kentucky

Sorry to say, even though I understand their importance to the eco system, birds and I have never been close friends. Although, many years ago, my wife and I were approaching the Washington Monument and a flock of pigeons took off in mass. My wife sustained many droppings upon her, and I none. Maybe they like me more than I thought! lol Still, a very interesting article, as always!

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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi Kitty - hope you and your family had a lovely Yule/Christmas!!

This is a beautiful and fascinating hub about these birds - and for me there is no such thing as a bird that's a pest! I think all there individual traits are wonderful - as you rightly say about the sweet blue jay protecting his nest, how cute is that!!

I love the response the spirits gave you with the feather! Now when you find your sign under a pile of books how can that be mistaken for anything other than the wonderful knowledge that you are indeed being listened to - I found that awesome because the spirits didn't seem to be taking any chances, ensuring you got the message loud and clear!

I love woodpeckers as well. They are some of the most energetic and beautiful of birds and I love to hear them working away in the springtime. Swallows are jut awesome and what an honour to have such a bird as a spirit guide!

A beautiful hub Kitty and one that I thoroughly enjoyed!! Voted up everything!

Just to say - all the very best for 2013 for you and your loved ones and I hope the New Year is a good one for you! Bright Blessings!!

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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I have always had a special connection with the blue jay...perhaps because as a child I was thought of as a pesky chatterbox that bothered others...I have always thought these were the most beautiful and brave of all the birds and never let anything get to this! Voted up!

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have not had any birds come to me in dreams but we certainly have plenty of activity on a daily basis in our backyard where we have a birdhouse and a birdbath. Seen daily are swallows, martins, bluejays, doves and cardinals. On a less frequent basis we have seen woodpeckers and other birds. Also in season, we see hummingbirds. Voted up and interesting.

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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

What an interesting hub! Birds are my favorite animals, so it is nice to learn so much about them. Voted up!

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