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 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 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.