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Animal, Insect, and Bird Omens and Their Meanings

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The black cat omen can be an omen of good or bad luck.

The black cat omen can be an omen of good or bad luck.

Fate, omens, and superstition are very closely related. In the past, we didn't have the knowledge that we have today. Science was a thing of the future. Medical health was, quite literally, a case of trial and error.

Not knowing that germs, viruses, and diseases originated with bacteria caused the population to be completely bewildered at why they were suddenly struck down by these unknown illnesses. Many superstitions were born as a result.

So, why are we so superstitious? There are many footballers who will only wear the same shirt (even if it's dirty) to make sure that they win their game. Others touch the mantel above the tunnel entrance and then kiss a crucifix that they are wearing. There are many people who will just laugh at such silly superstitions. However, I bet they still won't walk underneath a ladder!

Whether you call it superstition, fate, God's will, or just habit, there are many omens and signs out there that people around the world still believe in.

Animal Omens

Human nature is such that we have always found ways to try and bring good luck to ourselves and those around us. Many of the Omens below could possibly have started out as coincidences, such as a plague of locusts descending on a village, a spider bite, or even a flock of birds falling from the sky. These stories would have been passed down through the family and incorporated into the myths and legends of the time. It's hard to know where these animal omens originated, but many people believe them to this day.

12 Omens About Animals

  • Bats: Bats are symbolic of bad luck, especially if they cry while flying.
  • Cats: A black cat may be good luck or bad. Back in the old days, the cat's meaning was said to depend on whether you had done bad deeds or good deeds before you saw it. To kill a cat was meant to signify a coming disaster. If one leaves your home, then disaster will strike. Maybe this was because cats have a sixth sense and know when something bad is going to happen to the house.
  • Dogs: Dogs are not really a sign of bad luck, unless you walk past one and it howls at the moon.
  • Goats: Goats are a sign of good luck.
  • Hares: If a hare crosses your path, it's bad luck.
  • Hedgehogs: Hedgehogs are symbolic of good fortune, especially if you meet one going in the opposite direction.
  • Horses: A piebald is a good omen. However, if you see its tail first, then bad luck will befall a friend. This omen probably started because someone stood behind a horse and got kicked.
  • Mice: Seeing a white or brown mouse is good luck, especially in your love life. A grey one, however, is said to bring bad luck.
  • Sheep: A flock of sheep is really good luck.
  • Rats: Rats are good omens, if white, but bad omens if they are black.
  • Pigs: Pigs are bad omens, especially if you meet one immediately after getting married.
  • Squirrels: Squirrels signify that happiness will be found soon.
Be weary of vampire bats.

Be weary of vampire bats.

The red squirrel is a good luck omen.

The red squirrel is a good luck omen.

What Birds Foretell

Even today, in this age of science and technology, we still have the same subconscious fears that make us superstitious. Maybe one day we will be confident enough in our world to set aside these signs and omens, but I doubt it. Humans are symbolic creatures, and I believe we need these signs to hang onto. It's part of our psyche and, let's face it, it makes the world an interesting place! Humans and birds have had a special relationship for thousands of years. These omens demonstrate just how important birds were to people in the past.

13 Omens About Birds

  • Crows: Crows are a bad omen, especially if you see one to the left of you.
  • Cuckoos: If you hear a cuckoo, it foretells good luck (especially if heard in the right ear).
  • Doves: Doves are a happy omen (particularly for those about to wed).
  • Gulls: Gulls are said to portray the death of a friend. You do not want to get touched by one (unless you are on a boat, then seeing one land near you is good luck).
  • Hawks: Hawks signify that powerful enemies are about to threaten you. This is especially pronounced if you see the bird to your left. The left side is, and has always been, the sign of the devil
  • Kingfishers: Kingfishers signify that a big scandal threatens your happiness.
  • Magpies: Magpies are an omen of bad luck, even death (especially if seen to your left). Seeing two is very lucky. It signifies that good luck will appear within three days.
  • Owl: Owls are always bad luck. If he hoots three times, be extra careful.
  • Robins: Robins represent good luck.
  • Sparrows: Sparrows are a sign of bad luck (except if they are seen by people who are in love).
  • Swallows: Swallows predict very good fortune (especially in early spring). If they build a nest under your room, it's even better luck. It's bad luck if you kill one.
  • Wagtails: Wagtails signify that you will be fortunate (especially if approaching from the left side).
  • Wrens: Wrens are omens of good luck. However, you should never hurt or frighten it, or you will likely find yourself in peril!
Kingfishers are omens, foretelling of future scandals.

Kingfishers are omens, foretelling of future scandals.

Bees can be signs of good luck!

Bees can be signs of good luck!

Insects and Prophesy

To counteract the bad, we had to find a way to make good luck happen, Thus, omens were born. The strange thing was that even though it was through pure instinct, many people did actually "hit the nail on the head," so to speak. Certain plants were prayed over and picked under a full moon. These plants' medicines were actually more potent at that hour. These plants were very helpful to our species. Also important were the insects that pollinated these plants. There are many omens regarding them as well.

8 Omens About Insects

  • Ants: An ant nest near your home is good luck. However, to be bitten by one means arguments and quarrels will soon come.
  • Bees: If they are inside your house, then bees are a sign of good luck.
  • Cockroaches: If seen in a strange place, then their presence foretells the death of a friend.
  • Crickets: Crickets are very good luck. However, if they leave the house or garden, then bad luck will follow.
  • Grasshoppers: Grasshoppers are a sign of good luck. If you see one, then very good news will follow.
  • Ladybird/bugs: These are thought to be good omens.
  • Spiders: Spiders are bad luck all around. If seen in the morning, then grief will come. If seen in the afternoon, then anxiety will follow. If seen in the evening, then you will have bad luck with money. Never kill one, as this brings bad luck. To see a spider spinning its web signifies that people are plotting against you. If it's found on your body, then it's good luck.
  • Wasps: Wasps foretell a danger caused by jealousy.
Grasshopper are signs of good luck.

Grasshopper are signs of good luck.

What Is an Oracle?

Definition: A priest or priestess who acts as a medium, whom prophecy or advice was sought from the God or Gods. Also, a place at which such advice or prophecy was sought thereafter.

Back in the day, many tribes of people would choose a particular person, usually a woman, to be their oracle. In other words, the oracle could either be a person or a place. Either way, oracles existed for people to try to understand what was happening to them.

What Did Oracles Do?

  • Most Oracles were very clever people. They would use the world around them to understand Signs and portents.
  • For example, they would understand such things as weather patterns, therefore giving advice on whether it was safe to travel at a certain time, or would the gods be bringing down torrential rain.

Most people would think the information came from the gods, when really it was a case of trial and error, luck, and reactions within the surrounding world.

Cloud patterns over Switzerland.

Cloud patterns over Switzerland.

How People Defined a Good vs. a Bad Omen

Human nature being what it is, people realised that there must be a reason for their bad luck, but couldn't find a way to express it. So, religion and fate took the brunt of the blame.

There is hardly anything that moves, flies, or crawls that has not, at one time or another, served as a sign of a good or bad omen. Throughout time, human behavior has had a superstition stamped on it. For example, people often place their beds at a certain angle to attract good luck.

For riches to come to the family, the bed should be placed facing east. For a long life, south, and so on. Even stranger, money was supposed to be coming your way if you sneezed to the right!

If you picked up a pin then good luck would come to you. And if you met the same person twice in one day on your travels then you would get the same good luck. How that one works I have no idea, but you get the point.

These could be anything from cloud patterns, a breeze blowing a certain way or even birds flying low in the sky. Sometimes the signs would, in fact, show something that today we would see as real science at work.

For example, if we see flocks of birds falling from the sky, we would realise that that particular flock could possibly have bird flu. Or, as in a recent case of doves dying in Italy last year which had flown too high and frozen to death due to hypoxia.

In the past, the locals would see this event as a sign of bad luck, but not really know why or what was going to happen. We all know the story of Pompeii, where the local populace believed that the volcano was a warning from the gods. Of course, these days we all realise that it is a natural occurrence.

To live with so much superstition must have been hard. Each step that was taken must have been like walking blindfolded through a dark room with holes in the ground. But we have to realise that the signs, oracles, and omens were also a comfort to the people. Knowing that the gods were keeping an eye on them was a way to keep them grounded and safe at a time when the world around them was a strange and terrifying place.

More Superstitions From Around the World

OmenWhat Does It Mean?

Never say "Happy Birthday" too early.

Celebrating or congratulating someone on a birthday early brings bad luck, at least in Russia.

Never stick your chopstick straight up.

Poking chopsticks down into your food is a big no-no in Japan. The utensils look like the unlucky number four, which means death.

Don't go right home after a funeral.

A Filipino tradition called "pagpag" says that people never go straight back to the house after a wake. Otherwise a bad spirit might tag along.

Whistling indoors invites evil.

Whistling while you work may be an issue in Lithuania, where it's forbidden to whistle indoors because the noise is believed to summon demons.

Don't place two mirrors opposite each other.

In Mexico, and elsewhere, facing mirrors open a doorway for the devil.

Don't cheers with water.

A German superstition declares that, if you cheers with water, you're actually wishing death upon the people you're drinking with.

Avoid sleeping with your head to the north.

According to Japanese superstition, sleeping with your head in this direction is bad luck because that's how the deceased are laid to rest.

Itchy hands have financial repercussions.

In Turkey, an itchy right hand means you'll come into some money. However, an itch on your left means you'll lose money.

Stepping in dog poop isn't necessarily bad.

Stepping in dog poop is actually considered good luck in France, that is, if you do it with your left foot. It's bad luck if you step with your right foot.

Knitting outside can prolong winter.

In Iceland, you should keep the knitting inside the house. There's a local superstition that doing your needlework on on your doorstep will keep the temperature cold.

Don't get a haircut on Tuesdays.

In India, getting a haircut on a Tuesday will cause bad luck.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: I just saw a long brown slug coming out of the bathroom after my girlfriend said she thought she saw someone walk in there. What does that mean?

Answer: If your girlfriend saw someone there after seeing the slug, it could mean that someone is trying to get your attention in the spirit world.

Question: I came back from a holiday about a week ago and discovered there was a wasps nest in a wall cavity right outside my bedroom window. Pest control came and put something in the nest, and all the wasps died. Since then more and more wasps have been getting in my room, and we can't tell from where. We have silicone and tape over any holes, and they keep getting in, and I have to sleep elsewhere. What does this mean? Should I be worried?

Answer: I think the answer is that it's not to do with animal omens. This is more a job for an expert in wasp removals.

Question: What does a cardinal pecking at the window mean?

Answer: Any bird that pecks at your window is a sign that someone is trying to contact you from the Spirit world.

Question: I have allergic reactions to wasps or bees. Recently, a wasp went near my leg and I got an allergic reaction to it. What kind of omen can it be?

Answer: Not an omen. Just your body reacting badly.

Question: What does it mean when you see a flock of crows flying around you and cawing?

Answer: A flock of crows, or a Murder as they are called always portrayed back luck in the past because they appeared after a battle. Now it's believed that if you see uneven numbers its bad luck, but if they are even numbers of them then its good luck.

Question: Are hummingbird's good luck?

Answer: Yes, good luck and joy!

Question: Today, I saw two blackbirds come to my patio and they were eating and trying to look at me through the glass doors. What does it mean?

Answer: Blackbirds can mean a number of things. Most people believe they are dark. But they actually reflect your mood or problems. If you were happy when you saw them they are telling you that 'keep an eye out for trouble' but if you are worried they are saying you should be careful. And you may hear bad news.

Question: Every morning, a bee flies in my car window and lands on my left shoulder. Just wondering if that has a meaning?

Answer: Every morning? Now that is interesting! It actually means that you have met your soul mate! The bee is just confirming it for you!

Question: On January 1st, I found a dead rat between my two pillows. I sometimes sleep on two pillows. It's not a white one, because here in the Philippines we rarely have them. Does it mean something?

Answer: A dead rat shows that something is coming to an end. You need to re-evaluate your life and decide who or what needs to go.

Question: I saw a dead rat fall from the sky in the morning at around 07:00 hours. I also spotted a few eagles flying 15-20 feet above me. What could this signify?

Answer: I would imagine it would just mean that they had dropped it. Rats on their own signify good luck and a hard worker.

Question: I saw a blue bird catch a grasshopper in its mouth and eat it. What does that mean?

Answer: I would imagine its because the bird eats grasshoppers.

Question: A fly has landed near me and will not move. No matter how many times I swat it away it comes back within seconds, lands in the same spot, faces me and continues to stay completely still. What could this mean?

Answer: I believe all little animals insects have a soul and mind, and sometimes they recognise an aura. Whether it's because they know your aura, or just the soothing colours, either way, it's a compliment to you.

Question: I asked the universe for a sign and this morning there were dead maggots by the back door. What does this mean? Should I be worried or scared?

Answer: Maggots are a sign that you are negative or depressed. Are you going through a relationship problem? They are saying try to work it out, you both can if you try. The same goes for other depression or problems.

Question: A June bug always visits me after I talk with a certain person. What does this mean?

Answer: Some people have a rapport with animals or insects. We all have an electrical aura with colors, and I believe some insects and animals can see this and be attracted to the person. It just proves to me how amazing it all is!

Question: While outside talking to a friend, a bird fell dead three feet from me. Does that have a meaning?

Answer: That is a pretty strong omen, to be honest. Is someone in the spirit world trying to warn you or tell you something? Maybe you already know that the path you are taking with someone is wrong. Stop and think about the situation.

Question: Is finding a dead crow a bad omen?

Answer: A dead bird shows a new beginning, and out with the old.

Question: I've been seeing birds everywhere. Different types, from robins to sparrows and finches and even a huge black bird watching me from a telephone pole. And sometimes the crows have worms. I can't for the life of me figure out what it all means. Any insight?

Answer: Nearly all animals can sense someone with hidden psychic talents. Maybe your aura is a particular color. Either way, they are picking up on your aura. I remember standing outside on my balcony and seeing a Red Kite just hovering nearby staring at me. I was feeling particularly Psychic on that day.

Question: I cleaned my car on the third of October. The next morning, it was covered in thousands of flies. Now, I hear crows, and there is an owl in my tree, a screeching owl. It sounds like a cat in pain. What does all this mean?

Answer: I would imagine there was some sort of weather or birth condition that caused this to happen with the flies. Maybe it was the time of year for them to appear, but something happened. To be honest, I am not sure.

Question: What does it mean when you keep seeing maggots in strange places like an office where there shouldn't be any?

Answer: If they are only around when you can see them then its a sign that something is niggling you. Are you worried about something? If you can work it out, then the maggots will stop. Maggots are a sign of 'eating away' at your thoughts.

Question: I found an upside down cockroach at my front door, twice. What does it mean?

Answer: A cockroach tells that you will always do well in your work or home life.

Question: We have just returned home from the wake of my husband's brother in law. My husband then saw a dead cockroach that was being eaten by ants right outside of the door of our room. What could this mean?

Answer: Sorry for your loss. I believe that the cockroach was just signifying the death, as this is what it shows.

Question: A green grasshopper has been in my room for two days now. Last night, it hopped on my right arm. this morning when I woke up, it was dead inside my coffee mug. I felt so sad. what does this means?

Answer: Sometimes an animal feels an affinity towards people based on warmth or aura. Unfortunately, the coffee was just an accident.

Question: While changing my son's diaper I found a dead spider below his belly button area, fortunately, he did not get bitten. However, the following day while getting ready to eat dinner a small spider ran across in front of me, how bad is my luck?

Answer: Even though we tend to have a fear of spiders they are in fact the sign of good luck.

Question: Today I saw a centipede in my home. What does it mean?

Answer: Be careful of what you say to people, you don't want to lose a friend.

Question: I saw a large orange venomous spider I've never seen before in my area at a family members house. For the first time in my life there was a snake in my own yard. While inspecting the snake a prey mantis jumps on my stomach. A family member of mine gently removed it and it jumped towards my head. This is too much to happen within a couple hours to be a coincidence. These things have ever happened to me before so for all of that to happen in one night has to mean something. What could it mean?

Answer: Animals see aura's that we cannot see. By being scared of the spider, your colors changed and attracted the animals. The praying mantis definitely saw your kind aura and jumped on you. Of course, the mantis may have been scared of the spider too.

Question: What does it mean when a bird hits your window?

Answer: Strangely enough, if it was a hummingbird, then it is good luck. An owl signifies ill luck, but any other bird means that a good change is coming.

Question: I had a Buzzard land on a steel frame in my backyard within 30 feet of me, and it did not fly away. As they are not friendly birds, does this have any significance?

Answer: Possibly it is trying to convey a message to you. Check out the date that it landed there, was it significant in any way?

Question: Do you have any idea what kind of omen or message could come from a leech at your doorstep when the nearest body of water is far away?

Answer: A leech on your doorstep means that someone is out to suck you dry, psychically. Not literally of course but maybe try to cause trouble in your family, or even that a partner or a family member are holding a secret which even though you may not know it, it is causing you to stress because you know deep down that something is wrong, not always bad so don't panic.

Question: I was on my way to work this morning, and there were a few crows in the road. They flew away, but one flew into my car hood, then hit my window. Is that a bad omen?

Answer: It usually means an ending, but not necessarily bad. It can mean the end of a job or relationship. Of course, it could just mean the poor crow got confused and didn't see the window!

Question: A fox crossed the path of my wedding party last night. Is there any significance to this?

Answer: It's a very good luck symbol, so enjoy your wedding!

Question: Are there any omens about preying mantis'?

Answer: Yes! Evidently, it means that you can reach a state of calm by meditation.

Question: When in the street sitting in cafés, birds come to the table and they're looking at me deep into my eyes like telling me things. Cats come to me in the streets and when at cafés, look at me right in the eyes and kind of telling me things, then wait for a pet then go. Dogs do the same thing. Why?

Answer: Some people seem to attract animals. I am one of those people too! They pick up on your aura. How lovely!

Question: What does it mean to find ants crawling around on my pillow in the middle of the night?

Answer: Well maybe not very pleasant but its a great omen, lol! money is coming your way!

Question: A male and female black bird were found lying dead together on my terrace in the garden. What could this signify?

Answer: Has something changed in your life lately? A dead blackbird signifies a complete change or bad news. But it can just mean something completely different in your life.

Question: I had previously asked you a question about a white egret in my front yard and your answer was that it's a very lucky omen as many cultures see the white egret as special or good news. My question this time is: if it means good news, how long until the good news would arrive after seeing the egret in my yard? Could it be soon?

Answer: The trouble is with time is that it doesn't always flow at the right speed so to speak! When I read the Tarot cards for people I tell them that the changes usually come between a few days and a few months. And yes it does usually work that way when they come back to tell me. I would imagine this would be the same. Just remember to keep your eyes open for the opportunity's coming your way, you don't want to miss that word or action.

Question: I woke up one morning to a severed mouse head on my back porch, then the very next morning with another different severed mouse head, only this time directly on my doorstep. Is this significant?

Answer: Probably a cat bringing them. Do you have a cat?

Question: I had a finch walk up to me. I picked it up, and it died in my hands. What does this mean?

Answer: This is, strangely enough, a good thing. Well for you at least. Not the bird! It is showing you new beginnings; a new job, romance or even money!

Question: Today I found three bees and a moth in my house. What does this mean?

Answer: I think moths are pretty generic, but bees in your house are a great omen! In fact, the words I believe are they are 'a blessing'!

Question: Why would scavengers refuse to feed off a dead animal?

Answer: There are lots of possibilities; one being that they had already eaten, or the dead animal was poisoned in some way.

Question: what does it mean when a spider crawls up your back before major surgery?

Answer: Funnily enough, even though people don't like spiders, one crawling on you is a sign of good luck, so do not worry!

Question: Today when I got home, as I was driving up my driveway to my garage, I saw a white egret in my front yard just hanging around close to a bush I have close to the wooden fence next to my house. Is there a meaning or omen about an egret appearing? I don't live close to a lake, swamp, or beach.

Answer: It's a very lucky omen to see an egret near your house. Many cultures see the white egret as special or good news.

Question: My sister just called me and told me that she found a dead black cat by her car today. She said that the cat was facing the door of her house, and it was sliced from its chin to its genitals. Is this some sort of evil because obviously, it was intentional?

Answer: That's a difficult question. I don't believe this was an omen, just a random evil act by someone. Has she annoyed anyone? If not, then I wouldn't worry.

Question: I woke up this morning to find dead insects and a bird, is this okay?

Answer: Dead insects and especially dead birds mean an ending, not a death though. Maybe an end to a marriage, job, or money.

Question: Yesterday I saw a dead hawk laying in the middle of the road. A few hours later my wife told me she wanted a divorce, out of the blue. I assume now that the hawk was a warning? Could I be missing anything else?

Answer: Maybe a coincidence, but then again I don't believe in them! we don't really know how the 'other world' works, but it does work in strange ways. So yes, I believe it was a sign.

Question: I have seen a dead grey rat twice while walking and somewhere. I feel that it is some kind of sign that the universe is giving me. I am not sure if that is a bad omen or not. I read it somewhere that it means "to transition," and I am just not sure. What do you think?

Answer: An ending of any animal life that crosses your path does show the ending or transition. But of course it could just be the life and death of the animal. If it does happen a few times then I would sit back and relax, let your mind work out a new route for you. You may just surprise yourself.

Question: I have a frog on my front steps every night. He stays til I leave for work. Does this have any meaning?

Answer: I love frogs, they are such a lovely omen. Good luck, fertility and in some cultures even regarded as rebirth.

Question: I woke up from a nap after struggling with a sickness for several days. There was a worm crawling on my pillow. What does this mean?

Answer: A worm so close to you shows renewal. In this case, the worm is 'taking' your illness away.

Question: My best friend passed away yesterday, while I was talking with family I noticed a cricket walking very close to us. It even followed us down a hallway to the door of the room my friend died in. Was it just coincidence or could it have some significance?

Answer: I am sorry for your loss. People believe small animals or insects don't have emotions or feelings, but I believe they do. To be honest, I am not entirely sure but I would like to believe they saw 'something' and reacted to it.

Question: On Saturday, on my way home, a squirrel passed across my path running. Does it have a meaning?

Answer: I think it was probably just going back to its home but if you see a lot of them and they are not scared of you, then you have an affinity with them, which is a lovely thing.

Question: I have been having many encounters with worms, first a dead cat with worms all around, second worms n insects in flour, a beetle on the table, then suddenly a dead dried centipede appeared in my room. Do these relate to luck?

Answer: Are you nervous, upset or generally a stressed person? It's possible that the insects get drawn to you rather like a moth around a flame. They get too close then die. Try to lighten up a bit, and the insects will go away.

© 2012 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on August 27, 2020:

Wow! That of course signifies the fact that you must have an animal friendly aura! Animals can 'see' the different colors, so you must send out the fact that you love animals. Awesome!

Jay on August 25, 2020:

Today i saw a grey mouse go to my right side

i found a small lizard in my bed

i shood him outside

then went looking fot him

i encountered a large scorpion

all within an hour

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 02, 2020:

You will reach your goals quicker, but you will be up in the air with your emotions and things happening around you. Take time out and be a bit selfish to achieve your dreams.

Tessy onome on July 31, 2020:

What is the symbolism of huge flies?

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 08, 2020:

Hi Daveda, no, not to worry. If you had killed the swallow then yes it is bad luck. But in your case, you had nothing to do with it. Don't worry.

Daveda on June 08, 2020:

A swallow got hit by a car right in front of me. Do I have bad luck heading my way?

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 25, 2020:

It is in fact good news! I know that sounds strange, but it literally means that the thing that is troubling you is coming to an end.

Robins on February 24, 2020:

Does a dead robin by your front door in the morning have any specific meaning?

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 12, 2020:

Hi Roxanne, it all depends on your nationality. Some say it brings the soul of the dead to you, others that it is good luck.

Roxanne on February 12, 2020:

Hi Nell what does it mean if a sparrow flew into my garage

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 16, 2020:

A praying mantis means Angels are watching you.

Priti on January 16, 2020:

Morning in my room ,there have praying mantis..the I was kill it..what meant by that insects and what would happen if kill that insect?

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 14, 2020:

A scorpion is a sign that it is telling you to listen to your inner voice. Is there something bothering you?

Radha on January 10, 2020:

i found scorpion at my house.3 times enter my house .its sign good or bad?

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 07, 2019:

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Animals can sense a difference in your aura when your emotions change. I believe they feel attracted to the difference. I am sure they will clear when you are more calm.

Jess on November 07, 2019:

Since the death of my dad, mice, 1 cockroach and ants appear in our house. What might this mean?

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 21, 2019:

A snake that crosses your path is a sign of protection.

Divya on October 18, 2019:

What if a snake crosses our path from right to left

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 26, 2019:

Hi Winifred, I don't think this is an omen, more likely blocked drains and an infestation of rats. Maybe call in the pest control.

Winifred on September 26, 2019:

I have sat face to face to a black rat and and while standing up it ran to the back of the washing machine and has been there for a while... Later there was an offensive odour coming from the backyard to the kitchen.... What does it mean exactly?

David on September 25, 2019:

I found a single bird feather on the hood óf my truck this morning

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 24, 2019:

I think it was telling you to buy. Animals are part of the forest, and forests have dryads, fairies and so on. This was a magical welcome!

Renee Souder on September 21, 2019:

Right after stopping to ask about a house that is now up for sale,that I have loved in my area for many years, and asking about it, I started to pull out to turn the corner when a very young deer suddenly came out of nowhere, crossed the road and went to the creek on the property to drink. I started talking to it, and it kept responding to my voice, looking at me. I have lived in this area all these years and traveled that road more times than I'd care to imagine, and have never ever seen a deer around. I couldn't help but wonder what this meant. Anything? Nothing? That I should try to get it? What? Ideas?

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2019:

Thanks Shane, that is fascinating. No doubt you will find your way, good luck!

Shane on September 05, 2019:

Okay, I have a lot and I mean a lot going on! Name it and pretty much been there done that, seen that. Apparently I’m an empath, who knew, thought it was normal to feel others bad vibes, know the lies. Kids and animals always like me. Enough background, I have had blue jays from a couple to over 50 at my house, then I moved and they are here too. So strange, my whole life I’ve hardly seen them. Then the black birds come, then swallows and morning doves and cardinals. Poof crows, but they won’t come on my property. All summer I have had huge bats in my house, it’s spray foamed and caulked, snakes and outside, wasps, ants, bees. Several of the bats have died because they won’t leave, by me. The snakes are everywhere and shedding, I’m done moving them so a few have died, lawn mower. Now the snakes freak out when I’m near them. I’ve been stung 3x in last month by bees, all by accident, very strange. One up my pant leg, one on a door knob, and one at a golf course with my daughter in a soda I spit out. I now have a hive above my porch, wth! I have thousands of ants but they leave me alone. I have had turtles nest and lay eggs by my deck. I sprayed insecticide and now I found a dead baby turtle. WTH!!! I don’t like the creepy critters and spiders too! I let it go as long as possible but come on! Now I feel horrible about the dead creepy crawlers. It’s bad enough I have to deal with bad people emotionally but animals and insects too. Change?!? Change what?!? I’ve been spun inside out, outside in, gutted and ran over. I changed, I stopped supporting evil people. They have systematically destroyed me and everything I loved, wife, job of 26 years, friends, family, then even girlfriends afterwards and my house! I am not and will not be evil! I have free will! They may run the world but not me! I will not be part of bad at any cost and I have been ripped apart! I believe in God and good and that is it, not debatable. I was a beast at work, helped everyone, simplifying everything made everything better. I never failed, I always figured out a different way and made things better, then they fired me out of the blue?!? Okay fine, I kept going trying to figure it out, road blocks and outright attacked me!?!? Okay... slow down. Okay... now all the animals, some good and a lot bad. Okay... what am I not seeing here? I used to work all the time now I don't, not by choice, but fine. I came to terms with it, but what am I missing? Did I say frogs by the hundreds ish, I live in the country and have never seen this.

I am no longer around evil people at work because I don’t work, no longer around evil women, single, no longer associated with evil family or so called friends. Very clean.

Apparently the animals want something of me, but what. As a side note I got out and made a few trips down south and out west and came across some really bad areas driving. Denver spooled me completely out and I couldn’t even drive it was so bad and dark total chaos by too many bad people, just driving!!! I can tell people what I felt and where who are local and I was told to buy a lottery ticket because I was correct. However it doesn’t work like that.

Okay, so I have a lot going on. What am I missing. I believe in a lot of good things, fate, carma, destiny, but not at the cost of being bad, unethical or immoral. No exceptions. I went from 95% work and 4.99% pleasing everyone else. To no work, and just helping certain people. I would say I am still the same just without work and a better understanding of reality vs. my previous understanding of reality (naive). I have changed so WTH?!? Now what?

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 25, 2019:

Hi Lee, it all depends on your culture. Some say its a sign of death others a sign of new beginnings. can you tell me where you come from?

LeeAnn Files on August 23, 2019:

My grandmother has Alzhimers and has been saying she is gonna die, and just yesterday she forgot my mother and my name. Almost everyday in her yard we see black butterflies flying around her trailer. Is this a bad sign?

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 20, 2019:

Hi Saideekshith, don't worry, it means that someone who has passed on has come to give you good luck!

Saideekshith goud on August 19, 2019:

My wife was preganat. And today morning i saw small sparrow died in our house .. please tell me what does it mean ?

Iris on August 18, 2019:

Thank you, :) blessings

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 17, 2019:

Hi Iris, thanks for reading. Yes I believe you do have 'something' with baby animals. Some people have an aura that attracts animals and birds. Yours must be very strong to attract the animals, amazing!

Iris on August 17, 2019:

Hi Nell Rose, While getting ready to work in my front yard, I saw a baby (finch) bird that seem could not fly yet. It hop towards me, I walk toward it then it would hop away. so I left it. it would continue to come towards me. they hop away into the bushes. I went inside the house to get some more of my gardening items. I check the bush never saw again. Now today in my back yard, I saw a baby opossum. I feel it a sign of something? Is there something with baby animals thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2019:

Hi Elizabeth, how awful! It all depends on how deeply she is thinking. On the one hand it may show her dislike as in 'I hate you, you maggot', or, 'this is a symbol of death.' But after checking the real meaning, it actually means 'I want you to change, or change to my way of thinking.' Hope that helps.

Elizabeth on August 02, 2019:

My mother-n-law has some kind of vendetta against me and she put a maggot into my drink...she also did the same thing to my fiancee step daughter!!! I have searched and searched to see why or what type of symbolic it has cause it has to mean something!!! She is of cathloic faith and born in mexico so it means something i know it and feel it in my gut!! Please give me some type of knowledge or where to look for my peace of mind thank you maam

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 01, 2019:

Hi Mimi, maybe 'cleanse' your house with smudging sticks. you can either make these or buy. light them and walk around the house to spiritually cleanse it. On a practical note get family and friends to give your house a really good clean, then use the smudge stick again. this way it should soon be clear. Good luck.

Mimi on July 31, 2019:

I am Hispanic and believe that if you wear a red bracelet it protect you from bad vibes and tonight I got a feeling like it was irritating me and I wanted to remove it but I didn’t. My house is infested by rats and ants and my kids have head lice and I have done everything to remove them. I’m not a dirty person I like to keep things nice and clean but I can’t get rid of them and there are owls making weird noises just outside my house. I don’t like to believe in superstitions but I’m scared for my family. Is there a meaning to any of these infestation?

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 30, 2019:

Hi Shannon, a dead mouse means that something you are doing is coming to an end. Whether that is good or bad is known only by you.

Shannon on July 29, 2019:

Last week I found a dead mouse in my backyard underneath my patio table .. and today in the same spot I found another one. Is that a bad omen?

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 16, 2019:

LOL! Trust you, Paula! So funny! Thanks for always making me laugh!

Suzie from Carson City on July 12, 2019:

Nell honey......This is my 3rd visit to this 2nd one being nearly 2 yrs. ago. You know Effer....always something more to say! I came back to check out some of the animals & their omens......This time, I noticed the Pigs....they're a bad omen, especially if you meet one immediately after getting married???? Hell, girlfriend, let's talk about this! Of COURSE we women will meet a pig immediately after we get married.......because we discover the man we married is the PIG! Gosh, that's an easy one to remember! C'mon, am I right or what girls? Years and years of picking up, cleaning up and wiping their butts!!

I think I got this down pat now, Nell! Love ya, Effer

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 11, 2019:

HI Felicia, it means that you are an empath! It's a cross between being sympathetic and psychic! How lucky! I love the fact that animals are drawn to me too. Thanks for reading.

Felicia on July 11, 2019:

All animals are drawn to me and weirdly enough I can tell what they are feeling not sure what this means, not only animals but children also. I also feel I can sense when a spirits energy is around me. I’ve always been interested in the paranormal ever since I was a little girl and saw my first apparition

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 10, 2019:

First of all let me say how sorry I am for your loss. And yes I do believe animals and birds do have an affinity with someone passing. Maybe they are messengers too. I don't think we will ever really know their purpose but I do believe it was there for your mother.

mrjimmy2 on July 07, 2019:

A couple of weeks ago my mother had less than a week to live and I visited her briefly and went home. After being at home awhile I heard a bird chirping in my garage somewhere around my car. When I found it (a dark-eyed junco I believe) it, I opened both garage doors but it didn't want to leave. It didn't appear to be injured and it flew up and landed on different shelves and moved to other places in the garage but still wouldn't leave for a very long time. A couple hours later I got a call saying my mom had only a few hours left and she ended up dying that night.

Could the bird be considered some type of omen?

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 21, 2019:

Hi, animals and insects are drawn to some people because they can tell by their aura that they are safe. I get dogs, lots of dogs. LOL!

Taneika Mallet on June 20, 2019:

Hi Nell, I’ve been seeing a lot of green grasshoppers near me. One of them even crawled around on me, one was in my house and , twice on my car, and they seem to stick around.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 16, 2019:

Hi Sarah, how lovely! If you have someone in spirit, maybe a grandmother? then she came to say hello and give her blessing.

Sarah on May 15, 2019:

Hello Nell,

When I was 34 weeks pregnant with my son I was walking in the woods when a hummingbird flew passed me and then came back and landed on my belly. It just sat there looking at me and my huge belly for almost a minute. Just wondering what it might signify. Thank you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 08, 2019:

Hi, Adeleye, this means that what you believe was a danger to you is in fact harmless.

Adeleye on April 26, 2019:

My son is 3 years old and he dreamt seeing a grey rat in a farm. he said he wanted to kill it, but changed his mind and walked away. what does this signify

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 19, 2019:

Hi, Beverly, it could be just something as simple as the cat being left out and wanting help. But as an omen its a yell to remind you of something you need to do.

Beverly May on April 18, 2019:

I have been walking to my junction to join my requested uber at 5:30 am sometimes. But this morning as i was going i saw a small kitten crying and it crossed the street toward me and cried even more and later crossed back.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 18, 2019:

Its a message that something needs changing in your life. keep an eye out for new opportunities. And listen to your intuition Brittney, you already know the truth!

brittney on April 17, 2019:

what does it mean when three bumblebees are dead on my front porch? One day later, maybe even the same night, i was sitting in my living room and a centipede was on my wall. Right in front of me, everyone else was asleep. Help?

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 03, 2019:

Hi Gaytha, quite a few birds sing at night. The blackbird is one of the most prolific, but nightingales reed and sedge warblers sing at night too.

Gaytha J Bryant on April 03, 2019:

Lately I have been hearing birds chirping at night, what does this mean?

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 02, 2019:

To be honest Ali I would just think that its typical Spring! If the birds start to act in a strange way then come back, okay?

Ali on April 01, 2019:

One day I was sitting in my house, on the left of me

I looked out the window, I see two crows in my backyard eating something. I also one saw a Red Robin and a Blue jay on the same tree in my backyard... do you know what the omens are for this?

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 23, 2019:

Yes its a great omen, bringing peace and prosperity to you! :)

Sudi Sri on March 22, 2019:

We have a pair of doves visiting our house since last few days. Now they have built in meat and layer two eggs on our balcony. Is this a good omen

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 13, 2019:

Hi Ket, any dead animal or insect that is in your path shows that something has ended and you have to take the path of beginning elsewhere. It can be a good sign or bad, its up to you but keeping your eyes open for the new opportunity will show up quicker than you thought!

Ket on March 11, 2019:

I was asking for a sign regarding my career, and I saw a dead blue and brown butterfly in the city centre. What does a dead butterfly mean as an omen?

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 05, 2019:

Animals can sense and 'see' aura's of people. They can instinctively tell if someone is nice and safe for them to appear. It seems animals love you!

Cheryll on March 05, 2019:

We have numerous animals, reptiles and insects appear in our yard....owls (at different times and species), black snakes, egrets, woodpecker pecking on three different windows, crows, squirrels, raccoons, cats, hummingbirds, different types of birds, spiders and we are not sure what this means. Can you please help us find the meaning. Thank you!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 04, 2019:

Hi Zoey, a dead crow is a sign of change rather like the Hanged Man in Tarot. You are coming to a crossroads, and its up to you to decide to change or stay on the same path.

Zoey on March 03, 2019:


I just got back from a 1week and when I got home I found a dead crow on my new truck which hadn't been moved while I was gone. What could this mean?

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 27, 2019:

Thanks ShadowRaven, I am glad you found it helpful.

ShadowRaven27 on January 27, 2019:

Greetings Nell,

This is quite an informative article that probably made me more superstitious than anything! XD

I'm not very superstitious but I love exploring the symbolism of shapes and especially animals as they are very interesting, if not a bit off at times but still quite intriguing. I thank you for writing such an informative article and I will probably refer back to this soon enough as I am a hobbyist who loves to write fictional stories and create drawings.

Once again, many thanks for the very informative and intriguing article!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 26, 2019:

A butterfly that lands on you signify good luck and maybe a birth.

Coco on January 26, 2019:

A monarch butterfly landed on my finger. What could this mean?

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 24, 2018:

They are telling you to try and try again! Is there something that you have failed at Here's your answer! :)

Esther Eugene on December 22, 2018:

Hello . I found a nest of ants in my basket of clothes and it was only in a jacket of mine which I never worn.The jacket was clean was does it mean?

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2018:

Hi Stephanie, sometimes birds are messengers other times they are they to keep any eye on you to just say the other side is watching, don't worry, its a good omen.

Stephanie on December 12, 2018:

I keep seeing small brown birds in very large flocks. First in my yard when they were loudly singing and flying towards the house. Next in front of a large sun at sunset flying continuously in a circular pattern (my son's name is Rey, like ray of sunlight, who was critically ill for over 6 months this year). Now today they are outside of my office window perched on an electrical wire. What could this mean?

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 05, 2018:

lol! Zia! if that is true then I must be rich! thanks for reading.

Zia Uddin from UK on October 04, 2018:

Very interesting read. I heard that stepping on dog poop, whichever foot, is a sign of money coming to you. Sounds crazy doesnt it?

Pl on October 03, 2018:

Pls there is this crawling insect that use to come to on bed and sometimes I will see it on my body and kill it. They're many that if I kill one I will still see another again and am the only one experiencing this. My husband is always safe from them. Pls what could be the problem? This insect is easy to kill but if u see it looks like dangerous insect cos it craws like earthworm.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 01, 2018:

Hi Katie, he is a wish granter! to bring you good luck. When you see him again make a wish.

Katie lack we on October 01, 2018:

Every Tuesday a blue butterfly passes by my window. What does this mean??

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 24, 2018:

Ouch! I am so sorry to hear that. It could be a sign, or in your case just the final breakdown. do you want to leave? go with your instincts, and good luck.

Samantha on September 23, 2018:

Hi need advice.i prayed for a sign 3 days ago if leaving was a good idea and in 3 days my cat had a miscarriage 15 of our baby chicks died cars broke down bad weather and somethin ate most of our animal feed.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 17, 2018:

Hi Kirsty, I am so sorry to hear about your daughters uncle, sometimes animals do pick up certain signs to make them come and give you a message. I think the others were maybe just coincidences, but the first one was real.

Kirsty Smith on September 16, 2018:

There was this magpie that appered out of the blue but kept coming back for three days after. On the last day another one appeared. I told my daughter not to look him in the eyes through the window ,but didnt listen same day her uncle hung himself back home in nz. We live in brisbane. Few days later 5 peacocks were on our neigbour roof..? But only to be seen by my partner and children not sure what this means but i asked for a peacock to be my sign for the angels for when i am going to come into $. Then just last night the biggest moth appeared in the house i freaked cause it was so loud i was like wat is that!!!?and then next day one hit me in the head but was much smaller i was thinking gosh now what is this sign.. ? Had many experiences this year unbelievable

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2018:

Hi Brandi, sorry to hear about your father, and hope he is well soon. It seems that spirits are more likely than omens involved. one of his relatives who has passed over is keeping an eye on him. Just say a quiet thank you when you walk in the room. they will hear you.

Brandi on August 31, 2018:

My dad is in the hospital with pnemonia. I went to go visit him yesterday and in the opposite side of the room. His silver ring fell from somewhere and landed 2-3 feet away from me. I wasn’t sure where the ring came from but I didn’t as no where near the area. What could this mean?

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 29, 2018:

Possibly because they used to congregate there? You need to get rid of them if they are a nuisance. As an Omen dogs are messengers, is there something or someone you need to listen too?

Trae on August 26, 2018:

Can u tell me why there are random dogs in my front yard? I’ve only lived tear 3 mos. n have had 4 different occurrences

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 17, 2018:

LOL! well you never know! good luck!

Audrey Montez on August 13, 2018:

I seen 2 flies humping on my calendar on a specific date thats coming up and my husband and i have been trying for baby #2 so i wonder if its a sign of reproduction?

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 10, 2018:

Amazing! Definitely some sort of sign. Is there anybody who has passed who maybe wants to send you a message? are you involved in something you are in too deep with? good luck!

Jason on August 06, 2018:

I've noticed 3 different dead cardinals during my jogs on a local sidewalk and on the road while driving. Tonight i saw a fox running just at midnight as a thunder/lightning storm was this storm approached and i moved toward my car in the parking lot, five small yellow leaves blew toward me on the ground rustling along the way. I was fixated on them for some reason, and they lined up in a perfectly spaced line about a foot or so apart.

What is all this?

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 02, 2018:

Hi Audrina, With the weather so hot at the moment all round the world it may of course be an environmental thing. You mention the Tarot? the death card in the Tarot means an ending, a transition or complete change. And seeing dead insects is pretty much the same. has he changed a job, or something much more dramatic lately? maybe its time he did. it may be dramatic, but its not dangerous. Thanks for reading.

Audrina on August 02, 2018:

Hi Neil, My partner and I are a bit concerned because he has been seeing bugs(specifically belly up/upside down) either dead or in the process of dying(legs still wiggling) and we would like to know what this could possibly mean? A good or bad Omen? They are usually crickets or grasshoppers which NORMALLY bring good luck...However, our biggest concern is the fact that every single time he is finding them dead and upside down*. In Tarot card readings, if a card is revealed upside down then the meaning usually becomes opposite of the original. or at least something bad most of the time. Have you ever come across anything like this? or heard of anything similar? If we could please get a response from you we would be so grateful.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 24, 2018:

Don't worry, its only if its pure white then it could mean death, but even that has many different interpretations. such as an ending instead, or change. but when a bird comes calling it means there is a message for you, you just have to watch out for it, okay?

Angie Davis on July 24, 2018:

I had a little brownish gray bird fly into my kitchen last night. My front door was open and i finally got it to go out the back door which is in my kitchen. Ive never had this happen to me before!! What does it mean. I was ALWAYS taught that if a bird comes in your house it means death.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 22, 2018:

This is more of a cat behaviour than an omen. Maybe check out a cat site to see why they do this? thanks

Keri on July 21, 2018:

My male cat always bring leeches to my house & whenever he scrath his body they will always fall all over the house on the floor,although we live in town with clean surroundings with no trees & bushes around ....why is this happening often?

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 07, 2018:

I would imagine you just have a nest (smile)

Pinky on July 05, 2018:

There's always a red ant passing thru my front door sometimes black ants. What does it mean?

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 30, 2018:

Hi Victoria, I believe it means that there is someone out there who is annoying you. Just two flies means a small aggravation.