The Spiritual Meaning and Symbolism of Grey Feathers

Written by Dayva Segal
Updated: July 25, 2023
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Some people believe that seeing a feather has a specific meaning. They believe it could be a message from a guardian angel, spirit guide, or higher power. Others believe that what you notice most is a message from your own subconscious mind or higher self. Feathers of different colors and from different birds can have different meanings depending on your belief system. Keep reading to learn about the possible meaning of finding a grey feather.

Grey feathers have multiple significant meanings.

The Role of Feathers in Spirituality

Many ancient civilizations believed feathers had a role in spirituality. For example, ancient Celtic people believed that birds were messengers from their gods. However, the actual message was often subject to much debate. People would spend a long time trying to determine the exact meaning of seeing a bird feather. They would try to evaluate the feather to see if the message was positive or negative news. So, feathers had deep and powerful meanings. Because of this, Celtic priests, known as Druids, often wore feathered collars to symbolize their connection to the gods and spirituality.

In Ancient Egypt, ostrich feathers were said to symbolize truth. So, the goddess of truth and justice, Ma’at, wore one in her hair. This goddess was the first stop for a recently deceased person. She would weigh their heart against her ostrich feather. If the heart was heavier than the feather, the deceased was too full of sin to enter the afterlife.

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Finding feathers can have a spiritual meaning.

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The Native American Iroquois Tribe has the Great Feather Dance. It is one of the four most important religious dances for the Iroquois. They do the Great Feather Dance at almost all important events and ceremonies. It can also be performed in private to solidify friendships.

The Quinault Tribe gives eagle feathers to new mothers because they believe that the eagle is an important ancestor. In the Sioux Tribe, eagle feathers are given as an honorable gift.

In Christianity, feathers can represent purity and protection. They can also symbolize a connection to angels because many Christians believe that angels have feathered wings. Even some who are not Christian believe that a feather is a sign that a guardian angel is close by.

Symbolism of Grey Feathers

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A grey feather may be a reminder that life is rarely black and white.

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If you have seen an abundance of grey feathers in your life lately, there may be a hidden meaning. Stop and consider what is going on in your life to find out what these feathers are trying to tell you.

  • The color grey is in between black and white. It can symbolize an important decision or could be a suggestion to take a position on an issue or decision.
  • A grey feather could symbolize a transition in your life. This is especially true if the feather transitions from light grey to dark grey.
  • Seeing a grey feather might mean that you have to find a compromise. The in-between nature of grey suggests finding something that can work for two parties.
  • People can stagnate or get stuck in a job, relationship, or situation that holds them back. A grey feather could be a sign that you are feeling stuck between two places in your life.
  • In general, feathers also symbolize freedom and a connection to whatever you believe is in the world above. With the added neutrality of a grey feather, it could be a sign that you need to find balance in your life in order to feel more free.
  • Grey feathers could be a symbol that you have to learn to be OK with uncertainty in life. Sitting with “not knowing” can be difficult for some people, but it is a valuable skill that can lead to more contentment.
  • Seeing a grey feather in your life could also be a sign to look for the grey areas in a conflict. You have to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to fully understand the situation. Grey feathers might mean you should look outside yourself to find empathy and compassion.
  • Finding grey feathers could be a reminder that we don’t have to do anything alone. You don’t have to deal with any issue on your own. Can you ask a friend, counselor, clergy member, or family member for help and support?
  • Many people’s hair turns grey as they age. So, a grey feather might symbolize wisdom that comes from experience. It might be a sign that you have this wisdom, or that you can turn to a wise person for support.

Light Grey and Dark Grey Feather Meaning

The shade of the feather can also have an impact on the meaning. Darker greys may have a meaning of sadness, depression, or negativity. It can also mean that you are moving into a darker moment of life, which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Life comes with ups and downs. It’s only natural that you may have some more difficult moments. The challenge is to love life even in the hardest times. Additionally, in order for there to be new growth, there must also be death. A dark grey feather could symbolize that you may be in a death cycle, but new growth will soon follow. This doesn’t have to be the death of a person but can be the death of ideas, jobs, relationships, or habits.

A lighter-colored grey feather could symbolize a journey toward purity or holiness. It can also mean that you are approaching wisdom, love, or general positivity in your life.

Grey Feather Size Meaning

Some people believe that the size of the feather can also affect the message. If you find a larger feather, that may simply mean the message is stronger. It can also mean that you have missed a message in the past from your guides, angels, or higher self. Think of it as a voicemail notification from above and reflect on what other symbols you may have overlooked in the past few weeks or months.

A smaller feather can mean that the message is not as urgent. It can also mean that it’s all going to be OK. You can let your fears about a certain situation go.

What Do Grey Feathers Mean for Love?

Grey is the halfway point between black and white. It is also a merging of black and white. If you are in a relationship, seeing grey feathers could be a sign that your current partner will become an important part of your life. Your relationship will deepen if that is what you want.

If you are single, it could be a sign that you should evaluate what you want in life. Envision the qualities you want in a partner that could fit into your life.

A grey feather could also be a sign that you have a tendency to be overly identified with a relationship. Perhaps you have even experienced codependency. The merging of black and white creates a beautiful color, but once they are merged it is hard to separate them.

Signs and Messages from Spirit Guides

Many people believe they have spirit guides, ancestors, or guardian angels looking out for them throughout their lives. If you don’t believe in this, you may believe that your subconscious mind or higher self has your best interest at heart, even if you’re not fully conscious of these parts of yourself. Those who believe in these concepts think that their guides or higher self sends important messages through everyday experiences including:

  • Numbers (also called angel numbers)
  • Feathers
  • Clouds
  • Songs
  • Coincidences
  • Physical feelings (like goosebumps)

If you’re constantly finding feathers of a certain color, seeing repetitive numbers like 222, hearing the same song in different settings, or finding yourself getting goosebumps in the most random places, it might be a sign that your guides are trying to get in touch with you! In general, signs from your guardian angels are a reminder that they are there and available to support you. They want you to know that you are not alone. If guardian angels are not in your belief system, then it could just be a reminder from your subconscious that you can handle whatever it is that you’re dealing with. The specific type of support available may depend on the exact symbols you keep seeing.

The Meaning of Finding Grey Feathers

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Grey feathers can be a message from your guardian angels or higher self.

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Throughout history, feathers have had important meanings in different cultures. Finding a grey feather may have a specific meaning like finding balance in life, taking a position in a decision, or a reminder that the world is not black and white and that there are many grey areas. If you keep seeing grey feathers, take some time to reflect on your life and determine the message. You should also look for other symbols from your guides such as repetitive numbers, special shapes in clouds, and messages in songs. You may be getting important messages of support from a higher power that wants the best for you.

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About the Author

Dayva is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering astrology, animals, and geography. She has over 12 years of experience as a writer, and graduated from Hofstra University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Music and a Minor in French. She has also completed course work in Core Strengths Coaching, Hypnotherapy, and Technical Communication. Dayva lives in the SF Bay Area with her cute but very shy cat, Tula.

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