Eagle Symbolism – Meaning and Totem

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Symbolism of the eagle totem runs strongEagle Spirit Symbolism: Strength, Courage, Prestige, Spirit, Wisdom, Loyalty Balance, Meditation, Healing, Faith, Connection with Higher Power, Freedom, Awareness, Perspective, Insight

Eagle Meaning and Medicine: If the Eagle totem has entered your life recently take a moment to stop and reflect on some of the following messages and symbolism:

  • Loyalty, Balance: Do you feel cast about on turbulent winds, are you shouldering too much responsibility? To many Native American tribes, the wings of Eagle Spirit are symbolism for balance, both male and female. Eagles are monogamous and share the responsibility of raising their young equally. If the Eagle totem has shown itself to you, consider that your responsibilities may be out of balance. Stop and take some time with your significant other, loved ones, or even coworkers and make sure that everyone is doing their part. This may be a good opportunity for you to renegotiate and balance your obligations.
  • Healing, Faith: Are you or a loved one ill, do you feel lost or alone? The feathers of an Eagle guide are viewed as powerful medicine, and carry symbolic meaning, they were used in many healing rituals. The appearance of eagle symbolism may be a portent of healing that is to come. Look to the sky above and know that the Eagle totem carries your prayer for recovery, whether emotional or physical, to the heavens. Stay strong and courageous and trust that the message of your intent will take wing.perched eagle animal totem symbolism
  • Meditation, Perspective: Have your life purpose or goals become clouded, do you feel bound to the earth and unable to see over the horizon? Eagles can be seen at perch for hours at a time, deep in contemplative meditation. The Eagle Totem teaches how to master the art of patience and how to move through life without material attachments, they symbolize perspective with clarity. From their high perches and from soaring in the sky the Eagle totem can see life in its entirety, both the good and the bad. This clarity means we should regard both positive and negative events as experiences that can serve a higher purpose and help to develop the self. The perspective that the Eagle symbolism brings allows us to see through situations and see the true meaning that is beneath.
  • Spirit, Connection: Do you feel disconnected from your spiritual self, do you feel as if a higher power or guide is trying to speak to you? Many cultures, including Greco/Roman, and Native American, viewed the Eagle as the messenger of the heavens. This majestic totem touches the heavens with its wings and speaks directly to the powers that be. If the Eagle totem has flown into your life it may be to impart the courage to strive for greater heights of spirituality.  The power of the eagle, requires trust in divine leadership and only by examining this power animal’s strength of soul can a person acquire the meaning and symbolism of the eagle.
  • Freedom: Do you feel stifled and suppressed, do you feel a call or itch to be unburdened and free? Eagles often have home territories that can range in the thousands of acres. In most acts of life Eagle spirits are solitary and independent creatures, and bring with them this symbolsim. Freedom is vital to the survival of eagle symbolism and this teaches us that all people must be free to choose their own paths and to respect the freedom of others. Remember that inside of you is a unique and independent spirit, allow yourself to be guided and reclaim this strength and shrug off the everyday burdens that keep you from flying free.

People with Eagle Totem are…

  • Wise
  • Loyal
  • Courageous
  • Faithful
  • Free Spirited
  • Independent
  • Insightful
  • Powerful
  • Leaders

Eagle totem symbolsThe symbolism of the eagle is air, but it has strong legs to walk on the earth and often lives near the water for food. Through these qualities, people with this totem can be guided to balance in all dimensions and achieve inner-growth.  As they soar to spiritual awareness, they remain well grounded in reality and can purify themselves with cleansing waters.

In Native American culture the feather of Eagle was powerful medicine and symbolized courage and strength, they were given as great prizes. Great leaders often wore headdresses that stretched all the way to the ground with these powerful symbols, and Eagles were seen as King of the Birds. Don’t let this symbolism of leadership go to your head however, as chieftains were always first concerned with the welfare of their tribes.

As messengers of the heavens, or spirits that are connected with higher powers, people with Eagle medicine are often very wise. This quality is a gift of vision and clarity that should be used to help others through dark and troubling times. One who seeks the meaning of the eagle spirit views situations and other people from a broad perspective for better understanding just as the eagle guide sees the world from a its great height.

With wisdom comes responsibility. Eagles have sharp beaks and strong jaws that can slice through prey and crack bones, this is symbolism that people with this power animal need to mind their words and how they affect others; to speak kindly without sharp rancor.

People with this medicine also need to take care and not become aloof, don’t stay too long in the clouds, or sit always perched above those around you. Instead, remember the message of balance and be aware that food and water is upon the ground.

Eagle’s Message: Defeat your fears and see beyond the horizon. Have faith in your purpose and see how all things, good and bad, fit into the picture of your life.


An Eagle swoops to the cleansing watersEagle Symbolism in Dreams: To see an Eagle in your dreams can be symbolic of several different things.

If the Eagle is perched and looking at you it brings a message of self-examination and introspection. Meditate and look within.

If Eagle takes to flight it may symbolize your ability to rise, or be lifted out of a situation or depression.

If the Eagle soars above it can be symbolism of your higher consciousness, or higher powers communicating to you, listen carefully to your intuition.

Lastly, if the Eagle is diving in, or consuming a kill, it may be symbolism of a portent of danger or ruthlessness. Do not step on others to achieve your goals, and be warned that someone in your life may be willing to step on you to achieve theirs.

Native American Eagle Painting

Cultural Eagle Symbolism:

  • Native American: In Native American lore eagles are represented in numerous artifacts and legends. It is sometimes referred to as the Thunderbird and is present throughout North American Indian legends. Its feathers were given as great prizes, and some tribes considered it to be the Great Spirit itself. It was said that if you saw an eagle while you were praying or participating in a ceremony, your prayers would be answered. Some tribes believed that the eagle carried prayers directly to the great creator and so used their feathers in a great number of healing ceremonies.
  • Celtic: In Celtic and Gaelic cultures Eagles were often depicted as protectors, symbolized courage, and were revered for their powers of sight. Two Eagles are said to protect the tomb of King Arthur, and Eagles are sometimes associated with the Death God Beli.
  • Greek:  The Eagle is often depicted as Zeus’s carrier of thunder and was thought to be the only bird that lived on Mt. Olympus. It is depicted as a symbol of leadership, and fertility. In one myth Zeus is said to have transformed into an Eagle and swooped down to Earth to catch the subject of his desire.
  • Chinese: Symbolism of strength, an eagle shown perched in a pine-tree is a suitable gift for an older man, wishing him strength of an Eagle and longevity of a pine-tree. An eagle on a rock in the sea symbolizes a Hero who fights a lone battle.
  • Christian: There is great number of references, both positive and negative, to Eagles in Christian literature. Eagles have been associated directly with Christ and his ascension, contemplation and prayer, exceeding ones bounds or flying too high, with rejuvenation, and with Satan. Because of the swiftness of the eagle’s flight, both the eagle and its wings have been used to emphasize the speed of attacking armies and of God (Deu 28:49; Dan 4:19-37; Jer 49:22; Ezek 17:3-7; Hosea 8:1; Hab 1:8; Jer 4:13; Lam 4:19). During the Exodus, God bore Israel safely away from the Egyptians upon eagle’s wings (Exo 19:4). The early Judean church was granted the “wings of a great eagle” to flee from the siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. (Rev 12:14; Mt 24:15-28; Dan 9:27). Saul and Jonathan were “swifter than eagles” (2 Sam 1:23). Job’s days passed so swiftly and brought such terrors, they were “like an eagle swooping on its prey” (Job 9:26). Riches, too, made themselves wings with which they were wont to “fly away like an eagle toward heaven” (Prov 23:5).



  1. just wondering what the meaning /symbol of an eagle on the ground was?? rarely do you see these wonderful creatures just sitting on the ground in grass—can you help me with this meaning?

  2. Two days ago I prayed for the Lord to send me an eagle. Yesterday, he did. The eagle flew all within my property liv
    Nes, sat in a tree and then soared. It was about 8 ft. In width. What a beautiful gift to me from our Creator! I am native American, part croatan, part cheraw, part Cherokee.
    I have felt my people have been neglected. It has played upon my heart, mind and soul but the answer from God has reassured me that the prayers for my people will not go unanswered.

    • leestat on said:

      hi…i am an eagle as per the ayahuska cards..what does that mean? can you mail me?
      and this what u saw..was amazing..i once had this happen wth me too..while driving my motorbike

  3. When i seea Eagle in flight or on a tree branch i feel freedom in my heart.. I beleave that eagles r the eyes of or spirits that r within us..I also feel like the keep us safe on the inside of r souls..

  4. Cheryl on said:

    I had a dream I with many others were on a journey walking together all walks of life, and on the left of me was a river , and on the river were many, many eagles perched and floating on limbs and logs on the river going the same direction. What an awesome sight it beheld, can you interpret this dream for me.

  5. farideh on said:

    eagle is with me every morning he watch and his carry message for me thank (u) my love my life my happiness my smile from Eagle.my Angle Brown color

    • farideh on said:

      eagle is with me every morning he watch and his carry message for me thank (U) my love my life my happiness my smile from Eagle .my Angle Brown color.

  6. HI, thanks for such clear information, this has helped me greatly, as I often have an eagle spirit come to me. I don’t know if you can advise me kindly though, as my friend had a message for me with an outstretched eagle on a pole, and a US Naval ensign flag next to it. As I and he are not American I found this unusual, Thank you very much,

  7. Every once in awhile I dream that I am flying and I’m the eagle seeing through their eyes going above and I can’t wait up from it. It feels amazing dream cause I am free I am kahienkaha native mohawk and I have these dreams all about eagles soaring in the sky watching over me could you please tell me what this dream is about me seeing through their eyes feeling the wind soar through me during the dream it feels so real

  8. Nicole Athena on said:

    The eagle always shows up and flies over me when I am hurt and upset, or confused about what I should do next. I take it as a comfort, that my guardian spirits are giving me confirmation they are hearing my pain (hurt). I usually feel better. Eagle is not my totem animal, but I think my spirit guides and passed away ancestors use them to comfort me. 🙂 They are wonderful birds and I love seeing them! Snachailya cho (thank you very much),
    Nicole Athena

  9. Denise on said:

    We left a community after attending a funeral and an Eagle flew with our car for a few minutes and than soared into the forest. After not talking to my ex-husband in 14 years, he wrote me a letter with it, he drew an Eagle’s head. Lost at this meaning, but know it means something.

  10. I had a dream where I twice (like a dejavu) watched an eagle soar high above in front of me, from left to right. Both times It swooped down into a field on my right but I couldn’t see where it landed, and when i got closer, it looked like a vulture while on the ground.. The number 2 was a re-occurring theme throughout the dream. Just as was my right side being where everything was happening. Literally 2 days later after having this dream, I was pulling into my house from the road and there was an eagle sitting in a field next to the driveway eating its kill. The field was on my left, but from where I meditate, it was on my right. This was life changing for me.

  11. I have a landscaping business and I also have a property abroad which I am involved in a dispute over. I dreamt of a sea eagle dragging a fish from out of a garden with its talons the fish seemed fresh and had not been eaten or spoiled at all.. It had a fishermans hook with a broken line coming out of its mouth. The eagle had this line in its talons and was dragging the fish from out of the garden into the road. I was stood on the pavement and watched the bird awkwardly dragging the fish along as the eagle passed me it looked at me almost embarrassed. I pointed the eagle out to two people who were with me. In my dream I felt as if I should have taken the fish from the eagle but I didn’t.. Would someone please help me interpret this dream

  12. Thank you so much for this site. A year ago I was in a horrible accident, I nearly died. I had felt so lost for so many months. I am still recovering and in pain. A few weeks ago I had an amazing flying dream, like the kind I often had when I was in my twenties.

    I was soaring over a river filled with snakes or eels, and had just watched a turtle get pushed down the cliffs by a man into the clear green water below. I felt tremendous empathy for the turtle; it was on its back and despite its armor was vulnerable and struggling and it tumbled down the rocks. I watched as it fell into the water with a splash and was able to swim away. I felt relieved that it was going to be okay. The snakes in the water made me nervous, but I realized I was high above them and they couldn’t hurt me.

    Then I began to fly along the river as it twisted, following it deeper inland. Around a bend to my right I suddenly came upon a green valley that was protected by four tall eagle totems. The were in a semicircle, facing the river. They were carved into redwoods that were hundreds of feet tall and had no branches. They were at the very top, but from my flying height I was on their level, looking directly into their eyes. They were regal and fierce, white and brown with yellow beaks. I felt awestruck by their power and grandeur.

    I flew around them a few times, at ease and happy. Beyond them in a meadow was a small red and white house. It felt empty but expectant, like it was waiting for me. My self, my home.

    I quit my job a few days ago, and have started writing seriously again. I am writing a novel about the Esselen and the otter, and I signed up for a writer’s conference where I hope an agent will read my book and want to publish it. I am feeling tremendously creative and inspired. Thank you, and thank you eagle spirits. May you guide me to even greater heights, and may I be worthy of my own spirit.

  13. Hi, From past 2 weeks i been using an affirmative sentence telling myself that i am an eagle and i have the powers of eagle. In India we believe Eagle is God and he is also a vehicle to Lord Vishnu who is the creator of this world (Belief in Hindu Mythology). I went through a strange experience with Eagle. Since i have been thinking and telling myself as an Eagle. On Sunday morning Eagle touched my head and again today i.e 12-Feb-2014 again Eagle touched my head. I am not sure what does this indicate? is it a good sign or a blessing from eagle? i am thinking positive and feeling that its a blessing from Vishnu and Eagle. Do you know anything about what happens if Eagle touches human head? Any info would be a great help.