Magpie Meaning and Symbolism
Apr 27
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Magpie Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Magpie Spirit Animal


Magpie symbolism represents a powerful spirit animal that is closely related to the raven.  Smart, inquisitive, cautious this large multicolored bird can be found all over the world. Known for their trickery and calculating mind they also sing beautiful songs much like a songbird.  As a spirit animal the magpie totem teaches us about embracing our inner and outer strengths. Because it has light and dark feathers it is said that the magpie can travel between light and dark realms.  Which helps bring us into balance and understanding. As your spirit animal it will help guide you through the respective realm you must journey through. The magpie is a practitioner of magic, this should be taken into account when considering your spirit animal.

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Encounters with the Magpie

What is the meaning of magpie symbolism? Find out what symbol the magpie spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Are you struggling with a dream that seems to far out of reach?

Magpie symbolism helps us bridge the gap between the practical and visionary sides of our life.  When you are struggling because your dreams may not even seem possible call on the magpie to guide you.  It will be able to help you navigate the space between the possible and impossible and will help things come into fruition.

Have you been doing a lot of talking with no action?

As a magpie spirit animal person it’s no surprise that you’ll find yourself in these kinds of situations.  You share and talk about a dream or goal to the point where you friends or family begin to question if you’ll ever do anything about it.  In this case the magpie will appear to you to tell you that it is time to take action! Don’t be afraid of what that first step might look like or of humble beginnings.  Put together a plan and take the first step!

Are you drawn to the metaphysical realms?

Like the raven the magpie is closely connected to spirituality and especially metaphysical realms.  When you find yourself drawn to such sources and power the magpie totem will appear to you as your guide.  You can trust this keen and intelligent spirit animal to guide you on your journey. Take time to focus and explore the world before you and the magpie will guide the way.

Are you unsure about how to move forward in a situation?

Magpie symbolism is able to guide us through it’s intelligence and keen mind.  When you’re stuck on a problem or a difficult situation and you don’t know what to do call on the magpie totem!  Not only can this creature offer you guidance but it can help you understand the pros and cons of multiple directions you may choose.

Have you been experiencing uncomfortable changes?

In the wild the magpie is a highly adaptable bird that is able to thrive and make the best out of all situations.  When you find yourself in an uncomfortable place that is necessary for you to be in call on the magpie spirit animal.  This bird can teach you the art of adapting to your surroundings and finding peace and comfort in unusual places.

Magpie Symbolism: The Magpie Spirit

Could the Magpie be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:


One sign that the magpie is your spirit animal will be in your humor.  In the wild magpies have been known to mimic and tease other birds and species like squirrels.  Likewise, you’re humor will typically be at the expense of others and your impersonations are spot on!  Because of this you are known for being the life of the party and others love to be around you.


Not many people realize that magpies are loyal creatures.  In fact they’ve been known to bond to each other, other animals and to people.  When a magpie has bonded with another they express their fondness by bringing gifts to that individual and will behave affectionately toward them.  Likewise, magpie spirit animal people are known for their loyalty. They take care to let those that they treasure know that they are important to them.

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What is the Magpie Spirit Animal?


It’s true that magpies can look rather sinister and the same is true for magpie spirit animal people.  To strangers or people who aren’t familiar with them a magpie totem person can seem intimidating. Especially, in a work and professional setting.  Because of this they have to go out of their way to express friendliness towards others.


Another sign that the magpie is your spirit animal will be in your curiosity.  Magpies are naturally curious and love to explore the world around them. Likewise, a magpie totem person will harbor a natural curiosity.  They will express interest in countless subjects and tend to be a “jack of all trades”. Their knowledge and insight into countless areas of life make them a resourceful and knowledgeable force to be reckoned with.

What are the Traits of the Magpie Totem?

Lessons from the Magpie Spirit Animal

Magpies are:

  • Keen
  • Observant
  • Problem Solving
  • Strong
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In the wild magpies are known for consuming carrion.  Through this they teach us a very important lesson. That we must allow the death of our past mistakes to help fuel our future.  Instead of hiding a mistake in the past you must give yourself time to consider it. After you have meditated on the mistake allow yourself to learn from your mistake.  This knowledge will help you in the future by fueling your mind for the challenges that may arise.

What does the magpie spirit mean? Magic and metaphysical power! People with this spirit animal will be drawn to magical practices and the realm of the metaphysical.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Magpie

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A strength of the magpie totem is it’s adaptive nature.  In the wild magpies prefer to nest in trees but when a proper nest isn’t available they improvise.  Magpies will create nests on the ground complete with a roof and side doors. As a magpie spirit animal person you will be able to adapt and adjust to trying situations.  Even when things don’t meet your expectations you will be able to make things work!


In general magpies live relatively solitary lives.  During the cold winter months they have been known to actually flock together.  Creating massive roosts that house hundreds of magpies that all come together in order to tough out the harsh winter months.  As a magpie totem person don’t be surprised if you find yourself content and happy to live independent of others. However, when your season in life changes don’t be too proud to ask others for help.  In fact, surrounding yourself with like minded individuals will actually bring out your strengths.


Not many people realize that the magpie is actually a song bird.  They can mimic and sing a variety of beautiful songs. As a magpie spirit animal person you will have to ability to mimic others tones and opinions.  However, there is strength in your own original song. Don’t forget that your voice and opinions matter. And that you have the creativity to stand on your own with your song.  Never underestimate the power of your own creativity.

Light and Dark

Magpie symbolism exists between both light and dark realms.  Especially when it comes to magical forces and spiritual power. Because of this it is able to find balance and draw power from both light and darkness.  As a magpie totem person you will be able to connect to both sides of this energy. And as long as you spend your time seeking each piece equally you will be able to achieve balance that is unheard of.



In the wild researchers have found that while magpies are monogamous however they cheating has been observed.  When a male mated magpie is out if he encounters a female while his mate is away he will flirt and attempt to court her.  Now, if a mated pair encounter a lone female they will act aggressive towards it. This teaches us that accountability is important to a magpie totem person.  Be careful not to put yourself in compromising situations especially if you are in a relationship. Another thing this teaches us is to be on our guard against our natural selves.  A magpie spirit animal person will be tempted to cheat or steal if the opportunity arises.


It’s not secret that magpies have a history of being mislabeled and misunderstood.  When most people even look at these birds they can’t help but be prejudice. While it is unfortunate as a magpie spirit animal person you have to fight for a good reputation.  Depending on where you are and what you’re doing it may feel like it is hopeless and not worth the time and energy. Because of this others misunderstanding your character can be one of your greatest weaknesses.


When magpie symbolism is in your life don’t be surprised if you start to become loud and raucous!  In the wild these birds are known for making quite a bit of noise. They’ll be happy to inform anyone in the area whether they’re happy or if they’re annoyed by an intruder.  Likewise, magpie totem people can easily become so vocal that they don’t stop to think about what they’re saying before it comes out of their mouth.

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The Magpie in Dreams: What it Means

When magpie symbolism appears in your dreams it carries with it several different meanings.  When you see a magpie soaring in the air it is a sign that your season is about to change. For better or for worse things have already been set in motion.  Be on the lookout for changes in your relationships, living situation, or professional field.

During dream time when you hear a magpie calling or singing it is a sign that you need to evaluate your opinions.  As well as take a closer look at your creative outlets. If you’ve been stagnant and haven’t done anything new lately now is the time!

When you see a magpie that is displaying it’s feathers or if you are drawn to it’s coloration it holds this message.  You need to find balance in your life by embracing the light and dark. The magpie totem is in your life to help you find this balance in order for you to find wholeness.

During your dream if a magpie looks closely or seems to be inspecting you it holds this meaning.  You must embrace your natural curiosity and look within. Spend considerable time examining your motives, passions and pursuits.  It is also important for you to take this time to be sure that you know who you are within.

A magpie is a sign of magic and inner and outer strengths. It’s important to consider this when interpreting dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Magpie

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In China, magpie symbolism is an omen of good luck and happiness!

The magpie has several different meanings according to different Native American tribes.  In some the magpie is revered as a messenger of the Creator. To other tribes the magpie is portrayed as a gossip that is up to no good.  While others say that the magpie is a helpful creature that will warn you in times of danger.

In Europe the magpie has a special meaning dependent on the number present because of this poem,

“One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told.”

Around the world the Magpie is a symbol of magic. This spirit animal harbors a connection to both light and dark powers and realms.

Historical Facts

Magpies have had a history of being called thieves that are attracted to shiny objects.  This was believe to be fact until a few years ago when this was proved to be a myth!

Animal Quotes

I’m like a magpie. I use lots of different things to build a character.
Andrew Lincoln
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Albert Einstein

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