What does it mean when a bird flies into your house, according to bird lore? And Some Other Myths

A bird flying into your house can be cause for alarm. How are you going to get it out? Is the cat going to chase it? How many poops will it make? But the fact that birds fly into houses might mean more than you think.

Over the years, different cultures have come up with a wide range of symbolic meanings for these kinds of things. The idea that birds bring messages is one of the most common superstitions.

Depending on the type of bird, the message could be good or bad. If a cardinal is your messenger, it could mean good things are coming, while ravens usually bring bad news. Check out these other symbols and beliefs about birds from different cultures.

Morrigan and the Celtic Crow: What They Mean

Like crows and ravens, blackbirds often get a bad name. It’s possible that this is because they are carrion birds, which means they eat dead animals. Because of this, they are often linked to death.

In Irish folklore, crows are linked to the Celtic goddess Morrigan, who is said to be able to change into a crow at will. Morrigan was the queen of war, fate, and death. She was one of the most powerful and feared gods in Irish mythology. The Ancient Irish Goddess of War, a book written in 1870, says that Morrigan would fly around battlefields as a crow and tell warriors when they would die.

When Celtic warriors were in battle, seeing a crow was a scary sign. It could make them fight harder to stay alive or make them want to run away. People often said that Morrigan could change how a battle turned out in this way.

Ravens live in the Tower of London.

Every once in a while, blackbirds like ravens get a break and are linked to something much better than death or destruction. The ravens at the Tower of London are one of the best examples from history.

Since the 1600s, the Tower of London has always kept at least six ravens. Legend has it that it all started when astronomer John Flamsteed told King Charles II that the many ravens around the first Royal Observatory were making it hard for him to see the stars.

King Charles II wanted to kill the birds, but a prophet told him that “if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall, and Britain will fall with it.” Yikes! This was enough to get the king to quickly forgive the birds, and it also made him decide that at least six ravens should always be kept in the tower.

Today, nine ravens live in the tower that is 1,000 years old. Jubilee, Harris, Gripp, Rocky, Erin, Poppy, Georgie, Edgar, and Branwen are their names.

Honk for the Magpie

If you’re walking down the street in the UK and see a magpie, make sure to wish it a good day and ask how the rest of its family is doing. Seem strange?

Maybe, until you remember that in the U.S. and Canada, we have a whole holiday that is all about a groundhog. The “salute the magpie” belief in the UK may come from the fact that magpies stay with the same partner for life. So, if you see a magpie all by itself, it might be sad because it lost its partner. By asking about its wife and kids, you’re saying that you hope it just went out to get worms for the kids and that you hope it won’t get sick.

If you see a pair of magpies, it’s thought to be a sign that everything is going well.

Birds As Luck in Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an old Chinese way of arranging things so that good energy flows through them. Feng Shui has many tips and tricks for how to arrange the inside of your home to improve its energy, bring in wealth or luck, and create harmony.

Feng Shui says that if you want more luck in your life, you should decorate with more bird art or symbols. Before you fill your Amazon cart with random bird decorations, make sure you choose the right ones.

Here are some common Feng Shui birds and what they represent to help you get started:

Phoenix – Health and long life

Love Mandarin Ducks

Peacock – Abundance

Magpies – Happiness

Doves: It’s good news

Parrots are a sign of good luck and wealth.

If you’re ready to go all out, you can use a wall decal or photo of the powerful “100 birds” symbol. In Feng Shui, it is said that a display of 100 birds will bring good luck. Just make sure that they look like they are flying into your home instead of away from it.

When Bird Poop Is a Good Sign

Even though most people would think it’s bad luck if a bird pooped on their head, many cultures believe it’s a sign of good luck. People think that the superstition started in Russia, but no one knows for sure where or why it started.

One of the most likely reasons why getting bird poop on you is good luck is that it doesn’t happen very often. People say that the odds of a bird using your head as a bathroom are even lower than the odds of winning the lottery.

Okay, this belief is a little strange, but that hasn’t stopped many people from believing it.

NBA star Dwayne Wade is one of many people who understand what the bird poop blessing means. Wade once posted on social media about a few times when random birds pecked him on the head and then he had great luck right after.

Hey, do whatever makes you feel good, right? We hope you’ve had fun learning about these interesting bird beliefs from different cultures. And don’t forget to salute any magpies you see along the way.

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