Eagle Meaning and Symbolism

What Does an Eagle Symbolize

Both bald and golden eagle, being among the largest birds, symbolize power and freedom – the stamina to unearth your capabilities and the liberty to move ahead triumphantly.

Symbol of a New Beginning

Its ruling over the Eastern quarter of creation stands for rebirth and spring, both indicating that you would be blessed with a new life and hope to attain whatever you have dreamt of. They signify that the skill lies within you, you just need to believe in yourself and choose your destiny.

Having an Eagle as Your Spirit Animal (Totem Animal)

To have an eagle as your totem animal means that you are focussed on your goal, yet adventurous, vibrant and keen to experience everything with delight.

But as much as you are daring, you are equally grounded and benign in thinking of others and providing solutions to their problems.

You have divine wisdom, insight and you follow an enlightened path.

You do not believe in outdated habits and ideas and use your energy for maximum outcome.

You possess sharp eyesight like an eagle that enables you to have a clear understanding of past, present, and future and you can execute every work with accuracy.

Just as an eagle manifests its acute sense of time by grabbing its prey at the surest opportunity, so too, you are a master of correct timing – you never miss chances and dazzle all by your fascinating insight.

Eagle Symbolism Spirit Animal Dream

What Does it Mean When You See an Eagle

Seeing a Flying Eagle

Its flight signifies that it’s watching over you like a protective guardian and beckoning you to be humble and modest.

Seeing an Eagle Land

If you see a bald eagle landing, it means that either you will receive an important message from someone, or your long journey will be over.

What Does it Mean to Dream About an Eagle

There are a number of interpretations and symbolism associated with eagle dreams. But, generally, seeing a golden or bald eagle in your dream is associated with the arrival of golden opportunities and positive changes in your life.

A flying eagle or one that is perched high is considered to bring good luck, suggesting that you’d be victorious in your endeavors. If it looks at you, it’s a signal for your introspection and self-examination.

A nest of young eagles in your dream stands for your social advancement.

Seeing a bald eagle in a cage suggests that you may suffer financial problems.

Mating of two eagles symbolizes that you have ultimately achieved your goal.

Turning into an eagle in your dream may mean that you are hiding from or repressing something in your life.

Dreaming of a white eagle suggests that you will soon acquire an inheritance.

On the other hand, a black eagle may imply that people of a higher social or professional standing are conspiring against you.

Seeing an eagle biting you or attacking you with its claws may signify a coming financial crisis for you.

An eagle holding a snake in its talons symbolizes your inner conflict.

An eagle devouring its prey or diving to attack is indicative of danger; it suggests that someone in your life is trying to spoil your attempts in achieving something.

Eagle eggs or baby eagles symbolize that your new projects or business deals will be successful.

An eagle surrounded by other eagles is an indication that you are in love. Simultaneously, its death or destruction may point towards loss of love or the fact that something might be forcefully taken from you.

Seeing a dead eagle or one having difficulty in flying is believed to signify the powerlessness or some enemy, or that an authority figure in your life may lose their power over you.

Dreaming of yourself killing an eagle means that you will finally achieve your targets despite all hardships.

Spiritual Meaning and Symbolism of Eagles in Different Cultures

An eagle, serving as the universal symbol of the Gods of the sky, like Zeus or Jupiter, often occurs in the form of a transformed man or a hybrid.  In fact, the word “eagle” comes from the eagle, Aquila that recovered Zeus’s thunderbolts and carried his messages. The varied depictions of eagles fighting with bulls or serpents reflect the eternal triumph of good over evil.

A double-headed eagle is one of the most prominent emblems of the Freemasons.

According to Christianity and the Bible

An eagle is seen as a messenger of God – a link that exists between heaven and earth.  With its strong and broad wings, an eagle stands for man’s belief and trust in God.

In Christianity, the divine eagle is the symbol of John the Evangelist for he perceives the exalting light of intellect. The ability of an eagle to steadfastly look at the sun while soaring symbolizes Christ’s unwavering faith.

In the Aztec Culture

A popular story holds that the Aztec tribe was instructed by God to settle at a place where they would find a particular eagle, mounted on a cactus and devouring a snake. This area today is Mexico, and the iconic image of a serpent swallowing eagle has been adopted as its coat of arms. Symbolically, it stands for celestial power, ushering light in man’s life.

In Native American Culture

As an eagle is considered to be a messenger of the Gods, an eagle’s feather symbolizes freedom, honor, power, and immortality.

In Roman Culture

Believed to be the bearer of Jupiter’s thunderbolt, an eagle symbolized strength and power in the Roman Empire.

In Greek Culture

The Greeks held that an eagle was a messenger to Zeus who occasionally transformed into the bird to carry his lover, Ganymede to Mt. Olympus. Symbolizing authority, virility, and ruler-ship, it’s thus portrayed with thunderbolts in its talons.

Ancient Egyptian Culture

The Eagle represented the God of light Amun-ra (or the Sun God Horus), and symbolized wisdom. Alternately, it stood for courage, power, and immortality.

In Indian Culture

In India, the symbolic eagle of Vedic mythology is Garuda, the serpent-swallower that often serves as a transport of Vishnu and is known to have fought with the snake, “Kalia.”

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