The Red Feather

I love the way symbols manifest themselves in my life and the synchronicity that goes along with it. It’s this kind of magic that makes my kiddie heart laugh with delight! It makes all of the struggles, hard work, and confused glances that I get from people who don’t, won’t or can’t believe that another world could exist beyond this one, so worth it.

Enter the Red Feather.

But first, let me introduce Derek O’Neill, a transformational therapist, author, healer, speaker and humanitarian. He has this online radio show that I’ve been listening to for the past two weeks. I’ve also seen him seven times in NYC when he decided to come across the pond (he’s from Ireland) and teach us a few tricks. I can say without a doubt that he’s the real deal and has helped me and many others with his wisdom and healing. He is a master teacher if there ever was one.

Today, as I listened to several of Derek’s shows on dream interpretation as well as color, I learned that the dreams you have just prior to waking will affect your mood for the rest of the day. Fascinating stuff. And when you decide what color that you want wear for the day, you do so on an unconscious level. Brown could mean that your life is falling apart and blue means that you want to communicate or reach the sky. Yellow is a nurturing color and lilac very spiritual. Red is energetic and powerful and active.

I left work early and headed to the Christmas Tree Shop to return some curtains, and when I got out of my car, right behind it in the parking lot was a red feather. I knew that it was a message, so I scooped it up and when I got home, I started to Google what a red feather might mean.

There can be many interpretations for any symbol, so I usually just go with my intuition. Nine times out of ten the answer will be connected to whatever important issue(s) is going on in your life, and anything that has an emotional factor to it, the more potent the symbol will be. Our emotions send out powerful streamers of energy that reach our loved ones, Spirit Guides and Angels on the other side most strongly, and it is usually one of them that will respond to us with a symbolic message in dreams or waking life. In my case, it was a red feather.

I knew that feather represented Spirit and Air and the Winged Ones, and red is the Root Chakra, the first one at the base of the spine and one that I need to keep activated and healthy because it keeps me grounded and focused. In fact, I know that I need red to balance out my blue aura and my constant mental/spiritual activities.

Searching on Google, I discovered that a red feather symbolizes a physical and spiritual warrior. Red, which symbolizes the blood of ones spirit, body, and enemies. Well, I don’t have any enemies, at least none that I know of.

So I kept looking and found that feathers represent Angels, and in particular, Archangel Uriel. He is the archangel of wisdom and is in charge of the red angel light ray. People sometimes ask for Uriel’s help to seek God’s wisdom before making decisions, or help with creative ideas, learn new things, solve problems, let go of negative emotions and recognize bad or dangerous situations.

I mulled that over for a stretchy minute, feeling that I was in the ballpark then glanced over at my art table. Spread out next to my artwork, books, paintbrushes, biscotti bits and nearly empty teacup, was a reading I had done last night that I had forgotten about. Curious, I got up and looked at the spread and sure enough the angel card that I had picked last night was Archangel Uriel (shakes head, grins large and wide).

Well blow me down, Popeye. You can’t get any more magical than that, can you? This is exactly why I keep on, keeping on, with this glorious magical life that I am cooking. And if I can do it, any one can. All you gots to do is believe.

So what was the message on the card? It said, Brilliant Idea! “Yes, your idea is Divinely guided … please take action (red) to bring your idea to fruition.”

I’m listening, Archangel Uriel, and thanks for the feather.



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Shelley Shayner

Also known as the Artistic Mystic, Shelley is a published author, an award-winning artist, and an intuitive. She has written and illustrated children’s books, adult non-fiction books, and journals. She has a B.A. in Illustration and there is always a painting in progress on her easel; her favorite subject matter is animals, nature, or some kind of fantasy. Shelley is also a spiritual advisor, a Reiki master, and a dream expert. She teaches workshops on Spirit Animals, Dreams, and Art.

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    Posted at 09:09h, 25 August Reply

    […] went searching for red feather symbolism, and ran across this blog post written by another Shelley, who also puts stake in synchronicity like I do. No coincidence there. […]

    • Shelley Shayner
      Posted at 11:30h, 25 August Reply

      Another amazing synchronicity from one Shelley Tarot Reader to another! Your blog post is excellent, and I totally agree with you, in that we create our own reality through our thoughts and beliefs, which creates our expectations. In fact, seeing your reply to my post today confirms my continual push to transform my mind from negative thoughts (mortal mind) to positive thoughts (spiritual/God mind), and changing my reality.

  • Robert Pope
    Posted at 12:52h, 27 November Reply

    The biggest oredeal I have faced recently is spine surgery, on my upper back and neck. It really set me back, and the doctor told me from the beginning that full recovery took 18 months. It’s been one year and one month now, so five more months to go. But I sincerely wondered if this would happen for me, as I am still having pain, discomfort, tightness. Though it has gotten better, I have a distance to go. I am a professor at a local university, recently retired, also a writer, having published something in the area of 100 stories or essays, as well as a novel and a collection of stories beack in the nineties. I am filling in teaching two classes at two universities in the area. One of them is about the American Western novel, and I give quizzes to keep everyone on task and make the discussion better. On the quiz on Charles Portis’ novel True Grit, I asked a question about one of the characters who was native American, and one of the bogus multiple choice answers I gave was a name that jumped into my head out of the blue: Red Feather. I was surprised how many students chose the bogus response. I also play online hearts a few times in the morning and had grown tired of my previous name, so I changed it to Red Feather and used the snake avatar for my player. Someone playing with me asked if I was a real Red Feather. As you did, I went to Google. The first identity I found was a spiritual and physical warrior, which pleased me no end. But I was surprised to find what you and others have shared, that it is also a symbol for someone healing and getting stronger. I will keep this as a symbol for at least five more months, hoping not only for ohysical and spiritual restoration, but for inspirtion and restoration for my writing as well, which took a hit from my physical condition. Writing is a requirement of my living.

    • Shelley Shayner
      Posted at 03:55h, 23 December Reply

      I wish you all the best on your healing journey, as well as renewed inspiration for your writing! May the Red Feather be your muse and healer.

  • Penny Beard
    Posted at 02:19h, 01 September Reply

    Hiya Miss Shelley,

    I’m here too, chasing a red feather placed in my path today, I think by my mother. We didn’t have the best relationship, but in intuiting for myself, I think it was her because the red feather was vertically propped up against my pillow–from my higher nightstand shelf. Said red feather had been physically relocated, not just blown across by a breeze. It had originally fallen from my dream catcher and landed on me as I napped after an intense remote higher self session with a psychic. That was special, so I placed it with care on my nightstand shelf. Until it showed up parked at my pillow this afternoon. Which made me think of a dream I wrote down twenty years ago: it was of my mother reaching an Eagle’s feather for me with ease from an awning. The book I wrote my dreams in? Covered in illustrations of feathers. Much peace and love to you ❤️

  • challey
    Posted at 12:01h, 17 March Reply

    i found a red feather yesterday in my drive way at home , i believe that it was a message just not sure what it can mean , i believe in messages from above , it was what look like a african greys tail feather , is it possible for you to give a little help in figuring out what this meaning is , it is really bothering me , and i need to know the meaning please please help

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 20:39h, 18 March Reply

      Hi Challey,
      For something like this, I would suggest a reading with me to figure out the meaning. I’m not certain what it means beyond the fact that it is a message for you. You can always meditate on it or try your hand at automatic writing.
      Good luck!

  • Sage
    Posted at 01:42h, 27 February Reply

    I’m an old cowboy. I had a dream just before I woke up at 5am that I put a red feather in my hatband. I was curious and ended up at this page. Amazing to see other have had red feather expeiences.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 18:03h, 27 February Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Sage! I hope you found some useful or enlightening information 🙂

  • donna brookover
    Posted at 23:23h, 04 November Reply

    My mom died in December and my father was just released from the hospital with a little brain bleed. Last night before waking up, I had a dream that I was visiting my parents at their house and their living room window is outlined with beautiful red feathers. It was so wonderful to be talking to my mom in this dream.
    Truly I felt this was a message from my mother.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 22:51h, 21 November Reply

      Hi Donna, thank you for sharing your dream! Yes, i do believe it was a message from your mother and the red feathers could be a symbol that represents her from now on. Look for red feathers as a sign 🙂

      • dianaly ponce
        Posted at 18:11h, 06 December Reply

        Well i dreamed that my family was on a trip and my mom found a red hearted feather and she gave it to me and she told me never let it go hold it tight it was ur grandmothers feather if u let it go its like leting ur grandmother go so we were on our trip and we rested a little while then fue feather almost flue away but i catched it and that happened several times in my dream then white feathers started to apper and thats all please help me i really want to find out what it means.

        • Shelley Szajner
          Posted at 21:33h, 11 December Reply

          Hi, all symbolic messages are very personal and take time and effort to unravel their true meaning. You can ask your Higher Self for an answer through meditation or dreams. But If you’d like to receive a more in depth answer from me, please set up an appointment for a reading/consultation.
          Thank you.

  • Patti Griffiths
    Posted at 13:04h, 15 May Reply

    Thanks for this post and interpretation. I have been trying to connect more with my spirit guides this year. I was thinking about that while driving to work and feeling a bit disheartened with my perceived lack of success. I looked over to pick up my travel mug of coffee and noticed a red feather seated squarely on top of my mug! This was IN my car with the windows rolled up. I thanked my spirit guides! Upon entering the parking garage that evening after work I found a beautiful but lifeless butterfly in my path. I picked her up and have her on my desk with the feather-

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 15:02h, 15 May Reply

      You’re welcome Patti! What an amazing sign you received from your Guides! Life is so magical when we open our eyes and our hearts to the messages that are all around us. Thank you for sharing your story 🙂


  • Cassie Whitney
    Posted at 20:28h, 01 July Reply

    found feathers in my car Posted by Ryan Monday, September 11, 2006 at 12:50:14 Reply:hi about a year ago or more i went into my car to get my coat which was sitting in the backseat!!!when i put on the coat i noticed there was these little white feathers on the time i never thought nothing of it, i didnt even think about it and got on with my life. then 1 day about 7 months later i was reading the paper and there was this article about a woman who had an experience with an angel and in the story she mentioned white feathers. that was the first time in 7 months i had thought back to that day in the car!! then a few months later my sister came to visit us and i told her about it!!we talked about it but didnt have any idea wot to think. then just a few nites ago she text me saying she had bought this book by derek aroah or something the guy from most haunted… he talks about these feathers and angels. he states that there r two different types of angels… angels who have lived as beings on earth before they died and angels who have never lived on earth. its the angels who have never lived on earth that leave behind the feathers. im trying my best to find out more but if any1 has any information please email me and let me no!

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 21:52h, 14 July Reply

      I feel that feathers are a sign from above, Angels especially, but depending on the feather, it could be a message from that particular bird. I just go with my intuition if I’m not sure what the message is.

  • Twitter23
    Posted at 02:39h, 21 January Reply

    Hi, just wanted to say i liked this article. it was practical. keep on posting.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 04:24h, 21 January Reply

      Thank you for the likey!

  • Shelley Szajner
    Posted at 20:29h, 26 May Reply

    Thank you, Mare! May a red feather cross your path …

  • marie gilbert
    Posted at 20:12h, 26 May Reply

    Wonderful post!!!

  • janolander
    Posted at 15:35h, 24 May Reply

    Great post Shelley … enjoyable … like a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and milk! Like that you follow your leads … reminds me of myself and my own searches for meaning and connection in this and other w-o-r-l-d-s.:A red feather indeed! 😀

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 20:47h, 24 May Reply

      Thank you, Jan, I’m glad this resonated with you, and expected that it would, knowing that we travel a very similar path. And I love chocolate chip cookies and milk—yummy!

      Shelley Red Feather

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