Fall cleaning (Vulture spirit meaning)

turkey vulture feather Somebody handed me a feather the other day. A very long, dark brown flight feather. Neither of us knew what sort of bird had dropped it. But I took it home and looked it up on the Feather Atlas (one of the better things our taxpayer dollars have been spent on.)

Turns out it is from a turkey vulture. I had to chuckle, as for me it was a timely coincidence.

I’m in the midst of a big transition, and as part of the process I”m cleaning and organizing my entire house – closets, attic, the whole nine yards.

Vulture: Symbol of Purification

Despite Vulture’s sordid looks and its diet of decaying flesh, its symbolic meaning has to do with purification and transformation. One of the stories I love about Vulture came from the native people of Costa Rica, who believed that the Vulture is responsible for carrying the souls of the dead up to heaven.

Fall is nearly here – the season of decline and decay. But it is also a season of beauty when seeds are being sown for new growth and new life.

Cleaning house is lots of hard work – especially when you’re digging through 20 years of accumulated stuff. But I’m already feeling clearer and lighter, and look forward to renewed energy and time for exciting new projects once the process is complete.

Whatever is happening in your life right now, take some time today to give thanks for the cycle of life and honor the way it is manifesting for you right now. Give it time – whatever is happening, this too shall pass! 🙂

(I don’t think I’ve introduced my spirit animal affirmation posters here yet. I’ll do it more formally in the next post, but for now just have to include the Vulture one!):

Spirit Animal affirmation poster - vulture

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The Vulture: Symbol of Resurrection

"Ascension," watercolor, 15x11"

You might think it strange to claim the vulture as a favorite bird.  But I’ve always loved to watch them in flight, gracefully riding the updrafts.  Contrary to popular myth, they don’t hang around waiting for their prey to die, but feast only on ready-made carrion.

While this may seem morbid (not to mention unappetizing), think about it for a moment.  The vulture provides a critical service by effectively disposing of remains that would otherwise pose a health risk to the population of the living.

For a bird of prey, the vulture is amazingly gentle.  It has no need to be violent or predatory.  In fact, you might say it lives a perfect, Zen-like existence.  Not many things want to eat a vulture, yet its food is freely offered by every creature that walks the crust of the Earth.

Spiritual meaning of vultures

Many years ago I was privileged to spend three months working and living in Costa Rica.  Of course I visited the museums in the capital, San Jose.  While there I noticed many images of vultures.  I learned that the native Central Americans believed that the vulture was responsible for carrying the souls of the departed up to heaven.

This painting was influenced by that belief, and to honor the natural cycle of life and death – each of which is truly just the other side of the other.

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