Red Kite Totem Messages

Except for pictures, I have never seen a red kite; I have heard of them but have never had the pleasure of seeing one in nature. The other day, I was talking to my good friend AJ Ashley who lives in the UK. AJ has been visiting an area on a regular basis with her daughter and they have been seeing these really incredible birds. She asked me if I knew what the totem messages might be for the Red Kite. I told her that I did not, but that I would find out. So, dear friend, this post is dedicated to you!

I have to admit I had to fly around, probably not as gracefully as a kite, to find the information to come up with the lessons of this bird of prey. What I found is quite interesting. I thought that since many of my readers may be like me and have never encountered this raptor in their own area, maybe this video showing kites in flight in the UK might help before we learn what it can teach us. I just love that distinct wing pattern in flight!

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These exquisite and buoyant birds talk to us about grace and gentleness which is kind of amazing when you consider that for the most part these birds of prey are scavengers. At one time in the UK they were not welcomed at all, even though they were responsible for getting rid of carrion and garbage. Although when you think about it, here are these birds who are willing to do the job that most don’t want to bother with (dead and smelly things!) and in the next instance they can soar overhead with a grace and beauty that will just take your breath away.

Kites are also connected to the underworld, which also makes sense by them preferring to eat things that are already dead rather than to catch a live animal and have to kill it before they eat it. That connection to the underworld reminds us to be open to psychic awareness and to learn how to breathe in a relaxed way allowing our minds to open to new thoughts and messages from the spirits.

The Red Kite does not live in the North American continent and for quite some time has been on the Near Threatened status list even in the UK. They have been re-introduced in Europe and there is some success in seeing more mating pairs, as my friend AJ can attest to. I can imagine that seeing this medium to large predator in the sky is the equivalent to someone here in the US seeing an eagle flying high. It is due to this survival that the Red Kite is also associated with change and prophecy.

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As with all birds in the raptor family, a kite’s eyesight is remarkable. The lesson there is that we should always remember to try to look at the big picture and to see things with as much clarity as we can muster. We should remember to look to the distance to see what might be coming in our future which goes along with the prophecy lesson.

I am so glad that AJ asked me about this bird because I really learned a lot as I studied it’s message! I can not help but think that it was meant for me to research the Red Kite so that I would hear its message. Since it is not a bird that would come into my daily life. The messages of looking in the distance for the future and having a clarity in my vision really rings a strong bell with me and the stuff that is going on in my life. I can see where the message is going to mean something to AJ, too. Perhaps you would like to learn a little more about my friend. You can see a little bit by visiting her blog: Gardening For Beginners

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Beverly Two Feathers

Beverly Two Feathers is my spiritual name, other places I use my Anglo name you can find me as Beverly Owens on Google +

5 thoughts on “Red Kite Totem Messages”

  1. Goodness, what an incredible totem the Red Kite is! Thank you for researching the meaning, Bev. As you say in your post, I most definitely do see a connection with what is happening in both our lives right now.

    You may like to know that the Red Kites we see the most are a breeding pair, currently with two babies born this year. The babies have learned to soar, but are still a little ungainly, with feathers that are more fluffly than the adult birds.

    Even when we cannot see them, we can hear them calling to each other and a few weeks ago we were lucky enough to see one of the adults with one of the babies sitting on fence posts only 50 yards away from us.

  2. Hi there I just came across this article and would just like to at I live in Berkshire (UK) and this year has seen a massive rise in red kites.. The other day a friend and I were driving and I got him to pull over as there was 12 red kites all gracefully flying/circling around.

  3. Thank you, a very informative article. Mum gave me a beautiful photograph of a red kite today, so I was looking for its meaning. They are breeding well in North Yorkshire. Last summer I was helping a friend with a car boot stall at Pannel, near Harrogate. Wonderfully, above us all, a red kite soared and swooped. Everyone stopped to watch. Later, as we were leaving, it had a mock dogfight with a crow. Both exhibited fantastic aerial skills.

  4. Ahhh it’s so lovely to read the information above.
    I live in the Highlands & take my new horse out riding in the steep hills and forests.
    I keep seeing this kite, first circling above my own cottage about 2 miles away and now, every time I go riding, it’s there.
    It gave my horse & I quite a fright, it sounded like a dog (we were trekking a long a forest path where there was unlikely to be people or dogs). I could tell my horse was being hyper alert, so I was trying to calm him but also wondering where the noise was coming from. I looked up and there was the bird soaring right above us and making the strangest barking type sound.
    I now see it quite often. Then today, it came soaring over & I actually thought it might land on one of the horses backs that I feed (it’s an old horse, he’s not mines but I feed him because his owners don’t really bother about him). Then, it flew off and circled above my own horse (the horses don’t even notice, nor care & he’s a big bird)…then landed, hopped about next to them & flew off to a tree.
    What a stunning bird & he’s massive, white tipped tail feathers. You would swear this bird was tame though, I am not kidding I was nearly ducking as he swooped into the field. I can only imagine some of the horse food is attracting mice or the likes, so it makes for good hunting? However, he is there all the time now & not bothered by the horses or I.
    I feel quite honoured that it treats me in the same way as the horses.
    Because of this, I too, was interested in it’s symbolic meaning because I can say for sure that I am not used to such a large bird always being there & coming in so close.

  5. When I made my first drum I journeyed for what to paint on it – I was shown a red kite 🙂 for many years I wanted to see one, but there weren’t many and there was talk of them being mostly in mid-Wales. Now many years later I live in mid Wales. There is a place in Rhayader that feeds the kites each day – they have been doing it for over 20 years. We went last summer and about 300 wild kites came in. What an experience! They said that in the winter they have up to 600 come in each day. Each has its territory so they will travel great distances to be there. Once you hear their gentle and eerie whistle you will always know a kite! Now I recognise them they are everywhere! One flies over our house every day – sometimes two. When we drive to London they are now in the sky nearly all the way there. A beautiful bird. It’s energy is more gentle than an eagle. Thank you for posting about the kite, it has been a joy to read it.

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