Vulture Totem Meaning

I’ll just start out with saying that never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would write a post about the meaning of the vulture totem. I honestly had not given much thought that there would even be a totem for what most would consider a disgusting bird. What I have discovered over the years of writing this blog is that my instincts often take me to places that I would have never considered on my own. Out of the blue an animal will keep coming to me and that is why today we are going to learn about the vulture totem meaning. Those buzzards (as some call them) have literally flown into my vision so many times that I finally got the message that I was to research and write about them. Sometimes my radar is slow but a persistent spirit will just keep coming to me until I finally get the message.

As I began to reflect about this bird and to study it, I realized that this is not the first time that he has come to me. A few years back, I was seeing them daily and even had a committee (group) of them in my backyard one day. Let me tell you that up close and personal these are big birds! I would see them in flight which is called a kettle of vultures and I would see them as a wake (group feeding). At the time, I thought they were interesting and wondered why they kept making themselves seen to me but I did not get the hint that the vulture spirit was there for a reason. Now, that I have taken notice, I know why they were with me before.

Those of you who follow this blog may remember that about this time last year I made a journey to a place that the Indians of my heritage considered a sacred place. It was there that my spiritual name of Two Feathers was revealed to me. My husband and I have just returned from a second visit to this special place. I wasn’t feeling that anything necessarily new would be revealed on this trip. I did expect to be energized by the stones but other than that I had no other expectations.

On that first visit I saw buzzards or vultures a lot, I mean seriously I saw them everywhere! I even laughed because one day there was a kettle of them circling over a cemetery. I understand why I was seeing them on that first trip now. I had gone through a bit of a purification and a new vision had been revealed to me. The vulture totem symbolizes both. It is about death and rebirth which is in a way what was going on with me on that first trip. I was letting some old stuff die away so that I could open up to a birthing of the new me.

Fast forward to the second visit which just occurred. You guessed it, those buzzards were with me again. I noticed them in flight a few times but it wasn’t until I was on top of what the locals call a hill (I would call it a small mountain!) that the proverbial light bulb turned on in my brain. I was standing in the sun and just letting myself absorb the energy and good spirits of the place. I said a little prayer of gratitude for being allowed to stand on that ground and then I noticed a large shadow sweep over me. I looked up and there was a kettle of about 7 (a sacred number) vultures circling over me. It just took my breath away! I wasn’t frightened but suddenly felt very peaceful, almost refreshed and I knew right then that there was meaning in me seeing these misunderstood birds.

There is a significance of me standing in the sun as I found out. Vultures do a ritual every morning that entails spreading their wings and standing in the sun. The scientific reason is to let the sun dry any dew off of their feathers and to kill any bacteria that might be on their heads from feeding the day before. Those of us who understand the spiritual acts of critters can see that it is most probably more than that with these birds. Vultures are a symbol of heaven and earth, spirit and matter, good and evil. This act of spreading their wings to the sun is a form of worship and connection, I believe.

Turkey Vultures

I am going to have to go into much further detail of this totem at a latter posting because it is really fascinating and involves a lot of teachings. I’ll give the brief version for now. If vulture is working with you it is a time of purification, a time of death and rebirth and a time of new vision. Your sight becomes clear and your sense of smell will be heightened (something does not smell just right) and you might even experience some digestive changes. Basically, when the vulture comes as a totem it is a sign that a higher purpose is at work and any suffering that you might have been experiencing was temporary but necessary for this new birth to come to fruition. I promise I will continue with the study of this totem, soon!

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8 Responses to Vulture Totem Meaning

  1. AJ says:

    So you have your Vultures Bev, and I have my Red Kites – seems to me that the messages we are both getting right now are pushing us on a similar path towards a different journey to the one we have been travelling these past few years :)

    • Beverly Two Feathers says:

      Kind of amazing that our two birds have flown in to give us both messages that are so similar. There is no doubt (and there was for a while) that my journey is veering off to a new direction, as is yours. Vulture just made it clear for me to go in the new direction with confidence instead of standing there scratching my head and wondering which way to go forward.

  2. JeanMarie Randall says:

    How interesting. I always see aniimals and different birds when I am in a crises. There has been a large buzzard in front of my window and fling close to my window. I live on a river. We have just had a death yesterday in the family. So…… This is a sign of what?

    • Beverly Two Feathers says:

      First of all, I’m sorry for your loss. I would read that last paragraph of this post again, your answer is most likely there.

  3. Willie says:

    I saw two committees yesterday and it really left me wondering about what it meant. Your article really struck me as I am definitely in a period of rebirth. Thank you for sharing this!!!

  4. Ece says:

    Thank you for the information you provided. Very useful! I have been seeing them on a regular basis. I know they have a strong message for me but it’s not clear yet. I feel like they are following me everywhere but today some reason they were more obvious than ever. A few of them were standing in front of my window. I didn’t get positive feelings or emotions when they were starring at me. I was wondering if you could help me to understand these birds.
    Love & Light

    • Beverly Two Feathers says:

      Aaniin! Well, there can’t be a more obvious example of a spirit animal trying to get your attention! Standing in front of your window certainly means Brother Vulture has come to help you with a message. You are in a purification phase at the moment, that is why Vulture has come. You will be letting something old die away. It can be and usually is an emotional type of scar that you are going to just let go of. Sometimes it is as simple as a long time ago someone hurt your feelings and you have carried that hurt with you for a long time, suddenly you decide it really isn’t important and you refuse to feel the hurt anymore. Could be a resentment, a habit, any manner of things that are hurting your soul. Feel free to let it go because that causes a healing and allows for a rebirth or restoring of your soul to a better and healthier state. That is the basic message from this misunderstood bird, a purification process is occurring within you. Your not feeling positive when the birds were looking at you is normal…our human nature is to resist change. Your soul was feeling uncomfortable about allowing the new to enter even though it knows that it will be better, the journey might be slightly uncomfortable or painful. Your soul will catch up to the idea before your outer thoughts do. We sometimes hang on to our painful experiences in life for far too long and they almost seem like an old friend. This “friend” has been holding you back so kick it out of your thoughts and move forward. After all, not all of our friends are good for us.

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