*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Eagle defines the self confidence of intellectual freedom to pursue unconventional concepts or issues.
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
American: Freedoms and liberties in which everyone deserves to share.
Soaring with an eagle: a type of flying dream.
Many solar gods are equated with this symbol, giving the eagle associations with the lifting of depression or a more conscious awareness.
Lofty ambitions that require great skill to achieve.
Jungian: Your father or another masculine authority figure. Leadership skills. Among the Romans, this bird became a kind of totem for the emperor, who was
thought to reincarnate as an eagle. Alternatively, this may also symbolize traditionally masculine characteristics like pride and fierceness developing.
An alternative lightning emblem. In ancient Greece, people placed eagles on temple rooftops to protect the building from lightning, as they felt this creature
controlled the fire from the sky.
Riding on the back of an eagle represents a spiritual voyage, possibly an astral journey or OBE.
*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:
Key Words: Powerful, thoughtful, intense
Magical Influences: Spirit flight (astral projection), acute vision, monogamy, attainment of high aspirations; mastery of the element of Air, evokes aid of
Personality: Eagles are commanding presences. Whether they want to or not, they attract attention. Those with this animal personality have strong leadership
skills and take swift action when it is needed. They also tend to mate for life and cannot understand how others can be happy with relationships that are
anything but monogamous.
Among ancient Mediterranean people, the eagle was associated with the sun god, fire, and lightning. Zeus, the father of the classical gods, took the form of an
eagle when he carried his young lover Ganymede to Mt. Olympus. For the Romans, the eagle became a symbol of the soverignty of its emperors, and the image was
carried before the Empire's legions as they set about conquering the known world.
The eagle became a popular symbol of power among the Germanic people because the great bird was representative of Wodan, the ruler of the gods. As with the
Romans before them with their Caesars the eagle's mastery of the heavens came to symbolize the sovereignty of the German kaisers.
Because the eagel could appear to fly so close to the sun, the Medicine priests of all the tribes regarded the large bird as a very special messenger of the
In India, the Vedic tradition also portrays the eagle as a messenger of divinity and as the bearer of soma, the favorite drink of the Vedi gods, from Indra.
An old Aztec folktale tells of the ciuapipiltin, spirits of women who died in childbirth, who returned to the earth to snare the children of living mothers.
These entities could appear in the form of ghostly women or as an eagle, swooping down from the sky.
Psalms 103:5, "so that thy youth is renewed like an eagle's"; and Isaiah 40:31, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles," both allude to the old Hebrew belief that the eagle had the ability to plunge into the sea and regenerate
itself every 10 years.
Over the years in Christian iconography, the eagle has represented a special messenger from Heaven, the spirit of prophecy, a prayer rising swiftly to God, and
even the Ascension of Christ. St. John the Evangelist is identified with the eagle.
In the old days, eagle feathers were used whenever possible on Native American war bonnets, rattles, shields, pipes, baskets, prayer sticks, and all kinds of
ceremonial costumes. The very style in which the feathers were clipped, colored, and arranged on a chief's or warrior's clothing would reveal his rank
in the tribe and the deeds that he had accomplished to earn that rank. Today, of course, with the eagle on the endangered species list, psuedo-eagle feathers
are created from crow, chicken, and turkey feathers.
And speaking of turkeys, if Ben Franklin had had his way, the turkey would be the official fowl of the United States, rather than the bald eagle. Franklin
considered the eagle to be little more than a scavenger, while in his opinion, the turkey was an honest, decent bird.
The origin of placing such high esteem on eagle feathers was told in an old Native American folktale that recounts how all the birds met one day to decide once
and for all which could fly the highest. Some flew up very swiftly, but soon became tired, but the eagle flew beyond them all and was about to calim the
victory when the crafty gray linnet suddenly emerged from its hiding place on the eagle's back and, fresh and rested, succeeded in flying the highest.
When the birds came back to alight on the Earth Mother, the great council of fowls still voted to award the prize to the eagle, for not only had it flown
closer to the sun than the other birds, it had done so with the linnet on its back. Hence, from that day forward, the feathers of the eagle were esteemed the
most honorable adornment for the warrior, as it is not only the bravest bird, but it is also endowed with the strength to soar the highest.
If the eagle has appeared to you in your dreams or visions and revealed itself as your totem animal, you may expect to receive renewed strength of body, mind,
and spirit. At the same time, you will find your meditations becoming more profound and your visions more prophetic in content. If you maintain a harmonious
and balanced lifestyle, you will feel a stronger connection with the Great Mystery than ever before in your spiritual pilgrimage on earth.
Just as the eagle can soar high above the earth and rise above its companions and its competitors, you must guard against the powerful eagle vibrations causing
you to withdraw from your family and friends and grow aloof from your community. If you listen carefully to your spirit helper, it will instruct you in the
sacred responsibility of sharing your prophetic insights with others and show you how to become the most effective kind of spiritual teacher.
*Bobby Lake-Thom/Spirits of the Earth:
Eagles are always very special and good signs. They represent protection, wealth, wisdom, foresight, strength, and spirituality. If one or more should approach
while you are praying or performing a ceremony, then you know your prayers have been answered. If I see an Eagle sitting in a tree, on a telephone pole, or
alongside the road while I am traveling, I know it is telling me that I will encounter a spiritual person up ahead, such as a medicine man or a ceremonial
leader. Or if I am planning on performing a ceremony somewhere and the Eagle comes in, I know that it will be a good group of people and a good ceremony.
Sometimes the Great Creator sends in an Eagle just to check up on us, so when we see this, we always give special thanks to the Creator and the Eagle. The
Eagle carries our prayers directly to the Great Creator.
*Barbara G. Walker/The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets:
Classic soul-bird, symbol of apotheosis associated with the sun god, fire, and lightning. Greeks thought eagles so closely akin to the lightning spirit that
they nailed eagles to the peaks of temples to serve as magic lightning rods. Hence the name aetoi, "eagles," for the pediments of Greek temples.
These were ancient forerunners of the "weather-@#%$" on the rooftree of a barn or house.
Cults of fire and sun made the eagel a bearer of kingly spirit: the god's soul returning to heaven after a period of earthly incarnation as the king. It
was the Roman custom to release an eagle above the funeral pyre of each emperor, just as an Egyptian pharoah rose to heaven on the wings of the solar hawk.
Zeus himself took the shape of an eagle to carry his young lover Ganymede to heaven. This was often interpreted as a symbol of the father-god's reception
of men's souls when they were initiated into the solar Mysteries.
The eagle was connected with rites of calling down "fire from heaven," probably with a burning-glass, to consume sacrifices on the altar. Such
"fire from heaven" came down from Yahweh to consume the sons of Aaron (Leviticus 10:2), who died like sacrificial victims to the solar gods of Tyre.
Such victims "passed through the fire" as offerings, and rose to heaven in the form of eagles.
We must bear in mind that in the East, whence all these beliefs and cults derive, not only was fire regarded as an all-powerful purifying agent, but death by
fire was looked upon as an apotheosis which raised the victim to the rank of the gods..."Fire," says Iambilchus, "destroys the material part
of sacrifices, it purifies all things that are brought near it, releasing them from the bonds of matter and, in virtue of the purity of its nature, making
them meed for communion with the gods. So, too, it releases us from bondage of corruption, it likens us to the gods."
The eagle was often identified with the fire bird or phoenix, who underwent a baptism of the fire that "burns all sins" and was reborn from his own
ashes. The eagle also stood for the soul of Heracles, who passed through fire into heaven at seasonal festivals of Tarsus, and inspired St. Paul's belief
in the virtue of giving one's body do be burned (1 Corinthians 13:3). The eagle was the totemic form of Prometheus, who "stole" fire from heaven,
like the eastern fire-lightning-sun hero, man, or angel embodied in the Garuda bird. Garuda flew to the mountain of paradise to steal the gods' secret of
immortality. Later, he assumed the golden body of the sun. American Indians had a similar hero, the thunderbird or lightning bird.
As the royal bird of Rome, and the embodiment of deified emperors, the eagle was worshipped by Roman legionaries. Each legion had its sacred eagles, carried
into battle like banners. If a legion should lose its eagles, the disgrace was unbearable; another whole expedition might be mounted to recover them.
The Roman imperial emblem was inherited by the Germanic "Holy Roman Empire" and its Kaisers, derived from Caesars. Thus the eagle became a Teutonic
symbol of soverignty.
*More to follow.