Updated: Nov 16, 2020
Historically, feathers have been associated with freedom, transcendence and communication within spiritual realms, as well as to divinity.
Feathers symbolize the physical, mental and spiritual sense of flight and freedom. Like a bird that soars through the infinite sky with a view of everything from above, feathers symbolize the ability to transcend beyond mental barriers and limitations.
For many, finding a feather in an unusual place, even if found in a dream, is thought to be a positive, spiritual experience, such as a sign of encouragement or support from the angels, or a comforting message from a loved one who has passed. This is especially true when there isn't an easy explanation for it's presence. An obscure feather may be the validation your intuition seeks.
For many Native American or aboriginal cultures, the feather is known to symbolize trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, freedom and much more.
Many Native American Tribes believe feathers have a connection to the divine and consider feathers to be gifts from the skies. To be given a feather, is the equivalent of receiving an honored gift from a high official.
In ancient Egypt, the feather was a symbol of Shu. Shu was the Egyptian god of air, and the father of the earth, Geb, and the sky, Nut. Shu was often shown wearing a feather in his hair.
The feather was usually depicted as a symbol of Ma'at, the goddess of truth and order. The goddess was always shown wearing an ostrich feather in her hair, and the feather itself was her emblem.