The Meaning of an Eagle Sighting

Freedom and Dignity

The eagle has long been a symbol of dominance, freedom, and dignity. Catching sight of one of these majestic birds is always a special treat. It may also have a deeper meaning for you. Learn more about how you can understand your encounters with eagles.

What are Eagles?

Eagles are raptors, also known as “birds of prey.” This means that the eagle hunts animals that are close to its own size. The eagle is willing to take on the challenge of these hunts because of its ability to fly, hone in on prey, and grasping it with its talons before finishing it off with its sharp beak.

There are many different species of eagle and four of them, including the bald eagle and the golden eagle, are native to North America. The bald eagle is the official bird of the United States.

Our Connection to the Great Spirit

In some Native American cultures, the eagle is the King of the Sky. He travels effortlessly between land and sky, soaring high above the clouds. He creates a seamless and direct pathway between us in the physical world and the Great Spirit (God, the Universe, or Source). So what does it mean when you see an eagle in the sky? Let’s dive deep into eagle symbolism!

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Symbolically, the eagle rides on the winds of change, telling us that it’s time to gather all of our strength, courage, patience, and wisdom in preparation for life changes and transformations. He tells us to be courageous and to reach beyond previous limits. He challenges us to match his great vision (the eagle eye) and see objectives clearly from all sides. And, he reminds us that when change is imminent there are only two choices: to be the eagle or become its prey. In other words, adapt to change or let it consume you.

The Messenger    

The eagle is a messenger, delivering messages to and from Spirit. So while an eagle sighting may be a message to you, it may also be an affirmation. Do you ever ask for a sign that your prayers and wishes have been heard? An eagle sighting is a confirmation that they have. If you have asked for spiritual guidance, the eagle is your direct connection to the powers that be. The eagle comes with a very clear message that things are indeed about to change and the time to be ready is now.

Vision, Strength, and Fearlessness

To connect with true change and transformation, we must adopt the eagle’s qualities of incredible vision, strength, and fearlessness. He is instinctive and alert. At a moment’s notice, he is ready to spread his wings and take flight. From his vantage point in the sky, he has a unique perspective, yet he also has the ability to remain grounded. These are only some of the qualities that certainly make him a unique symbol of change and adaptability.

Eagle as Spirit Animal

All animals (land, sea, and air) have profound meanings and messages to give us. Of those, no other animal in religion, history, mythology, and shamanism has symbolized power and/or a connection to Spirit more than the eagle.

Dreams and Higher Consciousness

Birds as air totems relate to our dreams and our higher consciousness—to think and imagine beyond constraints. The meanings in the messages we receive from animals can come in part from our individual connections with those animals, our personal beliefs, the animal’s physical attributes and behaviors, and even a bit of ancient history and lore. What they mean to each of us is quite personal. Therefore, when it comes to eagle symbolism, it’s up to each of us to translate the message and apply it to our own life if and as we choose.

Eagle Symbolism in Culture and Religion

The eagle’s impressive qualities such as courage, vision, focus, and fierce determination, not to mention his physical attributes are likely what put him at the forefront of so many cultures and religious beliefs throughout time. The eagle is an important symbol in history. His likeness has adorned flags and statuary dating back to ancient Babylon, Rome, Greece, the Aztecs, and the Mayans, along with many other cultures. In the United States, the bald eagle symbolizes freedom.

The eagle is part of many spiritual beliefs, and holds many different meanings among varying Native American tribes. Preparing for battle often included the adorning of headdresses with eagle feathers. Eagle feathers were often as valuable as the eagle itself. They were usually worn by chiefs, extraordinary warriors, and shamans, imbuing the wearer with eagle qualities.

In many cultures, the eagle has been associated with the sun, the sun bird, also known as the Phoenix, and even a Persian sun god. In astrology, the sign of Scorpio has been a scorpion, a phoenix, and an eagle; Scorpios are known for their piercing eyes. Many of the creation stories and tales from history also connect the eagle to water. With his connection to Water, Fire, Air and spiritual Source, it’s as though the eagle represents all of the elements of a well-balanced life.

While many traditions depict the eagle’s energy as masculine, there are also many that place a distinct feminine power upon the eagle. Most of these traditions represent the balance of energies between the earth and sky, life and the afterlife, day and night, and of course, masculine and feminine qualities.

In Norse mythology, there is an eagle perched on the top of the world tree, Yggdrasil. A squirrel, named Ratatoskr carries messages between this eagle and the serpent-dragon who lives at the bottom of this tree. An eagle sighting may point you towards the need to “get on top of things,” keeping an eye out for trouble or opportunity while also communicating with others who are in different positions and who have different perspectives.

The Eagle as a Symbol of Balance

If you have an eagle sighting, Spirit may be calling upon you to take the peace and balance you seek in life and find it first and foremost within yourself. And if you ever ask for guidance, an eagle sighting is your confirmation that Spirit is listening. It’s also the reassurance that you’re never alone. Spirit is always guiding you.

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30 thoughts on “The Meaning of an Eagle Sighting

  1. Yvette

    On Christmas Day we got together at our childhood family home that my mom still lives at, the first time we have gotten together for Christmas since my dad died a little over a year ago. My husband left mid-afternoon, earlier than I did, and he called to say there was a bald eagle sitting in the big oak tree in the front yard and we should all look out the window, as it was right there in an unusual spot. Just as he was telling me, he said the eagle flew off into the back woods behind the house, but we should look as it was out there somewhere. I told everyone as I got off the phone about his sighting. My nephew, who lives at their house said, “oh, yeah, I’ve seen that eagle quite a few times over the summer”.

    Today my husband and I were walking and I said that he would think I was weird, but that I thought that eagle was my dad, either a message or him watching over us. My husband is not a believer in any of this sort of thing, but he said that he thought the same thing. In 54 years of my parents living at this rural home there has never been a bald eagle within close distance or even far distance to this house. There is a river reasonable distance that an eagle would live near, not this area where it has been repeatedly seen.

  2. Celia Augustine

    What does it mean when you see at least a 100 bald eagles soaring around you in circles bout 100 ft or soo, not even hunting!..or nothing..just soaring…around the whole park! while u were laying on the grass asking to be heard. They soared above us all for about 15-20 mins about. Would that be good sign? or bad ? Idk but was cool.. I wasn’t alone I was with a few dude I had just met!….

  3. James

    Here in Northern Illinois we typically don’t see Bald Eagles. Yesterday an eagle flew directly in front of me and parallel to my path as I drove in my car. The eagle held a ground squirrel in his talons. I slowed to get a better visual on the bird and his prey, then the eagle landed and began to eat his prey. I don’t know if this means anything but it certainly was a majestic sight to behold. This is the third time I have seen this bird in my area in the past 6 weeks.

  4. Liberty

    This incredible bird was standing in my backyard when I looked out the window. Had never seen one in my entire life, but once flying. It scared me at first, because it was so huge. I thought it was a turkey or vulture or something! When eyes adjusted, I couldn’t believe it. I knew immediately that this was a message from God, directly pertaining to America, what is happening here, with the man message being “freedom”. I watched him for a half hour. He caught something and flew it up to a tree, took the fur off of it and ate it, and flew away. This was all of the symbolism I needed that were going to be okay, that God wins, and freedom prevails. God bless America!

    1. Christina Ventricelli

      I agree with you God always wins and we will be stronger than before and we will be with God first then America but will prevail trust and justice ⚖️ once and for all we will united once again but in the right manor God’s people will be all in one accord and we will be stronger than before we will let no evil prevail no more

  5. Denise

    Hi I am Denise I saw 2 of them flying over me while I was driving stopped near a creek and got out and talked to them then they left

  6. Larry Taylor

    We almost hit an EAGLE while driving today… It’s wing clipped the front end of car as I slammed on the brakes. when we came to a full stop to check on it,,,..It was nowhere in sight,,… as if he “touched our car & DISAPPEARED. My QUESTION IS: What is the meaning behind this INCIDENT?????

  7. Tracey

    Everyday on my way to or from work I see eagles … I think they are so beautiful . Today I seen two sitting right next to each other like they were talking .. 2 weeks ago on my way to work I seen 8 I couldn’t believe it !! I have never seen 8 in one day before. I am 52 years old and this is the first year I have ever seen an eagle out in nature , I have only see. One in captivity . It’s very exciting and I was wondering what it meant .

  8. Jennifer Fields

    I moved to a new state a year ago and am miserable. The day I walked to the management office to turn in my 60 day notice, as I was walking back, there were about 15 eagles soaring above. Now almost 2 months later a couple days a week every week I have seen 2 eagles soaring outside my balcony

  9. mog

    I saw an eagle one time around 30 years ago it landed on the finial of a house I was painting, not even 15 ft away scared the heck outta me it just sat there and stared straight at me it was pure white, never before or since have I seen a white one, even online, I am certain it was spiritual but still I am unsure of what it meant but I remember I also heard that loud clanging sound on the same job that people talk about around the world.

  10. Angel

    When i was walking and praying that everything gonna alright with my situation because my family is been far away and suddenly an eagle flying i father god always in my side and never left me thank you for the strength and courage i know its a sign for all the difficulties i have been experiencing right now

  11. Ady

    I see slot of eagles flying outside my apartment and from last 3,4 days this eagles comes every day in my balcony I don’t know what it means.

    1. Daniel Stramaglia

      I have an Alchol problem, I wanted to drink yesterday so terribly bad, it’s been two weeks since my last debacle, I sat and meditated and asked God to remove the desire, I left my house and was walking to the bar to get drunk when two bald eagles circled above me, I was amazed and could not follow thru and drink after that! My sobriety date is 02/02/20.

  12. Loretta

    I’ve spotted more eagles & hawks in the past two weeks then I have my whole. Plus a few of the biggest owls I’ve ever seen up close. I’ve always been big believer of spiritual animals and getting lost in looking in to the sky. This year I’ve really been connecting to them all. I’ve asked God for straight and somehow show me He hear’s my prayers. I’ve lost my and 10 months later my baby girl. Then my sister and my mom the only lady I knew as a mother. So it comfort in connecting spiritually with nature & God for answers. I had a motorcycle accident that I was pronounce dead at the scene. So I had to learn to walk and talk and everything all over again. So with all that being said I find myself alone looking for guidance and answers in the sky and gods beautiful creatures. The past two years I’ve been going through a really rough time so I find my peace & answers in things like spotting or seen these Animals. My God bless each and everyone of you that’s posted on there. Who has lost a love one or is going through a hard time. God is with you and your never alone. My prayers are with you all…

    1. Maurita Weissenberg

      Loretta, I have travelled from South Africa to India to prepare myself for a huge transition. I too have spotted more than 40 eagles. One sighting I had at least 15 flying close around me.

      Your journey right now is so challenging. My heart goes out to you. May 2020 bring you relief, pure joy at times and continue to strengthen you. I listen to Adyashanti a lot and I find his teachings are like a balm Much love to you. Maurita

  13. Jasmine Molock

    On my way home I saw three bald eagles soaring through the sky! It was such a sight to behold. I have been asking God to bless me with achieving my goals and he communicated with me directly through these beautiful creatures.

  14. Shelly

    I just saw a bald eagle soaring across the sky in Hamburg, NY (right over Route 5) it was so beautiful, it took my breath away. This is the 2nd time I’ve experienced this. The first time was about 2 years ago. I saw a bald eagle flying over Lake Erie close to the shoreline on Rte 5.

  15. Joann Roy

    My daughter got married this past June. During the outdoors ceremony, an eagle flew above the tree line across the horizon turning on its side as if it were waving at the crowd. It was so majestic. It left the whole crowd in awe. I’d like to belive it was blessings for the couple.

  16. Annette Harrison

    I see eagles just about every week. I travelled over the weekend saw an eagle on way to Indy and on the way back. Then Sunday I told my son he would be blessed with a new job and God’s got him. Monday we went outside and saw 3 sales flying over us as confirmation!!! We were extremely THANKFUL!!!

  17. Jacqueline Gregory

    Around 12:10pm
    I just witnessed a eagle land in the fence of my client and look trough her patio window. That was the first time I’ve ever saw a eagle in real life. Soooo amazing!
    My mom just got killed by a hit and run driver while crossing the street on February 7,2019. I talk to my mom daily and this morning I looked at her picture and said “I’m on my way to work mommy go with me and keep me safe”
    That was my Mom!!
    I love her and miss her so much ♥️


    My dad passed away and moments after that a huge eagle flew over to me and minutes later there was 4 or 5 eagles then they flew away. It’s been 6 months now and I have seen and heard this eagle when am outside working in dad’s yard. I know it’s my dad sending me a message I can feel his presence. I think it is amazing .

  19. Michael

    Hi, when I close my eyes I see a Eagle soaring, lately it’s been two Eagles, now it took nothing to know what I’ve seen, and I’ve even seen one eating a white rabbit and I’ve seen it eat a fish. I get different angles and views of them flying. This is when I shut my eyes not dreaming. I first noticed it around 10-12 years ago with now being two in the last few months.

  20. Rose Joan Kua

    My only child and son , 26 years old passed away on the 15th of December, 2018. I still cry and pray for him everyday. Anyhow, On Saturday I was doing the laundry outside the house and kept wishing that he was still alive and was just about to cry again when I spotted this eagle circling just above me. I couldn’t believe it. It kept on circling and looking towards me as if to say , “Mum, it’s me.” I began talking to it, saying that I was happy that he had come to visit me, that I missed him and still love him so much. At the instant when I said, ” Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine.” it slowly turned around and flew out of sight.
    Thanks for confirming my intuitions.

  21. Jeanette hayes

    Omg I saw one 2 weeks ago it was beautiful it flew down in front of me then flew high in the sky. I felt like it was looking at me. I have seen a eagle every day since then on something. It’s like i can’t forget this beautiful bird.

    1. Melanie Strange

      I saw two today. They circled above me talking for almost 5 minutes. My first thought was I’m being protected and love from the other side.

  22. Nancy Day

    I have seen a eagle on widow i cant believe look so beautiful flying away i believe in high power it’s sign from god


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