Dear Ornithological Ovate:
Like you, I also find symbolism in everything so there’s no need to feel akward about sending me your request for more information. It is the most curious among us who find the brightest gifts of enlightenment.
Interpreting oracles in common (or uncommon) occurances in our lives is easier when we gather all the facts.
Symoblic interpretation can be like unraveling a mystery – we observe, we look for clues, we contemplate, we experiement, we compare. The more unorthodox and persistent we are in our research, the more profound our revelations.
In looking for clues we may consider a few of these factors (upon the time we encounter our oracle, in your case the black bird):
Specific breed of bird
Cardinal direction (location)
Time of day
Day of the week or year or season
What was happening at the moment of the discovery? What were you thinking?
All of these little details (and more as you find your own) begin to add up to tell you a story. You can then layer this story on top of your life situation like a template. This allows you to see patterns in your life happenings against the template of this oracle.
Ultimately, only you can determine the interpretation of your oracle because it came to you and only you. I can give you a few ideas:
For example, if you are sure it is a black bird on your front porch, it is symbolic of your ability to find your voice in a crowd of others. Black birds are song birds, and as such, they are symbolic of creativity, voice, and expression. Here, the death of the bird may be symbolic of a tendency to stiffle or silence your creativity and/or freedom of creative speech.
If your bird is a crow or a magpie, we are dealing with symbolism of mystery and secrets. Perhaps you’ve been given heavy information that must remain with you and only you. Perhaps you’re struggling with that secret (or keeping it).
If your bird is a raven, which is one of the Native American symbols for mystics or seers, it may be a message that an area of your spiritual realm may be coming to an end and another beginning is on the horizon. The message here is “get ready” because the shifts in your spiritual perspective may be intense.
Again, it’s important to take its location in consideration. That you found it on your front porch may be indicative of:
Preparation for company (of any ilk)
Assuming your front porch has a door is another major consideration.
Doors are symbolic of beginnings, but also openings, arrivals, gateways (portals). Keep this in mind as you apply the various symbolism of this bird’s appearance to your own life situation.
At its simplest, your black bird may be an oracle of a balance between endings (symbolic of its death) and beginnings (the front door). Or, it could also indicate a need for grounding. Birds are air animals and deal with higher thought. Your bird has landed (indefinately in a physical sense) and this may be a sign you may need to ground your thoughts or get a little more practical.
You can see the variables are endless. This is why only you can crack the oracle code because the details will relate to your own life experience.
I would encourage you to call upon the spirit of the black bird for clarification. Animal energy is infinite, and incredibly generous when we are willing to learn their language.
Meditate, be still and calm – your black bird will come to you when you are open to receive her. Express your gratitude – for both her physical presence as a sign in your life, and for her spiritual guidance too.