To re-cap the dream:
“My friend had a dream about a blue jay flying in his kitchen window and landing on his head. The bird calmly allowed him to carry it in his hands to be released out the door. Upon re-entering the kitchen, a cardinal flew in the window and landed on his shoulder. It seemed to want to stay there and resisted somewhat to being released outside. At that point, he woke up. Can you help interpret this dream?”
Dear Feathered Friend (I couldn’t resist the pun):
I’ll begin as I usually do – by saying mine is only one perspective. Ultimately your friend will have to take the time to interpret his dream (if he hasn’t already) for himself. Symbols in dreams (or otherwise) are intensely personal, and their meanings are like chameleons – changing according to the backdrop they’re nestled upon.
Simply put, symbolic meanings are tailored to their master.
That said…what a great dream! Let’s take it step by step:
1) Symbolic Meaning of the Blue jay deals with:
I go into the origin of these symbolic attributes in much greater detail in my page on the symbolic meaning of the blue jay here. When we dream of blue jay’s it may be a message that it’s time to vocalize more clearly. Does your friend need to speak out in his own defense? Is it time he asserts himself, and speaks his mind? Or, perhaps he’s curious about a something…a different vocation, relationship, location…the blue jay will come to us when we need a nudge of confidence in order to peek behind those curtains in order to satisfy our curiosity.
2) Symbolic Meaning of Kitchens:
Part of the wonderful crazy world of dream interpretation is that no stone is left unturned. Every detail of the dream has unique symbolism – kitchens included. Symbolic meaning of kitchens deal with:
Kitchens are where we prepare nourishment for ourselves, as well as friends and family. They are often social gathering places too where long intimate talks are held over a good plate of pasta or a cup of joe. When we dream of kitchens it may be a message to spend more quality timewith those who are close to us. Or, it may indicate we need to take the time to feed ourselves better (physically AND philosophically). Is your friend getting the proper kind of nourishment (socially? physically?)?
3) Symbolic Meaning of Windows and Doors:
As we would imagine, the symbolic meaning of windows and doors in our dreams speak of openings, entryways, and portals. They also speak of two-way directions (letting in, and letting out). Windows in our dreams ask us what kind of opportunities are we facing right now? Are we shutting out our highest good, or opening the shades and letting in the light? Interestingly, windows are like eyes to houses. Houses are symbolic of solid foundations, with windows looking out…is your friend seeking out other structures? In need of a new foundation? It’s a stretch…but something to consider. Also, if they are clear glass windows, it is often a message of clarity of thought (this ties in with the blue jay too).
4) Symbolism of the Head:
Here again, no dream-point is moot. The blue jay landed on your friend’s head. This is symbolic of thoughts, contemplation, sorting out a problem. The blue jay confirms this symbolism as it is symbolic of clarity. This imagery speaks of a need to get clarity of thought – or better yet – get focused and assertive with some thoughts or ideas.
5) Symbolic Meaning of the Cardinal Deals with:
I’ve written more about the origins of these meanings on my Symbolic Meaning of Cardinal page here. The cardinal flying into the window of your friend’s dream may indicate a returning of a love that was once lost, forgotten or buried in the past. I’m not necessarily referring to a romantic love – but something your friend was passionate about yet had to give up for one reason or another. Perhaps your friend might want to re-visit some passions that were left behind. By doing so, his sense of confidence may be boosted.
6) Symbolism of the Shoulder:
Shoulders in dreams may indicate a burden is being carried by your friend – the cardinal landing on his shoulder may be a message that your friend has or is grappling with the loss of this love I mentioned in the above paragraph. Shoulders are also our starting point of strength. Consider, from our shoulders span our arms which are symbolic of strength and power.
I’d like your friend to consider the occurrence of air totems in his dream. Creatures of the sky speak to us of thoughts, higher ideals, spiritual enhancement, even enlightenment. They are creatures closest to the heavens, and so they are the messengers of the gods (your Native American blood knows this, no?).
I love the implications of color in this dream: one red bird, one blue. Red and blue are vibrant power colors by themselves, to be true – but if we put them together, we get violet. Here again we see a symbolic undertone of richness, high-mindedness and devotion in the color of violet. I’ve written a bit about symbolism of colors here (it’s my Tarot site, but the core insights are consistent).
We can even investigate your dream from a numerological perspective. Two birds – the meaning of two deals with choice, balance, opportunity, and so much more as indicated on my study of the number two here.
It should be clear the symbolic possibilities of this dream (any dream for that matter) are endless.
When your friend has meditated and contemplated all these beautiful symbols in his dream, it’s time for him to begin putting the puzzle pieces together. When he relaxes with all the symbolism, they will begin to morph into a template he can lay on top of his life situation. This will provide amazing clarity as to the true meaning of his dream.
Just keep in mind this is only one perspective (and a brief one at that – years could be devoted to the many nuances this dream presents). Please tell your friend it’s his responsibility to charm the meanings out of this dream.
I hope this dream interpretation of the blue jay, cardinal and other dream symbols is helpful to your friend.
Granted, it’s rather lengthy – but I couldn’t help it – so many neat and subtle meanings peering out – just had to let loose. Thanks for indulging in my verbosity!