Vulture Meanings and Nonconformity

Written by avenefica on April 25th, 2009

Tags: Bird Totems | Nature Symbolism

Vulture Meanings and Nonconformity

Vulture Meanings and Nonconformity

My eyes first opened to various vulture meanings as a kid visiting my Uncle Dan in West Texas. 

He lived on sprawling acres of sun-baked dirt and craggy trees with crooked fingers pointing into the skies. 

Vultures were never far from sight at Uncle Dan’s place.

I learned to love these bizarre creatures for their regal poise and imperial presence.   And isn’t that a paradox.  I mean, sonnets aren’t written about how beautiful and elegant the vulture is.

And that’s my first (maybe most important) symbolic point pertaining to vulture meanings.   The vulture is what it is, and could care less about what you or I think about its appearance.   It moves with grace in the skies.  On land it moves with authority, as if all things are within its rightful ownership.

There’s a lesson here for the image-conscious.  When the vulture flies the skies of our awareness it’s a clear sign to raise our heads with dignity.  Conventionalism be damned along with conformity and status quo.

Vultures will also talk to us about expectancy and being confident in the knowlege our needs are always met.  “Good things come to those who wait.” Very good things if you’re a vulture, and they’re quite content with waiting for hours to get their fair share of resources.  

In fact, I’ve seen the same group of vultures hang in air currents for hours.  Just circling and riding the coursing winds.  Very knowing. Very Zen. As if to say “my freedom is in scaling the skies; all things come to me in good time.”

Actually, vultures say nothing. They have no hoots or hollars.  Only hissing.  Vultures don’t need to announce themselves.  They’re reputation preceeds them.  Their power is in their purpose.  Their silence only enhances their mystery. 

There’s profound wisdom in silence.  When the vulture lurks about in our awareness, it’s often a sign to keep our lips sealed.  Usually in situations where it would behoove us to keep our opponents guessing about our motives.  Build intrigue.  Build suspense.

Quite a manner of living, and the vulture is a great symbolic role model for us to follow. Indeed, the vultures’ way is an art form.  Perhaps they even have a motto that might go something like:

“Rail against the common and customary.  Bliss out whilst hang-gliding in the high, bright skies. Rest in the unquestioning knowledge that all needs are laid at my feet.”

There’s tons more vulture meanings for the picking (pardon the pun).

These and many more questions are answered in my symbolic meaning of vultures page here.

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12 Comments so far ↓

  1. Super blogpost, Avia … “you iz what you iz” is excellent advice for absolutely everyone and anyone, and I bet if put the test, would be an earth shattering statement if truly understood by many. You see, Popeye had it right, didn’t he.

    Cool …

    D~

  2. avenefica says:

    Hi Donna!
    Ah, the sage wisdom of Saturday morning cartoons! Totally dig it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    Namaste

  3. Licia Berry says:

    Wonderful…I have been visited by vultures at points of transformation in my life, but never equated that with nonconformity. Makes sense, now!
    I just wrote about nonconformity on my blog and invite you to take a peek.
    http://berrytrip.us/blog/

  4. Carla Royal says:

    Thank you for your wise words! Vulture has been with me for close to a decade now and is a faithful travel companion. I, too, have had profound experiences with Vulture and here is a post I recently wrote about one such experience: http://carlaroyal.com/2010/03/gift-from-a-vulture/

    I refer to your sight often for insight into animal symbolism and I thank you for your strong and wise voice here.

    Deep Bows!

  5. Dawn says:

    I just discovered your blog after an experience this morning prompted me to do a bit of research on vultures, and I’m so glad I found it! Walking out of my home this morning, I was shocked to find 6 black vultures in the parking lot of my condos! One was perched regally on my neighbor’s car, was was behind my car, and the others were in pairs at opposite ends of the drive. At first I took this to be a dark omen, but after speaking with my grandmother, she said it was a good sign. After doing a bit more research, I’m amazed at the history and symbolism of the vulture…..and am now a bit more optimistic about what my own future may hold……

  6. avenefica says:

    Hi Dawn! Fabulous! When I first began hanging out with vultures (energetically speaking) I too was floored by their diverse delights in the realm of meaning and symbolism. So glad this post was helpful!

  7. Adrienne says:

    Thank you so much for your illumination of the meaning of vulture! I was taking a walk today around the Rumsfield (inventor of the steamboat) monument in Shepherdstown, WV, and saw 2 huge black vultures perched on top of the sculpture of the globe which is what crowns the 3-story-high column of the monument. I also saw identical grafiti on both sides of the monument base that said SKR 666. You can imagine what I thought all of this meant :-O! Your insights eliminated the fear and replaced it with hopes for awakening of the world.

  8. Heather Athey says:

    Thanks for the insight on the vultures. As i am becoming more aware and waking. I have a mother and baby vulture that are nesting in my barn. I am tariffed of birds (past life) and i am now trying to reconnect as are they. silence is the best advice as i am just awaking.I will rase my head with dignity and push forward with authority also i have decided to add this bird to my medicine deck.

  9. victor says:

    Yesterday as I reached to close the staircase window in my hose, a magnificent vulture flew by unusually close and almost filled the view of the window. I had never seen one so close to the house, let alone right as I aproached the window looking up. As a few people said on this blog, it immediately worried me… but then I found your page to my pleasant surprise and found out many things that make so much sense to me at this point in my awakening process. Thank you.

  10. Kathleen says:

    Hi Donna – I found this blog very interesting – thank you for writing it! Interesting things happening around me here recently that I will share – and any insights you may have are very appreciated! Last week, my daughter found a dead rat in our back garden (this is not common) which I promptly covered up and asked my husband to dispose of when he got home. Then a few days later, I was sitting in the backyard enjoying a cool drink with my father — a black grackle bird flew directly toward me, low in a straight line buy arcing down and then up on to a branch right above my head – he was cawing – and I thought, “this bird is going to poo on me!” So I hopped out of my chair to the side just as he DID try to poo on me! My dad and I had a good laugh – but, I couldn’t help but thinking…what does this mean? I shooed the bird away. Today, I’m working from home and sitting at the table with my laptop facing the front living room window. As I glance up toward the window – a huge vulture flies across the front of the big living room window, from left to right as I’m facing it – about 3 feet away from the window – so not in the street – right in front of the window. Great, I thought, another bird omen – dare I look out the window? So, I go and look and open the side door – no black vulture. But, in the street to the left front of the house – I see a deceased squirrel. OK – so, that’s a relief – the vulture is probably coming in for the squirrel. A few minutes later, the bird was with the squirrel, very happy looking healthy vulture. He’s still out there now enjoying his meal. So, I can’t help but think that there are meanings in this…but, I’m not sure what to think!!! Any insight you can give would be very helpful. Thank you!

  11. Edward Lang says:

    My wife recently passed, and I want to put a Celtic cross on the headstone. We bought a cross on our honeymoon in Ireland. It appears to be a vulture symbol on the cross we bought. I don’t know if I like that. Is anybody available to interpret the cross I have specifically?

  12. Ras says:

    THANK YOU. I can’t explain how much this has helped me.

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