Blackbird. Being enchanted by the song of a blackbird that has something nostalgic to it I decided to look deeper into the meaning symbolism and folklore of these magical little feathered beings that we see so often. According to Italian folklore the blackbird was originally white but got its black color after spending a cold winter night in the chimney for warmth. In Celtic legends blackbirds were seen as the gatekeepers to the other world and fairy realm. Also if a blackbird sang before christmas the month of February would start with a cold spell. Blackbirds were also used in ancient shamanic rituals. It's said that shamans used the song of a blackbird to aid them on their travels. They were also used as a way to interpret omens. Apparently seeing two blackbirds means that good things are on the horizon! Keep your eyes peeled!
The omen of the blackbird of course varied by culture and in some it was seen as an omen of death. However this is most likely because humans have throughout history associated black with death/bad luck and nothing to do with the bird itself.
Black creatures blend into the night and convey a sense of mystery. Blackbird can be called upon to draw on the energy of the Goddess in new moon rituals. This bird reminds us to embrace the dark to go deep and to incubate ideas or explore mysteries. Blackbirds energy helps with creativity and heightens awareness for psychic work. Red-winged blackbird has a strong connection with life giving Goddess energy. It is especially associated with the Fates and other goddesses associated with spinning and weaving such as Frigg Freya Isis Rhiannon Athena and the Norns.
Blackbirds are one of my absolute favorite birds. Their song wakes me up early in the morning and closes my day at dusk. Also they run and hop in such an adorable way.