The Meaning of Seeing Vultures / Buzzards

spiritual meaning of vulturesWithin the past few months on several occasions I have driven by a large grouping of Vultures and once again this morning I came across a large group of vultures. It even seems they are getting closer and closer to me. What I mean is, the first time I saw a group of them on the front lawn of an apartment complex but quite a distance from the road. Most recently at the entrance to the community pool in my subdivision and close enough to the road for me driving by to scare them off temporarily. They were having their way with a poor cat which I think had been hit by a car. That sight didn’t sit well with me and I actually tried to just put it out of my mind (except for saying a little prayer for kitty). This morning as I was driving  on a road that is behind my parents house (a short cut) I could see them up ahead. They seemed to be coming out of the woods on the left and crossing over the road to the right shoulder of the road where there was some sort of dead animal. I don’t know what animal because I didn’t want to look. They didn’t fly off this time and seemed pretty bold. One was crossing the street as I neared where they were and then after I passed I looked in my rear view mirror and the one that had passed in front of my car walked back to the middle of the road and I swear turned and just stood there starring in my direction. Creepy? Yes! lol.

I admit that I have put off investigating the meaning of this. I know that many people think buzzards/vultures are a sign of death or at least bad luck…and I sure don’t need any of either! So today I have put on my big girl pants and researched the meaning. What I have found totally matches up with what I have been going through lately and seeing the buzzards totally makes sense to me.

The  Buzzard/Vulture teaches the power of purification of the mind, body and spirit. Also this intimidating bird aids accomplishing tasks through great patience and vision, using your sense of smell and discernment, and how to glide and soar with your own energy.

He teaches efficiency in actions and promises that changes are imminent. (I have recently been dealing with fear of moving foward with a project and this morning I decided to resign myself to a “Nothing ventured, nothing gained attitude.”)

He shows how to restore harmony of thoughts and feelings so one can reach new heights with little effort. (Just this morning I was thinking about how when I was younger and I would get an idea, I would be acting on it before the thoughts were even complete in my head but how I noticed that I hesitate as though I have something to lose or a fear of failure)

Buzzards will aid in uncovering truths, clarifying previous conceptions, and allow to see and hear subtle hidden qualities using intuition and awareness.

Buzzard can teach confidence and the ability to stand with dignity and soar with clarity and purpose.

He shows how to seek a new and heightened vision while increasing sensitivity.

The message here is that IT IS time to put on my big girl pants and to leave them on, to leave behind any perceived limitations for they are not real and only in my mind if I let them exist. It is time to put action behind those ideas because the buzzard will aid in transforming knowledge to bring forth the unconscious to conscious. He will teach me how to soar above it all and find the transformation I am needing at this time in my life.

I am ready!


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  1. Today I drove by a house I am thinking about renting. I will be going inside the house tomorrow, but thought I would drive by to check out the area, neighborhood, etc. Loved it, and drove around again, and this time around there were two buzzards on top of the roof of the house. It is a wonderful colonial with 2 1/2 stories. Anyway, I stop to observe the buzzards and they seem to be in what looks like a mating ritual. One of the birds begins to extend its wings and arch its back, as if preening, the other is sort of looking the other way. The feeling is one of “look at me…I am your best choice” sort of thing. I am so enjoying it I begin to just giggle. Then it occurred to me that all the many years I have lived in the area I have never been this close to these animals. I see them only soaring through the air looking for food (usually road kill). They are magnificent creatures, and I have admired them since I was about 7. Well, I am at a cross roads in my life, and have some important decisions and I thought I would look up what the spiritual significance of this animal’s energy may be. Your description is so appropriate for me at this time I was just tickled. Everything applied to where I am right now. I don’t know if I’ll actually get the house, but it was a definite sign that change is afoot and to be patient and diligent in my actions. Thanks for this wonderful story of buzzard/vulture energy.

  2. Wow, This Summer buzzards started roosting in our trees at are Riverlot..I wandered then and looked at some symbolism, well today as I saw over 40 buzzards soaring in to roost, I was like there is something to this so this time I found you and WOW, since they appeared so many changes have happened, like you this info spoke volumes to me, I had no idea buzzards roost, it is very interesting to see, so Thank you for sharing,

  3. My grandma told me a Native American legend of how the buzzard once had a beautiful golden crown and was considered one of the most handsome of birds. One day the animals relized the Sun was getting closer to earth and would soon colide. The buzzard flew hard into the Sun and pushed it back into place thus saving the earth but burned off his golden crown in the process and that is why he looks like he does. Shortened version but you get the idea. We need them to clean up, could you imagine all the poor dead animals just laying around if it were not for them. I love them and what you say is true, thank you.

  4. Sherry says:

    I checked out your site and what the books are about. That is good knowledge to pass on. It helps greatly with a person being on their way to understanding that they have a Beloved Christ Self within them through the secret chamber of the heart which is their connection and mediator between themselves and their I AM Presence. I see the knowledge as stepping stones to even greater knowledge and no stone is to be skipped for complete understanding. Most can more readily accept the knowledge of Angels and Guides even when they are not quite ready to accept the truth of the divine self…so the information/knowledge you are giving is crucial in helping them get there eventually.

    If you want to write a guest post on my blog to enlighten people and also let them know about your book send me an email at

    Sherry XOXO

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  6. Victoria Siekierski says:

    Wow, so glad I found this and amazingly accurate. I saw a buzzard 4 days ago and found out the next day that my husband had been having an affair. The pain was so bad I didnt move or eat for 2 days. I decided I had to get better and asked a friend for some healing. I felt much more at peace after this and felt in a place to make some big decisions about the future I went for a walk in the fields by our house and an injured Buzard ran out in front of me and lay at my feet. The bird alowed me to carry him home (a 30 min walk) and did not try to bite or struggle in this time. He seemed at peace with me and I felt wonder at his beauty. I kept the bird until the RSPCA could pick him up and he apeared facinated by me. I had never seen a buzzard before these instances and came to look up the meaning and found this. I too will listen to the Buzzard, put on my “big girl pants” and look at all aspects and trust myself to make tough decisions.

  7. This blog has absolutely transformed my perspective on this subject. Theres no way I wouldve considered about this using this method if I hadnt appear around your web site. All I was accomplishing was cruising the internet and I uncovered your website and all of the sudden my views have transformed. Very good on you, man!

  8. Rebecca says:

    Wow, amazing. Last night I dreamed of vulture. I always took it as a good sign though. I am going through some changes and have been learning that I am not responsible for others’ feelings. That I am my own person and I have begun to find my center of being and have found calm assertiveness. I have been ridding myself of old attitudes and purifying my mind, which has allowed me to see a new opportunity appears almost luminous when I think about it. It is an opportunity which I pushed out before because I THOUGHT it wasn’t worth weighing. When I gave up my hold on the old attitudes and allowed spirit to take over, I was presented with it again and now I feel I recognize the limitations I let get in the way. Limitations that were only in my own head. Also, I read that vulture can show us how to detect subtle energy fields and even see auras. I will be going for my first reiki attunement on the 3rd of March. Perhaps vulture also plays into that. Either way, I am very grateful to vulture and I am excited about the newness coming into my life.

  9. Hi Sherry
    I have many encounters with buzzards the last couple days–i too wanted to ignore them :)
    but today the circled me so I looked them up (in my own big girl pants lol) anyway i found you and this is perfect for what I needed to know

    this ascension time is very hard sometimes

    love from Tampa

  10. Jennifer says:

    Thank You So Much,.
    hopefully I Will Find Clarity In This?.

  11. Can you provide more information on this?

  12. Could you recommend any specific resources, books, or other blogs on Reiki?

  13. Sherry says:

    Thanks! Intention…especially based on experience I find it is intention.


  14. Interesting blog post. What would you say was the most important Reiki factor?

  15. Sherry says:

    Hi Jen,

    Glad you found my blog. It’s always nice to meet people I have things in common with…even buzzards. lol. Do you practice/teach Reiki hands or via distance healing?


  16. UNREAL…the vultures led me here. My phoneline has been out for a week so I couldn’t research buzzards until today. AND I found you, your site in my search. I’ve been trying to figure out the buzzards, tonight it all makes sense. Thanks!

    I’m wondering about other connections we may have. I’m a reiki master teacher living in Costa Rica. The universe brought me to your site.

  17. Sherry says:

    I am glad to hear of others experiencing this symbolism and that it matches up to things going on in your life. It’s always great to know of others experiences to further validate the meanings. No…no affiliation. Sounds like wordpress placed some of those relavent links on my site. lol.


  18. Derik S. says:

    I found your article very interesting. I too have been experiencing a strong connection with buzzards. It wasn’t until this morning I woke up and decided to look into the symbolism of them. It sounds very fitting considering where I am right now in my life. This site also took me to an Austin Reiki website. Any affiliation?


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