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If Duck has waddled across your path;

You are being asked to take notice of your surroundings because a new opportunity is now being offered to you. She is reminding you that in order to succeed with this opportunity you will have to move forward swiftly so that your new ideas can take flight. Duck is making it very clear that in order to be successful with your goals you have to move now!

Alternatively Duck may be reminding you that today is a day that you should spend exploring your emotions. Use her energy to see your own feelings clearly and to navigate your way through them so that they can be released. Use affirmations and gratitude to clear the way.

If Duck is your Animal Totem;

You have a strong sense of community and are definitely a very social person. You do not hold grudges although you are unafraid to have a disagreement with someone. You are very good at helping others through their emotional entanglements and often follow careers as a Psychologist or Therapist. You prefer being in places where you feel comfortable and have a tendency to not challenge your own comfort zones – this is often left up to the universe which will on occasion pass on a bit of a “cosmic boot” to move you forward. You are very good at staying in the moment and enjoying life in the present.

If Duck has come into your Dream;

To see Ducks flying in your dream signifies your spiritual freedom. They are your connections between the spiritual and the physical worlds. You have always got a choice about how you choose to see the world around you. By staying in the present moment you can find peace. To see a Duck swimming is your connection with the unconscious and emotional body. They are reminding you that by allowing yourself to be vulnerable emotionally – you are freed to move on with your life. You have the ability to blend and adapt to different situations.

Alternatively the dream may suggest that you are setting yourself up, or are being set up “for the kill”. Are you being targeted like the proverbial sitting Duck? A Duck in your dream can also signify that you are “ducking” some issue or situation instead of dealing with it.

Additional Associations for Duck…


Please have a close look at the Quotation Box at the top of the page before you make a comment or ask a question. There are at least five different messages that can appear in the box and more often that not your personal guides will see to it that the message is appropriate to what your visiting Duck was trying to convey to you. We try to answer as many comments as possible – but please be sure you have not already had your answer or that the answer is not in the first paragraph. If your Duck is dead – consider that the message is in it’s shadow form – in other words exactly opposite to what the message is saying and that you are somehow not accomplishing what it is asking for.

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40 Responses to Duck

  • Just this morning had a mama duck and 8 ducklings waddle through my yard. Way out of the ordinary as I live at the base of the Franklin Mountains in El Paso, Texas. What could this mean?

  • I had a dream last night where I found a baby duck swimming in the pond. I held it in my hand and helped it get food. I gave the baby duck to someone (I forgot who) and told them not to let it swim too far. They let the duck swim all the way out to the shore and a squirrel jumped out and killed it.
    Have no idea how to interpret this.

  • I was in and out of sleeping and awake, a small black and yellow duck was hovering in one spot about four feet from me . Its mother joined its side. Like she was helping her baby. Any one know what this would mean

  • Hi, I was just waking up but still in a dream state and I saw a white duck flying away from me? It was going to the left of me and it was flying up and away

  • what does many ducks stepping on my back mean?

    • I would suggest the “sitting duck” interpretation:
      Have you been unconsciously accommodating harm-karma and now it is too late to prevent the consequences from coming home to roost?

      Last-minute learning is superficial, but /making/ relations with our world’s Spirits, ongoingly, can hand one one’s own heart-path.


  • amazing!~° there have been ducks in my life everyday for a month. they have taken over the tiny pool at my apartment complex. saw one with 8 ducklings the other day! this message perfectly suits where i am on my life path right now. and this is the first page i pulled up!

  • I had a dream that I had some sort of pheasant in my home trying to mate with my parrot. It then turned into a duck. It was in my home without me knowing it, hiding for some time until I saw it was trying to mate with my parrot??? 😳

    I couldnt believe I had not known it was in the house or how it got in…so I let it free out the front door. So…What can this mean???? :roll:

    (see a shrink?? 😛 )

  • On my way to work today 5 or 6 ducks where blocking the road. As I stopped my car for them the entire flock started to fly past my car to the other side of road. Made me smile and say thank you for the experience. Does this have meaning?

  • You do realise looney tunes had rappresented all the animal with all the totem meaning reversed? Except for coyote, flip a paradox and it will still stay a paradox.

  • What does seeing a duck in a tree mean

  • What if you came in contact with a ‘dead duck’?

  • In the past month I’ve found two rubber ducks while driving.
    They are have been in the parking lot when I get out of my car.
    Let me add that I found the two ducks in different towns.

  • i had a dream there were two turtles carrying ducks on there backs, they appeared from under a green sheet that was covering a car. there was also a shabby old dog

  • Rescued a duck from being mauled by a dog – it was severely wounded, no way of mending wounds. Took it home and cared for it; wanted to take it to vet to be put down but it escaped into some bushes. I couldn’t get to it, but fed and watered it. It died slowly – I hope not in too much pain. Now it’s buried next to the pond where it lived. Is there a symbolic meaning?

  • I once had a dream where I was scooping up ducklings from my house and rushing them to my creek but every time I released them in the water they were dead. I was sad but kept trying even though I knew they would die. I don’t remember what caused this dream and I never knew what it meant. Even though it was a long time ago I still want to understand what it should mean to me.

  • Wow, I just wanted to write a thank you for your site and page. I especially needed to read this and I was filled with relief. I always overlook the seemingly insignificant animals that are always right there to help me. So much gratitude and appreciation for this information. <3 and light.

  • Hello,

    I was getting my bike out of the garage today when I noticed a mama mallard duck emerging from a private area behind the garages, seven newly hatched ducklings in tow. I kept an eye on them, curious about where she was headed. I know that mama ducks will march their ducklings straight to their pond, and I was a little concerned that she’d cross a busy street. (This happens a lot in our neighborhood.) I trailed them at a distance, ready to stop traffic for them if needed.

    While still in the quiet part of our neighborhood, she marched her ducklings across grass and onto the street pavement. Suddenly, I realized that one had dropped through a grate into a sewer. On she marched, with not a look back. The other six ducklings followed after her.

    I saw the lone duckling in the sewer, cheaping and frightened. I called the police, animal rescue, animal control.. I called my condo’s caretaker. Along he came with a friend and we removed the 150 lb grate, against all odds. One of us even jumped into the hole, but by then it had been quite noisy and the little duckling had fled into the pipe. We were unable to see or reach it.

    A little later I went out and saw it resting in a spot where sun was shining into the sewer. It seemed shaky and weak. I found some long bamboo plant sticks and attached fabric to the bottom in the form of a cup or net, hoping to capture the ducking. A wildlife organization had said they’d take him/her if I could bring him/her to them. Unfortunately, I only frightened it and it ran into the pipe again. Shortly after we had a big hail and rainstorm. I looked again afterward, but saw and heard nothing.

    My heart is broken for this newly formed life. I’d feel better if its energy had been transformed to another animas as food, but this just seems so pointless. All afternoon I prayed for the little guy and sent good thoughts his/her way.

  • This morning, I was getting in my car which had an overflow pond in front of it. A male duck appeared out of nowhere and started swimming around the pond. His mate was nowhere to be seen, so it made me sad. I was thinking about him coming into my life at that moment and was laughing – “Cue the duck!” for an animal sign. LOL.

  • I was walking back from the dumpster. We have a preservation pond on the right side of my house. So I see ducks & hear the all the time. But this day was different I felt I had to go outside & dump the trash at that moment. I was just beginning to cook my breakfast. I stop immediately! And walked down the street to the dumpster, walked back to my house & right before I reached my building… 2 full size adult ducks soared over my head together. It was sooooo beautiful. I just stared at them and was like WOW what a great moment. Me writing it doesn’t do it justice. These ducks never fly over the parking lot. They always fly over the trees or over the water. Does this meaning anything?

  • Yesterday while cleaning up after a rain storm caused erosion on our driveway, I heard “cheeping” coming from a hole in the side of the driveway, where it drops down a hill. Inside I found 3 baby (Whistler) ducklings. There was no mother duck in sight! We took them in, watered and fed them, and kept them warm. We called a duck carer to give advise for overnight care.

    The very very odd things that made me question what this meant, were firstly we live in dry bushy forest at the top of a mountain with no waterholes around, so this is a very unusual place for a duck to be, let-alone to have bred. In 13 years here we have never once seen nor heard a duck. Secondly, how did the ducklings get into this hole on the side of the hill? And thirdly, what are the chances that I’d be there weeding/fixing driveway (property of 20 acres!) to have actually heard them! I’m usually never out there – especially not for long enough to recognise a cheeping. And finally, how did I hear this over the really deafening sound of birds after rain, cicadas…etc..etc.

    One duckling died overnight, but the other two Lucky Ducks are now safely and happily with a duck carer!! I’m left in bewilderment – what is the message?! I know there is one. Thanks!

  • Hiya,

    We are moving house today. It is a time of big transition for us – it is my last day at a part time job today and in a week I return to full time work in a new job, leaving my two preschool boys – so lotys of change. As my partner was packing up this morning a duck wandered into the house and he spent a length of time trying to get it out of the house. We’ve never had ducks around our house before. It is funny – but is there a message?

    Thanks Meg

  • I was taking a walk outside & I start hearing duck noises for a good 10 min but didn’t see any ducks around then suddenly out of nowhere a swarm of ducks flew towards my direction out of the clear sky. They literally pop out of no where. What does this mean exactly?

  • I had a very strange incident with ducks. One morning I was taking my 4 year old grandson home. We got in the car and backed out. Directly across the street. on the sidewalk were 2 ducks. It was a drake and his mate. This is not really unusual. The housing development I live in is large and surrounded by ponds. The houses across the street back up to one of the ponds. My grandson and I looked at them and thought they were pretty. Then we went on our way. The house my daughter lives in was my house at one point. It is in an older neighborhood. There are no ponds, lakes, creeks just a few swimming pools but basically no water source. I lived in the house for 7 years. The only wildlife I ever saw were squirrels. We get to my daughter’s house and go in for awhile. When it was time to leave, my grandson walked me out the door. Across the street, on the sidewalk, were 2 ducks. A drake and his mate. I was completely shocked. How could this be? I’ve struggled to find the meaning but I just don’t know what it is. There must be some meaning. It’s just too unusual. It seems impossible. Does anyone have any insight?

  • I have just realiced that in the last days, the duck has appeared several times. And it happened in a very special day, in wich I received a new job offer that would mean moving back to my home town and a day that pulles me to see if I really want to dedicate my life to ‘spirituality’ and take the ‘leadership’ to organize a meditation group. What is duck tring to tell me? Thank you.

  • Last night my partner and I of almost a year mutually decided to end our relationship. I had been diagnosed with premature ovarian failure shortly before meeting him, which means the only possible way of maybe having a child together would be via egg donner. IVF He wants children. I would love nothing more than to give him this gift.
    We love one another. But I felt I have to let him go.
    After a sleepless night of tears I have woken early with the sun to find two ducks on my back lawn. This is the 1st time I’ve seen duck here. One a drake and the other a female (who had feathers missing from the back of her head, likely from an old wound, both ducks were a little scruffy actually, older looking) . As i stood at the back door crying they waddled up onto my deck, they both stood there the male looking at me. After about 5mins of this they waddled around my house and into the front yard. I followed to watch them there from a front window. Again the male walked up towards me. and then actually flew at the window, like it wanted to be closer. I went out side and sat on the front step, Where they both cane within couple of feet of me, until my cat came looking for me and then promptly scared them away.
    I found this site ass I was curious to know if ducks are symbolic in anyway to fertility?
    What does my little morning visit mean?

  • Hello. About a week ago I was in Yosemite. A friend and I were sitting in front of a water stream and a duck flew in and landed in the bank in front of us. It started quaking loudly, no other ducks were around and it was the only duck I have seen the four days I was in Yosemite. The season is fall. After a few minutes it swam straight towards us, got out of the water and started waddLing in front of us. It looked hungry but we had no food and we were the only other people around ay the time. It stayed with us for about 30 minutes as we talked about it and It seemed to know what we were talking about. It made alot of eye contact with us. The duck was a fawn color with on bright purple feather. I have plenty of pictures of it if you want to see it. The duck stayed near us until we left and then another group of people sat by the beautiful duck as we were walking away. A passersbyer was in awe to see a wild duck sitting by us, he said that we were special and that it was good karma. The next morning my friend said she had a dream about the duck, I also had this weird feeling that I too had a dream about the duck. What could this mean ?

    • Think back, what were you and your friend talking about? How was the trip going? What were you feeling at the time? How could the above messages of the duck relate to the answers to these questions?

      • The trip was going good . It was the first day we got there . We were talking about how beautiful yosemite was. Then duck flew in… thank you for your reply. If there is anymore information you have on ducks please let me know .

  • This morning I had to slow my car down to let a duck cross the road…I looked to my left and saw the duck was crossing to see another duck who had been struck by a car. This hurt my soul and I actually cried out. Usually, seeing dead animals on the side of the road do not have this type of effect on me. Any clue as to why this had such an impact on me? Other than it just being terribly sad?

  • Hi,
    On my way into work this morning I heard the sound of a duck, it was as though the duck was sitting right next to me in the car on the way to work. I found your website and read what it means when a duck waddles on your path. The only thing is that besides my current job I have a side business and with both my 8-5 job and my side business I’ve recently had new ideas. So I’m not sure which one the message is for. Can you help determine that.

    Thank you,

  • I believe my son’s totem animal is a duck. He has an affinity for them, in fictional characters and in real life. He also loves the water. The other day one of my son’s classmates gave me a drawing out of the blue (I’ve never even spoken to him before) and it was a duck :smile: He fits many of these traits and has the “bird” spirit energy about him.

    Do you have any tips for me, as a parent? I’m a dog spirit myself, and I’d love to help him grow and feel at home with himself.

    • Xander: The best tip I can give you for parenting is to be flexible. Allow your child to grow at his own pace and allow him to learn and make his own mistakes. Your energies are different – so his lessons in life will be different in life than yours.

  • I saw five colorful ducks today 😛 . They were green, red, gray, and black! They were so perfectly still, I felt they weren’t real. I was born on April 5. I don’t know if it’s a correlation or not…does this mean something?

    • Hi Graciela: The Ducks are letting you know that you have to get back to work with your creativity. The red would be about focusing your intentions and the green about engaging your heart in the project. The grey is the presence of all colors and all possibilities while the black is the void of not being able to see the end result. Take the leap and finish your project!.

  • Hi Ruth: The two black ducks are a message for you to have faith that your prayers are manifesting even if you cannot see it yet. Know that your creativity and positive thoughts have manifested everything you have hoped for.

  • Two black ducks appeared at my condo last night. One is a bit smaller than the other and has a longer slender neck. The bigger one has some iridescent green coloring on its feathers. The grass here is very wet and they are feeding well. They are both still here tonight. They seem not to be afraid of humans, fly a bit away when approached by a dog, but come right back. They croak/quack to each other and look me right in the eye. What are they and why are they here? I feel they have a message for me.

  • ❓ I don’t know what to make of this: I just saved a duck. It was caught in a fishing line. I know it trusted me because it sat on my lap calmly as I detached the hook. I know that this must be an important sign!

    • Hi Lucy: This Duck is giving you the message that although you have a big opportunity in front of you that needs to be moved on swiftly – the choice is still yours as to whether or not to take it. You should make sure that you are emotionally prepared for the challenge and ready to deal with others who may be clingy and needy of your time.

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