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If Woodpecker has come knocking…

It is time to really pay attention because opportunity is has come knocking along with it. It is signaling you that great changes are happening in your life and it is up to you to seize the moment. Whether it is the renewal of an old project, the finishing of a new project or simply a serendipitous meeting with someone in your life. Whatever way you perceive it know that the door is wide open for you right now and that success is your for the asking.

Woodpecker as your Totem…

You have the power of rhythm in your blood. You are tuned to the heartbeat of the Earth and the cycles that rule it. You have the ability to shake up the awareness of others as well as the ability to grab every ones attention with the simplest of words. You understand the power of your words and use them sparingly and precisely to get your point across. You are often the first to draw everyone’s attention to something that needs attending to.

Woodpecker has entered your dreams

When woodpecker comes knocking in your dreams it is asking you to pay attention in your waking life. There may be something you have overlooked and it is trying to bring it back into your focus. Diligence is key here.

Additional Meanings of Woodpecker:

  • Rhythm
  • Fertility
  • Listen more clearly to subtle energies, there is a message that only our intuition can interpret
  • Earth’s heartbeat
  • Look at projects in unique and creative ways to bring new life to a project
  • Increase of mental/physical activities
  • Beat of life
  • Progress
  • Fly Back to our roots
  • Signaling
  • Protection
  • Nurture our ideas in the womb of our core passions
  • Initiation
  • Determination
  • Shelter our wisdom from predatory threat
  • Communication
  • Opportunity
  • Use our heads (intellect) to think up innovative solutions to overcome barriers
  • Communicate our ideas in more creative non-traditional ways
  • Listening
  • Stop and consider the opportunities available to us at this time
  • Prophesy
  • Attention

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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 Woodpecker 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 Woodpecker 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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36 Responses to Woodpecker

  • October 2, 2015, as I stepped out of my truck in order to open our gate I noticed the Red Headed Woodpecker laid peacefully dead near my gate where it had lived in the fence pole for years. Latter that evening my wife and I received a telephone call that our youngest daughter (22 years old was shot in the head and was dead. I need no Woodpecker ever in my life.

  • On the 31st August, on my way to a near Church, wanting really bad to Hear a SERMON, I’ve crossed the street Stirbei Voda. Beside the Cismigiu Park, there is an awfully common building of Institute of Education Sciences. On the number 37. On one ledge, I’m pretty sure that the (s)he was put there, was a DEAD redhead woodpecker. I’m still pondering why I haven’t touch her (him)…, and on the neck there were some biting marks, or holes… I recently “celebrated” my 37th anniversary.

  • I saw a male and female downy woodpecker outside of my window yesterday. The female was just on the tree to the upper right and the male was on a different tree branch to the lower left of my window frame…. neither was pecking at the tree. They just landed and paused and then flew away.

    What does this mean?
    Thank you.

  • I woke up a couple weeks ago, and let our dog out as usual, except it wasn’t usual, there was a bird on the roof of my truck! I thought it odd when he didn’t fly away, so I walked towards it, as I did, he just looked at me, I reached out my hand and,……HE LET ME PET HIM!!! 4 times I stroked my finger down his back and he just sat there n let me, I know it’s a sign of sorts, but I’m very confused as to what it was trying to pass on to me. I’ve seen when woodpeckers die, or when you hear them in a tree, but what does it mean to pet a woodpecker? Very confused, but what an amazing experience.

  • I was getting out of my car the other day and as I turned a woodpecker dropped from the tree dead , right at my feet. is this a bad sign ?

  • My husband was dx with stage 4 cancer. We are hoping that the pleated woodpecker that visited our home today os a good sign for healing for him. Any thought?

  • 😕 I lost my 22yr old Son on 5/15/2013. Tomorrow it is his 2 yr Anniversary. About 5 months ago, I was outside having a conversation in my head with my Son. As I heard him answering me back, I stopped and thought, “Is this really You Bobby answering me, or m I crazy, its impossible to validate its you”? Within 10 seconds, I heard birds wings on my right side an was stunned when a woodpecker landed (I was standing) on my right side of my ribcage!!! I lifted my arm and the Woodpecker did not move, it wasn’t struggling, it wasn’t stuck, just held on to me!! I talked to the Woodpecker and hoping someone else would see it, walked down 10 stairs, Woodpecker still looking up at me, holding onto my side! As I rounded the corner, My other Son saw it on me and stopped walking. Only then did the Woodpecker fly off me to the ground. It landed on the ground, looked back at me and then flew off. Could that have been validation I am hearing my Son, since I asked if it was him I am hearing, 10 seconds later, the Woodpecker was hugging me!? Also, every time I am in my yard, I am surrounded by Woodpeckers in the trees of all different sizes. What could all this mean? Thank you.

    • Lori, that is such a beautiful story. Don’t doubt your experience for one second. What are the odds a woodpecker — or any bird — would ever land on you? Now what are the odds it would stay there so long? Now what are the odds it would land at that second after just asking your son if it was really him talking with you in your mind? The odds are so astronomically against it, it’s insanity to question it. (I believe our departed loved ones often communicate through nature.)

      My gentle suggestion is to consider the spiritual meaning of woodpecker, as he could have chosen any bird, a butterfly, or some other means of verifying it was him, but he chose a woodpecker. The woodpecker is a symbol of turning obstacles into stepping stones and opportunities, and to get to back our roots. There is much more meaning associated with it (layered meaning as with any animal), but his message for you will become clear if you think on it. Because he wasn’t just saying, “Yes Mom, it’s me,” but he was communicating something to you by choosing that animal to do it.

      Your son is with you, and he is watching over you. And forgive me for saying, but it sounds to me like he is also being protective of you (another meaning of woodpecker) and is concerned for you. Perhaps that you have found it difficult to move forward. There is no getting over such a tragic and incomprehensible loss in the sense of things ever becoming ‘the old normal’ … but there is joy in every breath of life that surrounds us, even when we can’t feel it, and the ability to go forward knowing our loved ones are still with us. I wish you peace and much love. Accept his gift as he intended, and never, ever doubt yourself or him.

    • What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing! You brought me to tears. I love it when validation comes quickly and clearly. Much love!

    • This was definitely the answer to your question. Yes it was definitely your son. And yes, take the meanings of the woodpecker to heart, but also, there really isn’t a question as to whether that was a reply or not. It is so very very obvious. :-) extremely beautiful. You’re extremely lucky to have that kind of validation! so gorgeous what an idea!

    • I think so. When my son died God sent me a dove that would sit at my feet and coo. I moved several times and that same dove would follow me. My mother died 4 years later. I was looking out my window and the dove flew up and another one joined it. It was at that exact time my mother died. Awesome how God chooses to comfort us. Praying for you and your loss.

    • Thank you for sharing that. What a powerful story. I hope you are taking much comfort from such a clear strong sign that your son and the universe is present in love with you always.

  • I was driving to work and a woodpecker hit my windshield. I was so broken up about it. I was wondering what the mean was? It look like a pleated woodpecker but I’m not a 100% sure. Thanks ❓

  • Two Woodpecker encounters. The first one was @ 5 days ago when I saw one pecking on a tree in my back yard. Very strange that a salesman knocked on my door later which never happens. Sure enough one of the woodpeckers sighting omens predicts a caller will knock on your door. The second encounter was 2 days ago when I was walking in the park and the pecking was so loud I honestly thought at first it was a distant jackhammer. Anyway, I take these signs as good luck!

  • Earlier today I was in the woods doing some prayers and callings spirits then I got scared with some noise I heard there. But it stopped, when I stopped chanting.

    When walking back, I heard the noise again and very loud, like someone drumming. Really loud, but stopped again after seconds.

    After some minutes I look above to follow the same noise and then I see the wonderful woodpecker.

    So so nice.

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