Woodpecker Symbolism

Woodpecker Symbolism

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If Woodpecker has come knocking…

Woodpecker is letting you know that 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 this bird 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 Associations 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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Comments

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.

80 Comments

  • As I walked the walking trail a red headed woodpecker flew right in front of me an started pecking on a tree. I always new just spotting a woodpecker was good luck, but I’m also wondering was this woodpecker sending me a message.

  • This afternoon recuperating from surgery searching for a home online in a nearby town thinking of selling my place here there was a big bang. My home is in the mountains, it is cool and stunningly beautiful. With stress from being sick and being harassed by my ex husband, I thought it may be time to give up my perfect job that in a kennel we built boarding dogs and sell the land, house and business. I’m getting older and it’s harder for me to take care of the dogs. I told a customer I was asking for half of what sale price was. The terms of divorce dictated we must sell. He was excited and looked around a little and said he would talk it over with his family. Online I found shacks in the desert, an actual chicken coop that had been converted into a home for close to half of what I was asking. I was stunned. That’s when I heard the loud bang. It was a beautiful woodpecker who had flown into the window by the stairs. I started to cry, I don’t eat animals and it made me very sad that the house could have caused such a death. They have caused damage to the house but I just shoo them away and ask them to find a tree. The elk are mewing to their babies in the dark now, I could see them clearly earlier, they had a bumper crop of delightful babies and are used to my presence now. I believe these are ancient birthing grounds for them. My chickens are sleeping after laying eggs for me all day, they free roam and come running to me when they see me outside. I love my birds and cook them blueberry pancakes when their laying slows down. For a while it was all I had to eat, I was so sick and couldn’t work. I looked up why this beautiful bird had died this way. And believe it may have been a sign to stay here, as much as I don’t want to be responsible in any way for it’s death. The amount of work can be controlled all the time I realized having been forced to turn people away every day, and I need to not let my ex get to me. This is paradise and it would be foolish to essentially give it away. I will get better and be stronger and try to be more attuned to what I should do.

  • I recently had a fling with a friend that started with a kiss on valentines days, the catch is she was only 18 and soon after that i found out she is moving across country. We mutually broke up in April. But I couldn’t let go, I feel that i do maybe carry some heavy wounds from past relationships that I kept trying to in my crazy mind make us work. I felt kinda needy whereas I didn’t think she needed any thing from me. Woodpecker came in around when we kissed and now again at the time of my sisters wedding in the black hills where I found a woodpecker feather and was face to face with two of them. I don’t think woodpecker means negativity in my case rather a challenge to let go. She has now stopped texting me and I walk alone again but at least spirit thinks I’m worth helping and being with.

  • I am woodpecker and I feel a great need to take care of all around me no matter how I feel. I love my totem and am honored to be woodpecker

  • Hi
    For the last two weeks I have a (red) woodpecker waking me up at 5:30am by pecking on a METAL box on my roof above my bedroom.
    I didn’t know where the sound was coming from
    Nor that it was a woodpecker , it sounded like a jackhammer !
    Finally one morning I went out on to a deck that’s connected to my bedroom, stood on a chair and saw the woodpecker. It immediately flew away.

    It has come back several mornings and today I decided to google and see if there is some significance and what message it is sending me. I feel terrible that I keep shooing it away for waking me , especially now that I realize it’s probably been trying to get my attention big time because there are literally hundreds of trees in my back yard and it’s choice of communication is a metal box above my bedroom!! Please give me your thoughts. Thank you so much

    • Yellow Bellied woodpeckers (the name is strange because they have much more red on them than yellow) will peck on metal objects because the pattern is a mating call. The metal sometimes transmits the sound further than wood might. I have one that pecks on our TV antenna several times a day during mating season.

  • Today, May 16, 2017, I was dive bombed by a woodpecker and then tonight I had one sitting on the sash of my livingroom window looking in at me. There HAS to be some symbolism to this right? Both were red headed woodpeckers. Just so bizarre that I haven’t seen any in years and then I see, and have close encounters, with two in one day!!

    • Nancie, where you were dive bombed is the location of the woodpecker’s nest. Yes, the bird at the window is trying to get your attention and communicate with you.

  • Third day every morning at about 8am on the same north corner of the third floor of my bedroom in my home. He knocks only 2x in a series and flies away. Ive been here 17 yrs and suddenly I have a new opportunity of this visitation! He comes at the beginning of a new moon end of the Ram, Aries and the beginning of the Bull, Taurus. Will stay open and receptive to all new opportunities that come knocking. Simple as that!

  • A northern flicker ( woodpecker) hit my window this afternoon I went outside to check, she was laying there tongue out of her mouth and trying to sleep, I held her and told her that her babies are waiting, she jumped and flew from my hands. After reading it made sense why she came to visit, change is happening (separation) and its time to stop feeling defeated and make the most of the opportunities and change. Should I put tobacco down?

  • Today was odd. I was clearing the garden and putting seeds in. It has been full of weeds since my husband passed away two years ago almost exactly. I turned and saw the woodpecker flap its wings behind a tree nearby and I smiled to myself, as I love when they come near. It was flapping its wings around it the leafs on the ground a lot, than a big crow came and started making noise, so I went to see what is the matter. The bird seemed to be not well, so I went to get a towel and gloves to see if I can help it. When I was back there was a big orange stray cat that has been hanging around and the bird was dead. I feel bad and am not sure what to make of it

    • Hello There,

      Although this was an actual event as you’ve depicted it. Not to sound callous the cycle of life continues onward. Although spiritually via indigenous folklore traditions the crow and raven are considered to being messengers and taking a soul back to the afterlife.

  • When I got home today I found two red headed, yellow chested, wood peckers on my porch. One was laying face down and the other was face up and they were laying end to end as if they had been placed there. There were no marks on them to determine how they died. It really kind of freaked me out. Can someone please share what this symbolizes.

  • Well I have read all the articles given up. I also have a woodpecker don’t know the colour because when ever I go to see him he flue off. He stands for hole day hammering on my window glass. It is being started since last year 15/12/2016 and still it is there. I have many birds nest in my gallery. So I thought that he also need a nest but no he didn’t came inside. Every morning he comes and goes after 6 noon. I don’t know what is he trying to say but there is something weird now a days. Same day same rotten same people but sometimes different. What is it I don’t know but I am going to find it out. Thanks for your help.

    • I see this downy woodpecker on this tree by my apartment everyday and was wondering why i keep seeing him everyday . whats the sign i kbiw i filed for my didability maybe thats a sign don’t know. Need help please explain my name is Sandy Cloud.

      • Hi Sandy

        The woodpecker is a sign that you may have overlooked something in your life, it’s also saying that your being diligence , Diligence as one of seven virtues describes thoroughness, completeness and persistence of an action,
        If you are denied what you seek. Have another look and try again , it will happen ..

    • Hi Naidujayendra

      It seems you have been missing an opportunity, you have been missing something that has been showing itself on a regular occurrence and your not paying close enough attention .
      Take a look at your life and the most meaningful things that you want to change , when you have them sorted keep a close eye on what or who comes into your life that can help you get what it is your missing .
      Being diligent is a big part of this process so please take the time on this one ..
      Cheers

    • He is trying to get you motivated to move! If it were peaceful, which it is not, the message would be different. Get into motion one way or another.

  • I saw a yellow-bellied sapsucker for the first time yesterday at a local arboritum. I was drawn first to the holly tree he was in and was studying and appreciating its beautiful scrollwork and delicate designs, photographing, circling its base and getting close-ups of the wonderful angles and bark for quite a long time before I noticed the bird above me. I photographed him, and he very generously and calmly continued his feeding and allowed my intrusion until I had taken in my fill of the wonder. My comment to you is two-fold. A fox “appeared” to me recently, as well. At three a.m. on the day following Thanksgiving I was reading and writing at a B & B at Hawk Mountain in PA and heard the chilling scream of a fox. I felt privileged and honored to hear it, and I have been rather obsessed by foxes since, being especially taken by the connection to watching, listening, waiting, and quick and agile movement. Also the image of fire the fox evokes. My question is, do you see any connection between the two animals/ the two habitats? Thank you so much for your thoughts. Michele

  • I have a red bellied woodpecker that lands in my hand, it is hard to describe the feeling. He doesn’t land for anyone else ive been with. I have photos! Blessings πŸ˜€

    • David Thats spectacular! When, where, and how often does he land in your hand? Would you be willing to share the experience with a creative group of artists and film makers for an upcoming documentary project?

      • Yes, southeast michigan, late morning or around 5pm ish. Hopefully he faired the winter. I call him dembae. Honestly, he finds me but will land any time he approaches.

  • I had a woodpecker come to my window and I hear a tap! He was trying to eat out of my plant pot he was beautiful and I felt emotional ! I Google docs the meaning and came up with your site and was delighted to see that they are a sign of fertility as me and my husband have been trying for nearly 2 years and are having treatment fingers crossed x
    Thank you for making my day Mr woodpecker xxx

  • As My girlfriend was driving me to a job interview we have been arguing for about a year and I at that moment had finally come to the conclusion that I needed to leave but have no options money or family. I was feeling quite hopeless and sad when through a half cracked window while driving on the freeway a Downy Woodpecker slammed into the back if my head and died. I ofcourse was reduced to sobs while she laughed hysterically. Emmediately I thought “this is a sign but what does it mean” Please help me to understand what this beautiful soul sacrificed it’s life to tell me.

    • Rethink your situation. People have different types of communication and it isnt easy to master. The woodpecker wants you to pay attention, listen and realize life all life is short. Non the less πŸ˜€ ➑ πŸ‘Ώ

    • You have more options, pray. That laugh is not a good sign. Don’t give up don’t you ever says yes to despair, maybe that was his message! Good luck and blessings to you.

    • Please see the website In5D.com – a lot of light workers are having strange moments. Some are having to leave relationships and family. The time you posted this posting was at 1:11 this number is associated with rapture / ascension process. On September 23 a sign will appear in the heavens – Revelation 12:1 – please go to you tube and do these YouTube searches – 11:11 meaning (note 1:11 is part of the same meaning, this number is spiritual) – September 23 Revelation Sign – Dolores Cannon Ascension – Rapture.

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      Please do not let the Wood Peckers end haunt you negetively, the wood pecker’s time was at an end and it was time to move on to a new life. Syncronicity is amazing and provides us with just what we need when we are in need. God is a gift to all of us.

      The wood pecker was confirming something, just how deeply you care. Your partner did not share the same sentiment and she is not on the same wavelength as you are, we all grow at different rates. Sometimes we have to leave to find out who we are and what we are capable of doing. A friend of mine once mentioned that he was stuck living in a location that made him feel suicidal, he almost died. His family was depressed and they also pushed him hard to this point, he had to leave and now he doing fantastic with a one bedroom apartment, money coming in, and staying productive, he finally feels alive again.

      Hang in there, think unconventionally, one man visited most of United States and worked different temp jobs for one week per state. He was looking for the next temporary assignment while working at the present assignment. Fifty states in one year, he wrote a book. Couchsurfing.com allows you to sleep on different couches across United States. Also, rentafriend.com allows you to be a rented as a friend for the day at $10 to $20 per day, completely innocent just read the website. You can also rent a friend to show you around or to gain a new perspective about an area or about life in general. πŸ™‚

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      Most of all have fun. πŸ™‚

  • I was recently fired for “being rude to customers” at a very small business after being demoted to “no customer interaction”. The ‘rudeness’ occurred after I was demoted.

    Two days later, I went up to the mountains, (like I do almost every other weekend) and this time, there were woodpeckers everywhere! I could hear them in the trees surrounding me. Hadn’t heard them in my trips up there before.
    When I got home, I found out the woodpecker is my birth totem (like my zodiac) and I found this page.
    Any ideas what it could mean?

    • Hi I sympathise with you losing your job but going up into the mountains seems like a great coping strategy. I wondered what mountains those are? I have been researching woodpeckers as I had one a appear in a tree right outside my back window which I’ve never seen before here. Then a few days later I found a beautiful spotty feather. I am wondering what it all means. How did you find your totem and why is it your zodiac sign also. I think its all about new life and paying attention and you can look at Animal Spirit Totems to give you more info. Take care/

  • My wife recently left me and I’ve been trying to make the best of it. Through a lot of introspection and reading I’ve figured out a lot of the things that pushed her to leave the way she did. Lately I’ve been thinking I should try to win her back.
    My job requires me to climb some very tall structures. Two days ago while climbing the highest structure on site and toying with the idea of winning her back I asked for a sign. I didn’t expect what I found immediately thereafter.
    As I reached out to climb the next ladder, where I was about to place my right hand was a female woodpeckers head hanging from the ladder rung.
    I am so confused! What could this possibly mean!

    • I was off to meet with my ex today (to go through and split up some stuff) and as I was about to get into my truck, here comes a woodpecker just clucking away. Non-stop up in the tree behind the truck… Maybe I should talk to a psychic…

    • Realizations of Self can come at a cost…that is true. But perhaps enough time has passed that your reflections have revealed the many challenges that you had to overcome and the solutions are now presenting themselves to you.
      Be forthright..use your head..your mental skills now and also listen to the female’s (wife) connection to Mother Earth. Listen to what she may have been trying to tell you or teach you…through love.
      Opportunity has presented itself to share with her your realizations that needed her to step back from you in order for you to see them..and grow from them. Enter the relationship again..this time with greater communication, sharing and understanding. Good luck!

  • I have just lost a pet in the last 24 hours. I am so grief stricken and am actually much more affected than I had anticipated. I have been attempting to journey and want so desperately to know that she is in a spiritual peacfful place. I asked the spirit world to send me a sign and a Downey woodpecker flew right next to me and playfully hopped from branch to branch on a tree in my yard. It jumped from the bottom branch and worked its way to the top. He eventually flew away I am hoping with all of my heart that this was her way of telling me that she has transitioned to a higher place in her life journey. My other loving cat keeps looking for her…it is very difficult and sad.

  • Twice I have seen albino birds. in 2014 an albino Mockingbird came to my back yard for a week.’m Then day before yesterday, I saw a partial albino Red Bellied Woodpecker!! What does it mean when they are white?

    • Usually white stands for purity and truth. Since they are birds…birds are in the element of air which is “thoughts” and Mind and communication. so the purity of your thoughts is most important to you and the purity of others thoughts around you are equally important at this time.

  • I found a dead red -bellied woodpecker on the ground today. This is my birth totem animal. I am deeply saddened. I want to make sure that I do not waste or misinterpret this message. Does anyone gave insight to what this woodpecker could be trying yo teach me?

    • Nessie, I feel the spirit of this bird is gifting important medicine to help you connect more deeply with your totem. Feathers are powerful medicine and freely given when beings leave earth for the spirit world. How wonderful is it that this woodpecker made sure in its last moments here to be in your presence?
      Sing a song of gratitude and respect for your totem and accept the gift with reverence; give the body an honoring burial. Blessed Be.

  • Hi,

    I recently applied to teach up North on a reserve. I have been waiting for the decision and I am so desperately want to work there as I love the culture, love teaching and want to help the children rediscover their culture.

    Anyways, I am an anxious person normally and I will analyze everything and catastrophise. I’m wondering if it’s my anxiety or if it’s my initiation telling me I won’t get it.

    Then before I opened the window curtains I heard a huge bang and looked out and saw a gorgeous yellow bellied female woodpecker. It was still alive and breathing heavily. By the time I ran outside and hopped over the balcony railing it wasn’t moving. A bird hitting my window is not a common pccurebxe and I didn’t even know that type of bird was a woodpecker.

    What can this mean?

  • I went fasting last fall for 3 nights and 4 days. During my time in the woods i heard a woodpecker knocking to the south of me, then it hopped along the trees to the west of me and landed on the ground. After that i couldn’t see it as I was on the other side of my tent, I continued to sit and wondered about it. Suddenly it flew right over me towards the east. I inquired about it to one of the elders but all I was told was to research its characteristics and traits.

  • As a young girl my mother would hear a woodpecker knocking and say oh oh someone is going to die. Which now as I think about it there is no shortage of woodpeckers and there are dying trees everywhere, So I am thinking that was just something she must have heard as a child. But it does seem when they are close and I hear them there is always some kind of bad news that comes along. Just a thought. As this morning, I woke and heard almost a howling like loud sounds and I went outside just to figure out it was a woodpecker. Then I received a message that a family member can no longer receive radiation and will be coming home for hospice, as nothing more can be done. Makes one wonder?

  • 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?

  • πŸ˜• 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. πŸ™‚ 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.

    • Most certainly it was your son.

      My experiences are incredibly personal and spiritual so I won’t share them in detail here but I have been visited by pileated woodpeckers upon the loss of three loved ones and each time they answered that question. It is a very powerful sign and your son is OK and at peace, he was speaking to you through nature so that you knew he was at peace.

      I’m so happy to see so many people on here with internal eyes wide open, there are so many amazing moments in life if we just open our hearts and minds!

  • 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.

  • Today is 03/19/2015 and for the past 2-3 days I have been visited by the sounds of a woodpecker consistently pecking away on a tree in the back of my home. I’m not sure what the meaning is of this, but I took to googling it to try and see if there is a message in all of this. I think it is and I’m not even sure if woodpeckers have any spiritual significance or meaning, but I sure would like to know.

  • A striped woodpecker landed from behind on my left shoulder from behind while I was taking out the garbage. Not a dream. But everything has felt dreamy today

  • Hello, I had a dream last night that I was in a vibrant, healthy forest, with the main colour being green. There was aload of what looked like some sort of kingfisher cross with woodpeckers flying around at high speed, they were all black and white apart from one. The dream began with me walking into this amazing forest area where woodpeckers were pecking the trees, and then they all seen me and started to fly around at high speed, and one bird in particular was trying to get my attention, it was a beautiful vibrant green with bright blue eyes, and red feathers on its head. I was watching it with awe and then suddenly time stopped, and the bird just died mid flight. I reached out and picked up the bird from the air, and just looked down at its lifeless body in my hands, and the dream ended.

    What could this mean? According to the native american zodiac my animal is a woodpecker…

  • Well, I heard this woodpecker knocking/pecking on the roof of my home. I then heard the woodpecker inside the house in the attic knocking /pecking. I thought I might need to call someone out here to retrieve the woodpecker, but, the next day there was no longer any sign of the woodpecker. What could that mean?

    • For me. I have turned to the narrow path recently in ALL that do. I have been given many confirmations that our God is pleased in my actions. Today, as I offered to God my life as sacrifice. I then heard a screach that I thought was a Hawk, I was led immediately to find the source. It was a woodpecker, persistence of my thought and path were my message. Outward and distinctly professing of my faith was my course.
      Be very thankful that your ears are open, it is a call to duty. Your purpose is coming into focus and you hold an important role. Your creator is trying to drag you by the arm. In my opinion, it signifies you are very special and influential to those around you and a door is opening. Trust your instinct it’s obvious the helper is with you

  • I live in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia and have at least one pair of pileated woodpeckers around my home. In the middle of my driveway, by the road, today I found (what I believe was a young, as it was small) pileated woodpecker dead (I think it might have been hit by a car or truck) and it broke my heart. I was obviously meant to find him/her or another would have so there is significance directed to me. How do I interpret the meaning of this?

  • HI there, I keep hearing and seeing a large woodpecker in my backyard in my trees. I will hear his loud almost piercing call from inside my house. And when I go outside, its almost like he is trying to communicate to me as he looks at me when I am outside. What is the meaning here ?

  • I had a double whammy today. First, saw 2 roadrunners having something of a conflict with each other. Then later in the day, two woodpeckers flew down to the street in front of me, appearing to be in conflict with each other. I can look up the individual meanings of the birds involved, but does it matter what they were doing–does the “conflict” with each other have significance?

  • Had a dream about a giraffe behind my child hood home in the woods stampeding. As it emerged from the brush and ran across my yard I noticed it had a pileated woodpecker on it’s back, riding. Disappeared around the house into the front yard, as I went to the front window to see where it went, the giraffe was gone, but the woodpecker was just standing there looking at me. Then it flew and started pecking on a friend of mines head who mysteriously appeared.

  • Just seen this big ole woodpecker on the power pole coming home with my son today. He was quite big and kept pecking at the pole and move around it. Just wasn’t expecting to see that in the middle of prairie country where there are no trees! πŸ˜›

  • I just returned home from Reiki Master Training. I went outside with my dogs. Immediately I saw a colorful bird on the ground at the same time one of my dogs did. He scooped it up into his mouth. I saw the bird spread its wings and felt its fear. I broke it up and sent my dogs inside. I grabbed the leather gloves I had put into my purse days earlier (not knowing what I would need them for). I went outside and the bird was very close to death. I immediately started sending it Reiki and was guided to put it into my hands. It was still very warm. It made one last movement of its tail feathers when it heard the dog across the street bark and it died in my hands. I held it for awhile, thanking it for its life and its beauty. But then, I didn’t know what to do. So, I called my teacher and my friend with knowledge on animal medicine. Neither of them answered. I felt helpless on what to do. So, I sat and asked God what to do. My guides told me it was a gift. So, I asked what I was supposed to do with it. They told me to go outside and send the bird Reiki. I went outside and crows flew across the sky, one cawing, signaling a new beginning and change.
    While giving Reiki, I was told I was to cut off the wing that was healthy. That was my gift. So, I mustered the courage and cut it off with some hedge trimmers I found in the garage. I thanked the bird and the spirit of the woodpecker for its gift and for its life. I was told I needed to bury it in a field near my house. So, I took its body to the location and placed it in the hole I dug. I placed all the Reiki symbols over its body and covered it with dirt. With my hands over its resting place, I thanked the animal spirit, Mother/Father God for this beautiful gift. I felt so much better after this was done and admired the beautiful wing when I returned home.
    It will take its place in a fan for smudging when the time is right and when the right person is able to craft it for me. It may even be myself. I don’t know yet. Just yesterday I asked Spirit to bring a fan for smudging into my life and today I have been gifted a beautiful centerpiece for this fan. I am so grateful. The bird was a male Northern Flicker from the woodpecker family.

    • Hello Danielle: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page when you return to Woodpecker. The message will be specific for you. The number 2 is about having faith and courage and knowing your prayers are manifesting even though you cannot see them yet.

  • Just had a young downy woodpecker knock at my window. Then he (or she) was pecking at my window air conditioner. The funny thing was that he kept polking his head up and looking at me. He was remarkably sweet and cute. I do not know excatly what he signified. But I got a bit nervous for him pecking away at my air conditioner for so long. It lasted about 4 to 5 minutes. It was a very sweet visit πŸ˜€

    • Hello Patti: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page when you return to Woodpecker. The message will be specific for you.

    • Hello Cynthia: It means that you have missed an opportunity. There will be another one – pay close attention to the signs and follow through.

  • I was jogging through the forest early this morning and I heard the knocking sound high in the trees above. I stopped in my tracks and looked up and spied a large pileated woodpecker. I watched for a moment then saw a smaller one. I am not sure if they were a pair as I don’t know how the females differ from the males in appearance. They played and chased each other around the tree. I watched in awe.

  • I was outside by my driveway, 17 days ago, on July 29, many birds were all around…they seemed to be saying that something good was about to happen. Then a large red-headed woodpecker flew right over my left shoulder. I’m pretty sure it was the pileated woodpecker. It was so large, so close. Beautiful day.

    • There are woodpeckers everywhere I shift my awareness to! If I don’t see them I hear them. What power they have to get through an obstacle to nourish themselves!


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