Duck Symbolism, Duck Meaning, Duck Totem, Duck Dream, and Messages
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Duck Meaning and Messages

In this case, Duck symbolism is reminding you to take notice of your surroundings because there is a new opportunity available to you. Moreover, this spirit animal is also letting you know that to succeed, you will have to move forward swiftly. Therefore your new ideas can take flight. In other words, this opportunity will not wait for you. Similar to the antelope meaning, the Duck symbolism is making it very clear that to be successful with your goals, you have to move now!

Conversely, the Duck meaning may be a reminder that you should keep plodding along with your current project. Hence, one step at a time is the best way for you to get the job done.

Alternatively, Duck symbolism may be reminding you that today is a day that you should spend exploring your emotions. Thus, the Duck meaning prompts you to take the time to feel things. Only then can you navigate your way through them so that they can be released. If you need to, use affirmations and gratitude to clear the way.

Duck Totem, Spirit Animal

People with Duck totem have a strong sense of community. Thus, like those with Rat totem, they are very social people. They do not hold grudges even though they are unafraid to disagree with someone. Folks with this spirit animal are also very good at helping others through their emotional entanglements. Therefore they often follow careers as Psychologists or Therapists. People with Duck totem prefer being in places where they feel comfortable.

Consequently, they also tend not to challenge their comfort zones. Moving out of their comfort zone is often left up to the universe. However, the cosmos, on occasion, will pass on a bit of a “cosmic boot” to move them forward. Very similar to the Crow and the Raven, folks with this power animal are very good at staying in the moment and enjoying life in the present.

Folks with this spirit animal are also carefully conventional and tend to go along with things as they are. They will do something for the sake of the team, instead of for themselves. These people will also work hard at not drawing negative attention.

Duck Dream Interpretation

When you have a swimming Duck dream, it represents your connection with the unconscious and emotional body. In other words, the vision is reminding you that by allowing yourself to be vulnerable emotionally, you can now move on with your life. Also, it is telling you that you can blend and adapt to different situations. 

Very similar to the White Horse, a Duck dream in which many birds are flying, is symbolic of your spiritual progress and freedom. They are your connections between the spiritual and the physical worlds. Ultimately, you always have a choice about how you choose to see the world around you. In fact, by staying in the present moment, you can find peace.

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? Occasionally, this type of dream can also signify that you are “Ducking” some issue or situation instead of dealing with it.

108 thoughts on “Duck”

  1. Good morning,
    I had a dream of a talking to a mother with 4 ducklings nesting, she spoke to tell me she was going to move with me… it’s kind of weird because I met a man 5 months ago that lives in the same city I did 20 years ago and in my dream I pictured that house when the Duck and I conversed about moving.. This resonates with my life so much I know it’s a sign..

    1. EspionageCookie

      From what my gut says, it seems to represent how you’ll see the new home you’ll have as a kind of motherly presence. A home that will nurture you, and make you feel at home. 4 ducklings is interesting, because 4 represents stability, security and order, which might represent the nurturing home that is coming for you. So make sure to be observant of all the choices around you, and remember to listen to the inner voice in your heart of what to choose, even if others may doubt your decisions.

  2. Hello, last night I had a dream I accidentally ran over a duck while driving behind my sister- we were headed somewhere. Her and her boyfriend helped me look under the car to help, but the duck was not there. I have never ran over an animal or caused a car accident ever. Then I was in a home, the duck (alive) came from no before waddling to me, it hid under a white fluffy blanket. It peaked out at me and started waddling to me. It wasn’t afraid, it seemed excited, and it was big duck but didn’t attack me. Because it was a an unusually bigger mallard I was scared, but it was nice and didn’t hurt me. What does this dream mean?

    1. EspionageCookie

      From what my intuition says, running over the duck in a car accident in a dream might mean that you are worried about losing sight of big opportunities, if you don’t make the most of the time you have now over particular goals. Since it turns out that the duck is alive and is excitedly coming after you, it mean mean that instead of you having to go after the big opportunity (because it is a big duck), be patient and let the opportunity come to you instead! Pay attention to what’s around you, because if you let yourself become too distracted of your own surroundings to be observant of it, you might lose sight of a big opportunity!

    1. EspionageCookie

      Since the duck represents opportunities that might not be spotted, you might be heading in a direction where you could take a much easier path but you choose to take a much harder path. My gut feeling says that this is not necessarily a path that will end in ruin, but progress and success will take longer to achieve. In all types of creative activities, it is said you have to look both at the problems and opportunities you have for a goal in mind. Rather than asking what more could be fixed, ask, what could you improve instead? We may be so stuck in solving tiny details of all our problems to make everything as perfect as possible, that we might lose sight of bigger opportunities to improve things beyond the small details of making every single thing right where it is no longer necessary.

  3. Hi, I really feel so horrible as I was coming back from the work and in a narrow winding road three sucklings were crossing the road, they were really crossing in a rush. Before I could act, two of the ducklings got killed by my car. I feel horrible. I am vegetarian, love animals, have pets so this is heavily bothering me. What is the spiritual meaning of killing an animal?
    Any comment is appreciated.

    1. Hey Rachel,
      As I was looking for the meaning of the duck I saw your comment below this article. I want to send you thoughts of compassion and healing for what happened with the ducklings, as this experience must be painful to you. I think that your own interpretation of death can be interesting to interprete this event. What comes to my mind regarding death is : the end of an phase in life, of an experience, of a project… But also of rebirth, of making room for new things to come. Horrible experiences can reveal blessings later on, and I hope that you’ll be able to get some insights regarding this accident, which probably happened to show you something. Maybe you’re not paying attention to something important and this event can help you open your eyes. But in the end, if you still don’t find the meaning of this situation, I suggest you to let go: sometimes it takes a while before things can make sense to us. Baby animals may be a representation of our true self, so I suggest that you pay attention to your deepest emotions and needs.
      Take care,

  4. In your dream and in your waking time, who is driving? You have a wonderful imagination and the symbolism is clear and interesting. Your dream is always from within you. Your ideas are there to help you. If someone tells you exactly what happened in your dream, you give up your power and are not the driver of your car. If you are young it is only right that your parents drive. You will then plan to learn to drive. If you are older it may be that you want to drive and take control of your own feelings and mystic adventures. You are part of a family and the things we learn in our families are for our own soul’s growth. If it were my dream it would be a marker of where I am and where I want to go. I would want to give up being afraid and to be the educated driver. Educated means reaching out the way you did and getting clues to where you plan on growing. Think of all of the ducks and butterflies as your own wings or energy. If feels like you are a beautiful horse with wings stuck in the starting gate of the a wonderful race you will be flying in. A winged beauty no matter what totem you choose. The earthly lessons are always going to be there. It is up to you as to what totem, dream or reality you explore.

  5. Please someone try to explain my dream to me. I’m really scared about what it might mean and now I dont want to sleep. So in my dream there is a huge flock of flying ducks and then they all gather in the shape a tornado, butterflies, and then they stop. During this I’m with my mom and my sister. We are all looking out of the car at the ducks. My mom later searches up what it means, and in my dream it meant that my sister was a sex addict. My mom and dad were really sad and mad about it. Then I woke up at 3am and now I can’t go back to sleep cause I’m afraid of what I might dream next. I also fear that my dream might mean something bad, wether it’s for my sister or for me.

    1. EspionageCookie

      As ducks can represent being stuck in the status quo and being too stuck in the familiar, a hurricane of flying ducks might mean you are settling down in your current life too much. Likely your life is average, and you force yourself to accept it as it is or lie to others that you’re happy with it, but as time passes, the emotions of intense distress whirl around like a hurricane in you. . . wanting something much better, but not moving forward because you’re afraid of the unknown.

      It is okay to dream of something beyond what you think you deserve.

  6. I was wondering if anyone could explain meaning better to me. I was walking home early in the morning and in the middle of the city two ducks – male and female landend in front of me then when i got closer they took off to the same direction they came from. I would really happy if someone would explain what is universe telling me

    1. EspionageCookie

      I get the sense that this is meant for you to be more observant of the emotional dynamics with a man and a woman in your life, who may be interacting together in some way. I feel like one of them might be someone you are looking after or mentoring in some way. Being represented by the ducks taking flight away, it might mean you’re becoming far too distant with these two in your life.

  7. I had a dream about a happy female dog and she had swallowed a whole duck… I could see the duck figure shape in her throat and I could hear the duck quacking… And all I could think was we have to get you to the dog hospital… Then I tried to get her to the dog hospital and I started having a different dream… What does it mean when a happy dog has swallowed a whole duck and the duck is still quaking?

    1. EspionageCookie

      I sense the dog might represent a girl or woman in your life, though not necessarily in a romantic sense. She may be, like a friendly dog, characterized by being friendly, sociable, loyal, active and protective. She swallowing a duck as a dog and needing to get her to a vet might mean that there are emotions stuck inside her that you might need to pay attention to. As in, how tears can well up in your throat when someone is upset. She might be lying about being alright, when she is actually supposed to ask for help to vent her emotions to you.

  8. I had a dream where two lions were chasing us. We ran up to the door of our home, and found a dead duck on the doorknob. Somehow we got inside. One lion was killed by townspeople, and the other escaped.

    I immediately had another dream (as if it was Part 2) where the second lion was running toward me as it approached our fenced-in yard. I grabbed the child (mine, i guess) and ran to the house. Again, there was a dead duck with his bill on the doorknob. I started to hesitate then pulled it off and just got us inside in the nick of time.

    This is one of the most unsettling dreams I’ve ever had. :-/

    1. EspionageCookie

      I get the sense that the duck in the first dream means a project that you are ending because of the pressures of “lions” around you, pressuring you not to follow your own passions, whether in work, or in some other project of some kind, whether creative, or in service to others. The second dream seems to indicate that the bullying “lion” in your life is trying to harm those close to you as well, and the dead duck on the door knob might represent an unopened door of opportunity you are leaving, because you cannot stand up to the tyrannical “lion” in your life.

  9. I had a dream last night that a white dove was flying above me and it was following me. Then I was following it and it turned into a white duck. I followed it to someone’s house. I tried to let them know how special this deck was and find out why I was there. It was the woman’s mothers birthday and the duck was trying to eat the lily of the valley flowers The daughter had brought for her mother. Trying to explain to these people that this deck was special the ducks head came off and you could see that the duck was wood. I said don’t worry it’s a special duck and I put the head back on and it turned back into a real super crisp glowing white duck. Then in the dream I realized that I had been missing my family and these people were going to be a new extended family for me. People came out of the house from the party and they looked familiar but they were not people I actually knew . I woke up laughing about the “duck of God” Since originally I was following the white dove of peace Lol

    1. EspionageCookie

      I feel like you were led by the white dove representing high ideals in your life, of everything being peaceful and perfect, without problems. Instead finding that it is a special duck, you are trying to unconsciously convince yourself and others around you, that there is still a good lesson in enjoying the simple and small joys of everyday life. That there can be still be joy in a humble life, where everything is perfect. That is why you saw the duck as very special.

  10. I had a dream of a huge feathered bird sitting on my head. I could not get it off. I was with two other women who represent significant people in my life in terms of parenting/homeschooling. I tried to no avail to get the big bird off my head, shaking, pulling, having the women help grab it to remove it. I finally got it off and we all exclaimed at what it was- it was this HUGE duck – like a turkey with a duck beak. There was a bunch of poop stuck all over its backside and I then realized I had shit in my hair, as well as worms/parasites from it.
    The day I awoke from the dream, my husband and I had a huge conversation and made some major decisions – life changes – including deciding we’re going to put the kids in school after 14 years of homeschooling. I’m not sure if it’s the right decision, or if this is liked to the dream, but it seems to be!?

    1. EspionageCookie

      I get that the huge duck on your head might represent that you are being held back by too many old fashioned and overly conservative beliefs in your decisions of life. That you are unable to take risks or open your mind to new ideas. Remember something new and different does not necessarily mean that it is wrong to participate in. That is why you are trying to remove the big duck from your head with others.

  11. Hi, I had a super weird dream … There was a very huge black injured duck in the middle of the street. I really wanted to help the duck but every time I get close to the duck, it turns aggressive. People keep on telling me to stay away from it but I had this strong connection with the duck and I really want to help it so I decided to go towards it even though the duck might bite me and then the moment I touched him he bit me but I touched his forehead with my other hand and the duck became tame. I then carry the duck and went to the nearest vet.

    I actually have vivid dreams and I am one of the few who remember their dreams after waking up. This is my first time to ever dream of a duck~

    1. EspionageCookie

      I get the sense that this duck in your dream represents your desire for a simple and humble everyday life, but people are telling you that you need to desire for something more ambitious, even if that is what your heart is telling you not to do.

      A simple life can provide as much service to the world as a more grand life can be. Remember that.

  12. Katarina Palman

    today somebody drive trough a duck before us a female duck was hit by a car and when we come we saw the man duck try to pick her head up but it seems she was dead. He sat on her and try to get her head up. We sstop the car and the man duck just walk around like in chock and the female duck seems to be dead. I try to get 2 people around this problem but noone seems to care.

    I cry and didnt now what to do and i still cry because the man duck love to her. WHAT A HECK WAS THIS ABOUT?

    From Sweden and hope some of you can replay to me. YES Im spitituall and i feel a tremendous loss with this man duck, so sad for him and the true love for her and no one care.

    Katarina Sweden

    1. Katariana. Did this really happen or was it a dream. If it really happened that is incredibly sad.
      If it was a dream obviously it means someone experienced a terrible loss that they could do nothing about. I’m so sorry.

  13. A few weeks now, we have had a female and male mallards swimming in our pool… they have come very early in the morning or late afternoon; we find this peculiar, as the female should be on her nest at this time. They are just lovely to watch, but I was hoping to know more about why they have chosen our pool, when every neighbor has a pool too.

    1. EspionageCookie

      I get the sense they’ve come because they find your personality and energy very similar to them. A duck might be your totem animal, or someone else’s in your house, or both.

  14. My neighbor said he saw a duck being walking at the top of my house for one hour. After that I checked up but nothing was there. Anybody please tell me what it notifies and what it says.

    1. I dreamed of a big black duck flying towards me just enough to touch his foot on my chest and flew back away touch my leg in the same way and gone. But at first I saw a black bird flying towards me then I found out it’s a big black duck.

      Pls help. Thanks Rose

    2. I am a christian, I’ve dealt with deliverance and witchcraft being directed at myself and others. This dream of yours sends off warning signs for me that you could be targeted by witchcraft. I’ve heard a similar story of a dream like this where black birds where attacking him and he found out that his grandmother was doing witchcraft against him. I would pray to God for guidance for this situation and protection. I am also praying for you.
      May God bless you with protection from all uncleanliness, Jessie

    3. The color black represents a space for new creation. The duck is saying a space for new creation is opening up, and it will require both a change of heart, and a change of direction. It may be somewhat emotional, or it may draw you out of your comfort zone. I think the dream was just telling you about a shift in the trajectory of the emotional attachments in your life. Just fyi, I am not an expert in the field of dream interpretation, but that he touched both your heart and your leg, is a clue. A change of heart followed by a change of direction seems possible.

  15. I had a dream that a duckling suddenly appeared in the house . I thought “Do I have a duckling ? Oh man, I’ve never fed it. It must be starving! I gave it water. The same night I had another dream, but the duckling was back. I gave it bits of bread. It only took them when I soaked them in water. Later in the night I had a totally other dream, but I was food shopping for the duckling. I was frantic to find something it would eat! What a night!

    1. EspionageCookie

      I get the sense this duck might represent you requiring to “feed” more effort into a current project of yours. That you are going after a goal, but you are not making the effort to regularly “feed” it with action, not just false promises to yourself or others to commit.

  16. Hello everyone. Two nights ago I had a dream about dead adult mallard ducks. Everywhere I looked there where dead ducks I mean everywhere. Nobody else seemed to notice them. Then out of nowhere I seen two baby ducklings that where as white as snow. That’s all I remember. Can anybody tell me what this means. Please and thank you

    1. Leave behind your past and step into a new life full of Grace and forgiveness, and you will be made new.

    2. I think the dream is telling you that your emotions around a certain event, are there, even though you’ve tried to bury them. No one else notices the pain, and you think you’ve gotten rid of it. The dream is saying that when the pain does again rise to the surface, allow the pain and your feelings, and afterward there will be a long period of peace.

      PS – I’m not an interpretation expert

  17. I just got home from a trip with my mom and sister. When we arrived home, I went to the front patio to see the plants. It’s about 11pm. Out of no where, there is a duck in the front of the house. Its just there walking. I live in the city, not near ponds or any body of water. I’ve been in this home 6 years and not once had I seen a duck before. I start a new job tomorrow. Can the duck be trying to tell something?

  18. A male and female duck entered my back garden today. They knew I was there but were not at all nervous and happily nosed around, helping themselves to some leftover bird food and seeds that had fallen from my plants. I have lived here for years and never had ducks in my garden. Is there any particular meaning this, or is it just a random (but pleasant) occurrence?

    1. There is absolutely a meaning behind it. Focus on staying present and you’ll start to notice more “random”/pleasant experiences happening more and more at just the right times 🙂

  19. I found a duck in my house yesterday morning. He /she was sitting very calmly at the end of the hallway but of course when we tried to catch it to let it outside it was quite nervous! We got it in a towel and set it free outside. I have had birds get into the house in the past but never a duck!

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