If there's an issue that needs confrontation, don't sweep it under the rug or Jay will drag it back out into the open!

Meaning and Messages

In general, Jay’s symbolism teaches lessons of adaptation to any situation while learning quickly. The highly intelligent spirit of this bird gives us access to memories long forgotten and shows us how to assimilate them into awareness. This bird also demonstrates that risk-taking, seizing opportunities, and discovering new avenues for exploration are what life is all about. In other words, Jay meaning shows you how to use the power of intelligence and courage. He also balances these traits with discreet silence and the utmost patience in timing. This bird teaches you to be bold and curious. In particular, get out there and start investigating and adapting to new situations.

~Blue Jay Symbolism

Similar to the Rat, this species embraces learning, new ideas, and concepts. This bird’s creative intelligence also uncovers the sacred interconnections with all things. Mental growth aids spiritual growth. With this birds’ presence, the energy centers of the head may become activated due to the increase of new spiritual knowledge.

~Steller’s Jay Symbolism

In this case, Steller’s Jay meaning reminds you that it only takes a few words to say what you need to say. Talking just for the sake of speaking leads to others tuning you out. Thus, your input is essential. However, it needs to be clear and concise.

Alternatively, this bird heralds a phase of new spiritual growth. However, you must take care of your physical body to integrate spiritual expansion. Therefore a balanced diet is crucial for you at this time.

Jay Symbolism

Jay Totem, Spirit Animal

People with Jay totem know when to stand tall and be seen and when to lay low and become invisible. They also easily link with the spirit realm without getting lost in it. Folks with this spirit animal totem rarely become flighty or nervous and easily stay grounded. Much like their relative the Crow totem, they rarely miss an opportunity. People with Jay totem are assertive and understand the proper use of power. They have a lot of different knowledge, but it is usually just enough to get by. They also love to dabble in various activities, always testing out new things.

~Family and Wealth

Folks with the Jay totem also form strong family bonds and understand that the family unit does not have to be “mainstream” to be successful. They are also good at working toward future goals, often storing and gathering resources for future use. These people are efficient at managing material wealth and are well suited to careers such as money management and banking. Like the Hippo, they are highly creative and artistic. Jay totem people are intelligent and experienced problem-solvers. Occasionally, overconfidence will alienate folks with the Jay totem from their peers. They can also be a bit of a sensationalist by engaging in the latest and most dramatically scandalous gossip. However, on the other side, they are also great storytellers and love to have an audience.

Sometimes these folks are prone to set things in motion and then abandoning them. They need to make firm choices and then follow through. Correspondingly, they are also super sociable and friendly towards others in an opportunistic way.

Jay Dream Interpretation

To hear these birds cawing without seeing them in your vision means that you must proceed carefully with a new venture. There is danger ahead. When one of these blue colored birds is hiding food in your dream, it is a reminder that you have hidden resources that will see you through this period in your life.

~Blue Jay Dream

To see a Blue Jay in your dream indicates that you are over-confident and being too arrogant. Alternatively, a Blue Jay may be trying to call attention to something which you have overlooked. When you see a flock of Blue Jays, it is a reminder that even though you believe that you are thinking independently, your responses and beliefs are usually those of your peers. Therefore the Blue Jay meaning focuses on the need to separate yourself and your assumptions so that you can find what is right for you.

~Steller’s Jay Symbolism in a Dream

In general, the Steller’s Jay meaning in a dream means that you must pay attention to aspects such as travelling, journeying, and body sensations to gain new insights. Thus, to find your answers, you must temporarily ground yourself with Mother Earth. Like the Bernese Mountain dog, this type of bird in your vision also demonstrates that anything of value, such as spiritual growth and relationships, takes work.   Alternatively, this distant cousin of the raven in your dream signifies a transition into a new phase in your life. The development of this change will be quick and only last a few days. Once you integrate this switch, it will have lifelong benefits.

~Scrub Jay Dream

In this case, the Scrub Jay meaning in your dream is an omen of happiness. In other words, a subtle change in the way you think about yourself and the world will bring great joy to your life.

~Green Jay Symbolism in a Dream

When you have a green bird of this species dream, it is symbolic of the healing of an old wound. The vision represents the successful clearing of past trauma that used to cause you to respond to certain situations fearfully. In other words, you have overcome this response and have found a more healthy way. Thus, you have now defeated a “trigger” from the past.

~Whiskey Jack, Canada or Gray Jay Dream

A Whiskey Jack in your dream symbolizes the need for a change of direction. You may be focused on your goals and have your path all laid out, but another route may be more natural, or more beautiful.

~Eurasian Jay Symbolism in a Dream

When you have an “old world” or Eurasian bird of this species dream, it is a message that you are responding to a situation based on your old world culture and DNA. You need to step back and analyze the trigger. This response is not right, and it is time to change it.

~Siberian and Sichuan Grey Jay Dream

When you dream of a grey bird of this species, it symbolizes indecision. You have been offered a choice and are unsure as to whether or not it is a good fit for you. The vision is letting you know that the option is okay but not necessarily the best fit for you. In this case, Grey Jay’s dream warns you that you may need to make some adjustments or wait for a better offer.

87 thoughts on “Jay”

  1. I saw my first jay ever today. It sat on my work fence and stop a few seconds before flew of I think it awas a corvid Jay. I have no isea what this means but I was excited

  2. I had to quit my job for reasons of conscience. The day I was interviewing for a new job, I looked out the window and four bluejays were feeding in the trees behind my house. I have never seen that happen before and I have lived here over twenty years. Then I got another interview and a job offer for more money than I was earning, at the job I just quit, and the offer came from a guy who reminded me of a guy I believe I knew long ago, in a past life. I have been trying to figure out what it all means and found your site. Thank you.

  3. Good Morning ,Good Afternoon, Good Evening to ALL. I got so excited on 7/22/2020 on my windowsill was a bird chirping the sound was like a eagle very loud never heard that before when i look it was a beautiful Gray Jaybird with tail feathers in vibrate blue color with white dot spot around the blue feather so Beautiful . I took a picture of it and send it to my son. Well today 7/23/2020 at 8:30 am the Gray Jaybird came to my windowsill again chirping like a eagle sound so Beautiful . I feel so honor to witness and see such a beautiful bird made me so happy . wondering where do they originate from?

  4. The last 3 feathers I’ve found have all been blue scrub jay tail feathers. Came to see what they meant, and it fits. The featherefore was a rare-to-my-region burrowing owl feather, left by one in a 10 minute window between scouting a camp site on privately owned land (4.5 square miles) and returning to it with my tent. It was left dead center of my site, sticking up from the freshly tolled soil. It was definitely not there when I first scouted the spot. And their burrow I knew were 100 yards or more far from that location. I’ve yet to search for the meaning, but it wouldn’t surprise me to be similar..

  5. The day after my dad died, I went to a cliff that he and I used to go to when we’d shoot pictures or just go for drives in the country. I was shooting some photos of the cliff when I noticed a blue jay that kept hopping from one stone to another, almost like he was trying to get my attention. I kind of brushed it off as my mind grasping for things in my grief. But at the same time this thing with the blue jay was happening, a bright blue dragonfly kept flying in the frame of my viewfinder, like he was trying to photobomb my shots! It was the most bizarre thing. And when I decided to go ahead and focus on taking pics of this dragonfly, he literally posed for my camera …….? Like stood on a small stone and slowly rotated! And throughout the rest of the time I was there (about 20 mins), everywhere I went, this dragonfly would be close by. By the time I got back in the truck (my dad’s truck), id just accepted that my dad was somehow sending me these creatures. Then, to top it off, I noticed a tiny sweat bee that kept hovering around the drivers side mirror. I thought to myself, a sweat bee? Really? And not only did this sweat bee stay somehow hovering around the mirror the entire 20 minute drive back, but when I got to another spot I wanted to visit by some railroad tracks, the bee followed me from the truck to the tracks. I had to actually start swatting it away! Leave it to my dad to send me a sweat bee. One of his favorite stories to tell eveveryone was the time we went canoeing and out in the middle of the lake a bee started buzzing around my head. Obviously the smartest thing to do in a canoe is to stand up and start swatting at it with an oar. Somehow we escaped without capsizing. As if all of these things weren’t strange enough, on the night he died, it was actually early morning, about 20 mins after, I was standing outside just looking at the stars and I saw a shooting star. That’s easy to call a coincidence I guess. But a year later, within minutes of his time of death, I saw another one. I literally never see shooting stars. It became a joke after so many plans to watch meteor showers ended up falling flat. I’d look at the sky for 30 mins and look away for 10 seconds and that’s when one would shoot across the sky. So that’s my luck with shooting stars. After the second one I am convinced the universe is sending me messages. I never used to be that superstitious really. Or spiritual. But all of the things that happened after my dad died are too hard to ignore (I left out a few others… having to do with coins, lost jewelry showing up out of nowhere, etc). Also my dad was an atheist. Like absolutely did not believe in god or anything paranormal/supernatural. Which makes this whole thing even funnier.

    1. I love that story. I too have had many experiences myself after my mom passed away, however I have always been spiritual and signs are part of my daily life when there is a message that needs to be noted.
      I think this is definitely your dad communicating with you and since he was an atheist then perhaps he is trying to let you know – that in fact there is life after we leave this existence. How wonderful that he cares so much for you that he wants to let you know this.

  6. Yesterday I was sitting outside and a bluejay came Sat in the chair beside me for about 45 minutes then he stood at my front door for about 10 minutes. He let me take pictures of him up close. My son was 27 and died 9 years ago the day before, was this some kind of sign from him.

  7. My cat passed away a week ago from cancer. Both my husband and I are so heart broken over this. She was a very special girl. Although we understand and believe she is in kitty heaven now, we truly miss her. I have been looking for a sign, since then. I often hear that when you have a connection with a loved one, you will immediately see birds or butterflies. This morning I woke up to the most beautiful 2 blue Jays near her headstone. It’s the most amazing feeling and my love for god and these signs he sends us to reassure us everything is ok, continues to amaze me.

    1. It feels almost strange that I ended up here reading pretty much exactly what happened to me. Our beloved cat Jinx died of cancer yesterday and my son and I are heartbroken beyond belief. This morning I was talking to her (spirit) and told her how much I miss and lover her. The same moment a jay turned up looked at me for quite a while and then dug a nut into the ground where our baby Jinx used to sit. I am convinced he came to give me a message from her.

  8. Emily Downs Aka Rip Little Chihuahua Scooter

    My little girl Chihuahua passed may8th18 we had her seance she was 6 weeks old she was 4 1/2 yr old she was my child did not look at her as a dog she was so smart sweet and protective against me n my husband we was mommy n daddy to her. Someone ran her over did not stop!! We are grieving really bad please pray for Us ! Today was my Birthday may 15 18 I woke up and always say hello to my baby that is barried under a ceader tree . their was a blue jay that came out of the woods and looked at me like my little dog ustoo I just knew it was her ! The blue jay was my sperital totem. I told my husband he said the whole 20 + years hr has owned this house and property he has never ever saw a blur bird here ever ! It gave me Chills ! I know it was my baby that came to see me today was the day she passed the same day one week ago n then my Bday falls on the same day. Love the Downs Family…

  9. This has been a very sad Christmas, my heart was broken by a family member that I love deeply.
    On Christmas Eve my husband let our dogs out at around midnight he told me he felt as if there were owls all around the house. Then, today, 12/27/18 I was about to take my dogs for a walk when I heard this tremendous sound of birds, lots of birds, I then looked up at our huge pine trees to see at least 25 blue jays flying and talking around the tops. This filled my heart with joy, with tears in my eyes I thank the Universe for loving me.
    I will cherish this for the rest of my life.

  10. This is so interesting! Yesterday my boyfriend and I went up a mountain, and a stellar’s jay flew from tree to tree in a full circle around us, watching us really quizzically before he flew away. My boyfriend didn’t know I knew he was planning it, but he proposed not five minutes later on the mountain. We both felt it was a sign!
    We are both from different countries and have spent most of our relationship long distance. This marriage is going to be a huge change for the both of us so adaptability, spiritual development, and maturity is key!

  11. The other day I was driving down the road doing about 35 mph and a blue jay flew right into my drivers side window while open! Needless to say it definitely startled me terribly! Has anyone ever heard of this happening to someone before? The blue Jay didn’t die on impact but supposedly had believed to have broken its wing and leg.

  12. I very much appreciated this post. I am a bit confused about the visitations I have been receiving from Blue Jays recently. I can recall seeing them throughout my life, but nothing really specific at the time. As a kid, you see a pretty bird and you are enchanted by it, but nothing else really comes to mind. I’ve seen cardinals, etc, and have a special connection to butterflies. But, within the last 2 months I have had 3 visitations from blue jays. The 1st two times were within two weeks. I had just broken up with my boyfriend, we decided to take some time apart. It was a rough time for me, but even harder for him due to reasons I’d rather not disclose. Well, I was at work, and there are some trees and a fence right outside the window by my desk, and on 2 occasions the bird visited me and perched right on the fence. We looked at each other for about 10-15 seconds or so. The next time I saw a blue jay was when I was in my apartment complex driving home, and I had just glanced to my left and noticed a blue jay perched on another fence with it’s head turned around looking right at me. That time was for a few short seconds and then I had to continue driving. I have read up on it but cannot decipher why I am being visited by a blue jay every so often. If anyone has any information on it I would love to hear your thoughts so I can better understand what I am supposed to learn.

    Thank you.

    1. I believe this is a bird of adaptation for sure. These blue jays are merely being present for you in your time of need. I believe they are a reminder that you have done the best you could, but some things are still out of your control. Just keep moving forward and things will eventually get better! By the way, my girlfriend’s name is Shelby too. I do not know you, but I believe you will find what you need just as I will. 🙂

    2. Shelby –
      The timing to me looks like you’re being encouraged to stay broken up with your boyfriend.
      “finish what you started, you are royalty.”


  13. I’ve lived where I’m at right now for approximately 3 years with my girlfriend, and when we got here from Day 1 a Blue Jay family has always taken nest by our bedroom window. Any other time of my life, this would never happen. Just this morning, I rolled over in bed and saw very slight movement through the blinds. I quickly adjusted my eyes and I saw it was him.

    I want to give a background of my time here. You see, I was in a pretty bad position emotionally around the time of the move and a couple years into it. I was going through a tough time with her parents and family (extremely overbearing and would occasionally steal from her, so I felt obligated to save her from her situation) and my work life wasn’t exactly optimal (I worked for a grocery store upon moving in with her). We had instantaneous clashes over simplistic things.

    Fast forward with a Content Warning, if you don’t like mind altering substance stories, scroll elsewhere.

    We had both been smoking weed for some time before moving in together, and our privacy invited this more frequently with a more relaxed opportunity. This would not normally be important for a story but what happened about a year in was, I got a better job and began discovering that my work situation was about to explode with an even higher level of Upset. The management was, in short, undeserving of such a staff. The Director of operations played a big role in making everyone feel lower than low, so to never question his motives or intent. Well, now to come full circle (I mentioned the Weed thing mattering, here it is) one day I decided between us that we would celebrate for no reason and buy a Bong. The THC content ramps up, for those of you who aren’t educated on the matter, and the brain undergoes deeper stages of euphoria. It was maybe a week after, I finally had the guts to take a meaningful consumption using my newly purchased apparatus, only to look back up at the TV airing Foghorn Leghorn and feel a tear run down my face. Why was this nostalgic cartoon making me… cry?

    I was quickly overcome with rushing emotion. I stumbled to my bedroom and propped myself to look into the dresser mirror. Images of all my family members came to me, even friends whom I’d forgotten. I had a very strong sense of that I had forgotten who I was to them, and I had a very profound realization in that moment telling me I was overlooking myself in my life. This motivated me to continue down a very intricate path.

    Soon after, I quickly learned that the electric feeling in my head wasn’t just my thoughts going wild, and I began watching shows and interviews of people who had gotten into accidents and needed metal platelets on their skulls, and how they would complain about feeling an electric current run over the plate. I didn’t stop there and began research on Acupuncture, the Meridian Pathways and Qi Gong. Moving from those studies opened me to further studies of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) a naturally occurring chemical in the brain, located in the Pineal Gland. I learned of the ancients and their very deep knowledge on the gland, and their symbolism through statues holding pine cones and etc. Even the Eye of Horus symbolizes how the middle of the brain looks when you cut it in half.

    I then had a series of dreams. It began with a transparent crystal blue butterfly, flying around me for about 10 seconds in a meadow. Months later I had a dream about a UFO in the sky. Not very long from then, I had 2 more UFO dreams. UFO dreams, I’ve read, are meant to symbolize signs of conscious advancement. This ramped up my care for UFO-logy and pushed me to research anecdotal accounts as well as pull the entire universe into question. In doing this, I found an undying love for astronomy and have probably watched every single documentary Online for it, 3 times over.

    What all of this taught me was, your thoughts govern everything. The Foundation to Creation is Language. To feel it in your heart, you must shape your morale with your powerful imagination. These truths have stabilized my life in ways I never thought possible. And yes, all the while this was happening, a Blue Jay family has been nested outside my home every season it can, and visits promptly every Spring to reclaim it’s post.

    Thank you for making it this long. If any of you have some similar experiences going on, I hope this helps to pave the way for where you might want to place yourself next. Happy Saturday guys, and I hope you all have a safe journey through this crazy thing we call Life.


  14. There is a snow storm just finishing up here.. almost 10 inches have landed and it is still snowing lightly, I’m sighting in my living room with my daughter when I here a big thud, a blue jay crashed into the window I was facing.. I peered out to make sure it was ok and found two blue jays sighting in the tree in front of the window looking right into the house.. went outside to give them some berries and bread and found at least two more of them…during this storm they appear t be the only birds venturing out 😊❤️️

    1. I was going through a very spiritual time in my life and was deciding wether I wanted to be baptized. I was driving one cloudy day, I’m a truck driver, engrossed in thought, and decided to pull behind a gas station because my thoughts about God were too much to continue to drive. I pulled behind a gas station and the moment I stopped a blue jay landed on my mirror and we stared at each other for about 10 seconds before he flew away.

      Once he flew away, and after about 5 minutes, at the very moment that I knew that being babtized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ was clearly what I should do, the clouds burst open and it rained hard for about 2 minutes. When I pulled out if the gas station, the road was dry just outside of the station. I’m not kidding it rained only on the gas station. Also, I had been driving for hours and it had never rained that day, nor did I experience any more rain that day.

      I think that blue jay knew I was about to have a divine moment and wanted to cone check me out. There’s just no way this was coincidence. My faith in Jesus is unshakable.

    2. Wow, praise God! I have just decided to get baptized again. A lot of close friends have questioned me since it’s not my first time. Today I happen to see a Jay and wondered what sign it was trying to show me.
      So because of that I found this article and your comment. You’ve just shown me affirmation from god that I’m doing the right thing. Thank you!

    3. Love this….reason being…I was water baptized a year ago…and it was done by someone very dear to me. Last night I cried out to the Lord and asked him if this is what he ordained that I be baptized by him or was it done in the flesh..( lots more to story) anyway today a blue jay flew right near my window sat there for a few seconds then flew away…then afterwards it rained for the rest of the day. After reading your story is confirmation that my baptism was ordained by the holy spirit. Thank you so much. God bless you.


    4. Thank you for your story. Although I don’t believe you should be smoking weed but I am glad it made you realize you are a worthy person.
      Everyone goes through their own trails and errors. How we come about the foundation in which we want to cocreate is the true result. Mind of matter is indeed apart of a persons personal growth.
      I too have been going through some tough times, still am and yet nature is always telling me to continue to push forward and not backwards. It’s hard but they are definitely a significant reminder that we shouldn’t forget we’re never alone or never heard by heavens/God himself(whom ever you may believe in) I believe we get signs bc we need the power of the Devine itself.
      Thank you for sharing your story. I really appreciate it and hope all will be well for you and your girlfriends’ future and success.

  15. I stopped for a glass of water and looked out my window to find 11 blue Jays in my yard feeding. I have seen the occasional blue jay in my life but never in this quantity at once. I have also seen quite a few cardinals. I love it. 😀

    1. Hi! today I got 11 blue Jays too! I was looking through the window upstairs and I could see the tree in our yard, covered with them! what an amazing moment!!

  16. I was on my porch when I was drinking my coffee..it keeps getting close and I was wondering what that meant..because more started to come..

    1. I consider this a blessing! I believe this article is totally right when it says Jays are patient in timing. They are so beautiful that seeing one up close and personal is lucky. I would interpret his appearance as synchronicity.

  17. I had a dream about a nest of blue jays above me. The mom was feeding them and I could see almost all of the birds in the nest. In my dream I knew I needed to look up what they meant so I just kept watching what they were doing. Any thoughts about that?

  18. I just had a SIGN thrown into my path.
    A BlueJay appeared in my house, literally…when I saw it, it was flying from the west, from the kitchen area… no open doors or windows, and the fireplace was lit with the front covered by a screen. Besides, the fireplace was facing me and the bird flew into the room from the west (kitchen). It was as if it just appeared and flew into my living room where I was relaxing with my coffee. One of my cats, Karma, caught it before I could intervene (I’ve become disabled about a year ago). I had to pry Karma’s mouth open with my hands to get the little bird away from him. It lived for a bit, I’d wrapped it a dry washcloth, but the poor thing’s neck had been broken, and it died within a few minutes. It is now in my “work room” bathing in selenite light and I’ve lit a “manifest miracles” candle.
    I know I have to “return to sender” tonight, by fire. I believe I know what this means, but I feel the need to seek a 2nd opinion…..any thoughts? This was not a dream. I’ve put the poor darling in a “bird cozy” that I’d had no use for in years. It’s there still, bathing in the light of my selenite tower. Tonight I will perform the ritual my GreatGrandma taught me.

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