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Be resourceful about pursuing the current opportunities available to you. There are unusual and clever methods for getting what you want.

If Vulture has flown across your path;

Vulture is asking you to be patient with yourself and think things through. Take your time before making decisions and choose paths that support your higher consciousness and your heart. Use all of your resources combined with your past experience to approach the problem from a different angle. Know that you are always free to choose your own path but be flexible while moving forward. Allow yourself to use all of your senses to navigate through this situation for your highest benefit. Call on all your resources to get the job done. Alternatively this bird recognizes that you are fiercely protective of those you feel responsible for but you are reminded that knowing when to allow others to sink or swim is important too. Recognize the need for higher awareness in all those around you.

If Vulture is your Animal Totem;

You know how to use your own energy powerfully and efficiently. You have the ability to see auras and colors around people with your higher vision and you know how to use patience a s a means to an end. You easily go with the flow of those around you yet are fiercely protective of those you feel responsible for. You have keen insight into most situations.

If Vulture has come into your Dream;

To see this bird in your dream symbolizes purification and insight. It suggests that your past experiences will provide you with invaluable insight into a current situation or problem. Learn from your past. Alternatively, this bird indicates that you or someone is being opportunistic. Someone is watching you and is waiting for you to take a misstep. You feel that someone is taking advantage of you or is using you. Consider the metaphor of someone who is a “vulture”. This bird can also be a symbol of death, doom or rebirth.

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39 Responses to Vulture

  • I saw at least 10 or more vultures along the road ravaging a dead deer along the road. I have seen vultures before but never that many all at once, I felt it was significant.

  • Hello!
    About a week ago I was driving down a long stretch of road leading towards my house. My mother was driving and a single vulture came out of nowhere and flew directly in front of our car from left to right then was gone. It scared us and my mom had to tap the brakes. She believes it means something, and I agree with her. Any ideas??

    • I went on a trip to a place in Spain and while I was looking around I saw a tornado of vultures flying then one flew towards me and landed on my head and then one landed at my feet What does it mean

  • Hello, thought I’d like to share my dream of a vulture I had two nights ago – the same night my period started, incidentally. I was walking in my old hometown (small town in Eastern Germany where there are no vultures, ever) when I noticed a big grey vulture sitting up on a lamp post. Intrigued, I went over to have a closer look, and it fluttered down onto the street. I got the impression it was a little hurt, the feathers looked ruffled around the tail end, but it flew down. Two men carried the big bird from the street so it wouldn’t get run over, and it put up no resistance. I crouched down in front of it to examine more closely, when it hopped up on my head and made itself comfy! Even thinking about it now, it makes me laugh, as it did in the dream. I handed one of the men my phone to take a picture with the words “if a vulture lands on my head, I NEED photographic proof or no one will believe me!” There was nothing scary about the whole situation, on the contrary, I felt blessed by its choice to sit on me, of all people. And it was a heavy bird ;).
    I’ve read the keywords “business going bust” in other dream-symbol sources, and that’s accurate. The day before the dream, my associate and me decided to not ride the dead horse that is our shop any longer and pack it in as soon as we can. We feel relieved about it, with pangs of nerves and a little guilt, but know we’re eventually freeing ourselves and doing the right thing by it. In fact, we itch to start packing it up. So, thanks to vulture for helping us with the clean-up of the carcass of our dead horse. Much appreciated :) Stevie

  • had a dream. 3 very long neck vultures fly aggressively to my roof I knew they were up to something cause they wanted forcing their way to meet me. I try to run out before I knew it, their beak were on me and I wake up. Pls what is do meaning? My email is not active. can I get ur reply here pls

  • I had been up since 12 am distraught and weak from crying over my situation. I had been betrayed for 2 years. I walked outside on my back deck and was just crying. I looked up and saw a vulture in the maple tree. It was all by itself. Then, it flew down and on top on my neighbors work she’d. It was now, maybe 25 feet away from me, watching me. My dog just watched us. She is a guard dog, the minute anything gets in the yard she goes nut. But she just sat their and watch the vulture and myself. I wasn’t sure if a vulture could or would attack a person. I didn’t want to find out. I turned around and opened, walked to the back door, open the door and started to walk inside. I heard it move. I turned around and this time it was maybe 5 feet away from me on the deck railing. It was just looking at me and I was just staring back. I don’t know how long we were like that. It eventually turned a little, looked back at me and flew away.

  • hi, it’s Friday morning 10 am I woke up.
    I had a terrible dream of group of vultures.
    I the dream I saw, me n my elder sister (we love each other so much) we step into an open ground suddenly while being at home as soon as i close a window while at home (night time) I see ourselves in an open ground.
    we see orange colored huge feathered vulture In the sky. it comes close.
    my sister holds it tries to place it on my head n clicks a picture out of love. she has a habit of taking pictures, and she gets a call on her phone, my grandma who recently expired. granny tells she reached at some place(she was traveling) sister responds saying ‘so soon you reached till there’ I will be hearing these conversations and playing with someone or something, some kind of entertainment. then suddenly some women and a old guy and kids along with some vultures coming towards us.
    we start running( surprisingly no fear while running) then we see many kids also running along with us and some chasing us. then I turn back and see, a huge group of kids attacking my sister ( I was numb, n watching those kids ripping her clothes then accessories so fast like vultures, my mind stops working out of the tragic. I run back n chase away those kids and see my sister almost eaten and almost dead and I see that old man coming to chase away those kids(guilt n pity in his eyes) and then woke in trauma.

    I just want to make sure nothing happens to my sister.

    someone please tell me, what this dream means. please! please :(

  • Rick, it means slow down or you are going to be roadkill! Lol!

  • For the past 2-3 years I have been having “encounters” with turkey vultures. My definition of “encounter” is up close and personal with definite eye contact. My older daughter accused me of being obsessed with turkey vultures, but after the incident on 4-16-16 she no longer does. We were in the front yard of my younger daughter’s home, playing with my grandchildren. I heard “caws” from up the street, then silence. Next thing I see a turkey vulture coming straight down the street toward us. Out of nowhere there are suddenly five turkey vultures circling overhead. At least twice (maybe more, I wasn’t always looking up) a single vulture comes lower and flies over me going from east to west. Just as suddenly, they fly off , all in different directions. Having no knowledge of totem animals or turkey vultures, still I am aware this all has significance. All my other “encounters” have been while I have been driving in my car, as if I chanced upon the vultures. This time they came to me. I found a post about seeing five vultures meant someone died. I was unsettled to say the least. If the vulture that flew lower from east to west was indicating the passage of the sun and the number of times this flight was repeated represented the number of days, then I can tell you their message. Three days later my husband almost died. Tell me I am imagining all this. Tell me I am reading it all wrong. I wondered if this incident were the last “encounter”, but last evening on my drive home from work, a vulture launched itself from the roadside as I approached in my car and flew beside me, making sure we made eye contact. So the vultures will still be part of my life’s journey.

  • I have seen a group of vultures sitiing on a tree in my dreams.
    I would like to know the analysis of it.

  • during a shamanic drumming journey I found myself in the high red rock mountains somewhere. It was at the top , like the eye of the needle and there were about five condors flying in and around this opening. Sometimes they perched awhile and then went back to flying through it as I watched. I can’t seem to make sense of this and I know it is important.

  • I kind of would like Silken Raven to help, you seem to have some pretty reasonable explanations, and I feel you might have more of an answer for me then what I’ve come up with. SO PLEASE HELP! I AM IN DESPERATE NEED OF ASSISTANCE! some of these questions have been plaguing me every day for years! My first name means
    hero, my second name means rebirth, my last name means prophet (obviously) but You can not email me, cuz you just can’t, so please respond. I thought my name meanings might be significant for a raven, because that’s my nickname, and Every morning I wake up to the sound of ravens and they sound beautiful to me, also my celtic animal is a raven, and I feel a deep connection. So please! I have plenty more to say, and really need help. I can put up a pretty good conversation too.

    ~Sincerely Hailey P.

    • Hailey,

      Google the Healing Path of the Raven and see where it takes you.

      May you be blessed,
      The Ethereal Shaman

      • Dear CC, :smile: :smile:
        I hope that you would read my earlier posts on the vulture, these 27 vultures really bug me. But they seem to warn me of nearing danger or problems. Not many people respond to my posts though I’ve noticed 😥 😥 . But once, they (the 27 vultures) circled over a the park in our neighborhood. I though maybe it could be alligators, but When I got to the place they were, My bike got stuck in the mud!! This is awkward! Also, when I entered the neighborhood, these THREE vultures were sitting on these two dead trees–mean anything ❓ Also, when I was cleaning off my bike, they sat and watching me, then very slowly, they left. But only one remained. He watched me for the couple hours while I was there. then when I left, he followed me. They (the vultures) also fly over me, watch me in trees and other things. They fly over me, even when I was really little, when I laid in the grass and watched the clouds, three vultures would fly over me, circling above me…..like angels descending. “How beautiful, I thought. Yet…so chilling….. I have already discovered my spirit animal, it is a black panther (a black jaguar) and I would also like some help with that too. Insight are always appreciated and thanks for the post! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
        -hailey p.
        P.S. Do you know when the PANTHER and JAGUAR spirit animal will come out on this sight ❓ ❓ ❓

        • It’s great that you’re see the signs and connecting with the Turkey Vulture. You must realize that first and foremost that Spirit/Source/God/ Universe is always watching over you and you’re being guided to the highest good. It’s clear that the Turkey Vulture has come to you as such guidance. I often associate Turkey Vultures as “something has changed.” A panther may be your Spirit Animal, but that doesn’t mean other animals will not come in to life to guide you. What you must first realize is that no one but you will have the clearest answer for what they’re trying to tell you. Therefor, you need to meditate and let the Turkey Vulture come to you in that space and let you know of it’s message. There are lots of guided meditations for communicating with spirit animals on youtube. Lastly, don’t give away your power, you as much as anyone else has the power to communicate with your spirit animals & guides.

      • Thanks!!!!

  • :mrgreen: :roll: ❓ 😛 Hi I was wondering, I’ve been seeing these same 27 vultures flying over my house.
    It all started out when I asked someone a question (can’t name who) and I said to give me a sign of 27 vultures in my back yard the next morning if the answer was yes.
    Well, the next morning, when I went into the kitchen to eat breakfast, I heard squawking. I saw a huge vulture fly across the yard. I ran outside and saw three vultures entering my back yard. Six vultures on the roof peak sitting in a line looking at me.Then I ran into the back yard and saw vultures flying around me, sitting on the roof, on the ground, in the trees, and on the garden fence post. We have a six acre yard and live in the forest, so they were everywhere. My bedroom window faces toward the back yard. So I can see everything. There is a big open space then our whole back yard is surrounded by tons of trees. The vultures squawked loudly, and flew around me. They flew around and into a tall dead, leafless tree. I asked for some of them to follow me around the block. Three of them did, flying over me as I rode my bike. I was scared and amazed. Now I feel like I can sense death and I can predict where a vulture will be. I went around the block another time, and saw a huge animal spine all twisted up. Maybe a deer, horse, cow, or donkey, at least a cattle animal. But recently, I asked another question, and I went outside and saw 27 vultures, flying and diving in a huge flock over the road. I ran to them, and followed them. Is this a coincidence? Now in the car, whenever we are still in the country, A vulture will fly around, and will fly until our car is close, then will pass right over us. This happens so often. I can even call a vulture doing a certain hand sign. Vultures are always near me, and are my symbol of peace. There is a tree, a dead one that whenever we pass it, I check to see if a vulture is in it.
    If so, then I will have a happy day. There is so much more to say, but first I need a response. I also have certain deals with a big white canine animal, A raven missing a feather on it’s right wing that I can call, and these two hawks that follow me, and sit on a telephone pole for months and look at me whenever I look at them. They even fly over my house, and dive, and do acrobatics. Please help. 😯

  • In a dream, I was seeing three vultures, roughly about the size of a pterodactyl, flying / swooping from right to left. I saw them through a hole / opening. I’m not sure where I was. I was fascinated by them, and was wanting to take a picture of them. I don’t know where they were going.

  • Does anyone know of species-specific vulture spirit messages? Can anyone tell me what messages Griffon Vulture conveys?

    • Many of the traits of the Griffon Vulture are the same as most other vulture species. Their white heads are significant in that they represent communication with the Creator. They are a go between the spirit and the natural world. Their message also has a lot to do with community and group activities. I would suggest that you pay attention to the message in the quotation box and apply spiritual connections and group activities to it. See how that fits with the answers you are seeking.

      • 😛 :mrgreen: Dear Silken Raven,

        I have recently left an important message for you, and am in desperate need of answers , so please send response as quickly as possible and I will be at rest.
        My questions have intensely bothered my for years 😯 , and you might be my last chance. Do hurry. 😥

        • Dear Silken Raven you might wanna check some of the other totem animals too especially the birds . If you could, Please, Please, PLEASE help me figure out my spirit animal.
          here are some suggestions; cat (leopard or jaguar) reptile (lizard or snake) bird ( raven, crow, owl, vulture, hawk.) possibly a wolf.
          Primal astrology says I’m a tarantula, which totally describes me, but recently I found out that over the years, the stars shift, changing me from a Sagittarius to a Scorpio. Ophiuchus is not included though, early astronomers purposely deleted this western sign due to it’s complicated position
          making it hard to divide the sky evenly, and the fact that it was a real person and did not quite make sense on the zodiac. It also describes me well, but like I said before, Primal Astrology does not include Ophiuchus. I am desperate to find out my spirit animal, I thought you could help. Please do not ask for any personal information such as full name, age, ect. I am using a school computer and I could get into trouble. Also my parents would be mad, and I don’t have a very good reputation. Life’s been complicated and I sure could use some help, it would be very encouraging. :mrgreen:
          -Sincerely hailey p.

          • Hi Hayley,

            I am not silken raven, obviously. However, I thought that I might respond as you seemed a bit worried. I know (I remember!) that being in the midst of teen years can be confusing, it is certainly a time of great change, physically, spiritually and emotionally. I just wanted to say that from your posts it seems like you already have your answer. You asked for a sign and you got one. Try saying thank you and honor the animals that have shared with you with your gratitude. In my experience different animals come up at different times. It looks like vultures are hanging out during this time of transformation. If I were you I would ask for the vultures help in your meditations and act as if they are your spirit animals for the time being. Go easy on yourself. Practice being grounded and surrounding your self, and others, with light. There is great beauty in feeling mother earth under your feet and the vulture swinging in the sky above you. All love. Xx

  • My son is 16 years old. For his entire life, vultures have flown over him whenever he is outdoors. He plays baseball and they always are flying overhead even while he’s on the field. There won’t be a single one in sight and as soon as he goes outside to do something, they show up. Sometimes they sit on our barn roof watching for him. This has literally occurred since he was about 2 years old. We’ve always joked with him about it and tell him that his “friends” are here! It’s very strange.

  • I’ve never seen black vultures anywhere except eating roadkill. But this morning four of these large birds landed on my roof. Two stood up there displaying their impressive wingspans, slowly rotating for all to see. That was amazing & beautiful! The other two walked around in the grass, checking out their reflections in glass patio doors. I looked up their symbolism & found this site. I just took a week off from work & am contemplating making major changes. So their symbolism that encourages me to think things through, considering every angle, is spot on!!

  • We were on a mail delivery boat tour cruising around Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. We saw various immaculate lawns, gardens, mansions, and expensive homes from the dock view. One yard had close to 30 birds on the lawn and trees. I have never seen so many turkey vultures in one area. I wonder why they were there, and nowhere else. the yard wasn’t very wide., so why not the neighbors as well? I have never seen more than a few riding the thermals, so it was quite an experience. Strong medicine.

  • I was at college, and a nature center brought over three birds to show the students. A turkey vulture, a hawk, and an owl. The turkey vulture kept looking at me, and then all of a sudden as I was sitting down, I seen it turning its body towards me, opening her wings and lowering her head… All of a sudden she lunged towards my direction..but she had a strap on her ankle so she couldn’t actually go off her post. She got her self together, then stood on the opposite end of the post (even closer to me) opening her wings and standing there on the post. She continued standing their with her wings open. I’m not sure what that all means.

  • I live in a rural area and have rarely seen turkey vultures around our property until this spring. I’ve noticed a family or group of about five or six that seemed to follow me around. I see them when I’m out working in my yard, walking the dog down the road…I see the group following and circling nearly every time I’m outside! I’ve even noticed them many times if I’m indoors looking out a window, there they are just circling! it just so happens that I am expecting my first baby, could they be representing something about my baby or are they trying to tell me something as a first time mother? Thoughts?

  • Today is my 33rd birthday. I woke up this morning and walked into the kitchen of my condo, which is on the 16th floor of a big tower in downtown Toronto. I looked outside onto the balcony and was startled by a massive turkey vulture perched on the ledge. I started looking at it closely and was a bit shocked. As I inched closer I could tell that it was aware I was looking at it. I took some photos and just sat there for about 10 minutes watching the huge bird. I was a bit scared and thrilled at the same time. After a while I had to get ready for my day so I went into the other room. When I returned it was gone. It left some furry scraps from its last meal and some droppings behind. I asked the concierge and some other residents of the building, but no one had ever seen a turkey vulture in the city or area, or up on a skyscraper for that matter. Very inspiring and certainly an omen.

  • I’m starting to see that the vulture is most likely my totem. Not only do I see it in meditation, but I have had a few experiences with them. There was the funny side that I saw to them when three of them attacked my bird kite when I was a kid, but there was a time when I was waiting outside for my parents to come home as I was locked outside. I was reading when a shadow interrupted my reading. I looked up and 10 feet above my head was a turkey vulture. I was afraid so I darted and did a walk-run and it followed me. I did this a few times before I realized it was playing tag with me. I ran around with it constantly 10 feet above my head and when I turned it turned. I put my arms out pretending to fly. After about 15 minutes, the vulture flew away. It is the most magical encounter I have ever had with nature.

  • I live in an area that vultures aren’t built for so vultures dont really come into my life, crows however do… I did some meditation to find my spirit animal and a vulture appeared, I asked him why there are so many crows around so often and he said that he sent the crows to keep watch over me since he couldn’t.

    • That’s beautiful. I currently live in an area where I no longer see my turkey vultures but not far from where I work I always see this same raven staring through the window at me from time to time.

  • I have never really seen turkey vultures before but for the past few years I see them all the time and it seems that they tell me what’s going on with my life at that time. If I see one I have a good day, if I see 2 my days it is a little weird. But if I see five or more someone died. I don’t know how to explain it. But even at my boyfriends grandmothers funeral (i loved that woman) a friend saw a turkey vulture land on the top of the church and watch me walk inside.. I don’t know what this means but that fact that I see them so frequently and they are always right makes me really curious to know. there was even a time where I was talking to someone about how I see turkey vultures. And we looked outside to see one change course turn towards me and fly within 7 feet of the building we were in with its belly to the window. These could all be coincidences is but it has happened way too much for me to believe that coincidence could be the cause.

  • For most of my life, I have rarely seen turkey vultures. Then this past summer, I woke up to find 3 of them in my driveway. There was one that was obviously the dominant one; it was the one doing all of the the eating at first. The others kept a safe lookout and guarded him while he/she ate. Eventually, the three of them spread out, with one on tope of my house and one on each on the neighboring houses. At this point, I was able to go outside and sit on my back patio while the vulture on my roof looked down at me. There was no sense of fear of aggression… it just watched me. There was this sense that it felt in no way threatened by me, knowing it was so much more powerful than me. After a few minutes, it took off.
    Since then, I see vultures very frequently. There is even a huge pack of them that tend to roost in this one tree that I pass on my way home from work. They fly over my car as I pass them.

  • Hi Rick who saw a vulture fly over his truck.

    There could be many meanings to what happened, but you rightly surmised that this is unusual behavior for the bird, and something to be noted. I’m glad you’re looking into it.


  • Today a vulture, like turkey vulture flew up and across the front of my truck. No damage to the truck. not sure what happened to the vulture. No blood or any other parts found anywhere on the truck, i was going 50 miles an hour.

    What does this mean ?

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