One of the common tools used in ritual practices is the feather and it is governed by the air element. Animal feathers are used as catalysts to improve the effectiveness of a ritual.
If you open a witch’s magical bag you are most likely to see a special feather in it. Each feather has its unique color and abilities such as; to grant the wearer protection and good fortune. Feathers are often used to aid concentration during spells.
Feathers used for magical purposes are primarily defined by the energy that the magician loads through his concentration and thoughts. Despite the energy provided by the magician, the feathers have their own natural abilities.
Many people will see feathers decorating altar tables. For example, to decorate your altar for Yoruba deity or orisha,, you would want to consider the items she most loves to sit on the altar, and these would include; item colors from yellow to orange, in certain types of flowers, in honey and cinnamon. Most importantly, Her objects include peacock feathers and mirrors.
Oshun counts peacocks among her sacred birds. Devotees keep peacock feather fans in her honor. They are used in rituals to honor her and when not they are not in use are kept on her altar.
THE PEACOCK FEATHERS
Peacock feathers were ominous because their pattern resembles an eye. This eye represented the evil eye that people were afraid of. Today the beauty and natural strength of the peacock feathers are recognized again. They are particularly valued precisely for their colorful eyes.
Peacock feather fans are also appropriate for use with other spirits, such as the Hindu Lakshmi and the Roman Juno.
THE FEATHERS OF THE PIE
In the Lokota culture, the black and white feathers of a Pie symbolize a young Indian girl with jet-black hair dressed in a white tunic.
Being a scavenger, this bird helps clean the environment and, by the same token, its feathers are known to cleanse and purify the sick. The pie feathers are used in healing rituals too.
THE FEATHERS OF SPARROW
They are used for the construction and manufacture of good luck amulets.
THE FEATHERS OF AQUATIC BIRDS
They are powerful ritual tools. They carry our prayers and our thoughts to the Great Spirit through streams.
THE EAGLE FEATHERS
In Amerindian magical and spiritual practices, they are used to represent the sacred essence of birds. They are useful in healing rituals as they disperse harmful energies and attract beneficial energies into the body of the sick. The eagles’ feathers are a symbol of peace and they send our prayers to the great spirits.
Fans crafted from various types of feathers or an intact bird’s wing complete with feathers are used in Native American and Native American-influenced traditions as a device for wafting incense, especially for cleansing purposes. A feather fan is often used to direct the smoke, although you may also use your bare hands.
THE FEATHERS OF NIGHTINGALE
The feathers of these birds are good for communication. They help to discover the depths of our consciousness and can teach sacred wisdom.
THE OWL FEATHERS
They are used in esoteric rituals involving secret knowledge.
THE PARROT FEATHERS
This bird’s feather is used as a symbol of communication between tribes. Among Lakota Sioux, the bright colors; red, green, blue and yellow are used to recreate the rainbow. They are also used as symbols of peace and prosperity.
THE FEATHERS OF THE CROW
The raven is one of the animals that humans have always been afraid of. A raven at the window represents the soul of a deceased. Crows feathers are used to mourn a deceased and get rid of unwanted feelings or situations.
The Lokota Sioux, for example, pray with crow feathers for four days after the death. These feathers are kept in sacred places.
THE FEATHERS OF SWAN
They represent beauty, grace and kindness. The pure white swan feathers are used to purify and attract new energy while the black swan feathers are used to disperse unwanted energies.
They serve to clarify the diagnosis of diseases in the body; they are famous among shamans and are used to increase the knowledge of doctors.
THE FEATHERS OF THE BLUE JAY
They bring clarity in dark or troubled situations and also bring light that scatters the clouds of depression and sadness.
These feathers are popular in the Southwestern American tribes. They are used to represent the grace of movement and speed of action. They bring beauty and joy and are said to have the ability to illuminate even the darkest places.
THE FALCON FEATHERS
Falcon feathers not only keep the active energy of these agile hunters, but can also be used by people who are experienced in identifying diseases.
THE FEATHERS OF SCISSORTAIL
They are used to honor the mothers of all Native American nations. The feathers of this bird are also used to indicate the sun and the four cardinal points during ceremonies.