Grackles – Meaning, Omens, Signs, Symbols

Grackles—what are the signs, symbols, omens, and meanings associated with their appearance in your life?

These birds live alongside us, and so you might be accustomed to seeing them. Typically we encounter them near a car window in the parking lot of a restaurant or grocery store. This is because they like to ask us for food. When they appear to us, they have such an inquisitive nature—it really catches our attention.

As such, you might wonder if the grackle’s attention-grabbing presence in your life is a message, sign, or omen of something to come? Could it be a message from the other side?

Grackles Are NOT Crows!

What are grackles anyway? Well, they’re not crows. They kinda look them, though. So, you could be forgiven for misidentifying them as members of the corvid family. So, if these black birds aren’t crows then, what are they? Are the blackbirds? Eh, kind of. They are distantly related to the European blackbird family. However, that is not a particularly accurate way of placing them in the bird family tree. They are members of the Icteridae family, which are commonly known as “New World blackbirds”.

Birds, Flight and Freedom

Before we get into the specifics of grackle symbolism, it’s important to establish a message that all birds bring to us regardless of the species. That is a message of freedom. After all, birds are free to soar through the sky. And as such, when birds come to us, we have to remember to embrace all the freedom the world offers us. Don’t be bogged down by day-to-day life.

The Importance of Blackness

Grackles, at first, appear totally black. While they are more colorful than being plain black, it is worth remembering that they present blackness first and foremost.

In Western society, we use black to represent power, strength, authority, formality and sophistication. But, that’s not all. It is also associated with death, evil, aggression, and mystery.

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However, the West is not the whole world. For example, in Japan black animals are often seen as guardians. When Japanese koi owners choose koi fish for their pond they have the choice of so many bright colors. And, of course, they choose lots of bright colored koi fish. However, they believe every koi pond should have one solid black koi fish. This is because the black fish absorbs the evil spirits and protects the health of all the fish in the pond.

So, we can also apply that meaning to grackles, i.e. they come to us as guardians and protect us from malign spirits.

Yellow Eyes

Grackles possess captivating eyes. The reason for this is the yellow ring around the eyeball. This is because yellow—being the most luminous of all the colors—contrasts so starkly against the dark coloration of the bird.

What does the yellow ring around a grackles eye symbolize? Yellow around the eye carries several different meanings.

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First of all, it communicates a message of bright, lively, soulful intelligence. So, take this into consideration if you find yourself repeatedly visited by grackles. It could be that they are passing on a message to use your wit and intelligence to nourish the soul and enjoy a lively life. Avoid slow, sluggish, dull habits and swap them out for hobbies and pastimes that engage you and raise your vibration.

In China yellow is a regal color. Furthermore, it is associated with power and prosperity. So, a yellow ring around a grackle’s eye tells us to keep our eyes fixed on the prize. Specifically, are you making choices that engage with the world’s abundance? This dovetails nicely with the Western understanding of the importance of yellow around the eye, i.e. the same way you should make choices that nourish the soul, you should also make choices that avail of Mother Earth’s bounty.

Seeing True Colors Shining Through

Grackles and color—it’s definitely something to focus on. This is because grackles have so much color. But, it is hidden and only revealed by shimmering light. Therefore, the grackle offers us a message that we should look beyond the superficial to find the hidden value of everything in our lives.

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To apply this message to your life in a practical way, consider the relationships in your life. Ask questions about the people you know, love, and interact with. Maybe you see them in a particular frame. But, if you can break that frame, maybe you can see and appreciate the beauty they share with you. It could just be as simple as appreciating what somebody brings to your life.

Grackles Have Blue Heads

Grackles might look black at first, but when they catch the light you’ll see their true colors. Specifically, in the light, the feathers on a grackle’s head have a blueish hue.

Blue is the color of the sky, i.e. the heavens. This doubles down on the grackle’s message of freedom. When grackle’s visit you, if their blue strikes you in such a way that feels significant then you could take that as a sign to really pursue the world’s expanses. If you can enjoy a safe, but adventurous vacation that takes you beyond the horizon then… do it!

In Hinduism, the color blue is very significant. According to Western Oregon University (here), blue is associated with bravery, manliness, determination, stable minds and depth of character. For example, Lord Rama and Krishna protected humanity and fought evil, and so they are blue-colored.

Symbols of Bravery

The way in which they approach us (especially when we have food!) is also a symbol of bravery. Grackles are utterly, utterly fearless when it comes to seeking out their desires. So, for us, this is a sign that we too should consider what we want in life. Especially when it comes to food, or what food symbolizes, i.e. providing for our families.

Grackles – Fertility and Family

And when it comes to families, grackles are like most birds—they are excellent parents. Their prowess as parents makes them strong symbols of fertility and family.

When they nest, they typically choose well-hidden spots among dense pine trees. You will rarely come across a grackle nest. This allows them to prioritize the safety of their brood. This is, therefore, an important message for us to consider. Our society might teach us to value the self over all, even our own families and loved ones. However, the grackle teaches us to hold loved ones—especially family—above all else. So, protect and care for your family to the best of your ability.

Grackles – Messengers

If you live where grackles range, then you’ll know how close they get. Especially if you have food. As such, we can take them as messengers. They are offering us signs, symbols and omens. And it is up to us to decipher that meaning. As explained throughout the article, grackles symbolize so many things. Exactly what the message for you is will be something that will feel right for you, or “resonate” with you. Follow your instincts.

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