Honouring totems: feathers by Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

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A friend of mine, a wonderful crone from the Cherokee people gave me some peacock feathers that now live in our prayer room. My friend has encouraged me to learn about totems just by living her own example. What I have read is that animals and birds as totems can represent where we are now and where we are going in life. We can use them to discern what action and path we should take.

Totems represent many historical cultures thinking and have been present across most continents . In Australia totems are very important to Aboriginal people .

Living on a property which attracts a lot of animals and bird life, I feel truly blessed.

I see feathers everywhere. Some stand out more than others. The feather in this image sits on my laptop keyboard. I am fascinated by its softness and beauty. When I open the lid, it gets caught up in the air flow and shoots up, swirls a little dance for me and then it glides back down to the keyboard. I love it!

One meaning I have read of the feather totem is that when ever a feather presents itself and it catches your attention (with meaning) to you, it is a sign of protection against life’s elements. It also explains we should honour these totems by using them in any number of ways: as aura cleansers, as a focus for meditations, breathing gently on them to activate life-force air and used in prayer sticks and wands. I am new to this so on my journey I chose to light a candle and create this image as a meditation.

Christopher xx


  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearover 5 years ago

    Since it is YOUR honoring of feathers my brother, it is RIGHT ON…well done grasshopper ;) love ya lots XOXOXOXO

  • you have just put the biggest smile on my face tk! i appreciate every conversation with you. Brighid couldnt have found a better place to dwell – you are awesome :))) xxx

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 5 years ago

    Oh, I love this, and your explanation…You know I have many birs and each feather that falls
    is precious…I have saved so many over the years because I can’t bear to part with them….
    you are on a beautiful path of love and light!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  • sally you and i both collect them, i have been doing it for years but didnt really understand why. I appreciate your support and our conversations :))) xxxxxx

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • Astoreth
    Astorethover 5 years ago

    Beautiful Chris. I love and collect feathers. I never fail to pick up a feather that has attracted my attention because I feel there must be a reason for it. I love your explanation and your honouring of feathers. xx

  • jane, that is exactly what i do, without realising, i pick them up, thank the bird and the universe for leaving me that sign and now having done some reading, i look to what is happening at the time. I really appreciate your comment :)))) x

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • roy skogvold
    roy skogvoldover 5 years ago

    good to see you “in action” again Chris
    GREAT !!!

  • thank you roy, i really appreciate your encouragement :))

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 5 years ago

    Aww this is enchanting work sweetheART Happy Easter ;}x happy hippy hugglez

  • thank you for your encouragement val, hope you have a wonderful easter too :)))

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • aspectsoftmk
    aspectsoftmkover 5 years ago

    christopher, this is fantastic my friend..on every level…touches my soul…xx

  • terri, i can see how it fits with you as you walk in mindfulness when you bring us art. thank you so much for your encouragement and support :))) xx

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • pepper08
    pepper08over 5 years ago

    nice work

  • thank you pepper08 appreciate you stopping by :))

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • indyjill
    indyjillover 5 years ago

    I’m very impressed with this one, Christopher…personally so…by both the image and what you have told us about feathers. I love feathers and totally enjoy using them in my art. I have done several pieces with actual feathers in them. In fact will be putting on a new one today. Whenever I see a feather, I save it, no matter how small. I’m so happy for the information on them. Thank you! This artwork inspired by your lovely feather is beautiful! xoxo

  • thank you very much AJG :)) i am so pleased that the description could give you something to think about. learning about this totem was certainly an eye opener for me – peace to you! :)) x

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • TracyD
    TracyDover 5 years ago

    Just beautiful Christopher!

  • thank you tracy, you seem to be wearing some nice feathers yourself here ;)) really happy that you could enjoy this – thinking of you :)) x

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • DoreenPhillips
    DoreenPhillipsover 5 years ago

    A feather a Day……hehehe,….A it is so nice to see you upload again Sir C......×...I too have Many Feathers…….and I just love to draw them and try to capture ther softness.....×......And of course I have my Goddess Tickling Stick……………….x

  • Damsel, living up here, its more like a feather a minute lol. some just come into focus at the right time, usually when i am doing some brain wrestling. I have a few that i would love to draw but havent developed the skills yet so they are waiting patiently for me. Very glad you like this :)) x

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

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