"Christian mysticism", Native American heritage, Celtic tradition, dreamcatcher ornament, angel signature: all these things and many more are represented by the feather. As we see, feather tattoos can have diverse meaning according to the context in which they are use and the type of feather depicted.
Feathers bring us to our memory thoughts related to dreams, heaven messengers, divine protection, ancient traditions that rescue the value of the spiritual realm and the continuity of the family and tribe through the transmission of spiritual values.
We have already mentioned the eagle, but there are other birds that are part of the American traditions. The cabure is a South American bird, which is believed to posses great magical power to attract women and acquire a strong masculine stamina. The little carnivorous bird has got his name thanks to his vicious character: he is capable of killing and eating birds bigger than him. Its feather are greatly appreciated as an amulet.
The mythical bird which reborn after its own death symbolizes resurrection, revival, hope, eternal life, strong will after the hardness of the life.
The following are other meanings that can be attributed to the feathers: royalty, light, magical events or touch, hope, promise, protection, inner journey. Basically if you are getting engaged in a inner path, this can be your favorite pattern.
Christian used this symbol when they want to refer to the angels: a feather can suggest the Holy Ghost dove , or any other topic related to the unearthly things, that are so endeared by the religious seekers. Druids performed their ceremonies and rituals in especial occasion wearing robes made of feather; Native American from North to South wore feathers in their daily life and in ceremonial situation.
The feathers varied from tribe to tribe and from current decorative purposes to magical/ religious tools for a great variety of rituals. Courage, dignity, honor are some of the meaning of one of the most respected feather in the American Native world: the eagle feather. Eagles are bird considered representation of the Great Spirit or of other supreme forces of the Universe; therefore, their feathers exude their virtues to whom wear them or have them tattooed on their bodies.
Feathers offers to the tattoo artist the chance to exploit his or her talent designing a colorful pattern, aesthetic and stylized, or use the contrast of light and shadows in an elegant combination. Feather can add a touch of weightless fantasy to your look; they can form bracelets around your wrist, your ankles or use them as fanciful necklace around your neck.
The Greek dedicated this bird to Athenas, goddess of the wisdom. Owl feathers are a good design to show that you are searching for wisdom and solitude. For American Native symbolize death and protects against evil spirits.
One of the most fantastic feather that exist, the peacock feather are used to indicate compassion, good luck and kindness. This bird from the real world rivalise in beauty many times with fabulous beings and often wins.