Within Native American cultures, every group has different meanings for feathers depending on which bird they come from and their color. But it can be said that feathers represent honor.
In Egyptian history and mythology the feather of Ma’at, an ostrich feather, was associated with Maat the goddess of truth and justice. The chief priest in charge of court hearings would wear the feather of Ma’at and then give the feather to the person who won the case.
In Christianity, feathers represent the presence of Angels, and even more, stand for prayer and strict faith. The symbol of three feathers was famous in ancient Christianity, in particular among the Medici, who used and wore them as an emblem representing the three virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
There are so many different interpretations of the symbolic meaning of feathers. Some people believe they represent Truth, Speed, Lightness and have protective powers. Some think it offers balance, hope, and happiness. Additionally, it is believed, that if you experience feathers in a dream, then some sort of travel is about to take place. Or, on a higher level, you will soon be able to move freely in your life. If the dream includes a white feather, it stands for pure innocence and a fresh start in life.
The meaning of feathers in jewelry has been a favorite topic of my research in my search to create and find the most beautiful aesthetic pieces.
For me wearing a feather gives me a sense of peace and connection to the spiritual realms. It is no wonder that many people find themselves at peace when wearing feathers. They may feel more relaxed and happier. Feather's are soft, gentle, and above all connected with the living and life.