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Spiritual : What does a feather mean?
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 Message 1 of 3 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameSmigChick  (Original Message)Sent: 9/22/2007 2:38 AM
Or coins or ringing a phone or anything for that matter?
I know that when your relatives have crossed over, they will give you signs that they're visiting.
We find coins, pretty certain it's my grandfather. Usually pennies. LOL, thanks, Pop. It's possible my grandmother does this, too, but I think she comes in scent form. Shortly after she had died, I smelled her perfume waft past me as a door blew open (from a breeze outside), so I'm convinced that's her "sign". There was also a long period where the doorbell would ring in the middle of the night, but no one would be there (my mom sleeps right by the front door, so she knows no one was out there). That could be either of them or both of them.
My, shortly after he died, my mother would be awakened during the night by very loud banging from inside the walls. She said it sounded just evil. I said "that's dad." She said no, it couldn't be, it just creeped her out too much. Um yeah, mom...that would be dad. With me, he just tugs on my hair.
Shortly after my step-father died, the lights in the kitchen flickered. My mom had just commented on how he would change the florescent lights for her and she wondered who would do that once he was gone. (Hello? Am I without hands? ...anyway...) Those lights NEVER flicker. They did then. He was saying, hey I'm here...
Since my ex-husband died, I keep finding feathers. I know they're feathers from my pillow or comforter or something, but the thing is....why now all of a sudden am I finding one here or there, sometimes in a place it doesn't belong...and then I won't for a while...and then they're there again. Nothing else changes. So anyway, I'm pretty sure that's him.
But I was wondering what - if anything - these things mean. Like, why coins - is that just because Pop was frugal, made a good living....I don't know? My grandmother's scent....well, she was always all about her perfumes and girlie stuff.
All these things make sense, really. But...the feathers....what does that have to do with Rick? Why wouldn't I like hear a guitar string or something like that? I've been trying to figure this out with no luck.
Is there any specific symbolism that anyone knows of that's applicable to these various things (money, scent, electricity, noise/hair tugging (lol), feathers...)? I've tried doing a search and I'm coming up completely empty here....

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 Message 2 of 3 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameAvidlySent: 9/23/2007 7:00 PM
I don't know if their signs need to be anything symbolic, I think as long as you know who they're from, they've made their point.     After my grandmother passed, my parent's clock radio would go off in the middle of the night.    That itself had no meaning, but we all knew it was her, none-the-less.
Okay, but now you got me thinking.  If Rick was your husband, I assume you shared a bed, and if the feathers are from your pillow, that's sort of symbolizing your marriage, right?  Just a thought.
I love that you've been getting all these signs from your loved ones, I always watched for them but never seemed to get much.    Or maybe I don't watch for the right things, I don't know.

 Message 3 of 3 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 9/24/2007 1:53 AM
My mom is the one who gets the signs, lol (she's kinda psychic, especially in her dreams). Well, I got the first sign, that was my grandmother's scent coming through the door. It was right after she died and my grandfather was still alive - he was sitting in the room with me. And the hair-tugging, that could only be dad, and could only happen to me. The freak. (lol)
But mom gets most of the coins (I only occasionally get one), feels her mother's presence in the kitchen, saw their shadows moving up and down the hallway for the longest-ass time, got the light flickering from my step-dad, got the banging on the walls from my dad, got the doorbell ringing (my grandparents?? who knows? lol).
Your reasoning for the feathers totally makes sense to me, especially since he's NOT the one that wanted to split up (lol) - thanks! Dang, even 25 years later, he would still call on our anniversary.
Also - a very odd relevance, lol - feathers always remind me of (don't laugh) that Brady Bunch episode where the kids had to do some sort of talent thing with the parents, so Mike (dad) read poetry while Greg (oldest son) accompanied on guitar (Rick = guitar), and while the other kids dropped things on them from above, like water...and a feather. It just occurred to me, lol. (Plus I was a huge Brady Bunch fan and Rick knew that as well)
So yeah, both meanings work here.  (Thanks!)