What is the meaning of a bird coming into your house?
There are a huge number of superstitions and meanings associated with birds. This only comes more to the fore when it involves your own home as well, especially the wild bird in a house meaning. In general, the associated meanings of a bird flying into your house are not good. A bird entering your dwelling is said to be a sign of bad fortune. It is thought to herald some impending doom or bad news that you will soon receive. In fact, a bird entering your house could precede the worst news of all, such as the death of a loved one.
Symbologists could associate such a phenomenon with mythologies and superstitions from many different cultures (in Ancient Greece it was associated with the arrival of messages or visitations from the gods; in Celtic cultures, it was associated with death or the impending arrival of good or bad news; in Christianity, it was often a sign of pleasure or displeasure of god).
There are a few variations of this old superstition. For example, certain types of birds in your home are considered more ominous than others. For example, crows, ravens and blackbirds are thought to be particular messengers of death. The general advice is to not let birds enter your home at all. If you are caring for a sick or injured bird, then it is better to do so outside the house. Similarly, all unnecessary bird-related paraphernalia, such as bird-decorated wallpaper, should be avoided, just to be on the safe side.
Many people believed that because birds could fly so high, they regularly flew in and out of heaven and were therefore closely connected to god. This belief formed the basis of literally hundreds of bird-related superstitions, some of which are still followed even today.
A wild bird entering a house was seen as a death omen to many people:
“If a bird flies into your house, a death will follow within three days”
In Ireland it was invariably associated with death or extreme bad luck, particularly for the women of the house and there is evidence that this association was so well accepted that, under the ancient Brehon law, an unmarried woman who became pregnant and could prove that she had been frightened by a bird flying into her house (particularly magpies, crows or ravens, for some reason cinematically always associated with the devil or evil spirits and hence the traditions of saluting magpies and the children’s nursery rhyme “one for sorrow, two for joy…wtc”) then she would have been cleared of any accusations of wrongdoing, and her virginity would no longer be in question, mandated by the judges…
Regardless of the symbolism or superstitions involved, the destructive capability of birds when confined in small spaces or rooms or the ability of birds to steal things (particularly shiny or sparkly things like jewellery), has been well established, and this may be the foundation for many of these beliefs.
Sometimes also, small birds hopping around, foraging hop into an area to see if there’s any food there…
Is it good luck for a bird to fly into your house?
There a few regional variations of superstitions around birds flying into your home, but in general it is not considered to be a sign of good luck. In fact, exactly the opposite is true. A bird flying into your house is considered to precede you receiving some very bad news. Many people even view this uncommon incident as an omen of death.
For centuries birds have been associated with news and messengers. This dates back to when carrier pigeons were used to send messages across the country. The bird in house meaning and the message they are thought to carry is an evil one. Of course, this links in with many other superstitions which surround birds. For example, birds such as crows and ravens are intricately linked with death, and probably worth avoiding in general.
On very rare occasions, a bird entering your home could be considered a sign of good luck. If a white bird, such as a seagull or a dove enters your home, then this can have positive connotations. These birds might be bringing a message of love, good news or impending good fortune. So, if you are going to let a bird fly into your house, make sure it’s a white one.