Totem Symbolism – Geese

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When the Geese Speak

Totem Symbolism of Geese

Originally posted in October 2011

Since the last post, where Blackbird spoke of the Gateway, the Gateway has indeed been passed through and a host of other Spiritual Guides have stepped forward in the guise of Bird, Animal or Insects …  However, when the Geese speak, it is time to step up and embark upon the hero’s quest.

It’s been a very, very busy time, as the Gateway heralded the beginning of a new way of life, a step deeper into what already exists within and yet a feeling of innocence and newness pervades it. 

 I couldn’t have known when the Blackbird spoke, quite what a whirlwind of activity the Gateway would bring about, nor could I have suspected the massive and positive changes that would come with it. 

 But, that was then, and this is now.  Now, the Geese have been calling to me, as they fly high over my space, moving from here to there, wherever there is.  Every year, I hear them, wherever I am, I stop what I’m doing and look skywards.  Their harsh call, always getting my attention and provoking mixed feelings of joy to see them and sadness that they’re leaving.  It’s almost as though they leave me behind to face the winter alone.  But this year, three times, the Geese have called me, flown over my space and, rather than sadness this year, I was purely happy to see them, they made me smile.

 This year, I see the Geese reflecting my transition, the space between the In Breath and the Out Breath … the space where all things are created.   They fly from their home and stop only to regroup and feed until they reach their destination, much like I myself have been doing in recent weeks.  I am moving to my new life destination, I am transitional, like the Geese.  All of the work that preceded the Blackbird and The Gateway, a lifetime of preparation for this time, is about to manifest in a new beginning.

 Ted Andrews – Animal Speak says of the Geese, that their keynote is the “The Call of the Quest and Travels to Legendary Places”

 “ There are eight species of geese in North America. This is very symbolic in that the number 8 is so similar to the symbol for infinity. It reflects an ability to move forward or backward. It reflects movement, and in the case of the goose, a call to the spiritual quest.

This is further exemplified by its migration patterns and behaviours. Their leaving in the autumn stirs our imagination and makes us want to search out new worlds and dimensions. Their incessant honking seems to be calling us to follow them on the great spiritual quest. Their return is a harbinger of spring second only to the robin. It speaks of the fulfilled promises that great quests bring.

The goose epitomizes the mystery of migration. They constantly shift formation, creating wind drafts and easier flights for those behind them in the formation. This reminds us that as any one individual makes his or her quest, it becomes easier for others to do so as well. They never fly directly behind one another. Each goose’s view is unobstructed, reminding us that we should not undertake any quest in life without having a full view of what it entails. In this way the journey is facilitated for others.

The V-formation is very symbolic itself. It reflects by its shape an opening to new possibilities. It’s like an arrowhead, pointing to new directions and new possibilities, and with one end open, it also reflects an openness to new ideas. The “v” as a letter comes from the Hebrew “vau” meaning “nail.” This formation usually indicates we are about to affix ourselves to a new path. It is a letter and symbol that reflects great fertility that should be acted upon if growth is desired. ”

 So, once again, a new beginning, but this time one that is life changing and filled with Spiritual Purpose. 

 Mary Oliver’s poem “Wild Geese” has been a favourite of mine for many years.  She talks about life from a real and honest perspective.  I read it at this time every year, when the Geese call to me and I honour her depth of understanding and ability to portray what it is to be human.  This year, I look at it and see the journey that’s gone before but the excitement of what lies ahead too and as she writes in the final line, I am, “announcing my place in the family of things”.

Wild Geese

 Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.



  1. What a beautiful writing I was guided to this morning! Thank you Blue Butterfly Spirit! I am honored for the sharing!

    I wanted to share with you a happening that has been “the norm” for some years now in my neck of the woods!!! I live in Salt Lake City… and for some years, the geese have never left here to fly south! They have remained in the Valley, and their formations are awesome!

    The other day 8 geese flew over the car my wife and I were driving in, and sang to us! Then my daughter and I were doing some Quantum Touch healing work the other morning, and she had me pick a number so she could read from an Aesop’s Fables type book and we were drawn to a story of the wild and tame geese, so she said perhaps I should look up Geese for further enlightenment… and I was drawn to your site this morning!

    I do not believe in coincidence or mistakes. I believe with my whole soul in the impeccable timing of the Universe!

    Thank you for this sharing! May your NOW be blessed on your Journey, and thank you for the Technical intersection this morning!

    • Blue Butterfly Spirit

      Hello Bruce 🙂 Thank you for sharing your story! I’d love to see your Geese there, I’m sure it’s amazing! No, there are no coincidences or mistakes 🙂 you were here for a reason, as was this story shared. Many blessings to you Bruce 🙂

  2. Nat

    Omg! Amazing blog. Crazy how everything that you mentioned is exactly everything I spoke about today. I heard the geese flying over my house and decided to find out why. That’s where I fell on this article.

    Thanks so much for the beautifully written blog.


    • Blue Butterfly Spirit

      Hello Nat

      Thank you for your kind words … and you are welcome for the little synchronicity 🙂


  3. DEWEY D.

    I’ve studied dreams since a child. A natural intuitive process in our family. I came here to your site for a jungian based meaning of geese and I must say I throughly enjoyed your reading.
    We are a strange people – those of us who grapple daily with the real meaning or understanding of simple day to day events that synchronize our path or walk through life and how critically important these events are that provide us the opportunity to see our next fork in the road and which is the better option to take.

    • Blue Butterfly Spirit

      Thanks for your lovely comment, I agree, we are not the norm! 🙂 But that is the best way to be imho 🙂

  4. Wendy

    I really love what you wrote. Thank you!
    Geese have been honking on and off thru the day. I live by the sea and this is rare. I know they are sharing with me that soon I will find where I belong.
    I feed birds in a field. Organic millet. Hundred or so Red Wing Blackbirds have settled in and come every single day……2 years now after a radical transition hit.
    Soon, soon after so much death, letting go, transcending…….. My time may come. I believe.

    • Blue Butterfly Spirit

      Hello Wendy 🙂

      Thanks so much for your message, I’m glad that it helped you. I’m sure your time will come .. and just maybe the Geese are heralding the day .. 🙂 Blessings, Kam <3

  5. Angelina

    Absolutely Beautiful.

    Today in Texas my boyfriend and I saw two sets of geese fly over us.
    One set flew over and he spotted first encouraging me to look above. As i did, he was in the process of going into the house. Suddenly maybe after 2 minutes after the first set here comes the second one. Only for my eyes to gaze upon.

    I’ve been in tuned with my intuition and sensed the message behind them and that’s what led me to this site.

    God Bless Take and Take Care. 🙂

  6. Lovingly

    This is so AWESOME!!!!! For two weeks Geese have been very close to me or flying over my truck. I have literally had to stop in the middle of the road to allow the Geese to cross. Today on my way to church as I approached the traffic light there were five Geese to my right and four to my left. I said to myself I have to find out why these Geese keep showing up. Your blog has given me answers and clarity.
    Thank you

  7. Anita Hopkins

    About the geese… Moments ago, a flock flew overhead, 2hrs after sunset … In SoCal …San gabriel valley…
    The timing is flawless… !!! 😍

    Will be exploring more here….
    Thank You!!! ❤️

  8. Thoroughly loved this … a year ago I moved to where geese are a constant. A family of 23 geese inwhich I’ve had pleasure vilified watching grow up, live in back of us along with egretts and ducks. But the geese almost follow me I feel. They have flown directly overhead several times, come and sit in pond on side of home ..they know me. I hear them fly over every am. And, my life keeps transitioning. Thank you for your lovely story…sue

  9. Maureen

    Thank you for your uplifting beautiful words. I love the idea of the quest as I have been on a quest since 1987 when I began to dream and see the world from a new perspective. I saw an arrow of Geese on my way from Edinburgh to Galashiels. To my delight they landed in a field where hundreds of geese gathered. The joy I felt was amazing and I couldn’t help but smile. They were telling me to rest as I was taking the day off my writing. I had been crying in the morning due to my osteo arthritis throughout my spine. Basically there are times to forge ahead and times that we must stop striving and be social. You are all wonderful my fellow companions ⭐️

  10. Jenna

    Wow so moved that I landed on this page. I had an experience with both a red winged black bird and geese yesterday. Black bird came in first, and then, as my love and I lay on the grass, a gaggle of geese began to eat around us forming a full circle until they were all resting around. It was quite a magical goose vortex!!!

    What’s even more beautiful is hat I was just reading about blackbird, and then googled goose totem and felt called to click your page, which happened to be your story about blackbird and then the geese!! In moments like these I feel so supported by the divine.

    Thank you for your offering xoxo

  11. A Man On A Journey

    Phenomenal! This morning, as I embarked on my daily business routine I asked for a sign from the world on a certain decision I was making and within 5 minutes a flock of geese flew past my balcony in a V Shape. I don’t believe I have ever seen them before fly by my home and if so, I’ve never noticed. I searched for the spiritual meaning and somehow landed on this magnificent page. What you have written assisted me on my journey. I feel more enlightened in a way as if I can understand things in my life more. I can appreciate my journey much more today than I did yesterday. Thank you for this!

    • Blue Butterfly Spirit

      Good morning 🙂 So pleased to hear that it’s helped you. Thank you for taking the time to let me know .. and good luck on your hero’s quest! Blessings Kam

  12. Patrice

    I literally saw three separate full flocks of Canadian Geese this morning. I came out of the post office and one flock flew right over and they were huge .. in a V of course. Then got to the light and another entire flock flew over me going slight right of the way the other flock was going. Still at the light a minute or two later another flock flew directly over me. So each flock one went to left, the second one went to the right and the third straight done the middle, making an arrow I guess. It was amazing. I can’t remember the last time I saw a flock of geese. I hope it means something wonderful

    • Blue Butterfly Spirit

      Hi Patrice 🙂 Thanks for your message and apologies for the late response. Did you happen to notice which way the arrow was pointing .. i.e. which direction? This could be quite insightful if you look at it in relation to the native american medicine wheel. Blessings, Kam

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