Dead Blue Jay Meaning & Symbolism (Loss & Determination)

The dead blue jay is a very symbolic vision. It symbolizes that you may be running away from your problems, your sense of spirituality, or feelings of grief or loss. It is also a sign that you need to embrace and harness your determination, assertion and tackle any threats head-on.  

Symbolism of Dead Blue Jay

Remember that symbolism is subjective. The below are examples of possible interpretations only, and may not be the correct interpretations for you and your situation.

1. Problems

The dead blue jay is a commonly known symbol that you are running away from your problems. Instead of avoiding feelings, problems, or difficult situations, the Blue Jay is telling you that maybe it’s time to face them.

Problems will only go away if you work on sorting them out. Remember – every problem has a solution waiting and ready for it, it just requires some work.

2. Spirituality

In many Native American cultures, the blue jay is a highly spiritual animal. The dead blue jay is a symbol you may be feeling disconnected from your spiritual self. Spend some time reflecting to reconnect with this side of you.

Maybe you have been feeling lost or unmotivated, or even like you are overworked and stressed. Make sure you prioritize doing things that make you feel your best.

It is just as important to allocate time in your day to things that make you feel happy than it is to exercise or work. 

Spirituality does not mean one set thing, it looks different for everyone. Perhaps for you it involves going to Church on Sundays and being involved with your community, perhaps it is tarot cards and manifestation.

Whatever it may look like, spend time doing the things that make you feel spiritually content and fulfilled. It is impossible to be truly happy if you are neglecting things that are crucial to your mental health and mind, body, spirit connection. 

3. Determination

Whilst only a small bird, a blue jay is fiercely determined and will do anything it can to protect and provide for itself and its family. A dead blue jay may be a sign that it is time to knuckle down and utilize your determination to improve your life.

If you have been meaning to go to the gym, but continually make excuses, perhaps it is time to get some discipline and determination and start. Make sure everything you do you are doing to the best of your ability.

If that means completing fewer tasks in a day, that is okay. Showing up every day and doing your best work is much better than doing nothing or only giving tasks fifty percent of your energy. 

Take some inspiration from the Blue Jay. Despite its small size, it works hard to build a beautiful nest for its family.

4. Loss 

The dead blue jay is often considered to be a symbol of loss and grief. The blue jay itself is a small bird, and it can be confronting to come across such a small and beautiful creature deceased.

The blue jay will appear to you in a dream to let you know it is okay to process your grief and loss however feels right to you. If you have been avoiding the sadness, it is time to tackle it head-on.

Allow yourself time to be present with the grief, and truly feel each and every feeling that comes along with losing someone or something. It is not weak to take time to unpack a difficult situation. 

Spend some time in nature, and be alone with your thoughts. Once you have overcome the initial stages of sadness and loss, you can work on getting back to your happiest self.

Spend time doing self-care activities, like exercise, skincare, meditation, and eating nourishing foods you prepared for yourself. Take each day as it comes and does not over-exert yourself too early on.

Before you know it, you will be able to get through each day without feeling such emptiness. 

5. Threat 

If you have come across a dead blue jay, particularly in your dreams, it could be a sign that you feel like you are under attack, or threatened by something. If at first nothing comes to mind, spend some time journaling or thinking deeply about your current situation, as it is likely your subconscious sending you a message.

The threat does not have to be as literal as a physical and immediate threat to your safety. The threat could be to your mental health – perhaps you are taking too much on and you are on your way to burnout.

Perhaps your relationship is no longer serving you and you are creating a threat to your happiness and wellbeing. 

Whatever the threat may be, spend some time creating an action plan to remove it from your life. The dead blue jay is symbolizing that you need to remove any threats in order to continue living as your highest self.

It may be difficult to cut back on tasks, or say no to some invitations – but be sure to own the power of saying no and making sure you take care of yourself before you start looking out for others. You will not be able to perform to your best ability if your body is stressed. 

6. Assertion 

A blue jay is often considered to be a very aggressive bird, when in fact it is more so assertive. A blue jay will stand up for itself and hold its own in a situation in which it may feel threatened. If you are seeing a dead blue jay, either in your dreams or out and about, it is a sign that you need to embrace your inner blue jay and be assertive.

You may be being pushed around in your professional life or personal life, and it is time to stand up for yourself.

Being assertive does not mean being rude, it simply means putting your foot down and standing up for yourself. If a task is unreasonable, or a timeline is too short speak up and don’t overwork yourself.

Likewise, if a friend or loved one is expecting too much from you, set some boundaries and put yourself first. Remember, it is not an inherently bad thing to be selfish, you need to look after yourself and your own boundaries before you can help others or perform to your best ability. 

How to Interpret Spiritual Symbolism

Interpreting symbolism and spiritual meanings is subjective and deeply personal. The symbolic meanings listed in this article are examples of potential interpretations, but might not be true for your situation.

Make sure you meditate and journal about your vision. Reflect on what you saw and think about what message you think is relevant to you and your life right now.

This doesn’t mean choosing the message you want to hear, but the one you think you need to hear at this point in your life. Only you can decide which meaning is the right one for your situation.

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Conclusion

Dead birds are sometimes shocking to see, but usually, there is a positive meaning or symbolism behind them.

A dead blue jay may represent loss, but is also a symbol of hope and determination, and a sign that it’s time to face your problems head-on.

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