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A face of the Bald Eagle

The eagle is an emblem of the United States of America. In fact, it is the country's national bird.

Eagles are known to be rarely seen in the skies. This is probably because they live in high mountains and tall perch trees. They are very fond of their chicks and because of this they are defensive.


The eagle became a symbol because of men of action. They were always occupied with high and weighty affairs. The eagle is a symbol of strength, authority, and power, and was given to those of ingenuity and distinction.

The eagle's wings were symbols of protection, and its sharp, gripping talons symbolized despair at the cost of evildoers. 

The eagle!

Arab symbol

The eagle is an bald one by azl

Christian symbol

The eagle is a Christian symbol, also, representing salvation.

Symbolism of the Eagle:

Many people claim that the Eagle will always stand for good (in many ways):

  • Guardianship
  • Companionship
  • An Eagle, soaring with Pride

  • Skill
  • Freedom
  • Control
  • Vision
  • Power
  • Authority
  • Inspiration
  • Loyalty
  • Prophecy
  • Pride
  • Optimism
  • Salvation

Historically, the falcon was seen as the bird of Princes, the gyrfalcon the bird of Kings, and the eagle the bird of Emperors. At the funerals of Roman Emperors, a golden eagle was released to carry the departed Emperor's soul to the Gods, as a falcon was at the funerals of Pharoahs. This illustrates the ancient view of raptors as intermediaries between the divine and eternal heavens and the mortal earth, as does the eagle's role as the supplier of Zeus' thunderbolts and hence the instruments of his will on Earth.

In astrology, eagles with the other birds of prey are symbolized by Jupiter (and Uranus) in their spiritual ascension and freedom, by the Sun in their majesty and vision, and by Mars in their boldness and courage.

Further, eagles are represented by the constellation Aquila, as are all raptors. This constellation is said to confer the qualities of boldness, ambition, courage, liberty, generosity, penetrating vision and a noble spirit, along with a gift for martial arts and the fabrication of weapons. This contrasts with a vulnerability to and enmity toward reptiles and their symbolic qualities of deceitfulness, underhandedness (venom), vindictiveness and baseness of spirit. Reflecting this opposition, the battling eagle and serpent has been a motif from ancient times, common to Western, Eastern and New World civilization. See: classical Roman statuary, the ancient coat of arms of Mexico and the Garuda emblems of Indonesia, Thailand and Ulan Bator. The dichotomy can also be seen in the eagle and the rattlesnake competing to be symbols of the Revolutionary United States in the 18th century.

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Eagle Totem Symbolism

Eagle Symbolism

Eagle Statues