It’s happened to all of us. You wake up one morning, head out the front door, and BAM – there’s a bird’s nest sitting right above your doorway. Your first thought is probably, “Uh oh, what does this mean?”
If you’re into feng shui like me, you may worry it’s some kind of bad omen. But hold your horses. Before you freak out and call the exterminator, let’s talk about what that bird nest really signifies. Because, according to feng shui, a bird nest above your front door may not be as terrible as you think. In fact, it could even be a good sign!
The Symbolism of Birds In Feng Shui
When a bird builds a nest at your front door, it carries powerful spiritual symbolism in feng shui. Birds represent good omens, happiness, and new beginnings in Chinese culture. Their free spirits and ability to fly skyward also signify aspirations, ideals, and communication.
A bird nesting near your entryway is considered very fortuitous. It indicates positive energy and connections are flowing into your home. You may experience improved relationships, harmony, and good fortune.
Specific types of birds also have their own spiritual meanings – swallows suggest loyalty and joy, magpies symbolize good news, and phoenixes represent rebirth and renewal.
The location of the nest matters, too. One by the main door brings the best luck, while side doors still allow beneficial energy. High up is better than low down.
Why Front Door?
In feng shui, the front door or main entrance to your home is considered very important. It acts as a sort of “gate” that determines what kind of energy and influences are allowed to enter.
The front door is seen as inviting in wealth, love, luck, and all things good if it’s decorated properly. But if the front door area is neglected or messy, it can have the opposite effect and instead usher in challenges or negative vibes.
Feng shui believes the entrance is what sets the tone for the entire home. By keeping it tidy and welcoming, you’re welcoming in positive chi or energy flow. But if it’s overlooked, it sends a message that you’re not open to receiving good things.
Good or Bad Omen?
Finding a bird’s nest by your front door is a good omen. In fact, it could be a sign new opportunities are about to enter your life. The birds can apparently feel the energy around your place. By building their nest there, it’s like they’re giving you a heads-up that something new is coming.
But how exactly do animals know these things? It’s tough to say for sure, but you can’t deny that they’ve got some kind of special sense about what’s coming. Animals just seem to have a way of sensing what’s going to happen, even if we don’t know how they do it.
Seeing a nest with eggs is also considered very auspicious. It represents new opportunities, new beginnings, and fertility coming your way. The eggs are a metaphor for good things brewing for you.
On the other hand, an empty nest indicates a time of transition – something in your life is ending or changing. Don’t fear this natural cycle, and prepare for what’s next.
A nest that falls suggests blocked energy and obstacles ahead. Examine what needs work or repair in your life. Removing the nest gently can refresh the entry’s chi.
Keep It or Remove It?
If you find a bird has built a nest above your front door, consider these feng shui-approved options:
Simply monitor the nest if it’s not currently in use. Once the birds have left, remove it. This causes minimal disturbance. You can also install a fake owl statue or dangling ribbons to gently deter birds from nesting there again or attach a small wooden ledge or box specifically for birds in a nearby tree. This gives them an alternate nesting spot.
If the nest is currently being used, meaning there are birds or eggs in it, I’d say just leave it be. You don’t want to mess with their home and upset your luck. But if, for some reason, you really have to move it, then do so very carefully and make sure to relocate the nest somewhere else. It’s probably best to talk to some wildlife eperts first, though, to figure out the best time and place to move it to without disturbing the birds.
As a last resort, remove an active nest and deal with any resulting mess. But avoid this if possible. My advice? Accept the nest as a sign of good fortune and prosperity. Feed the birds and enjoy their songs!