Northern Cardinal Spirit Animal | Spiritual Meaning

Updated: Jun 8, 2021



Many of us are familiar with this beautifully bold bird. With its crest and bright vivid red it can be seen from a far. The Northern Cardinal makes sure its stands out when you see it. When it stops your moment and presses pause in your life it is very important that you identify what this spirit animal means for you during this phase of your life.


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Curious Facts


The root word of Cardinal is Cardo. In Latin, Cardo means hinge, which explains why many people believe the Cardinal connects the earthly and spiritual realm.


The Northern Cardinal has been named the official bird of at least seven U.S states. Unlike many birds, they do not migrate. They are however more common in Southeast U.S states, due to their warm climate. They eat seeds, fruit, grains, sap and insects. They are very social and even join flocks of different types of birds. Unknown to many of us, the bright red cardinal that we see and love is the male. The female cardinal has a gray, tan and brown coloring. The bright red is very crucial for mating, allowing the male to be bold.




Cardinals are thought to be loyal to their mates considering they are monogamous. The male and female both provide for their young. As the mother protects the eggs and stays at her "post" in her nest, the father looks for food and feeds her from his own mouth, providing proper care. They both teach, feed and protect their young after they hatch.


It is very common in Cardinal "culture" for them to continue living within the area they hatched. They rarely move far from home and are considered non-migratory birds.


They are also considered to be song birds. They can sing a large variety of different melodies. The males use their call to find their mate. The females are known to also call their mates while they are in their nest. It's a lot more rare for a northern female bird to be a song bird but the cardinal female sings very often, just as much as the male. The male, while parenting, can become a more similar color to his partner / mate. Sounds to me like a wedding ring. On a more serious note, it can create a better environment for him being able to blend in with his family and camouflage in his niche.





Spiritual Meaning of Cardinals


The Cardinal rarely leaves too far from its home even after it's matured, which has led me to believe the same about our loved ones. I think that our loved ones find a home within us that is connected to our spirit. In a way leading them to always live within us and around us. We could smell their cologne, perfume, or a meal they used to make and it triggers our memories of them.

These memories are life.


They are a reminder that they will forever live on, as long as we allow them to.


The Cardinal shows up to let us know our loved ones never left their home. That home is within us. When we feel the need to talk and bond with our loved one, we can look back on memories and know exactly what they'd say.


Sometimes you could do something and hear your loved ones voice knowing that it's something they'd say. Listen to that voice because it reminds you of how close they truly are. It reminds you of how they have always been within spiritual reach.


The Cardinal shows up saying "Hey," so greet 'em back. Send a message with the Cardinal to your loved one and watch th