Vulture Medicine, Mythology
& Vulture Links
~Vulture Man
(Heca Wicasa)
Welll Heellloooooow Evereeeebahhhdeee!

The Cherokee know the Vulture as 'Peace Eagle', for the Turkey Vulture Kills Nothing.

The scientific latin name for vulture is Catharsis Aura ~ Golden Purifier.

The job vulture performs is a sacred service for all animal life forms. The toxins, pathogens and diseases that are possible as animals decompose and rot is substantial. The vulture was designed to clean this up. And with this purpose it accomplishes the Creators will with honor and no complaints.

The vulture does what needs to be done. It cleans up, protects, and is connected to the water as its guardian. To some vulture is ugly, but upon the invisible air it rides the current defying gravity with beauty and grace. Barley flapping a wing. Vulture teaches us that nasty jobs of great service are rewarded with great gifts.

The vulture is often looked down upon. However, the vulture in fact, looks down on you. The vulture sees all and knows what is done to the Earthly Mother. He is special friend to hawk, eagle, and raven.

The vulture mates for life, and lives in community upon a communal roost each night. This roost location varies each night. Each vulture 'clan' cleaning the territory as it sees fit. With communication that is transacted from many miles away, a vulture can see the flight patterns of its brethren, with eyesight ten times better than our own (not verified). A clan chieftan sends a signal that is relayed each evening, and a roost is selected. These roosts can be constant for many years and even generations. A system of roosts helps to ensure that the land is purified systematically. The roost is usually on a ridge that overlooks a river, and is normally in a spot that receives the last of the days sun, as well the first at sunrise. Each morning, the vulture clan turns to face the sacred Sun. Warming the feathers together in union before heading to work.

Eye contact with a vulture is easy. Just look at them and they see you.

The winged Egyptian Goddess Matt holds a vulture feather and can soar all day. Anubis, the jackal headed God, weighs your heart against Matts feather of truth. The Goddess Maat is protector of the Earth and her eyes are the eyes of the vulture ~ these eyes see all that we do, and will some day bring justice, truth and order. Rich and poor will be leveled in a struggle to survive. Nature's balance will be restored.

The goddess Maat represents the ideals of law, order, and truth. The word, Maat translates "that which is straight." it implies anything that is true, ordered, or balanced. She was the female counterpart of Thoth.

We know she is a very ancient goddess because we find her in the boat of Ra as it rose above the waters of the abyss of Nu on the first day. Together with Thoth, they charted the daily course of the Sun God Ra. Maat is sometimes called the 'eye of Ra' or the 'daughter of Ra'.

In Greek & Assyrian mythology, the (old world) vulture was believed to be descended from the griffin, the guardian of the mysteries of life & death.

Vulture can have powerful medicine relating to transition and transformation and the biological cycle concerning alive or dead. Often times Vulture speaks to those with digestive issues and can be a warning to have yourself checked out.

In Lakota the language of the animals - Vulture Nation is Heca Oyate.

A long, long, long time ago, the sun got too hot.

It was too close to the earth. This was before man was created. All the animals gathered around a great sacred council fire to discuss the situation.

Humble opossum stepped forward. Back then oppossum had a beautiful coat of hair. The spirit of oppossum flew to the sun and as it got closer it burnt the hair on it's nose really short. The opossum decided to try and tow the sun back, so he wrapped his tail around the sun and began to pull, He pulled, and pulled, and opossum was able to pull the sun back a little bit.

Unfortunately, the oppossum burnt the hair off its tail. And, this why the oppossum has a short haired face and no hair on its tail to this day. The oppossum gave its best for the good of all that day.

Next to step forward was the fox. Now the fox like the coyote was known as a sly trickster, and also as a good hunter. The spirit fox flew to the sun and grabbed the sun its mouth. It pushed and pushed, and did manage to get the sun back a little bit.

To this day fox has a black tongue as a reminder of that effort. Fox gave its best effort for the good of all.

Next to step forward was the vulture. Back then the vulture had a beautiful head of feathers. In fact, he kinda looked as beautiful as a golden eagle. The spirit vulture flew to the sacred sun and placed his head against the sun. Vulture pushed, and pushed as vulture flapped its great wings, and the sun, began to move back. He pushed, and flapped and the heat of the sun made a great wind for vulture to use as vulture flew the sun back to a safe distance.

When vulture returned to the Council fire it was finally cool enough and all the animals were very happy.

But alas, vulture burnt all the feathers off his head, and was bald as he is today.

Vulture had a message. "If it gets too hot again, I am sorry but I will be unable to provide this service again for I have no more feathers to protect me. Everyone, must pray for help and use their own heads to be sure it never gets too hot again."

As you look up to see vulture. Remember, the job vulture did that day and today - and give vulture a little wave, a hello and a thank you. Vulture will see you and tilt his wings.

A Hau, Mitakuye O'Yasin ~sioux ~ we are all related.

Information About Vultures and The Myths of Vultures

Turkey Vulture Society

Turkey Vulture - learn about the habits and habitats of this bird from the Western North Carolina Nature Center.

Nature's Noble Caretaker - A page all about vultures.

Brief information and drawing of this bird species from the Canadian Museum of Nature

King Vulture - facts, photos, and a movie of the largest species of vulture -Belize Zoo

Egyptian Vulture - picture and brief facts from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Information from the Oakland Zoo on the African Savannah Griffin Vulture.

Black Vulture - find out where it lives, what it looks like, and how it acts ~ Animal Facts

Turkey Vulture Page Everglades National Park

"We are many.....and will take a moment.....
our wisdom will appear to you before we do."

The Vulture Glyph

At the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, wall paintings depict scenes of vultures and vulture priestesses

Turkey Vulture shape shifting story

New World Vultures

Annual Kern Valley Turkey Vulture Festival

Great pictures of a wide variety of Vultures

450 Stock Photos of Vultures

Vulture Man's Email

Ask your questions about Vulture. Tell your vulture story.

Submitted Vulture Stories

I was about five the first time I met Vulture.
My neighbor had already been raping me in the backyard by then.
I think Vulture knew, enough was enough.
As he swooped down I seemed to know instinctively how to grab on.
I had no fear of him.
It was like I’d always known him.
He didn’t just swoop down and take all of me.
He just took that inner part of me, the part that could feel the pain.
Perhaps it was my soul.
I remember looking down on myself as we rose, Vulture holding me up.
I could see the pain in my trembling body, but no longer felt it.
Instead I felt the strength in Vulture’s wings as he thrust us higher.
I sensed that he didn’t want me to see myself down there as he reached for the thermal that would take us away.
Once we were high enough we took off in some other direction, speeding along.
The feeling of flying with Vulture was the most free and wonderful feeling.
I wanted it to last forever.
But after a while we had to fly back.
Vulture could not keep me forever.
He had come to teach me, not to keep me.
It was then, when he dropped me back in my body that I knew.
I knew that I could make that part of me fly away whenever I needed to.
After that day I was nearly always able to fly up in the sky when needed.
Years later my neighbor had moved and I no longer needed to fly.
In fact I could no longer make myself fly.
I would lie in the field as still as possible waiting and hoping that Vulture would come back for me so we could fly together once more.
Although he would circle high above, he would not come for me again, not like that first time.
But, Vulture has always been nearby.
He comes to me often but not to fly.
He comes to give me strength.
We will only fly together one more time.
And it will be the last flight for me in this lifetime.

Submitted by Anon


Dear Vulture Man :

I have some very cool news to share with you.

I’ve been in Peru for the last two weeks with a Peruvian shaman. We traveled into the mountains and jungles. It was life-changing.

I took the vulture feather with me. What I found out while there is that the Condor is the most sacred of all animals to the Peruvians, dating back to the Incans. I just happened to have my feather in my back-pack on a certain day, and we ended up at the Temple of the Condor. I climbed to the top, and had a very powerful experience there. I gifted your feather to the Temple.

So, a part of you is now at the Temple of the Condor, the most powerful place for our totem animal! I thought you’d like that. Life is so circular. You give to me, I give to the temple. I said a prayer and did a meditation for you there, asking our guides to help you be the person you want to be.



Thank you Chase ~~~ May Great Spirit Bless You and bring You health and happiness.

Dear Vulture Man,

I had been dreaming about birds a lot in the last few years. I had also been seeing birds in strange places. Especially Eagles or what I thought were Eagles. It always had a white patch on one of it's wings. Later I discovered to my surprise that I had nothing to do with eagles. I had a very realistic dream where a large dark bird approached my window as I looked out. It was all rough looking and it perched on my window. It was a vulture. And what shocked me was that it had my face. It looked right through me. It was a let down to me. So months later I thought I had better figure out what it meant to dream about being a vulture all the time and that is how I found your wonderful website. Just thought I'd let you know why I visited your web site.


I have always been fascinated by vultures, and being fortunate enough to live in an area where one can spot vultures almost every day of the year, I recently had a question come to mind, concerning a possible close encounter with a small group of them.

I was sitting at my desk at work by a large window. Across the road was a group of very low flying, circling vultures. I asked my office mates (to their horror) what they thought would happen if I walked over and laid down on the ground under the circling birds and stayed very still? Would they land near me and check me out? Would they land on me and try a taste?

One person suggested I would have to smell dead to create interest, so I thought, well hypothetically, what if I laid some raw hamburger next to me? No one else thought this line of thought merited any more brain power, but I wish I'd have tried it to see.

What do you think?

Curious and just loving the vultures,

Vulture is too smart for that.

Just wondering if you could answer a question.
A friend of mine believes that vultures for some reason will
not eat the dead carcass of a dog.

Thanks for your help.

Trey, Vulture is a West Direction animal like Horse and Dog and Spider. Perhaps that is why.

In Southern Africa, the name for an Egyptian vulture is synonymous with the term applied to lovers, for vultures like pigeons are always seen in pairs. Thus mother and child remain closely bonded together. Pairing, bonding, protecting, loving are essential attributes associated with a vulture. Because of its immense size and power and its ability to sore high up in the sky, the vulture is considered to be nearer to God who is believed to reside above the sky.

Thus the qualities of a vulture are associated with Godliness. On the other hand the wide wingspan of a vulture may be seen as all encompassing and providing a protective cover to its infants. The vulture when carrying out its role as a mother and giving protection to its infants may exhibit a forceful nature while defending her young. All these qualities inspired the imagination of the Ancient Egyptians. They adopted what seemed to them at the time to be motherly qualities, the qualities of protecting and nurturing their young. -

Nekhbet was thought to be the wife of Hapi, in his Upper Egyptian aspect. She was also linked to Horus in his role of god of Upper Egypt. Due to her vulture form, she was linked to the goddess Mut, the mother goddess and wife of Amen. Both Mut and Nekhbet were a particular type of vulture - the griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus). It was the griffon vulture that was usually related to the goddesses and to royalty.


Sent in by an anon contributor




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