If you research cardinal bird medicine throughout the web, you’ll find a wide variety of definitions about what the cardinal represents.

Many cultures and segments of those individual cultures will have very different meanings and traditions based on cardinal sightings.

I’m not going to talk about any of those. If you’d like to delve deeper into the Cardinal as a spirit animal or totem, please do so with a google search. You’re sure to find your head spinning in a thousand different directions.

I’m here to talk about the meaning that I hear most often in conversations or at times of a cardinal spotting.

Cardinals can be a sign that a loved one has come to visit you.

The word cardinal itself is derived from the Latin word cardo, meaning hinge or axis. I read an article suggesting that this pivot could signify the swinging of the door between the physical and spirit realms.

Birds are often associated with bridging the gap between the earth and sky and for a good reason.

But what does this all mean?

It could be as simple as taking a moment to honor a loved one that’s passed on when you see a cardinal.

You could think about what lessons or sage advice they might offer you given your current circumstance in life.

My twin nieces know that when they see a cardinal it’s my Father, their Grandpa Marino coming to visit them and that’s enough.

It’s a beautiful lesson to see a young child convinced entirely of their encounter with a spirit from beyond.

Do you ever wonder if it’s possible for our loved ones to send us messages?

Well, wonder no more. Any encounter with a beautiful cardinal is a chance to sit and reflect on life. That’s worth the opportunity to pause and breath and slow down for a moment.

Speaking of opportunities, which loved one is visiting you now in the form of the cardinal image above?

What do they have to share with you today?

Savor the moment and enjoy this opportunity to reflect!