The use of feathers as a magickal and spiritual tool can be found in cultures worldwide dating back tens of thousands of years.  Feathers have a rich history of being used as tools to cleanse, protect, and connect to the spirit realm. Celtic history references the use of feathered cloaks as a means to communicate with Gods and Goddesses. Feathers hold deep meaning and are used in almost every facet of Native American culture from smudging to dream catchers, and headdresses. In Shamanic practices, feathers are used as a tool to cleanse the aura, and as a means to bring in the air element.