Avians are winged humanoids with internal adaptations to allow for flight. Most avians have the wings of a specific bird such as a Vulture or Dove.
Avians have feathered wings, larger more efficient lungs, and air sacs (among other things)
Dragon and bat wings are not impossible to grow, but those wingtypes are very, very impractical to grow, and odds are you would not be able to fly. Insect wings are impossible to fly with.
Wings are very large. They cannot be hidden. Anyone who says they can retract their wings or hide their wings and go out into the public eye is lying. Wings, when full grown, are over 18ft in span.
With wings, you need support from your family. This is not Maximum Ride. You will not be able to travel all over the country with a few others. If you grow wings, you will need a territory away from other people, a financially stable family who can support said territory as well as food, and a caretaker to stay with you at said territory.
So you want wings? No, you probably don't.
Wings are a blessing and a curse. Everyone has wanted to fly sometimes, but it’s when you really feel that pull, that need, to get off the ground, that’s when most start looking for a way to grow wings. So, how do you know if growing wings is for you?
First question to ask yourself is WHY. Why do you want wings, and are you mature enough to handle the responsibility? Are you old enough to make such life changing decisions?
Have you felt the craving to have wings or fly at a very young age? Have you had a strong spiritual connection to the air/angels/birds/ and or wings for a long time? Do you feel like wings would make you whole or that you should have been born with the ability to fly?
Can you give up all the things you have to with wings? Can you give most of your friends, your social life, school, and wearing certain clothes?
You will have to give up these things when your wings grow. You cannot go in public or let your wings be seen by most people.
The basic method
Most wing growing methods follow the same basic guidelines.
1. Having strong belief is key, doubt will only hinder the process
2. The mind is the most important factor. You have to constantly think about your wings, visualize them, feel them, meditate about them. The mind triggers the wings to begin growing.
You must look at your body like an expression of yourself, your soul, your inner spark- your Spirit. Meditate like you normally do, but just focus on feeling your body. Being in it. Sending love and energy to each and every cell. Then tell each and every cell to grow your wings. Think about how your wings make you feel. Feel how it would be to get them. Love them.
It takes more than a few words and a long time of waiting. Each day, whenever you have time, you need to sit and meditate. Feel your body with your mind, learn where everything is and have control of it. Then focus on your back. Focus on where your wings will begin to grow. Speed the time up in your mind as your eyes are closed and envision them growing from muscle lumps, to sprouts, to elongated limbs that look like baby bird wings without feathers, and then envision each feather growing from the skin, finally becoming a fully formed wing. You've got to force yourself to feel sensation of them growing. Then feel the wing move, feel the muscles contract and relax. See your bones and organs changing. Visualize your wings folding and unfolding, the feathers puffing out, and finally try to flap them. You've got to feel it as if it was actually happening. Just wishing and hoping isn't going to grow you wings, you've got to MAKE it happen.
You’ll need basic research, of course; look into different wing movements, how birds clean their feathers, feather structure, wing anatomy, and become familiar with it all. Look into muscle and how the tendons work.
Picking your wing-type
Make sure it is what you want, make sure you are 100% comfortable in picturing yourself with those wings. Make sure you will not change your wing type within a few days. Make sure they are correct, that they feel amazing, and are something you wish to have for the rest of your life. Take notes of the strengths and weaknesses of the wing structure. Are they fast? Are they noisy? How high can they fly? Do they have notches for flying in thermals?
Take a look at this database of wing photos if you need help finding wing type or visualizing the way they look!
One problem I see is people not realizing just how many species of birds there are. For example, when people think of owls they usually just think of barn, snowy or eagle owls and that's it! When really there are a huge variety of owl species, such as sooty owls, boreal owls, african grass owls, short eared owls, great grey owl and tons more. This is true with so many other families of birds like eagles, corvids, hawks etc.
Here's some lesser known birds to get you started with looking for your wing type.
African Bateleur Eagle
Rough Legged Hawk
Pharaoh Eagle Owl
African crowned eagle
Phillipine Serpent Eaglee
White, Grey and Black wings:
Black and white hawk eagle
Verreaux Eagle Owl
Red-tailed black cockatoo
Major Mitchell Cockatoo
Notice and watch the basic behaviors of your bird. Odds are you will attain some traits of your bird. It is best to watch basic behaviors; hunting, calls, mating rites, and even how they raise young. Warning calls are also a good thing to pay attention to. Now, we may never be screeching or shouting like our bird, but it can help to know how they act when they feel threatened.
Your prayer, ritual, or spell.
When creating your spell to use, avoid avoid avoid commonly used rituals like “Maximum ride 13 spell” Your ritual, prayer, or whatever you may call it, should be yours, not someone else’s. If you use someone else’s, often you will not get into the wing mindset, which is crucial when you are doing your spell or prayer. Remember to call upon any gods that have importance to you, get your message out into the universe, and make sure your words and intention are clear and true.
Visualization is one of the best things to practice and use within your ritual. Practice scenes such as your wings growing from your back, you flying with your wings, as well as just existing with them. These should excite your phantom wings, or start to form them, and it will help keep your mind focused.
Drilling truths and phrases into your head is also another good way to really get your mind into the wing-growing mindset. Do not refer to your wings as separate entities, but rather a part of you. Saying things such as: “I am an avian”, “My wings will grow from my back”, “I am growing my wings”, “I will fly with my wings”, are all very vital phrases. Yes, they’re cheesy, but it will really help you and your brain to cement the fact that you want wings, and that you are growing them into your daily life.
Step three – Integrating wings into your daily life.
When you start growing wings, you have to keep your brain into it.Whenever you have the chance, eat like your bird; visualize your feathers flowing in the breeze. When you walk, visualize your wings on you and moving with your body movements. You will need to practice daily visualization in order to keep your wings growing. When you stretch, visualize your wings stretching too.
If it will help you, form permanent phantom wings.
Even if you do not have permanent phantom wings, still act as if your wings are there. Avoid leaning against hard surfaces, laying on your back (it gets painful further and further into wing growth), and generally be mindful of your wings and the space they take up. Permanent phantom wings make this easier, as they will naturally react to these scenarios.
When bored, move your wings.
I like to visualize mine wrapping around me, and then I open my eyes and with my third eye I can see my wings as if they were truly physical. Whenever I am near my friends, I wrap my wings around them. I sometimes will just feel my wings beat whenever I’m bored or tired, as a natural response to keep me awake. I also like to visualize myself in third-person, with my wings, as I go throughout the day.
This reminds me that I have wings, I already am an avian - I just need my wings physically.
Back aches and pains
Eating more than usual
Pain near the lungs
Aching in the limbs
Displaying more behaviors of your bird
Having "phantom" wings often
The first noticeable sign of wing growth occurs when the shoulder blades begin widening and getting much smaller. This is to allow room for the muscles and bones to begin growing. Normally you start seeing this occur 3-7 months after you activated the process.
Next you will notice muscles forming between the shoulder blades.
These muscles will take many months to grow, and they will increase in size dramatically. Muscles will also grow around your chest.
The internal changes such as bone changes, lung expansion and air sac growth also occur during this stage, so you may have aching bones or pain behind/in the lungs.
Eventually you will have large "nubs" on your back. These nubs will slowly form into the shape of the wing. Think of a baby bird's wing with no feathers. The area will be very tender, avoid sleeping on your back or putting pressure on the area. Eat lots of nutrient rich foods and take supplements.
Once the limb has grown big enough, you will be able to feel the bones and new muscles much better and the limbs will likely be covered in down or pin feathers. Protein in very very important during this time. Cut back on grains/bread while the feathers grow.
Once they've "sprouted" your wings will develop similar to the way they do in this photo except much quicker, in the span of five or so months.
Since there is a lot of back/ general muscle pain that occurs when growing wings, try learning different methods of relaxing and reducing pain.
When you start having back pain, a warm bath or heated blanket may be useful.
Photos of avian anatomy
The photos below are the closest I could find to real avian anatomy.
The photos below are the closest I could find to real avian anatomy.
Life with wings
As you can see in the above photo, the feathers are connected close to the bones of the wings. This enables you to move them like fingers and feel how the wind moves between them. This is very helpful when flying. You will also have to be careful with this main row of feathers, as getting them torn out would leave you in extreme pain until the feather grows back in. Similar to the pain when a fingernail is removed.
These feathers are rooted so deeply, connected by so much muscle tissue and almost touching the bone, if they were to get torn out/removed It would be incredibly painful, and the feather follicle would come with it, inside out, and end up so deformed it wouldn't be able to produce feathers again. To summarize: Be careful with your feathers! NO aerial stunts or high velocity flying, no diving, and no flying through forests/ places with lots of obstacles.
You will molt your feathers just like birds do.
Molting is the replacement of worn feathers, and is an essential thing that avians must undergo to maintain healthy plumage.
You will need to be careful with the growing blood feathers.
Read more about molting here
Once the wings are fully grown and you begin to fly/practice flying you will loose a lot of weight. Your metabolism will be much higher than a normal humans. This is why most avians are recommended to live with someone (such as your parents) so they will have enough food.
Preening will be a daily chore. You may want to fashion some kind of device that makes preening easier, something that mimics the shape of a bird beak so you can put the feathers back in place. Using your fingers, you will "zip up" the barbs of the feathers just like a bird does.
Your natural oil from your skin will be spread from your fingers onto the wing, similar to how birds have an oil gland. Occasional baths will help keep the feathers clean. Dirt baths may be nice too.
Holding the wings out is like holding your arms out, it gets tiring. Mostly wings will stay folded just like you don't hold your arms rigid all the time.
Flexibility will be greatly hindered as your spine will strengthen and fuse.
You may or may not develop hollow bones.
Bird bones are hollow to increase rigidity and to allow penetration of some air sacs; when compared to total mass, their skeletons weigh the same proportionally as mammals.
Wings will change your balance which will take a LOT of getting used to. You will also most likely have changes is posture, meaning you will walk more hunched over to support the weight of the wings.
Your wings may grow in feathers colored differently than you expected. This is called "juvenile feathering" and they will eventually be replaced by adult feathering.
Flying is an instinct. However that does not mean we will not have to work extremely hard to learn how to properly perch and place our feathers just right to create enough lift to fly.
We will not be able to do many things a human can, such as go into cars (unless they are modified to allow space for wings) or sit on most chairs.
It isn't possible to take off straight from the ground. You will need to run or even better, have something to jump off of like a hill or cliff, thermals (columns of rising air) help too. This is why the biggest flighted bird, the Argentavis magnificens, lived in places with lots of cliff sides and thermals.
When the human hair on your body stands up, the feather shafts will too. Any time you get "goosebumps" the feathers will puff out. You can can also puff feathers out on purpose, for a threat display or to preen under the feathers. Puffing out the feathers when it is raining or you are in the shower will cause the wings to quickly become waterlogged.
In cases of shock, being off balance or being startled, wings flapping is a common reaction. It's instinctual mostly, like how humans extend their arms if they become off balance. Flapping or extending wings can also be an instinctual threat display or to show anger.
Feathers are very warm and have an insulation effect so your own wings can make a very good blanket!
Diet and Nutrition
Avian's have very high metabolisms.
In the avian body, carbohydrates serve as an energy source. You need lots of this nutrient to fly properly.
Carbohydrate rich foods include:
- Sugary foods/drinks
- Pasta and bread
- Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds
- Most fresh or frozen fruits
- whole grains
- Seeds and nuts
- quinoa and soy
A huge part in being prepared to grow wings will be controlled by your levels of folic acid. It will help prevent anemia, and it will facilitate the absorption of other nutrients. It is also involved in the production of DNA, which will be vital in producing trillions of new cells. You can get folic acid from leafy greens, citrus, and most multivitamins.
Iron is very important as well. You can use an iron supplement or you can eat iron heavy foods like egg yolks, spinach, and dried fruits.
Wearing most normal human clothes with wings will be a challenge .
Bras, shirts, jackets and other clothing will have to be modified to allow the wings to move freely. Clothing must also be tight fitting so it doesn't flap around while flying.
Goggles would be good to have to help with high winds or dust.
Hair would need to be pulled back, braided or otherwise covered up so it doesn't whip all around during flight.
Links to explore various clothing avians could wear:
First aid kit for Avians:
- Styptic powder (to stop bleeding)
- Hemostats/fine needle nose pliers/tweezers
- Ace bandage with velcro
- A bath tub about halfway full of warm water
- A lighter or match
- Epsom or sea salt
- 1 feather
- A dark bathroom
- bay leaf/ yucca flowers/other herbs
- feathers and down
- oil (i used olive oil and vitamin e oil)
- safe place to make fire like a firepit or large candle
- heatproof bowl/mug (preferably ceramic)
- optional: bird bones, crystals, candles, sigils
Deities and Spirits
Working with higher beings can help tremendously with wing growth. Keep in mind, working with deities and spirits is very serious, learn how to do basic spirit work first. Not all spirits or gods will want to help you with this. You have to use respect, divination, discernment and spiritual protections when working with spirits.
Nut - pronounced "Noot" - is the Egyptian goddess of the sky and of the heavens. Nut is a welcoming, helpful goddess from my experience. She is commonly depicted as having wings. She is a goddess of the stars, the infinite cosmos, the astral realm and more.
Iris is the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. Iris is depicted in ancient Greek vase painting as a beautiful young woman with golden wings.
Abrahamic angels such as Michael or Raphael may also be good to pray to/call upon for help.
The astral is not a spirit, but it is a valuable place to learn about. There are many methods of getting to the astral, such as astral projection. In the astral you can activate your wings and fly, which helps a lot with the wing growing process.