It’s your birthday, maybe even your jubilee, and you’ve gathered all your family, close friends, and other guests to celebrate. And that’s when the sky starts pouring tonnes of water despite the forecast promising a sunny day.
It’s perfectly natural to wonder why that’s happening on that exact day in such situations and “eh, it’s just weather” often feels like such an unsatisfying explanation.
Of course, it is just weather. But, if we choose to look a bit deeper, we can find a lot of cool spiritual meaning and symbolism in what it means when it rains on your birthday. And, even if you aren’t particularly spiritual yourself, we’re sure the 7 interpretations below will at least offer plenty of inspiration.
So, what’s the symbolism of rain on your birthday?
Whether it’s on a birthday, a wedding day, or just a picnic, no one likes a sudden rain or a thunderstorm turning your gifts into soggy piles of cartons. As frustrating as that can be, however, the spiritual symbolism of rain is usually quite positive so there are actually reasons to cheer up.
1. Some things are about to change
In nature as in our everyday lives, most types of rain symbolize change, new life, and fresh starts. Things can be a bit different if we’re talking about thunderstorms or typhoons, of course, but light or even just a bit heavier rain is a great omen for change.
You may feel like it means change is coming or you can take it as inspiration to start initiating some change yourself. Either way, the combination of this rain symbolism and the date of your birth is always quite powerful.
2. You need a break
Another thing we often associate with rain is taking some time off for rest and for cleansing our souls and energy. This notion has even made it into our language – taking a rain check, having a slow rainy day, and so on. We just associate rain with staying at home, resting on the couch, and not doing much or any physical labor.
So, when this happens on your birthday, it’s a good omen that maybe you need a bit of a break in your life. This can be especially true if you’ve been overworking yourself as of late and you’re feeling burned out – what better way would there be for the universe to tell you to get some rest than with a bit of rain on your birthday?
3. It’s time for some self-reflection
Another common association we have with rain is that of self-reflection and introspection. On the one hand, that’s quite intuitive for most people because we already associate resting at home during rainy days with “me time” and contemplation. That isn’t where the symbolism comes from, however, nor are “me time” or contemplation necessarily synonymous with self-reflection.
Instead, this symbolism stems from the fact that water in dreams and in spirituality is generally associated with the inner self, the subconscious, and our deep-held beliefs and emotions. In that sense, rain is quite literally a metaphor for being showered with thoughts and feelings, and partly submerged in your subconscious.
Such contemplation comes even more naturally during one’s birthday as it’s quite normal to think about negative memories of the past year, the positive experiences, the things we’ve done and failed to do, the goals we have for our next year, the plans we have, and so on.
Rain on your birthday is an invitation to delve deeper, however, beyond simple things such as relationships, losing weight, or career goals. It’s an invitation to spend some time thinking about what makes you you.
4. You should work on your spirituality a bit more and you can reap great boons if you do so
Beyond psychological introspection, rain on your birthday is also a great reason to look deeper into your spiritual life. The spiritual meaning of rain is that of renewal as is the case of the spiritual meaning of other water sources such as rivers and lakes.
Rain is particularly symbolic, however, as it not only brings life but it also washes away bad energy and the negative aspects of our spirituality. This makes rainy days especially great for things such as meditation, yoga, or prayer, and ending your rainy birthday in such a way is one of the best things you can do.
Many even go a step further and start whole new spiritual journeys such as going abroad to join an ashram, going on a pilgrimage, or doing other spiritual tasks. It’s not necessary to do something that major, of course, as long as you just start taking better care of your spiritual safe.
5. Some aspects of your life need nourishing and rejuvenation
As a symbol of new beginnings, fertility, abundance, and a sign of good luck, having a bit of rain on your birthday is a great omen that you need to introduce some new things into your life going forward. These can be anything from a new hobby, new relationship, or a new profession, to new broader life goals, a new outlook on life, or an entirely new way of life.
Change is, of course, stressful, and major change is something many of us are afraid to initiate, often for years or even decades. If you are looking for a sign about whether it’s time to start that thing you’ve been postponing for years, however, having a long and rainy birthday is about as good as signs come.
This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t be careful and jump into things with no planning whatsoever, of course. Change can take time even once you’ve started going through it, and it’s always best to plan things out, have backup plans and preparations, and so on – as long as you’ve started moving forward.
6. You should be warier of what the future holds and try to plan ahead more
A more negative and worrying interpretation of rain on your birthday is that of a dark omen for future troubles. That’s despite rain being a generally positive symbol and it usually applies to thunderstorms, hail, and other major rain events and not just light drizzle or even a bit more “serious” rain.
Long and heavy thunder and lightning strikes, heavy winds, hurricanes, and more – all that obviously goes well beyond the basic positive symbolism of rain and water. If something like that happens on your birthday, it’s natural to see it not only as a major inconvenience (often even life-threatening) but also as a significant sign that there might be some issues going forward for you.
In essence, the symbolism here is also that of change, however, with a heavy emphasis on urgent change in order to avoid a disaster, not just a nice life change to improve upon an already functional situation. These disasters can be anything from personal and professional problems, to major health problems due to bad eating habits and lack of exercise, to major mental health crises such as depression and suicidal ideations.
7. You might want to start spending more time with your family and closest friends
Back to lighter but still important things – rain on your birthday can also simply be a sign that you need to start spending time with your close circle of family and friends.
Having a big party full of friends of friends, coworkers, former classmates, neighbors, and almost every person you’ve met in the last 10 years can be fun but it can also be a bit “much” sometimes, even for the most socially active extrovert.
Instead, another cool way to spend a birthday is with just your family and/or your few closest friends. This can not only be even more fun as you’d spend more quality time with the most important people in your life, but it will also be more relaxing and it will help you reinforce your intimate relationships even more.
Plus, such a birthday can still be varied and interesting – it can include anything from kayaking with your family to having a movie marathon with friends, or just having a nice dinner with birthday cake – anything goes.
In conclusion, what does it mean when it rains on your birthday?
Many people view interpretations of everyday events such as a bit of rain as superstitions but, even if you’re not particularly spiritual, looking for some deeper meaning to a rainy birthday can still lead you to a lot of insight, self-reflection, and some key and better life choices.
So, while many of us instinctively associate rain with depression, its actual spiritual meaning is that of renewal, rejuvenation, new life and new beginnings, as well as introspection, and reflection – all great things!