Owls in Dreams: Meaning, Symbolism, & Interpretation

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Owls in Dreams: Meaning, Symbolism, & Interpretation

Dreams about Owls are highly charged with elements of magic, insight, and secrecy. Flying silently and kissed by moonlight, Owls symbolize feminine power and the mysteries that hide in the darkness. Your dreams are influenced by these energies when Owl shows up. Analyze your dreams about Owl, but know that it might take time for Owl to reveal the symbolism and meaning to you. Too much knowledge too quickly isn’t always a good thing.

Owls are solitary creatures and appearing high up in dreams reminds you that their gift is to see far and wide, taking in the full scope around you. To the Native Americans, Owls represent the keen observer, a wise holder of ancient knOwledge and the wise counselor.

In Greece, Owl symbolism relates to great learning. When seeking to analyze dreams about Owls you could find clues among any learning materials you’re interested in (how-to videos, books, school assignments, and more). The appearance of an Owl could mean you need to look at the big picture. Find your glasses, take a step back and look at things again.

Owls are thought to be bringers of dreams and act as guides who can fly ahead of you into new worlds where you might, or might not, follow. If you dream of flying as an Owl, your freedom and vision can symbolically pierce through many layers of confusion if you ask the right question.

Dream interpretation of the Owl can be a mixed bag between positive and negative influences. In Celtic traditions, the Owl is a spiritual teacher whereas in Africa the Owl symbolizes witchcraft.

Silent flight is a double-edged sword for the Owl. Sometimes he Owl’s ability to fly silently symbolizes being sneaky on purpose. As a dream symbol the Owl might make you feel tricked or surprised suddenly showing up. Consider carefully if the Owl symbolizes someone who is swooping in with keen observation or someone keeping secrets.

In Owl dreams, an Owl suddenly bolting into flight symbolizes that Owls, and people, can be reckless in their pursuit of something. Is this a considered move or more like a wild dive?

Finally, in Chinese tradition, the Owl is a harbinger of death. For the Owl (as with all animals), death is part of everyday life. So, Owl may be asking you to accept matter of life and death in a more natural way.

8 thoughts on “Owls in Dreams: Meaning, Symbolism, & Interpretation

  1. laura degling says:

    I live in a house with paranormal activity…I have been constantly dreaming about a small owl… every time i call its name it comes to me…what does this mean???

  2. Chas says:

    I had a dream of baby owls and when I sat on the ground they came to me. I was holding them and peeing them. People were walking by us. It was a pretty busy well lit area. I didn’t want to wake up. Right before bed I saw a commercial with

  3. Charlotte says:

    I’ve had a dream just recently of a great gray owl, that would every night fly past me, and have a mouse in its mouth, its tail dangling out as the owl would fly. At this place in the dream, foxes that were gray and orange also would come very close to me if I sat still, and I remember petting them. What could this mean?

  4. LCB says:

    I had an adult gray and white owl previously for about two years or so on my property and one day it landed on the ground and it allowed me to video it and get pretty close to it. I haven’t seen it since! Recently I have been thinking about owls a lot and suddenly I have been hearing one at night screeching and flying back and forth! A couple nights ago I had a dream that I was outside on my pool deck and I heard it high in the trees screeching. I was able to focus in on it with the full moons lighting! Then it swooped from the tree and was met by another owl in the full moon and came towards me! During this I heard someone walking behind me and it was my brother that has passed away over 8 years ago! I asked him what he was doing here and he said he was here for them, “the owls” I said, “no” you can’t and leave them alone! Meanwhile the two gray and white owls seemed smaller as if they were baby owls as they collided into the pool water. I told my brother to stop, go away you can’t have them and then I woke up! I also experience paranormal activity in my home that no one else seems to?!

  5. Cindress says:

    Owls have very strong symbolism . They can symbolize flight to and from the astral plan. They address also symbolic of death not likely a symbol of actual death but a messenger from the otherside. They are also symbolic of death of of things that no longer serve you. If the owl visit you on your dreams it’s a good sign that you are of an intellectual and intuitive mind.

  6. Bel says:

    I have dreamed of this owl before but today I had a dream of the same owl trying to come into my house but I didn’t let it in. I suushed it away and it came back and tried to get in the house but When I stopped him from coming in, it turned into a large black bird with human front teeth.
    Anyone has any idea what this means ? Thank you very much

    • Aimee Pitman says:

      Arooo, Bel!

      Welcome to the #WildPack! Here’s the link to my article about Owl Dreams.


      Also, you can register for free on my private forums GatheringOfMystics.com to get more in-depth help analyzing your dream. GatheringOfMsytics.com is a safe, moderated forum where we discuss all kinds of metaphysical, spiritual and divination subjects! Everyone is super friendly, caring, and giving! You’ll love it!

      Stay wild,

  7. Lark says:

    I had a dream that an owl was kinda flying back and forth between the roof and a tree. She was injured, so she kept falling to the ground, the next time she tried and fell i quickly picked her up in a towel, cuddling her for comfort, and she seemed happy and grateful and calmed down.
    I’m curious as to what it means.

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