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Owl Symbolism & Meaning

From time to time we all need help summoning the courage to see the truth; to hear what is really being said. Owl energy can help give you the strength needed to open your eyes and look into the shadows.

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Owl Symbolism & Meaning

When you seek out Owl it is a way of reaching your Higher Self and truly seeing things from a spiritual perspective. This refreshing vantage point allows you to open doorways into other realms and connect with the Devas, Ancestors, Angels and the Divine.

Owl has a strong connection with the element of air. Travel with Owl Spirit to the heavens and soar through the halls of the Akashic records. Owl will show you things that might otherwise remain hidden to you, so be open to seeing things in a whole new way.

You cannot deceive Owl, which is why this Spirit Animal reminds us to remain true to ourselves, our voice and our vision. Owl does not tolerate illusion or secrets. If there are skeletons in the closet you can trust that Owl will find them and start house cleaning.

It is no surprise that the Goddess Athena held Owls as sacred. Athena, is beyond doubt, one of the most complex Deities in history and her attributes included wisdom and strategy – so Owl spirit became the perfect companion. In Greek tradition Owl was also a protector. It was believed that an Owl flying over a soldier or army portended victory because Owl would remain watchful.

As a creature of the night, the Celts and Egyptians regarded Owl as a gatekeeper to other realms, particularly the souls of the dead. In some stories this bird actually accompanies a soul so it doesn’t get lost on its journey.

In Native American superstition Owl represents sacred knOwledge (you’ll get to know me, I live for puns). When you begin studying the mysteries this Spirit Animal Guide is an amazing helpmate and mentor.

Overall Owl is a symbol of being able to navigate any darkness in our life. This spirit brings clarity, prophetic inklings, and a strong connection with the mystical world.

Owl Spirit Animal

When Owl wings its way into your life, you have the opportunity to become far more observant. Settle down on that tree limb and watch. You’ll be amazed at how much life goes by when you’re not running around so much.

In fact, you’ll notice a lot of important details that previously eluded you. The world is filled with layers of symbolism and meaning, and the Owl gives you “new” eyes with which to see those.


An Owl’s eyes adjust in an instant from telescopic to microscopic. With Owl energy surrounding your soul you can look into the past, present and future with uncanny accuracy.

We aware that as a Spirit Animal, Owl often calls on us to release the past and put down burdens that hold us back. You have to face your shadows and fears, then move beyond them to find true happiness.

Owls don’t just honor us with the ability of “Second Sight”. These majestic birds have hearing that is quite literally “perfect stereo”. Their ears are are not symmetrical as one is higher than the other. This allows sound to be heard separately in the individual ear.

Owl as a Spirit Animal Guide can aid you in hearing what is really being said despite the words and emotions coming from the messenger.

Owl Totem Animal

When you know Owl as a Totem Animal, you’ll find your connection with the Yin of the Universe growing stronger, as will your awareness of lunar cycles. Embrace the inner Goddess, weave your spells by the light of a full moon and really listen to your inner voice.

Owl as a Totem Animal opens the doorway to seeing the spiritual beings inside the human bodies that house them. You will know things about people that are sometimes awkward or uncomfortable but you are seeing TRUE. Many people who have Owl totems discover their clairvoyance growing by leaps and bounds.

The Owl totem is one of discernment. Let this Spirit guide you during confusing situations. Start trusting your spiritual radar about people and use the beauty of the night to inspire your creativity.

Owl spirit has mastered silence and finds its strength there. With Owl as your Totem Animal you will not waste precious energy by speaking with no purpose.

Remember, you have 2 eyes, 2 ears and 1 mouth. Seeing and hearing should occur 4 times more than speaking. In this, you’ll be able to glean wisdom others miss because they are too busy chattering their minds away.

Owl Power Animal

Invoke Owl as a Power Animal you are opening a doorway to hidden realms. In the quiet of the night you’ll find solace as the voice of the Divine becomes more clear.

Owl flies quietly in our lives but always ask the question “WHO?” so be prepared for self-actualization when partnering with this spiritual being.

Owl medicine can help support you when the time to speak your truth has arrived. Remember Owls are birds of prey and little stops them when they set their sites on “the prize”. What or whom do you have your heart set on? Focus, patience and stillness can win the day.

Invoke Owl energy when you need to see all the details of what or who is coming toward you and is right in front of you.

Native American Owl Symbolic Meanings

Native Americans refer to the Owl as a Night Eagle because of its keen vision. They regard the Owl as a conjuror who is silent and fierce, and who foretells the oncoming of death.

The Owl is a harbinger of truth, particularly to self, and a creature that brings magic on its wings.

Owl as a Celtic Animal Symbol

In Celtic mythology, Owls knew the way to the underworld and were fierce defenders of truth and honor. Owl has no tolerance for deception, even when we are deceiving ourselves.

The Celtic Owl was tied closely to the ancient Goddess of fertility. It appears frequently in knot work and bestiaries, being revered for its ability to see in the dark and acting as a messenger between humans and the Divine.

Owl Dreams

Dreaming of Owls may be a warning from your higher self to be wary of a situation or person that is not as it appears. It may also be an omen of figurative or literal death, or hooting out a message from the Ancestors or dearly departed.

Owl in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

In Native American Zodiac & Astrology, people born May 21 – June 21 (Southern Hemisphere) & November 22 – December 21 (Northern Hemisphere) are born under the sign of the Owl.

Owl people are extraordinary communicators, particularly when it comes to the great Mysteries. You have a quick mind, high standards and a strong sense of honor.

Those with the Owl Native American Zodiac & Astrology Sign may be misunderstood because of their uncanny ability to move quietly and effectively through figurative or literal darkness. You are also fast on your feet, making it hard for people to keep up with you.

Owl Symbolic Meanings Key

  • True Seeing
  • Watchfulness
  • Discretion
  • Privacy
  • Ancient Wisdom
  • Power of Silence
  • Attention to Details
  • Seeing the Big Picture

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  1. Soar December 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    SO… I was just able to see my friends aura, and I am slightly confused, is this something that has to do with the owl being my spirit totem or what, because I just connected with the owl as my totem in deep meditation yesterday, is it possible this has something to do with it?

  2. Jade Macquire December 18, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Hello I received a 3 card reading and instantly felt nervous and my stomach in knotts.. I asked for more information and was advised to call on the olw…. I have done so.. Please could you give me some guidance x thank you my name is jade x

  3. jyotika December 19, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

    i have lost my love a year ago he will complete his 1 year on 21 december 2017. i have never seen a owl white owl ever in my life . last year for the same days of 17 18 19 20 we were together at my home along with my friends .and i saw an white owl on 18 december.
    and i whispered his name vicky and also the owl have seen me like he was looking at me while the moment he came at my gallery window.
    can you please tell me was he my love who came to speak to me .. we love each other since 9 years .

  4. Angel December 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Hello, recently while praying I felt compelled to light white candles and open my blinds to look outside. I began praying about several issues I’ve been having recently and asking for truth to be revealed, guidance, and direction among other things. I looked up and saw what I’m sure was an owl land on the fence in my backyard out the window. I was sooooooo amazed. I tried to grab my phone to take a pic and it flew away. I’m still somewhat in shock and feel it was definitely a sign- that has never happened to me before. I continued to pray and also I looked around a bit and came across your page. Also while I was praying I noticed the time of 2:22 on my phone. I’m wondering if you could offer any
    Guidance as to what this could mean. Thanks for any information you can offer

  5. Kristina Cranmer January 14, 2018 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    I am new to this (in a way), I’ve always felt the connection to everything around me but I never really looked into it, until my children came across a spirit animal quiz. It got me curious so I found your site and took the quiz. To my surprise (at first) my spirit animal is owl. I’ve always been drawn to butterflies and cats but my grandmother has always adored owls… So much to the point where she was sooo mad at our cat when she (the cat) left a baby owl on the doorstep that she (my grandmother) couldn’t stand for her (the cat) to be around for a REALLY long time. I tried to explain to her that the cat was giving her a gift and showing her how much she respected and loved her but sadly it didn’t seem to help. So the owl has always been present and every time I see one I think of my grandmother, not myself. So after I found out I was an owl I wanted to know more.. Come to find out owl is also my totem. Owl described my personality to a tee even when I was young (I was extremely dramatic). I’ve always loved the night and found myself to be most productive in the night. My friends know better than to ask my opinion if they don’t want the truth. I have found throughout my life to trust my instincts about a situation or person and can usually “see” people. The eyes are mirrors to one soul… I’ve always let my totem guide me I just didn’t have anything to associate it with until now. So, thank you for giving me that and thank you owl for your guidance.

  6. John January 17, 2018 at 7:19 am - Reply

    I have been told on many occasions by American Indians friends who claimed to be, and had reputations as shamans, that my totem must be either Bear or Coyote. I’ve had a couple of “close encounters” with large Brown bears who were much larger than me.(I was 6’1″ and 260 lbs at the time) and I could see the color of their teeth! Both times I was unarmed and “dead to rights”. Both times they up on their hind legs, eyeballed me and got a nose full of my sent, snapped their teeth a few times, snorted and ambled off through the woods.We used to fish a lot (mountain stream) and almost always see a brown bear nosing around a few hundred yards away. Is that significant?
    When I was a kid and we lived on the prairie, I could usually get the coyotes worked up by howling like I was tracking a rabbit or something or just letting them know where I was! We had 1-2 “Coy dogs” that my sister and I could pet but nobody else could get close to.Once in a while one of them (wild or not) would bring in a baby jackrabbit (alive) and put it down where we were standing! In terms of a totem does this have much significance? I’m almost 70 and I think it’s time to find out!
    Thank you very much. keep up the good work. John

  7. Manuel January 20, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

    hello……i dont normally do this but yesterday i had a bad dream and i saw a dead body in that dream , i woke up and the 1st thing i did was to pray. Now today , while i was answering a call ..i stepped outside my balcony to see a dead owl(believe me i got scared,real quick) so i called dad and mom told them to pray for me and i prayed again .
    Eventually, i started googling about “what a dead owl means and i arrived at this page”.
    So my question, what do you think this is, does it have a meaning behind it. Please i need ur opinion since u are well versed with animals.

  8. Terri January 29, 2018 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    My coworker has a 3 year old son who sees owls alot. At night he tells his mom that they are under his bed. She says he talks to them too.
    Any advice or information would be greatly helpful.

  9. Lisa February 22, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Hi Bernadette!

    I’m not sure if you still read these and comment, but last night, I was driving to my friend’s house to take care of her cats.

    It was dark and foggy, and on the way there, I saw a beautiful, majestic owl oerched on the shoulder of the road.

    I slowed down and looked at him. He then surprised me by flying towards my car.

    Someone was driving closely behind me, so even though I put on my brakes (I couldn’t slam my brakes because of the person following me so closely), my car hit the owl.

    I felt angry and helpless. I felt angry at myself, angry at the person driving close behind me, and upset with the owl for flying towards the car.

    It was dark and foggy, so I could only see feathers and the headlights of the car behind me.

    I have since been wanting to understand why this happened or what does it mean? I’ve been upset about this since it happened.

    I love animals, so when something like this happens, I feel devastated.

    On a personal experience, I have been going through a lot of major changes in my life, and have been feeling overwhelmed by everything going on.

    Thank you for any words of wisdom or advice you can share.

    Have a beautiful day

  10. Aman Kutty February 28, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I had a weird dream couple of days ago and since then I’m searching for the meaning of it.
    Im guided by two strangers who are foreigners as I’m Indian, they had a bedsheet with them which is supposed to put on the ground and wait for an owl to arrive, it’s night time we are behind a tree we laid the bedsheet on the ground and then an HUGE OWL appeared with it’s huge wings it looked straight into my eyes and landed on the bedsheet. I had to do something there I had dry leaves with me which I was said to put on the owl as it landed and I did exactly the same as soon as I did that the owl disappeared. Since this dream I’m searching for meaning and I’ve had other weird dreams which has animals. I hope I find the meaning behind it.

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