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Owl Symbolism & Meaning

From time to time we all need help summoning the courage to see the truth. Do you need to discover what is really being said? Owl as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Owl Spirit teaches you how to harness the strength needed to open your eyes and look into the shadows. Delve deeply in Owl symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can illuminate, assist, and educate you.

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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.

Learn more about Owl Spirit by reading Owls in Dreams: Meaning, Symbolism, & Interpretation on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

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. Sakib July 12, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    I have never seen an owl. Why?

  2. Miss Mary ASHWORTH July 20, 2018 at 1:35 am - Reply

    An owl visited our neighbourhood and hooted and sat in the highest Douglas Fir and within months my friend passed away.
    She was Type 1 Diabetic since childhood so probably an owl in our neighbourhood has nothing to do with it, as my friend
    was in ill health anyways. Very interesting about owls. like this one flew over our house and hooted into the late of nite.
    I would go out @ nite and try to take his picture, with no success. Now I had to sell the house & live in the city where just crows, seagulls, robins, seem to be the major ones.

  3. Brigitte Jones August 10, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

    WoW… i drive home after late shift means i drive through country dirt road and i see 3 wise owls, (other night it was four i counted) all sitting on posts… i asks myself this has a meaning and im not too sure then til i read this website.. Alas my sis came oversea to catch up and we went on road trip and stayed at motel which happens to be titled Athena – i thought OMG connection somewhere and what is the answer.. i love a feedback to my experience…

  4. Erin August 26, 2018 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    I hit an owl the other night it had time to fly away and then came back under my truck. I just bumped it cause I slowed down and ran back to see if it was ok and it just sat there until we got real close and just flew off. I took it as a sign then just now a day later in mid daylight hours it came for me and darted towards my car this time and then flew off after I almost hit it again…?!

  5. Jennifer September 6, 2018 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    I’ve been praying on a sign from the divine as I’m in a difficult time in my life and last night there was an owl hooting on a light post outside my window.

  6. M guest October 1, 2018 at 12:31 am - Reply

    I have a baby owl on my porch for the last few days. What is the purpose of it?

  7. Michelle Kirby October 9, 2018 at 7:08 am - Reply

    I had to look this up because when I was driving to the hospital to see my husband, an owl flew above me about halfway through the drive. I was already sad & was told that he wasn’t doing good. I read before that the owl was a symbol of death & started bawling. He did pass away peacefully 2 days later. Reading that it accompanies a soul on it’s journey so it doesn’t get lost was comforting ❤️

    • Leela008 October 30, 2018 at 1:48 am - Reply

      <3 Sorry for your loss.

  8. Leela008 October 30, 2018 at 1:43 am - Reply

    I had a dream about a week ago that my house was haunted. My daughter and I were so scared so we ran outside. It was dark and scary. As we ran I prayed to the angels to help keep us safe and an owl flew by overhead and I knew we were going to be all right. I met two angels that helped my daughter and I.Towards the end they showed us that we had the power of light and magic within us and not to forget it. A couple of days after that dream I heard an owl early in the morning when I went to feed my dog. I have lived at my home for 6 hears and have never heard an owl. I am having problems with my health as well. Wondering if my end is near.

  9. Olena January 14, 2019 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for such a full and beautiful presentation. I’m a graphical designer myself. Tell please your webmaster that this web site and the videos are the master peace! I HAVE FOUD my totem, my spiritual animal today! I have made several tests and I have found them not complete, I did not feel any connation no with Butterfly (the result of the first test), neither with Bee (the test on your site. I knew that it is not a way to find your animal by the tests. Not for me anyway. And this evening, a little later, I draw a car at night and two owls have crossed my way. I did not think about anything, but I just felt! I had received as an electroshock and I cried, I just could not stop the emotion as I felt, just felt and new the same second that Owl is my animal . And suddenly I remembered that I’m so tired and sleepy in the morning end often the day too and that I find the best of my energy in the evening and at night. I remembered that on my phone I have chosen a nature sound with owl crying as a melody for calls. I have remembered that I have crossed the countries to find my husband and my husband had an owl at home that he rescued! Then my mother in law has got a collection of owls any sort. That we leave in a country house and almost each night I hear owls singing! We have left t our house for a while as it needed to be repaired, we even thought to sell it but something stopped me and told me to return and to rebuild it! This night I was drawing a car and I was crying as I have felt such a powerful and strong connation! Instead of returning to our actual house I draw to our abandoned house, I stood in the middle of the yard for several seconds and . … I heard the owls … far at first… then closer .You cannot imagine the sensation that it gives you to rejoin with a part of you that you have forgotten, that you did not pay attention to. So, yes, it is strong, when we are ready, we need this connection. For anyone who searches, I wish you to find, kisses and love. And thanks again for the web site you have created !

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