Owl Symbolism & Meaning

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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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19 Responses

  1. Chavah

    Hi Bernadette,

    I have some things happening, and I am wondering about your knowledge on these.
    I took the test to find the totem animal and it’s the dog. And it’s a match with my soul life towards other people and friendship plus being happy and loyal.

    Now, for a few days, we have had a guest around our front porch. It’s an owl. A male, large, fat looking absolutely wise and beautiful. Last night, even flew in under cover next to my window and rested there all day long. I went to talk to him, and looked at me a few times, and stood still on the handle of my exercise machine. I have been set outside every night before and didn’t noticed him, sitting at the opposite side of our porch. Even, when he was on my jacaranda tree, right before my entrance, my husband was who noticed him. I gave some water to the bird and now I miss seeing him every day. I just hope he’ll comes back again soon.

    Now, on a human level , I don’t know about the meanings or even anything about totems and such things. I just google it because I had the sense to do it. When, I read it, the meaning of the Spirit totem of the owl, I recognize that within me, it’s my spirit life. Totally accurate but towards the outside I do operate with my dog soul identity.

    I just hope, I make some sense here. My spiritual birthday as a Christian is the snake, and my physical birthday falls in with the snow goose. All of these animals and their characters are pretty much present and motivational in some ways. Like the snake, is connected to healing, and I do pray constantly for the sick, holding the person in my prayers and see God’s healing lights around them. That was just an example, but many other things happens in my prayers usually right before I fall asleep. By the way, I don’t dream ever, therefore I don’t interpret dreams. But I hear heavenly music and I think, I somehow get into the seventh Heaven and bring down with me an absolute peace and harmony.

    My question is, how many totems someone have? And what do you think of the living owl that now I miss seeing so much? I have not seen animal spirit or even knew much about it. I love crystals though, and I think they are God’s heavenly medicines when everything else fails or can be used as alternative medicine and just have them around. I love my turquoise from a native Indian American, was given to me as a gift.

    Thank you for your time to read this.

    God bless you ????

    • Hello, Chavah!

      Well it sure sounds like the Spirit, Totem and Power Animals are making themselves known to you in a big way!

      To answer your question, a person can have many different Totems and Spirit Animals. And, they can change throughout our lifetime. It’s highly unusual for an Owl to stay around like he did at your home. And, once folks truly connect with animals, especially those in the wild, it’s a bond that is really hard to describe – you just have to experience it. You missing him makes perfect sense because you obviously connected with him in a meaningful way.

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  2. Winged

    Hello! <3

    I've been kind of creeped out by owls for…hm, not sure, most of my life.
    They are absolutely beautiful, amazing creatures, i don't know much about them (i best learn by watching documentaries), wonderful but D E A R L O R D, their eyes. :'D
    Their eyes (usually) alone are the main reason they scare me. i've been kinda weird about eyes (particularly, being stared at by eyes that know the unknown best way to describe) for about as long as the owl's creeped me out, that and the fact they (owls) get very big (i have megalophobia, fear of big things).
    Reading this, i can see the symbolic reason as to why.
    ''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.''
    ''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.''
    Those are two issues i have, things i need to/need not to do.
    I've always been afraid to just…fix my issues for some reason, a fear of success. I feel like also noting i tend to get lost in and romanticise the past, even in a time i consider so pure and wonderful now, i was pouting about how good my past was, as if my present wasn't good.
    In the past there were few times i sat on my deck, late on a moonlit night and just talked, for hours and hours. At the time it was very theraputic, that was not a good time. Now i find myself accidentally talking to myself for hours, going off in bad directions far away from my original point, once i'm done i just feel like i've let the fire grow. trying to empty out a cup of water as more water fills it. I'd be best to get to the root of it, the very bottom of the cup and just get rid of it.

    Thank you for this, let's hope owl will be with me when the time comes to help clear these issues, and the same for anyone else who needs it.
    I'd put a goodbye like ''blessed be'' or ''namaste'' if i used them, but i don't, so… have a good life ^^;
    ~Winged <3

    • Hello, Winged;

      It can be a scary journey to look deeply inside ourselves – to see what is really there. But Owl energy can help you face your shadow self, give you courage to face the darkness. You are so very kind to wish Owl is there to help others. I’m sure many, many folks who read your words will be inspired and feel supported by your generous wishes.

      I’m sending so much love to you on the wings of Owls. May your journey to heal yourself be swift and everything you hope for!

      Stay wild,

      • Winged

        Hello 😀

        Thank you so much! ;w;
        How exactly would you..get? owl energy? xD;
        Guessing from how i get into wolf energy (been with it on and off for 2 years now, know it well xP), it’s something like;
        watch videos, read, just generally learn about them? really call them in through your actions?
        Or should i wait, let it come to me when the time is right?

        May we who need it barn owl-screech the un-needed negativity away, for all we know it’s simply a mouse rustling in the bushes late at night, that we may be mistaking for a bear.

        Once again, thank you so much bernadette, and have a good life! hehe ^^
        ~Winged <3

        • Hello, Winged!

          You are most welcome!

          To get Owl energy, yes! It’s just as you describe – movies, music, images, videos. Maybe there’s an animal sanctuary or Owl rescue center near you? Learn as much as you can about Owl facts. Look for Owls in mythology and lore. Then, meditate on what you learn and see what parts of Owl energy speaks to your spirit.

          Hope that helps!

          Stay wild,

  3. Jesse

    I am curious about whether or not its possible to have premonitions. I am by Native American zodiac a Owl with the wind symbol at my back. By the Chinese zodiac I am a Fire/ Metal Monkey. I have dreams and every once in awhile some of these premonitions come true. I had a dream that I would find my aunt dead shortly after I was to be attacked by a man with spikes out of his head. The dream began repeating in the beginning of 2015 shortly after finding my aunt’s husband who died of a stroke the next day. I have myself experienced death but it was not my time. So unlike most people I am not fearful of death. For the sake of continuing this story in 2016 I was attacked by a man wearing a Mohawk bike helmet. 3 months prior to finding my aunt dead. Should I feel weird knowing that when I wrote a story of these events in February 2015 I had no way of knowing that I would be driving a Dodge Truck or living in the exact house from my dream? Cause the two variables that were wrong in my story from 2015 were I wasn’t driving a Charger and it happened on North shore Belfair Washington not at Hamma Hamma on the Potlatch Indian Reservation. I feel that I sabatoged these variables so I would not be completely accurate.

    • Hi, Jesse;

      Since I’ve been a professional psychic medium for many years, I’m biased when it comes to your question about premonitions. Yes. It is absolutely possible to have real premonitions. And, no. I don’t think you should feel weird at all. Maybe you are being called to do some kind of energy healing or psychic readings.

      Sometimes, premonitions are 1 zillion percent accurate and, sometimes, the “variables” are not “perfect”. Even the most accurate psychic mediums can misinterpret a message.

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  4. rhonda

    I have seen a white owl flying twice, but the people with me do not see it. why? and what can this mean?

    • Hi, Rhonda;

      Well, it certainly can mean that you are “seeing” beyond the veil. Maybe you are seeing the white Owl with your Third Eye – your psychic self. Or, maybe you’re just more observant than the people you are with at that time. Or, maybe the Owl only wants to be known to you. Sit quietly and ask the white Owl to appear to you and deliver its message in a clear manner. Then, ask Owl whatever questions you may have. I’m betting you’ll receive all kinds of wisdom from this sage creature.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

      • owl

        thanks will keep you posted

        • Hi, Owl;

          Can’t wait to know how it all works out!

          Stay wild,

  5. Andrew

    Last night whilst meditating, I found that I was visualizing as being an owl.
    I found myself flying over the lochs and forests of Scotland (my home country), it was a full moon and the landscape took on the most beautiful appearance, moonlight on the waves of the lochs, creatures going about their nocturnal activities within the forests. As my meditation proceeded, I got the physical sensation of being lifted higher and higher, through the clouds to the starlit night sky with the moon on the horizon, just as I started to come out of the meditation I found that I was flying with a whole group (flock?) of owls around me, and I got the distinct feeling that if I stayed in the meditation that I would be lifted higher and higher.
    As I came out of the meditation, I felt the strongest of feelings of being at peace.
    Best regards,

    • Hello, Andrew;

      Thank you for sharing this incredible meditation journey!

      I don’t know if you know this but, because we can astral travel, it’s not at all unusual to ‘hitch a ride’ with an animal’s consciousness. In fact, I’ve seen people fall out of chairs, get dizzy, etc. while deep in a meditation because they ‘flew’ so high!

      Looking forward to hearing more about your meditation adventures!

      Stay wild,

  6. Sheilahe

    Last night for the black moon I decided to do a smudging on myself and a little cleansing manifesting ritual with some white sage and candles. I did this in my back yard, right by the ocean cove during low tide with a small bonfire going. When I was done my boyfriend came out to join me by the fire and he saw an owl fly right over my head, I did not see or hear it myself.
    A little back story, I am always afraid that there are dark/negative entities around me waiting for me to make a mistake and open a door to let them in. I don’t know if this is real intuition or just a fear of mine as I was violently awoken as a child by a very dark entity that shook me. Ever since then I have been conflicted with my desire to expand my vibrations and connections to other realms in the ways of rituals or opening myself up to such things.

    So last night after the owl flew over me I started looking into the symbolism of the owl and at first it seemed to be like validation that I was being heard as to what I was asking for during my manifestion mantras. But what really made me worry were the darker symbolisms such a death omens. It keept me awake last night as I was afraid I had opened something dark unintentionally.
    I’d really love to get past my fears and truly be able to connect without fears.

    Any insights to the owl or advice as to how to move past my fears would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you !

  7. Aleyna

    So my nephew gave me a sea turtle stuff animal that i sleep with. Im going through a break up that has brought me to look into my past and think of what ive done wrong that has affected me and those around me. I researched the symbolism of the sea turtle which is peace, wisdom and patience which I have been praying for. I took the spirit animal quiz and my spirit animal is the Owl. While reading this page, it hit me! A couple months ago i was working a second job overnight. One night i came home and when i looked up on the roof, there was an owl staring at me. I stared back and ran inside to call my boyfriend to see it. We came out and it was gone. He went back in and i came back out and there it was sitting on the basketball hoop of my neighbors house. I automatically associated the owl with death. But after reading this page i realized the owl appeared to me to let me know about the changes that were coming. Although its not what i wanted, My boyfriend and I broke up and it has been a spiritual journey for me since then. Ive been up at night, im seeing and understanding things others dont, and im working hard on patience and stillness especially because i know we will get back together. There has been so much that has happened since the owl appeared and it has actually brought me to a better place…a better me

    • Hi, Aleyna;

      Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. 😉

      I’m so sorry you are hurting. I’m sending you a big hug, right now! I’m also sending you tons of respect because you are taking a look at yourself and making moves toward being the person you really want to be! Always remember that your soul is already perfect and filled with unconditional love. You’re a spiritual being having a human experience so don’t be hard on yourself, OK?

      Stay wild,

  8. Dana

    I just found this website. I’m starting on a new journey a spiritual journey on my life and have noticed a few things in the past 6 months. My bff sent me a owl necklace she made which I dearly love the piece. And now for past three weeks I’ve had a owl sometimes two outside on the field that I hear every night. I was wondering if this possible a spirit animal that found me instead of the opposite?

    • Hi, Dana;

      Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. 😉

      In answer to your question, my opinion is that Spirit Animals have no need to find us unless our soul calls to them. Now, because animals are so comfortable with their own intuition, they can often times show up before our conscious mind even knows it needs them. However, your soul always knows so could have sent out the signal long before your earthly mind knew what needed to happen.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

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