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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55 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,

  9. M

    Last night, we heard noises in our chimney. After opening the chimney vent, an owl came down into the fireplace. Before we could process that there was an owl in the fireplace, it flew back up the chimney. In an attempt to coax the owl out of the chimney, we placed a large cardboard box at the bottom of the opening with a flashlight inside the box. The owl came close, but would not come out. We then decided to open the front door and windows and turn off all of the lights except for the front porch light, in the hope that the owl would come down, out of the chimney. The owl finally descended and rest on the floor of the living room. Minutes later, it flew onto a lamp and then to the couch and then to the fireplace mantel. The owl continued to fly back and forth between these objects and at one point, while perched on the lamp, it sang to us. It was very peaceful and calm, but we wanted so much for the owl to feel safe and find its way outside. The owl moved back to its position on the mantel and that’s when I decided to move the lamp into the doorway hoping that the next time it flew to the lamp it would find the exit. This worked and a few minutes later, the owl flew out the front door and into the night sky. What a tremendous experience. The total time between first hearing the noise in the chimney to when the owl flew out the front door was over 5 hours.

    I am moving out of this same house tomorrow. It is a house I shared with my boyfriend and he is staying there. Do you think there may be a connection between the owl visit and the transition that is currently taking place in our lives?

    • Hello, M!

      What a fantastic Owl story – especially at this time of year! I absolutely believe there’s a connection between the transition that’s going on in your life – especially because the Owl took a while before it decided to fly to ‘freedom’. Once you opened the door, the Owl (no matter how disoriented or scared it may have been) decided to hang out for a few hours – delaying his flight out into the world of possibilities (the great outdoors). Once the Owl decided it was time to go, it soared into the night sky – unafraid of the dark and sure of itself to find its way. Sound like anyone you know? 😉

      The animal kingdom sent you a big message. Trust that. And, happy flying!

      Stay wild,

  10. Iris

    I have a weird sensation when I see owls I feel happy to see them , I see them in jewelry or pictures or toys. Do I have a connection with them?

    • Hello, Iris;

      Yes! When we are emotionally moved by a certain animal (or animals) we definitely have a connection with them. Even when we feel scared of or do not like a particular animal we are connected to them – these animals represent our ‘shadow self’.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  11. Alicia

    Hi, i’m from Australia. Tonight, in my backyard I heard my dog barking. It was not a small bark, but a territorial bark. I went outside and looked, saw nothing. His barking continued, and I looked again, still could not see. After 5 minutes I went outside and turned all the lights on and there is this beautiful owl sitting in the grass (mind you, I live in the middle of the city and have never spotted an owl in 26 years). I initially thought it was wounded, why would it sit there with an 83kg bullmastiff barking at it? When I put the dog inside, it flew into the tree and just watched me. I’m not a superstitious person, but I am feeling quite shaken by this experience. My dad has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive melanoma which has spread to the pancreas, and the only time i’ve ever been previously exposed to the owl symbol is when my close friend had to confront her drug addiction (she wore the owl totem).

    Why wasn’t this owl scared of my dog? Why did it sit on the grass, being fully capable of flying, with my dog barking for my attention?
    Why didn’t my dog (who, unfortunately, does not allow any unknown animals into his yard) not harm the bird (which i’m happy about)?

    I do feel quite shaken, and i’m probably overreacting. Thank you for any insight you can offer.

    • Hello, Alicia;

      First, with your permission, I’ll send tons of healing energy to your dad and the whole family.

      As for your Owl/Bull Mastiff encounter – I live on 8 acres in Florida. The back of our property opens up into a 10K acre preserve so I regularly see animals of all types. It’s not unusual to observe animals who are ‘supposed’ to be enemies, interacting or not bothering each other. We have a pond on our property and, especially during the summer, critters of all kinds come to drink from it at the same time.

      All that said, I believe animals and humans are no different in that we, all, develop an instant liking for some but not others.

      Owls help us summon up the courage to look into the darkness. Chances are, with what’s going on in your family, Owl came to you to tell you that it will be your ally through this time.

      Additionally, Owl’s support us during times when we need to see the truth. Since your Dog barked but did not bite, Owl might be telling you to pay close attention to persons who might be ‘bluffing’ at this time.

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

      • Alicia

        Thank you Bernadette, your response means a lot. I felt a different energy with my bullmastiff than usual. I think it is partially why I was so shaken.

        Thank you so much for your response, please feel free to send energy to my dad at this difficult time.

        Alicia. 🙂

        • Hello, Alicia;

          You are most welcome! Energy coming your way!

          Stay wild,

  12. roberta

    White owl flew in front of me in the day time. (Fly from left side lower end to right side higher end) feel like fly over my car..
    What does that mean? interpretation? message?
    Thanks so much, roberta 🙂

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Roberta;

      Now, you read all about the Owl Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal so let’s talk about the color white symbolism and the left/right sides. The color white represents purity, peace, and divine love. Left is yin (female) energy and right is yang (male) energy. Yin energy is earth, passive, and moon. Yang is sky, active and sun. Along with the color white, I would say that the message from your animal spirit guide is that you’re moving from the ‘dark’ into the ‘light’ and to keep going! Don’t be afraid of the passion and fire that burns inside you! Because the Owl flew from the ‘lower’ left side to the ‘upper’ right side, this tells me you are absolutely moving in the right direction and you’re gonna do great!

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  13. Dora A Alcala

    Hello have a quick question today dec 2nd 2016 My son saw an huge owl on our light post here at home was wonder if you could give some light on this or have any comment you might want to share with me. I have lived here for 7 years and this is the first time this has happened. I have hear of some old folks tales and other stuff just would like some input on what you think. Are these signs,,something good is coming or other. If you can really this would be a great help. Thank you .

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Dora;

      Kids are so magical, aren’t they? You don’t see an Owl in 7 years and poof! An Owl shows up for your son! I think the very best way to determine what Owl is trying to say is to go over the Owl Symbolism and Meaning article with your son. After all, Owl appeared to your son – so the message is for him. Kids are extremely intuitive. Your son will be able to tell you what part of the article resonates most with him. There’s where you’ll find Owl’s message.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  14. Amanda

    Hello, I just have a quick question…today is Dec 13, 2016. I am according to the Native American Astrology Animal sign an Owl. My birthday is this coming Friday. I am going through some stuff in my life dealing with an seperation even though he still around….anyways I was driving home and to my surprise I saw a white owl sitting on the side of the road, it was to my left looking out my driver window (I was driving) I felt so at peace and actually took actually a deep breath and felt good. I am one who has been asking for a sign but I do not know what this would signify if anything at all…I feel everything happens for a reason….so may I please get your thoughts on what this might be

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Amanda;

      Oh this is a HUGE sign from the Great Spirit and your animal spirit guide! See, our Totem & Spirit Animal can be found by birthday. So, because your Native American Zodiac Sign is Owl and then Owl appeared to you – wow! That’s BIG! Now, white is the color of divine love. So, Owl showed up as your Spirit Animal to let you know it is watching over you and sending you wisdom and strength – just like Owl’s have. Also, I feel like the Great Spirit is letting you know that it’s time to be ‘silent’ and watchful. Don’t make any hasty decisions or ‘lash out’ in any way. Just stay still. The perfect outcome for you is on the way and you’ll be so happy!

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  15. Brenda

    Hello Bernadette,
    I am a real newbie in my opinion. Here is what’s been going on. I was moving a property when a white owl flew from behind me, up from my left side over my head to my right and then in front of me. Where it landed on a tree branch.,in front of me. It sat there almost the entire time I was moving. I stopped a few times and spoke to it. Stuff such as hello, and commented on how beautiful he was. I felt truly blessed. Well now on a regular basis I keep seeing this white owl every where. Flying above me, when driving, walking, sitting outside. Then the other day on my way to my first job, I had to stop my truck because 2 white owls where getting food a animal out of the road. They were stunning. then they flew back to their nest together. Then on Saturday morning before the sun rise I was outside meditateing,when I heard 2 of them talking to each other. Wonderful experience. December 19th is my birthday. I have a white owl that likes to sit in my yard sometimes, but nothing like this before. I love nature really enjoy sitting outside and just listening to the trees and plants and animals. can you help me to understand this and steer me in a direction to read more on it. I haven’t ask any one about this, because I feel like I was truly blessed with these experiences. Thank you for your help.

    • Brenda

      I apologize I wrote moving when it should have been mowing. I run a lawnmaintence crew.

    • Bernadette King

      Hi, Brenda;

      Apologies for delay in response – was on vaca! Happy belated birthday! Ooooo! White Owls! How amazing to have so many experiences with them! I’m going to come work on your lawn crew so I can see them, too! LOL

      I would love to help you and offer reading resources! Will you kindly let me know a little more about what you need help with? However, for starters, it sounds like you’re being called to study Shamanism – after all, you’re a ‘keeper of the earth’.

      One of my favorite teachers of Shamanism is Michael Harner. You can also check out Denise Linn and Alberto Villoldo (though they are more ‘neo-Shamanism’).

      Sure hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  16. JM

    Thank you for this article. I’ve always felt that I’ve been given signs and nudges from God and for the past 5 months I’ve been seeing images of owls ALL the time in pictures, jewelry, clothing, ads, etc. Sometimes I see 4 or 5 a day…never a live owl. I felt like this was either some sort of “sign” or just me noticing them more because they are popular now and because I’m hyper aware of them. The problem is I feel spooked every time I see one. Partly because when I looked up their meaning, foretelling of death was one. But even when I try to think of them as wise helpers and that seeing them is a good thing, I still get a dark, ominous feeling when I see an image of one. My question is if there could be a reason why a animal (owl) shows up a lot causing fear. Am I overthinking it or should I be aware that something is coming 🙂 . I appreciate any insight.

    • Bernadette King

      Hi, JM;

      Apologies for delay in response – was on vaca!

      It makes total sense why Owls (or any Spirit Animal) evoke fear. See, as beautiful and wondrous as animals are – they are wild, unpredictable. Those that are carnivores can seem cruel, heartless. And, animals are never apologetic about their survival instinct. They do not hesitate to kill when threatened or hungry. So, all Spirit Animals ask us to face our ‘Shadow Self’ our ‘dark side’ – and few ask this of us more than Owls.

      At the first of the year I have an extensive article coming out about Spirit Animals and our Shadow Self. I’ll post it here when it’s ready. In the meantime, it might help you overcome your fear by reading up on Shadow Self teachings.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

      • Jm

        Thanks for the reply!! I’ll be looking forward to your upcoming article and will look into shadow self teachings now. Thanks!!

        • Bernadette King

          Hi, Jm;

          You are most welcome! I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s ready!

          Stay wild,

  17. Brenda

    Hi Bernadette,
    I’m always looking for symbolism and signs in my life. Right now I am faced with a major decision, one that I am wavering back and forth on. Yesterday I went to a house that plays a part in this decision. On the doorstep was a dead owl. This is in a residential area and the house is not currently occupied. I was shocked, but not appalled, intrigued but almost calmed by it. Had I been alone, I probably would have picked it up and taken it with me. However that was not an option. Is there any significance to this? Thank you!

    • Bernadette King

      Hi, Brenda;

      Apologies for delay in response – was on vacation.

      When we see a dead animal, often times it can mean we need to leave behind persons, situations, and perspectives which no longer serve our highest and best interest – to let those relationships ‘die’ and allow ourselves to be ‘born’ into better circumstances.

      Because you were calmed by the situation, it tells me that your higher self knows you’re on the right path – standing in front of and choosing the right ‘door’. Your energy feels as though you’ve been doing a great deal of staring into the sky lately. Keep doing that. Take in all that open space. Draw in the ‘all that is’ and allow yourself to breathe. Your chest/heart chakra feels heavy but in about 6 months will be ‘light as a feather’ – compared to the last couple years.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  18. Jeremy

    Hello, and greetings from Florida! Please tell me your on vacation at the beach Bernadette?! I feel so connected with the ocean, physically and spiritually. To me, it represents power, creation, and somewhat the beginning of a journey. Surely makes me feel at peace when I’m there. I go on vacation to St. Augustine every year, been doing so for about 4 years. My wife, which has been going just about her whole life with her family, introduced me to this journey of vacating at the beach with her family. I fell in love at first sight. (With her and the beach of course). Haha.. Here lately, I’ve been searching for a higher wisdom. I’ve prayed for wisdom and higher learning. I have an unique curiosity for the supernatural powers that are out here, there, everywhere. I mostly want the power to influence, (in a helping way) a short of healing, and for absolute wisdom. I’ve seen owls before, but never where my home is. I live in Madison FL. I really want to be able to free my mind, gain the knowledge of the universe, and harness the powers like that I feel of the ocean. I’m currently studying the symbolic meaning of the Owl in hopes that I find my way to this level of being. Any suggestions or thoughts? Would you say I’m heading in the right direction?

    Thank you for your time,
    Wishing you Peace, Wisdom & Knowledge!

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Jeremy;

      Guess what? I’m in Florida, too! Gainesville! So, my vacation was in New Orleans but I always say I’m on permanent vacation because I live in the Sunshine State. LOVE St. Augustine and go there every other month or so. Caps is one of my favorite restaurants. Check it out next time you’re there!

      I’m surprised you aren’t seeing Owls in Madison. It’s fairly rural so I’d think there’s be tons of Owls flying around. That said, while Owls are certainly associated with wisdom, since you resonate so much with Mamma Ocean I’d say to look into Dolphin and Whale teachings, too. See, the elements that we resonate with are really important to our spiritual growth. Because the beach speaks to your soul, look up Spirit, Totem, and Power Animals that are Water Element oriented (Frogs, Fish of all kinds, a Water Mammals). The Water Element is all about deep wisdom and the most ancient knowledge and can easily help you gain the knowledge you’re seeking. On my sister-site, BuilingBeautifulSouls.com, you can read all about Water Element Symbolism & Meanings.

      Finally, remember, your body is made up of approximately 65% water. So, the power you seek to harness is already inside you. Something that might help you is to change your perception. Instead of seeking to harness, ask for the courage to release. Bring the power from inside to the outside – not the opposite.

      One more thing – yes! You are most definitely on the right track! Your vibrant energy shines through your words and, hopefully, you’re doing something professional with your beautiful writing skills!

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  19. Jeremy

    Just wanted to update something; today I seen an owl! I felt like it was waiting on me to see it. I say this because here at my job, there are lots of noise, trucks and machines. As I stopped and watched the owl, I whistled at it. It flew off to a little patch of brush in the field behind the fence it had previously been perched on. This was a bit of a chilling experience being I haven’t seen an owl in years. I believe my spirit send for him, and he showed at my time in need.

  20. Candy

    My life changed June 25-2015 my home phone rings at 12:30 am and i ignore it then it began to ring again I answered this time thinking maybe its important and the words I heard changed my life forever “candy I hate yo be the one to tell u this but your brother is dead!!!” My only sibling my bif brother died in a head on collisson at age 37 he has two daughters one is 16 and one is 3 she was 2 at the time of her daddy’s passing.soon after his death i began to search for a way yo connect with him i could feel his spirit very strong and different signs he would give and then i began to look into ny own spiritualality and i began meditating i have learned i have a strong intuition and i since things before it happens and i feel others emotions or energy so now i have stopped my meditating and i feel awfull and we moved november 18-2016 into a new home and i have an owl that stays outside our bedroom window we at first thought there was two owls we youtube the sounds and one ia female one is male great horned owls but now we only here the male owl idk if maybe this is my spirit animal (bird) any help blessed to u all ty

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Candy;

      Please accept my most profound condolences on your family’s loss. It definitely sounds like Owl is your Spirit Animal and is there to help you through this time. See, Owls give us the ability and courage to look into the darkness – into our own pain and the pain of others. But, Owls also are associated Shamanically with the ability to see through to the other side, beyond the veil. So, since you want to connect with your brother it makes very good sense that Owl came to help you get messages from spirit.

      Also, if I may, I’m a professional psychic medium. I ONLY bring this up because as I’m writing you, I keep seeing funny pictures of Owls – like the ones where they have their head tilted all the way to the side or where they look really angry. I feel like your brother had a GREAT sense of humor and he’s letting you know it’s OK. He’s still playing jokes on people and making them laugh on the other side.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  21. PT

    There has been an owl hooting outside my window now for the past 3 hours in the oak tree. Continually hooting non stop. Don’t hear it anymore. Going through very bad times with my husband right now. Very bad. Could this be some sort of sign for me?

  22. Indie

    I wonder if I could please get some help and guidance?
    These past few weeks have been very difficult for me, emotionally.
    I discovered I was pregnant the day after my birthday (Dec 11th. My totem is an owl). My partner and I already have two children, one of which is autistic. So, after much deliberation, I decided it best to terminate the pregnancy. Immediately after the procedure I felt so much regret over my decision. In hindsight, I see that I denied what was really happening to myself probably as a way of coping and once it was done, all these terrible feelings of guilt and loss crashed on me. I keep having heartbreaking dreams of a child I’ve never met. Nobody knows what I’ve done.
    A few days before the termination, my daughter gave me a bracelet that she’d made with a little owl charm on it. Now, I’ve heard an owl at night in the trees by my house. I’ve lived here years and there have never been any sign of owls until now. I’m being showed images of owls very often in various places.
    I’ve researched and found that they are keepers of the afterlife and are related to fertility, secrets and dreams and also bad omens and death.
    Is this all related to my experience? Is this a message for me regarding my unborn child? Should I be worried or is my grief and guilt entirely pushing me over the edge? I am guilty of my crimes and I am expecting some sort of payback to restore the balance.

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Indie;

      Apologies for delayed reply. I’m a professional psychic medium and, as you might imagine, the first of the year is always an incredibly busy time for me.

      I am sorry you are in such pain. With your permission, I’ll send you tons of light and healing energy.

      First, I encourage you to seek grief counseling if your feelings are too overwhelming.

      Next, from a spiritual and metaphysical perspective, Owl energy being so prevalent in your life is related to your experience. However, maybe not in the way you think. Too many of us are afraid of what lurks in the dark. But Owl knows all the great knowledge is stored in the vastness. Perhaps it might help to consider the following perspectives regarding the decision:

      • There are many spiritual folks who believe that a soul does not walk into a body until the moment it is born. In this, a termination may not have all the stigmas humans attach to it.
      • There are many who believe in Sacred Contracts. This means that your soul group (you, the unborn child, partner) made an agreement to play these roles in each other’s lives. The soul of the unborn child may very well have agreed to the termination as an act of love so that you and your partner could learn lessons that you needed or wanted to learn.

      Again, I urge you to seek grief counseling. I, also, urge you to reconsider “expecting payback”. Please remember that we manifest our reality. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of The Secret or The Law of Attraction but before you become convinced ‘payback’ is necessary to restore balance, I hope you’ll consider reading these books.

      Finally, The Course in Miracles teaches us about the miracle of forgiveness. When you’re ready, take some time and read this book.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  23. Emmanuel Mdidi


    Thank you very this article. Just after I read the article I found that it is the right place to ask for a help. In November 2016 I was driving from home to a certain bush (site) at around 2030hrs East African Time (Tanzania), and after driving a while (in the bush, two kilometers away from residents) an Owl just flew from my back and landed just by the road at my left side. He was pecking something down and raised his head and looked at me straight through the wind mirror at my driving seat. I had to stop and look straight at him. He did repeated the action (pecking then looking at me) three times and then flew away again from the way he came from. After that I remained there for a while thinking later decided to return home. Can anyone help me what might this mean? And what do you advice me that I can do?

    Thank you much,

    Emmanuel Mdidi.

    Dodoma Tanzania.

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Emmanuel;

      You are most welcome! Thank you for taking the time to comment on and visit WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

      When our Spirit Animal looks us directly in the eye it is a powerful moment! What’s really interesting about this encounter is that you distinctly remember the Number 3 (3 times pecking and looking). In Numerology, 3 is the sacred number of unlimited creativity and potential. I think Owl kept ‘pecking’ to show you that whatever you want to achieve can be accomplished if you just take things one little ‘peck’ at a time. Intuitively, I feel like you want to start a project (maybe a business). Owl is letting you know that you can and should go ahead. You have the wisdom!

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  24. Emmanuel Mdidi

    And, by the way I never had any knowledge about these concepts below. Thank you so much for the article.

    Owl Symbolism & Meaning
    Spirit Animal
    Totem Animal
    Power Animal
    Native American Symbolism
    Celtic Symbolism
    Owl Dreams
    Astrology & Zodiac
    Return to all Birds
    Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings

    • Bernadette King

      Hello again, Emmanuel;

      You are very welcome! So happy to have you join us here at WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

      Stay wild,

  25. Jen

    I have had several encounters with a saw-whet owl which typically live in the woods. We don’t. In fact, while there are a few pines near our place, it is rather open.

    The first night he was sitting on a feed dish in our turkey pen. I was able to approach (which I know saw-whets will let people do…) I wasn’t sure if he was trapped. I got my husband, snapped a couple of pictures of this unusual sighting, and then he flew out of the pen. (He actually wasn’t trapped at all as he fit quite easily out of the wire. I then found him in the barn the next day. He allowed me to approach very closely then flew a bit higher into rafters.

    Two days later, I then saw him sitting on a shovel handle leaning up against our turkey’s coop in sub-zero weather in the morning (it was daylight out). I approached and thought he had died as he was covered in frost. I put my face literally inches from him (I was talking to him) and he peered at me under frosty eyebrows and flew a few feet away and then right back to the shovel handle feet from me. I thought he must be sick (and I know a raptor rehab person) so I thought, “Well, if I catch him, it’s sure something must be wrong.” An inch from touching he flew away…I felt badly that I had disturbed him but I honestly thought it was not normal for even a saw-whet to allow someone so close.

    I walked to our barn to finish chores and there he was again. He watched me briefly and then went back to resting. That night…back on the shovel handle! (Clearly hunting.) Next morning…watching me from a bike handle.

    I see where he has a cache of mice and some owl pellets so he is eating and as the temperatures warm (it’s been sub-zero) he seems more animated.

    I feel like there is a connection…and it is positive. I didn’t mean to disturb him during our encounters, but I did think he was ailing at first. Any thoughts to why this little owl has taken up residence and allowed so much interaction? How can one tell if it means it’s time to transition to a new path versus feeling like being guided through a dark patch? Any thoughts?

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