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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 tradition, 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.

How?

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 are 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 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 see 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 two eyes, two ears, and one mouth. Seeing and hearing should occur four 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 when 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, prepare 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 what 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 frequently appears in knotwork 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
  • Knowledge & Learning
  • Ancient Wisdom
  • Power of Silence
  • Attention to Details
  • Seeing the Big Picture

137 thoughts on “Owl Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Anne says:

    Every time I take a quiz to figure out my spirit animal, it comes out as owl. When I first bought my 40 acres of land, in February a few years ago, I was walking in the woods. I heard a very particular noise and a large shadow over me. I looked up and saw the most beautiful white owl. He landed about 50 feet ahead of me on a branch. I squatted down and stared at this beautiful creature. He turned its head and looked straight at me. I recall speaking softly saying to him, you are safe here, no one will hurt you. We both are, this is our sanctuary. I looked at him for a good ten minutes until it flew away. I was awe struck.

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