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Owl Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

Owl Spirit Animal

The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of this animal guides you, you can see the true reality, beyond illusion and deceit. The owl also offers for those who have it a personal totem the inspiration and guidance necessary to deeply explore the unknown and the magic of life.

Owl Symbolism

Symbolic meanings for the owl are:

  • Intuition, ability to see what others do not see
  • The presence of the owl announces change
  • Capacity to see beyond deceit and masks
  • Wisdom
  • The traditional meaning of the owl spirit animal is the announcer of death, most likely symbolic like a life transition, change

Owl Totem Quotes

“Don’t count your owls before they are delivered.”
Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter

“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”

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The owl spirit animal and the power to see in the dark

The owl sees in the dark: As a spirit animal, the owl guides you to see beyond the veil of deception and illusion; it helps see what’s kept hidden. It also symbolizes the ability to cut through illusions and see the real meaning of someone’s action or state of mind.

When the owl is one of your power animals, you have a strong intuition and can access information and wisdom that’s usually hidden to most. The spirit of this animal encourages you to look beyond deceiving appearances into the true reality of a situation or a person’s motives.

The owl is a strong spirit guide for discernment and making decision based solid foundations. Call on the owl totem when you have to assess a situation or are going through confusing times.

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The unknown and the owl power animal

If you have an owl as a totem or spirit animal, you probably like to explore the unknown. The mysteries of life are a fascinating field of interest. As the owl guides your steps, you are likely to develop an appreciation for life’s magic.

When the owl shows up in your life, listen and look out for the subtle signs that are around you. Your animal spirit guide is a great helper to be attentive to what usually goes below your radar, but is now of particular importance.

The owl is also a guide to uncover your hidden potential and abilities. Check whether you need to reveal more of your intuitive nature.

Night time is particularly auspicious for your creativity, so take the time to focus your creative energy then.

The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious!

~ Mehmet Murat ildan


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Owl spirit animals as messengers of change

Owl spirit animals are symbolic of death in many traditions. In most cases however, it should not be taken literally: If the owl is associated with death, it can be viewed a symbolic death, meaning a transition in life, important changes that are taking place or about to happen.

When the owl shows up in your life, pay attention to the winds of change. Perhaps you are about to leave some old habits, a situation that no longer serve you or bring something new in your life.

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Owl Spirit Animal

Fun Fact:

Owls have specialized feathers with fringes of varying softness that help muffle sound when they fly. Their broad wings and light bodies also make them nearly silent fliers; which helps them stalk prey more easily.

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Dream interpretation of the owl

When you dream about an owl, your spirit animal may be contacting you to warn you about a danger or threat hat you need to pay attention to. It can bring a wise insight about important matters that you should not ignore.

When an owl appears in a dream, it could also mean that the intuitive part of you is calling for attention: Pay attention and listen to the subtle signs in your life, to what is important, but not necessarily obviously so.

The owl could also be a animal spirit guide offering you insight about a moment of transition. Since this totem animal is often associated with death, when an owl shows up in a dream, it could mean that you are receiving guidance regarding personal transformation, change.

In many dream interpretations, the owl can represent a deceased friend or family member who comes back in the dream in the shape of a spirit animal.

The owl spirit animal & superstition

Birds, especially birds of the night, are often associated with departed souls. The owl is no exception. In some popular believes, they are considered as bad omen signifying the imminent death of a close relative or someone important. Romans even believed that an owl hooting from the top of a public building announces the death of an important public figure. It could also represent the spirit of a deceased family of close friend.

The night owl was the animal associated with the Lord of Death in the Aztec tradition. There’s a similar meaning for the Celts who associated the owl’s spirit with an animal announcing death, especially if it flies into someone’s window while a sick person is inside the house. It was viewed as the spirit animal that would carry the souls of the departed to the underworld.

Other traditional meanings for the owl spirit animal

In Indian American traditions, the owl is called the Night Eagle. The owl totem has a special connection with the night and the moon, while the eagle is connected to the sun.

The owl is associated with witchcraft in a number of European and some American Indian traditions. Witches would often take the owl as an animal spirit guide.

In Greek mythology, the Goddess Athena, goddess of the wisdom and war, was represented as an owl. It is said that the Romans believed that someone would reveal all their secrets during their sleep if an owl feather was placed near their pillow. What is the owl spirit animal revealing about your secrets?

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998 Responses to Owl Spirit Animal

  • Merry Roman
    Lately I've been particularly depressed. Now a middle-age man I never have been able to get a grip on my life. I let everyone down around me including myself, unemployed, financially unsecured, socially isolated, hope is an elusive companion. Just recently, I was walking alone, at night, and I turned off the suburban street, onto the small park trail between the houses. My mind unsettled, I was thinking,'It's alright for me to die' and my surprise at noticing how comfortable this felt, when the thought was suddenly interrupted by a presence. My eyes straight-away zeroed onto an Owl, perched, looking at me. I've always felt like I've had a vibrational energetic connection with animals. But it doesn't mean I have any idea how to apply or subscribe meaning to their occasional significant appearance in my life. In this case, the way the presence of the owl caught my attention and drew me out of my inner thoughts and temporarily into the present moment was at the very least an interesting experience. It did lead me to this website looking for insight and writing these words and if I'm being honest, after reading about the meaning of the appearance of the Owl, it begs the question, in this case, symbolic or literal?
  • Victoria
    I remember (this is all from a dream and I may not be remembering correctly) I was on a path, and infront of me was a lion. But it wasn't really giving off any aggressive, "your on my land" vibes. It gently swayed its tail, and to the side of it on a small tree was a owl that was rather peaceful. It almost felt like it was saying "go on". While the Lion was infront of me.
  • Tiffany
    I recently had a dream where I woke up and could only remember impressions of an owl, a bear and a cat. That's it. I couldn't remember anything else. I just took your spirit animal quiz and it gave me owl which I wasn't expecting. But it seems every job I go to, soon after I arrive it is going through some sort of restructure or transition. I thought I might just be bad luck but it seems I have a purpose. It's definitely interesting
  • Michelle
    Years ago night my dad died an owl appeared on fence post when we came home. It was there every night for few weeks. A year later we moved and that night an owl appeared on the fence an stayed for a few weeks. A few years later my 19 yr old poodle passed away and whn we got home there was an owl on the fence and stayed for few weeks. We moved again few years later and the first night an owl appeared on the fence. 4 years ago my 8 yr old mastiff passed away and that night an owl showed up on the fence and stayed for few weeks. Just 2 weeks ago I had to put my 11 yr old mastiff down. I went out on the porch that night hoping to see him and there was the owl on the fence post and he's been there every night. Last night I came out and didn't see him. I asked my husband if he had and at that moment I heard him screech and fly down and land on the post as if to say , I'm still here to watch over and comfort you. Also yesterday I layed out by the pools for 3 hours and the whole time I had a black butterfly sitting on my foot. Even if I got up to get in pool when I layed back down he flew back over and rest on my foot. I feel it's my Max saying I'm still with you. I feel the owl is my daddy always watching over me, comforting me. I had not seen one at all in four years since my other dog passed til max died two weeks ago. I truly believe in the power and the connection :)I'm happy to read your stories and know others have similar experiences. Comforting. We have no children and my dogs were my babies, my heart and I know I will never walk alone in life :)I cry each day but I know they are still alive but sleeping in my heart :)
  • Zack Bass
    After predicting finding $1@@ and having a cop make my sister and I leave the neighborhood pool I had a dream that involved a white owl, a big white owl with a huge wingspan. Are these things connected?
  • Angel
    I got a lion as spirit animal which is almost true but I also have some traits got from an owl. Is it possible to have 2 spirit animals?
    • Moira
      Yes, it is possible to have more than one spirit animal. In many cultures, people are often associated with up to five different spirit animals. It wouldn't be too far of a stretch to say you may have two.
  • Evie
    My mother bought me an owl stuffed animal just yesterday.
  • Rebecca
    I can attest to the power of the owl as it has been an animal that has followed me all my life. Just lat night I dreamt of pulling back thorn canes from a tree revealing a hole and in the hole was a white owl. My dream shifted to a table at a restaurant and sitting at it were some people I work with who talk about me including some people I trusted. Their true natures were revealed. Also a few years ago my dad was very sick with cancer. I went to visit him on a Tuesday night out of the blue. He said he had heard that his uncle was very sick in the hospital. After our visit I left the house and headed down the walkway. I looked up into a tall fir tree and there was a barred owl. When it saw that I noticed it, it flew over to a low hanging maple branch that was directly above me. It stared down at me with its big black eyes. I went in the house to tell my dad. In my family, owl was always a recurring theme and we loved them. My dad had even nursed back to health one he had found hit along a road. Anyway my dad came out and we watched it. I went home and there was a message that my dad's uncle had passed away an hour before. I called my dad to tell him. Even though he didn't say it I sensed that he knew the owl was a messenger. I feel my great uncle's spirit was coming to tell him he would also be going home soon. Within a few months he did. Another time I was missing my mother badly. She had died when I was a teenager. I was in my late twenties at this time. I walked out into the field at night, at the edge of a tree line. I had been thinking intently of her all day. I said a prayer for her. Suddenly two shadows in the moonlight swooped over me. It was two white-faced barn owls and they landed in a tree. The one took off again immediately while the other watched me intently. After a minute I said "hello, mom". The owl looked at me a moment then flew off. I always associated owls with my mother as well as my father's family.
    • Anonymous
      Awesome experiences!
    • Melinda
      Beautiful stories. Thanks for sharing.
    • Abigail
      Thanks for posting this. I can definitely relate to part of your story. Both of my parents passed when I was 13, seven months apart, but it was actually my grandmother who was always like an owl. One time my grandfather gave me a Konstglas Glass Owl and wrote a letter with it that said how my grandmother used to do late night feedings for their four kids. I know one thing for sure though, it takes a lot of strength to go through what you have went through, and I hope that you always will have joy, good health, and peace.
  • Abiola
    Hello, Im from West Africa and I came across your site when I was looking for great horned owls symbolism online... Here is my story actually this will be my third time an owl will appear to me but lemme state this third visiting of owl to me because I find it so strange as I was praying up to the sky in our compound last night then I saw the great horned owl flying over my head to the next building beside our house and it fly on the roof there close to where I was standing and it was staring at me from up there for some seconds which Im not sure how many seconds before it flew away from it position. What does this mean?
    • Dana
      Abiola, nearly the SAME thing happened to me tonight!!! I walked out of my house and was struck by how beautiful the moon is so I stopped to stare at it and an owl flew pretty low over my head and onto the roof of my building. I was staring up at it and it was looking down at me, then it flew away. What does it mean?
      • Sharyn Burtwell
        When I was a child I had a dream that I was sitting in the back seat of my grandparents car with my mother. We were driving past a large lake. I turned to look out the back window and saw what I thought was angel coming down out of the sky toward the car. As it got closer to the front window of the passenger side of the car I saw that it was a beautiful white owl. But this owl had two hollow holes for eyes. It reached in through the window to where I was sitting which was behind the drivers side of the car and with its wing poked my eyes out. I woke up . I have never forgotten this dream. Near my home we had a park with animals. It had an owl. I would visit all the time just to see this owl. I have always loved owls. You can imagine how surprised I was after taking this quiz to find out my totem was an owl!
  • Ruben Bravo
    Is it possible to be both an owl and bear? Or half and half? Is it possible for your spirit animal to change as time goes by?
    • Moira
      Yes, it is possible to have more than one spirit animal. In many cultures, people are often associated with up to five different spirit animals. It wouldn't be too far of a stretch to say you may have two. :)
      • Liz
        I came home a min ago there was an Owl on my fence I am 74 years old I have never saw an Owl, I pray that nothing happen that's bad
  • cynt
    on june 12,2017 i dream of a brown owl it was on my dresser it looked at me i went by the owl and it flew under my bed.i then got on my knees lift up the comforter,and look the owl right in his eyes .and he just look back.

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