Owl Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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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?”

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.

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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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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878 Responses to Owl Spirit Animal

  • Anonymous

    I dreamt that a light brown owl was circling the surroundings in the day and when i raised my arm out, it came and perched on my right arm. I was at ease with it and started petting and stroking it only once or twice before it spread its wings and flew off. What does that mean?

  • Sherri

    There are 10-15 baby owls (not even 5″ tall) around my house the past couple of weeks. They were all in the tree in my front yard tonight, with 4 of them on a low branch that let me get VERY close to them. Following this, I came upon this quiz online which revealed that the Owl is my spirit animal. This kind of freaked me out, but at the same time I felt like I knew it would be an owl prior to completing the quiz. Please explain if perhaps there is more to this than I am seeing?

  • Tiffany Contestabile

    Recently I have been having a Tawny Owl flying around near my home and one night I was only a few feet away from him. I wonder what he was trying to tell me?

  • Anonymous

    Hi I. And across this when I looked up info on my dream. Lately I haven’t been able to remember my dreams .but last night I had a dream of me walking threw this narrow path and an owl was sitting there . I don’t u dressing why I got scared but I did ,and turned around and walked away . As I walked away the owl jumped on my shoulder not wanting to let go of my shirt finally I get it off and noticed it had an egg then fell down the cliff the owl just kept looking down and I woke up.

  • Anonymous

    I had a dream that an owl and I were in a tree, then we moved into a shower. We both were in the air suddenly he started to poop while, What does that mean?

  • Susan

    Came across a injured owl in the road. He let me pick him up and out him up till I can get him looked at.What’s this mean

  • Aurora Love

    I rescued an injured owl on the side of the highway one day in pure daylight. I’m not sure how I saw it, but I did and he looked so sad literally standing inches from the road. I contacted a rescue group who transported it to a rehabilitation center. A few weeks later I was terminated from my job. I’ve always felt the owl represented change in my life. I’ve always been a great judge f character and can usually see right past people’s bs. When I say ugly things my mom will ask me to take them back because they usually come true.after some research and based on my bday being Dec 14, it appears the owl isn’t spirit animal.

  • Faire

    Stefani… As ALL Spirit Animals are representations of our own self, it is YOU you are setting free. The so-called ‘important’ men are those that you feel have authority over you. By standing-up for the Owl, your own Wisdom showed these ‘authority’ figures the wrongness of their thinking and actions. Wisdom is not a pet, not something that can be owned. It only comes to those who have Experience… Experience that leads to the ultimate state of being– a Compassionate Heart. You set yourself free of those who would hinder your own Truth. Stand strong in that Truth, Stefani… always, and in all ways.

  • Mealolo

    I think it is really weird that I am an owl. I am not wise! I never get good grades!!! I was trying to go for the wolf or maybe even a leopard!!!

    • maria

      Wisdom isn’t about getting good grades. Wisdom isn’t about knowing everything.
      You’re wiser than you think you are, just cut the rope and break free from your boundings. Spread your wings, fly and take look on your wisdom from another angle.

    • Faire

      Mealolo… Getting good grades is a Mental-body process… it is utilizing the Intellect… it has nothing to do with Wisdom. Wisdom only comes from Experience. Getting the Owl as a Spirit Animal is a Spiritual-body process that is telling you that you have such Experience, leading to Wisdom, even though you do not remember such Experience. Remember, you have lived many lives before this one, and the cumulative effect of the Experiences of those lives carries over to this life. You have Wisdom… the ability to ‘See’, to ‘Intuit’, a thing for what it is… good, bad, or indifferent… you just ‘know’, (without knowing HOW you know), whether a thing is useful or useless. THAT is Wisdom.

      Being desirous of a different Spirit Animal says much about your psychological state at this time. Please know that ALL Spirit Animals/Totems are merely representations of our own Spirit, our own Higher Self. The old saw about ‘KNOW THYSELF’ is being handed to you by your own Spirit/Higher Self through the imagery of your particular Spirit Animal… in this case, the Owl. To be in any state less than one of ‘Gratitude’ and ‘Joy’ for having had your own Spirit/Higher Self give you this insightful gift is to not only deny WHO and WHAT you are, it is a denigration of the very gift itself. You asked, and it has been given… accept this part of yourself and be joyful that a piece of the puzzle of YOU has been revealed.

      Wolf people and Leopard people will come into your life and share the gifts of those energies with you. By the same token, you have come into their life for the specific purpose of sharing your gift of Owl/Wisdom with them. Be glad of WHO you are, of WHAT you are… embrace YOURSELF with all the love in the world for the gift of being WHO and WHAT you are. Only in that way, are we a blessing unto others.

  • John

    My dog died the next morning after I read this

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  • tumanjong noel kamankang

    Hey guys you most not always see an owl in your dream before associating it to owl spirit its what you are,what you are made of,you can dream of a horse but the dream carriers characteristics of an owl dream,even so other animal spirit might appear just to make things clearer fact is if you find yourself being characterized under a particular spirit if its good follow your heart explore more and strive for positivity and goodness

  • Lucy Mokabane

    Dreamt seeing Three pairs of Owls, beautiful cream white colour.

    Please explain what does this mean.

    • Faire

      Lucy… You are being advised to very strong consider the consequences of any sexual action you’re thinking about taking. Make sure your actions come from a pure heart, and not an ego stance.

  • stefani

    Hi , in my dreams, A beautiful owl that look like an eagle, big and I thought it was a person , it was the owl of an important person , well I was in this circle of important man having a laugh and that owl was the pet of one of them , one the other guys started burning his featheR AND I stepped in from of him and stopping what he was doing , suddenly the owl came to me and thanking me and telling me he is tired to be in this tiny little cage and flew away but when he told me he made me feel sad how the owl was feeling and i was happy to letting go. DO YOU know the meaning ?? help….

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