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?”
Unknown

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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Owl Spirit Animal

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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938 Responses to Owl Spirit Animal

  • therese8108

    for the few weeks an owl has perched in my back yard, i can hear it wooting eery few days (as i seen it as that was pretty natural , bird in the woods). However, mt soon woke me up this morning 7am, saying there was an owl on the porch, before i could make it down the stairs, i heard it screach and fly off… now this has got to be symbollic, right? but what?

  • Janie

    This morning I came home to a baby well very small owl on the step inside my door my screen was propped open because it recently started sticking when my son left for school . It just sat there I got a few pictures. I couldn’t get in my front door . It sat there for about 50 min just staring. I’ve never in my life seen one up close like that it flew away when approached by my neighbor. My grandmother passed sept. 17 this year from complications after chemo and surgeries she was 69. An the more I think I just feel the owl was her….. 😭

  • Kit

    Apparently the owl is my spirit animal. I have seen an owl once or twice in my life. It was a white one. I saw it a few years ago at night. Weird. Maybe we’ll meet again someday but hopefully it will be a good sign then!

    • Katherine

      In dreams I’m an owl, I’m guessing thats bad?

  • Tkumar

    I have had a hooting owl now for several years behind my bedroom. I believe all creatures have their place on earth and have a purpose with that being said and raised in a spiritual / religious way have a myth that hooting owl is a bad omen. For the last several years having going thru several adversities in my personal life and this hooting owl at nite disturbs me not sure how to overcome this. Any valuable suggestions would be helpful.

    • Glenda

      Hi Tkumar.  I wish I had a hooting owl behind my bedroom! I am wondering if you change your perception of the hooting owl from bad omen to positive sign and think positive thoughts about your owl, you might be able to turn your life around. Owls, like all living things come from God so I find it difficult to understand that God would send us something that brings bad things. This owl is possibly wanting your attention, maybe to ask it for help.  I would go outside and make friends if it was mine 🙂

  • ying yang

    my spirit animal is the owl, the owl showed up in my dream about one week ago, and i thought it was just a weird dream, but when i went here and did my spirit animal test, it was a owl!

    • ying yang

      oh and, now sometimes it entes my dream ( couple of times) and i love it

  • Creative Films

    Just before sleeping into that etheric zone. I had a vision of an owls face with the most blackest silkiest eyes it blinks a couple of times, I almost thought it was an ET or was it? And the day before I bought a owl figure in a Halloween sale and later that night whilst cycling home had a wonderful experience with an owl flying alongside me I kept up as I was cycling fast it was a lovely moment that’s 3 times owl has been made present to me and I now embrace what owl has to show me. I’m thinking of a major life change in moving abroad.

  • Diane

    I was waking on the morning of the Harvest moon and saw clealy an Owl slowly flapping its wings ,I was in awe watching , I have just done the totem animal and guess what it came up Owl.Since this happened I feel different a bit uneasy ..can anyone explain what this is all about ..

  • Christiana

    I always found owls intriguing and a bit creepy lol. But lately I always see them in paintings pictures tv n now spiders to recently I moved n this house I keep seeing black widows wth is up Im irritated cuz I know somethin is up but haven’t figured out who n what to keep away. I think it’s more then 1 person its many. But only 4 recently get to my damn nerves with their bs.

  • Rj

    Last night I had a dream where I was laying in bed but in a place I never been before,it was a nice room. And an owl was in the window seal we made long eye contact and the dream I guess ended. Tonight I stepped out back of my house and there is a big pine tree that hangs over the roof I can certainly hear 2 owls hooting. I’m not her superstitious usually but this has me pretty freaked out. What could this possibly mean???

    • Christopher

      Sounds to me that you may be in for quite a positive change spiritually and maybe even living situation. It’s probably not possible to know the details till after the fact, but I believe the owl may be wanting you to take the right path in an upcoming fork in the road. Basically, a negative outlook may take you on one, and staying positive the other. Might not be so easy to stay positive either, that’s why he visited. Hopefully that helps.

    • Christopher

      My other comment was kind of vague, so if you have any questions just ask. I’d gladly share my experience and how I came to believe in this. I say that because I wish I had this info when the owl crossed my path one day (not night) for the first time. Like you, I was not “superstitious” lol but superstition has a negative connotation. It’s a sign, not an omen. But just like a gift can be a curse, if a sign is believed to be a omen, it just might become one.

    • Glenda

      Rj was the bed in a bedroom or other room? A bedroom in a dream could be significant of things you keep private. Perhaps this could be a clue?

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  • Jim

    An owl took my ball hat from my he’d while running this morning. He sat 10 feet away in a tree above me. Looking at me.  He flew away with my hat.

    • Gretta

      haha oh no you must be pissed. i guess he/she really liked your hat

    • Glenda

      That owl was definitely trying to get your attention!

  • Opelo

    I’ve always known that my spirit animal is an owl. It’s the way I survived all these harsh years. This painful reality. The way I overcame all the odds in my path. The way I stepped back from this madness to clear my head and find a way to navigate through this matrix.

  • Patty

    It’s kinda creepy when I think about this. In my life I had something major and life changing happen to me but I won’t get into it, the thing is, before that, I had a major liking towards birds specifically Birds of Prey and Owls… Maybe those owls were a hint of what was going to happen next. Due to that incident, I’m more secretive.

    It also said something about being awake in the night and that’s accurate because I’m currently up at 1AM or so.

    I’m happy with an Owl, it suits me. I like it.

  • Lyrac

    I had always loved owls since at the very beginning… Something about them makes me like them so much than all of the other birds. And i guess this is the reason, i actually have a special connection to it… Now you could just sit there,laughing, but hear me out! I really do feel a special connection. The description is very close to my personality, i love exploring and finding things i’ve never heard of, and the fact that i almost know what’s hidden like little details or anything for that matter proves that my spirit animal is an owl. And let’s get real here,Kay? I don’t know about you but I just LOVE arts and crafts! Like literally, I could just relax and do nothing the whole day but NOPE! I can’t really help myself when it comes to anything with art in it… So yeah, guess that might be my reason why the owl is really my spirit animal.

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