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

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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944 Responses to Owl Spirit Animal

  • Jack

    Thank you for your write ups, they bring me great insight.  Thank you!

  • Jennifer

    Hi, I do not know what to make of this. For a few morning this week we spotted an owl on the same spot, as we passes he flew away from us. This morning on our way to work we passed by another owl but instead of flying away this one flew directly into our window of the bakkie. When we arrived at work the one we normally passes every morning was not there. Does ty this mean anything or am I just being silly

    Thank you

    • Anonymous

      you’re retarded.

  • Puzzled


    One afternoon, I was about to call a certain yound lady whom I befriended. I was standing outside and as I dialled here number, an owl appeared from no where and flew across the sky headed towards some trees in the distance. A male voice answered the phone instead of her. It all seemed very awkward: the owl then the man answering her phone. What could it mean?

    • Anonymous

      You called the wrong person

  • Christina

    Hello, I need help please. for the past 4 years every other year I have a baby owl in my front lawn. I would pick it up and take him inside and call animal control.  I think I have a nest there. This year a baby owl feel down my chimney the weird part was that the tree they are in is not close the my chimney . the owl was stuck for a week in the chimney we thought is was a small bird or squirrel but when it fell it was a baby owl just like the year before. is there a meaning to this I feel its a good luck but again I feel it’s a warning. Now a week before I saw a big owl fly in front of my husband and I and I told him it’s a warning of bad news. 2 days later my grandson and daughter n law almost died in a head on collision car accident . they stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks.

  • KD

    I dreamt I was the owl flying high above mountain terrains. But I landed into a deep dark hole or crater. But then I had to climb out as a human.

    • Fiona

      I would say that you wish to be free to fly and enjoy life, but the constraints of being human….work, responsibilities etc. prevent you from doing so. Take some time to walk in nature, meditate, imagine you are that owl again and fly, ride the thermals…it’s wonderful to feel alive!

  • Jakob

    I was walking in the woods and I see an owl sitting on a tree staring at me. It was about 1:00 pm. Wierd….

  • Stac

    What if I dreamt I saved a white owl from a tornado?



  • Wendy

    Hmmm… I came to this page looking to find the meaning of 2 Owls sitting side by side together, snuggled up. I have had Owls in my trees and around me for years. Took the quiz & it said Owl. Would still like to know if there is a special message. First time I have seen my Owls do this. Now there are 2 pair in the tree doing this.

    • byron

      Then you are blessed. That simple.

  • Christell

    I’ve always felt like my spirit animal was some type of bird. Just about everything I’ve read here applied to me! I also see owls sometimes and when I point it out the owl is gone. This is really cool

  • A-a-ron

    I have a lighter I carry around in my pocket. I recently quit smoking, and my lighter has an owl on it

    • Gris

      Ha! That’s cool. I’ve never seen an owl in my life. Now I feel like I. Gotta go look for one.

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