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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910 Responses to Owl Spirit Animal

  • Steven

    A friend and I each found an owl feather in separate places on the same day. We like each other a lot but are both married so cannot pursue our relationship further. Now these owl feathers seem to connect us but we don’t understand the meaning. Neither of us have ever come across an owl feather before. Noe both us us independently on the Same day. Is this significant?

    • zack


    • Steven

      Any interpretations of this out there?

  • Shannon

    Last night i had a dream and a small brown owl was in it. Very cute. Just kinda was there. No noise, just sitting there. I never dream of animals. The only other time a animal was in my dream, it was 2 male lions. I was standing on a tree trunk and they where circling me. Like protecting me. I wasnt scared at all. Then right after that fream, i had a major life change. But would love to know why this little owl was there in my dream. Spitit guide maybe? Not sure, but would love to know. 🙂

    • Shannon

      And , is it possible to have more then one spirit guide??

    • Jessica

      I had the same exact dream about the lions. I was in a forest sitting on a tree trunk with 2 male lions walking around me. That’s amazing! I think we can have more than one spirit animal… I connect deeply with the cat and the owl.

      • Shannon

        That is amazing!!!! Mostly, i have always felt the deep connection with the lions since that dream. And im also a Leo! 😉 But now out of the blue i have this owl dream. So trying to figure out the meaning behind it. Butbthat is so cool about the lions!!!! 😉

        • Nocturnal Diva

          I too dream about the Lions and the owl is my totem. I am a night owl, pardon the play on words, but I hear an owl every night as I sit by myself around the fire. I’ve done several test and the lion or owl always show up as my spirit animals. You can have multiple animals and they can visit during different struggles. My lion dream was different, but if you look up the lion it’ll explain several dream interpretations. It nailed my current situation when I read about being chased by the lion. Tonight I decided to meditate in hopes to see my animals. I noticed a flame flickering strangely. When I walked to it, I could see an owl in the flames. Both animals fit my current situation of losing a loved one, watching family lie and know it and the aggression I have towards it. It was an amazing experience

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  • chantel&lisa

    Me and my wife saw a white owl the night before a wedding! we were driving down our back road from our acreage the night before the wedding. My wife and I are very spiritual and also study numerology..reading most signs through our spirit number.. eleven… its was a bit foggy out but that didnt stop us from noticing a huge white thing sitting in the middle of the road ahead! before our eyes could figure out what is was , it took off and flew right beside our car, reveling itself completely.. If we see anything spiritual or notice a sign we always instantly look at the time to see if our numbers show up.  sure enough the time was 11:11!!!!!!!! to top that off we noticed a car coming towards us with led lights and knew right away that it was our sister. so we sped up too tell her but turned out she also not only seen a grey owl at the same time but almost hit it!!! we all freaked out for a couple of minutes and took off in separate directions. BUT IT DOESNT END THERE!!! as we drove down the road back home we then seen the exact grey owl our sister almost hit, flew right past our car like the one before!!!! the time was 11:16 !!! 11..our spirit number(big thing for us) and 16 ( we got married on july 16th!!! the next day was the 16th!!!!!!!! ) we also again seen the white owl the night after our wedding!! absolutely the most spiritual, magical thing that ever happened to the both of us!!!

  • Nottir

    I’ve received the Owl; and I’m a Capricorn. I’m not really surprised I got this; although I’ve not really felt a close connection to the bird. (Blackbirds are another story.) But the symbolism and meaning makes sense. I’m a total bookworm and absolutely drawn to the unknown (typically in relation to spirituality and paranormal topics.) And my mentality has been older than most, too.

    Good insight, I’ll be studying more into this for certain.

  • Rita

    A little Saw-Whet owl flew into the porch window tonight. When I picked it up, it was alive, just a little dazed. I held it fora little while, until the shock wore off and then it flew silently into the night. I was so blessed to have this experience.

  • Mackenzie Carroll

    I’m a Taurus and my spirit animal is an owl I find that I’m quite mature for my age and intellect is my forte

  • jessica

    I live in the woods of molalla Oregon I have seen owls a few times out here but its not often that I actually here an owl hoot and I mean hoot my ear off I was wanting to kinda kindly shoo the owl to a further tree so I could sleep 2:30 am ……the second I got home it was the only sound out here in the woods and this went on for at least two hours if not more until i honestly Googled how to kindly shoo away an owl well ur site is the only one that worked and the owl was gone ….. and i still can’t sleep now i am Feeling ungrateful of wanting to shoo the owl away now and yet to sleep)my point is the second I Googled how to kindly shoo I have lots of problems just direction and I am pregnate and need career options and good honest people in my life with only hopes to get what I put out and I feel like I am not even lucky in that matter please help me figure out this message ( I did not see the owl but I have seen white ones in the area and belive the brownish cream ones too but it just was so social I couldn’t ask anything if I tried or knew to kinda like it was crying idk help did I do something was it my sarrow of a hard day please help translate this


    • Rebecca

      Hi Jess. How old are you? It could be a sign that you are on the wrong path to happiness and fulfillment. Whether it be the influences you’re hanging around, or the wrong career path, something has to change. Unless there was a recent death or serious illness within the family or someone you were really close to in the past (this could be anyone; an ex, or even a childhood bestfriend), or a future friend. By the sounds of it, the owl was trying to guide you to true happiness and peace within. Would love to hear if you had an epiphany of anykind, to set your future goals xx

  • Harper

    OMG! I got the owl. I was really surprised at first but then looking through it I realized that I may be an owl since they say that I am very observant and listens to other people. I just took a personality test so it confirmed this.

    It also said that I can know what the person is feeling even if they hide it and that I have amazing accuracy when it comes to my perception of others.

    It may be hard for me to open up and reveal my true self but when I do I have like this certain charm that draws people to me.

    I may also look like someone who is immature especially when in front of my friends but most of the time I am mature without them knowing. I don’t even know if you understand this.

    Birthday is on July 8 so I’m a Cancer.

    • Dianafreesoul

      me too. i am very observant. a loner but have certain charm that draws ppl to me. i know a person’s feeling. my birthday 18 July. and yes oh my god… 🙂

    • J

      Sounds EXACTLY like me, and we have the same birthday – July 8!

  • Good Vibes Only

    This is really amazing. I always had a gut-feeling that my spirit animal was the owl, but this is the first time I’ve ever taken a quiz to figure out if it was true or not!
    I’m a Virgo, and my birthday is August 26th. I’m 17, but I’ve always felt really mature for my age. Even when I was a kid, my family always says that I acted older than my peers, and that I had really intense eyes, like I was always in deep thought or angry. I still look like this to be honest, and my friends say I have the most intense resting bitch face they’ve ever seen!
    I don’t like shallow conversations, or shallow people in general, mostly because I can see right through them. This probably explains why I don’t have that many close friends, because I can push people away easily even when I don’t mean to. My aunt has always said that I’m a high-vibration person, and that I have a lot of “good vibes” around me.

    • Róisín

      Wow this is actually amazing to read your comment everything you said is the same for me (except the resting bitch face). I came across this page after a dream and took the quiz and got the owl. I find my life the same only 17 just (June 1st) but I’m the same. I see straight though people when I meet them able to see why they act a certain way (a defence,hiding parts of themselves,fear ect.) And because of this I often push people away or are very careful in choosing who to be around. And stranger I am told by many people my energy and vibes are amazing especially people I let in or just meet. Just found your comment really interesting and had to reply.

    • Eden

      No offence, but you sound very pretentious and judgmental. Everyone has some kind of complexity to them… If you think you’re above some people just because they come off as shallow to you, you’re probably missing put a lot. I agree, some people may be easier to read, but even then, you can never know for certain what goes inside other people’s head. From my understanding, an owl will observe, not dismiss. Just something to think about 🙂

      • Sue

        Eden, I couldn’t agree more with you comments about one being dismissive of others! Spot one. She has a lot to learn and a huge amt of growth!
        I came up as owl also.

      • Tracy

        Part of your statement about no one really knows what goes on inside someone else’s head is not exactly correct.  I am an Empath and I don’t have to talk to someone or know them but I can tell you who they are behind their masks just by standing in the same room with them.  So far in this life I have never and I mean never been wrong about a person yet.  I can go into a place and tell you if it’s safe to stay there or not just by reading the people there and this has saved me on a number of occasions from being seriously hurt.  I have missed robberies on 3 separate occasions by minutes due to this gift.  We live by the 5 senses but there are others. The fact is that most people are not aware of the gifts that the Creator has given us therefore we don’t understand how to use them or we neglect them and push them away.  I accepted my gift at a very young age and it has never let me down as of yet.  You also have special gifts but it’s up to you to figure it out and then use it to better the world around you.  I know that it’s hard to believe in something that you cannot experience for yourself but that doesn’t mean the experience does not exist for others.

  • BitterVoid

    My spirit animal is an Owl and I’m a Pisces.

    I can’t help but feel like that combination is the reason why I have wisdom beyond my peers. People in school seem so immature and mentally blind to me. I’m a loner and I’m really emotional but don’t really show it, only to people who can make me. Like my friend have. I don’t care what random people think, not really. Most people seem really ignorant to me. People who do drugs, who smoke, who cut themselves? Taking advantage of their lives.. And not having wisdom. I’m usually quiet all through out school, probably cause I’m mostly thinking, imagining, etc. And because I don’t have much friends. I love horror, and I’m really deep and dark minded. I love drawing sketches in my sketchbook during school and I started putting some really good ones on my wall. I draw games and story I like. Like weeping angels, the evil within, weeping willow trees, etc. I love gaming, and that’s my major hobby. I am a gamer.

    I really like foxes and I decided to look up my spirit animal. I took this quiz and it was an owl, which made me happy but obviously we like other species more than our selves.

    Turns out that fox and owl are both at the top of the food cycle, like brothers. But it also said after the quiz that owls are connected to foxes.

    One last thing I want to mention is that I met a friend, a libra guy who was really kind to me. He was an online friends and I guess we were best friends for a while, but it eventually ended. Our friendship to me felt like I was just talking and he wasn’t really listening at some point. Like he didn’t really care but he pretended he did, about what I said.

    Anyways I asked him to do the quiz and he was a butterfly,also connected to Owl. Butterfly has a change in life, a metamorphosis at some point and he lives of the people around him. We stopped talking and he doesn’t try to talk to me. So I think he’s finally gone, and he’s finally free. I hope he has a good life and that final change makes him someone wiser or someone with a wise perspective on life.

    I’m only 15, born March 19th. But I have wisdom, and sight and taste beyond my age. I’m still learning and trying to figure out the secrets of life though.

    Zodiac is real, that much is obvious. It has mental and emotional proof. It connects birth months and dates and truly explains people so amazingly, when they read their symbol or spirit animal description, it practically scares you on how much it knows your personality.
    All people are different, but we can connect in our spirit animals and zodiac symbols. I won’t get into how fake religion is and how much proof it doesn’t have. Zodiac is the secrets of life and of personality we have within us. 🙂

    • Sha

      OMG I am totally freaking out right now!
      I got the Owl too, and I’m really happy with its meaning. I always found myself a little deeper and more mature than my peers ever since I can remember.
      I also recently made an online friend, but that ended two days ago. We became best friends and somewhat lovers, but it finally reached a point where I felt like he kept zoning me out. I never got the time to ask him to this quiz seeing that I only discovered it today, but he’s completely gone now. I’m 23 and my birthday is March 26. LOL.

    • GarrettTheCarrot

      HOLY SHITAKE MUSHROOMS! I got the same thing, my birthday is on the 20th, and I’m 15! I completely agree on everything you said. How strange…

    • Teresa

      Fascinating! I immediately related with you when you said you feel connected to foxes as well. I’ve always felt a connection to foxes and owls. Very interesting to learn they are both connected! Zodiac is very real, that’s for sure. Have you explored your entire natal chart? Sun signs are only the beginning to understanding your entire personality and why you are the way you are. I’m a Scorpio sun/Aquarius moon/Pisces rising, and am finally coming to terms with myself.

      If you know the time you were born as well as the location, you can find out your other signs. Hope it makes sense and intrigues you just as much as it intrigues me. Take care, fellow owl/fox 🙂

  • marmareh

    An owl in dream means
    Tyrannous govemor or king
    A thief who works lonely
    A bewildered fellow

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