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Owl Spirit Animal

Owl Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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

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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.

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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  1. Jenny March 25, 2018 at 1:37 am - Reply

    I oddly fascinated by this outcome. Also a bit rattled in my “cage”. The last 3 year’s have woken something in me and about me. I’ve always fancied birds. Their freedom and really no need to do as all others do. For the most part anyway. Eagles of the night so it Says. I have a very sickening keen and quick eye. I catch anything and everything. A eye for detail. But, also I seem to have that knack for being able to see right through the veils,masks,facades. Peoples actions,lies and deceit. I always seem to be the one that catches the thieves or the liars. I am brutally honest and blunt. Lying is NOT a game I’m good at. I do prefer the night. A night owl ive always been called. Told I have eyes like a hawk. Funny though. I have never told anyone this before. I have excellent night vision. Its almost as if it never gets as dark for me as it seems to for others. I can feel my way through the dark. I was in a very intense,mentally mostly,physically abusive relationship for almost 2 yrs. I was very in love and disillusioned by a diagnosed narcissist with psychotic tendencies. I thought I was going crazy. I was told by everyone around me I was losing my mind and going into psychosis induced by drugs and mental distress. I picked up something called hyper vigilant hearing. So said the psychiatrists at the mental health institution here where I live by. My senses heightened all together. But what I thought it rather was told was hyper vigilant hearing.. I dont think that is the case. Then my family kept on trying to check me in saying I had schizophrenia and hearing voices. Yet… Now this is the kicker! I could be sitting in total silence. And people would look at me and speak back to mr about what I was thinking. I have NO clue who I am any longer,what I am or what’s happening to me. I am highly intellectual. Speed reading information absorbing sponge. I seem to take in everything if I want to or not. I am empathetic and sympathetic to a fault. But bold,brazen,and blunt. Truth is one of my down falls sometimes. My honesty gets me in trouble. It felt like I could hear conversations for miles in every direction. I feel like ive been alive forever. I am only 34 and I should be dead 100 times over. By the hand of others. By accidents and I admit by my own hand as well. Death seems to be something I’ve always had around me. Change always comes when I enter a situation. I am adopted and raised by a full blood 1st nation’s family. I know for certain who my birth mother is. Not sure any longer as to who my father is. My ex I’ve been away from now since July. He right from the beginning called me “Darkened soul” and the term “reaper” seems to come up a lot around me lately. If someone or any one at all could help me? Give me some insight as to what’s happening to me? I thought until now I was a wolf. Creature of night,hints alone… But, the owl makes so much more sense.

    • Melody March 31, 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      I used to identify with a wolf, too. I needed to defend just existing as myself. Then, a lion, because I refused to be bossed around anymore. Then a dragon, since I unearthed a powerful force inside me that was waaay older than I was. Now, an owl, because I see through it all and am ready to silently glide into the next phase of my life without those who hold no good intentions for me. Give yourself the space and time you need to process all this. The “death” you see around you would happen whether you noticed it or not; you’re not the cause. Read about Matthieu Ricard and his neurological experiments between empathy and compassion. Should hep you immensely if you incorporate that knowledge into your own life. Also, stay away from a-hole significant others. ;->

    • Anonymous April 5, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

      If you want help, my advice is to pray to Jesus. I don’t want to force you or anything, just he helped me a lot in my life. Just try praying to him.

    • gallaxy gal April 6, 2018 at 1:43 am - Reply

      Jenny… if you have too much incoming, not much of it makes any sense. You are very sensitive to everything around you, and too much at once makes it all sound like static. Just surrender “knowing” for being. Release the need to know what anything means, and if you can observe your own inner dialogue and send it on it’s way also… just release it… and just sit with yourself, like an owl, or a wolf, or any creature that has the amazing ability to be present, which is something humans struggle so much with doing. Be present. Surrender. Just be really aware of thoughts, sensations and release… and be. Seek only the faith of knowing that there is guidance and love all around you… let that love guide you in this moment… this moment. Let the animals gifts also guide and facilitate you to clarity. Direct your focus to the beauty… the gifts… focus your attention on what you are grateful for… maybe have a small mantra, or hum, or tone, or word, to bring clarity… maybe “clarity” is the word right no that can help ground you into the present moment… giving you roots to grow, wings to fly. . Send your prayers to the Great Spirit, prayers for a peaceful spirit. Be willing to release some of, or much of the incoming… hard to do when we are so strongly identified with those gifts, but owl portents “death” so often in the form of transformation, and consciously closing off some of those many openings that let so much in, could really help with getting present. it’s can be a scary place to get into at first, we have to be with all our discomfort… but know that you are safe in being present, and becoming aware of all that static, and in the awareness it can dissolve and that it is trans formative. i wish you a peaceful, blessed tranformation.

  2. Donna March 20, 2018 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I was out with my dog tonight while the sun was setting and as we stepped down from the main to cut thru a large field a barn owl flew up in front of us (my dog was on his lead). The owl was just below us, maybe two foot away, with his/her back to us and had something in its mouth. Saw it a couple more times afterwards. Was a cool sight and experience. I am obsessed with birds.
    The last time I had a direct experience with an owl was a few years ago when one was hooting from a tree in my garden. It woke me up. I watched it from my bedroom window until her mate flew towards her and off they went together. My gran died soon afterwards, on Halloween and her son’s birthday.
    She was ill with dementia. It wasn’t a shock. Maybe it was a message or just a coincidence.
    Life is full of hidden layers and unknowns.
    Altho animals have universal meanings, they also represent something different in each of us, no two meanings are identical.

  3. Cheri March 14, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I hit owl with my Jeep tonight it flew into my window! I stop and got out! It was laying face down in the snow and I said to it get up owl. After about five minutes it got up with his back to me and turned his head to look at me. It made two squeal sounds. I wait for it to get it together and made sure it was not injured. It flew away in a tree and watched me drive away! I am scared because my husband is not well.

  4. Aubrey March 14, 2018 at 4:32 am - Reply

    I have actually never seen an owl up close but I guess that could be a good thing since that means somebody I care for died…. I was never allowed to go to funerals but I feel my totem is my great grandma on my dad’s side, due to she died somewhere when I was born and I can never stop thinking about what she may have been like. I do hear owls everywhere I go though…. even at day! I feel I may have another totem even when the owl is one of my totems… or two. The first is the crow; I see crows absolutely. everywhere I go! The second is a fish……… I had a strange dream once where I was in the sky and a GIANT fish made out of clouds was diving through the clouds! While saying this I had multiple dreams that night…. one was that fish….. another was when there was a fire in a tower……. The last was when I was at my great grandma’s house on my mom’s side and there were 5 tornadoes in the distance….. I have had all these dreams before and two of them were very scary the one that wasn’t was the cloud fish….. although while saying this I felt a sense of peace with the tornado dream and a sense of strength with the fire dream (I was going to put out the fire) but I also had a dream where I was helping a person who couldn’t clean his house because he was too old…. I have had this dream before too and in that dream I felt a tinge of kindness…. If this means anything please say so.

  5. Mary Dennen March 13, 2018 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    My brother took his own life in a very public way while staying with me. The day after he died a barred owl sat in a tree on my property. It stayed there for more than 36 hours, just observing. I had never seen an owl on my property before and haven’t since. I believe this was a message to me to acknowledge my brother’s death as something HE desired and to move to find my own personal intuitive gift.

    • Tony March 17, 2018 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Hi Mary do u think it is a message of in a way for ur brother to let no he has done wat he desired n is ok or a message for you to do something or wat else r your thoughts plz tell

      • Sarah March 24, 2018 at 6:48 am - Reply

        I’ve never saw an owl in real life….I don’t really think it’s my spirit animal,I’ve never seen one never dreamed of one,I’m kinda curious since each day I have a different mood like today my spirit was kinda like the tiger and yesterday it felt like it was maybe the butterfly! I’m so curious!!!!

    • Tony March 17, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Could u read my other comments n plz let me know of wat your thoughts r mary

  6. Lynn March 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Just heard an owl hooting i think 3 hopefully 4 times! im in scotland but i dunno something dont feel right 😣 was jus 5 mins ago.

  7. Tony March 10, 2018 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Once again if any of you guys out there have a similar story /circumstance please put forward or maybe if not want publicised email myself with your circumstances of wat the beliefs in why of sighting these creatures the owls cheers tony

    • Lisa March 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      I lost someone very dear to me to suicide not even a week ago yet. We had not seen each other for a couple of years but were very close for a number of years. Even though we both moved on with different relationships, he was forever in my heart. I cannot grieve properly at home, because of the others there & so went for a walk to try and control the intensity of the pain I am feeling. I managed to calm myself down, so it didn’t feel quite so overwhelming and just as I was nearing home a beautiful white owl flew straight across my path, a couple of metres away from me. I had no idea what this meant, other than it immediately gave me some sort of feeling of peace. I no longer feel as lost or as helpless as I did, I felt it was a sign, meant for me, from him.

  8. Hunter March 9, 2018 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I had a dream when I was 6 or 7 I was at a babysitter I was going to sleep when I saw a owl clock at first I was like OK but then I got scared of it so I pulled the blanket over my face there were holes in the blanket so I could see it after a few mintues I pulled the blanket off and the owl clock transformed into a real owl and it came at me and I woke up screaming

  9. Tony March 5, 2018 at 1:06 am - Reply

    I truly believe the owl is a meaning of death (to b come in near future or as a way or wanting,preying or needing to happen to whatever that individual person /s previous situation that has bn Neva there b a equality for that individual/s to b replaced by another but at peace more by as stated long long time ago in the Bible an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth and a life for a life in my case a druged wreckless driver took my little girl 14 yrs old life from car accident a yr ago it’s only last couple of months I am not scarred actually petrified to see an owl especially after seeing 2 of them in a 24hr period but now I want to see I sort of look but not to pt of every tree mainly driving at night or just strolling about so I do find the owl than the abnormalist thing occurs each time my dear of the creature ends and I get within arm’s or a small distance more of the owl only for it not to fly immediately of hence I’m looking for my answer of wat is happening I do believe it’s to do with my little girl and the accident also some sort of closure a plan I’m not fully sure any one else that has the slightest story as in my case plz comment I’m not real good at wording of my scenario but plz plz add if sort of same or your beliefs the 3 sighting of to see the owl in a night to say meaning is for me that something or in the process of settling the difference of wats taken or lost although their Neva b but plz just add thoughts

  10. Paige March 4, 2018 at 12:54 am - Reply

    i live in australia so there’s not much owls around here

    • Corinne March 19, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

      I live in Australia too n they r out at night in scared of them n i nearly hit one obce driving. I believe they r a bad omen

  11. Merry Hurlburt February 24, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Why did I come up owl when I know beyond knowing my spirit animal is the wolf? When I get near a wolf, we can sit & stare into each other’s eyes for hours & we speak to each other in a language we both know. I have even had many dreams about wolves, many where they speak to me. Each time it has helped me, calm me. So I don’t understand this owl.

  12. Angelique February 12, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

    My owl arrived in a dream. I was floating on my back in a lake, with many other people and a gigantic owl looked down at me. It slowly flapped its wings as it hovered over me. –> The owl looked close to a Great-Horned Owl. I also caught a glimpse of a green-furred Chinese dragon behind it.

  13. Lynn February 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    My owl arrived in a pine tree next to my bedroom chair . Built it a box and he has been here for a yr.
    When I first saw him, I was trilled and let him be. The Cardinals who roost there were not .

    Really upsetting things were going on before I noticed him He was a warning , sitting watching my front door. Wish I had looked up totem so much sooner.

    Have so much respect for these creatures .

    Again , sorry for your loss , wish you peace .

  14. ann baker February 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Tom West and Anonymous I understand all what you have said, I to have had these sites scared me at first , but I knew in my Heart I was chosen to believe in the power of the Spirit Owl and Hawk for me. I was told stories by My Indian family about the Spirits and 1 day I will feel the senses and I will learn more as I go thru life by these Spirits. I have always believed and have plenty of proof for them. As many times the owl meant a life change of Death– I lost my husband just before xmas dec. 2017. I heard the 3 hoots loud and clear and knew at that second what it meant. It is hard , but opened the window immediately to let his spirit out Peacefully. Amen to all whom can actually feel the love even though Death is upon you. Glad that your friend ( Owl ) showed up on the cross so you knew she was in Gods hands and okay. Ann

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