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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. Anonymous January 14, 2018 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Donna. January 12, 2018 @1:45
    In April 2011, I was sitting outside. Around me were several acres of woods.
    As I sat daydreaming my eyes drifted to a particular section of trees. As I focused in, I thought, “What is that?”
    Then, after blinking a few times I spoke out loud,”It’s an owl”. Many times I looked away then looked back at the owl,
    to find each and every time the owl never wavered. His focus was directly on me.
    Each time I looked ,we were eye-to-eye. The last time I met his stare, I focused unblinking into the eyes of the owl. He/she
    never moved, never blinked, just continued to intensely, stare at me,The feeling became too heavy. I had to look away. I wasted
    little time going back inside. I thought little more about this encounter until approximately 4-5 hours later, when I received a call
    that my husband of 37 years, had passed away. I immediately remembered the owl. My thoughts were, the owl was delivering
    to me a message of my husbands death. ??????
    Now, I am living alone. I just moved into a new apartment. On a couple of occasions I have heard owls or an owl hooting. It got my attention.
    but I was busy and didn’t think much more of it. (Thought I would mention there are no wooded areas near me).Then ,approximately
    a week later, I went to check my mail. On the way back, on the tip of the roof of my apt.,was an owl about 2 feet high
    with a large wing span, looking right at me. He began hooting. It was then I realized how close the owl, I had heard hooting earlier in the week,
    had to have been for me to hear him hooting, as all my windows were closed, TV was going, etc…
    So this has got me questioning. Is this another warning of someone near to me passing? Or possibly my passing?

    • Christine January 17, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Maybe it’s your husband’s spirit watching over you.

  2. Charles W.Robinson January 10, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Hello i live in SouthCarolina i was in my yard and had a white owl with the wingspand of 8ft flew down from a tree with owl and other carvings on it bout knock me down came bout foot to inches to my face disappears never seen it again . So know i can see everything spirits,i have visions i know future i know if your lying seeing all kind off things supermatural took i.q.test scored 168 .Test said only 2% of nation can pass it i aced it .i love it .im a decendant of the cawtaba nation
    Who can i talk to to find out more thanks my number is 803-342-4791

  3. Noeli January 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    So last night I had a dream were a barred owl went inside my house. My 13 yr old boy was trying to scare it so it would fly outside. He made smoke in the kitchen to see if it would fly out but nothing. It just stood there looking at me and my son finally took it out. For some reason I felt not to let go of the owl and went outside to see if it flew off. To my suprise it was walking next to my son and he was smiling and it was coming towards me. I felt that it was a young owl and was happy it was coming towards me. Then woke up any ideas of what it can mean..I search the owl and it was a barrred owl.
    Thank you

  4. Sharzzy Hayes January 1, 2018 at 8:30 am - Reply

    It’s now 2nd January 2018. I have been experiencing very alerting owl wing sounds for the past few nights. The first night after 12am I heard huge wings take flight across my backyard and stop still in my yard. The next day being NYE my brother and his family,whom I rarely get the chance to see. We stayed up past midnight catching up when we heard the same noise from the night before except closer this time. We exchanged a few owl stories and decided to google the symbolic meaning associated with owls. Astonished that it was linked with the problem I had been majorly concerned about and discussing with them.That my husband of 20 years had been caught red handed lying and deceiving me with my cousin. Tonight is the third night I heard the exact large wings only now it is directly flying past my outdoor patio and landing closer at least 3 times in the past hour or so. I’m not scared but it’s a very alarming,loud noise.And it’s as I seem to start thinking about trying to solve my problem. The choices I have to make to put the deception to rest are life changing. Is the noise I’m hearing telling me to (again there’s the sound) be alarmed by the deceit?? Because as I contemplate saying nothing (as the consequence will be life changing) this noise startles me again.

  5. Craig Carleen December 27, 2017 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Magical creatures…mymayancalender.com…LOOK UP YOUR MAYAN BIRTHDAY…and animal signs… creepy accurate!!

  6. Craig Carleen December 27, 2017 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    I awoke just before eclipse in July…since then I get learned that Owl is my Mayan day sign and they have shown up several times since and never before… I have gained great wisdom and these magical creatures are bringing me an abundance of it… I feel much more attached to animals than people…

  7. Shon December 23, 2017 at 6:11 am - Reply

    The owl is my spirt animal and I wish I could post a pic here because last week a beautiful owl was sitting on my friends cross where she had a car wreck and passed away. Her way of letting me know she made it and she is ok 🦉

  8. Jill December 21, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Last week I was driving home and I saw a Snowy Owl. Less than an hour later I saw a Barn Owl. I hardly ever see owls. They are so amazing.

    • Craig Carleen December 27, 2017 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      That’s fantastic! Tonight, I returned home and saw lights in the sky…it was eyes in my backyard tree.. at least three pairs of big owl eyes! It’s my Mayan birth animal!

      • owl-lover January 20, 2018 at 5:18 pm - Reply

        I don’t like owls

  9. Ben Baumgart December 3, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

    Tom West Id like to know what the things you’ve been awakened to are. I also have an owl showing up on the peak of my roof just above my window.

  10. Tom west October 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I will reveal an increadible story about an encounter I had with an owl.

    In July/August 2017 I saw an owl sitting outside my house. I’m not sure which date it was, but I am sure it was in July 2017 or begynning of August 2017. For 2 days this owl was sitting outside my house. When I saw the owl sitting outside my house I did not think much about it, other than I thougt it was nice to have the owl outside the house. I’m giving small birds seeds and I have many small birds around the house. The owl did not attack any of the small birds. The owl was just sitting outside the house observing the small birds. And I could see that the owl knew that I was observing it.

    On Saturday the 14th of october I was out driving in my car, and I was driving over a mountain near by my home. The mountain is about 10km away from my house. When I was driving over this mountain I noticed there was an animal laying on the road. Not in my line but in the other line. First I passed the animal, and I was just going to drive on, but about 50m down the road i changed my mind and I backed up and went back to the animal laying on the raod to take it out of the road. Because I think it is horrible to see these animals laying dead on the road.

    When I came out of the car and approached the animal, I saw that it was an owl laying on the road, and it was not dead, it was alive. The owl was laying down on the road like it was hurt or something like that. It was facing down and it was hiding its head under its wings. My first thougt or intuition when I saw the owl was alive, was that this owl was not hurt, it was just pretending to be hurt. Because the owl slowly open it’s eyes and looked directly into my eyes, and I could see in the owl’s eys that it was not hurt or afraid. The owl’s eyes was large and yellow and it looked at me like it was curious about me. I’m quite sure that if the owl had been hurt, I would have seen this in the owl’s eyes. I was talking to the owl and told the owl that it could not lie down on the road like this, because it could be hit by a car. Then I stopped my car and shut the door, which was parked 1m beside the owl. I then lifted the owl up and put it down on the road in front of my car, because there were other cars coming. I noticed that the owl had all of its reflexes in order, because it was reacting to the cars passing by.

    I could not see any defects in the owl’s wings or the claws or anything like that, but the owl did not want to fly away, so I was thinking that I should take the owl into my car and bring it to my home and care it so it would recover. But then the owl flew away and sat down in a tree near by. I am 100% sure that my first thought or intuition that the owl was just pretending to be harmed was right, the owl was not harmed or anything like that. It was just laying down on the road pretending to be harmed.

    Then a few days later, on the 17th of october 2017, when I went to the kitchen and looked out the window to see if there was any small birds eating of the seeds I’ve put out, I then noticed there was an owl sitting outside my house, and I immediately saw that this was the same owl I found laying down on the road. Believe it or not, but i am 100% sure this is the same owl. And this was also the same owl I saw sitting outside my house in July/August.

    I am not sure what the encounter with the owl is all about, but I suspect it has something to do with my life. I have been able to see through the veil since June 2017, and I can see all the evil things taking place on this planet. Nothing in this world is what you think it is. Nothing operates the way you think it does. This planet is a horror planet, and you need to be incredible strong in body and mind to be able to live with the false reality set up for mankind on this planet. Only a few people will be allowed to see through the veil, and see all the horror taking place on this planet, because if most people was allowed to see through the veil and see what is really going on on this planet, they would be scared to death. I have only told my father and my uncle what is really going on on this planet. I am a graduate engineer and my father and my uncle know I am not crazy, but they can never believe in the stories I have told them about what is really going on on this planet. They cannot see through the veil, and they will leave this planet not knowing that they have been lied to all their life.

    Peace and love
    Tom West

    • Anonymous December 2, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Hi Tom,

      I like your story. I’ve had many owl encounters of my own. My spirit guide usually comes in that form. Perhaps your spirit guide has chosen that form as well. You are learning to accept the magic of life better now, but your guide has to try super hard to get through to you. Relax, it’s real.
      You are so absolutely right about the illusions, and about the few of us who can see right through almost always. It can be a sad, lonely and difficult path. I always balance it out with a little goofiness, a lot of love and endless laughter, even when it’s not funny I, for sanity sake laugh. Don’t ever be afraid….you are not alone and you are greatly loved.

      Ma Kobe

    • Ben Baumgart December 3, 2017 at 1:36 am - Reply

      Tom West Id like to know what the things you’ve been awakened to are. I also have an owl showing up on the peak of my roof just above my window.

  11. Annabelle Chapman October 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Hi last night around midnight i heard this loud sound out side my door and because i live by myself so i got up look out side and i seen nothing
    So i though nothing of it until i walk out and then there is a big huge bird i pick the bird up thinking was hurt took it inside this morning i look at it then i realized that it was an OWL
    What should i do with it? And why would Owl come to me now?
    Yesterday i went to my doctor and my doctor told me that i need to build up my ammunition before i get the treatment for my liver and i have been worried about it too
    Is that why this bird here to let me know that everything gonna be ok?

    • m.freesoul December 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Annabelle, it’s December now, have you got the answer? you be relaxed, focus in the moment, answer will come to you. but on top of it all, i can assure you that everything is OK with you. ❤

  12. SA September 24, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I have an owl that has always loved to come and hang in my backyard ever since my family and I moved here. Every time I saw the owl, it was always looking at me. Always giving me a feeling of security and ability to fly freely. Giving me a hint to some things I looked it up and surely enough this owl is my spirit animal.

    • Sarah September 27, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

      This is the same situation execpt mine follows me when im outside.

      • Anonymous January 11, 2018 at 10:38 pm - Reply

        Wat happened here is wat happened there wat happens there is wat already happened here and wat ever is happening here is wat u and i will go through some day might not b the same time r same place but the same situation

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