The Meaning of an Owl Sighting

Facing Our Fears Head-On

Like the owl itself which is often associated with the nighttime, an owl sighting is a signal to peer into the darkness and give thought to what we choose to avoid. In other words, if you go outside to avoid the 800-pound gorilla in your house (something that’s obvious but you’re not talking about it), the owl will hoot, telling you to go back inside to face it.

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The owl, in his infinite wisdom, urges us to face our fears and to shine a light on the things that lurk in the shadows. Perhaps that’s why, for some, an owl sighting is seen as a negative experience—because the owl seeks to expose secrets. However, an owl sighting is often an omen of good because he helps free us from the things that can hold us back.

Messages From Spirit

An owl, like any bird or animal, can be a messenger from Spirit. Do you know someone who has crossed over who was always a straight shooter in life? Did they always get right to the point? Perhaps you know someone who believed this adage: “The truth shall set you free.” Now that they have passed, they might choose an owl to visit you, especially if you’re ignoring something important—purposefully or not. Also, if your loved one was just fond of this intelligent creature for its uniqueness and beauty, they will certainly send an owl to deliver a message. They certainly want you to know that they are around.

Your Spirit Animal

Anyone invoking the spirit of the owl will naturally become more observant and will also be able to see “signs” others often miss or overlook. If the owl is your spirit animal and you have an owl sighting, you may be an investigator of sorts—someone who seeks out the truth. There’s probably a driving urge in your life to uncover the truth and get answers to your questions—even the ones that seem uncomfortable or that no one wants to discuss.

Your Totem Animal

If you have an owl for a totem animal, there’s a good chance you have owl figurines and owl-related items in and around your home. You are also likely someone who seeks solace in the quiet moments. Whether it’s meditation, reading a book or just sitting by the ocean, you feel that wisdom can be found in silent moments.

Your Power Animal

Power animals are animals whose symbolism or traits we identify with, especially in urgent situations or in times of need. If the owl is your power animal, you are someone who seeks the truth. You need to get to the bottom of things and you probably have an intuitive sense of where to get your answers.

The Owl and the Akashic Records

The owl has the ability to travel between Heaven and Earth. They open doors and travel through different realms. There is also the belief that the owl has the ability to fly through the Akashic records, absorbing its wisdom and giving you access to information you may not otherwise receive. As described on Wikipedia.com, “… the Akashic records are a compendium of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intents ever to have occurred in the past, present or future.” If you invoke the spirit of the owl, he will be your companion as you try to connect with your higher self and gain access to the guides, angels, and ancestors who guide you in life. However, you must only seek the owl’s assistance for your higher good—not for anything negative. The owl is no fool. Therefore, if you are harboring secrets or secret agendas, he will expose them.

Cultural Symbolism and Beliefs

To the Celts, owls were defenders of truth and honor. They did not condone deception or lies—especially the lies we tell ourselves. The Celts also believed these winged creatures acted as messengers between Earth and the Divine World. Both the Celts and ancient Egyptians believed that the owl guided souls in death; this kept them from losing their way.

Some Native Americans often refer to the owl as a “night eagle” because of its sharp vision. He is a harbinger of truth. Wearing owl feathers is usually part of a shaman’s attire. Shamans or medicine men/women believe the owl holds knowledge that can heal.

Dreams, Myths, and Legends

If you dream of an owl, it may be a sign there’s someone or something be wary of. However, it could just be a message from Spirit much the same as a literal owl sighting. Because the owl can travel through realms, it’s easy to see why he has a connection to negative things. However, the owl has a connection to truth, light, and wisdom.

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8 thoughts on “The Meaning of an Owl Sighting

  1. Lisa from Chicago

    Dear, LJ
    I shared this article with my brother and his wife. They loved it. Specially the comment I left. I felt it was a special day when I met them for the first time. I wish I could of met them years ago. I still haven`t met my other brother yet who lives in CA. I do stay in touch with him by phone. Some day I know I`ll met him. Thank you for writing this article on the sighting of an owl. It is very fascinating. I`ll always feel honored, seeing that beautiful owl. A time in our life will never forget.

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  2. Lisa from Chicago

    Last year I found out I had 2 older brothers whom I never met before. From our mom. My oldest brother with his wife live in Az. Last spring I got to meet them for the first time. Wow! what thrill!
    The last evening staying with them, we were hanging out on their patio. They lived on the 2nd floor at an apt. Out of know where, this big beautiful gray Long Horned Owl. Flu on a roof and landed right across from us. We were shocked in awe. The owl was maybe about a 100 ft. from us. My sister in law was taking photos on her phone of him. I ran an got my camera snapped some shots right before he flu off. I got a cool shot of him looking at us. We were all amazed. What`s even freakier, they told me in the 14 years they lived there. They never seen an owl at the apt. complex. Ever. I told them, this has to be a sign from our parents. finally meeting one of my brothers for the first time. They lost their father years ago. We lost our mom last year. They must of sent that owl. In a way of showing us that they are there with us. What a fun time we had.

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    1. LJ

      Dear Lisa from Chicago: That is a wonderful, heart-moving story. It would appear that the owl is both your spirit animal and your power animal, as you sought the truth and found your family. The owl brings truth to the light even in the shadows of secrets and long-untold stories. This is a beautiful story and I have a feeling you will be writing more about it or at least sharing this story with others who will find it as intriguing as I did. I’m so happy for you.
      ~LJ

  3. NORA MAE MCFALL

    HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MY SPIRIT ANIMAL IS ? I AM AN AQUARIUS, MY BIRTHDAY IS FEB.4 – 1954..I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW,, I LIVE IN THE COUNTRY ,AND I SEE MANY DIFFERENT WILDLIFE ANIMALS IN MY YARD AND THE COUNTRYSIDE.

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    1. LJ

      Dear Nora Mae: It is believed that we do not seek our spirit animals, that they seek us. Since you live in the countryside, I would suggest spend some regular time outside either to meditate or just take a walk. Think about everyday stuff like you normally would and when that moment comes, you will just know. It’s more of a feeling that resonates through you. Perhaps you’ll be thinking of someone or something and a bird will fly in your path or a rabbit will seem to follow you. And then you can come back to the blogs and see if I’ve written about “your animal” next or not – if not, write me again and suggest what you’ve experienced. Have fun!
      ~LJ

    2. LJ

      Dear Nora Mae: We can have more than one animal as our spirit animal – is there any particular bird, animal, amphibian that you’re particularly drawn to? You can ask a psychic to assist you with a power animal reading. If I were doing a Native American astrology reading on you, then based on your birthday one of your animals would be an otter. Otters are intelligent, imaginative and intuitive to name a few aspects. Also, if you collect statues, of perhaps turtles, or owls, that would be another animal symbol for you to look up. I suggest getting a reading for the most in-depth look. Thanks.
      ~LJ

    1. LJ

      Dear Christopher: I’m suspecting that you haven’t been reading all of my animal articles, or you would know the answer to that question. LOL. Spirit animals are typically animals that appear to you a lot – perhaps in dreams, on TV even or come up in conversations. They show up when you need an answer to something. Power animals are spirits we invoke in times of need – being a bear when we need to be a bit more ferocious, or calling in the otter spirit when we need to be more lighthearted. Totem animals are spirit animals we have an affinity for or that we may collect, as one author put it – “like flamingos on your front lawn.” That’s the short of it – the uber-abridged version – there’s so much more to learn about our connection to animals and their spirits. Take a short journey and do your research – use meditation perhaps to find your animals. Ask yourself who you are most like in certain situations. It takes a bit of work, but it’s worth it. Or just keep reading my articles and see if any strike a bell. Thanks Christopher.
      ~LJ

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