Mythological and Spiritual
Owls are fascinating creatures. Quite common in rural, suburban, and urban settings, but also playing a significant role in mythology and lore. An encounter with an owl is sure to be memorable; it may also have deep spiritual significance for you.
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 and 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 a good omen because he helps free us from the things that can hold us back.
What are Owls?
As we consider an animal spirit’s meaning, it is wise to learn more about the animal itself. Often, the animal’s characteristics can tell us a lot about the message we receive from an encounter. Owls are birds of prey. This means that they actively hunt for their food and that their bodies have evolved to make them the masterful, solitary hunters that they are.
The owl is a nocturnal animal, which means that it rests during the day and hunts at night. It’s wings are designed for silent flight, they have excellent night vision, and amazingly sharp hearing to detect which direction their prey is coming from.
Owls can turn their heads 270 degrees, as they have the ability to pool blood to keep their brain going even when circulation is shut off due to the extreme turning of the neck. What you may not know, however, is that owls do not have the ability to move their eyes in their sockets as we do. Instead, their eyes remain in one position: They move their head to face the direction in which they wish to see.
Interestingly, owls have been known to hunt other owls, particularly those of smaller breeds.
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 your loved one has 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 may well 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 be able to see signs others 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.
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 teachers, 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.
Encountering an Owl
If you encounter an owl, or an image of an owl, Spirit may be trying to tell you something. Take some time to ponder this encounter and determine what this message might be.
Owls are, after all, hunters. They are capable of pursuing their prey at night, being wonderfully adapted for this purpose. What is the thing that you want most in this world? Now may be a good time to focus on it so that you can capture it.
An owl encounter might also be telling you that it is time to operate quietly, under cover. Not only are most owls capable of silent flight and are adapted to see in the dark, they are also masters of camouflage. You can stealthily pursue your goals, bypassing competition and naysayers, by imitating the owl and going about your work in secret.
While owls often share territory with other owls, they are also solitary creatures. Spending time with others is important, but sometimes it is wise to retreat and spend time alone. If you haven’t been able to take some quality time for yourself, now is the time to do so.
Dreams, Myths, and Legends
If you dream of an owl, it may be a sign there’s someone or something to 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 or dark things.
However, the owl has a connection to truth, light, and wisdom. Meditation on your dream, along with journaling, can help you to understand the purpose of encountering an owl in your dreams.
If you’re interested in our other animal sighting articles, you can find them here.
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