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Owl: What Does It Mean When Truth, Power, and Wisdom Visits You

Updated on September 6, 2019
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My Native heritage has taught me to listen to my animal guides. Learning from their habits gives me great joy.



There are over 130 species of Owl throughout the world and approximately 18 are found in North America.

All owls are predators. There are some species of Owl that will hunt during the day, however most Owl species are night hunters. The extraordinary vision of the Owl allows it see better in the dark. It's hearing is impeccable and with the upmost accuracy can zone in and identify any sound. This becomes a great advantage to the Owl while seeking out their prey.

Many species of Owl will live in one place year after year, where there are other species who will travel long distances to breed and hunt.

"There are approximately 135 species of Owl throughout the world with 18 of them in North America"
"There are approximately 135 species of Owl throughout the world with 18 of them in North America" | Source

Owl Teaches Us to See and Hear Past the Shadows

All animals have a kindred and symbolic connection to each and every one of us. Some are stronger than others depending upon who we are, where we come from and where we are going in this journey of life.
However, we have the capability to connect with every animal species on this earth and to be taught valuable lessons, and to gain perspective as well as direction in certain stages of our journey.

Owl symbolizes clairvoyance, astral projection, as well as black and white magic.

Since time began, man has been afraid of the dark, the night and also the unseen. Humanity would wait fearfully for the first sign of dawn. Ironically, Owl is friend's with the night and teaches us to see and hear past the dark shadows and walk beyond the fear and the darkness that we cannot see beyond. If we but follow Owl, we will find the other side to the light of happiness and knowledge.

    "Owl is symbolically associated with clairvoyance, astral projection, and magic"
"Owl is symbolically associated with clairvoyance, astral projection, and magic" | Source

The Creator Made no Evil Creatures

If you have Owl medicine, these night creatures will have a tendency to collect around you, even in the daytime, because they recognize a kinship they have with you.

Owl is also the symbol for wisdom. Because of this symbolic virtue, Owl has the ability to see what others cannot, and this is the very meaning of true wisdom. The Owl will see and know what is there, while other are deceived.

There is the ancient Greek goddess by the name of Athena who carried Owl on her shoulder wherever she went. She relied on her companion to reveal hidden truths that blinded her sight. Her wisdom was challenged, but prevailed because she listened to Owl, therefore becoming known as "Athena, goddess of wisdom."

Owl's characteristic calls have given people cause to fear them throughout the years. Along with this fear came a power of superstition that Owls were evil creatures who brought death and destruction. We need to remember that the Creator made no evil creatures.

Athena~ Greek Goddess of Wisdom
Athena~ Greek Goddess of Wisdom

The Balance of Owl in Your Life

Owl’s vital function is keeping the bird, rodent and insect populations in check. If we have too many of any species, it can be detrimental to the balance of the circle of life.
This is a perfect example of how it applies to our own lives. If we have too many possessions, too many projects, or just about too much of anything, we become restricted with our ability to move forward through the different areas of our lives.

The result is stagnation which leads to the death of joy, happiness and abundance.
This is where Owl medicine become important in helping us to clear out which is no longer needed or wanted.
What we need to realize is what may seem like death to us in the “giving up something” may just be for another the “birth and manifestation of a dream.”
If we become focused on the “shoulds” and “must haves” that do not come from our inner selves, but from opinions and beliefs of those around us, we lose our way.

Owl medicine teaches us that when we begin to journey through the process of what we truly want and need, clearing the old to make way for the new birth of the Self that is around the corner, we discover that the obstacles, limitations, fears and anxieties begin to fade away and die in our lives as well. They no longer have the control over us.

"Messages from the Owl are deep, far reaching and complex"
"Messages from the Owl are deep, far reaching and complex" | Source

Is OWL Your Medicine?

Messages from the Owl are deep, far reaching and complex. Individuals, who receive such messages or visits from Owl, are most fortunate.

Grandmother Owl has very powerful hearing and vision. Individuals who receive this gift from Grandmother Owl have the ability to see into the human psychic and become clairvoyant listeners. It is because of this gift that OWL often visits those who are teachers, therapists and counselors.

If you find Owl is visiting you and finding you more often, you are most likely being asked to use your powers of keen, silent observation to intuit some life situation. For example: Grandmother Owl is often thought to come to those who need to let go of some part of their life that is no longer needed.

Owl is befriending you and aiding you in seeing the total truth in your present situation(s). Owl can also bring you messages in the night through dreams or meditation. Pay attention to the signs of Owl and the signals it brings you. The truth always brings further enlightenment.

"My Heart Beats with Thee"
"My Heart Beats with Thee" | Source

My Heart Beats With Thee

My heart beats with thee

as you look upon my fear,

the less you speak

the more I hear.

The more I know

the more you see,

how much my heart

beats with thee.

written by Elizabeth Rayen©

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Liz Rayen

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    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      3 years ago from California

      Hi brandi97-

      What an amazing story! Sometimes when we don't get the photos we had hoped for, it is meant to be. You were meant to experience and enjoy that experience with these messengers. I know this happened months ago (according to your post) however, I encourage you to surround yourself with "OWL" and learn, read and experience more. What a wonderful experience! Namaste!

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      4 years ago

      Tonight I had the amazing experience of seeing 5+ owls fly from house top to house top. They were long eared owls and not very afraid of me. They were still outside after I ran into the house to get the camera. I walked almost an hour and over a mile around the neighborhood with them as they flew from house top to house top. I finally lost them and headed home only to find that is where they went back to. I heard a LOT of little chirps and wonder if they have nests in he air conditioning vents and what not. I would love to say that I got some great pics, but I am a crummy photographer and could not get the night settings right, nor close enough to even see what it was on the screen. Maybe tomorrow night! Hope they don't like rat terriers. I am thinking my 15 pound porker is a wee bit heavy for them. And too high on fat. :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      5 years ago from California

      That is awesome Owlfun! I love how you talk back to them and carry on a conversation. That is so "wise" of you to do that! I certainly appreciate your comment and thank you for taking the time to read my hub. Namaste

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      5 years ago

      Hello Rayen. I love this post, I too have been visited by many owls both during the daytime and during the night as well. When they hoot at me I hoot back. It seems to make them happy and more owls come around and get into the conversation. They truly are a blessing from God and they truly give me comfort. Thank you so much for your post. I love nature in all of its majesty and it is nice to know that others appreciate it as well.


    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      6 years ago from California

      Oh my Diane! That is so wonderful! You have been blessed with owl in your life and that is a great thing. I love the name and the way you feel when you talk with owl. Namaste my friend!♥

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      6 years ago

      I have an owl that comes to me everyday and just stairs at me all day. I have named him, Oly the owl and talk to him. I was sick and recovering from my last part of my illness, so he makes me feel good about where my life is heading. I wake up early just so I can see him, he makes me feel good, a gift from God.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you Sheila! That is awesome that your hubby can call to the owls. He needs to check his totem and see if Owl falls into his list of guides. I would be honored if you shared it on your blog. I want to visit your blog..where is it?

      Also, regarding your reply.. I have to giggle because that happens to me all the time... I'm typing away and poof! Gone! And here I thought it was just me! lol Glad to know I am in good company! ♥

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a beautiful piece! I love the mythology of the owl! We have had many owls come to visit here in the country. When we hear one, hubby can actually call in up. It will come close enough to see that he is not another owl and leave. It's pretty cool! Great hub, I love it! Voting up, awesome, pinning, sharing here and would like to share on my wildlife blog!

      BTW - I was replying to your comment on my Cheeseburger Pie hub when...poof! It just went away and I couldn't get back to it, so I just wanted you to know that I really enjoyed your "drool"! Thanks so much! :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      That's amazing buddhaanalysis! You obviously have a great connection with this magnificent bird! :)

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      7 years ago

      i like owl and owls were used to come near by room when i was an infant.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      7 years ago from California Gold Country

      The largest of N. American owls, the Great Grey, is sometimes seen in Yosemite. I have heard Saw Whets, and Screech Owls. We also have Horned Owls, Pigmy Owls and Barn Owls. Maybe others...

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Oh my goodness, that is amazing! Do you know what other species are in your area? I know of about 10 in our area, however I think there are actually around 13.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      7 years ago from California Gold Country

      We have about five species in our area. It is a special treat to see one. A friend of mine found a Saw-Whet owl dozing under her deck. Her photos became our childrens book.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you BG! I loved researching and writing about them, especially on the "guide aspect." They are magnificent!

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      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I loved the way that you started this out! The poem was a clever way to really get us into the beat of your hub, all about owls. Some great information in here. Owls are definitely an animal to respect! :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Vellur. I love watching them as well. They definitely have that mysterious side to them! :)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Your hub is very interesting and a lot of information put in. Owls are magnificient and awe inspiring. Great hub. Voted up. Loved the photos.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Very cool! Thank you so much ann! :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      That is a perfect description of an owl! Thanks Don, I'm pleased you enjoyed it! :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you Denise. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this hub. I've actually seen an owl in the daytime a few times. Like yourself, I had to look twice and make sure that is was indeed an owl. Thank you so much for the vote and support and most of all your wonderful compliment! :)

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      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      This animal who can turn its head all the way round has my vote. Ever watchful and wise.

      I rate this hub a 'hoot'.

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      Don Bobbitt 

      7 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      I just Love Owls. They are so Aloof and have that mysterious and arrogant stare.

      Great Hub. Voted UP!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful hub, Lisa. Besides the number of species, which I was unaware of, I learned that the owl does show up during the day. I didn't think they did-being nocturnal. One afternoon, on my way into the city, I did a double take because I thought I saw an owl clearly visible at the edge of the woods I was passing.

      I doubted my sight and thought it must have been a hawk. Nonetheless, I was at the Raleigh museum a short time after that to view a Rembrandt exhibit. The museum had one room that was devoted to birds and I had an opportunity to see owls, eagles and hawks up close. They are beautiful creatures and fascinating.

      What else is fascinating is the information about the animal totem. I love your hubs and you do a marvelous job entwining the facts with ancient information. Thanks for sharing. Voted up etc.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      That was a fact I actually learned as well. I thought there were only about 75 species. They are amazing birds. We have one right now "WHO" visits us every evening. Thank you for your comment AE! :)

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      7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I did not know there were so many owl species; nor did I realize the wisdom that came with them. To me they are beautiful creatures that are absolutely amazing. Thank you for giving me insight to the world of Owl. Vote up and shared. :)

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      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you LORD! That's a good question. Why couldn't they be? ABout 14 years ago, I visited the New York State Fair and they had a huge bird show with about 8 OWL species. After the show we were allowed to glove up and old one and take a picture. Of course I chose the biggest bird. His wingspan was 6 1/2 feet! I wish I still had that picture! It was taken on polaroid. I'm happy you liked the hub! :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Owl doesn't always visit everyone. However, it sounds as if you have connected with other species. Thank you for your comment:)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you onlooker! They truly are magnificent in their own right! I'm pleased you stopped by. I appreciate your comment. :)

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Nice Hub!

      I always was intrigued by the relationship between owls and wisdom. And as always wondering again; Where.. or who was its antecessor? Where they related to those winged pterodactyls? I like their sizes though. Thanks for sharing this one Lisa.


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      7 years ago

      I am having lots of love birds and other small beautiful birds so its really very difficult for me to take care from Owls in the night

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      7 years ago

      Wow, I just learned so much about the magnificent bird. Loved the pictures too, they're beautiful and so it the article. Thank you.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      They definitely prey on the felines as well as small to medium dogs. They are very powerful birds. We keep our animals in at night to protect them from the night hunters such as owls and coyotes.

      Mahalo nui for the support. Look forward to reading your work as well!

      Aloha Pamela! :)

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      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Very interesting. I'm trying to read up on owls in general because a friend told me that the larger owls (I forget which kind she named) can and do pick up full-grown cats. She says she's lost four cats to the owls and she now keeps her animals in all night.

      Voting up and interesting.


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