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Spiritual Meaning of Owls

Updated on February 23, 2016

The owl. Deeply connected with magic and shamanism, it has been worshiped throughout the centuries. Some have seen the owls as a "winged cat" because they share similar personality characteristics.

Some of the meanings associated with the magnificent owl are: Intelligence, brilliance, wisdom, power, knowledge, intuition, message, mysticism, mystery, unconscious and silent observation, independence, protection, courage, transition, longevity and reincarnation.

The owl is also associated with deja vu and other spiritual faculties. See this article for more info: deja vu explained.

Unlike most birds, owls are nocturnal, with a big head and big eyes looking forward. The owl's eyes are fixed in their sockets, and some are able to turn their head 270 degrees. With their exceptional vision, acute hearing, and the ability to fly silently, they are stealthy and effective hunters.

These nocturnal creatures are a symbol of inner wisdom, psychic ability and intuition. These birds are considered by many cultures as messengers between the heavens and the mortal plane.

If the owl comes to you then you have to open our eyes as it may indicate the need to sift through the darkness and face your fears and study the situation at hand. If you look and listen to your inner being, you can find out what is happening around you, and deal with it in a timely manner.

In some Eastern cultures, the owl is a sacred guardian of the afterlife, ruler of the night, and a seer and guardian of souls-in-transition.

If owls keep showing up in your dreams, you may be being deceived in your waking life! Pay attention to your relationships and your career. Something might be wrong and your subconscious is trying to warn you!

Native Americans loved the owl's wisdom and sacred knowledge. The village shaman would typically ask the owl if there were any with ill intentions in the village. Indians wore owl feathers to protect against evil spirits. In Ancient Greece, the ancient Greeks related the owl to Athena, the goddess of wisdom and foresight. This symbol was used in Greek coins and therefore also associated with wealth. West African and Australian aboriginal cultures also saw the owl as a messenger of secrets. In Celtic tradition the owl meant wisdom, clairvoyance, stealth, initiation, change and detachment. Always aware of his surroundings, the owl combined intuition with courage, as well as knowledge of the hidden truth, and guidance from land creatures and deities of the underworld.

If you are attracted to the owl, it might be your spirit animal!

The owl has a dark side: deception, fooling others with your external appearance, illusion and evil mysticism are qualities associated with the owl. Hidden truths must be uncovered; ghastly plots must be pierced.

If you are attracted by owls and their meaning, you can have this same ability to discover secrets. People may feel uncomfortable around you, as if you are able to see through them. The owl also teaches us to recognize the dark side of our personality, and in that darkness you can find true growth.

References I used to write this article:

Owl in Chinese Culture

World Owl Mythology

Owl, Spiritual Animal (In Spanish)

Meaning of Owl (In Spanish)


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