What Does an Owl Spirit Animal Mean?

Owl spirit animal

The owl spirit animal appears in your life to offer greater insight into things hidden and unseen. This is one spirit animal you can't afford to ignore, so you should follow the guidance it offers for different areas of your life.

What Does It Mean to Have an Owl as Your Spirit Animal?

The meaning of an owl as your spirit animal in Native American lore depends on the clan and the traditional meaning. The owl is a helper and guide for some clans. Other clans view the owl as a dark supernatural entity sent as a bad omen or warning. Other clans believe the owl is a neutral spirit and is just a simple messenger.

Owl as a Totem Animal

Most owls are nocturnal, adding another layer of darkness to their uncanny ability to maneuver and see in the dark. This ability is imbued to you by having the owl as your totem animal. The message from the owl is to see beyond the surface of life and notice all the tiny details of the forest below you.

If you have an owl as one of your totem animals, you can call upon this winged night eagle to help you see what is being kept from you and hidden in the darkness. The owl looks to the future, never the past. The owl totem guides you to move forward in life and focus only on the present and what lies ahead.

The owl asks you to assess your life as though you were perched on a branch as an observer. When you can view yourself with detachment, the owl gifts you with insight.

Discover Your Psychic Abilities

There are common characteristics found in the owl spirit animal, such as intuition. This ability grants the owl an extraordinary ability to see the human condition as well as the motivations of spirit actively working in a person's life. This ability is transferred to those with owl guides and totems. A totem owl helps you open up to latent psychic gifts, such as clairvoyance, and encourages you to delve deep within yourself.

One of the most valuable insights an intuitive can have is the ability to discern what is true and what is false. The owl energy gifts this valuable ability when it grants you second-sight. With discernment, the gifted can see past the masks people wear to disguise their core being, aka the soul.

The saying "wise as an owl" is based on the traditions of owl spirit and owl medicine. The owl's intuition and discernment open the gateway to great wisdom. The owl has an aura of timelessness and knows the hour of death, as well as the times of transition and change.

Meanings for Types of Owls

There are a few specific attributes assigned to different owls. This laser focus can be helpful in understanding the meaning of an owl as your spirit animal.

Flying Owl

Great Horned Owl

The spine-tingling screech of a Great Horned Owl is viewed as a dire warning of a sudden death. This isn't an accidental death, but a death, such as from murder. The Great Horned Owl tufts of feathers about its ears create a daunting illusion of horns, a physical attribute viewed as a powerful connection to the underworld.

Screech Owl

Screech Owls, like the Great Horned Owl, have these same ear tufts of feathers. In addition, the Screech Owl can be gray or as some Eastern species that are reddish-brown with dark streaks and intricate color patterns. The sound of the Screech Owl is believed a trumpeter of death.

Hoot Owl

Hoot owl and Barred owl are associated with magic, specifically magic connected to the moon cycles. A couple of tribes had Hoot Owl Clans in the past and considered them positive forces.

Messages From Your Owl Spirit Guide

If you see an owl in the day or night, in a vision, dream or during meditation, it may be sending you a powerful message.

When a baby owl appears to you, the message being conveyed is to be yourself. You need to give yourself time and space to explore the depths of who you are and what you want in life. It is time to allow the inner you to grow, sprout wings, and fly to new heights.

If an owl is active during the day, flies over you or calls out to you, it's time to take stock of what is going on in your life. If you're on the road to self-destruction, heed the owl's warning that death awaits you at the end of that path. If you're having issues with someone and can't quite decide if they are being honest with you, the owl is warning you that perhaps they are lying.

Medicine Animal

Shamans and medicine men often believed their powers came from the owl. Dark Witches, as well as bad shamans, are believed to shapeshift into owls to journey at night undetected and cast evil spells.

Meanings of Dreams About Owls

There are many meanings for owls appearing in your dreams. You should pay close attention to the details of any dream you have about an owl. the owl sends the dream to you as assistance to whatever issue or problem is currently challenging you.

White Owl

If you dream of a white owl, you're being reminded to approach your current situations with the trust of an innocent. You may be in a situation where you feel someone is guilty, but the owl rushes in to declare the person's innocence. A white owl may arrive to announce a period of fun that is about to unfold for you. The owl reminds you to embrace fun with childlike appreciation.

White Owl Perching

Black Owl

The black owl is an omen of negative energy. This can be in the form of a toxic relationship or a specific person. Examine your dream very closely to ascertain what the black owl is communicating. Traditionally, when a black owl enters your dream, it warns of disease or death. Pay attention to what the owl is doing in your dream. For example, if it flies toward someone, then it is giving you a message about that person.

Gray Owl

The appearance of a gray owl in your dream is an urgent message that you don't have all the facts yet. Its wise advice is to wait and see. There is more to be revealed, so you should make any snap decisions. Take a beat and wait for the rest of the information you need is given to you.

You can interpret various movements and interactions with the owl in your dream, such as:

  • An owl staring at you imparts wisdom.
  • A silent owl is keeping a secret from you.
  • A flying owl is heralding your success.
  • A talking owl wants to reveal a secret to you.

Owl Spirit Animal Meaning and Guidance

There are several meanings for the owl spirit animal. An easy guide about these various meanings can help you decipher the message your owl spirit animal is giving you.

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