Symbolism and Meaning of the Owl

Sacred to the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, the owl has been depicted on Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of intelligence, wealth and status.

Many Native Americans associated the owl with foresight and wisdom, and saw it as a keeper of sacred knowledge. Among some Native Americans, the owl was ceremonially invoked as an oracle of secret knowledge.

West African and Aboriginal cultures have viewed the owl as a companion to seers and mystics, kin to medicine people and sorcerers, and messenger of secrets.

During medieval times in Europe, owls were fabled to be witches, priestesses or wizards in disguise. To this day, the owl is considered to be an animal spirit that may be linked to a spiritual person – a Witch’s familiar in other words.

In ancient Egyptian, Hindu and Celtic cultures, the owl represented guardianship of the underworlds and protection of the dead. In this light, we see the owl as ruler of the night and seer of souls. Many have twisted this symbolism and incorrectly believe the owl to be an omen of death.

The owl is, in fact, the honored keeper of the spirits of those who have passed from one plane to another. When you think of the owl, think of it winging a newly-freed soul from the physical world into the realm of spirit.

When you connect with the owl in its own environment, look to it for help in deciphering messages in dreams and shadows. Look to it for the pure energy of other worlds and secret knowledge. Heed the owl in communications related to psychic awareness.

Learn the language of the owl, and open yourself spiritually to listen for it in the language of the Moon, the wind, the sky, the Earth and the trees.

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