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Barn Owl
Snowy Owl
Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Great Horned Owl

There many types/

Owl Medicine: the mystery of magic, omens, silent wisdom and vision in the night
Cycle of Power: nocturnal—year round

Owl is the symbol of the moon, the feminine and insight. Owl is believed to have great healing powers. Because of its association with the moon, it is also tied into fertility, seduction, illusion and mystery. Owl is a bird of magick,prophecy and darkness, of prophecy and wisdom. The Greeks associated the owl with Athena, and it was the symbol of higher wisdom and understanding. Hekate is also associated with Owl as Her messenger, and prophecy. Native Americans saw Owl as an omen.

Owl Medicine is often symbolically associated with clairvoyance, astral projection and magick. 

Owl can see and hear what might normally be hidden. Owl is the bird of the night and has long been the symbol of the darkness within—the place where humans hide their secrets. Owl can instantly adjust its sight to respond to even minute changes in light intensity, and are specially adapted to detect the most subtle movements. Its yellow eyes reflect the light of the Sun active within the Night; the Light penetrating the Darkness.

Those with Owl Medicine will be able see and hear what others may try to hide; they see what is not visible in the shadows, hear what is not said aloud, and read between the lines to see the truth of a situation. They will be able to pinpoint subtleties and discrepancies. This may make others uncomfortable when they are no longer able to deceive, and their hidden agendas are seen through. Owl people have the ability to see into the darkness of others’ souls and into their lives, which may also cause some tension or discomfort with others. These keen senses of sight and hearing have metaphysical links to the gifts of clairvoyance and clairaudience.

Meditate on the owl and things will be revealed.
Listen to its voice inside of you.

You will hear not what is being said by others, but what is hidden.  
You can detect subtleties of voice that others cannot.
People cannot deceive a person who has an owl totem.

Owl people can see into the darkness of others souls.
Most owl people are clairvoyant because of this ability.
It can be very scary at times.
Learn to trust your instincts about people.
Let your owl totem guide you.

Source- Animal Speaks,Ted Andrews

Owl has come to me in dreams I have seen  the Barn owl, and it is amazing. I have learned much form Owl, one was opening to medium-ship . After A Barn Owl came to me, a large open, I noticed when I was doing readings, things went to a new level and spirit communication , and I was channeling naturally much more. 

Who has experience Owl in their life, and how has Owl aided you?

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I actually have Owls as one of my Totems, the Black birds of all types are those I use as well. The Black birds are always around in my times of need. I have a family of Owls that have lived in my trees as well, if you look on Page at the second set I have Posted, you will see one of the Pic's that go by is a Picture of a Baby Owl that flew in and out of my garage, my daughter finally got a Picture of him, his momma was fussing at him, lol while sat up into the Trees. When I lost my home this past summer and bought my new house and moved, it appears all my birds followed me :). But in all, it seems I use many if not most birds as my Totem's. They stay with me so who am I to make them leave, they stay for a reason and I love them.



Wonderfull and yes I will have to see the pic LOLS. Owls are cute esp babies.

Blessings to you as well

> Native Americans saw Owl as an omen.

An omen of death. Owls are traditionally associated with death, the underworld, and those sorts of things/gods. It's all over Mexico and Mesopotamia, as well as a few other cultures.

Owl Animal Symbolism

The owl is sacred to the Greek goddess of learning, Athena and is even depicted on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of status, intelligence and of course, wealth.

In ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and a protection of the dead.

In this light the owl was ruler of the night and seer of souls. A misunderstanding of this necessary relationship gave the owl some negative associations with death.

It should be clear that the owl was honored as the keeper of spirits who had passed from one plane to another. Often myth indicates the owl accompanying a spirit to the underworld - winging it's newly freed soul from the physical world into the realm of spirit.

A quick-list of owl symbolic meanings:


Native Americans associated the meaning of owl with wisdom, foresight, and keeper of sacred knowledge. This may largely be due to the fact that the owl is a great foreteller of weather conditions. Also its ability to see at night is legend among the Native Americans, and this attribute would be invoked during ceremonies when an oracle of secret knowledge was required.

Similarly, West African and Aboriginal Australian cultures viewed the owl as a messenger of secrets, kin to sorcerers, as well as companions to seers, mystics and medicine people.

During medieval times in western and central Europe it was fabled that owls were actually priestesses (witches) and wizards in disguise. To this day the owl is considered a witch's familiar (an animal soul-spirit linked to a spiritual person via a unique, communicative bond).




Source 1 of more pages then I will post about Owls since they all state pretty much the same. Yes Owls do have a certain affiliation with death, but most associated stories about the Owl and Death is mostly superstition. The actual symbolism of the Owl including that of the Native Americans is totally different. To associate the Symbolism of any Totem and the Superstition of a Animal are not one and the same, they are just misconstrued stories that really hurt the Animal and the true Symbolism that they represent.



I'm going to say this as nicely as I can...

You're ideas about owls and NA symbolism is romantic. Aztecs, Mayans, Mixtecs etc are *Native Americans*. To dumb the death symbolism to saying its mere supersition is a great over simplification and it's also a "defense" that doesn't work in any religion. Also, your citation is NOT academic. Its a mystic site.

Aztecs and Mayans regarded the owl as a death omen, because it was a MESSENGER OF THE DEATH GODS and the underworld. The codex Borgia in fact, depicts owls with skulls on their heads for this reason and with underworld connections. (Google it.)Likewise the god of death Mictlantecuhtli wears owl feathers, a trait non-death gods don't share. In modern Mexico they're associated with Santa Muerte or St.Death. Death is not something in NA to be just be "scared of".

Not even counting North American tribes' ideals of totems do not resemble this at all. This is more akin to the Aztec idea of nahualli rather than actual "totems".

As for Mesopotamia, that's places like Sumer and Babylonia, owls were associated with the same things, this is why there is multiple idfentifications fo the Burney Relief. One being a lilitu demon (an owl woman with similar description), one being the goddess of the underworld herself Ereshkigal, or the great goddess Inanna in her descent into the underworld, which she's also called "Lady Owl". (You want academic citations for this?) Since lilitu and later lilith are owls, owls are naturally seen in graveyyards and wastelands. They're associated with the wild, which was scary in Mesopotamia and evil spirits. Lilith and Lilitu demons killed babies.

These myths are far older than Greek myths of Athena and wisdom. In fact outside of Greece I can't find owls associated with that elsewhere outside of Greece until modern day. Owls were also associated with Hekate the dark goddess of witches who has tons of underworld symbology. If I remember correctly only a specific species is sacred to Athene.

Reply by Xoc ~ Popess of Paradox 16 minutes ago I'm going to say this as nicely as I can...

You're ideas about owls and NA symbolism is romantic. Aztecs, Mayans, Mixtecs etc are *Native Americans*. To dumb the death symbolism to saying its mere supersition is a great over simplification and it's also a "defense" that doesn't work in any religion. Also, your citation is NOT academic. Its a mystic site.

Ok Xoc,

Why is that when I talk about Native American symbolism of Owls it only, Romantic Ideas", why is it that any other Culture you speak off of all, "Academia", Why didn't you post any Sources you posted from. I only ask you this because I am Half Native American and all I posted from the one sight actually came for many points of view in Academia.

I can tell you for a fact that not all cultures see the Owl as Death Omen. For instance the Apache Indian Tribe were thought to have a taboo about the Owls because they felt they were evil with sinister ways and do carry Death to someones door. But the Cherokee Native Americans believed that the owl and cougar reached this high level of purity and sacredness and are considered special.

Other Tribal Nations see the Owl as a Gate Keeper to the Spirit world and all soul of the Dead had to pass the the Owl to reach the Spirit world from with they will be reborn. The Aztec are no different then what I have already decribed as are the other Cultures you posted on.
I am just saying that what you posted is about those cultures and their Belief as I posted about what is consider a Belief System. I am not say you are wrong, I am saying that all cultures believed differently about the same thing. So we are both right, now in saying that, I will please ask you to try not to be so condescending to me.
When one culture sees darkness another sees Light and then again many sees both.
Please try to have a nice night.
I'm not being condscending, this is merely your perspective.

The reason I cited them but not posted them is because I've been posting from a cell phone. :-/

You can just wait until I have time + a comp.

Btw your lineage isn't the topic. The cultures are. I didn't say all cultures see owls as death symbols, I said ignoring the fact that they are connected to death, underworld, and death gods isn't something that should NOT be nor is it "negative".

OK, well, there are Modern Mayans in Mexico that are vastly different from ancient Mayans and may or may not know about the pre-Colombian variety. It is not a defense to say "I have native american blood", after all I do too. That doesn't mean I *know* all about my ancestors or anything at all.

Owl w/ skull on his head from codex borgia:


(I spruced it up on photobucket to use as an icon.)

There's several of these owls.

On Mictlantecuhtli, book source is Miller and Taube's book on the symbols of the Maya and the Aztec, a dictionary.

This is a Santa Muerte rosary. The owl and death symbols are predominate.

From here:

Tezcatlipoca also has an owl form called Chalchiuhtecólotl, in which in that form he appears as a Horned owl and is a god of criminals.

This is the controversial Burney relief which scholars have identified as the two goddesses associated with the underworld I name or the demon Lilith. Either way this pre-dates Greece and many scholars know of Babylon's impact on Greece, such as Ningishzidda becoming the Staff of Hermes and Inanna/Ishtar turning into Aphrodite,(Also astrology comes from Babylon.) and believe this image has influenced Greece and Athena. It may also be fake, but lack of testing has not given results.

Now yes I have heard of this, but never seen pic LOL

It is beautiful though

There's nothing like, naked owl women. ;-)

I hate to argue with you Tea, I really do, because you're my friend, but the stories I've always been told, and that I've found in my research, didn't involve the Owl for that particular Cherokee lore. It was the eagle and the cougar. It's why the Eagle is considered a sacred animal, and eagle feathers are only awarded to warriors that demonstrate great feats of courage: the Eagle soared to the top of the sky, and touched the Great Spirit. Because of this, the Eagle is seen as pure and strong, a being that goes where others can't.


Just thought I'd mention it.


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