top of page

Owl Spiritual Meaning | Owl Spirit Animal

Updated: Jun 8, 2021

Owls are quite rare to see, especially in the wild. But if you constantly see an Owl, whether real, a model one, or even in a dream, it brings a message. 

Curious Owl Facts

Owls are nocturnal and usually active during the night. There are some Owls who can be seen lurking around during dusk and dawn and are more active during the day such as the Snowy Owl or Burrowing Owl. Owl hoots are known to let other animals know of their claims to a particular territory. These same hoots can be heard from miles away. 

As hunters, Owls are very calculated. They plan the execution of their prey.  Within seconds, their eyes can adjust from telescopic to microscopic, making hunting easier for them. They can also rotate their necks 270 degrees. This helps them to watch more of their territory in search of potential prey. Owls are known to eat their prey whole. Their prey ranges from mice to in some cases even small deer although Owls only weigh up to about 4lbs.

Spiritual Meaning of Owls

Owls are definitely mysterious. Although we know they are around somewhere, a lot of us never see a real one. For those who do see them or feel called by this Spirit Animal it may represent how mysterious you are. Maybe you don’t share every calculated plan you have in mind. Or maybe you only come out of hiding when it is necessary. If this doesn’t already represent you, seeing an Owl can be a sign to not tell anyone about your big plans until you have completed them.

Sometimes due to excitement, people feel the urge to tell their “friends” or loved ones their blueprinted plan on how to make their dreams come true. There are a number of ways this could go wrong, but also right. Some people will respond very well to hearing big plans and even invest in them in some way. But it is also quite often that people dismiss those big dreams and this may come from their own insecurities. Your parents or friends may think that your dream is impossible and might not want to see you get hurt or fail in life. That dream may trigger fear in them and that same fear creates a negative energy around your goal which could manifest. 

As a dreamer, it’s important for you to notice other dreamers. They are a part of your tribe. 

Tell the dreamers, that you trust, what your dreams are. You will notice that they ignite your flame and embrace that it burns brighter than before. Those dreamers will inspire you rather than drain you. 

Because Owls are very calculated creatures, seeing one is a sign that you may need to think out your plans with an eye to the long term. It’s important that you remain calculated so that your dream life can come into fruition. Be persistent and determined!

Owls don’t give up just because their prey got away. At the end of the day, they still have to eat. 

Interestingly enough Owls fly silently. This definitely makes it easier for them to win while hunting not only because they are out of sight but because they can't be heard either, making it easier for them to sneak up on their prey.

In your case, keeping your dreams and goals within a tight circle narrows down the amount of negative energy that can enter that circle. Keep your goals near and dear as they are treasures. Of course you will want to share this treasure but it’s best you share it once it’s complete. 

Treasures must be protected.

It’s important that you take note of strategies no longer working effectively so that you may execute your plans. There is no rush ! Be as resourceful as you can be. Utilize whatever resources are accessible to you. Similar to your big goal, an Owl may rather eat a small deer but instead eats the insects that he finds. That's what keeps them going, what keeps them alive. This represents you taking little steps towards your big goal to keep your dreams fed and alive. Under each big goal, create smaller stepping stones so that you may keep up with your abundance of progress. It will seem a lot more difficult if you do not keep track of the small obstacles you overcame that impacted your journey in a major way. 

When I think of Owls, I also think about their infinite patience. In the wild they constantly observe and even learn from their environments before considering moving in on their target. The "target" equivalence for you would be your goals. Remember to be patient with your goals and be aware of the steps it may take to overcome any obstacles.

Sometimes slowing down and listening is exact what you need to perfect your craft. Listen within and around you. You will realize that the divine will always send you answers, but you must be listening. It is very important to set the intention to listen and to learn.

Study your craft, and even study how others succeed in the area that you aspire to be in. Who is your biggest role model in your desired field? What have they taught you? Remember that you don't need to be like anyone because being you brings more success than not being yourself. However, it is crucial that you learn from others before you and put your own little twist on it !

Study is just as important as execution. Be strategic, focused, calculated and patient just like the Owl.

Owl Mythology History

Greek Culture :

The owl was Athena’s favorite creature. Athena was the Goddess of Wisdom and the Goddess of War. She was constantly striving to expand her wisdom. She wasn’t as violent as Ares, her brother. She used her infinite knowledge to win during war. In Greek Culture the Owl was believed to be a protector of the people. They believed that if an Owl flew over an army before battle, it was a sign of a victory.

African Culture :

In African Culture it was believed that Shamans would hang an Owl around their home. It was also believed that Owls communicated with the underworld, sending messages back and forth.

Native American Culture :

Owls were thought of to bring death or a sign of near coming death. Many believed that Owls were often witches who had shape shifted. They believed the witches would shape shift into Owls to spy on other people. Some even believed Owls were similar to the Grim Reaper, bringing souls to the underworld. However, some could tell the difference between a "real" or disguised Owl. The real Owls were believed to have been wise.

Egyptian Culture :

Egyptians believed that the Owl protected the spirits of the transitioning, as they traveled to the underworld.

Roman Culture :

The Romans would hang a dead owl on their door to keep evil away from their homes. They believed that witches would transform into Owls. They also believed Owls bared bad omens.

Sources :

Wigington, Patti. "Owl Folklore and Legends, Magic and Mysteries." Learn Religions, Aug. 26, 2020,

Written : 17.Nov.2020

Lina Mystic

239 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page