The Owl has been surrounded in myth and mystery throughout the world. Being nocturnal, it symbolizes the mystery of the night and darkness. The Owl is sacred to the Goddesses Minerva and Athena, and is symbolic of the Moon, Magick, Shape-Shifting, Dreams, Messages Between Worlds, and Freedom. Owls are found around the world, and there are over 100 species. 11 of these species are endangered and 45 are nearly extinct due to the destruction of their natural habitats and random hunting. The World Owl Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving owls and their habitats, has made great strides in this regard and is a world-wide organization based in the UK.
The Owl blinks, like humans, by closing the upper eyelids. This gives them a human-like expression. Unlike humans, however, the eyes do not move. The Owl has a very flexible neck, giving it a wide range of peripheral vision. They also have, like other birds of prey, a third eyelid which moves from side to side, cleansing the eye and clearing vision. Each Owl species have their own unique characteristics.
The Great Horned Owl is a teacher of authority and control. It recognizes the importance of seizing the moment and making the most of what is available. It is symbolic of spiritual enlightenment, as well as earthly wisdom, and your life can truly be enriched with the spirit of the Great Horned Owl working with you.
The Snowy Owl is different from most of the species because it is active during the day. The spirit of the Snowy Owl shares secrets and hidden knowledge. This beautiful white owl encourages you to seek knowledge and search for life’s answers. Teach what you know, and learn while doing so.
If you are using Owl Medicine, you will develop healing abilities. You are drawn to mysteries and the unknown. The powers of Divination and Awareness are strong, and you possess the courage to make changes when needed and to follow your intuition. Those who have the spirit of the Owl learn to conserve energy while being constantly observant. The Owl spirit is courageous and playful, and gives the unique ability to see into the eyes and souls of others. The Owl enables you to see and hear what others try to hide, into the shadows and that which is hidden. The Owl spirit brings the gifts of Clairvoyance and Clairaudience-seeing and hearing what others do not. Prophetic dreams and Astral Projection are also connected to the Owl.
To Call Forth The Owl
When seeking the presence of Owl in your life, place images or figures of owls on your altar. During meditation or ritual, say, “I call forth the spirit of Owl to be present in my life, both visibly and magickally”. While doing this, visualize the Owl as clearly as you can in your mind’s eye. After doing this for a couple of weeks, two Great Horned Owls moved into the trees behind our home. They were quite loud, calling to one another, almost as if they were right outside our window. My Owl totem has been present with me for quite some time, even showing up in aura photos and during private rituals.