Owl Symbolism

Owl Symbolism

Native Americans associated Owl with wisdom, foresight, and being a keeper of sacred knowledge. Probably because Owl is known as a great forecaster of weather. Its ability to see in the dark is legend among Native Americans. This attribute would be invoked during ceremonies when an Oracle of secret knowledge was needed.

The Owl is sacred to Athena, the Greek Goddess of learning. It is even depicted on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of intelligence, wealth, and status. In ancient Egypt, Hindu, and Celtic cultures, the symbolic meaning of Owl revolved around being guardians of the Underworld and protectors of the dead. This meant that Owls were seers of souls and rulers of the night. The Owl was honored as the keeper of spirits. They would accompany spirits to the Underworld.

In Western and Central Europe during Medieval times, it was fabled that owls were actually witches and wizards in disguise. To this day, the owl is thought to be witches’ familiars (an animal soul-spirit linked to a person through a communicative bond).


The Owl is a creature of the night.

Nocturnal Animals Symbolize:
☽ Dreams
☽ Shadows
☽ Other-worldliness
☽ Secrets
☽ Physical awareness

Owls are symbolic of the wisdom of the soul. They are mysterious because most species are nocturnal and the night has always been intriguing to us. Owls live within the darkness, which includes magic, mystery, and ancient knowledge. Related to the night is the moon, which owls are also connected to. It becomes a symbol of the feminine and fertility, with the moon’s cycles of renewal.

The owl is also a symbol for Athena, Goddess of strategy and wisdom. According to myth, an owl sat on Athena’s blind side, so that she could see the whole truth.

Here is a quick list of owl’s symbolic meaning:

☽ Mystery
☽ Transition
☽ Wisdom
☽ Messages
☽ Intelligence
☽ Mysticism
☽ Protection
☽ Secrets

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