Sometime after midnight last week I saw a large owl sitting on top of a lamppost in New Orleans. It hung out for several minutes before taking flight. It got me questioning why we never see more of them. Then I remembered that a shop keeper in Brazil gave me a little owl charm for good luck just before flying back to Vancouver . I wanted to find out more about owls as they seem to be popping up more lately & they represent a list of symbolic meanings such as:
I read that the Owl Comes to Those Who are More Scorpionic and Plutonian as The Owl is a Night Bird and Awakens Its Higher Self at Night.
If like me, you are curious to know more about what the mysterious owl represents read on………………
Not my photo – taken from photo gallery
Owls have been associated with magic, wisdom and heightened senses throughout history from ancient Greece to Asia and America. Plains Indians wore owl feathers to protect themselves from evil spirits, and in Middle Eastern cultures the owl was seen as a sacred guardian of the afterlife.
Native Americans associated the meaning of owl with wisdom, foresight, and keeper of sacred knowledge. The Owl has Always Been Seen as The Bird of Wisdom , The Mind of All Knowingness and Mind of All Seeingness. 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.
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 Greek mythology the owl was attributed to Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and as the symbol was used on Greek coins owls also became associated with wealth. However in medieval Europe owls had a bad name; a symbol of witchcraft involved in the secret powers of the night, which is in sharp contrast to the symbol of knowledge and education that we commonly associate the owl with today.
In modern Japanese culture owls are still quite significant as many Japanese people commonly carry an owl charm, but what does it symbolize?
The owl is the symbol of magic. Powerful magic, good omens, prophecy, astral travel, power to see the un-seen, all seeing knowledge, great wisdom, good luck, power of the moon and night, insight, giving and receiving messages, clairvoyance, religious beliefs, communication with the spirit world, and insight into others true motives.
The owl – quite a significant icon!