Owl Animal Symbolism
The owl was considered to be sacred and powerful totem to the ancient Celtic, cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and a protection of the dead.
The owl was ruler of the night and seer of souls. It was highly respected and sometimes even feared. Some tribal cultures associated the owl with foretelling of a death.
The owl was highly honoured and often regarded as the keeper of spirits Those who had passed from one spirit world to another.
It was believed that the owl journeyed with the spirits of the dead to the underworld – releasing their souls from the physical world into the realm of spirit.
A quick-list of owl symbolic meanings:
Intelligence and Knowledge
The Lords of Balance and Time
Mystery and Magic
Many of the Ancient cultures associated the meaning of owl with wisdom, foresight, and keeper of sacred knowledge.
This is possibly because they believed that the owl could foretell when adverse weather conditions were coming.
The owl’s ability to see at night is legend among the Ancient races, and this attribute would be invoked during ceremonies when an oracle of secret knowledge was required.
Similarly, Native American tribes, Greek, West African and Aboriginal Australian cultures viewed the owl as a messenger of secrets. Owls were highly honoured and in some instances depicted as companions to the Gods and Goddesses, likened to sorcerers, as well as companions to seers, mystics and medicine people.
During medieval times in western and central Europe it was believed that owls were actually High Priestesses, Witches or even 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).
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