Owl Symbolism—What Does It Mean When You See an Owl?

Updated on May 13, 2018
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The mysterious, beautiful owl is a bird worth studying. It flies by night and it has an uncanny ability to capture prey. But because these birds are night-fliers, humans have often feared them. Many societies and cultures associate them with darkness, negativity, and mystery while others associated them with wisdom and prophecy.

What Does it Mean When You See or Hear an Howl?

  • Owl sightings and calls can be either blessing or a bad omen. Pay attention to what happens immediately after you see or hear the owl. If something good happens, then the sighting portends good fortune. If something negative happens, then the sighting presages bad news, including illness.
  • The ancient Welsh associated owls with fertility. If a pregnant woman heard an owl hoot, then it was believed that she would have an easy labor.
  • Ancient Greeks, and the Romans for that matter, associated owls with the goddess Athena, wisdom, and prophecy.
  • Ancient Christians saw owls as a sign of evil and linked them with Lilith, Adam's first, disobedient wife.

A snowy owl in flight. Owls are most frequently seen at night, although some species are active during the day.
A snowy owl in flight. Owls are most frequently seen at night, although some species are active during the day. | Source

Owls are most often seen and heard during the night, because they are nocturnal. However, some owls, such as the pygmy owl, are active at twilight. And if you see or hear an owl during the day, it means that you are likely encountering a diurnal owl that sleeps at night just like we do—two diurnal owls are the burrowing owl and the short-eared owl.

I really like owls, so I painted this owl a couple of years ago. It's acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16".
I really like owls, so I painted this owl a couple of years ago. It's acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16". | Source

Owl Lore

Owls are birds of the night—generally speaking. Because of this fact, they have been associated with the moon, the night, and even the feminine.

  • The ancient Greeks revered the goddess Athena, who was supposed to be the goddess of wisdom and guardian of the Acropolis. Her symbol was the owl, so the bird became a symbol of higher wisdom. The owl was a bird of prophecy and wisdom in many ancient cultures.
  • The ancient Romans thought that a feather from an owl would help you find out the secrets of a sleeping person.

For different Native American cultures, the owl represented different things.
For different Native American cultures, the owl represented different things. | Source

Owl Symbolism in Native American Culture

According to some Native American cultures, every person has an animal designation, which is determined by the time of year that you were born. In this tradition, the owl is the animal symbol for people born between November 23 and December 21.

Ted Andrews, the author of Animal Speak, says that Native American groups have differing views of the owl. While the Pawnee thought of the owl as a symbol of protection, the Ojibwa saw it as an omen of death or evil. He goes on to say that in Pueblo culture, there was a god called the Skeleton Man. He was a god of death but, conversely, also a spirit of fertility. The owl was associated with this god.

Indeed, you will find that different Native American cultures regard the owl with negative, neutral, and positive associations. Some see the owl as one who is allied with bad spirits and bad people. Its presence can help a person to develop negative psychic powers to use against others for selfish reasons. Some people can even use those psychic powers to control others. We all know those "controlling" people. They might have an owl in their totem!

What Does it Mean to Have an Owl in Your Totem?

According to Native American tradition, people with an owl in their totem are also said to be adaptable and approach life in an easy-going manner. They are often artistic and adventurous. Witty and flexible, sensitive and with a zest for life, these folks can accomplish great things. Conversely, they can get a bit self-absorbed and can hold grudges.

Do you think you have an owl in your totem? Ask yourself whether the owl has special meaning to you. Are you especially attracted to or afraid of them? Do you see them more often than other people who live nearby? If so, then owls might among your spirit guides.

Facts About Owls You Don't Already Know

  1. Owls have large eyes to facilitate navigation in complete darkness. Their eyes are specially adapted to easily detect movement and see any changes in light levels.
  2. They blink like humans do, but they also have a "third eyelid" that sweeps from side to side to help clean and lubricate their eyes, which can’t move. Instead of looking around by changing the direction of their gazes, like we can, they must use their necks to move their entire heads to face the direction they want to see. While they can’t turn their heads 360°, they can turn them quite far in search of a sound or object.
  3. Their ears don’t sit evenly on their heads. In fact, one is often noticeably larger than the other. This is so each ear can hear a different area and thus help owls sort and identify sounds more easily.
  4. Over 100 species of owls exist, and many live near human settlements. This is due to the fact that rodents, a key part of owls' diets, also take up residence near human activity.
  5. Some species of owls are endangered. This is because they are suffering a loss of habitat. People also hunt and kill them in the mistaken belief that they are “pests.” However, the hunting ability of owls actually helps exterminate rodents. Barn owls can catch 10 times as many rodents as a cat can in a single night. And owls feeding young owlets can catch significantly more than that. Owls definitely have a place and an important role to play in the ecosystem.

Two owlets near a banana tree.
Two owlets near a banana tree. | Source

Owl Nesting Habits

  1. Owls have mating habits similar to other birds. They generally live alone, but will seek each other out when it’s time to breed. The female will only mate with a male she truly trusts.
  2. Barn owls will form a bond with a mate for life. Other owls will stay together long enough to see the owlets leave the "nest."
  3. Owls don’t make their own nests. They find nests made by other birds or other safe havens like forks in trees.
  4. Generally, the female will stay with the eggs and owlets while the male bird will hunt for food and bring it back. An owl that’s helping to feed young will kill dozens of mice, rodents, and other prey in just one night. Talk about efficient predators!

Why Are Owls So Quiet?

Owls can fly in complete silence, capturing and eating their prey before the prey has any idea of what’s happened. This silent flight is made possible by their soft and fringe-like wings and the fact that their wings are quite large relative to their bodies. Once an owl captures its prey, it swallows it headfirst and whole. The owl's body digests and uses everything except the bones, fur, and teeth of the prey. Then, the owl eliminates the unusable parts as pellets.

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This little owl sculpture decorates my living room.  I found it at a garage sale.
This little owl sculpture decorates my living room. I found it at a garage sale. | Source

References

Animal Speak. Andrews, Ted. Llewellyn Publications: MN. 2002.

Spirits of the Earth. Lake-Thom, Bobby. Penguin Group: NY. 1997.

http://www.whats-your-sign.com/native-american-animal-symbols.html, retrieved 8/5/2012.

© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun

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      Linda Galbraith 

      5 weeks ago

      I saw 4 snowy owls today between Paisley and Port Elgin. Beautiful!

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      Jeanna Selyanina 

      6 weeks ago

      just now sitting and looking at BEAUTIFUL SNOWY OWL !!!!!!!! January 9, 2019 in Innisfil, Ontario. Speechless !!!!

      Owl was attacked by three crows and did not pay any attention to these three black screaming creatures..... Owl was relaxed and gorgeous....

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      Edlin 

      6 weeks ago

      March 20, my mother passed.only 55 years of age. one year in chemotherapy remission. it was the first day of spring. i remember the morning clearly even-though my mind was foggy. i miss her. some part of me went into hiding to avoid the full shock of her death. She was found in her bed in distress, unresponsive a week prior by my brother 25. old soul. gone August 16th. my older brother found our little brother in his bed. cold. already way too late. he was creative and observant. lost in his own beautiful way. He was so brave it was painfully frail. I'm sorry brother. his face was lifeless his hands cold. his soul, next to hers. finally in peace together as always. i see you both holding hands, free. Grandma 75, in her death bed on November 22, a day before my mothers 56th birthday and six days before my brothers 26th birthday. Thanksgiving for the rest of the world and for me, well, more pain. pain that cut deep into my soul. i can see the parts of me that are missing that they have taken. since their departures, two owls sing all night right outside my window. they sit on the light post at a close distance from my balcony. they're magical. i see them see me. they hoot. they fly right above my balcony. vocal as can be. i wished for the longest for a sign missing the obvious one right before me. i miss them but i know they are together. they were both night owls. moms nickname was "teco" short for tecolote, owl in Spanish. my brother a creative, night owl. always seizing the night. poetically broken but full of life non the less. i ask for clarity and peace of mind daily. these majestic creatures have my full attention. they give me this. i find myself confiding in them as if they can hear my thoughts. watching them with warmth in my chest. i see them and what they represent for me.

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      Jane 

      2 months ago

      About ten days ago I picked up a huge, beautiful feather outside a friend's house. When I arrived home my cat greeted me at the door - I bent down and showed it to her and without any hesitancy she immediately attacked it. At first that was funny anyway I left it on my dressing table and my boyfriend stood it up sticking out of one of my old moneyboxes. The next day I noticed that my cat had jumped up and attacked it. I have been trying to find out which bird it belongs to - today I found out it is the tail feather of an Eagle Owl.

      Last night I was driving with another friend and a smaller brown owl startled us as it suddenly flew up from the left side of the road - it just flew away to the left but about a mile down the road suddenly a bigger, brown owl flew right in front of my car windscreen - from right hand side to the left hand side.. I hit the brakes to slow down and was a bit uneasy afterwards. What does this mean please??

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      Esther 

      2 months ago

      I live in Arizona and never seen an owl during the day just at night this was while we were walking and my daughter was with me and she loves owls but for some reason she was scared

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      Efa 

      2 months ago

      An owl comes to my house

      Like 5 nights in a row,and sits at my fence, last night was the last night i saw it...

      Is this bad..

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      Lawrence 

      2 months ago

      Last year it was winter time in the morning i was sitting outside the white owl came and sitting on the electric pole then it flew away then it fall down and standup again to fly away the very same year i see it again on the electric pole it was also in the morning it fly away again it was summer i saw it again yesterday night sitting on the electric pole again and fly away in but this time it was night and yerstuday it was my birthday it fly away again i was born in 03 december and very same white aol what does that mean

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      Owl head 

      3 months ago

      If a owl hits your window it means it's dead and you need a new window

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      Cyrinanacampos@gmail.com 

      3 months ago

      I have a question what does it mean if an owl lets me watch it?

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      Freddawg 

      3 months ago

      I was walking at night and the bigest owl i ever seen flew up on me and landded on a light pole and started male owl calls it habe me the chills

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      Nightvixen 

      3 months ago

      I live with owls all around me, both Tiger (Great Horned Owl) and Barred owls. It’s not uncommon for me to go outside and encounter 7 tiger owls in a line on fence posts. Last summer a barred owl had babies in a tree in my backyard, and 1 fell out of the nest. Mom owl let me get the baby and replace it back in the nest with no Harm. She just sat and watched me.. They are always in trees, on fence posts, or some where close. I love them being around.

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      lynn 

      3 months ago

      A owel almost hit my freinds windshield. What does that mean

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      Mia 

      3 months ago

      Yesterday I was sitting in my couch when I started hearing a strange noise at night in my back yard.When I looked closer I saw two owls singing and suddenly my dog started barking. I search up "why do owls sing at you" and said that represents bad luck,sicknesses or death.

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      AyalZ1 

      5 months ago

      Yesterday at a drum circle in the park an owl flew right overhead straight at my direction, no more than 4-5 feet over my head. I saw it first and told the people to 'Look up' as it flew straight through the circle. this morning my daughter posted photos of her engagement ring. My heart is full.

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      vinod kumar 

      5 months ago

      today evening i was sitting outside my house in lane.at about saw an owl in front of me at least 15 ft away.he flew away after some time and again came on the same pillar after 15-20-minutes.may i know the impact of that.---time 7.00 p.m.

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      Cross831 

      5 months ago

      I was with my gf after we juat got done eatting at a restrant we started to walk arond the area at 10pm and an giant owl landed quitely no more the 3/4 feet behind me directly behind me thr fence was no more thin 6 feet tall im 5'10 we walked up to the fence there was no owl to be seen we turned around for about 15/20 seconds thin my gf happend to turn her head and directly behind me looking right at me was a giant owl just gazeing at me she took in a deep breath and the owl flew away and it seemed so amazing as we started to walk back to the car he flew really close to us like he wanted me to take him home so i tried a few wistles to get him to come but he keep looking at me like he wanted to land on my shoulder its so weird because right now im struggling and it brought me so much i dont know how to say it but kinda like relife in wat is going on in my life it was to me an really amazing thing to experance like he was watching over me to gide me into a better place

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      Tony Ferraro 

      5 months ago

      I have seen an owl hanging around my house all week , I’ve seen it 4 times & this week money has come to me 4 times . How weird

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      Sonya S Rivera 

      5 months ago

      I was sitting on my porch . when owl flies straight to me an stops in front of me an stares at me for abot 3 min.an turns around flies away .. Very beatiful white owl . ? What does it me ?

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      Josie 

      6 months ago

      I have had an owl sitting in a tree next to my back yard for 2 weeks now. I havnt heard it at all but its starting to give me the creeps now. Im wondering why its been hanging around for so long and whats its purpose for being here.

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      Tuleen Abdeljaber 

      6 months ago

      I saw an owl before I sleep so is it a good or bad thing

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      Latoya heath 

      6 months ago

      Just see a owl in my mango tree i start to shout for him fly away ofter hearing owls are bad luck

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      dee 

      7 months ago

      Very nice

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      Alli and son 

      7 months ago

      Just came from a school thats closed for summer and look up to see 4, yes 4 white owls. It's day light. Im worried. You think they are ok?

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      Ashley 

      7 months ago

      I was sitting on my porch and heard a crab into my screen i got up to look and see what it was and it was an owl sitting in my yard shaking its head then flew away to the tree next door. The most bizarre weirdest thing but a few weeks ago something crashed into my window in my back bedroom the same time of night. In known what it was.

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      Leva Tomisich 

      7 months ago

      I did see an owl really close i probably could have put my arm straight and i could have touched the owl that is how close i was to the owl i just stood there and i was saying how beautiful he or her was the owl acted like he understood what I was saying it was truly an amazing feeling he was looking at me the whole time and I was looking at him the whole time and this is the first time I ever seen an owl that close as I always thought owls only lived in dark areas at night and a owl is just an AMAZING BIRD

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      rhondasfamlove22@gmail.com 

      7 months ago

      This was very interesting thank yiu

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      ROSY PILLAY 

      7 months ago

      I got up at 4 in the morning and there was this owl sitting on my fence. I was shocked for the first time in my life I saw an owl right there in front of me. I looked at it directly and the first thing I said to it was "you are so beautiful". The owl actually slanted it's head sidewards when I said that as if it was greeting me, amazing, and after a few minutes he flew into the distance. I still cannot believe I had this experience.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      7 months ago from Mobile, AL

      I didn't know there were owls that slept at night. Interesting!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 months ago from Western NC

      Beautiful! Thank you for sharing that. :)

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      Rachael 

      8 months ago from United Kingdom

      Whenever I feel low in mood or spirit, or things are going wrong then usually I hear the call of the owl. There are 2 of them and they come and sit in my trees in the garden, if I am out in the garden it flies over my head.

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      Díana 

      9 months ago

      Me and my husband just saw an owl it was a baby one who landed right in front of us he saw us and he and left he did not make any noises

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      Connie 

      9 months ago

      Thank you for your article but I would like to point out that the Goddess Athena was not Roman. She is an ancient Greek Goddess and your article should be corrected. Everyone knows that Athena is Greek.

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      Idowu jaiyeola 

      9 months ago

      why does an owl landed in front of me,looked at me and then fly away at night.dotted black and white in color.

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      Jennifer 

      9 months ago

      Why does a white and gray owl is by my window

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      hhhhhhhhj 

      10 months ago

      in the native culture they are a sign of bad luck and you need to pray

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      Virginia 

      10 months ago

      About 6:20am this morning a strange noise awaken me because I never heard this noise before, I get up from the bed trying to find out who or what was making that noise I went to the bedroom window but I didn’t see anything but the noise was still there I the went to my bath room window and looked out and there was an owl making theses sounds once I saw him he flew away and I’m puzzled why theses sounds and if it mean anything . I have seen this owl for the 2nd time since I’ve live here but the first time there was no noise and this time he woke me up with theses strange sounds.

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      Otto 

      10 months ago

      I was working in NORTHERN MICHIGAN and one morning as I was walking to work at 3am I had an owl follow me to work it was approximately a mile and a half and as soon as I walked into the parking lot it flew across the road and disappeared into the darkness?

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      Sunil KAPADIA 

      11 months ago

      If you saw the owl suddenly is it a bad omen...? Is any indication...for me...orbit was just coincidence..I stood in leaving room. And omen came flying might be looking for prey...

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      Marc 

      12 months ago

      I recently read the book "The Messengers" by the author Mike Clelland which covers the Owl topic and strange events as well and connects it to Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee scenario. I suggest reading it if you have had strange experiences with owls.

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      Bhawana Gururani 

      12 months ago

      In my previous comment first line should be read as...There are three owls...

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      Bhawana Gururani 

      12 months ago

      There are there owls who sit everyday on a branch of a mango tree in my garden during the day...almost whole day. I have taken their pics many times. Sometimes one is alone , sometimes two of them. They are very cute and adorable. If I go too close, they stare at me and then fly away ...that means they can see during day time

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      Stands w/ a Fist 

      12 months ago

      Lost that race, lost my house lost my family husband left walked this path for seventeen years 10 pm one evening heart broken lost wheeping all the time. Sometimes got to be careful what you pray for had 8 babies grandchildren children same age kids were on drugs husband not coming home getting tired told the lord have no more strength left help with in a week all this happened everyone was gone I’m by my self didn’t understand how everyone turned there back s on me ‘My Family’ I received a message one night walking down this path scared me at the time the biggest white feathers all white Almost as big as a human wings out head down pops out of the tree above crazy at the same time two big black ravens just as big pop out with it one bird snatched up the white owl the other flew across the street to this house where my new neighbor had lived and past away there as he told us he would. That one bird that had snatched the owl had took it back into tree no feathers no struggle just dead silence scary wow. Looked it up the message from my People to me was do not walk in the night and to stop weeping that in time I would be ok and that I wasn’t alone the struggle is real. Only the strong survive. Still standing

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      Nekhbet 

      13 months ago

      I had discovered an owl at work last night and it was singing in harmony with the other at night without o light and silent in the woods, and after 10 minutes it disappeared into the night with the other owl what does this represents.

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      Nicolette 

      13 months ago

      Have had a brown/black owl outside my house for about a month and I don't seem to notice anything different the owl is still present only at night. any suggestions anyone?

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      Terran 

      13 months ago

      I woke up when my eyes blink twice that owl's eye are black dot at large with brown rings. I knew it gave me signal of warning for what or what will be happen today or so..... I cant figure it out how can be specific which I would decide to find out .... I still working on it. anyone know this ?

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      Savannah 

      13 months ago

      Two nights ago my friend and I were finishing up some late night ghost hunting at some of our usual places.

      On our way back to my place, a barn owl flew out of nowhere parallel to my windshield, and just glided past. This is my third encounter with an owl in the last month or so, this being my closest so far.

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      scott 

      13 months ago

      i seen a owl at the cemetery tonight exaclty 6 months after my wife of 30 years had passed she was the love of my life still misery every day . what the hell does that mean ?

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      Ricky Boatman 

      13 months ago

      I was taking out the garbage this morning for pickup when I heard a owl close by so I looked in the direction of the sound and there it was,then I heard another one not far from that one. I went to get my friend so she could see it when three flew by the porch 20 feet or so from us. It was awesome. I heard some really wierd sounds come from them in a tree they landed in not far from my house. Does this have any meaning???

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      Maxi 

      14 months ago

      Oh my God I was impressed to see an owl coming from work on my mailbox and front of my house I was amazing first time ever Owls Bring Good Luck. ... Apparently they do this because the owl symbolizes luck and protects them from suffering. Through history in ancient Greece, Asia and America, owls have been a symbol of wisdom and magic. They are also unquestionably gorgeous, and mysterious in my opinion

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      Aditya M.P. 

      14 months ago

      It was a white owl. I live in the city of Mumbai and it was late night but owl sightings are rare let alone white owls.

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      Bianca Yazmin 

      14 months ago

      My sister said that owls were a sign of and i didn't believe that but a day after i saw an owl the same sister that told me that died

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      Aditya M.P. 

      14 months ago

      Just a week or 2 weeks before my father passed, a white owl came and sat near my window and looked right at me for a few minutes. I thought that was beautiful. My father was already suffering from a terminal illness and passed away a week or 2 later. Now I don't know what to make of this but I'd like to think of it as an angel looking after my Dad. Why would such a beautiful creature bring bad luck? But next time I'll be careful i guess . Love him miss him. God's soul. Kindest nicest person ever.

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      jyotika 

      14 months ago

      i have lost my love a year ago he will complete his 1 year on 21 december 2017. i have never seen a owl white owl ever in my life . last year for the same days of 17 18 19 20 we were together at my home along with my friends .and i saw an white owl on 18 december.

      and i whispered his name vicky and also the owl have seen me like he was looking at me while the moment he came at my gallery window.

      can you please tell me was he my love who came to speak to me .. we love each other since 9 years .

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      Tonya 

      14 months ago

      In 2010 I crossed paths with a family of screech owls, which I took a great and usual picture. Also not long after that I ran up on a big hawk to my left, then a huge white owl. Since then I've had a family member die every four years. Everyone except my two sons.

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      Presley 

      14 months ago

      What does it mean when I can hear an owl hooting at night but can not see the owl??

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      Gloria 

      14 months ago

      I live in nyc in the projects on the 13st floor and i seen a white owl on my window on top of of my ac at the time I was talking to someone that i thought was a friend but my instinct told me its time to let this friendship go so I did for my better judgement and vibes

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      Wendy S Fuhrman 

      15 months ago

      I was born in July so the Owl isn't in my totem. I did see one in the early hours last week when I came home from work and it has been on my mind since. There is quite a bit of things going on in my life at the moment so I was very curious to find out what the sighting might mean to me.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      15 months ago from Mobile, AL

      I've always believed the owl to be my totem because I see the owl in my meditations. I've never seen a Raven but according to Native American Animal designation, the Raven is on October 1st. I must say it fits well with what is said. I am soft spoken, a natural entrepreneur, and quite easy going. I have also seen a camel and other animals in my meditations but the owl is always there.

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      Bhabani Charan Das 

      15 months ago

      This nocturnal bird is indeed important requirement in nature's echo system. Humans consider fair or white colored animals or birds auspicious and the grey or black colored just the reverse. White owls in India are regarded as the vehicles of goddess Lakshmi who is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Why goddess Lakshmi was not given a bigger and more powerful animal like elephant/lion /tiger was known to the mythologists. We are likely to err to give an explanation. May be in ancient time owl was a big flier upon which Lakshmi used to move across the sky.

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      Ryan 

      15 months ago

      "Owl sightings and calls can be either blessing or a bad omen. Pay attention to what happens immediately after you see or hear the owl. If something good happens, then the sighting portends good fortune. If something negative happens, then the sighting presages bad news, including illness."

      If you really want something to be true, you can overlook ridiculous fallacies like this one. There is no law of the universe that says owls are omens. They're just some birds going about their business. Isn't this thought process a little too convenient? It rewards the thinker with a resolution which makes them feel good. Humans love to solve problems, especially ones that make them feel elevated above other people. This "omen" lets the person feel like they have a superior connection to the universe. Get real. Thanks.

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      Christy 

      15 months ago

      @Crissy. I believe you read Jean's comment backwards as she had said one month exactly to the day, meaning after she saw the owl, tragedy struck. All this is nothing new to me as I've already had so many tragedies in my life and family It's unreal. I'm here now after hearing an owl early this morning and just curious as to what crap I'm gonna have to deal with now.

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      Rose A. Fowler Jansky 

      15 months ago

      I once saw tree white owls flying near nigh fall ( a bad omen ) I now regret that I was unaware of the unhappiness I would encounter after seeing the owls! They were sending me a warning!!! I am also, part Cherokee Indian, not sure if this has anything to do with seeing the owls!

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      Alba Stolas 

      16 months ago from Mawnan, Cornwall

      An Owl sighting just means there is an Owl nearby. There is nothing supernatural about Owls. Seeing an Owl is not an omen of anything other than an imminent drop in the local rodent population. Owls have certainly never been connected to any mysterious disappearances or encounters with otherworldly beings. The Owls mean you no harm. Go about your business.

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      Mereana 

      16 months ago

      I had an owl fly into my kitchen last week. .it sat on top of my stairwell. .

      And looked at me..

      My cat saw and started walking towatd it..

      And it flew out..what does this mean?

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      Komal J 

      16 months ago

      Definitely BAD luck!!!

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      SS- Arkansas 

      16 months ago

      About a year ago I lived in on the second floor of a two story apart ment complex. I was standing outside on my balcony at around 2 pm . Across the street is a huge tree that crowd nest in and they are normally very loud. This day I noticed the crows was extremely quiet and all of a sudden I seen a huge white owl fly into the tree and the whole tree started shaking and the crows where going nutts and a lot of crows started flying out of the tree. As I was wathing the crows the owl flew out with a crow in its claws and flew straight at me. It got so close I could clearly see its eyes and head moving . And then it turned and flew into a tree lose behind my complex. 30 days later I lost my job (laid off) and my life was turned upside down I'm still trying to recoup from the events that happened.

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      Bob 

      16 months ago

      This morn at 4 an owl landed directly infront of me while i was smoking a cigarette and stared at me even singling me out from my friends outside. After a mysterious car passed and the owl shit before leaving what does this mean?

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      Olga Cerecerez 

      16 months ago

      I woke up at 2 o'clock in the morning and I heard owls talking to each other in their language for about an hour and then it stopped I thought probably they would just matting I'm curious to know that would means

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      Paul 

      17 months ago

      Owls keep rodents away and will not harm you. Just be sure small animals and children stay inside. They may mistake small animals and small kids for prey. They are smart creatures and can help us keep rodents off property.

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      Scarlett 

      17 months ago

      Last week at 10 a.m. An owl talked to me and the dogs. Stopped us dead in our tracks. The next day my father in law took his life.

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      Tedd 

      17 months ago

      This morning about 0330 a large Barred Owl landed directly in front of my vehicle as I was leaving the driveway, forcing me to stop. We starred at each other of a couple of minutes before it flew off. Not sure if it was a good or bad omen.

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      Jeffthongson@gmail.com 

      17 months ago

      Hi. last night someone catch an owl and they were trying to kill that owl so i took that owl from them and I'm still keeping that owl in my room so is there anything that you can give me any idea what is going to do with that owl please.

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      Lesia 

      18 months ago

      This was my first sighting of an owl up close and personal. I went outside to smoke a cigarette and the owl was perched on the fence just sitting there watching me. It was in the wee hours of the morning around 3:45am. Kinda spooky.

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      Desi 

      18 months ago

      My son just came in the house telling us there was a owl in our back tree. We go look and it sitting there as he said. Now we want to find out more bout him/her, My 4 year old is excited as is my 17 year old.

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      Leeann 

      18 months ago

      I went out on to the back patio and looked over and realised it was an owl sitting on one of the poles it didnt move it just looked at me sat for a couple seconds longer and then flew of onto the back fence and then turned and looked at me what does this mean

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      Clarissa Ivette Santos 

      18 months ago

      Interested in learning more about nature and spirit guides how there's been a couple of encounters late at night when there's a owl that will stay close to me and if something is wrong I feel like it warns me

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      crazy one as everyone says@yahoo.com 

      18 months ago

      I was just wondering about the owls me and my children and grandbaby pulled in drive way one was sitting on ur fence husband came out and stood back the owl was just looking at us in the car and also I was cleaning house one day and one was in wall of my bathroom mu husband was bamming on wall outside of house after hearing commotion inside and I had seen him no more but I was skeptical because I heard it was a sign of death but lots of other crazy stuff has bee happening around the house can you all pray for me and my kids for a better situation

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      Tia 

      18 months ago

      Just recently moved to a new area. the first week in our new home, a white owl flew over our heads very low and it looked right at us. Since then, we see him in the morning and late in the afternoon when we are out in the front yard or back yard. He is always looking at us!!! I think he is beautiful, my husband thins he is scary. Last week while meeting our new neighbor, we were telling her about the 'white owl' that lives in our back yard, jut then he appears from the back of the house flying over us AGAIN!!! Any meaning? or he just lives in our trees?

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      roland flanagan 

      18 months ago

      if a owl hoots at night it mean some one going to dead soon

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      Lil_M 

      19 months ago

      I was driving one night with my bestfriend and as we started to jump on the highway I slowed down because I saw cops had pulled someone over to the right side and of course being nosy, we looked to see what happened. I saw a man standing in the light of the cop car and appeared to be so drunk but to me I automatically thought bad, like death. I kept going and not even two minutes later a huge brown owl flew across my windshield and I had to slam on my breaks or I would of hit it. Super scared and thankful that I didn't, I kept going. That happened on a Thursday and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I know it had to mean something. Saturday morning my grandmothers assistant living home called me to come get my grandmother, that her room mate had died in her sleep and my grandmother had been talking to her since the night before thinking she was just sleeping. :/ I'm guessing the owl meant death.

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      Faye 

      19 months ago

      Jus saw 1, 2 days ago.

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      Am valentine 

      19 months ago

      Please an owl flee inside my room, and I kill it, wat does it mean

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      Kles 

      19 months ago

      So tonight sat in my garden(uk) I had 1 owl fly over me very low from right to left, it then perched on next doors drain pipe, i even managed a picture, it was chattering to another owl which then flew over the top of me front to back. They both then flew off togetger. I'm intrigued as I have lived here 2 years and not once seen these beauties. Reading up on it in not sure of the meaning though it could relate to so much in my life right now I'm not sure how to interpret.

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      angeleigh001@gmail.com 

      20 months ago

      On 2/24/2017 me and my boyfriend were on our way home to Kerman CA, from a baptism we attended in sacramento, it was late night we left aroung midnight and got home about 4:40am. We made many stops throughout the drive home. We encountered a total of eight owls. Some flying close to our vehicle, some father and higher away in the air, and one that freaked us out i want to say was the 6th, or 7th one we had seen. This owl was in the middle of the road, turned and looked straing at us, driving 60mph, and opened his large wings and flew away barely making it, he caused us to swerve and punch our brakes. We werent all over the road we had control of the vehicle and we were prepared is we did happen to hit the bird. After that we saw one more very close to us as well. I dont think owls are bad, but iVE heard they are a symbol of bad luck. If anyone can help please feel free to comment. We are both loving and caring people and love anything and everything about life we are just wondering what this means we are going through alot of problems, not our relationship, but life problems and etc. Thank you.

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      amanda 

      20 months ago

      ive seen an light brown owl yesterday afternoon what dose that mean please can anyone tell me what it means

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      meagan 

      20 months ago

      Can any one help me. I have been seeing a dark brown owl. My first sighting was 2009 I that to my nan since she past in 1983. With about 3 sighings and recently my dad passed away the owl was at his house then next night at my place and 2 more sightings last being 21/6/17 wot could this mean. It was close to were ive been sitting.

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      Athena 

      20 months ago

      I was telling my grandmother about how my mother abused me and then out of no where in broad daylight a owl

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      Tammy Lin 

      20 months ago

      I witnessed an owl be killed on the road today. It was standing in the road with prey in it's mouth. I stopped for it (the owl was in opposing lane) because it was walking to my lane). A dump truck came from the other direction and tried to slow down but killed it. I feel like it's a bad omen. The owl looked directly at me. I cried all the way to my destination. On the return trip, it was smashed :( as I knew it would be. It's the time of year for young. I pray those young still have a parent to feed them!!

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      Monika 

      20 months ago

      Have seen one owl at midnight 1 pm. Sitting next to Neighbors rooftop. What does that mean. The owl is there for next 5 minutes and seeing here and there rather than staring me.

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      Ace 

      21 months ago

      I found an owl along side the road and I brought it home to make sure it was alright and it died that night. What does that mean?

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      crissy 

      21 months ago

      jean - not to be rude but if you saw an owl AFTER your tragedy, wouldnt it mean that something good is going to happen? i think you have it backwards :)

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      jean 

      21 months ago

      I saw an owl a sitting in a tree and exactly a month after( to the date)my son passed away. I now understand that seeing a n owl is a bad omen, definitely.

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      Angie 

      22 months ago

      My best friend passed away November 4th 2016 and 4 days prior to her passing I went to visit her in hospice and brought her a little stuffed owl, blanket and a picture of us. Well since the day she passed I have been hearing and seeing owls everywhere!! In the 8 years I've lived at my house I had never heard one and now there is one that I hear all day and night right outside my bedroom window, literally!! I even went on vacation to Arizona a few weeks ago and the 3 nights I was there, I had an owl chatting away everynight!! I know its her!!

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      Jacob 

      22 months ago

      I was busy this morning meditation on my chakras,when I was on the 7th chakra,I saw an owl flying towards me and stood on my head,although I was full of peace and calmness, but I still wonder what that means,I need UA help.

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      Mary 

      22 months ago

      I was in my backyard around 5:30pm still daylight and saw a BIG beautiful owl sitting in a treejust looking at me. I felt a sense of peace and that the owl was trying to tell me something? He looked right at me.It is the first time I have seen this owl in my yard.

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      Theunis Crous 

      22 months ago

      For weeks during December 2016 we had an owl siting on our roof I had to chace it away we didn't make much on 26 March at about 10 in the evening I came home the owl was sitting again in the middle of the road next to my house it flew away when it saw my car an hour later I got the news that my son died in a car accident that evening

      During the early part of 2016 we also heard an owl from a far my Aunt died soon after

      Again tonight I hear an owl while I'm in holiday

      Is this a bad omin following me and how do I get rid of it

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      Bob B. 

      22 months ago

      This all just happened to me a few hours ago..I work on a tugboat and we were putting a tanker to the dock just after midnight. What I thought was a seagull flew in the by and landed on tanker and perched on a handrail to a set of stairs out on deck. This was a big tanker and I looked at this bird with my binoculars and it was a big owl. It's tail had a lighter colored edge and it's head had the feather tuft horns. I had never seen an owl land like this on a ship and recalled that they could be an omen of something not good about to happen, and yes, being a sailor I am superstitious. We finished the job and had to run full speed to our next job some 50 miles away. At about an hour into the trip both generators died and all the electronics except for those on back up batteries died. This was a very unusual event as that both generators quit as they are designed to back each other up. So now, I am driving this tug with just the main engines running while the engineer is trying figure things out as we limp back into port. No radar or GPS, just doing it old school with a pair of binoculars and my memory of local knowledge, you know, no big deal....right?

      So was this owl an omen?...As far as I am concerned, yes it was. In a way I was mentally ready for this event as I had the feeling something was going to happen..

      Thank you everyone else for sharing your stories as they make feel better about this event and understand it a little more. And thank you owl for your warning.

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      choo choochoohorn 

      22 months ago

      bohemian grove fire worshiping owl, good? or bad?

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      Nikki Russell 

      22 months ago

      I was on my way home last night,and there was this owl just sitting in middle of the road.When we got close to him he turned his head and looked at me and my husband and flew up and landed on the power line.I just recently lost my 12yr old nephew.It was a very bad tragedy, a very sad situation.I was wondering if that could have been a sign from him?? What exactly does this meen???

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      Cesar sandoval 

      22 months ago

      I saw an albino owl at my what can it mean?

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