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


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.

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        Rachael 4 days 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 5 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 8 weeks ago

        Why does a white and gray owl is by my window

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        hhhhhhhhj 2 months ago

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

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        Virginia 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago

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

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        Bhawana Gururani 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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. 6 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 6 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. 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 months ago

        Definitely BAD luck!!!

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        SS- Arkansas 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago

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

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        Lil_M 11 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 11 months ago

        Jus saw 1, 2 days ago.

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        Am valentine 11 months ago

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

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        Kles 11 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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. 14 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 14 months ago

        bohemian grove fire worshiping owl, good? or bad?

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        Nikki Russell 14 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 14 months ago

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

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        Liliana Ortega 15 months ago

        Well, the other night a owl came into our house and didn't really do anything. I'm 14 and I was asleep.I am a hard sleeper. So I didn't really hear ANYTHING!!

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        Cynthia Calhoun 15 months ago from Western NC

        Hmm...I wonder if your father may have had an owl as a totem animal. Perhaps it was your father's way of comforting you. :) I don't think owls mean bad things: I think they are omens or signs of "surrounding" events. Owls often show up around death - but either as a caution or, I think and in my experience, as encouragement after someone has passed. I saw and heard a hooting owl after the death of my own brother, and honestly, it was a comfort to me. :)

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        Cynthia Calhoun 15 months ago from Western NC

        Cheyenne - sounds like quite the adventure. Perhaps the owl was warning you to get out of there. I think if creepy events are going on, and you see an owl, then, in its own way, it may have been telling you to use caution.

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        Cheyenne 15 months ago

        Hi, I've just had a very strange encounter and I am desperate for answers. First let me start by saying I am 20 years old and I have never seen an owl before. I go to school 4 hours away from home and I have grown closer to a friend from class who is from the area. He is always telling me creepy ghost stories about the town and saying how some of the surrounding areas are haunted, but I never truly bought into it. However, tonight we took our dogs on a walk and as it started to get dark, he asked me if I wanted to go see an old haunted church on the outskirts of town. Of course I said yes and we drove about 10 miles down a twisted narrow road, passing only an old cemetery with large stone pillars and a gate that appeared to be chained shut. About a mile before we reached our destination, my dog started barking in the backseat uncontrollably to the point where I couldn't get him to stop, until finally an ominous white church snuck up on us. It was so eerie and quiet, and I could almost hear my heartbeat racing out of my chest. To be completely honest, I don't believe in paranormal stuff but it truly felt as if we were not alone in this dark forest tonight. Before I could even open my mouth to beg my friend to turn around, we heard the wings of a massive white owl flying over top of us and straight into the side window of the old church. Without saying a word my friend threw the car in reverse as we high-tailed it out of there. The whole ride back we talked about how creepy the whole event was, but we couldn't quite figure out what the presence of the owl meant, until of course I started googling things. Am I being paranoid, or is this actually a sign of something sinister?

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        Cynthia Calhoun 15 months ago from Western NC

        Christina - that's one of those exciting things about figuring out why - what's happening in your life? Are there changes going on? Just bring your awareness to what's going on around you. It could be that the owl knows that you're a good person and aware of its whereabouts - and that if it needed help, it could count on you. ;)

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        Christina VanFleet 15 months ago

        I drive a Schoolbus and awhile back everyday this owl would fly and land on this fence that was on my route. The fence was close to the road out in the country. I would stop and look at this bird, and it would let me without flying off. Then this bird started flying to other bus stops and landing by the road. Here's the thing my stops were very very far apart and this bird was following me, now I'm wondering why this owl would want to follow me. That's why I'm on here to maybe find some answer, also I now have an obsession with owls. I love all animals! But I collect owl stuff now. I don't feel as if anything is bad but I'm still curious as to why an owl would follow me for weeks

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        Pamela Conley 16 months ago

        Two days ago I couldn't sleep and ended up getting out of bed at 4am. I came down and got some coffee and the newspaper. I kept hearing thumping on my front portch and thought there must be wind or it could possibly be the pervert from down the street which made me a little nervous! I finally went to the portch and saw a little owl had some how gotten trapped on the portch. I opened the door and called to him to come to the open door but he just sat on the ledge above my house front door. I called Animal Control and they came by and caught him. They took him for a check up at the vet before releasing him. He sat up there and just looked at me and listened to me talk to him. He was quite beautiful! I felt very blessed to have the experience.

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        Latte 17 months ago

        One day I was driving down a back road.ther were people stop.i stop too to see if they needed help.but it was a owl not sure if it was a baby one.any way they didn't no what to do .so I asked what are u going to do?they said they didn't no the wife in the car didn't want to do anything,,so I asked just put it back over in the ground..and may b it will go back to were it come from.so I went on my way ,,and later that day I had to come back through that same road,and the owl was Stell there..so I pick it up and brought it home to show my husband..I was so happy to get it.. I wanted to keep it but my husband said it against the law to keep it not sure it was hurt.so I show my dogs and had it for a hr or so..didn't no what to do so I took it to the vet..they took hem in and I hope they took good care of my baby owl.so ever since then I been in like be with owls can't get it out of my head..so now around 2-4in the morning I can't hear a owl out side all must every other night...why?i ask my self I love owls

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        Jamie 17 months ago

        My boyfriend and I saw an Owl one evening and less than a month later we are no longer boyfriend and girlfriend - strange we have been going out for a long time and babam it's over....

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        TALINA 17 months ago

        I had a owl sit really close to my window all day and it flew away when the sun went down .i it let me get close to it so I could take a picture of it.

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        Sudhir A.Bobade 19 months ago

        Today IST.1:05;AM 30/11/2016.

        While ibwas fast a sleep I suddenly heard a bird at my window .Surprising it was Owl.

        For first time I seen so close.

        I immediately captured it's photo. I don't know whatvi did was okey.But still its ok .

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        Mari 19 months ago

        Well, I had a very unusual encounter with an owl yesterday evening and I am still little confused and worried. I was driving home last night on a very busy road around 7 PM EST and saw car in front of me swerved. I looked closely at the road and saw an owl sitting there, in the middle of the road, not moving as cars were passing by. I stopped my car in front of it to protect it and stop other cars approaching behind me. Needless to say how inconsiderate, impatient and obnoxious some drivers are, who couldn’t even wait 1 minute, they drove around my car on the opposite lane, almost hitting me as I was getting out of my car. Anyways, I approached the owl with caution and slowly picked it up, worrying the whole time that it was going to start scratching me or something. But to my surprise, it stayed still and let me pick it up. Again very slowly I walked towards wooded area on the side of the road planning on taking it and letting it go into the woods, but as I approached the wooded area it flew away. It was dark, so I didn’t see how far it flew.

        I’ve been thinking about the owl all night and can’t get my mind at ease. Why was the owl just sitting in the middle of the road? Was it hurt? Even though I didn’t notice any injuries, but I only held it very briefly and it was dark. Why wasn’t it moving away as cars were passing by? Is that a normal behavior?

        It was a long shot, but I drove on the same road this morning on my way to work and looked around in the same spot where I found the owl last night, but didn’t see it there. Good sign I guess, because I was worried that it wondered back onto the road and got hit by a car. I’m not sure what I should’ve or could’ve done. And I’m really concerned about the owl’s well-being. I tried researching Owl behavior, but nothing can really explain why it was sitting on the road and wasn’t moving away from passing cars. Any ideas, anyone???

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        Lynh N 19 months ago

        I am living in a City in Vietnam, and I have never seen an owl except on Harry Potter movie.

        This morning around 7AM, my husband and I was going go to office, then we saw an owlet with beautiful yellow eye in my front yard, seem it is stuck i guess because we have had heavy raining recently.

        I told my husband to take it and put in a basket, give it some water and some rice, we will wait when it stops raining, we will release it.

        I had no idea about the bad sign from this bird until I google and read some article about it now. And I little worry about it. I dont know if it is a sign of bad thing that might happen to my family, I hope there is no bad thing, just an owlet gets lost in rain and could not find the way to go back its net.

        Some article in my country says that owl brings bad thing especially death to people who hear its sound, however in USA owl is sign of luck.

        The owlet we are keeping did not make any sound.

        It is still raining, I want to keep it until it stops raining, because the owlet cannot fly in heavy rain like this, what should I do now?

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        Honey Smith 20 months ago

        When I first moved to this house I got close up to an owl and it was in the day time. I was doing yard work and seen something behind a tree, I walked over and seen the owl setting on the ground by the tree so I set down and moved slowly towards the owl and started taking pictures. I am not sure if she was having babies or what but she never flew away from me. Last night I was going out and there set an owl right in the middle of the road. I slowed down and the owl flew away...I pray this doesn't mean anything bad...

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        Jewelsfw 20 months ago

        Soon after I decided to move back home to Indiana after living in SW Florida for four years, I was taking my dog out late one night and a burrowing owl was across the street on a mailbox. I talked to it for a bit, then it flew onto my next door neighbor's mailbox, then closer toward me on the sidewalk, then into the grass about two feet from me, looking up as I spoke, then flew away after a few minutes. A couple of nights later, he was again on the mailbox across the street and as I spoke to him, he flew straight towards me, angled up and flew circles about eight feet over my head. (I'd read the male may demonstrate courting behavior by circling overhead??). I left for a month, and when I returned, he was sitting on a fake palm tree I have on my porch. That was over a month now. He stays all day and leaves at dusk. After a couple of days, he brought his girlfriend (I assume). He is here every day...with a few exceptions and sometimes she is, sometimes not, but more often than not. I can get within a foot or so of him and he just looks and listens. I don't go any closer than that. She's more cautious, and prefers to keep her distance. I've googled all types of meanings, and the main thing seems to be a big change is coming. Well, that's obvious, since my house is on the market and I will be moving when it sells. Almost every day, I also see owl images...videos on facebook, commercials with owls, etc. often, several times a day. So, this has to be some really super big meaning God is trying to convey to me, but I just can't figure it out! Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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        Shaun Paul31 20 months ago

        First off I would like to say that I am in no way a wildlife expert, and also I am not a writer so bear with me. I recently had an encounter with an owl that was very unusual. Actually as I am writing this I am staring at the owl, and I would like to hear any feedback that could possibly answer a few questions that I have. First off I would like you to know that I first witnessed the owl in my yard scaring away my cat. As I watched it I assumed that it was injured so I tried to capture the owl so I could take it to the local vet. This was very easy because whenever I walked up to the owl it laid on its back in submission. Being the genius that I am I picked him up without any gloves or protection and brought him into my home. He started to lay still and allowed me to pet him as he closed his eyes so I assumed he was dying. It was late at night so I put him in a box and called the 24 hour pet hospital. They told me they couldn't see him until the morning so I put the box in my garage and left him there overnight. When I woke up the next morning he had escaped from the box and I didn't see him until that evening when he was standing in the same place that I saw him before. Ever since then he has been in the same spot during the night until the early morning then he mysteriously disappears without making any sound. It has now been a week and I have seen him in the same spot every night sitting and staring at my wife and I. He doesn't seem very disturbed whenever I walk towards him and when I get about 10 feet away, he casually walks away. I've never seen him during the day and he's always in the same spot. Oh yeah and I forgot to mention it just happens to be on top of a grave of a cat that have buried. When I started to research this I first assumed that it was a bad Omen but now everything I read tells me otherwise. If anyone has had a similar experience or has any input I would appreciate a response.

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        Annette 20 months ago

        Today I had an absolutely beautiful huge white owl fly alongside my vehicle next to my driver side window for about 50 feet. This is unusual as it was daytime and also after researching the snowy owl, it is not native to our area. It looked as beautiful as an angel as it had about a 5 foot wing span. I can't get it out of my head - it was such a privilege and honor to see such a beautiful creature so close to me.

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        CK 21 months ago

        Hi, I'm quite alarmed! I live in a larger city- a few trees, but certainly not the suburbs... I just came out onto my apartment balcony to have a glass of wine and not 30 seconds after sitting a large bird flew into the property...it was an owl! I have never seen one here in all my time living in this city. So strange! It perched on a center balcony on the same floor as my apt. No sounds at all from it. It sat there for several minutes, craned it's head and looked at me for about a minute, them flew to a balcony directly across from me several floors up and stayed there about 5 min. I had always heard owls were omens of death and misfortune and illness. Needless to say, I freaked. I just got a new car today, closed on a house a month ago and doing some work to it (noting bad, it's been a fun and extremely creative process for me), work is stressful with the impending return of a troubled employee, and my family is suing me for some pretty crazy things. In this past week, other relatives have come forward to help me tremendously so I think I should feel relieved. But I feel such a general, nagging sense of anxiety in the past couple of days..I can't shake it. My dad and grandparents are leanly tied into the lawsuit...all are deceased. Dad one year, grandmother 6 month, grandfather almost 20 years. I am now fighting dad's battles and grandfather would roll in his grave if he knew what the family was doing. Is that owl a bad omen or a good one????

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        Cynthia Calhoun 21 months ago from Western NC

        Kimbo - thanks! I'm glad you liked it. And a pet owl!? Wow! Yes...I love them as animals. They're so mysterious and fun!

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        Kimbo 21 months ago

        Growing up on ranch we had a pet owl we rescued. Awesome animals and truly love the article. Didn't know about the third eye and how many different stories on how people perceive them .. Thanks

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        Empress Ping 21 months ago

        Went to look at a piece of property I am interested in purchasing. While doing so I pulled up an owl flew out. I was in awe. Even after it left. I want that property. Hope the owl stay. I will not cut the trees because I don't want him or her to leave once I buy the property.

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        Cynthia Calhoun 21 months ago from Western NC

        Randi - what an incredible story! What a special experience. I don't care who you are: that is something incredibly special. I really feel like it was trying to tell you something. And I don't think it was ominous. What's happening in your life these days? Just curious: are you moving, getting a new job, anything like that? I ask because sometimes animals can symbolize other special things - like becoming part of your animal totem. I'd be so curious to know! I hope he visits you again - it sounds like you made a friend!

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        Randi 21 months ago

        Thank you for the information about symbolism of Owls. A few nights ago, an Owl flew into my home while I was out in the garden harvesting zucchini and basil for about 30 minutes.. It had been a hot day so I left the house door open at 7:30 pm . When I went back into the house 30 minutes later, I closed the door and locked it for the night. It was just twilight as I finished harvesting, not dark. I know the time because there was a TV program on at 8pm that was important to me.

        I nestled into the corner of the couch , lights off and watched 30 minutes of the program when I heard a slight "scratching" sound in the bookcase . Having had roof rats a few months ago I immediately jumped up to turn on the lights and "chase the rat" .

        Imagine my surprise to find a small OWL perched on top of a wicker basket on top of the

        bookcase ! Living in a woodsy suburb, I have had birds of various types fly into the house in the past, and the minute I open the sliding glass doors, the birds flash away.

        This Owl stayed in my living room for over 4 hours ! Periodically the Owl would fly to another bookcase and roost atop a wooden figurine or sculpture (entire living room is wall to wall book cases). I closed the 2 doors into the living room (kitchen and hallway access) and opened the huge glass sliding door......and the Owl seemed to want to stay. I took lots of photos and it doesn't look like any of the Owls in your column and/or google search.

        I talked to it gently, inviting it to depart and it looked at me and seemed very content to stay. I turned the lights off and opened all of the doors, and the Owl just kept moving around the room. At one point perching on an enormous Elk Antler rack above the fireplace. It pooped twice while taking off to fly across the room, and it was normal white bird poop. It appeared healthy, though it did not speak. About 11:30 pm, I was tired, and put a sleeping bag on the couch and said good night. In the morning, the Owl was gone,

        having knocked over 3 wooden objects on the top of the bookcase closest to the sliding door.

        This was a most MAGICAL experience. From the moment I saw the Owl at 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm when I curled up with a blanket on the couch, I felt completely comfortable and honored that the Owl was in the living room with me. It only occurred to me today to google for Owl significance/symbolism etc. Can I send you the pictures so that you can identify the Owl for me ? Thank you......very much. Rand in Woodside, CA

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        Sunshinelove 22 months ago

        As I am hanging laundry up to dry in our garage I hear an unfamiliar sound... At first I think it maybe a squirrel or raccoon but as I crept out of our dark garage I could hear it clearer... It was the whoot of an owl... She is now Our owl, she is beautiful ...I have seen her once perched in our enormous oak tree and twice in flight. She is a white owl with an enormous wingspan. Not everyone who lives in our house has been blessed enough to encounter her greatness so I am extremely grateful that she trust me enough to allow me to see her. I have become connected to and attached to owls now....I wear owl designs on my clothes, collect little trinkettes and jewelry, I love to color owls in coloring books too, I've even hung them in my room. My family now gets me owl gifts on holidays... Yet I had never looked up anything on owls until now...thank u so much for this article!!! I loved reading about how different cultures and different religions see the owl symbol in different ways. I of course want to take the more positive meaning so I also believe that they are a sign of good luck and good things to come. Actually I'll be going to get an owl tattoo very soon, I am having it custom drawn to incorporate a few different types of owls. I will post more encounters if you are interested, thank you again for the informative arrival!!

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        sk jameela banu 22 months ago

        hai barn owl came early in the morning at 7:15 and sat outside our house at the corner for 15 to 20 min what happens when it comes we are believing that it may cause death of some one soo plzzzzzzzzzzzzz give me a reply as soon as possible

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        Cynthia Calhoun 23 months ago from Western NC

        Houston - that's pretty awesome! And pretty special. :) Consider yourself lucky! You got a treat!

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        Houston 23 months ago

        We have seen a couple of owls over the past two weeks at our home. I heard them communicating to each other and decided to walk outside to try and spot them. After listening for 5 or so minutes I finally spotted one in the tree 30 yards away. It also spotted me and flew away and the. Something pretty awesome happened. The second owl, that I couldn't see, flew within 50 feet of me and just watched each other. This was one of the neatest experiences I've ever had

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        Maurice Glaude 23 months ago from Mobile, AL

        I've always been fascinated with Owls and Owl symbolism.

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        Annica Kepfer 23 months ago

        Very nice info about owls!

        Saw two pigmy owls at the rainforest near 4 pm and today a beautiful Fulvus Owl flying not high near my house. I believe they are wisdom, evolution and guardiana!


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