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

Updated on October 25, 2016

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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.
  • The Romans 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., retrieved 8/5/2012.


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    • TALINA 18 hours 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.

    • bellaPink 5 weeks ago

      today at 2am i when out side t take my min pin for a Peeee. and i heard a owls woop 3 times

    • Sudhir A.Bobade 7 weeks 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 .

    • Mari 8 weeks 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???

    • Lynh N 2 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?

    • Honey Smith 2 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...

    • Jewelsfw 3 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.

    • Shaun Paul31 3 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.

    • Annette 3 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.

    • CK 3 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 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 4 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!

    • Kimbo 4 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

    • Empress Ping 4 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 4 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!

    • Randi 4 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

    • Sunshinelove 5 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!!

    • sk jameela banu 5 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 5 months ago from Western NC

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

    • Houston 5 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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      Guided Abundance 6 months ago from Mobile, AL

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

    • Annica Kepfer 6 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!

    • brianna 7 months ago

      i once hand an owl fly around me, lands next two me, screching and hooting what duZ THIS MEAN

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      Cynthia Calhoun 8 months ago from Western NC

      Thank you, Frenchie! Have a wonderful day!

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      Frenchie Kisses 8 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      I've always had a fascination of owls and maybe some sort of quiet fear of them too! Very interesting hub!

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      Taylor Peca 9 months ago from Springfield, PA

      Great article! If you love companion birds and parrots, check out my hubs! I update weekly! Thanks!

    • Sean O C 9 months ago

      I saw an owl about 25 years ago one night white barn owl I've suffered from awful depression ever since.... my mother told me it was bad luck to see an owl you know of Irish beliefs about seeing an owl and how to lift it's curse thnx Sean

    • cyn 10 months ago

      Reading the part of this article about hearing or seeing an owl is a symbol of luck or sickness....well that happened to my son and I on the night we came home from the ER son was feeling ill and after running all sorts of test and scans they detected a spot....after coming home that night not knowing what was going to be the next Drs. answer for this spot......we heard a sound so clearly even through our conversation and the TV we looked out the window saw across from my house on a tree about 20 feet high a bird my son went outside and realized it was an owl looking directly at our house hooting so loudly.....that there gave me goosebumps cause I've heard old wise tails about owls .....the next day I set up an appointment for my son with a specialist and days later my son was having surgery to remove the mass which resulted in being cancer....since then my son hasn't been the same....beat the odds so far from this disease but other issues and sickness has followed...... WHY

    • Paula westberry 15 months ago

      My grandmother was an owl fanatic, owls were everywhere in here home. My son went to college later i find the mascot is the owl. Since my grandmother's passing, twice owls have come to me and found themselves stuck in my garage.

      Is this a message from my grandmother or just a coincidence?

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      Cynthia Calhoun 22 months ago from Western NC

      Kristyanne - that's awesome! :) I have a healthy respect for them myself. :)

    • kristyanne 22 months ago

      I think owls are asome but scary,

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      Cynthia Calhoun 23 months ago from Western NC

      Jaybird - I'm sorry that happened. I would ask you this: what happened immediately after? Did the bird pass away? Did you have a good or bad day after that?

    • Jaybird 23 months ago

      I had an owl hit my car out of nowhere while drive yesterday this a sign of something? I have tried to look it up and I am not having any luck....Please help!?!?!!!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      DaphneDL - that's so awesome! What a wonderful opportunity for your daughter. I bet it was so cute with the eyes and they have such neat personalities. Hehe.

      Hmm...I think I need to go owl watching now. Your stories have me wanting to go find them.:)

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      Daphne D. Lewis 2 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      They always capture my attention. My daughter did trainer-for-the-day at Discovery Cove in Orlando a number of years ago. She got to work with a miniature owl that was the sweetest little guy ever. I'd love to have one but don't know how well it would do living in a house. Hope you're having a great evening, too!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      DaphneDL - that's really awesome. :) Owls are really special to me - I don't know what it is, but they definitely capture my heart. Thank you so much for coming by and commenting. Have a great evening!

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      Daphne D. Lewis 2 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      Interesting facts about the owl which is a bird that has always fascinated me. Some years ago, we were able to see down into an owl's nest from an office window in a building where my husband worked. It was amazing!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      Satpal - well, the fact that this happened you saw the owl 2 years 9 months ago and then again, think about the events that happened before, during and after you saw the owl. Were they good? Were they bad? You can ask yourself this and then try to discern a pattern. I'm thinking that maybe it's coming by to bless your house! :)

    • satpal singh 2 years ago

      In india when a parson saw a owl it means fight batween family members, daseases or death. When i comleted my house foundation i saw owl sit batween my house foundation in night.after 2 years and 9 months i saw once again near my house's main door in the water pitcher. What is the meaning of this good or bad

    • satpal singh 2 years ago

      I m from india (punjab) i know that about owl near house its seen is bad or good

    • Jasmine Olson 2 years ago

      I think it's eagles and owls that I'd mention compared to birds who clearly show high skills of concentrating. I've read the GA -HOOLE book series and it's taught me a few lessons about how to carefully help others and wisely help yourself at the same time. I think the GA- HOOLE series is 1 of the best chronicles ( THE GAURDIAN of GA- HOOLE)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      Thoughtulgirl2 - thank you for your sweet comment and thoughts. :) Sorry for the delay in responding: I'm in graduate school at the moment and don't get over here as much as I'd like. :)

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      thoughtfulgirl2 2 years ago from East Coast

      I Really enjoyed your painting of the owl and I never knew owls could not move their eyes, it makes sense though (knowing how much they turn their heads to see). Interesting hub

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      Larry - yes, I think for a lot of individuals, it comes down to personal experience. I love these creatures and, like ravens and crows, are often misunderstood.

      Thanks so much for coming by and for commenting. Have a great day!

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Personally, I believe owls to be among the most fascinating creatures in the world. I have tried to convince my wife, but her Choctaw and Chickasaw background makes it difficult. In her culture, as you mentioned in the article, they are rumored to be a sign of the upcoming death of a loved one.

      Excellent article.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      My Handzz r tied / Hawkman - wow! Thanks for sharing all that. You know, bottom line is this: look within. Slow down and listen to your instincts. I really think everything happens for a reason, if not to help us become better than we ever thought we could be. I've always been intrigued by owls myself: I think as part of their mystery, they fill me with a true sense of awe - and if we all stop and listen, they can teach us many things. :)

    • Hawkman 2 years ago

      Hello Cindy! Great article! I have always studied animals & insects & have been pretty knowledgeable about different species since I was a little kid & always had my weekly subscription of animal cards with all the details about each animal or insect from habitat to diet to locations and everything else in between for my little library..haha! When I was a little boy my my mom always told me I shoulda been a veterinarian or lawyer. But I still learned a thing or two from your article..thank you.

      I have always been intrigued by owls and believe they are very beautiful birds of power & prey. I think they are very graceful creatures & their looks alone can be somewhat interesting yet intimidating..right!?

      On second hand I have always been skeptic about them. I've heard so many negative things about them when it comes to myths & beliefs. Last night on my way home an owl (looked like a barn owl) swooped right in front of my truck & not only swooped but actually stayed in front of it almost as if it was guiding or escorting me home for awhile until it finally flew off to its destination. Well after hearing some of the things I've heard I was a little disturbed due to the fact that recently I've been going through a rough time. To make a long story short..I went through a break-up of an 8 yr. relationship recently and am having a lot of issues with my ex (also the mother of my 3 yr. old son) & her very violent trigger happy new boyfriend. He was recently on the front page of our county press involving a shooting and has been known for other similar incidents. There has been a lot of issues between us and my concern for the safety of my son. We live in one of three or more small towns surrounding the bigger city in our area, which itself isn't very we run into each other often. Well I recently ran into her boyfriend (ADAM!! How ironic!!) the other day and he made a gesture at me like he was gonna shoot me. Well this is just one of many things that has had me concerned along with the fact that the number 420 (& yes I know about the good ol' smokin 420 thing..but in this case it's highly!) has popped up on me like a thousand times since our break-up in Aug.-Sept. of 2013..& I just turned 42 April 5th & believe me..was a little nervous this Easter 4/20..haha! I've read up on the number & ironically or coincidentally it has a lot in common with what I've been going through. Anyway.....

      I've heard that owls somehow are related to witchcraft and witchchery. I've also heard they are a sign of danger or something bad to come or maybe even death. You know..with all this going on I'm there even any reason to even begin to believe that somehow all this is connected in some way shape or form?

      My signature name has been a nickname of mine since I was a little kid because my last name is Jacquez & in Spanish the Jacqu is pronounced like "hawk" I laughed & thought that that was pretty ironic too!

      Sorry about letting you & the whole world in on some of my! But..I mean..things just feel a little funny lately & it almost seems like a puzzle that is slowly coming together every day at the end of each day as incidents keep happening & happening!

      One last thing. I know ppl out there are saying "Go to the cops or the law dummy!". But the fact that our system is so corrupt where we live & a lot of police officers along with judges and other political figures are in cahoots with a lot of "homiez from tha hood" makes it dangerous in itself to step forward & take that chance. Plus I use to hang out on the streets a lot myself when I was younger and did my time in & out of jail but finally grew up & realized that that wasn't what life was really all about. ex's 22 yr. old boyfriend hasn't reached that outlook yet & I don't know if he ever will. Anyway..I know if I go to the cops, him or his gang will come looking for me or my family or maybe then he will take something out on my son & not to mention being a rat on the streets isn't exactly the safest thing nowadays either. It's sad that times have come to this..but it is what it is. I have to worry with this darn owl thing or!?


      My Handzz r tied

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      WiccanSage - thank you so much for your input and for stopping by! I love owls - they're so beautiful, aren't they?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Owls are such amazing animals with such a rich wealth of folklore and spiritual beliefs attributed to them. What an interesting hub, great job on this one. Voted across the board.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      Peter - the meaning will be what happens in the aftermath - in the hours after you saw it. The trick is watching closely what the owl has to say: it might be a good omen or a bad one. The fact that he wasn't hooting or making noise, but just sitting might mean a good thing! :) And then in the few hours afterwards, did anything good happen or anything bad? Then, in the future, if you ever see that owl again, or one like it, you'll know, for you, if it's a good or bad thing. Does that make sense?

    • PeterMYL 2 years ago

      Hi, I saw an owl at the top of our house roof, the weird part is that I've NEVER seen an owl till this morning. About 5:30am I just got home from a friends place, we were up all night till morning, jst as I wanna open the house door I spot the owl on the roof, freaked me out, but I kinda think its some sign for me, or I'm jst paranoid! Please email me ASAP if you know what that might mean. Thanks

    • skytreeroad 2 years ago

      Finally! I had thought of the owl as a protector, but lately it has been hard to prove. Someone, finally, who has documentation that the owl is not a death omen in all cultures. Recently all anyone can find is bad press for the owl. The owl is bad luck, the owl means death, the owl is evil and malevolent. From the time I was very small I understood that the owl was a protector, that it could foretell a death by hooting at a window 3 nights in a row, but that it was a protector and a sign of wisdom. I was scared by an owl hooting on a forest path on a dark night when I was little and was told that if it didn't hoot that was when I should be scared :) We were on our way to a campfire marshmallow/hotdog roast with a group waiting on us just ahead, but around a corner in the path with a thicket of trees so that we could not see the fire yet.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      Amelia - I'm not 100% sure. However, perhaps the owl was letting you know something was up - it acted as a warning sign. That's pretty powerful, actually. I hope your dad and nana have full recoveries! Sending hugs.

    • Amelia 2 years ago

      A baby owl was at owl ( downy feathera s?) door step two nights ago. My dad walked down the steps and It started swooping him! We have never ever seen an owl before! Ever! it was screeching at our door for a few hours into the night! The next night my dad couldn't even walk to to back pain. And my nana has been taken by ambulance to the hospital three times in the past day or so! I am so worried! Could the owl have anything to do with this?i live in australia btw

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      tillsontitan - aw, you're awesome! Thank you for your kind words and your input. I learned so much, too, doing some research for this hub. Have a wonderful day!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I don't need to tell you how interesting this is, others have in their comments. We all think we know so much about a thing, owls for instance, then we read a great hub like this and find out there is more to know.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Thank you, well written & interesting. I have wondered if their was a meaning behind , A dove, a black cat, and an Owl that trumped them both, til I stumbled along...... Yes there are Good spirits, as well as evil. The attempts at control are any one of the seven deadly sins. But looking at society as a whole, I would say fear is Well used, in the media.....I would truthfully say it has gripped my spirit of joy...Then again, an Eagle Perched

    • 2 years ago

      Clairvoyance can be painful

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Danida - I agree - owls are on so many things. Who would have thought they'd be "fashionable"? I wonder what kind of animal will be next. :P

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      Danida 3 years ago from London

      That's so interesting!

      Once thing I find weird though is how owls are practically everywhere in fashion now. On handbags, t-shirts, necklaces.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Mecheshier - thank you so much.:) Have a wonderful day!

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      mecheshier 3 years ago

      Great article. Thank you for such wonderful research. Voted up for interesting.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Rae - thank you!

      For me? They symbolize caution. If I ever hear one, I know that the next few days I need to be extremely careful.

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      Rae Saylor 3 years ago from Australia

      Interesting stuff, pal! But just out of curiosity: what do owls symbolise for you?

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Sehnonimo - ha! That's really interesting. :) I have always, ALWAYS wanted to visit El Salvador. :)

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      Sehnonimo 3 years ago from San Bruno, CA

      Hey! I have the Animal Speak book! ^_^ My mother grew up in El Salvador. Where I grew up in California, we have Barn owls, Screech owls, and Great-horned owls as our local owl species. We have a pair of Great-horned owls that hoot to each other at night - one which lived in a tree very close to my house. It used to make my mother so nervous! In El Salvador, and many latin countries, hearing an owl meant death. Or that's how she said it.

      I suppose it could have just been a sign of danger as you wrote here, but sometimes only the more extreme signs make it through, you know?

      She eventually came to appreciate the hooting of the owls near our house, but it's amazing how something she learned as a child made her heart race in her adult life! Myths are funny in that regard =)

      Great article!

    • Dee in SA 3 years ago

      I saw 3 white owls outside my window last night. I 've heard and have also read, that white owls mean a message from god. On the other hand black owls announce sickness or at times announce even death.

    • Shuvneet 3 years ago

      Hi !! Read your hub . Really interesting. Love the pictures. I want to know if you keep an owl made up of iron in your house , does it brings good luck to you or brings bad luck..

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Kathryn - that's so awesome! At least you did get some photos. What a gift to have seen that owl! :)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This was on my feed- Sharyn's Slant shared it :)

      I like owls. I have seen them up close at aviaries. A little over a month ago, I saw one in the wild. I was on my way to work, and it was in a cemetery, sitting on a tombstone. I took photos with my cellphone, but they didn't come out very well. But at least I have the memories of seeing the huge bird. My friend told me he thought it was a Great Horned Owl, and when I saw photos of some, I agreed it looked like that's what it was. Great experience, for sure.

      Thanks for sharing this in-depth piece with us. These are a lot of interesting facts.

      Have a great weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      DzyMsLizzy - aww, you make me smile! Thank you so much for coming by (again!) and for your wisdom. You're wonderful perspective gives me joy. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Norina - I'm glad you liked this and found it informative. Yes, they're beautiful and sometimes mysterious. I'm also glad I could help dispel some myths about them. :)

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I love owls. I think they are beautiful and majestic. Some of them have a rather perpetually bemused look on their faces, such as the barn owl.

      For me, when I see an owl, what it "means" is just that I saw an owl, and I am appreciative.

      A very interesting hub. Congrats on HOTD! Voted up, awesome and interesting.

      Wow--did not realize I'd already commented on this before, as it did not 'auto-scroll' to the end as it usually will in that case. Well, no matter, I still like the article and owls. ;-)

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      Eleanor Norina Lundy 3 years ago from Brooklyn, NY and Melbourne Beach, FL

      I have been afraid of owls since I was a young girl. The reason being that it is an old Neapolitan legend that when an owl lands on one's window or terrace, it means that death is imminent. When my grandfather was dying, the dreaded owl was on his terrace, ergo, the fear and legend was perpetuated in my own life. This year, we had occasion to see an owl who was capturing all the young bunny rabbits on our property in Florida (this did not help me love them any better) but then we saw the young ones. I really did enjoy seeing them up close. In any event, this hub was very informative, and hopefully will help to dispel some of the myths my family had me believing for so very long! Thank you.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      epbooks - ah, thank you so much! I had a lot of fun with this hub. :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wow- loved the hub. Interesting facts I hadn't known prior to reading this. Thanks for sharing. Love the pics too!

    • Radislav 3 years ago

      As usual...your owls look great!!!And i also think that your day has more must have!!!:o)I'm hnivag a giveaway at my blog if you want to participate you are welcome...kiss,carla

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Ferhat - thank you so much. :)

    • Ferhat 3 years ago

      How do you do it??? I think you must have more hours in your day than me (maybe you're just betetr...MUCH betetr organised!)Lovely little blast of colour, fab flowers and those too cute owls get me every time :-)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Elias- agreed. :) I hope to assuage some of those fears with this hub for sure. :P

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      Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Owls nowadays are a bit misunderstood. People seem to be afraid of them. It is however, amazing the rich cultural history and the symbolism associated with them in so many ancient cultures. That was a very informative hub that really enjoyed reading.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Crystal - hehe, I love owls. :) I haven't done animal paintings in awhile, but yeah, I still have that owl painting and it always makes me smile. Hehehe

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      A great hub. Owls are mysterious and intriguing. I absolutely love your painting! I am late discovering this hub, but glad I did. Voting up and awesome.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Sccanseco - thank you so much! I love it that you're from New Zealand - a good friend of mine lives there and she's always talking about its beauty - including the owls, lol. Thanks again!

    • sccanseco 3 years ago

      Great Hub! Loved the videos and learning a bit more about this beautiful creature. Voted up and awesome!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Jainismus - that's very interesting! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      Cyndi, thank you for sharing this information on owl.

      In Hindu mythology, owl is considered as carrier of Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth. For farmers, owl is a friend as it eats rats. However, for most people of India, seeing an owl is a bad sign.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Hope - thank you so much! Have a wonderful day! :)

    • Hope 3 years ago

      Thanks for your quick response. I love your painting and article is cool. Sometimes you need to ask silly question trust me . Now I have my answer too. I appreciate . Thanks again its cool

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Hope - not at all. It's not bad luck to hear an owl in its natural habitat. It's when it's more unusual. For example, if you're out hiking at night and you encounter something amiss and THEN you hear an owl, according to Native American legend, that can be a bad sign. At that point, it would be best to proceed with caution. Does that help?

    • Hope 3 years ago

      I like all info. and beautiful picture too. I want to know that is it bad luck or not to hear owl at night? You guys will laugh at me but from last week my husband is having medical problem and with kids too much stress etc. Night before yesterday my dog needs to go so i let him release in my backyard and I heard different sound. It was early 4:00 am .Next morning i was talking to co worker and she scared me about death.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Shin - thank you! I love the spiritual aspect of animals and I, too, believe that they are good judges of character. They instinctively know when someone means them harm, I think. Even more timid animals can warm up to a gentle soul. I have always definitely felt that we humans must respect our animal friends for there to be appropriate balance in the world. Thank you so much for your awesome feedback! :)

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      shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland

      Very cool stuff. I always had a feeling that owls had this type of noble/spiritual vibe about them. In general, we can all learn something from animals as they really do provide a good measure of the natural order of things. I still believe that animals are a good judge of character. Just last week, I went over a friend's house and her dog met me for the very first time. Of course, she barked up a storm for a bit, but I held her for a few seconds and greeted her. She ended up crawling in my lap and stayed there. LOL.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Deltachord - we have owls that stop by our "woods" from time to time (we border a National Forest) and when they "hoot" everything else stops making noise for a bit. It's so distinctive and unusual, but still so wonderful to hear!

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      Deltachord 4 years ago from United States

      Yes, it is an amazing sound to hear owls hoot.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Cre8tivOne - that's awesome! It sounds like a special experience and I hope you do get to see it. :)

      Web923 - Thank you so much. They are exquisite and mysterious, resourceful and sweet all at the same time. :)

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      Very interesting and informative. They are beautiful creatures indeed and you did a great job spotlighting them!

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      cre8ivOne 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

      This is a great hub and perfectly timed. For the past couple of months we have discovered an owl is living in our neighborhood. So far, only my daughter has actually spotted it flying from one tree to another and it was dark so mostly what she saw was the impressive wingspan. I did some sound bite listening today to discover that it is a great horned owl. It might explain why I have not seen many squirrels, rabbits even birds for that matter around here lately. I only hope to see this great owl before he decides to move out!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Deltachord - that's great! I sometimes hear them where I live, but it's not often. It's an amazing sound, isn't it?

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      Deltachord 4 years ago from United States

      I like your Hub and the bright colors in your painting. Hearing owls hoot is fun, and I hear them in my area sometimes.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Pamela - ah, thank you! I LOVE to paint (and coming to think of it, I should get to work writing some hubs on that, lol). I love owls, too. I appreciate your kind, sweet words. Cheers!

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      Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Wow most impressive in many ways such as the following: your painting is beautiful love the colors you chose, the article itself is full of much diverse information on owls and thirdly you have had a real big response from fellow hubbers and readers well done CC!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Audrey - thank you so much for stopping at another hub! You're sweet and now I'm off to see one of yours! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      T8s is just a great hub! Informative and interesting!

    • Southernmapart 4 years ago

      In the movie "Deliverance," the owl visited one night and death came the next day.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Esmeowl12 - given your username, I'd venture to bet it's a safe guess that you like owls, hehe. Now, I'll have to look into the red morph screech owl. She sounds beautiful and how lucky you are that she's right near you at work. Thanks for coming by!

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      Cindy A. Johnson 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Owls are one of my favorite creatures ever. There is a red morph screech owl that lives in a tree where I work. I look for her (at least I call it a her) every day. Today she was enjoying the afternoon sun.

      Thanks for the great owl info.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      CyberShelley - thank you so much. I definitely love learning about owls. :)

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      This was an extremely interesting hub, very well written. The comments of your visitors have also been illuminating. Thank you. Voted up, interesting and beautiful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Sharkye11 - that's so awesome! It's really neat how they have brought luck to you and have been present at big events. It is interesting how they're perceived differently by different cultures and people, but individually they can also carry significant meaning. Thank you for your feedback - and have fun with those owls! ;)

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beautiful hub! I have been collecting owls since birth. My first baby gift from my grandfather was a set of owl statues, so I have always considered them to be my lucky totem. I have tons of owls in my home, (including the same owl statue as you!) and anytime an owl is around it usually coincides with some big event in my life. Strangely, though I have always seen them as good luck, I live in the Seminole Nation, where they are perceived as bad omens. I have had several visitors to my home become uncomfortable with the owl figurines. Its very interesting how they are perceived through different cultures. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      A Little TRUTH - very interesting! I would have no idea what sort of bird that would be, but it sounds intriguing. That sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)

      afriqnet - For me personally, I think of owls like beacons - they can warn of danger or to be careful. In other instances, I think they can also be "guardians" of the night. Very good question and thank you so much for stopping by. :)

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      Dr Joe Njenga 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      Thank you for sharing such a wonderful and informative Hub about owls. In my culture owls are scarcely birds that are associated with death. I always differ with people about this but the belief is deeply engraved in minds of many people I come across. Do you think owls symbolize death?

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      A Little TRUTH 4 years ago

      Yes, owls are rare to see, even though I hear them quite often. But even more rare to see for me is a nocturnal bird that I hear all the time, but can never spot one. It has a quack like a duck, except it’s 4 quick quacks in a row like a machine gun. He only quacks while flying, I hear him as he goes by one window and the next.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Craig - thank you so much! That's funny about the "narcissistic owl." Haha

      Melovy - thank you for stopping by! Owls are such fun and beautiful creatures. I would love to have an owl "sit" on my arm someday. :)

      Denise - aww, thank you so much. You are so kind! Have a wonderful day!

      CrisSp - Wow! What great feedback! I love that you were able to relate to this so much. You might have an owl totem. :) I'm definitely a "day" person, but I admire you if you can stay awake at night. It's so quiet and still in the night. :) Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Docmo - hey, friend! Thank you so much! I appreciate your feedback on my painting, too. The symbolism is fascinating, isn't it? I love writing these hubs because I learn so much about other cultures. Thank you again!!

      JSMatthew - they there! Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad I could help you learn a bit about owls. They are so fascinating and I definitely learned a lot myself as I was writing this hub. :)

      Seira Girl - That is, indeed, an intriguing story! I'm glad you ended up giving your friend something else - at least as far as she was concerned. :) It's really interesting how different cultures interpret the owl and you're right - some have very negative connotations indeed.

      Rufus - Great to see you! Thanks for stopping by! I agree that owls have an incredible peaceful nature about them and they're amazing to watch. :)

      DzyMsLizzy - Thank you so much for your feedback. I love that you had such a great expression for your dad. That's so endearing. :) I grew up in the city, too, and so I didn't see a lot of the animals I talk about in the country until the last 10 years. I have always had such a fondness for wildlife, though. If I hear owls, I'm always thankful for their presence.

      Jennifer - you're so lucky you have an owl that lives nearby. Oh, I would love that! Thank you for your feedback and for your kudos on my painting. :) I appreciate it.

      HouseBuyersUS - thank you so much! I definitely try to take a different point of view with my writing, especially when it comes to symbolism and animals. I have such great respect for them. I promise to write more hubs like this. :)

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      HouseBuyersUS 4 years ago from Centreville, Virginia, USA

      Hii cclitgirl...

      I always prefer reading this kind of unique topics. All facts that you have mentioned here is very interesting and knowledgeable . One kind request please share more hub similar to this...thanks a lot!

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Oh by the way, I love your painting! :-)

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Great hub, with loads of interesting facts about owls. I have a barn owl that roost's near where I live and I often watch him hunting at dawn or dusk... it's a lovely sight!

      Congrats on HOTD and very well deserved my friend! All the votes from the riverbank in England, Jen

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congratulations on a very well-deserved HOTD!!

      I loved this hub! I love owls. They are so beautiful and graceful. When I was young, if I did something my dad thought was funny, he would have this strange smirk come over his face before he started laughing, and I always used to say that expression made him look like a barn owl! I guess his hairline made him appear to have that heart-shaped face, or something. Anyway, it was a standing joke--I'd say to my mom, "He's barn-owling again..." and we'd all have a good laugh.

      Sadly, I grew up as a city girl, and the only live owls I've seen were in captivity. I hate to see wild animals caged, especially birds.

      I certainly don't see them as a bad omen...I welcome them. We have a few around where we live now, but they are heard, and not seen, so I don't even know what kind of owls they are.

      Voted up and across except funny, and shared!

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      Rufus rambles 4 years ago from Australia

      I love owls - they are so incredibly beautiful and peaceful to watch. They are my favourite bird. This is such a great hub thanks!

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      Lisa Tippette 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Interesting and well-written hub! Funny story - I was going to give a co-worker an owl statue for Christmas, because she had imparted so much "wisdom" to me in the years I had worked with her. However, she was Lebanese, and they believe owls are associated with bad luck and even death! Thank goodness I thought to google that little bit of information FIRST before giving it to her! So I kept the owl statue for myself (I collect them now) and opted to give her something else!

      Thanks for such an interesting hub!

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      JS Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What an interesting read! I have always been intrigued by Owls and I learned a lot here! Congratulations on the Hub of the Day! Voted up and shared.


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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Cyndi- congratulations on the HOTD. Truly deserving. This is a great hub on all things owl. I love your painting - so vivid and artful. The design and creativity on that canvas is wonderful. The symbolism amongst various cultures has been educational too. Creative, educational and highly readable- HOTD got it right!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very very interesting hub and no wonder it was awarded HOD! Congratulations!

      I'm nocturnal, myself but didn't know much about owls really until I read this hub. And this statement from this hub validated something of me: "Since owls have such great vision, this also may give you the ability to see into others’ souls. It can also mean new visions will open up to you." And this, "Silence is a big part of the owl’s routine." --is oh, so true.

      Not only that, I usually fly by night too. Lol, not that kind of flying but as an FA, I prefer red-eye flights than day-time ones. For some reasons, I am more active in the night. Now, you see how I can easily relate to your hub. (:-

      After reading this hub, now I know better. Lol!

      This is awesome! way to go cclilgirl!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Just wanted to add my two cents into the pot of 'Congratulations' here CC. Good going!

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Congrats on Hub of the Day, and this is chock full of awesome facts.

      I will show it to my kids as they love owls. We've seen them at demonstrations a few times, and my elder daughter has even held one.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki - aw, thanks big sis! I see your comment on down the line there, too. You're sweet to come back. Hugs to you and we'll get you a HOTD. :)

      Scribenet - thank you for your feedback. I really did try to cover the bases with this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Cheers!

      Homesteadbound - You did!?! That is really awesome! I love that! I want to find a place to volunteer so that I can see these birds up close and personal. Thanks for stopping by!

      Rusti - That's wonderful!'s to your grandmother! I hope you have a wonderful day!

      Lord - thank you so much! I tell ya, I'm used to that blue avatar you used to have. Your new one looks great!

      DDS - haha...who knew? Thanks so much. Thank you again for the shares. I'll not soon forget that. :)

      Billy - Big Bro! Thanks for stopping by! No matter what, your hubs are incredibly inspirational. Never forget that. :)

      Ruchira - aw, hello there! Thank you for your feedback and I hope your son enjoyed the read, too. Many thanks to you!!

      KDuBarry - you know, I have to say you're one inspirational person! I need to make it over to your most recent hub to read. I've heard such wonderful things about it. Nice job to you!

      Alissa - you know, I keep seeing owls when I'm out and about, too. I wonder what's up with that? Hehe. Thanks so much for your kind words! I appreciate you. :)

      Lee Tea - thank you so much! Thank you for stopping by!

      Jools99 - aw, great to see you, friend! I always enjoy your visits. Thank you so much for your kind words and that reminds me...I need to catch up on some reading, especially your hubs! :D

      Realhousewife - owls have a reputation for being wise, too. I know that you are that, as well. :) Hubhugs!

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      Craig Hartranft 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Love the art work at the start ... we had young owl in our backyard a number of years ago; think it was white or grey ... what does a narcissistic owl say? ... me me me

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very, very cool Cyndi! I am a bird person as you know though:) I have always loved Owls - clever, quiet creatures. Nocturnal like me too!

      Awesome hub and congrats for HOTD!!!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Cyndi - congrats on this becoming HOTD - well deserved, excellent hub.

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      Lee Tea 4 years ago from Erie, PA

      A very enjoyable HOTD - congratulations and thanks for the pleasant read.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Cyndi you are so awesome and so is this hub! You have definitely given some interesting facts about this amazing bird. When I was out shopping yesterday I kept seeing several cute items with owls all over them and then when I logged on today how funny an owl hub as hub of the day! Voted up and over! Congrats!

    • KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Congratulations on getting the HOTD! This hub definitely deserves it: it is rich with information. I never knew the Owl was associated with Athena in Greek myth. Wow, definitely learned quite a few new things here!

      Voted up, interesting, and definitely tweeted this!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Awesome Cindi. Such an informative hub!

      Loved reading it and am allowing my animal lover son to read it as well.

      Congrats on HOTD and many votes!!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I hear ya, Bill! At least our SIS wins it. I don't think I'll ever get the seemingly elusive HOTD! At least our friends and family do! Lol!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Do you have two HOTDs now? Well, I couldn't be happier for you! I doubt I'll ever win one of these so it's great that my lil' Sis wins one. Way to do, Cyndi! Great hub!

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      David Sproull 4 years ago from Toronto

      Hub of the day! Nice job!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Truly deserved Cyndi! We look like owls after 3 a.m. This was a great hub... Enjoy that fame! You did good! @^@

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      Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      my grandma collected owls,I have many of them now. Your hub reminded most her and brought back great memories of her. Great job, love your pics!

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Owls are really beautiful birds. I used to volunteer at a birds of prey rehab center, so I got to see them very up close and personal. I enjoyed your article. Congrats on hub of the day!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Deborah - thank you so much. :) Owls are such amazing creatures, I couldn't help but paint one. Hehe. I spent a lot of time in Santa Fe growing up - perhaps that's where I got some of my influence. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Stephanie Henkel - Indeed, with owls being nocturnal, it can be hard to find opportunities to hear and see them. After doing this hub and painting the owl, I'm itching to do more animal paintings and symbolism/fact/lore hubs. Hmmm. Thank you again - I hope you have a wonderful day!

      Mary615 - hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by! That's so wonderful that you can hear them all around. They are such intriguing creatures - I might have to go camping in Florida very soon so I can hear their song. :D

      ignugent17 - Thank you so much! Have a great day!

      Your Cousins - I'm glad that you found this helpful! Thank you for your feedback and I hope you find lots of interesting stuff on Owl Totems. :)

      randomcreative - thank you so much! I definitely had lots of fun researching this hub. :)

      John Sarkis - I appreciate you stopping by! I'm thrilled you liked this. Have a wonderful day! Cheers!

      CloudExplorer - great to see you, friend! I'm glad you liked this. I definitely tried to find original and useful information for this. You're also inspiring me to write more of these. :)

      tammyswallow - helloo! Great to see you, friend! Hubhugs to you! Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day!

      hecate-horus - you worked in an owl sanctuary?!? That is *awesome*!! How lucky. I feel like that would almost be a dream come true to have an owl sitting on my arm! And yes, I think you're right: they're a farmer's best friend. :) Thanks again!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow! Great Hub....everything and then some on owls. Being a nature person, I really enjoyed this one. I'll be coming back to enjoy it more than once! Thank you!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Congrats on HOTD! Nice hub. Great photos!

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      hecate-horus 4 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Owls are amazing creatures! I was fortunate enough to work in a barn owl sanctuary and actually have a barn owl perched on my arm. It was awesome!! This sanctuary released Barn owls to different farms; they are definitely a farmer’s best friend.

      Great hub, and congrats on HOTD!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations on a wonderful Hub of the Day!!!!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Awesome article here on owls, I love the imagery, and it was superbly written with details I have yet to read before it anywhere, and so this hub scores huge with me, and plus cause I love nature as well.

      Bravo! voted up and getting shared for sure.

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Cindy, this is a cute and neat hub. I was quite taken by it. The baby owls are too cute.... And, congrats on winning HOTD!

      Take care - voted awesome n funny


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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great job with this topic and congrats on getting HOTD! Well deserved.

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for the information, especially about Owl Totems. It led me to do some research on the subject. Very interesting and mysterious.

    • ignugent17 4 years ago

      Very interesting . Congratulations hub of the day!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on HOTD! I've always been fasinated by Owls! I live in S. Fl. and I can hear them at night all around. I had a friend once who collected figurines of owls. She must have had 100 of them!

      Great Hub. I voted it up, and shared.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      For some reason owls have always seems a little mysterious to me. Perhaps because they are seldom seen in the daytime. Your hub was really interesting and well researched. I truly enjoyed the owl folk lore!

      Loved your owl painting! It was a great way to introduce your article on owls. Voted up, useful and interesting!

      Congratulations on your well-deserved Hub of the Day!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I absolutely love the owl painting! I have a carved wooden owl I bought years ago outside of Santa Fe from a Native American artist. I think owls make such great subjects for art. And for hubs, too, apparently. Congrats on Hub of the Day! : )

    • whowas 4 years ago

      Very nice hub that combines two of my most passionate interests: ornithology and folklore!

      While primarily focussing on the mythology and folklore of the owl there was some nice natural history in here, too.

      We have barn owls that nest in the barn next to us and it is always wonderful on an evening around dusk to see them hunting silently over the surrounding fields. At night, when they have young, we can also hear the juvenile birds 'hissing.' They are protected by law here and are regularly inspected by the rangers and the owl warden (yes, we have owl wardens - what a great job!)

      Great job on this hub, ticked and voted it up. Thank you!

    • kelleyward 4 years ago

      Congrats on the HOTD! This is so well-written and informative. I hate to admit this but I didn't know much about owls until I read your hub. I'll share this with my oldest son. Voted up, awesome, and interesting! Take care, Kelley

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      Cynthia B. Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Cyndi, Congrats on Hub of the Day. This was really packed with a lot of information about the owl I love the sound of most owl's hoot. The screech owl (we had them in the mountains in Virginia), however, sounds like a banshee cry and can be very scary to a child. At the very least, it can send the imagination into overdrive.

      There was an owl in the area where I live, but it seems to have disappeared, as has the hawk that was around here. I miss them both.

      Well done and thanks for giving us such a good, well researched article!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      cclitgirl.. Owls have been mysterious creatures for me to behold since my childhood. The sound they made and the way they sat so still as I tried to catch a glimpse of them. I have seen them dart down and catch dinner once or twice.

      My family ties to Native Americans is through the Cherokee nation. My Mother would tell us tales of owls watching over her as she worked in the flower beds around our property. She would work late into the evening even after dark and never seemed afraid. Perhaps she felt a safeguard was nearby.

      Congrats on hub of the day. I learned even more about this intriguing creature.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Congrats on the well-deserved hub of the day!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Very interesting information and appreciated,cclitgirl, I am a fan of the owls and have two Native American tribes in my background. Creek and Cherokee. My last encounter with an owl was several years ago in which I was hunting and on several occasions, had a large owl keep me company on at least three trips into the woods. It was intriguing and enjoyable. Somehow, the owl seemed to make me feel more secure and it gave me pleasure to see it so near.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Tess45 - very cool!! You know, a fellow hubber - Lyricwriter - might have a hub just on owl tattoos. He also might be able to offer you expertise and he takes some fantastic photos. Thanks so much for stopping by!! I'm glad you liked this. :)

      Denise - great to see you! Wow! Those owls may have saved your life! That is such a cool story and I'm REALLY glad you got home safely. I think that owl swooping allowed you to not hit the prey. At least that's what it sounds like. Thank you so much for coming by and sharing that! :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I had to revisit this hub tonight and share with you my experience. Driving home at 9 pm it was pitch black and I had an hour's drive. I was going 55 mph and had on my high beams, thank goodness. Out of the right side of this country road, aka rural no man's land, a bird came swooping down into the road right in front of me with a large wingspan. It was an owl! I stepped on my brakes and swerved to the right (its prey was in the center of the road) to avoid hitting it. It was amazing. I didn't hit it and thank goodness there was no oncoming traffic. The driver behind me had to slam and swerve as well, and had been tailgating me trying to pass. Thank goodness he(?) did not crash into me and after we passed the danger, backed off.

      Very interesting. There was only one other incident when that happened on the way home from another area of NC. I was not the driver and a baby owl flew into the side of the car. We stopped and went back to assist but it must have only been dazed and had flown off. That one was white...(snow owl or barn owl?)

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      Tess45 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I have always adored owls. I am planning on getting two owl tattoos. Now I am even more convinced after reading your hub.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Lily - that is VERY cool that the owl is your totem animal. I'm glad I could help shed some light on new information. I definitely love all the symbolism of our fellow animals - they're wonderful creatures and we can indeed learn so much from them. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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      Lorri Woodmansee 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Hey cclitgirl! What a great hub. The Owl is my totem animal and in all the material I've read I got some more information from your hub that I hadn't been aware of. Silence and observe...great wisdom!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      DDS - I appreciate you stopping by; thanks for the links and shares! You have a great blog as well! Cheers!

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      David Sproull 4 years ago from Toronto

      Well done! Liked the photo blog on your profile as well!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Teaches - that's wonderful! I haven't heard one around my house for a long while. Thanks so much for coming by! Hubhugs!

      Ishwaryaa22 - thank you for your feedback, both on my hub and on my painting. Hehe. Thank you for your kind words. I definitely love the wise-old owl. I might have to invest in some owl jewelry myself! Indeed, owls are very interesting creatures and I really thought their role in Harry Potter was so awesome. Thanks again! Hubhugs!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An entertainingly informative hub! Your owl painting is vibrant and stunning! I enjoyed learning a lot about this wise creature from your knowledgeable hub! Have u seen Harry Potter films? I remembered that in this film series, the wizards used owls as letter-carriers and even kept them as pets. I like to buy the owl-pendant and earrings soon as they are currently in fashion and just as you said about having the owl-totem, wearing these owl-themed jewelry will bring the wearer more wisdom, balance and calmness so that they achieve everything in the good way! A fetching hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wise old owls are so interesting. I have seen a few in my life that are so beautiful and their "who whoing" is kind of peaceful to listen to at night. Enjoyed your hub.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Vinaya - Really!?! That's very cool information to know! I had no idea there was a Goddess of Wealth, either. Pretty nifty! Thanks for sharing that!

      Pamela N Red - I love owls, too. I was at the store today and noticed all sorts of owl stuff out for Halloween. I was so tempted to buy all these owls! Hahaha. Thanks for coming by!

      Jools99 - You ARE SO LUCKY! I wish I could see more owls around where I am during the day. I'd SO GET pictures and post them in this hub, LOL. I love wild bunnies, too. Hmm...perhaps I'll have to write a hub on bunny symbolism. Thanks for the idea! :)

      Mr. Happy - great to see you. I imagine the wolf can definitely respect his equal in terms of predatory abilities. They're both amazing creatures. I can understand about the silence thing. I'm an introvert, but even I want to chat too much around other people. Hehe. Thank you for the shares ~ Have a wonderful weekend!

      Jeannieinabottle - Hi there! OMG - you are awesome! You just have me some AWESOME art ideas. I'm going to have to capitalize on that. Haha. Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for the tips. :) I appreciate you. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Thomas - OMG - you crack me up, dude! Actually, I didn't know Adam had a wife before Eve. Devious git that guy was...then took Eve for himself and made her submit. How dare he!

      Fall into the wedding cake? Well, if you had gone to mine, you'd have enjoyed a little cheesecake made by my friend Ian the Baker. His company motto? "Everybody must get sconed."

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is so interesting. I love all birds, owls included. I've noticed owls are very in style right now. I just bought an owl day planner. :-) I've also seen owls on tote bags, shirts, backpacks, etc. What a timely hub! Voted up and interesting!

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great article! I learned many things about owls here.

      I did not know people perceive owls in a negative manner. I personally like owls; they are beautiful birds and I am specifically fond of their excellent predatory skills. Any wolf would appreciate that. Haha!!

      I think I can learn from the owl to observe more silence. Good tip.

      Thank You for the write - I enjoyed it, will share it. : )

      All the best!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Great hub Cyndi - lots of interesting info here. I go for a 5 mile walk along the coast near where I live every morning and every time, we see 2 Little Owls sitting in a hollow in the rock. I am taking my camera next week to get some pics of them. I still find it amazing to see them and never get tired of them. We also see loads of wild rabbits.

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great information. I enjoyed reading all the folklore of owls. I have always loved them.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      In Hinduism, Owl is the carrier of Laksmi, the Goddess of wealth.

      Thanks for sharing owl facts and symbolism.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      I had no idea Adam was married to someone before Eve?!? Alas...another wedding I had not been invited to.

      (I tell ya...get drunk once and fall into the wedding cake and you're just banned...I digress)

      Very nice job here...I think Owls are way cool and I'm disappointed that I was born on December 22...I would have liked these guys as my animal symbol!

      I will close by saying...this hub was a "hoot" (oh yeah...he went there...)



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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      LW - thank you so much. From what I can tell on your hubs, I'd say you were into symbolism. I find so many beautiful pictures and I learn a lot from your hubs. Thanks for your feedback and thanks so much for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      CC, this was an awesome hub! Very informative. I enjoy symbolism very much. I always enjoy learning why something is portrayed a certain way. Voting this up, useful, and interesting.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      MM - I say go for it! It'll be a great way to promote yourself, I'll link to it and if the way you take pictures is any indication of how you'll be able to showcase your pottery, I think it'll be that hub will be a true winner! :D

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cindy, I made the pottery a few years ago and took some photos recently wth the intention of writing a hub - but I am doubting myself, it's all a bit amateurish!!! hubhugs back

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      MM - that's great! You make pottery? With owls? Now WHERE are those pictures? Hehe. Thank you for your feedback. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Denise - very cool! Thank you so much for stopping by! It's great to see you.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cindy, I too love owls, your painting is fabulous!

      A lot of my sketches feature owls and my pottery too!

      There are so many interesting facts here, a wonderful hub - excellent work thank you, I enjoyed reading and voted up.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Well written and interesting. I was just studying this subject last week, actually. They're very interesting creatures. Rated up.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      K9 - aw, I so appreciate your wonderful feedback. You are awesome. Indeed, I love all our animal friends, even the icky, creepy spiders, LOL. Indeed, I feel like owls and birds in general are highly insightful creatures with much to teach us. Thank you again. Hubhugs back!

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      India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

      As a bird fan, you had me from title to final punctuation. Hummingbirds to Ostriches I adore our feathered friends. Superior information about the spiritual nature of this dynamic predator as well as factual insight on the owl's routine in nature. A stunning hub, Cyndi.


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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Vellur - owls indeed has so many wonderful characteristics. I learned a lot researching this, too. Thanks so much for coming by! Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Bridalletter - hi there! Thank you for your kind words and feedback. I haven't ever seen one very close, but they are magnificent creatures. Their gaze is so human, so...intense, like you said. Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      buddhaanalysis - yeah, the owl has been the victim of superstition all too often. I definitely respect them and I didn't know that it was associated with a goddess. Very cool! Thanks for stopping by. ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      B Lucy - thanks so much! I have learned a vast amount of information on HP, too. It's awesome! Thank you for your great feedback and for the kudos. Have a wonderful day! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      ChristinS - that is REALLY cool! I love that the owl is your totem. You must be a really insightful person. :) How very lucky you are to have some resident great horned owls. Thanks so much for stopping by! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Tammy - aw, thank you so much!! I LOVE owls - they're amazing, aren't they? Thanks for coming by. Hubhugs!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed reading your hub, owls always have a mystical aura about them. A lot of interesting facts. Voted up.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Very interesting. I like the added totem info. The only time I see one up close is in a zoo. They seem so intense.

    • buddhaanalysis 4 years ago

      i like owls.owls used to come near by room when i was an infant.

      In india owl is considered as vehicle of godess laxmi i.e godess of propsarity.

      Unfortunately some ignorant people hunt owls for sake of superstition.

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      B Lucy 4 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      This is a perfect example of why I love hubpages. Beautifully written, breathtaking images and I learned so much about a wonderful subject. Voted Up and Awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      I enjoyed this hub. Owl is my totem and I absolutely adore them. People laugh because owls peer out of every corner of my home - I have owl everything from bookends to candle holders. We also have a pair of great horned owls (my favorites) that nest behind our home each year now. Voted up and shared! :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is beautiful! Owls are some of the most glorious creatures. Great photos!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      aviannovice - aw, so good to see you! Thank you so much for stopping by. :) But, then I just thought - you are "aviannovice" - birds are your specialty! Yes!! Thanks so much for your feedback - it means a lot to me. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Julie - hehe, aw, thanks about my painting. Hehhe. *blush*. :D I loved them in Harry Potter, too. I *so wish* we could have "owl mail" hehe. Thanks so much for coming by. :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This was very well done, and I enjoyed the Native American aspect on this great bird.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      First of all, that painting is incredible. I love owls, in fact I just bought one for a baby shower this weekend! They are truly mysterious and I became a fan after Harry Potter and the owls as pets :). Loved this article!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Thank you so much, Shesabutterfly. :) Indeed, they're really interesting creatures and it's funny the different associations that people have had with them. I definitely learned a lot with this. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Carly - you do artwork!! I'm so glad to know you here on HP!! I definitely knew quite a few things about owls, but it was interesting compiling this research - I also learned a few things I didn't know! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Josh - cool! I'm so thrilled you found this interesting. :) Thanks for stoppin' by! Cheers!

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      Cholee Clay 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I find owls to be fascinating creatures, and this hub provided some new facts and symbolism I didn't know. Never realized owls couldn't move their eyes, or that people associated them with death. This article is a great and informative read:)

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I love symbolism. This owl hub is amazing. I learned so much and will definitely consider adding owls to my art work.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Very interesting article! I didn't know like any of the information you presented. So, everything was fascinating. The fact that they can fly silently is very interesting. Great job Cyndi!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      mvillecat - very cool! I love that you have owls around your house. They are such fun creatures. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Alecia - hello!! :) Aren't owls fun? They're so interesting and I learned so much writing this hub. Thanks so much for coming by. Indeed the symbolism of owls is varied and fascinating. :)

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      Catherine Dean 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I love owls! They are so beautiful. We have some very large ones around my home (which is near a major river). A thorough history on owls-great job!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I always thought owls were interesting creatures. I like how they somehow are around but unlike other animals don't have to obnoxiously announce their presence.

      I didn't know that keeping an owl in your home was a sign to someone else that you were an open book- I'll be sure to look out for that. Very well written and interesting hub!

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