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The Owl Spirit Guide & Owl Mythology

Updated on April 17, 2016
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Kitty has been communicating with her spirit guides for over a decade. She uses the lessons she's learned through them to write about them.

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The Owl Spirit Guide or Familiar

There's something particularly special about owls, something that I never noticed as a child but as an adult can't seem to get away from. Owls have this air to them, a sort of old and wise air with a majestic, golden aura. Every time I have the privilege to see an owl of any kind, I am blown away and completely smitten. What is it about their eyes that simply captivate you? It's as if I've known every owl since the beginning of time. Do you feel like that about owls?

Owls have been around for thousands if not millions of years. They are one of the oldest birds in existence still today, believe it or not. Cave paintings including owls have been found, predating history. Scientists have come to find that the owl has not changed very much since prehistoric times...which is definitely believable. The only thing that has changed is that their wisdom and magic keeps growing and growing with each passing year.

If an owl has come to you in your personal life, be it in your dreams or in reality, it is quite possible that the owl spirit guide is here to connect with you or to guide you to a higher sense of yourself. My owl spirit guide appears at very specific times in my life...particularly when something tragic is about to occur. This doesn't necessarily mean death of some kind, but my owl spirit guide usually comes to me directly (physically) in order to warn me of something. The first time the owl spirit guide appeared to me was directly before my neighbor passed away. We saw the owl spirit guide, along with a whole family of owls, living in a tree behind our house. After my neighbor passed away and his wife moved out, the family of owls (including my owl spirit guide) moved away as well.

When my new set of neighbors moved in, my owl spirit guide reappeared (after almost 9 months of not seeing him!) He was literally sitting on the side of my house, on top of our cable box. This time I felt as though he was back to warn me to protect my property. Ironically my new set of neighbors were literally trying to "shoo" him away, which angered me to tell you the truth. (I was quite upset and was saying "leave my wild life alone!") Anyway, I followed his guidance and envisioned a white circle of light (or a light bubble) around my house and property to keep unwanted and unwarranted visitors away. This worked and was evident almost immediately. I didn't see the threat to my property for over a week and since then the threat has died down...not diminished but decreased.

The wise owl spirit guide comes to remind us of our intuition...that inner voice that many of us choose to ignore or not believe in. The owl spirit guide also reminds us to protect what is ours and to not take anything for granted. Protect your property and your family, for this is truly protecting yourself. The owl spirit guide also wants us to know that he is there to help us learn about ourselves in the deepest sense. Learn more about your spirit, push yourself spiritually. Wisdom is life and life is wisdom. What does your owl spirit guide say to you?

Again, your owl spirit guide doesn't have to come to you in reality, many times owl spirit guides will come to you through symbolism or synchronicity. Sometimes the owl spirit guide will come to you in your dreams or visions. But if the owl spirit guide chooses to make himself known in the physical realm...you better pay attention to what he has to say. It may keep you safe and warn you of things to come.

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Owl Mythology

Being that owls are one of the oldest living birds on the planet, you can guess how much owl mythology circulates throughout cultures and countries, even in this day-and-age. Owl mythology could be positive or negative, it depends on the culture and region.

In Mexico and in a few of the Southern states that border Mexico, there is a legend known as La Lechuza...a part of owl mythology that involves a story of a black magician or "evil witch" that was cursed and turned into a large bird. Many believe she was turned into a large owl and stalks the night in the country of Mexico and some of the border states. This owl mythology says that if one sees the lechuza at night, she will whistle at you and you will wake the next day with many bruises or wounds on your body. Obviously this is one of the negative legends in owl mythology. There are others like it that mainly incorporate "evil witchcraft" with the owl as a witch's familiar. In that aspect we could compare the owl to the black cat...the other popular witch's familiar.

In a more positive light, owl mythology can also be good. In Greek & Roman mythology, the owl was associated with the wise goddess Athene. Apparently owls were said to guard the temple of Athene and were thought of as a sign of protection. If an owl was seen before a battle, it was sure that victory was to be had. Athene's familiar was a "little owl".

Owls are also seen in ancient Celtic myth and legend. A Welsh goddess by the name Blodeuwedd was said to have been punished and changed into the form of an owl after she plotted against her husband Lleu. There are other Celtic Gods and Goddesses associated with the owl.

In Native American culture, many tribes looked to owls for wisdom and protection and would even wear their feathers as talismans. If you are lucky enough to find an owl feather, keep it forever. Owls were considered in many cultures to be bearers of news or even what some call "psychopomps". A psychopomp is a spirit that takes a person from life to the underworld after death. They act as a guide to the underworld or otherworld, more or less. They are also thought to be the shapeshifted form of a powerful magician, or someone's astral double projected in animal form.

Owl mythology is a very deep topic and lengthy. Let's just remember owls are our friends and should be respected & honored just as any other animal that lives on Mother Earth. If the owl spirit guide comes to you, be aware and willing to learn from the owl spirit guide. Don't push aside the message that the owl spirit guide is sending to you. But don't be afraid of the owl either...there is nothing to fear of this gorgeous, magical creature.

© 2012 Nicole Canfield

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    ImmortalKundera 4 weeks ago

    I get sad when I read that owls are an omen of death or bad things to come because I couldn't disagree more. Owls are magnificent. I've seen owls in person, wild in nature, just a handful of times and they've always happened right before an important event. The night before I married my husband, days before I gave birth- and my marriage is amazing and so are my children. I think owls are a sign to pause and think... a sign of change (which can be great!) and possibly a visitor from beyond the grave paying a visit. Only since my dad passed away have I had visits from both owls and vultures on a few key occasions. Owls mean wisdom and reflection to me. Not anything negative. Also, owls are animals that need to live somewhere... maybe in your yard. It doesn't mean that you're doomed. Just that they chose your yard.

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    LithiaMoon 3 months ago

    I was recently up at my family cabin and in the yard we have a giant oak tree that's been there forever the land was originally a 40 acre field till my family bought it a long time ago and built on it so it has high significance to me I was looking around and found a great horned owl feather under the oak tree the owl is one of my totem animals the first actually and I know it has great importance but I haven't been able to figure out what it's trying to tell me I'm kinda fairly new to communicating with my totems any advice would be helpful thank you.

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    Majestic Anne 4 months ago

    Hi..i hope you can help me..2 days ago i have dreamt a snowy white owl. It was sitting on a branch of a tree and it was looking at me like it was trying to tell me something. Lately, there have been problems/conflicts with r family and i have been looking for a job for about 3 months now. I was feeling so down.. I believe the owl wants to tell a message. I hope you could help.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 months ago from the Ether

    No it's not rare to see an owl in Florida in the Spring.

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    michyxgarcia 5 months ago

    I would like to view owls as a sign of good luck and wisdom but lately it hasn't been like that.

    A few months ago an owl hooted a few times outside my window he following day the light went out during the night and didn't come back until the next day, that day I was rushed to the ER because i had severe belly pain and got surgery. A few days after an owl hooted again, thankfully, nothing happened. Today I saw an owl at my school. Many people say it's fake others say it's real. I honestly don't know what to believe. My parents believe in the legend of 'La Lechuza.' Is it rare to see an owl in the spring time in Florida?

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    vub 11 months ago

    Owls in my country are always associated with bad news. I remember it when I was little an owl came and cried at our window all night. In the morning we got the news that my brother past away. Not long ago an owl ate my birdie…I'm crushed and still trying to understand why did this happened. Although I'm an animal lover…I just can't seem to like owls anymore.

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    Essence 2 years ago

    Native Americans associated the owl with wisdom, foresight, and keeper of sacred knowledge. This may largely be due to the fact that the owl is a great foreteller of weather conditions. In addition, its ability to see at night was also thought to be as something mystical.

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    Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from the Ether

    MystyMoonlight - Wow! What an amazing story. I truly believe owls will warn us when danger or illness is on its way. Thanks so much for sharing. And I'll make sure I don't hike down that trail at night. :)

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    MystyMoonlight 2 years ago

    I'd like to share a story about owls as an omen. While hiking out of Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon my hiking partner spotted an pygmy owl. It was perched on a tree a short distance away, we sat and stared and it took flight and landed on the branch of a tree closer to us. Then, he flew to large boulder maybe ten feet away. He seemed to be staring right at us for a few moments before he flew away. It was amazing, we continued our hike up the switchbacks. A while passed and we heard something in the distance. I couldn't quite make it out, I was sick and my senses were dull. Suddenly my partner yelled then yanked me off the trail by my pack as a man on a large horse galloped past us. It was dark, he didn't see us. I KNOW the pygmy owl encounter was an omen. I pay attention to these things now and really appreciate this article.

    (Some added advice, although full moon hikes are amazing, don't hike the Havasupai Trail at night. Residents of the village below often pummel down the trail on horseback at night. The only reason I did it is because I was coming down with a horrid flu and wanted to get the hike done before it got worse.)

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    feliciaa griego 3 years ago

    hi i have a question for you if can help me out' am 21 years old and i absolutely LOVE owls i have abot 20 owl nick nacks set up around my house. see my question is that one of my owls is always facing a different way every mornings and it alwayswith its back towards us' and it is always the same one by my tv? i asked my boyfriend if it him moving it or my are child but it neither of them... i was just wondering if you know wath that ment? thank you

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    piecemaker 3 years ago

    owls come to me for some reason i can call owls from fare off. i am about half cherokee i guess that could help. they some times set in trees near me and we talk to each other in what i guess is owl words. i also have had awolf walk into my shope in a rule aria and set beside me.(scared the crap out of me).then its mate came and knocked over a fan whitch scared them and the ran off. later i was toled by an old cherokee woman that theas two animals were my guides before she ever knew about these things . i don't call the owls much anymore my wife seas it imberases her.sory for the spelling.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Bronwyn - Awesome. I am an owl lover myself. I have a few owls around the house, and I have an owl familiar that visits me every Spring. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Bronwyn J Hansen 4 years ago

    Hi Kitty. What a brilliant Hub! I am an owl lover and Spiritualist. I also have an owl as my animal guide, and she has come through in several readings that I have had. My house is full of owl figures (several hundred), pictures, jigsaws, jewellery and so on.

    Voting this up!

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Rog - Thanks for pointing out that connection. The owl is doused in many cultures' legends and mythology, and so I couldn't possibly have included it all but that is a good one to bring up. Thanks again.

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    Peter Rogers 4 years ago from Plymouth

    Interesting hub but you didn't mention the connection to the Goddess Lilith, according to Hebrew mythology, Adam's first wife before Eve. Pre-Babylonian images of Lilith show an owl at her feet, which takes the owl connection right back to the beginning.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    vox vocis - I LOVE owls. Thanks for the comment.

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    Jasmine 4 years ago

    Another animal among my favorites. Owls don't just symbolize wisdom, they actually look wise!

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    LeAnna 5 years ago

    I've seen an 4 owls in the middle of the road when I drive up they stay in place and just stare at me. I think the past 3 times have been the same owl. This has all happened in the past 3 months.

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    Hi kitty, that's a great video! I believe that the Irish always think the owl is a bad omen. My friend is irish and her mum always says that an owl portrays death, but saying that it is more to do with the sound of the screech owl, they believe it has an affinity with the banshee or so she told me, fascinating creatures though, and great hub! cheers nell

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    Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

    I've had a dream about a creature shaped like a human, but covered with white feathers. He had the face, eyes, and talons of an owl. I've also had another dream about an owl that was about 4 feet tall and had a wingspan just as wide. This one had white feathers with light brown speckled lines and also huge yellow eyes. It circled me, and landed in front of me next to a puma. They stood looking at me, then the owl flew to the left and the puma walked off to the right. They both allowed me to take pictures of them in my dream. I see owls every night when I leave the wolf sanctuary I volunteer at.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    That is awesome! Synchronicity maybe? Thanks for reading & tell your owl friend I said hello!

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    harmony223 5 years ago

    This is amazing...I actually heard an owl yesterday morning and thought how amazing it was...especially since the area I live in is near an interstate and is very loud and busy. I go to check my email on my smartphone and what pops up...a notification of this hub. Wow!! Thanks for the great Hub Kitty!! I will look forward to seeing or hearing my owl and look for what message they may have for me.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Seafarer Mama - Well, you should be seeing one soon! The funny thing is that I lived in the country for years and never saw an owl...now that I live in a more built-up area, I've seen them! How weird is that? Maybe it's because there's less places for them to hide. :( Well, thanks for reading! :)

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    Karen Szklany Gault 5 years ago from New England

    Thank you for this tribute to owls, kitty. It's wonderful that you have one as a spirit guide. I have a couple of owl t-shirts that I love to wear...and owl socks...and my daughter loves a book called "Owl Babies," by Martin Waddell. Since I now live in a more pastoral area of my state, I hope to see one sometime soon. :0)

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Thank you everyone. Owls truly are majestic and wonderful creatures. I feel so privileged to have one come so close to me and to speak to me as he does. :)

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    jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

    Very nice hub. I haven't had the fortune of seeing one up close; I have only heard them.

    Owls are most certainly very beautiful and amazing creatures.

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    Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

    They are such beautiful creatures and now that I have a deeper appreciation for them. Thank You! Voting up.

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    CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

    Pretty cool to have an owl spirit guide, kittythedreamer. Owls are beautiful birds,and it is sad that several species in the UK, like the Barn Owls, are struggling as their habitat gets destroyed