The Owl Spirit Guide & Owl Mythology
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.
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.
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