Animal Spirits: The Owl


Barn Owl

I tend to rise early in the morning, and with the days getting shorter, that means I’m up taking my Alaskan Malamute pups out for their morning walk while it is still very dark out. This time of year also means I have the opportunity to do some stargazing while out and about. This has been very exciting lately as Jupiter has been very visible with the twins Castor and Pollux in Gemini (as was red Mars before he moved along) as well as Sirius in Canis Major and all of Orion. It is quite the morning experience to be greeted by this as I walk out the front door.

A few mornings ago as I was looking up into the heavens, I was greeted with a surprise: an owl! In all my life, I have never seen nor heard of anyone in the generations of my family having seen an owl in the city. Though I am sure there are some in the vast city parks, this was truly a surprise. This owl flew right above me as I was looking at the constellations. His large wings with a golden hue flapped silently with power. I watched until he flew over Twin Peaks and out of sight. I was in awe. The wise and majestic owl, the master of the night, the keeper of secret knowledge, and dear friend of the Moon just unexpectedly flew by.

Most of us have probably heard of the wise owl, but the owl’s symbolism goes much deeper. As creatures of the night, they are connected with death as the keepers of spirits, companions for souls going to the underworld, protectors of the dead, and guides for transitions. They are a link between the world of light and the living and the world of darkness and the unknown.

Besides bearing wisdom, insight, and intelligence, owls are keepers of sacred (and secret/hidden/occult) knowledge, and are even thought to be seers and mystics that have shape-shifted. Like all birds, owls are also messengers, particularly of secrets and omens. Owls have keen sight and are silent and stealth flyers, who hunt by the light of the Moon. Thus they also represent dreams, psychic abilities and awareness, and the shadow self.

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.

― C.G. Jung

About Julianne Victoria

I am a Spiritual Counselor, Shamanic Healer, Writer, & Creator. I hope to help heal, teach, and inspire others on their souls' journeys and in this life. © Julianne Victoria and Through the Peacock's Eyes Press under the Common Law Copyright
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16 Responses to Animal Spirits: The Owl

  1. BloomLisa says:

    Today I am guided to start blogging about animal guides again and I see you blogged on Mr. Skunk this morning…love the synchronicity. I am going to do our mutual friend here!!! See you later babes!!!!

  2. akosmopolite says:

    An owl was hooting outside my window very early in the am about a week ago 🙂 I have never heard an owl so close nor had one deliver a message before, until now 🙂 And I realize…so much has been coming to me since then. It has been one wild ride………and it’s only been a week!

  3. labontetrax says:

    Love those owls! Somehow they also have a link with ETs. I guess that could go with the occult symbolism also. I saw something strange in the night sky last night too. Lights acting crazy!

  4. shreejacob says:

    Love the quote and thank you for sharing information about the owl! 🙂 I’ve never seen owls before either! I wonder if we have them in this part of the

  5. Thankyou Julianne… lovely post about our magical creature of the night.. Barbara

  6. Mona says:

    Owl with Moon……… Beautifully captured……

  7. ~Felicia~ says:

    Wow!! That is awesome!!! They are such lovely, mystical creatures.

  8. excellent post! so happy the Owl found you, what an auspicious event! I really like this series and it helps me on my quest to discover my animal totems.


  9. fozziemum says:

    How magical for you 🙂 Owls are amazing creatures..we had one that used to sit in our tree where we lived years ago quietly watching us as we watched him..we have heard one hear only one and it’s the Barking Owl responsible for the legend of the Bunyip here in Australia as it’s vocalisation sounds like a woman screaming ! many police have responded to calls of a woman being attacked when it turns out to be this owl. Maybe you are about to transition to something yourself and the owl is there to see that you do so with wisdom an clarity.What a lovely post Julianne 🙂 hugs Bev xx

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