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The Spiritual Significance of Owls in Dreams and as Spirit Animals

By Saoirse
November 29, 2021
The Spiritual Significance of Owls in Dreams and as Spirit Animals
The Spiritual Significance of Owls in Dreams and as Spirit Animals
TL;DRWhat does an owl signify spiritually and what is owl power animal meaning? What is the meaning of owls in dreams and owl shamanic meaning to some indigenous Americans and Celts with Mysticsense.

Have you ever wondered what owls in dreams are trying to tell you? What about what owls are a sign of as a spirit animal owl? The psychic owl meaning to Celtic people and owls spiritual meaning to some indigenous Native Americans is powerful. Even owl feathers meaning has power. If the owl is significant to you, join us to learn about these meanings and more.

What is the Spiritual Meaning of an Owl?

spiritual meaning of an owl

What do owls stand for spiritually? The significance of owls varies based on who you are, what your relationship with the owl is, and what the sign of the owl is communicating to you when you encounter it. Owl significance can be that they are messengers, an owl spirit guide or totem animal, or that they represent some kind of mystical or prophetic truth they are kind enough to show to you. You can see owls in nature, of course, but you can also see them in your dreams.

Dreams of Owls

dreams of owls

What does it mean to see an owl in a dream? The meaning of seeing an owl in a dream can be mysterious, and might take some time to understand. You may have to sit in meditation or wait for some signs or another dream to clarify what the message the owl brought in your dream means. There are ways to try and figure out for yourself what the dream message is. What does an owl do and what does an owl look like in the dream? Sometimes, it’s baby owls visiting, others, it’s white owls. Sometimes, the owl’s specific species lets you know what the owl is communicating, and others, what the owl physically does in the dream helps with owl dream interpretation.

Baby Owl Dream Meaning

baby owl

What do dreams of owls mean when the owl is a baby? Many times, when you dream of baby animals, it indicates new beginnings. Sometimes, however, the symbolism of an owl, or a baby owl is that you will undergo a learning process. Like babies are reliant on those who care for them, and teach them to be independent, you will be temporarily dependent on somebody to help guide you through whatever it is you are learning. Don’t worry, though, because you will master this new skill!

Owl Sitting in a Dream

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What does the owl represent in your dream if it’s sitting down? The symbolism of owls in your dream when they are sitting down is that it’s time to take a break and rest. That’s it! Sometimes we have to be reminded when we are working hard on something that resting and stepping away to reset our minds and restore our energy will make us more productive in the end. If we work ourselves into exhaustion or overfocus, we won’t be able to see what it is we are working towards, and we can’t concentrate on what we are doing well enough to accomplish anything meaningful.

Owl Swooping in Your Dream

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What does it mean if you dream of an owl that’s swooping? What owls represent in dreams when they are swooping is they are telling you to rely on your abilities of observation and then take action based on what you can tell is happening! Like the owl watches and waits and then ACTS, so should you. Seizing opportunities is what an owl is telling you to do when you see it swoop in a dream and swooping owl symbolism meaning is also that of taking what is rightfully yours. Don’t wait when you see your chance, swoop in and take it!

White Owl Dream Interpretation

white owl

What does a white owl symbolize and most importantly, what does it mean when you see a white owl in a dream? Dreams of white owls can mean a number of things. White owl meaning in dreams can signify purity, and honorable intentions. Another dream interpretation of a white owl is that of wisdom. Indeed, one of the most famous owl quotes and sayings goes:

“A wise old owl lived in an oak

The more he saw, the less he spoke

The less he spoke the more he heard

Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?”

White owl meaning in dreams can be telling us to be silent and listen, just as the rhyme says! Why do owls represent wisdom? Because they are silent, choosing to observe and learn instead of speaking! Seeing a white owl in a dream, most especially dreaming of seeing white owls at night is to be out and your best during the times and in the places that are YOUR personal spaces.

Sometimes, the white owls at night in dreams are telling you to gather with like-minced individuals, and others, the meaning of white owls in dreams is that they are telling you to go be your best at the things you thrive at. White owl dream interpretation can also be of beauty and elegance, encouraging you to take pride in your good own unique physical attributes.

Owl Signs in Dreams

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What does an owl in a dream have to tell you when you don’t actually SEE the owl, but just signs of it? The meanings of dreams of owls signs varies by what specific sign you are being given. Owl feathers meaning in a dream is of silence and invisibility, and the owl is leaving a bit of that ability with you for use when you need it. In dream interpretation, owls, or any other birds’ nests represent home, safety, security, and feeling loved and nurtured. If an owl’s nest beckons you in a dream, it’s telling you to find comfort at the place you feel most secure and at home. If you are not there in your life, the owl’s nest is telling you to make it a priority to get there asap!

In a dream, owl’s meaning of seeing their discarded talons means protection. The spiritual meaning of the owl talon being left for you in your dream is that you can accept outside help when the time comes, and better yet, it will be provided to you! What does it mean when you dream of owls discarded prey? It means to accept help when it is given. We all go through hungry times of need, and the owl in your dream has provided sustenance you can get by on until you are thriving and doing for yourself again.

Screech Owl in Dreams Meaning

screech owl

What is the significance of an owl, most specifically a screech owl making its characteristic loud call in your dream? The screech owl call represents warnings, whether it be in waking times or in your dreams. You are put on notice by this dream to watch and listen, in effort to avert tragedy. Sometimes, paying attention to all that’s going on can alert you to something about to go wrong, and this will give you time to avoid any disasters, thankfully. In this dream, the owl acts as a keen-eyed guardian, alerting you so you can fix whatever is wrong before it causes irreversible damage.

Watcher Owl in Dream Meaning

watcher owl

If an owl is watching you in a dream, it’s probably the spirit of an ancestor watching over you protectively. As owls are believed by many to represent the dead, some believe the spirits of deceased loved ones can be inside an owl that is visiting you. Some people believe owls are bad omens, and that death will come to you. Sometimes an owl watching you in a dream is warning that death is near, but that doesn’t mean it’s your death. The owl may be putting you on notice to make sure you are on good terms with all your loved ones and that you are keeping in touch with them. You never know when one of them will pass away, and you don’t want to regret not telling them how much you love them.

Owls Speaking Dream Meaning

owls speaking

What it means when an owl speaks to you in a dream depends. What does an owl say to you in the dream? The message might be clear, or more symbolic. In general, when an owl speaks words to you in a dream, it is giving you a message, so you should listen. Also, what does an owl look like as it speaks? Does it look like an owl from nature, or is its appearance more mystical looking? A more mystical looking owl may be delivering spiritual meanings while an owl that looks more like an actual animal owl may be giving messages about mundane issues relating to your life. One thing is certain, as dream symbols, owls are creatures of the mysterious and they reveal hidden truths, so pay attention if you are lucky enough for an owl to visit you in a dream.

The Owl Spirit Animal Message

owl spirit animal

“The owl is my spirit animal, so what does that mean? “ If you can say this, you are very fortunate. The owl power animal meaning is of wisdom, perception, action, silence, invisibility, communication with the dead, drive and purpose, and excellent judgement. If the owl spirit animal is yours, it will bless you with all these gifts, and make you wise beyond your years. Some people call this animal spirits owl power “owl medicine”. Owl medicine meaning is that the power of the owl will be within you once you open yourself to it. You can begin your journey with your owl spirit animal anytime you decide to. Would you like to know how?

Read here: A Guide To Spirit Animals (

Celtic Owl Meaning

celtic owl meaning

What does an owl mean spiritually to Celtic peoples? Some say the owl is an animal representation of the Cailleach, a powerful Celtic mother goddess who rules in Winter, and transforms into the beautiful Brigid to rule Summer. The owl represents death, and the Cailleach touches her staff to the ground, freezing it, or killing it for winter. In some tales, she is called Beria, and she washes her plaid in the treacherous Gulf of Corryvreckan in Scotland and when she has finished, it is pure white, and she blankets the earth with it. As a sacred representation of the goddess as well as a creature associated with death the owl was considered both terrifying and powerful.

The owl was seen as an animal of the night and the underworld and who was connected with the ancestors. There was both love and devotion to their ancestors and fear of some of them among the Celts. On Samhain night, roughly Halloween time, the Celts would burn fires and carry iron to ward off the dead, believing them to sometimes come to haul the living away with them. Many of today’s Celtic people are no longer devotees of these ancient Pagan goddesses and gods, and they may see the owl as just another animal, but today’s Celtic neo-Pagans still consider the owl to be connected with the powerful Mother Cailleach.

Native American Zodiac Owl Meaning?

zodiac owl meaning

Some new age communities have in recent years invented totem zodiac animals, and the owl sign birth dates are listed as different ones by different sites. In general they go from about November 22 or 23 until December 21. This system states people born during these dates are energetic, determined, positive thinkers, and good leaders. Some sites say if you were born in the Northern Hemisphere, your dates to be an owl are November 22 through December 21, but if you were born in the Southern Hemisphere, your dates are May 21 through June 20.

The owl birth totem will be yours through family lineage in Northwest Coast Native American traditions. Theirs is not a system like the Greco Roman zodiac that ascribes a zodiac sign to everybody. These people’s family name and crests embody whatever animals they feel are their family’s power animals and massive totem poles are still used to adorn their homes and are a great source of pride. The owl totem animal for them embodies not only their family, but their personal connection with the animals.

While it is true a lot of non-Native Americans look to them for wisdom and guidance, it is important to remember that while learning what they are kind enough to share, one cannot become Native American if they are not born such. So, owl symbolism for a Native American family will be entirely different than it is for a non-Native American family or individual. When it comes to totem animals, owl or otherwise, the term “totem animal” is used interchangeable with “spirit animal” by many, but this is not to be confused with Native American family clan animals.

Owl Native American meaning varies by tribe also. Some tribes don’t have clans distinguished by totems but believe in powerful spiritual owl meaning. Aztecs and Mayans believed owls delivered messages to the living from the gods and Passamaquoddy myths speak of owls as boogey man types that would punish children if they misbehave! One of their stories tells of one flying away with two girls! Apache stories tell of a “ Big-Owl” spirit that can transform into a human at will and also carries off misbehaving children!

Owl Feather Meaning Native American

owl feather

Despite some tribes believing owls are terrifying spirits, some other tribes see power in their feathers. What the feathers of owl symbolism meaning for some tribal people is the power of the owl will reside in those feathers, and anybody who is lucky enough to be gifted them will be given some of that power. There are rules as to who is allowed to own which feathers, however, so don’t expect to go out and buy whatever owl feathers you want. You are also not allowed to just gather found feathers of certain species. Laws are in place to protect birds from poaching, and it’s in their best interest.

To gain use of owl feathers, you need permits and can find information about where to apply here: The Feather Atlas - Feather Identification and Scans - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory (

The mystical, shamanic, or prophetic meaning of owls may be that they are your power animals or that they are delivering messages from your ancestors. They may visit you in dreams if you are lucky, and culturally, they may be symbols of your family or a goddess you venerate. When the owl bestows its blessings upon you, you can be sure that you will be wiser, more perceptive, more driven, and a person of action! What does the owl mean to you?

The Spiritual Significance of Owls in Dreams and as Spirit AnimalsAbout the Author: Saoirse has studied magic and lore for most of her life, but started walking her own Magical Path after being spiritually reborn in the desert. Today she shares her gifts as a Psychic and Content Writer for Mysticsense and she writes for Pagan Pages emag.

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