Friday, March 25, 2011

The Owl

Recently I have come face to face with Owl. Not in a physical way, but in a more symbolic and spiritual way. It came to me while I was meditating and had decided to do some automatic writing. With my eyes closed, I wrote down many words and phrases. Out came the word owl. I have only done this a few times and sometimes the things I write don't seem to mean a thing to me. I was a little perplexed. On this day, the owl came up several times.

I am trying to listen to my intuition, to trust it. My friend gave me a deck of tarot cards so I could hone my intuition. My assignment was to try to feel what they meant just by looking at the images and even meditating on it. After I meditated I pulled some cards and the last card I pulled was the High Priestess. There above her head was an owl. I was truly amazed.

What is this owl I am seeing? What does it mean to me? Well let's see. What jumps out immediately is the owl in the Iroquois culture is called the Guardian of the Night. One of the brooches many Iroquois silver smiths like to make is called this and it represents the owl. To me owls are intelligent, mystical, guardians, thinkers, night creatures and perceptive. These characteristic speak to me as I learn to trust my intuition. So, after Owl showing up a few more times, I thought I should look up what others say it means.

The owl was important to Athena the Greek goddess. It symbolized intelligence, wealth and status. The Egyptians, Celtics and Hindus believe the owl is a guardian. He is the ruler of the night and seer of souls. He would guide the spirits to the underworld. Other Native American Cultures consider Owl has foresight and wisdom and is the keeper of sacred wisdom. The people of West Africa believe Owl is a messenger of secrets, companion to seers, mystics and mediums.

Here are some common characteristics of Owl according to Avia Venefica:

Now it becomes my goal to figure out if Owl has come to me as a one time symbol or message, or if it is the next animal on my totem. Since I keep seeing it, even once today(in the background of a vlog I was watching) I tend to lean more towards the totem animal. I WILL continue to listen to my intuition. Owl has spoken!

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