Owl Animal Totem & Symbolism – The Spirit of Old Wisdom

Animal Totem is a special Animal Spirit that has chosen you to guide, and protect, for your whole life. It also represents your best, and worst qualities, who you are at your core. You can find who your Animal Totem is, through meditation with the intent to know, and meet, your Animal Totem. You can also consult a psychic on this matter.

However, if you have meditated on it, but still have doubts, and you don’t want to consult a psychic, this article will shine light upon the qualities of the Owl Animal Totem. If you feel it resonates with you, and you share a lot of qualities with the Owl, there is a high possibility that Owl is your Animal Totem.

If Owl is your Animal Totem, it reveals your hidden power, your mysterious nature, and the wisdom of old age. If you have ever heard someone say that you are wise beyond your age, it could be a sign that Owl is your Animal Totem. You may enjoy moving in the dark, not necessarily during the night, but you like to keep your moves private, until you have had a successful outcome. It may resonate with you, if you are someone who is more efficient, or energized, during night hours, rather than during the day.

Other character traits of the Owl Totem are:

  • Mysterious nature
  • Old age wisdom
  • Creativity
  • Femininity (your feminine energy is prominent)
  • Strong intuition
  • Magic
  • Freedom
  • The Unseen
  • Shape shifting
  • Visions

In general, if you were born under the Zodiac Sign of Sagittarius, Owl would be your spirit animal. Owl is associated with the fire element.

How to know if Owl is your Animal Totem?

Your Animal Totem represents qualities, abilities, characteristics, that you currently have, or that you are in the process of developing. Therefore, you can realize that Owl is your Animal Totem because:

  • You resonate with almost all qualities of the Owl like a mysterious veil around you, which people have a hard time with, or they express their frustration to not being able to see through you, which in reality means they can’t break you.
  • You see owls all the time, like photos, documentaries, videos, but not on your choice.
  • You just love owls very much, they inspire you, and you can’t explain why.

If you are still confused, you can confirm if Owl is your Animal Totem through:

  • Meditation.

You will have to start your meditation with the intention that you will meet your Animal Totem. It may happen that during your meditation, you see the animal, or you smell something, or you hear something. If none of this happens, do not get discouraged, sometimes it takes a couple of tries.

  • Your dreams, as well as by pure synchronicities.

For example, you may start seeing more owls’ pictures. You may also feel curiosity peak up for owls out of the blue. You should follow your intuition.

  • If you feel you have not received any answer, or you can’t figure out your Animal Totem, you can always ask a psychic.
  • Online quizzes that tell you which is your Animal Totem. Online quizzes will depict your character, and personality traits, therefore they are accurate at some degree.

Owl Animal Totem Symbolism

Various traditions, and religions, believe that each Animal Totem has the qualities of the animal it represents. This means that it feeds the same way (although in an energetic way), it moves the same way, it fights the same, and it behaves the same, as an Owl would do in the physical world. Therefore, the best way to know what qualities your Animal Totem has, or why it is present beside you, it is to look at how the animal behaves in this physical plane.

However, these traditions also believe that your Animal Totem can foretell your destiny, or share insight into your life mission.

Spirit Animal

An interesting fact about Owls, is that they are seen as a symbol of witchcraft. It is believed that Goddess Athena, the goddess of war, and wisdom, represents herself as an owl. They say if you put an owl feather under your pillow at night, and sleep on it, all secrets will be revealed.

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Native American Traditions

If you were born between November 22nd  and December 21st, you would be assigned the Owl Zodiac sign, according to the Native American Zodiac.

Owl was considered a death omen between Native Americans. However, they did not read the message as death for a certain individual, rather than the end of a path, to begin a new one. They also saw the Owl as a messenger from the other side, because they believed that the Ancestors communicated with them through owls.

Eastern Traditions

The Eastern traditions saw owls as messengers of witches, or as a sign of witchcraft. They used to tell stories of how witches use these creatures to steal little children at night. If one could interpret the message received by an Owl, they could communicate with the sorceress who sent them. They also believed that the witches themselves shape-shifted into owls.

Celtic Mythology

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In Celtic Mythology, and Norse traditions, the Owl is representative of wisdom, patience, and foresight. It is seen as a symbol of the psychic ability of the sight, to see beyond the veil, or to communicate with the other side. The Owl therefore, is a guide to the underworld.

Christian Religion

In the Bible, the Owl is seen as a night bird, and as such, the Owl represents the forsaken. The Owl is often associated with ruins, places that once were, but later were destroyed, or abandoned. It is not necessarily depicted as a negative omen, but it was an important omen, for those who faced great challenges, or came close to the end of their journey.

What your Animal Totem indicates about:

Your personality

Owl Animal Totem indicates that you are always in transition. You may take a couple of months to rest, reenergize yourself, and enjoy the moment. You always fight to be better than you were yesterday, and you always want to achieve more. There is no rest for you really, because even your rest time, is made of reading new books, learning new skills, or connecting with the spiritual realm. Your old wisdom feels like a burden sometimes, because you know too much, and you can see right through people, but even though it breaks you sometimes, you still wouldn’t have it any other way.

Others like to be around you, mostly to pick on your mind, and learn from you. They may also enjoy your mysterious energy, and be driven by the curiosity to know you more. When they think, they have you all figured out, you surprise them. Just don’t allow anyone to get that close to you, because people will always despise something they don’t have, or understand, even when they are acting all nice. This is the point where your heart, intuition, and intelligence, come into a fight.

Your intelligence, and your intuition, are exactly what make you unique. You can learn to control your emotions, and work on your intuition, so you never find yourself in a place you wouldn’t want to be. 

Your life at the current moment 

An Animal Totem is the Spirit Animal that accompanies you since the day you were born, until the end. Therefore, if Owl is your Animal Totem, it doesn’t indicate much about life at your current moment, unless it starts showing up in your dreams.

The Spirit Animal that guides you through certain events in your life, is usually an Animal Guide that chooses to walk with you for a limited period of time, until you learn your lesson, or you overcome the problem. It may also choose you, to help you amplify certain qualities that you need for the next phase in your life.

If Owl is the Spiritual Animal that chooses to accompany you, it is helping you prepare for upcoming changes in your life. It is also guiding you into discovering your hidden talents. You may already know what your natural gifts are, but you may discover a new one, or you may want to work on those gifts more. Maybe you have a gift for singing, or skiing, or painting, or whatever. When Owl appears, it is encouraging you to wisely use your gifts, to make a better life for yourself, or to guide you towards your soul mission.

What does dreaming about your Animal Totem mean?

If you have a dream where an owl appears to you, it may be trying to warn you of possible danger ahead. You should pay attention to what the owl points at, or what is the dream the Owl chooses to appear in. Maybe you were with some friends in your dream when the Owl appears. It indicates that your friends may be dangerous, or sneaky, not for your good. If you were thinking about someone, or something before going to sleep, especially if a situation that bothers you, the Owl indicates that you should be careful, and not trust anyone.

You should trust your own intuition. The subtle signs in your life, that you tend to ignore as simple synchronicities, may share more than you already think of. You should pay attention to your everyday habits, conversation, and omens.

Old wives’ tales are actually true. You should not open an umbrella inside the house, and if the scissors drop from your hands, someone is cheating on you. The Owl is confirmation for all. You probably already know the truth, but you are afraid to admit out loud, because if you say it, you also have to take action. Don’t dim your voice. If you don’t take care of things now, they will be taken care of eventually, but it will be harder on you.

Sometimes, the Owl can be a relative, or ancestor, that comes to visit you. Owl is very protective, and wise, you should not be afraid of anything, rather listen closely to what it has to say.

How do you handle your life based on your Animal Totem?


If you have the Owl Animal Totem, you are wise, and you try to apply your wisdom even when dealing with romantic partners. This means that you often tend to often overthink, or make decisions based on logic, rather than emotions. This is a good habit, until it ruins your relationships, or love life. Often, when it comes to romantic relationships, you need to make decisions based on your emotions, or consider your heart’s desires. When you make moves based on logic, but you also have a strong intuition, it will eventually mess you up. This is why it is important to open your heart, and let love flow.

If you dream of an owl, or you feel your Owl Animal Totem be more active, when you are thinking about your relationship, it may mean that this relationship has come to an end.


Owl Totem means that you tend to choose jobs that will help you grow not only professionally, but in as many areas of your life as you can. You thrive in jobs that teach you other values, or skills as well, even if you have not graduated on those areas. Most people are prone to finding a job that fits their graduation certificate, and settle for that. They also like to focus on their duties, and they purposely limit the work that they do. You, on the other hand, are constantly in search to expand your knowledge, and do other things as well. This characteristic serves you well in a leader position, even though, you don’t like to be the leader, especially in an environment where others don’t have the same drive as you.

Regarding finances, it indicates that you can reach a good financial status, even be very wealthy, but only if you know where to put your money. Because you tend to overthink, sometimes you are confused on where, or how to invest, so you postpone it until you can be sure about your decision. If you acknowledge this trait, you can change it. You can make decisions quicker, or try to risk a little more. Even if you lose, you won’t lose much, because you have already educated yourself enough, to know how to handle the problems that may arise.

Relationship with yourself

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Owl Animal Totem reveals your most fundamental traits of personality, as it also reveals your inner struggles. Old age wisdom, and intuition, sometimes don’t mix well. On one hand, you know all the logical answers, and you know what you have to do. On the other hand, you may have a strong gut feeling that you are making the wrong decision. It comes to a point where you are confused, and you can’t make moves, or you start to close yourself off, in order to find some answers.

None of it helps, and you know it. Most of the times, you overthink a situation for a long time, without speaking a word to other people, because you want to have clear answers within yourself, before talking to the person you have a problem with. Sometimes, it is ok to figure things out within yourself, because it may not be another person’s issue, but it may be an inner struggle. Other times, when you already know you are on the right, you should talk with others. Emotions that are kept in cages, or logically dealt with, for a long time, will eventually burst out in uglier ways.

How to honour or connect with your Animal Totem?

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If you want to connect with your Owl Animal Totem, you can take a page from the book of the Native American Traditions. You don’t have to wear the skin of the owl on you, but you can keep nice owl sculptures at your work desk. You can have a beautiful artwork of the Owl printed at your blouse, or a paint of the owl on your wall. You can also buy jewelry that has an owl signature in it, like the head, or footprints.

You can use these objects to focus on during your meditation, in order to connect with Owl Animal Totem. During your meditation, you may want to call upon your Owl Animal Totem, and ask to be blessed with the qualities that you need at the moment.

If you feel that you can’t visualize the Owl well, which is important for your meditation process to work, you can think about the qualities you want to embody, and try to feel those qualities growing in you. You have to embrace the Owl energy in all aspects of it: physically, energetically, spiritually, and emotionally. It may also help to watch a movie with owls, or even wereowls.

Try to feel the specific quality amplifying in you. Act as being an Owl is your second nature. This is also how you honor your Spirit Guide, Owl Totem.


You may find that during the course of your life, other Spirit Animals will choose to walk with you for a while, to guide you in different areas of your life. It is possible, that while you have Owl Animal Totem, you can also be guided by other Spirit Animals. However, you will notice that your core values, the same qualities you share with the Owl, won’t change. You are still very wise, creative, intuitive, and intolerant to fake connections.

Different Spirit Animals help you see other paths, that only those can help, and guide through. They also help you develop other qualities, because the purpose is for you to grow.

For example, if you will be accompanied by Wolf Totem, which may make no sense to you, it is there to help you develop your strength, and your leadership. It may help you learn how to make hard decisions, while still being compassionate.

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