Owl Totem From the animal speak book of Ted
re written with tons of mistakes. ha ha. Roxy
No bird has as much myth and mystery surrounding it than the owl.
Most perception of it are confuse. It is not unusual to get contrary
opinions of the owl. It has an ancient aura of mystery about it.
Part of this is because it is nocturnal Bird and night time has always seemed
mysterious to humans.
The owl is symbol of the feminine, the moon , and the night.
It has been called a cat with wings. It has been worshiped as an idol and
hated as the reincarnation of the devil. It has been believed to have
great haling powers, both in North America and on other continents, Because of
its association with the moon, it has ties to fertility and seduction, for the
moon is the arouser of men and owls. The owl is the bird of the magic and
darkness, of prophecy and wisdom.
To the ancient Greeks the owl was associated with the goddess
Athena. And its was a symbol of higher wisdom. It was the guardian
of Acropolis. To the early Christian Gnostic's, it is associated with Lilith,
the first wife of Adam who refused to be submissive to him. To the Pawnee. it
was a symbol of protection, To the Ojibwa, it was symbol of evil and death. To
the pueblo, it was associated with the Skeleton Man, the god of death , but who
was also a spirit of fertility. " owl medicine is symbolically associated
with clairvoyance, astral projection and magic, both black and
Many superstitions beliefs have come to be associate with it.
Owls have been thought of as the reincarnation of the dead. In Wales, the
owl has come to be associated with fertility. In heard around a pregnant
girl, it indicates an easy birth. The most predominant is that of the owl being
able to extract secrets. It was believed in ancient Rome that to place a feather
or part of an owl on a sleeping person would enable you to discover his /
her secrets. This is all tied to one of its keynotes, especially when we look at
its acute vision and hearing.
The owl is a bird of the night, and the night has long been a
symbol of the darkness within---the place in which humans hide their secrets.
The owl has great vision and hearing. They can adjust in an instant from a
telescopic to a microscopic focus. The pupils respond in a fraction of a second
to very minute changes in light intensity. The owl's eyes are specially
adapted to detect subtle movements. They also have extra light - sensitive
cones and rods in the retina to help with this.
The yellow coloring of the eyes is very symbolic. It makes
the eyes much more expressive. but it hints of the light of the sun, alive in
dark of the night. The lives through the owl at night. Meditation on this
alone will reveal much about the magic of the owl within your life.
Contrary to popular belief, the owl can see very well during the daylight.
It is just more effective and more acute at night.
Even in the darkest night, with its acute eyesight an owl can
pinpoint the exact location of its prey. Its hearing is just as keen as
its eyesight. The ears of the owl are asymmetrical, and one ear is
usually larger than the other. They are also located in different
positions on the head. This enables it to sort out the auditory signals it
picks up. facilitating it being able to locate its prey more easily.
The barn owl can locate its prey as easily or even easier with its
ears than its eyes. it will swivel its head and rock back and forth to
pinpoint noises of prey with great accuracy. It will also make period
clicks as form of echo location.
One who works with owl medicine will be able to see and hear what
others to to hide. You will hear what is not being said, you
will see what is hidden or in the shadows. You can detect and pinpoint the
subtleties. This can make others uncomfortable because they will not be
able to deceive you about their motives or actions. Owl people have a
unique ability to see into the darkness of others' souls and life. This is
very scary to most people. This vision and hearing capabilities has
metaphysical links to the gifts of clairvoyance of clairaudience as well.
The owl, as a bird of the night, can teach all the secrets of the
night. Theses secrets involve everything that transpires when the sun is
gone. Owls are the eyes of the night, and they see what is not in the open .
They have secret knowledge that they can share. Their medicine can
There are over 100 species of owls, and they have always had
an intimate link to humans. Where ever humans live. so do rodents the
primary food of owls. Because of this , owls live where ever humans live, so do
rodents, the primary food of owls. Because of this, owls live where ever
humans live. The unfortunate part is that many hunters and farmers kill
owls frequently, believing cats will do a better with rodents
control. Nothing is further from the truth. A barn owl can kill ten
times the amount of mice than a cat in a single night and more if their
are young to be fed.
Like humans, they blink by closing the upper eyelids, giving them a
human expression which has added to the mysticism of owls. Unlike humans
thought, their eyes cannot move. Their neck is flexible. giving them a wide
range of peripheral vision. They cannot turn their heads completely around, but
they do move it so quickly that it gives that appearance. The
symbolism of the neck and its flexibility should be mediated upon for
those with owl medicine. If your neck is stiff and inflexible, you are
hindering your perception to great degree. Neck massages would be very
beneficial for anyone working with owl totem.
The owl, like hawks, and other birds of prey, has a third eyelid.
This nitrating eyelid moves from side to side. It closes the eye. clearing
its vision . Again your were born very perceptive---with a vision of others that
you may or may not have recognized or acknowledged. Often those with an
owl as power totem have a unique ability for seeing into the eyes of the soul of
others. Often these perception are discarded as wild imagining or with
such phrases as " Why in the world would I think that about this
person?" These kinds of imaginings, positive and negative, should be
The mating habits of owls follow similar patterns to others
birds. The male will often increase its hooting and dance to get the
attention of the female. Many owls like living alone and only come
together for breeding. ( haha. OK. I'm an owl! ) So the
female, especially of the great horned species, only mate when she truly trust
the male. Some owls of the great horned species , only mates when she
truly trusts the male. Some owl mate for life, such as the barn owl.
Others mate and stay together only until owlets leave the nest.
Many owls do not build nest. They will lay eggs in the forks
of trees or use abandoned nest of together birds. Because they often have
unusual nesting procedures, it is not uncommon to find owlets and fledglings at
the base of tree where they have fallen. Many people pick them up ,
believing them to be abandoned. this is rarely so. If left alone. the
mother will take care of them.
Usually only the female will brood, but the male will keep the
mates and owlets in steady supply of mice. A male feeding the female and
her brood can kill dozens of mice or its equivalent in a single night.
This attest to the great hunting ability and rodent control that an owl can
bring to an environment.
Owl fly silently. The front edge of the wings has fringe that
silence the flight. Most owls have wings that are great for the size of
the owl.This also enables the owl to fly slowly and smoothly,, facilitation its
silent hunt. This silence is something that all with an owl totem
should practice. Keep silent and go about your business. This will bring
you the greatest success.
Some owls are endangered .This is partly due to destruction of
habitat and partly due to unthinking hunting. The spotted owl is
threatened or endangered in many states. This is due predominantly to hunting
and the perception of owls as pest.
Much study has been done on owls in regards to their prey.
This is possible predominantly due to " owl pellets." An owl will usually
swallow its prey whole and head first. The parts of the prey that are
indigestible ( bones, fur, teeth claws. and such) are then regurgitated in form
of pellets. This is very symbolic act in which much significance can be
found. In the swallowing of the prey head first, the owl takes into itself
the wisdom and energy of the prey. The regurgitation reflects its ability to
eliminate this aspects that are beneficial and unhealthy for it.
It is important to stuff the individual characteristics of each
species of owl, as well as those for all owls in general. This will help
you define exactly how the owl is going to affect you and your life. In the
context of this book, we are only going to examine six particular owls, But this
will be enough to provide you with an idea as to how best to relate your owl
totem to your individual life.
Some owls have a balancing raptor. The owl is lunar and nocturnal,
while some raptors are diurnal and solar. Owls and some Hawks will share
the same territory, one hunting and using it by day, and the other hunting
by night. They don't necessarily get along, but they do tolerate each other in
varying degrees. These can be seen as solar equivalent. They can be used to
balance the male and female.
One example is using owl and hawk feather together as
part of a dream bundle to help stimulate lucid dreaming. For example a red
tailed hawk feather tied between two great horned owl feathers and
hung over the bed may help you assert your own dream state. This can
be used to develop astral projection or just for conscious control of drams
scenario during sleep.
The most common example of owls and their daytime hawk
equivalent are found in the chart below:
( lunar/ Nigh
(Solar/ daytime )
Red shouldered Hawk
White phase Gyrfalcons
OK. part two will go into each of the six
owls. But that is good for now.
With much love .Roxy
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