Oh what amazing creatures those Owls are. As soon as I looked back, it was ready to take off so he/she spread the wings and took off flying by graciously.
I've always loved owls and specially these white barn ones that live in our little island, they are so cool looking and I am glad this is not the first time I've seen them.
Now, if I look up the symbolizing of Owls, I have to say that there are lots of controversy whether they are good omens or not. So, of all the articles I read, here are some parts of the best one:
The White Barn Owl:
Keynotes: The Mystery of Magick, Omens, Silent Wisdom and Visionaries of the Night
Cycle of Power: Nocturnal, Year-Round
No bird has as much myth and mystery surrounding it than the owl. Most perceptions of it are very confused.
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 a nocturnal bird and usually never seen in the day time. And this has always seemed mysterious to humans.
The Owl is a symbol of the feminine, the moon, and night. It has been called a “cat with wings”. It has been worshiped as an idol and hated as the reincarnation of the devil. Owls have great healing powers, both in North America and on other continents. Because of the 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 magick and darkness, of prophecy and wisdom.
To the ancient Greeks, the owl was associated with the Goddess Athena, and it was a symbol of higher wisdom and direct communication with aspects of one’s Higher Self. Owl medicine is symnbollicaly associated with clairvoyance and astral projection and both black and white magick.The Owl can teach all the secrets of the night.
There are over 100 species of owls and they have always had an intimate link to humans. Wherever humans live, so do rodents, the primary food of owls.The barn owl, because of its heart-shaped facial disc, reflects the ability to link heart and mind. This is part of what this animal teaches. It also has darker eyes. It has a golden buff feathering on top and white feathering beneath. The common barn own has also been named Ghost Owl due to its links with the spiritual world. .
The Barn owl is a Master hunter because of its hearing ability. In fact, a large portion of the Owl’s brain is devoted to sorting out the auditory signals it picks up (It is very aware of its surroundings and when the owls presents itself to you, IT WANTS TO BE SEEN. It wants you to notice it. Otherwise he would stick to the shadows, which they mostly do).
Other articles where people ask what does it mean to see a White Barn Owl, they said:
"It was said that when anyone saw a owl it was the messenger of the Goddess Athena--and Athena was watching over you and sending you her Wisdom.. It was also considered a good sign to have a Owl enter your life or watch over you. So if I was you I would feel very special indeed--an Owl has entered your life and just Like Athena you must be very special and have much wisdom to pass on to others."
My personal interpretation of the encounter with the owl; is just the same as when I encounter any other animal that I love and that I enjoy watching in nature. It is such a privilege to share our planet with such amazing beings.
And if I were to give it a symbolism I would go for the fact that the Owl just as us share a place in this world and if they are in fact wise, with their presence they reminded me that we need to preserve our world and maybe that is the wisdom and teachings I need to pass on to others.
What do you think it symbolizes? Have you ever encounter an owl in the wild? What other amazing encounters you've had?
Have a wonderful weekend with some unique encounters!!! Happy Friday : D