Thursday, October 9, 2014

Meanings Attached to the Owl












The owl's ability to see in the dark                      

As the owl can see in the dark, the owl guides you to see what is hidden to find the real meaning of someone’s actions or state of mind.

When the owl is one of your power animals, you have a strong intuition and can access information and wisdom that’s usually hidden to most. The spirit of this animal encourages you to look beyond deceiving appearances into the true reality of a situation or a person’s motives.

If you have an owl as a totem or spirit animal, you probably like to explore the unknown.When the owl shows up in your life, listen and look out for the subtle signs around you. Your animal spirit guide helps you to see what you wouldn't normally notice.
The owl will also help you to uncover your own hidden potential and abilities. Check whether you need to reveal more of your intuitive nature.

Night time is particularly auspicious for your creativity, so take the time to focus your creative energy in the dark hours.

The owl as messengers of change                   


Owl spirit animals are symbolic of death in many traditions. In most cases however, this shouldn't be taken literally, but rather as symbolic death, referring  to transition in life, important changes that are taking place or about to happen.

When the owl shows up, pay attention to the winds of change. Perhaps you are about to break an old habits, change a situation that no longer serve you or bring something/someone new into your life.

Dream interpretation of the owl

When you dream about an owl, your spirit animal may be contacting you to warn you about a danger or threat that needs your urgent attention. It could offer insights about important matters that you should not ignore.

It could also mean that the intuitive part of you needs attention. Listen to the subtle signs in your life These may be important but not necessarily obvious.

Because the owl is often associated with death, an owl in a dream could mean that you are receiving guidance regarding personal change.

In many dream interpretations, the owl could represent a deceased friend or family member.

Superstition associated with the owl 

Birds, especially birds of the night, are often associated with departed souls. The owl is no exception. In some popular beliefs, they are considered as bad omen signifying the imminent death of a close relative or someone important.
  • The Romans even believed that an owl hooting from the top of a public building to be the announcement of the death of an important public figure.
  • The Romans believed that someone would reveal all their secrets during their sleep if an owl feather was placed near their pillow.
  • In the Aztec tradition, the owl was associated with the Lord of Death.
  • The Celts associated the owl with death, especially if it flew into a sick person’s house.
  • The Celts also believed that the owl carried the souls of the departed to the underworld.
  • The owl is associated with witchcraft in a number of European and some American Indian traditions. Witches would often take the owl as an animal spirit guide.
  • In Greek mythology, the Goddess Athena, goddess of the wisdom and war, was represented as an owl.
I love owl symbolism and use it quite extensively in my writing. The owl fits nicely with my favorite theme, that nothing is as it seems. It is the owl who reveals the truth, if only one cares to listen and to see.
 
In my second paranormal romance, Moragh, Holly's Ghost, Holly heard the owls for the first time on her wedding day, soon after she arrived at Fairley, her new home. She thought they predicted death, but of course, her life was changing rapidly. She also had to deal with many secrets the new people around her kept from her. And above all, she had to find out who Moragh was and what happened to her. Holly didn't realize that the owls could help her. As journalist, she delt in cold, hard facts.  
 
Moragh, Holly's Ghost is available availavle on amazon in paperback, ebook and audio formats here:  https://www.amazon.com/author/maggietideswell


In my third book, Roxanne's Ghost, Daemon knew that Millicent wasn't what she seemed and that she was hiding things. She insisted that her twin, Roxanne, wasn't dead and claimed that she was going to find her sister and bring her home. Too many loose ends didn't support her claim. Daemon used owl meditations to see the truth behind her 'mask' and soon realized that Millicent was the key to finding Roxanne. 
 
Roxanne's Ghost will be available soon.