Owl has been a symbol of Wisdom for centuries, going back at least to the days when Owl was the symbol for the Greek goddess Athena, the wisest of the Greek pantheon of gods and goddesses. Owl’s secretive habits, quiet flight and various calls—from whistles and screeches and its legendary hoots—have made this animal the object of superstition and even fear in some parts of the world.
Owls have many abilities that set them apart from all other birds. Their wings, which are extremely soft and thick, really do allow them to fly silently—I can attest to that!—as they swoop down on unsuspecting prey. They are able to slip in and out of places unnoticed and can teach us how to do the same.
Their eyes are large and forward facing, giving them a wise appearance. They have a greater range of motion in their necks than any other animal with a spinal column. Owls turn their heads rather than their eyes, which are stationary. Their night vision is so powerful that they can see prey when the light is the equivalent of a candle burning 2,500 feet away!
Owls’ powers of vision are matched by their almost otherworldly hearing abilities. In studies done with owls that were placed in totally light-free rooms, the birds were able to locate a mouse by sound alone.
Owl has the courage to follow its instincts. Learn from this bird the wisdom for how to interpret dreams, to prophesy, to practice magic and shapeshifting, and to find hidden spiritual truths.