The Owl spirit animal connects us to the wisdom of the Elders and serves as a reminder to be true to ourselves. She is also associated with the magical and the otherworld, which makes her a powerful guardian or guide in ceremony.
Owl teaches us to understand life’s lessons: she shows us how to take what’s nourishing from a situation and leave the rest rather than internalizing what’s not supporting you.
This, of course, takes courage. Whether it leads you to a path of activism, or getting rid of habits or people who aren’t supporting your highest good, or honoring the truth of what really is fulfilling to you vs. what others (or your own ego) advocates, or simply drawing a line and speaking up for what you know is true, you can expect resistance. In fact, it can shake up your life, or even make you unpopular at times. But ultimately, acknowledging the truth and acting on it is a necessary step to regaining balance – a prerequisite for spiritual evolution.
As a spirit animal ally, Owl can help us to “see through the dark night of the soul” to discern our own inner truth, as well as to fly softly through it all with grace and ease. Barn Owl in particular brings in the energy of the Heart as well.
While the Owl is feared in many traditions for her association with Death, ancestral peoples know that death is but a part of the great cycle of life, and when experienced as such, becomes a great sustainer of Life itself. The Triskelion symbol appearing on the breast of this Barn Owl painting speaks to the unending cycles of Life, and the waves on her neck remind us that although we exist as individuals (the wave) we are also One with Spirit (the ocean) – and so are empowered to rise above the fear of death.