The horned owl kept showing up wherever I went, which was odd. I figured he had a message since people kept pointing the bird out to me. The owl is a mystical symbol, which could be its association with the night. Because it is nocturnal it possesses feminine energy because of its connection to the moon.
Its appearance reminds us to remember we are connected to the source. Our prayers, hopes, and dreams are real in the spiritual world even if we don’t see them right now. Too often people give up hope when they are so close to making a breakthrough. Now, it is not the time to stop. Persevere.
Its ability to swoop down on its prey stems from its extraordinary hearing. Take time to be alone and listen for your inspiration and direction. A whisper, a hunch, a thought could serve as your message. Not everything is written in the sky. In fact, almost no messages are, be alert. The owl’s ability to see in the dark reminds us to use our instinct to see beyond the natural world.
Be self-aware too. Examine your life and decide what is holding you back. Is envy, resentment, and unforgiveness sucking up your energy? Are there skeletons in your closet that need to be cleaned out? It is hard to gather the good into our baskets when they are filled with what we don’t want or need. It’s time for a spiritual cleansing. Sometimes, a physical cleaning can precede an emotional one. What we choose to hang on to symbolizes where we are at on life’s journey.
The owl like most birds was considered a symbol of death. In primitive times, when so many people did die, the appearance of a bird and death were firmly established. Its appearance is more like the Tarot death card, in that it symbolizes change and a time of transition. Change can be difficult and unwanted, rather like death.
The horned owl is different than most raptors in that it is most active in the winter. It’s nocturnal as opposed to hunting in the day. It is silent while hunting as opposed to emitting shrill calls that strike terror into the prey. The female owl lays eggs in the winter getting a jump on the competition. Consider the owl’s message of contradictions. You should be active while others rest. Get a head start.
The owl is also a fierce bird with an opportunistic nature. Its closest competitor is the red-tailed hawk. The owl will eat baby hawks if it locates them. Keep in mind; it will also eat screech owls too. It stays with its mate all year around proving its loyalty to those who merit it.
It never makes its own nest, but takes advantages of nests other birds have made such as hawks. Makes you understand why the two are never in my yard at the same time. In some ways, it reminds us to grab opportunities. Don’t spend time questioning if the opportunity is for you. If it is it will work out. Don’t question your luck, take it.
The ability see past masks