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Because the owl sees in the dark it represents our intuitive sense that ‘sees’ what is happening in the subtle areas of our feeling and experience. This sense ‘feeds’ by watching or acting as an integrating function with the many dark or hidden aspects of our experience and behaviour. Because this part of our mental process is aware of the hidden activities in the depths of our body and mind, it can initiate our conscious self into the mysteries of life and death. If one can imagine having a council of all living things, we would all have in common the drive to reproduce, and there would be huge links of understanding regarding care and rearing of young and perhaps of love for mate. The unconscious seems to have a sense of this synthesis of all life, and the owl, representing it, speaks with this sort of collective wisdom; a wise advisor.

Because the owl as a dream symbol is an actual doorway to the usually hidden side of life, we may sometimes feel fear or danger in regard to it. In some mythologies the owl was connected with death, and might act as a messenger regarding the death of a family member. For instance in Jewish tradition it is unlucky to dream of an owl, but okay to dream of any other bird. See: Second example in wife.

Idioms: Wise old owl; wisdom of the owl; night owl; owlish – looking wise or solemn.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What do I know about Owls?

Does this show any use of my intuition and wisdom?

If the owl seems menacing in the dream, is this about my fear of the dark, or death, or possibly the contents of my unconscious?

See CoreCollective UnconsciousBeing the Person or ThingUsing Your Intuition



-Brooke 2015-06-07 10:47:02

I had a dream of a beautiful tawny owl. It was up above my head in a rafter, but I could see it’s wing was hurt. It flew down to me and landed on my left arm. I hugged it in my dream, and felt like I needed to protect it. When I woke up I felt guilty as though I abandoned it, like I could’ve done more for it even though it was a dream.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-06-08 15:46:07

    Dear Brooke – There is no need to feel guilty about abandoning the owl, because in reality you cannot abandon what is part of your inner nature; your intuition and your inner wisdom.
    You can ask the owl though what you can do to heal its wing, so it can fly again.
    Imagine yourself in the dream and continue it as a fantasy or daydream. Consider what it is that troubles you or is not what you want in your dream. Now take time to think how you would alter it and how to have an ending that would satisfy you. Now you can, in your imagination, enter your dream and alter the dream in any way that satisfies. Experiment with it, play with it, until you find a fuller sense of self-expression.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/#TalkingAs
    Did you read the book about intuition yet?
    See http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/using-your-intuition-1/
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)


-frank 2015-06-08 10:49:33

I had a dream my wife n i were asleep but u could hear a bird at the window when we opened the curtain there was a white puppy my wife grabbed him then it appeared a white owl with a babys face trtrying to tell us something but i couldn’t hear what it was trying to say… what does this mean


-Amy J 2015-06-09 11:32:10

I had a dream that i woke up just before dawn and as i walked past my window i noticed a large brown owl, it took me a second to figure out what it was but then as i begin to make out the features I realized there were many more. I stood there in awe and counted them, and then grabbed my phone to take a photo but woke before i could


-Kirsten 2015-06-10 12:41:26

I dreamt that I was involved in some praying within a synagogue. I was ‘doing it wrong’ and left the prayer session. Outside of the building there was a huge light brown owl it came to me and I held my arm out. It chose to sit on my shoulder. I was petting him and he enjoyed it.
The group of people came out of the synagogue and accused me of not being Jewish. Afterwards, there were many owls flying around and some of them landed on other people’s arms but not many.
Most of the people were young (under 35)


-Lucy 2015-06-22 10:09:41

I dreamed that I had been given a gift. It was a tube of some sort and something was in it. I reached inside of it and felt something move. It scared me so I removed my hand quickly. I began to examine the tube (there were people around me, I sensed they were close friends and family)…. I noticed something sticking out of the bottom….it looked like a twig so I went to pull it and the tube became transparent, then I saw feathers and what looked like a ball of feathers rose up…when it did, it scared me and I closed my eyes. But I didn’t feel the need to run or scream…. I felt the need to open my eyes and when I did…. I was looking above my head and there was the chest of some sort of bird… I must have dropped to my knees and didn’t realize it, but I stood to try to see exactly what it was and it was a beautiful sweet little owl. It was half white and have tan in color. The feathers on the left eye was pure white and the other was a pretty tan color. It was sweet and it looked like it loved me and it wanted to be near me. I held it…it stood on my arm. And then I put him down (it seemed to be male) and then It was a little boy, maybe 2 or 3 years old crying as if he wanted me to pick him up. Such a weird dream but I remember it so vividly and I’m just curious to know the meaning behind this dream. I didn’t feel threatened at all. But it seemed as if the little boy and the owl were the same entity.


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