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Owl

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

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-Gypsy 2015-02-25 22:39:43

Hello!
I just had a dream last night of a snow white owl with blue eyes and silver tipped wings. He was located at a playground of some sort, and he didn’t seem like he belonged, so I went up to it, curious. I had picked him up and held him away from my body, and he looked at me, but said nothing. He seemed comfortable in my hands, though, and as I walked with him to my treehouse, he did nothing but just be there. I set him on my handrail, and he sat there looking at me, just content.
i have been in the process of writing a series of novels, and most of the other parts of the dream (as do most of them) was centered around a plot concerning my books. This part of the dream was the only real out of place aspect, and I was unsure as to what it meant. Some clarification might help, thank you so much!!

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    -Tony Crisp 2015-02-26 9:58:49

    Gypsy – The main thing about such a lovely bird is that it can see and hunt in the dark, and also fly without any wing sounds. In dreams this translates into that you have in your hands and is quietly with you, a faculty that can pick up information from the dark part of your mind. Considering that the unknown parts of you are enormous. That the unconscious itself is a spontaneous source from which the ego as well as the organism unfolded, is all held in your unconscious unknown self.

    So at the moment you have the ability to explore the dark unknown in you but you are not using it. The owl, your intuitive faculty is not being accessed. Accessing it is like opening the door to your genius and creativity. As Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift”. So use your imagination and follow it where it leads. See http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/using-your-intuition-1/

    Tony

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