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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



-Tifani 2015-08-29 0:48:19

I had a dream last night about a purple owl. It was sick and looked wet and puffed up. Someone gave it to me and I was petting it and trying to console it. It appeared to like me and it started talking but I can’t remember what it said. When I woke up I felt like I needed to remember what it said but I don’t.


-Eliana utley 2015-09-20 13:07:34

I had a dream when me and the owl were just staring and then it just fell on its back smiled and turned into a mini sloth that fit on my finger and then the sloths claws sighed into my finger and I oil don’t get it off


-Kay 2015-09-21 21:26:12

Hi, hello Tony,

I would so appreciate it a lot if you can offer at least a little insight please, regarding this dream…

My dream had two medium/dark brown owls flying away next to each other (their backs facing me) at some point they both were managing to hold a long piece of bark together… ?

I immediately thought something having to do with a partnership or bond of some kind..? It seems symbolic. Can this dream have anything at all to do with this? Any brief thoughts?
A lots of thank yous.

-In light- Kay


    -Kay 2015-09-21 21:48:27

    UPDATE.. forgot to mention.. the two owls were managing to hold that long piece of bark together ( AS they were flying away, together). If that makes a difference ..


      -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-10-04 10:27:26

      Dear Kay – Your dream could express that you let go of some part of your inner world that you feel you no longer need.
      The bark of a tree can be a symbol of some form of cover up (story) you have used so far to feel safe and now you are ready to look at what is underneath.
      The long stories/beliefs we create/make up about ourselves can be like long barks covering up our heart and the possibility to hear and see (the needs of) our authentic self.
      This long cover-up works in both directions. The stories we make up about another person can keep us from seeing and hearing them as well. This will leave us disconnected from ourselves and from “the other” as well.
      See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/beliefs/
      So removing the long bark will have an effect both on the (intuitive) relationship you have with yourself AND with others.
      I feel it will be helpful to use “Being the tree without the long bark” to explore what you feel and how you feel now that you have “shed (part of) your bark”;
      Does that give you a start with exploring your dream?
      Anna :-)


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