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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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-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.

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    -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 :-)

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-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

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-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

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-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)

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-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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-Thomas 2015-07-12 0:03:36

I saw the same burrowing owl twice in the same spot by a shopping center by my house different days, and I had a dream about it last night it ran up to me didn’t fly, but it’s wings were lifted up, then he stopped and talked to me in a deep but quiet voice saying, “don’t go with your friends, as tempting as it is, they will get you in trouble, just meet with them another time, if you meet with them now you have a time limit to say you’ll see them later” he flew away. This owl also looked just like the burrowing owl I see, just bigger and a little whiter in color. What does this mean? I woke up not thinking about it, but I walked by the spot where I saw the owl a few weeks ago (didn’t see him this time, but I hardly see him anyways) but I’m scared/ excited with the feeling that I can go to the right path while staying true to my instincts. Please tell me your opinions it would really take a lot of worry off my back.

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-Victoria 2015-07-15 17:55:16

I’m not sure if I just read so much into the animals I see in my dreams for I have helped a family of polar bears and I have seen a tiger more than once.
But this morning I remember being in a dream where I was signing up for some type of marathon where you can take your pets. In my dream I was walking my cat it was winter and there was snow on the mountains but earlier that day it was not really cold it felt more like spring. My cat started to get really impatient as I was waiting for my sister to pick me up so I held her in my arms afraid that she was going to run. After she was okay I remember a woman walking me towards another saying “she’s here” but I didn’t understand what she meant, clearly it wasn’t my sister. The blonde haired lady we were walking to had a bird perched on her wrist and as It turned to me and I could look at it closer it was a young looking owl with beautiful brown feathers..it’s ears had tiny feathers on top aswell. I felt a wash of sadress as They grabbed it roughly grabbed it from her and took it away (I don’t know who they were) I woke up soon after.

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-07-25 8:21:41

    Dear Victoria – I believe that in your dream you are exploring which inner aspect you will take with you in your participation in life. In it we are part of a ‘race’ – the human race. The imagery of the marathon is wonderful in depicting this. In it is all manner of human expression; like Impatience (the cat), Patience (waiting for your sister), and your Sister (what feelings/memories do you associate with her? Is she a symbol for your vulnerable self and why didn’t she show up in your dream?); Spring (New growth, and what was latent is emerging, what was dead coming to life again. Spring may indicate that the seeds of what you have already sown through your actions are now springing into life or manifestation. It can also suggest a new start in business or relationship, or it can indicate childhood or youth.); Winter (Emotional coldness, a quiescence awaiting an appropriate period for growth or the end of a cycle of action and fruitfulness. Winter can also denote the absence of relationship or an unfruitful period of life, old age or death in some form.)
    “She is here” refers to YOU, you are HERE and “Who are you”?
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/self-observation/
    And
    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/you-me/
    And
    http://dreamhawk.com/news/who-are-you-really/
    Which still unconscious aspect of you, symbolised by “they”, does not want your intuition to be part of the human race?
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/autonomous-complex/
    Which aspect of you does the blond haired lady represent, who “carries your intuition”; the owl?
    To get a better feeling understanding of all these aspects that are part of the inner world you have created, you can use “Being the person or thing” or “Talking as”.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    And
    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/#TalkingAs
    Does this give you a start with understanding your dream?
    Anna :-)

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-M.Nicole 2015-07-26 8:10:39

Hi! I had a dream last night ,I went to the window and there was this black owl who was staring at me.I didn’t feel scared or anything I stared at him as well I was curious about him but then I woke up…

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-Bakau 2015-07-29 11:11:05

I had dream that me,my wife and our 3 years old daughter were at the beach swimming and having fun, my daughter was playing with her new friend that she had just met and i was there watching.

Suddenly this white bird that came from nowhere looking like an owl and not much bigger than a dove rite above my head looking like it wanted to land. It had something in the mouth but i couldn’t what and it was looking riter at me. And was throwing wat er at it for it fly away, at first it didn’t want to but after a couple of tries it just turned around and went south/east.

The bird was white and beautiful, not scary at all and it had some black tiny circles on the wings.

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-Bakau 2015-07-29 11:15:55

I had dream that me,my wife and our 3 years old daughter were at the beach swimming and having fun, my daughter was playing with her new friend that she had just met and i was there watching.

Suddenly this white bird that came from nowhere looking like an owl and not much bigger than a dove rite above my head looking like it wanted to land. It had something in the mouth but i couldn’t what and it was looking riter at me. And was throwing wat er at it for it fly away, at first it didn’t want to but after a couple of tries it just turned around and went south/east.

The bird was white and beautiful, not scary at all and it had some black tiny circles on the wings.!!

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