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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



-jillian 2016-09-10 1:52:50

i had a dream that i was walking through the woods and i saw a white owl with a human mouth and teeth. he smiled at me and started saying “hoot”. not actually hooting, but saying hoot. he was friendly. in my dream i had somewhere to be so i got up and started to leave, and the owl asked to come with me. i told him he couldnt come because he was an owl, and as we were both walking out of the woods he turned into a bug and followed me around for the rest of the day(dream).


-Mari 2016-10-18 16:16:29

I had a dream of a white owl sitting on a branch tree staring at me. In my dream I immediately recognized it was a fake owl that my deceased grandfather had crafted so I wanted to take a picture of it. Then noticed how white and clean the fake owl had preserved all these years so I was admiring it and staring at it. What does that mean cause the previous day I dream of a purple jaguar and the day before that a giant brown wolf…what’s up with all these animals popping in my dream?


    -Tony Crisp 2016-10-20 14:01:29

    Mari – You have two questions – the fake owl and the animals.

    The animals are important, because it shown that you are ‘waking up’ to the animals you hold within you – we all do but many people are unaware of them. To understand this please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/

    If you wake up to these inner animals you will find you will have an extended understanding of life and living.

    The fake owl, well it was fashioned by your dead grandfather. Obviously he must have understood and integrated some of his inner family of animals. I think the owl is not a living creature because you yourself have not yet been able to become one with the animals, and when you do the owl will live in you. For the owl is the ability to see in the dark, which in dreams indicates intuition, the ability to know things even though you cannot see or sense them with your physical sense.

    You cannot be hurt in your dreams. You cannot drown, you can’t die in a dream, no tiger or other animal can harm you. Of course, you can feel feelings of dying, or being hurt, or drowning, but they are all images you create because you feel afraid and you haven’t faced up to your fears.

    So, the animals you feel in your dream will harm you are actually your own instincts and feelings that frighten you and are actually harmless. This is because every dream image, animal or person is a subtle or powerful aspect of your own efficient working. Just as car is made up of many parts to work well, so are we. So instead of running away imagine yourself as the dream animal. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson and http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/using-your-intuition-1/



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