The Universe is always sending us messages. Always.
The messages take many forms — a book, a conversation, a song, a film, an encounter, trees, plants and flowers, insects and animals.
The signs are all over and everywhere. All we need to do is pay attention and use the opportunity to hear the message.
I’m a huge fan of Ted Andrews, international metaphysical author and teacher. Through his books and writing, I’m able to see the hidden messages from nature and animals when they appear in my life — in actuality, dreams, or photos and images, as is the case with OWL this month.
When I visited his site, his most recent post was an image of Snowy Owl.
Two weeks after, I checked out his site. Again, his post was an image of Great Horned Owl.
This morning, one of Yahoo! News articles shows snowy owls’ rare “mass southern migration”.
And as I was taking a break from writing this post, I switched on the TV and caught on HBO the film, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, a movie I hadn’t seen! And rarely do I watch TV nowadays. The scene showed a close-up of Soren, a young barn owl. The movie was on its last two minutes — just enough time for Owl to call my attention for yet one more time!
Owl is clearly showing up to convey an important message or reminder. Owl is making its presence felt, loud and clear! It can’t get any clearer.
In Feathered Omens: Messenger Birds from the Spirit World by Ted Andrews , a deck of 40 omen cards with guidebook, OWL is described as:
Spirits are strong around you
“The owl has been worshipped and hated throughout the world, but always it intrigues and fascinates. It is the epitome of mystery, magic, vision, and guidance. It is also one of the most ancient signs for spirit contact. The owl is the silent guide, teaching us to trust our instincts and silent impressions, especially in regards to spirit communication. Its appearance now is alerting you to much spirit activity around you.
The owl is also a creature of the night, and night symbolizes the darkness within — the places where great secrets and great treasures are hidden. Spirit is around now to remind you of this and to help you uncover these treasures.
The owl provides guidance through heightening your senses — physically and spiritually. Its eyes are adapted to see the subtlest of movement with the least amount of light. Because of this, when Owl appears, you will hear undercurrents in the voices of others. Owl is telling you that help and guidance are available to you, but it is still up to you to act upon its guidance.’
And from Ted Andrews’ Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, I gathered the following insights. They are both from studying the qualities and characteristics of owl as well as its enemy, predator and prey — skunk, crow, mouse.
And boy, are the symbolism and meanings spot on for me!
“See and hear what others try to hide; new vision is opening; a unique ability for seeing into the eyes and souls of others; keep silent and go about your business; sense of timing and prophetic instinct; accomplish tasks with timing and skill, not through intimidation; ability to be non-threatening in spite of its power and ability – true strength is gentle; power of prophecy and spirit; how to get more attention without being arrogant and irritating; how to deal with those people in our life who are outrageously irritating; balance the ability to draw and repel people – there are times best for drawing people and there are times best to avoid people, and finding the correct balance is what can ensure prosperity; self-image — remember that people are going to notice you and how they notice and remember can be controlled by you; how the winds are going to blow into your life and how to adjust your own life flights; ability to hear the inner voice; look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life; pay attention to details, or an indication that you cannot see the forest for the trees — you may be getting so locked into details that you forget the big picture.”
For a more detailed explanation of these insights, click here.
Animals can teach humans many lessons, if we can only learn to pay attention. And if we find the time and make an effort to study them and how they relate to our experiences and circumstances in our life.
Thank you OWL for showing up, and thank you for your gifts and blessings!!!
Meanwhile, I’ll go and rent a copy of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole — who knows what other messages and insights Owl has for me!
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Update 11 October 2015
“The Owl lends you eyes that you need in order to see in the dark around you. The Owl can cut through the shadows to illuminate the real truth. Someone may be trying to camouflage his or her real intentions. Deceit, lies, and unclear intentions are exposed with Owl energy. The Owl also reminds you to be honest with yourself and snap out of any lies or denial inside you. Lying to yourself is the way that you’ll remain lost in a prison of your own making. The Owl appears to ask you to seek the truth in the darkest places within yourself. This will set you free and restore you to wholeness. All is well with the Owl to guide you. Deep wisdom into human nature is gained through the ability to recognize untruths. This is an important marker on your path.”
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