Owl is synonymous with the Gift of Higher Knowledge and Insight. They are shape-shifters and carry the medicine of Sight Beyond Illusion.
Owl is a symbol for wisdom. This is because Owl can see that which others cannot, which is the essence of true wisdom. Where others are deceived, Owl sees and knows.
The Snowy Owl : The Spiritual Significance of its Appearance in our Lives
The appearance of a Snowy Owl on January 3rd, that was caught on a traffic camera in Quebec and then went viral on social media (see to the bottom of the blog post), spurred me to re-remember a personal encounter with the Great White Owl on my own journey and my Spirit Power Animal the Snowy Owl. My relationship with Snowy Owl as my Spirit Guide was renewed and powerfully strengthened this past week while I experienced a tremendous resurgence of awe and wonder and knowing of what lies within.
While in Cusco Peru, a number of years ago on my first vision quest, a Snowy Owl came to me and wanted to climb inside my mouth. I remember thinking this was odd, but not feeling afraid and not understanding how visions could simultaneously be vivid and real and illogical and unreal, I invited the White Owl to climb inside my mouth.
And in it climbed and down my throat and then took up residence inside my belly. Dancing around and flinging its feathers, it was inviting me to be joyful, and join him in his dance. The Great White Owl's wingspan opened and closed as he hopped on one foot then the other in a circle. It was the most happy little Owl, it's two feet with talons, stomping around inside of my body, and kicking up white feathers like a snow globe inside my heart.
When I shared this vision with Maestro Juan Carlos and Maestro Lorenzo during my integration ceremony their response was:
"It's very clear. It's all very clear."
I remember this was their response to much of what I shared with them in my integration ceremony. But it wasn't clear to me at all.
The Maestros explained that Yes, people do have animals that visit them in their visions and that they do climb inside of you and this is normal.
I didn't understand any of it, though I was relieved to know that I had "done the right thing" in letting the White Owl climb inside my mouth and dance around in my body and take up residence inside me.
At the same time, I felt strange that I was Okay with what had occurred. I can vividly recall the feeling of opening my mouth and letting the White Owl climb in, but I would not understand the massive significance this experience would have on my life and personal view of the world until many years later.
At the time of my initiation into the Shamanic realm no one said - Oh, well it's very clear that the White Owl is your Power Animal and the Spirit of Snowy Owl has taken up residence inside of you. White Owl people are seers of divine wisdom and are said to be oracles of secret knowledge from the elders.
In fact, Owls are Medicine Messengers, and each Owl has a different Medicine message. Snowy Owls, in particular are the carriers of Wisdom from the Elders and if the Snowy Owl is your animal spirit you have the gift of channeling the words of the elders via inspired written words or automatic writing.
Had I understood that channeling was a gift that had been imparted to me, and furthermore the gift of writing wisdom from beyond (not necessarily from me, but from a place of knowing), I might have felt a lot more confidence in the coming months as my life began to shift in strange and irreversible ways.
This understanding certainly would have been enlightening information for me to receive at that time in a way that I could hear it... but again, it would not be until years passed that I would fully understand and completely receive the medicine that came to me in that first vision quest.
I have learned from my teachers, only from in being with them in sacred space and then in "normal" space, like sitting across them at the breakfast table sipping mango smoothies or sharing a Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks (that was my idea), that nothing is conceptual to them, especially when it comes to animal spirits, the messages they bring to us when they appear in our lives, and the medicine and wisdom they instill in us when they walk with us in this world.
Most often the Shamans will answer your questions with a yes, or a no, and very few words, and almost no explanations are given in Shamanic training, because nothing is conceptual or symbolic as we experience things in Western culture. When the Snowy Owl comes to you and dances inside your being, you may have well as received an email from God saying:
"Your life has changed, nothing will ever be the same. IN-JOY! Remember, this is what you wanted and I'm proud of you. Keep in touch, I'm always right here, and I'm only a shout or a prayer away when you need to speak to me.
aka The Universe
PS. Love the Snowy Owl look on you! The Mountain Spirits are guiding you and your Animal Spirit is the Great White Owl. Have fun!"
The Maestros didn't answer my questions about my visions of the White Owl and being impregnated with the seed of the Universe, with grand explanations. To them, it was all very clear.
The Great White Owl, had come to take up residence within my soul.
The Snowy Owl : Animal Spirit: It's Medicine, Symbolism & Significance of its Appearance in our lives:
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The Owl is thought to be one of several Animals blessed with the Medicine of Shape-shifting, that is the ability for them to change their form from that of the Owl to a human form, and back again. With the Owl in particular, this shape-shifting ability is closely linked with Lunar Magic since this beautiful creature is sister to the Moon. In observing the phases of the Moon, we witness ever shifting and changing cycles that affect all within the domain of Luna, including the inhale and exhale of the Ocean's waves.
In Celtic tradition the Owl was used by the Shaman as the eyes and ears of intuition and perception.
In Native American traditions, the owl is called the Night Eagle. The owl totem has a special connection with the night and the moon, while the eagle is connected to the sun. Owls are considered fierce Night Eagles, birds of prey who have no qualms about going in for the kill.
If Owl is your personal medicine, no one can deceive you about what they are doing, no matter how they try to disguise or hide it from you. You may be a little frightening to be around, since so many people have ulterior motives which you see right through.
If you are unaware of your medicine power, you may take your keen insights and abilities for granted. Others never do. You may frighten them and reflect their blindness, for you cannot be fooled. Owl medicine people know more about an individual's inner life than that person know about herself or himself.
Source: Sams, Jamie and Carson, David. Medicine Cards (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1988)
As this pertains Owl Medicine as a Messenger, different owls represent different roles as Messenger. For instance, the Snowy Owl is the Animal Spirit that is a Messenger who is responsible for carrying wisdom from the Elders and the human with whom the Snowy Owl resides will have the gift of channeling the words of the elders via inspired written words or automatic writing.
It is said that if you meditate with the owl, the answers to your questions will be revealed. Listen to the voice inside of you.
Owl people can see into the darkness of their souls and the souls of others. Owl also helps you to recognize that there is a dark side to your nature that should not be ignored or repressed. You need to see that it is there so you can come to terms with it.
Snowy Owl's ability to navigate in the darkness makes her not only a master totem for soul retrieval and the reclaiming of lost parts of the soul, but she is also the guide that helps us go into the void of the Great Mystery to call forth ancient wisdom, knowledge and secrets that have lain dormant for ages to help us remember the fullness of our being, and create the new earth.
You have to see to know. You have to know to see.
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Magic is alive: "Montreal traffic camera captures stunning images of snowy owl in flight"
Watch the video of the capture below:
A traffic camera above a Montreal freeway has taken stunning images of a snowy owl in flight.
The bird was captured mid-air by the CCTV camera at the intersection of Autoroute 40 and the Boulevard des Sources, in the West Island of Montreal, on the morning of January 3rd, 2016.
Quebec transport minister Robert Poeti shared the photographs on Twitter and Facebook, prompting them to go viral. The snowy owl is an official symbol of Quebec and is protected from hunters in Canada.
source: The Guardian