The Snowy Owl : The Spiritual Significance of its Appearance in our Lives
My relationship with Snowy Owl was renewed and powerfully strengthened this past week, while I experienced a tremendous resurgence of awe and wonder of receiving the wisdom that lies within.
While in Cusco Peru, a number of years ago in my first vision ceremony, 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.
In it climbed, then down my throat, and 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 Snowy Owl's wingspan opened and closed inside my body 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 chest, 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:
"Ahhhh yes, it's very clear, very clear."
I remember thinking "What is clear??? Nothing is clear to me?" But this was their response to much of what I shared with them in my integration ceremony.
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.
Though I didn't understand any of it, 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 Snowy 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 on to the path of Visionary no one said — Oh, well it's very clear that the Snowy Owl is your Spirit Guide and will impart wisdom to you in many ways, the Spirit of Snowy Owl has taken up residence inside of you and she will visit you often, bringing you gifts of insight, wisdom, medicine and connection.
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 spirit guide you have the gift of channeling the words of the Elders via inspired written words or intuitive channeling.
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 ceremony.
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, 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 impart to us when they walk with us in this world.
Most often the Maestros 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 Spirit Guide is the Great White Snowy Owl. Be wise, walk with humility!