Animal Spirit Messages: Owl as Guide

photo (26)(Reaching for the Spirit of Owl was an interesting learning experience for me. I found that because this bird has so many layers of archetype, myth and story wrapped around it, such as being the bird of wisdom, sacred to the goddess Athena, the bird of wizards and magicians, etc., that I had to reach past this wide, deep, archetypal layer of humanity’s creation in order to finally connect with the actual spirit of the being that expresses here on Earth in feather, bone and flesh.  Even then, it seemed that Owl was not unaffected by all that we have projected upon it throughout our time on Earth together.  Owl’s message, however, is perfect for this dark time of the year.  In fact, I am reminded of the following prayer of unknown origin that I found on a magnet, and have long had on my refrigerator: “Oh Owl, you who fly through the darkness, seeing everything in the night, help me to see through my own darkness to find the light within.”)

I am the night Hunter, winged predator of the night. I am silent and swift and sure in my strikes. Many creatures hide in fear of me.

I fear few and this makes me proud. The large cats I am wary of, but that’s about it. Many more creatures fear me than I have fear of.

My call leads humans astray in the dark although it can also guide them if they know where they wish to go.

For your kind, I am at my best as a guide. I can guide you through the dark if you will put aside your fears and follow. Trust that I will lead you safely to places where there is comfort, warmth, life, food and magic. Wherever you need to go.

There is no fear in darkness, it is kind, comforting, concealing. I am the light shining from within. It is the harsh bright light of day, the glare of the sun, that I avoid. I do not fear it, but I am truly at my best in the dark.

When you allow yourself to revel in the darkness and receive the peace and calm it brings, I will come to you to show you the way to what you seek.  I will remind you that there is life here, too, in the night. Yes, I am proud, it is good to be Owl!

The magic and mystery of the dark and the moonlight is mine. The depth and shadows of the night fascinate and beckon. Remember the wildness and the excitement of the night and remember the part of yourself that so often you experience only in dreams. It will energize you and make you more fully alive. It is hard for you to do this when you have to be awake all day. If you would follow me, I suggest you take rest during the light time.

Think of flying through the night illuminated from within, knowing yourself to be the fierce ruler of the skies. Dream on it, and you will know me. Speak of the guidance and the wisdom to be found in the dark silent places when I come to you.

Soar whenever you can.

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10 Responses to Animal Spirit Messages: Owl as Guide

  1. Merri Beacon says:

    This was beautiful and comforting to read, like poetry!
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    • Dara says:

      Thank you so much, Merri. I can’t take credit. Perhaps all the magic and mystery Owl is adorned with have their own poetic language.

  2. Cher Robison says:

    So lovely and tender. I love how you bring spiritual dimensions alive.

  3. sam says:

    What caused you to choose Owl for January? Just curious, as owls have been numerous for me lately – not so much live, but representations (paintings, ceramics, ornaments, etc.). Beautiful, wild, soaring, mesmerizing, free ….

    • Dara says:

      Honestly, Sam, I had no conscious thought about which creature was appropriate for January. Owl is just the one who seemed to want to speak right now. I think the dark time really is Owl’s time of year. I love that Owl is speaking to you as well.

  4. Ellen W. says:

    This is so beautiful and somehow very comforting. In the past week it came to me that the snowy owl is one of my protectors so this was amazing timing to read this post. Bud says that he feels better about owls after reading this (being a rabbit, he hasn’t always had such a good feeling about them). Thanks so much for posting this, Dara!

    • Dara says:

      I love that snowy owl is your protector, Ellen. I can see that, somehow. I can also understand why Bud might be leery. I think owls are one of the reasons that rabbits like to stay safe and snug in their burrows at night. You make me wish I’d used the picture of a snowy owl in flight that was my original pick to go with the post.

  5. Merry Life Bringer says:

    I finally had some free time to read this. It was cool, especially after the animal stone reading. I agree with the other Merri that it was poetic. Also, I especially loved the wisdom about there not being fear in darkness. Of course it reminds me of my favorite quote by Dumbledore too ( about turning on the light in darkness). This post I’m sure is a comfort to many.

    • Dara says:

      I’m glad you had a chance to read it, Merry. I noticed right after I posted it, that suddenly I was seeing things about owls, pictures and representations of owls everywhere, just as one of the other commenters said. I guess the light and insight that owl brings to the darkness must be needed and relevant to a lot of people right now.

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