For the Week of: 05/07/2018 to 05/13/2018
Sacred Owl Medicine
~ Psychic Vision (clairvoyance); Psychic Hearing (claiaudience) and Intuition.
~ Receiving Hidden Messages and Omens for Self and Others.
~ Seeing Behind Masks.
~ Silent Flight/Stealth.
~ Magic of Night Vision/Dreamwork.
Full Totem Article - Owl Totem by Jeannie Vos
The Owl has very heightened visual and auditory senses, which she uses to perceive the tiniest hint of movement in the day or night, and can hear the most minute sounds. "Owl's eyes are specially adapted to detect subtle movements. They also have extra light-sensitive cones and rods in the retina to help with this (Andrews, 2007)." The ears of the Owl are "asymmetrical with one ear larger than the other. This enables it to sort out auditory signals and facilitates it being able to find its prey more easily (Andrews, 2007)." When Owl flies beside you as a sacred totem guide, whether as a messenger totem or if Owl is your birth totem, she shares her lessons of honing your skills of psychic vision (clairvoyance), psychic hearing (clairaudience) and intuition. You may see subtleties that others do not, you may have more clarity of psychic vision. You may also hear undertones as others speak or have more clarity in receiving and interpreting messages from spirit beings in the mystic realms. When owl comes to you as a messanger or helper totem guide, she is signaling a time of increased and heightened psychic vision, hearing and intuition.
Owl teaches lessons of receiving hidden messages. This symbology expands on and goes hand-in-hand with the above-mentioned metaphysical skills information. Those with Owl totem guide are very skilled in uncovering deception and have the ability to see right into the core of a person, right through to their soul. According to Ted Andrews, "One who works with Owl medicine will be able to see and hear what others try to hide" and "see what is hidden or in the shadows (Andrews, 2007)." This innate ability allows those with Owl as a totem guide to see behind the masks of others, not only for yourself, but for others as well. When Owl comes to you as a messanger totem, she may be signaling you to a time when it is especially beneficial to pay close attention to the motives of others; she shares lessons of perception to assist you. If Owl is your birth totem guide, no one can deceive you, no matter how they try to mask or hide the true nature of what they are doing, it will not be possible. You have the ability to see straight through ulterior motives. Owl medicine also gives you the innate ability to know more about a person's inner workings than they do themself!
Because of the Owl's acute perception abilities, many cultures recognized wisdom as one of Owl's strongest symbolic attributes. One example can be taken from the Greek pantheon's, Goddess Athena, whose presence in Greek mythology dates back to the 5th century B.C. "To the Greeks, the Owl was associated with the Goddess Athena. and it was a symbol of higher wisdom (Andrews, 2007)." Athena was daughter of Zeus, and the "Goddess of Wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, the arts and crafts and skills (Athena, 2014)." Similarly, many other cultures over the world have adopted the Owl to portray wisdom symbolically. Those with Owl as a birth totem share her characteristic of intelligence in their own personal traits. You most probably love to read, and you may find your bedside table stacked high with books you plan to read! If Owl comes to you as a messenger totem she may be urging you to hone your skills of wisdom by reading; go to the library and/or book store to explore new topics to learn about, Owl totem will be right by your side.
The Owl's wings are are aerodynamically designed for stealth or silent flight. "The front edges of their wings and feathers have fringe, which quiets their flight (Andrews, 2002)." Her wings are also very large for her body and this enables slow smooth flight. This ability of silent flight is medicine Owl shares with you. She will teach you to remain silent and focus on your business, rather than getting involved in the busness of others. This medicine also helps you to silently watch life issues and keep quiet about things and measure situations before you make a decision. If Owl comes to you as a messenger or helper totem, she shares a message that perhaps it is time to sit back and quietly watch a situation or life issue. This also may indicate a time when you should keep your activities to yourself, rather than talk of your plans to others. With Owl as a birth totem guide, you have the ability to focus with great detail on issues and become very successful at completing goals, solving issues and making just decisions.
Owls are often thought of as mystical creatures associated with darkness of night and the unknown. One reason for this association is that Owls hunt at night using finely honed night vision. "The night symbolizes the darkness within - the places where great secrets and great treasures are hidden (Andrews, Animal-Speak Workbook, 2002)." The darkness of night is also the place of dreams. If Owl comes to you as a messanger or helper totem, she comes to lend you her night vision, to help you see what is now hidden; through working with you in your dreamtime, she will help bring clarity to your life issues. When Owl comes to help you with dreamwork, it is also an excellent time to take up the practice of writing in a dream journal. With Owl as your birth totem, the ability to practice the art of meditation comes to you with fluidity and ease.
References and Works Cited:
Andrews, Ted (2007) Animal Speak, The spiritual & magical powers of creatures great and small. (First Edition) Woodbury, MN, Llewellyn Publications.
Andrews, Ted (2002) The Animal Speak Workbook. (First Edition) Jackson, TN. Dragonhawk Publishing.
Website Article (January 13, 2014) - Wikipedia - Athena wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena
Totem Meditation & Journaling
To further explore how this Animal Totem Helper can guide you this week, do some Totem Animal Meditation! Simply call the animal to you "Sacred ____ Totem Animal Helper, I am now ready to receive your lessons, guidance and messages. What guidance or messages do you have for me today?"
Another meditation idea is to read the list of symbolism or totem wisdom for your Animal Totem Helper of the week and decide which symbolism resonates with you the most. When you decide, go into meditation with your animal and ask them. "What can you share with me regarding your symbolism of ______. How can I better understand how this applies to me?"
Any information that comes to you after you ask is valid, its not in your mind! Whether you see, hear or feel information or you just know what to write in your journal, that is perfectly acceptable! That is your message from spirit specifically for you! You may receive colors, letters, numbers, words, pictures or very detailed images. Any feelings that come to you emotions, body sensations - heat, tingling, etc. All things that come to you through your extrasensory system are intended as a message for you! I would suggest what info you receive, then looks up the symbolic meanings of what you receive from your animal; as this will bring even deeper meaning to how they are going to assist you this week!