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The Owl Spirit Messenger, Guide, Symbolism, Meaning, and Totem.

Today I'm sharing insight into Animal Spirit Guides. In particular, the owl spirit.

The owl is a much like the eagle from the animal kingdom in that it is a fierce protector, a well-known symbol of wisdom, a rare visitor. If you’ve experienced a sighting of an owl, they are a messenger from a family member that has similar qualities. The owl brings the message of focus, to maintain a path which includes steppingstones much like a strategy consistent to meeting a planned goal.

A fierce defender of honor and the truth that means owls have zero tolerance for any form of deception or under-handedness. But, on the other hand a symbol of new beginnings, an awakening with a new perspective, a reminder to let go of past beliefs, views that hinder a direct path towards your future.

Seeing a snowy owl is perhaps the most serene encounter. It represents happiness and peace shortly. It is often connected to a family member that has transitioned into the spirit realm.

My uncle Fred passed not long ago at the age of 92. He was an RCMP officer and lead the RCMP Musical Ride trainings for many years. He was a tall man, fierce protector of his family as well as his views. I always looked up to him. As I share this brief story, I know there are so many synchronicities at play in our world that connect us to those in spirit. Never far away… As close to you as to the air that you breathe. I was returning from a visit with horses and had taken a call from my sister, Jamie. I was not far off from arriving to Ottawa when I witnessed a snowy owl flying across the road in front of my car. The time was 4:15pm. I literally said, “Oh my, an owl just flew in front of the car!” My sister, deeply knowledgeable with animal symbolism and background in Native/Indigenous studies. She takes a seat at the Sundance festival every year. An honor not bestowed to many. She knew what that meant as did I. But we never said IT.

I later received a call from my cousin Sue. She shared that her father, my uncle Fred had passed at 2:15pm Alberta time, the exact time I witnessed the owl crossing. She also shared later that week on a walk with her sister on a trail close to her home that she witnessed a snowy owl perched up high in the trees before her. She knew exactly what he was for her, tears rolling down her cheek. She said to herself, “Thank you Dad.”

We are blessed in so many ways with signs, symbols, signals, in various ways. Never discount or wave them away because they ARE our messengers, guides, and connections to help.

When you do see one, ask the question, what is the message I need to experience, feel, or know in this moment?

Close your eyes, let your thoughts flow, move through you and over you…


Christie Flynn, Psychic Medium, Teacher, Mentor, Holy Fire Reiki Practitioner, and Energy Healer, mother of two boys, animal, and nature lover.

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D. K.
D. K.
Jun 15

When I was a kid, I would always hear an owl hooting at night. It really stuck with me because now whenever I see an owl, even just a picture or decoration of one, it brings me a feeling of calm. It's almost like the owl is my spirit animal.

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