Owl Symbolism is inextricably bound to Witch Vibe. Yes, any old dream dictionary will talk to you of wisdom and remind you that the Owl is exceptionally perceptive. At the very least, if you dream of an Owl or your attention is drawn to one, it is a signal to open your eyes. Stay still and take in all of your terrains. Listen with your inner ear. Pick up on what people are not telling you. Owls can see in the pitch black and translate what they hear at Warp Speed. Emulate that.
All birds are messengers and ruled by Mercury, the Magician. When you’re woken by a bird call when there should be none, perhaps in a between-the-worlds trance state at 3 a.m, something is up.
Or, to be fair, a cat could be buggering around in a tree. But still, you know when it’s a message and when it’s just background. You’re already aware of the difference between signal and noise or you would not be reading up on symbolism.
The Roman Word For Owl Was The Same As Their Word For A Witch
The Owl is the symbol of Minerva/Athena. But the Owl narrative goes back far beyond this urbane wisdom goddess. An owl is also the companion of Lilith, the Renegade first wife of Adam and Ancient Babylonian Snake Goddess. Her Owl is the Screech Owl, a reminder that the Roman word for Owl was the same as their word for a witch: Strix. The Owl was also called Night Hag, by the witch-paranoid persecutors of the Burning Times.
Archeologists discovered the so-called Burney Relief in Syria, once Mesopotamia, a land that worshipped Gods and Goddesses. More poetically called the Queen of the Night, it depicts Ishtar or Lilith with her familiars; Owls and Lions.
If you’re dreaming of Owls, noticing them more or flashing upon them in meditation, you’re aligning with a rich psychic lineage. Some say that the Owl is linked to Sagittarius and of course, every Zodiac is valid. But astrologically the Owl is more affiliated with Lilith and Ishtar. Think high magic and the fierce feminine divine that predated patriarchal religions by thousands of years. It’s wisdom but the sort of deep knowing that is already encoded into your psychic DNA at some level.
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