Owl Medicine




                Time and Space.

     Does the truth emerge?

          Casting out deception,

               Silent flight,

        Sacred Medicine Bird.  by Sams & Carson from Medicine Cards

It All Started When

as a 7 year old (the age my eldest son approaches) when my fascination with owls began.  The birth of this love was launched by a gift from my Godmother, “Aunt Dotty” a stuffed owl, I would say a great horned owl, you can determine by the recent depiction of “Ollie” what type of owl he was at birth.  Ollie will be 33 years old this January 17th!

My Obsession

After my seventh birthday in 1979 my obsession took off.  Collections, cards, pictures, museum visits, coffee cups, jewelry, abound but most of all, the real live bird of prey in the wild hooting and howling spoke to my very soul.  Spotting an owl in the woods outside of my bedroom would send me into a frenzy. 

Reactions of teachers and friends

who would ask me what my favorite animal was usually brought confusion, why an owl?  The Boston Museum of Science became my biggest pleasure, while friends and family enjoyed the entirety of the museum I stared at the owl in captivity.  Now living down the street from the Audobon in Bristol, RI I try to catch the “Birds of Prey” exhibit down the street in Bristol each year to go see my beloved owl friends. 

Shifting Gears

Imagine my surprise yesterday having drawn a medicine card from 52 cards created by Jamie Sams and David Carson I pulled the owl!  Reading of its’ medicine rooted in Native American lore I found myself quite pleased with the following:

Owl medicine is sybollically associated with clairvoyance astral projection, and magic, both black and white.  Owl is called “Night Eagle” on several medicine wheels used by Amerindian teachers.  Traditionally, Owl sits in the East, the place of illumination.  Since time immemorial, humanity has been afraid of the night, the dark, and the unseen— waiting fearfully for the first crack of morning light.  Conversly, night is Owl’s friend.

Ann here:  Interesting I had to travel a distance to and from my first yoga teacher training last night which I feared for weeks, the ride home was indeed pleasant and enjoyable for me, perhaps owl medicine had kicked in for me…

Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, had a companion Owl on her shoulder which revealed unseen truths to her.  Owl  had the ability to light up Athena’s blind side, enabling her to speak the whole truth, as opposed to only a half truth.

Ann here:  funny, I spoke my truth quite freely yesterday which brought about respect from leaders…

If you have pulled the Owl card, you are being asked to use your power of keen, silent observation to intuit some life situation.  Owl is befriending you and aiding you in seeing the total truth.  Owl can bring you messages in the night through dreams or meditation.  Pay attention to the signals and omens.  The truth always brings further enlightenment.

In Conclusion

Perhaps I’ve intuitively known the medicine of the owl, hence my attraction to this bird since a very young age… I find this a realization that truly serves me!







  1. happysunshine123

    Very nice piece! I am fascinated by the directions our lives take us and how we later find that there is a reason that we have likes and dislikes. I am in a phase right now where I can see so clearly how who I am is lining up just perfectly, it is fun!


  2. Great post! Thank you for the information.

    I always thought I loved owls, but my daughter really loves owls. Owl hat, jewelry, clothes, everywhere! We both draw them. They are beautiful creatures. It is nice to know the story behind them. Thank you.

  3. Hi! Animal Speaks by Ted Andrews is a great book for some more indebth reading on the owl. If you havent read already. xoxo

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