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13 Dream of Owls Meanings

With their heart-shaped faces, owls are mysterious yet majestic and magical creatures. Despite their eerie look and voracious appetite for rodents, owls hold much significance in the spiritual world. Not only are they a symbol of wisdom, transition, and intuition, but they also represent subconscious awareness and are sometimes a call to caution.

Owl dreams are one of the more common dreams and could mean various things depending on the dream’s context, your emotional state, and the color of the owl.

Today, we’ll explore what an owl dream means and what significance these dreams hold in our waking lives.

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What Does It Mean to Dream About Owls?

1. Dark Times Are Coming

It’s no surprise that seeing an owl in your dream could represent bad omens. Many cultures and tribes worldwide view owls as harbingers of dark and difficult times.

If you dream of an owl, it could be a supernatural warning of bad luck and that things are about to happen. Perhaps you are about to experience some difficult emotions or challenging situations in the near future. So, brace yourself for the worst and remember that hard times are temporary and will eventually pass.

2. Your Enemies Are Planning to Strike

The owl is a bird of prey that feeds on rodents and other small animals. Seeing them in your dream is a bad omen that could mean that your enemies are plotting to attack you. This is rarely a physical attack but more likely a mental or emotional one.

It could also mean that your enemies are keeping an eye on you and planning to take advantage of any opportunity they can get. Keep your guard up and stay vigilant about your surroundings.

3. Spiritual Growth and Positive Manifestation

Dreaming about a flying owl gliding silently is a sign of good luck. It means you’re about to grow in your spirituality and manifest positive things.

You may have been stuck in a rut, making very little progress with your dreams and goals. Like the silent glide of an owl in the dreamscape, you’ll grow silently but profoundly. Keep your head up and persist with your dream. You may have been struggling for a long time, but positive change is coming your way.

4. You Possess a Spiritual Gift

Owls foster a deep connection to the spiritual world and are typically seen as messengers and spiritual guides to the afterlife. In ancient times, the messenger of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, was a baby owl. Although it’s just a myth, dreaming about an owl talking to you or an owl hoot means that you could be gifted with special spiritual knowledge.

This is not common sense because you may be able to see and decode dream messages or be a natural dream interpreter. Pay attention to dream signs and symbols, and don’t ignore your intuition. You are likely more spiritually connected than you think.

These spiritual gifts could include clairvoyance, or you could even possess mediumship. The dream is your subconscious mind’s way of telling you that you need to tap into these spiritual gifts and put them to use.

5. Trust Your Intuition

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Owls have incredible eyesight, with tube-like eyes that can see even in the dark. Dreaming of a great horned owl staring point-blank at you is a sign that you need to trust your intuition more. Your intuition could be showing you something sinister cloaked in darkness, yet you choose to overlook it.

Stop overthinking and start trusting your gut. Start to pay attention to small details and subtle signs that could be warnings of danger or an impending disaster. Don’t ignore the messages your soul is trying to send you. Otherwise, you may be in for a nasty surprise.

6. Someone Is Secretly Keeping Tabs on You

On the other hand, when an owl lands and stares at you point blank in your dreams, sometimes with red eyes is bad news. This ominous feeling and the dark emotions could indicate that someone is secretly watching you.

It could be a stalker, an ex, or someone from your past. Whoever it is, they may have some kind of agenda, like wanting to expose your secrets, and that’s why they’re monitoring your every move. Be extra vigilant, and don’t trust anyone too easily. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer, and never let down your guard.

7. The future is Bright

Barn owls are benign and shy creatures with immense utility. They help farmers by controlling the rodent population, thus protecting their crops from mice. Dreaming of a barn owl could mean that the future holds something positive for you.

It could mean that you will be protected from any impending danger or that your dream or goal is about to come true. You may finally land that scholarship or dream job, or your dream house may finally become a reality. Whatever it is, you can rest assured that the future is bright for you.

8. You’re About to Achieve Your Goals

Black owls are neotropical and among the rarest owl species on the planet. While dark colors are usually associated with negative energy, this doesn’t apply to dreams about black owls.

If your dream involves a black owl, it means that you’re about to make some sort of breakthrough with your dreams. All the time and effort you put into your goals will finally bear fruit. Whether you’ve been eyeing a promotion or sealing that business deal, you’re in for some good fortune in the near future.

9. Trust Your Wisdom

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Snowy white owls are elegant and majestic. This majesty transcends the physical plane as a symbol of positivity in our dreamscapes. The white owl is your subconscious telling you to trust your wisdom and knowledge.

Be confident in your abilities and trust the decisions you make. Don’t second-guess yourself or allow anyone to talk you out of achieving your dream. You may have been belittled by your peers or social group, but that’s pure hogwash.

Let your wisdom and intuition guide you to your true self: a strong, ambitious, and confident individual with limitless potential.

10. Repressed Anger and Aggression

Owls rarely attack humans or other animals unless they’re protecting their hatchlings. Dreaming of an owl attacking you is a sign that you have repressed anger and aggression that needs to be released.

The attacking owl means you’ve been holding back your emotions for so long that they’re now manifesting in dream form. Find ways to express your feelings without hurting anybody physically or emotionally. It’s ok to release those emotions; just do it safely and responsibly.

Consider picking up a hobby or working out in your free time. These are positive ways to channel your aggression and avoid sporadic outbursts. It also helps keep your physical and mental health in tip-top shape.

11. You’ve Lost Hope

The lifespan of owls in the wild is between 9 and 10 years, with owls in captivity living for up to 28 years. Dreaming about a dead owl could be an indicator of your crushed spirit. It’s a sign that you’ve lost hope and are feeling helpless.

It’s ok to be vulnerable; how else would you find strength? Acknowledge what you’re going through, and don’t be ashamed of it. Reach out to your family and friends for help if necessary. It’s also important to connect with nature and remind yourself that the world is beautiful and you have plenty to live for.

Embrace the transformation to become whole again and view life from a different angle. However, downcast you may seem, you can reclaim your life and be happy once again.

If your dream involves killing an owl, you or someone close to you has impending health issues. It could be your dream self trying to alert you of a potential illness, so get a medical checkup.

12. Important Messages and Communications Are on the Horizon

A snowy owl (not necessarily white) indicates very important dialogue and discussion coming in the near future. It means that you’ll soon be called on to make a very important decision or have an important discussion with someone. This will be a defining moment and might give insight into your future, so you must remain aware and alert.

The dream could also mean that you’ll realize the positive fruits of the effort you put into work or your education. The results may not always meet your expectations, but this shouldn’t discourage you. Alternatively, it could also be a warning sign to avoid conflicts, make amends whenever necessary, and focus on completing your goals peacefully.

13. You Feel Unsafe and Need Protection

Barred owls are the most common owl species in the US. This large owl is solitary and shy, which is why dreamers often associate barred owl dreams with feelings of isolation.

Dreaming of a barred owl could mean that you’re feeling vulnerable and need protection. It could also suggest that you are being threatened by an external force that may have the power to overpower or oppress your spirit. Embrace your strength and know that you can overcome any challenge with the right mindset.


Now that you know what your owl dreams mean, explore and connect them to your current situation. Take note of any recurring dream patterns and consult with a dream interpreter if you need further insight.

With this newfound knowledge, you can take meaningful steps toward improving your life and making better decisions in the future.

Every profound dreamer knows that sharing their dreams, thoughts, and experiences can help them better understand their dream world. Share your own dream stories and their real-life implications in the comment section below. We value your contribution!

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