White Owl Meaning | Owl Totem & Symbolism

Maybe you were taking a stroll down your street with your flashlight one night and heard hooting coming from a tree. You swung your flashlight around, and it revealed a white owl.

Or perhaps, something a little less dramatic than that happened to you and left you wondering what a white owl means in the long and short term.

Perhaps you’ve heard that seeing a white owl is a source of bad luck or that owls are shapeshifters.

Whatever it is you need to learn, this post will clue you in on the significance and meaning of a white owl appearing in your life.

Let’s dive in!

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The Meaning of White Owls

A white owl is an elegant projection of mystic energy into our world. So, it has enormous significance whether it crosses your path or you see it in real life or a dream.

A white owl represents change, transformation, and inner wisdom. The owl is a symbol of wisdom, perceptiveness, and a deep understanding of various cultures.

Such a rare sight as a white owl is striking even to an unawakened mind. White owls are likely to leave lasting impressions on people’s minds when they are spotted.

That’s because they are nocturnal animals, and they tend to avoid contact with humans.

So, spotting a white owl might fill a person with a sense of promise or a sense of dread depending on different individual traits and circumstances.

Human beings are not naturally nocturnal, and human beings don’t tend to be solitary hunters.

However, most people who have owls as their totem animals will find that they share these states to a certain extent.

At certain points in your life, you may need a major change in your circumstances; seeing a white owl at this moment symbolizes that you need to take a huge step.

It is a sign that the universe is reminding you that sometimes you need to take a chance.

Sometimes, this change may be unprecedented, and in such periods, for example, when the change is not in your favor, it may fill you with fear.

At times like this, what you may need is guidance.

Your numerology is a guide that helps you to interpret the numbers in your life and what they might mean for your future.

Get a free numerology reading today.

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What is the symbolism of a white owl crossing your path?

The meaning of a white owl crossing your path can be many things, but essentially, it signifies the beginning or end of something in your life.

A white owl crossing your path points to the constantly changing nature of life; Nothing lasts forever.

It’s also is a symbol of change. Therefore, you must prepare and plan ahead of time for this inevitable change.

Owls, by their nature, do not like human confrontation. They are very effective predators that move about in the dark in search of small reptiles and rodents.

For this reason, any owl crossing your path at all is rare. A white owl crossing your path signifies that the owl has an important message to pass to you.

It can also mean that you are ignoring specific opportunities in your life because they require you to take important steps that may be challenging, to say the least.

It is saying that you need to take that critical step and that you’re stalling in the hopes of not needing to make a decision.

For example, you may be getting held back in a relationship, and you know full well the impact it is having.

 But the fear of heartbreak is holding you back; a white owl crossing your mind path could be the signal to spread your wings and ascend.

Another instance is when you want to quit your job in hopes of following your dreams, and you’re being put off by fear and doubt.

A white owl could be suggesting you to have a little more self-confidence.

It could also be a sign that the universe is advising you to take a bold step towards your dreams regardless of a few obstacles along the way.

You have to find your passion and follow it.

The meaning of an owl crossing your path may also be to make you aware that you need a plan b. It suggests that you must employ your perceptive nature to accomplish your desires.

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What Does It Mean To Dream Of a White Owl?

People often see white owls in their dreams and wake up with a feeling of dread or confusion. If this is the case for you, you don’t need to worry.

Meeting a white owl in the dream worlds and their alternate realities like trances and lucid dreams have the same effect as meeting a white owl in real life.

In general, white owls symbolize change, transformation, or things happening in ways you aren’t expecting.

Meeting a white owl in your dream could signify that there are challenges in your future that you will have to overcome.

Whichever way a white owl decides to visit you, you must keep in mind that a spirit guide is possibly visiting you.

It may also be a pure spirit (an unborn child or deceased relative) or a spirit animal trying to connect with you.

Guides often visit to comfort, reassure, or simply answer a question that you have asked the universe.

That’s why you must try to remember the details of your dreams as soon as you wake up, and write them down immediately so you don’t forget.

It is also possible that the owl is your spirit animal. One of the more common signs that you have a spirit animal is that they tend to appear in dreams, trances, and other visions.

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The Meaning of a White Owl As a Totem Animal

Totem animals are pretty similar to spirit guides, but they differ in some ways. Generally, a totem is an animal spirit that is present throughout your lifetime.

Totem animals are usually given to you before birth and may be passed down within a family.

They differ from spirit guides in terms of permanence. Spirit animals are temporary and may change from time to time, but totem animals are permanent.

When the owl is your spirit animal, it shows insight. People who have owls as their totem animals are sometimes clairvoyant or can easily develop this sense if it’s not activated yet.

If the owl is your spirit animal, you have strength in being calm and controlled. One of your characteristics is you tend to speak only when spoken to.

Your control and ability to avoid acting impulsively will make you a great candidate for a career in politics, counseling, and the corporate world.

The Owl In Astrology & Zodiac Signs

In the Native American zodiac and astrology, people born May 21 – June 21 (Southern Hemisphere) & November 22 – December 21 (Northern Hemisphere) are born under the sign of the owl.

People born under this sign are known for being excellent communicators, especially regarding the great mysteries.

Other traits of people born under the influence of this sign include; having a quick mind, high standards, and a strong sense of honor.

Because of your quick wit and ability to navigate the unknown, people often look up to you to lead even at a young age,

Your insight and your ability to make decisions under pressure cannot be understated.

What Does It Mean For a White Owl to Be Your Spirit Animal?

A spirit animal is considered to be the physical form taken by one of your spiritual guides.

To shed a bit more light on it for you, your spirit guide may choose to take the form of an animal and appear to you at important intervals in your life.

Any animal like horses or butterflies can be your spirit animal, and owls are no exception.

If you have recurring dreams about owls or just feel generally drawn to them, then owls maybe your spirit animal.

In general, spirit animals educate us about various things about ourselves that we might not pick up on by mere observation.

Spirit animals try to highlight certain traits that we need to pay attention to in our lives at various points.

So, your spirit animal could change from time to time based on what you need to grow.

The owl symbolizes perception and change. If an owl is your spirit animal, it’s a good bet that you need to take a deeper look at your current situation.

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Are white owls good luck or bad luck?

Various traditions may see different totems as either good luck or bad luck. 

The hooting of an owl may be considered a bad omen in a number of traditions.

However, in other cultures like Japan, for instance, owls are considered good luck and are supposed to be a good luck charm for attracting the best suitors.

In ancient Greece, owls were a sign of the goddess Athena’s influence, providing wisdom in life and power on the battlefield.

Looking for signs of hope, soldiers would scan the horizon for a promising glimpse of an owl.

While a white owl can be seen as a symbol of death, it may also be interpreted as a symbol of resurrection and change.

How do you know your spirit animal?

If a certain animal keeps showing up in your reality over and over again, then this could be your spirit animal.

Spirit guides may choose to manifest themselves in many different forms.

 It is not uncommon for spirit guides to show themselves in the shape of animals like butterflies, cats, doves, dolphins, and deer.

Each animal signifies different core traits. For instance, the deer portrays sensitivity and grace. The owl symbolizes insight and perceptiveness.

Are owls a sign of death?

Owls are seen as a symbol of death, and the hooting of an owl is also seen as a sign of death in certain traditions. 

This is not usually a sign of the death of your body, though; it’s more of a symbol of the death of your current circumstances. 

In a nutshell, either seeing an owl or hearing one point to the possibility of imminent change and rebirth.


There are various stories and superstitions surrounding white owls. In some cultures, they are a symbol of fear and dread, while in others, they are good omens.

Generally, seeing an owl indicates change and evolution.

Interestingly, in some readings seeing white owls are a sign of death. Death in itself is not evil as it is a necessary part of the cycle of life. For life to exist, it must be preceded by death.

If change and uncertainty are permanent fixtures in life, then you can be aided by clues to your destiny. You can find these within a reading of your numerology. 

That’s why it’s a great idea to get a free numerology reading to help you discover more about yourself.

You can also come across a white owl in your dreams or other states of your subconscious.

Regardless of what state of consciousness you were in, encountering a white owl has the same meaning.

White owls are a symbol of intelligence, endurance, and wisdom.

A white owl visiting you in your dreams could mean that your spirit animal is an owl, and your spirit guide is trying to communicate with you.

If you’re lost and can’t figure out what it means for you consult your mentors and spirit guides to help you read what your omens mean.

Do you think the owl is your spirit animal? Let me know your experiences below!


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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Yvonne Slone

    A while back I saw a white owl every night in different places for a week straight then I saw one during the day on the last day.
    In present time I saw a white owl yesterday. Actually my sister almost hit it because it came out of nowhere flying towards us. In reality it missed us we didn’t miss it. My cousin died five days ago. His sister whom I live with also was driving with me the night before we found him dead and a white owl flew over us. She started freaking out and thought the worst for my best friend who is in ICU right now. I didn’t get the same feeling as her. Her brother died the next day. The day before that owl sighting we were at a local bar and I saw a white owl flying by then fence. 2 days in a row the1 a few days later. I’m thinking things but I’m still unsure.

    1. Sarah West

      I absolutely agree. I lost my mother 2.5 years after an owl crashed out of the sky and hit our car. She passed on July 4th, 2010 in such an inhumane and unjust way. Hmm. My suspicions have been confirmed. I have had years of research and confirmation. I sympathize with you, Yvonne! XO

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