Gifts: Stealth and silence. Seeing in the dark. Wisdom. Recognizing and revealing the Truth. Intuition. Intelligence.
Challenges: Revealing the Truth when people aren’t ready. Arrogance. Impatience for other people to learn the Truth.
Some spirit animals want to have their challenges brought out into the open right away. Owl is one of those. Having Owl as your spirit animal can be surprisingly difficult—surprising because you’d think that wise Owl would quietly hand over its gifts and patiently mentor you on using them. The truth is, Owl gifts aren’t easy to use, and Owl doesn’t offer much guidance on how to use them.
What’s so tough about wisdom and seeing the truth? It’s the revealing part that usually causes problems—because the truth you’re seeing and revealing is the truth that other people don’t want to see.
With Owl as your spirit animal, you see through illusion and reveal what people have tried to hide away. Owl isn’t loud about it. But it’s still jarring to most people to be seen so clearly, the way you see them with Owl. Their fears and vulnerabilities, their lifelessons and human foibles, you pick up on all it, regardless of the façade they’ve erected around it. Even though you’re not invading their psyche uninvited, they didn’t expect you to see so much so clearly.
And so they reject what you say. They say you’re wrong. They make you doubt yourself and your intuition. They make you numb out and shut up.
You might not be so keen on spirit animal Owl anymore, huh? You can’t get rid of it. Well, you can. But you really wouldn’t want to. You can try to reveal the truth in a way that may be more palatable to them. But this is almost impossible for Owl people.
Physical owls are masters of silence and stealth, flying silently through the night to catch their prey. You can use that stealth to your advantage. Metaphorically sneak up on people and drop the truth bomb that people think they’re not ready to hear.
It is difficult for Owl to have the patience with other people that may be required in order to deliver your message. It’s equally fine to be impatient, to drop the truth bomb and move on. In that case, you’ll need to learn not to be so rattled when people reject you or your message.
You may be tempted to suppress your Owl gifts, to simply stop speaking what you see. You will be miserable if you do that. Owl is silent in flight, but owls actually produce a wide variety of vocalizations when they aren’t hunting prey. Owl must speak. You must speak. You can’t lock this gift away and expect to be happy.
Owl will speak inside you. Your intuition will continue seeing what’s hidden. You may try numbing your senses, cutting off your intuition, putting a hood over Owl’s eyes. The only way to stop the inner turmoil is to own your gifts and express them. Owl doesn’t care about rejection. It doesn’t care what people do with the truth. It cares about speaking the truth. The rest is beyond its control.