Owl sees in the dark which represents your intuitive sense that ‘sees’ what is happening in the subtle areas of your feeling and experience. This sense ‘feeds’ by watching or acting as an integrating function with the many dark or hidden aspects of your experience and behavior.
Because this part of your mental process is aware of the hidden activities in the depths of your body and mind, it can initiate your conscious self into the mysteries of life and death. If you can imagine having a council of all living things, we would all have in common the drive to reproduce, and there would be huge links of understanding regarding care and rearing of young and perhaps of love for mate. The unconscious seems to have a sense of this synthesis of all life, and the owl, representing it, speaks with this sort of collective wisdom. So is often a wise adviser.
As a dream symbol the owl is an actual doorway to the usually hidden side of life, though at time you may sometimes feel fear or danger in regard to it. In some mythologies the owl was connected with death, and might act as a messenger regarding the death of a family member. For instance in Jewish tradition it is unlucky to dream of an owl, but okay to dream of any other bird. See: Birds.
Idioms: Wise old owl; wisdom of the owl; night owl; owlish – looking wise or solemn.