Barred Owl

Meaning, Medicine & Magic


Owl spirit animal symbolizes wisdom, deception, intuition, insight, messenger, mystery, freedom, secrets, stealth, and vision.

Owl enjoys the mysteries of life and has an appreciation for life’s magic.

Owl asks you to examine things how they truly are in order to see things that are usually hidden from view, such as other’s motives.

Using Owl vision allows you to extract secrets beyond the veil of illusion to access information and wisdom. Trust your instincts about people.

During confusing and changing times Owl can help you make confident decisions away from situations that no longer serve you.

Lessons In Wild Play


Nature is a master teacher. Research your animal’s habits in the wild and try playing & acting as it. How could this help shift your experiences?



All Owls:

  • They rely on their flexible necks to observe their world. Keeping your neck stretched and relaxed will help open you up to greater perceptions.


  • Like other birds of prey, Owls have a 3rd eyelid to help clean their eyes. This is a reminder to keep your vision clear and that you already have the tools you need to keep it clean, sharp, and focused. What could be fogging your ability to see situations clearly? What could you clean-up in order to see better? Whatever you’re seeing is more than just wild imagination. Trust it.


  • Owls fly silently due to a feathered fringe on the front of their wings. Practice silently going about your business.

Barred Owls:

  • Their eyes are dark brown (almost looking black) instead of yellow like most Owl’s eyes. This represents your deep connection to the cosmos and creative ability. You can see far and deep.

  • Barred owls like to stand in streams to eat crayfish. Sometimes eating so many crayfish that the feathers on their bellies turn pink! You have the ability to access things from other realms (Spirit, dream, imagination…) and bring them back to this world, manifesting them in personal transformation which serves the highest good of all.


  • The Barred Owl gets its name from the bar-like marks on its feathers. This is a strong symbol of protection, not a jail. Barred Owls know where their personal boundaries are and physically shows this to others. Beaming out self-respect. Is there a way you could adorn yourself to humbly tell others that your space is sacred?


  • How do you communicate with others? Barred Owls are the most vocal of all Owls. Their hoot has a laughter-like rhythm to it. Try bringing more humor and silliness into your conversations with others. We could all use a chuckle.

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Call on Barred Owl

Invite Barred Owl into your life. Surround, inspire, and remind yourself that your spirit animal guide is with you & within you. Embody the skills of your power animal and share your unique gifts with the world.

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I want to hear about your Barred Owl experiences. What stories or dreams have you had? Please share and join in the conversation below!


  1. Michael Farewell

    Hello, last night I listens to a CD by Dick Sutphen to help me meet my spirit guide. I did this on a whim to help me fall asleep. I ended up dreaming of Owls. Three of the came to visit me. I held them and they sat on my shoulder. I looked into their deep dark get/blue eyes. The owls were friendly and blue/grey in color with huge eyes. Searching the web for the meaning the owls closely look like your drawings of a barred owl. Were these my spirit guides? I guess so. What do I do now? Do you do paintings?

    • Tanya Casteel

      Hi Michael, Wow that sounds like a meaningful dream! Yes, owl (or more specifically the barred owl) could most definitely be your spirit animal OR just a spirit animal messenger. If owls keep presenting themselves to you regularly in life and in dreams then most likely owl is one of your main spirit animal guides. If not, then owl is bringing you a message for this time in your life. Reading about your dream it sounds like it has a lot to do with vision and your ability to look deeply within yourself and others. Yes, I do paintings. I offer prints and original paintings here:

  2. Holly

    I dreamt last night of a lone perched barred owl in a sterile white room. I could not see him, until I looked around a wall, tho in my mind’s eye, I could sense he was there. He just sat there, blinking and staring at me. Later, I also saw two fairly young deer in a green field grazing about, very calmly. I have had two other dreams of owls before. They are, I am pretty sure, my spirit animal. In waking life, they used to visit and surround our house, and I would see images of owls all the time. Though my favorites are the Barn and Snowy owls, the Barred keeps making itself known to me…
    Please help me decipher my dream, and thank you!!

    • Tanya Casteel

      Thanks Holly for sharing your dream! It does sound like owl is working closely with you. The barred owl, in particular, works with vision because the depths of it’s dark eyes. Your dream also seems to speak strongly about vision. Showing you that you don’t need your physical human eyes to “see” things around you. I gather that barred owl is asking you to trust your intuition when it comes to knowing things that can’t be seen or are currently obvious. What are you sensing around the corner? Trust that vision/feeling/knowing. Deer asks us to be more present and alert – fine-tune your observations skills.

  3. Anna

    Hi Tanya,
    Thank you so much for your intuitive interpretation here. Barred Owl called to me this past weekend while I was at the end of a solo hike, sorting love and other detours.


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