Great Horned Owl Symbolism 

Great horned owls have long been thought to be a bad omen perhaps due to their uncanny ability to hover around at night while at the same time hooting consistently. However, they do symbolize quite many things that we humans can relate to. Great horned owls generally stand for courage, beauty, and strength. There are few Indians which even revered great horned owls for their congenial spirits as they thought that the owls are good omen in matters of love.

Great Horned Owl Symbolism

Great Horned Owl Symbolism 
PHOTOGRAPH BY JERILEE BENNETT

Slow Down and Enjoy Tranquility

Great horned owls are tend to be secretive as they prefer living a sedentary lifestyle. They will spend daylight hours roosting in large trees—having their own time. This one particular owl’s trait can tell you to take a break from life’s daily chores and seek some solitary shelter only to find your own conscience. Sometimes, it’s better to abandon voices around you for they can become distractions to achieving your ultimate goal. Also, by going too fast in your life will probably prevent you to take a look at beauty around you—something that the great horned owl knows it all too well.

You ought to be a Keen Observer

Great horned owl has sharp eyesight and exceptional hearing sense but it all comes with its keen observation. As it perches high on the branch, the owl essentially listens to just about every movement within the distance of 100 meters no matter how trivial it sounds. You can adapt to the owl’s behavior by keeping your observation not limited to what you want to see; instead you must accept things going on around you only to observe them as they actually are and not what you perceive them to be.

Seize the Opportunity at the Right Time

Unlike small owl species, the great horned owl is an ambushed hunter but in order to become one it has to wait for the right time to launch an attack. That’s precisely what you must achieve in your life—perfection as well as taking the right opportunity with both hands. The owl’s attack seldom goes in vain possibly due to its perfect timing. Thus, while perseverance is a key to success, striking at the right time is probably the next big thing you’d like to do. After all, life isn’t just about waiting and looking at things.

Fly only When you have to! – Eat only When you Need to!

Great horned owls do not fly around like wanderers; they take to the wings only when they see their prey right ahead. Like owls, you don’t have to live your life without goals or ambitions. The great horned owl symbolizes that every step you take must define your ambitions and assist you in reaching out to your lifelong ambitions.

You’ve Got Big Eyes

Great horned owls have got pretty big eyes perhaps an adaptation to surviving in the dark as well as engaging in seemingly difficult nocturnal activities. The big eyes enable the bird to take in extra light so it can see things in low light conditions. The great horned owl symbolism isn’t only about seeing through the darkness but keeping your eyes wide open.

Great horned owls have lately caught my attention partly by their outstanding physical features and nesting behavior, but mostly due to the range of sounds they utter on a moonlit night. It was the hooting sound of a great horned owl that inspired me.