What do owls symbolise? Is an owl a symbol of good luck? What is the spiritual meaning of an owl?
In Harry Potter, OWL stands for Ordinary Wizarding Level – an exam rating system for magic. And it’s true, the owl has been associated with magic and wizardry for centuries. Also in Harry Potter, we see the owl as a messenger – of good, and bad, news. So what about luck? Is an owl lucky? Can an owl be a good luck charm?
The ancient Greeks revered Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Her symbol was the owl, and so, from centuries ago, the owl became a symbol of wisdom, as well as learning and intelligence – even prophecy.
Some cultures also view the owl as a protector, a protector – against harm, and ill-fortune, and owl feathers used to be worn to ward off evil spirits (even at a time of death – when the owl also featured . . . although, it has to be said that the ancient Celts associated the owl’s spirit with an announcement of death).
But for sure, the owl is a symbol of wisdom. However, can an owl be a good luck charm? Do owls bring good luck?
Owl symbols are very popular in Japan, for example, because of the sounding of the word “fukuro” meaning either luck-to-come, or the combination of Kurou which translates as Hardship and Fu meaning No – implying a protection element too. But in Western culture too, there are plenty of people who view owls as lucky in some way although, like the Japanese, it is more usually associated with the supposed wise owl powers and so owl good luck charms are gifted to wish luck for exams and other tests that require extra mental abilities.
So owls have long featured in art and culture and these days symbolic owl charm jewellery like bracelets and necklaces, and statuettes are given as good luck gifts for people taking exams and tests when, by happy coincidence, the extra knowledge or wisdom that the owl is supposed to be able to bring, would of course be a great help. If an owl visits you, some say, it is a great gift.
An owl is a good luck charm for something requiring knowledge, like an exam