Thursday, July 18, 2013

Barn Owl Totem Symbolism

The Barn Owl is one of the most beautiful owl totems to work with. It is also known as an old soul, holding wisdom of ancient ones. Its heart shaped face is symbolic for the ability to think and perceive with the heart and the mind. This brings about a balance for those that hold the barn owl as their totem. 
Barn Owl Totem, an "Old Soul", a contemporary folk art painting by Jeanne Fry

They have excellent hearing, and have been shown to have the sharpest hearing of any animal ever tested. They can hear and see what others do not. They know the secrets that others hold by their keen senses. Combined with the energy they carry as old souls, they teach one how to not only hear what is around them, but also to hear one's own inner voice.

When courting, the male will show the female potential nesting sites, as if he were a real estate agent. He tends to her by bringing food. They will nest in tree hollows, caves, and old buildings. She can lay 3-6 eggs. Even though these "old souls" carry such a wealth of wisdom, their physical being has a life span of just one to two years. 
They move about in silent flight, teaching one that it is often best to be keep a privacy about their journey in order to achieve their goals.
Barn Owl Painting by Jeanne Fry

The Original of this painting has sold. It is available as an Art Print in my Fine Art America online shop
Barn Owl Totem "The Old Soul" Art Print

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