Ever see an Owl Play with a Pussycat? Plus Owl, Cat & Dog Totems
Like so many people, I am an animal lover. I enjoy looking for animals in nature during walks. And I enjoy reading about animal totems and medicine. Animals teach us, guide us and empower us. The Universes uses them to send us information and guidance to those of us who pay attention. They can act as spirit guides and you can call on them for healing, protection and assistance. Each animal offers its own characteristics and symbolism.
Recently I saw a Snowy Owl while walking with my sister at a park. Later in the same week I saw a Screech Owl at Peace Valley Park while with my husband. And then my daughter sent me the following YouTube video (less than 2 minutes long) of an owl and a cat playing. Her and her cat actually visited over the weekend. So I decided to read up on the owl and cat totems to check for messages and thought I would share what I learned.
I added information about the dog below because a very dear soul recently mentioned to me that she has a special interest in our four-legged friend. If you have a favorite animal or if one keeps showing up in your awareness, feel free to email me and I will be happy to share what I have learned. Perhaps there is a message there for you. HealingWithSavannah@gmail.com
Owl: deception, clairvoyance, insight (the night eagle)
Owls come in all sizes, from a tiny miniature that actually lives inside the cactus in the desert, to the great horned owl, which is the only bird that can out fly the golden eagle. A fully grown great horned is an awe-inspiring creature. Its talons are furry, and closely resemble the paws of a baby mountain lion with claws extended. It is a meat eater, which means it can be a fierce warrior if challenged, or if something dear to it is threatened. It is often referred to as Night Eagle. Owl is at home in the night. It has great awareness of all that is around it at all times. It has predator vision, which means it sees clearly what it looks at. It has great intuition: it is the totem of psychics and clairvoyants. It has the courage to follow its instincts. Owl’s medicine includes seeing behind masks, silent and swift movement, keen sight, messenger of secrets and omens, shape-shifting, link between the dark, unseen world and the world of light, comfort with shadow self, moon power, freedom.
If the owl is your power animal:
-You bestow the quality of wisdom. If you carry this medicine you have the ability to be aware of your own shadows and see the shadows of others, which is a very powerful gift—so powerful that it can be intimidating to others. Use this ability with compassion, discretion and sensitivity. Your heightened perceptions allow you to be able to see through appearances and illusions without judgment. Your gift is actually soul wisdom more than intellectual intelligence. A wise person does not always have to speak up or show off their insights or knowledge. The secret is to know when to share and when to listen.
-You have very finely tuned awareness. You keep your ears and eyes wide open. This acute sensitivity, coupled with compassion, is very healing to those around you.
-You have powerful clairvoyant and intuitive skills, and you need to accept and nurture them.
-You are a night owl and enjoy staying up late.
Ask for Owl’s help when:
-You are faced with difficult situations. Pay close to signs and omens to help guide you.
-You are having trouble with a relationship with someone discerning what is truth and what is illusion about that person.
-You need help navigating through a dark period such as a divorce or job loss.
-You are feeling a lack of confidence with a difficult situation.
How to access Owl’s power:
-Spend time in nature, sit still and observe small details. Listen closely to sounds. Try doing this at night as well.
-Move like Owl with stealth, without making a sound. Pay attention to details regarding what you see and hear.
-Read from books about wisdom, including ones by spiritual masters. (Anam Thubten, Sogyal Rinpoche, etc.)
In Egypt cats were always given special privileges and were treated like royalty. In Scandinavia the cat stood for fertility, and in India it is a symbol of childbirth. In ancient times it was believed that witches took the form of their cats at night. Cats are fiercely independent. You can never own one: it allows you to take care of it and love it, but only on its terms. They come and go as they please, when they please. Cat’s medicine is independence, curiosity, many lives, cleverness, unpredictability, healing, the ability to fight when cornered, seeing the unseen, and protection. He also represents love and can assist us in meditation. If Cat is your Power Animal, then you have magic and mystery in your life. You are independent and a free-thinker. You probably feel energized at night. You will stay with a person or situation until it bores you, and then you’re gone. You have a great talent for organizing things.
If the Cat is your power animal:
-You are introspective and listen more to your own internal guidance than others’ advice.
-You are very independent.
-Your most creative work is done at night.
-You are graceful and exude sensuality.
-At times others see you as arrogant or self-absorbed.
Ask for Cat’s help when:
-You feel too wrapped up in other people’s lives and you need to disconnect and cut psychic ties.
-You are feeling pressured to conform even though you want to do things your own way.
-You want to stop people-pleasing.
-You have been working too hard and want to be more playful.
How to access Cat’s power:
-Be independent and do things for yourself, such as go to dinner or a movie alone or take a trip by yourself.
-Participate in playful activities such as jump rope.
-Take a cat nap and meditate.
-Study astral projection (cats do this while they nap.)
Dog: noble, loyal, teaching
Dog was the servant/soldier that guarded the tribe’s dwellings and protected them from surprise attacks. Dog helped during the huntings and provided warmth in winter. It is a symbol of loyalty, unconditional love, protection and service. Its Medicine incorporates the loving kindness of the best friend and the protective energy of the guardian. If your Power Animal is Dog, your devotion towards your family and friends is infinite. You get great satisfaction from rendering service to others, offering your hand to a friend in need. A kind word, a caress, an act of kindness mean much more to you than material things. However, there is a risk of coming too close to the other side: allowing people to take advantage of you because of your gentle nature. Dog reminds you that your loyalty should always be to yourself, to your own truth. He reminds you that by respecting and valuing yourself you can truly render a service to those who honor what you can give them.
If the Dog is your power animal:
-You are very loyal to loved ones and friends.
-You are at your best when you are serving humanity.
-When someone needs something, you are often the first one to respond.
Ask for Dog’s help when:
-You are over-tired from a project and you need to persevere.
-You are feeling lonely, wanting companionship.
-You feel the need for strong protection.
-You are facing a difficult challenge and feel like giving up.
How to access Dog’s power:
-Volunteer somewhere that appeals to you.
-Participate in some form of music or sound healing.
-Tell your loved ones something kind about them.
-Pay yourself a compliment.
-Pat yourself on the back for a job well-done.
-Take a long walk.
-Watch a full moon and feel free to howl : )