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are solitary nocturnal birds of prey. Owls are far-sighted,
unable to clearly see anything within a few inches of
their eyes. However, their vision, particularly in low
light, is excellent when they are seeing from afar. Many
owls can also hunt by sound in total darkness. Their
muffled wings and dull feathers allow them to fly silently
and unseen., hence the association of owls with the night
side of life, the unconscious, the unknown, and the wisdom
that enables one to travel in these realms of consciousness.
Mythologically, Owls are associated with wisdom and with
the goddess Athena in Greek mythology, and the owl is the
totem animal of the ancient Sumerian Goddess Lilith. The
Owl Woman of the Plains Tribes is the Keeper of a bridge
that souls must cross on the way to the afterlife. She
will cast off those spirits and souls that are unidentified
into the abyss below. Wisdom, truth, patience. The Mescalero
believe that Owl carries the souls of the recently deceased.
Owl is the totem of clairvoyants and mystics.
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