Owl Mandala Symbol
The owl symbolizes wisdom, yes, but she is also a symbol for mystery and mysticism, quiet intelligence and secrets. As she gazes with wide, all-seeing eyes, she holds what she witnesses very close to the vest. The owl is a symbol of messages and transition, too, but she is cautious about sharing her wisdom. She is ever careful to relay messages and share signs of transition only to those who need to know.
Owls are the symbol for protection for souls who are transitioning from this spiritual plane to another. According to ancient Celtic, Egyptian and Hindu lore, the owl is the guardian of the underworld and protector of those who have passed on. She was believed to rule the night as the “Seer of Souls,” accompanying people’s souls and providing protection as they made the journey to other realms.
Native Americans believed owls represented foresight and wisdom. They were the keepers of sacred knowledge, sharing that knowledge judiciously through an oracle of secret knowledge during special ceremonies. Native Americans commonly looked to the majestic owl for weather predictions.
Owl Mandala Art and Jewelry
Art and jewelry made with owl mandala patterns impart all of that wonderful owl symbolism. Owls, in general, lend themselves well to art and jewelry. They are beautiful birds, after all, that are very symbolic and always interesting.
- Owl mandala jewelry and art may include feathers. They give the piece a wonderful Native American look and bring additional symbolism to owl mandala patterns. Feathers represent ascension into other realms and evolution into higher planes. An owl mandala that includes feathers symbolizes communication with spirits and celestial wisdom.
- Owl symbolism in jewelry and art is greatly enhanced when the phases of the moon are included in the design. The owl’s nocturnal activities in the role of “Seer of Souls” and guardian of the underworld are enhanced by moon symbolism.