Animals, objects and letters can be powerful symbols. one of these is the owl. Owl tattoos are common today. As a symbol, an owl tattoo exists in almost every culture and one may mean different things in different cultures. For those interested in tattoos, it is important to consider the culture in which they live when choosing a tattoo. However, a tattoo is always a symbol that speaks particularly to the individual and can only be understood in light of that individual’s patterns of beliefs, his or her faith tradition and culture and personal experiences.
An owl is a night bird that has been used to symbolize many different things in different cultures. Being a bird of prey and of the night, it has often been referred to as goddess of the night and harbinger of death. It is often used in many culture – Celtic, Greek, Roman – as a symbol of some great spiritual influence. Most people consider the owl as full of wisdom and power. The image of the owl has not only been in traditions held down from generation to generation by word of mouth, it has been in popular literature. One of the telling example is the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling in which the owl is depicted as a bird associated with witchcraft. The idea is very popular in many African Countries. The Bantu think of the owl as the companion of wizards, while the Swahili believes that it has great cunning and can bring sickness to children.
There is also a spiritual symbolism that is often associated with owls. Such is the kind of representation that can be seen in cultures like the Australians, the Indians, the Swedish, the Indonesian and many others. Understanding these different symbolic connotations of the owl can inspire ideas for owl tattoos. There are many different designs you can choose from. You might prefer to have the design of the owl-prey, perched and ready to strike. You can also decide to put accent on a particular feature of the owl. Things you may want to look at may include its wide, reddish eyes that may seem to pierced the night in a penetrating manner. There is a certain kind of nonchalance in the way an owl sits, this can also be a disguise of its real physical and spiritual powers. Other things to look at are the wings and the claws. Going through a gallery of images of owls can be the best way to start from.[Gallery not found]