In ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and a protection of the dead.
In this light the owl was ruler of the night and seer of souls. A misunderstanding of this necessary relationship gave the owl some negative associations with death.
It should be clear that the owl was honored as the keeper of spirits who had passed from one plane to another. Often myth indicates the owl accompanying a spirit to the underworld - winging it’s newly freed soul from the physical world into the realm of spirit.
I adore Owls. It’s my favorite bird. It stands for SO many things. I loved the idea of having my owl personal guardian with my every where I went. (: I absolutely love this tattoo.
All credit goes to David Cueto (San) at Living Dead Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV