Superstitions Associated With Owls
The ancient Greeks revered owls and believed them sacred to Athena. Affiliated with the goddess of wisdom and learning, the owl was considered wise and kind. But the owl's reputation changed and hearing the hoot of an owl is now associated with bad luck. Owls were soon thought to be omens of mischance and death. One of the more common beliefs is that it is bad luck to see an owl in the sunlight.

In medieval Europe, an owl hooting from a housetop at night meant the person inside was about to die, and an owl screeching at a baby's birth foretold that baby to have a life as a witch. Owls have also been associated with witchcraft and Halloween. "Eye of owl" was said to be one of the ingredients in witch's brew. Witches used owls as instruments of death and destruction. Even the American Indian connected owls with dying, calling death "crossing the owl's bridge."

To fight evil owls, put irons in your fire. If you throw salt, hot peppers or vinegar into the fire, the owl will get a sore tongue, and no one close to you will be in trouble. When you hear an owl, take off your clothes, turn them inside out and put them back on. You may not want to do this if you are in public. There is one superstition that's good - good for women that is. Any man who eats roasted owl will be obedient and a slave to his wife.