The owl is one of five totem animals in British traditions. The owl's wisdom is that of objectivity and detachment. The owl is always watching and waiting. It hides in trees, barns, churches and bushes, partly in this world and in the Otherworld. It is the perfect symbol of the esoteric wisdom and secrecy. The owl is sacred to the goddess. The Gaelic name of the owl is Caileach-oidhche meaning Crone of the Night. In Berne Switzerland, it is believed that the screech of an owl fortells the birth of a child, or the death of a man. As a result, the owl is able to foretell the future. If you take the owl as your ally, you can pierce the veil between the boundries of space and time.