Owl speaks of silently observing and then riding the winds of change. I speak of change and growth here quite a bit; it isn't just lip service. In hindsight I can see much personal change, all of which lead to new insight into some area of my life, then leading to an altering of actions and worldview.
I'm reminded by this card of giving up my idea of personal totems this year, the owl being one held especially close to my heart. My experience with owl was electrifying...but a totem? One more deliberate lightening of the mental load freeing me for the epiphany which followed a few weeks later allowing a millstone of fear held a lifetime to fall away.
"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world." ~ John Milton 1608-1674