The night before last I dreamt that I lived in a castle where there was an owl kept in a glass box bolted to the outside of my bedroom window. Other owls surrounded the glass box, flapping their wings despairing for the trapped owl. I didn't know how to get the owl out, but I sent for someone who could. He came along with a small gold hammer and broke the owl free. Later, I saw the owl perched on the edge of a cliff, now half-human but using an oxygen mask to breathe. I googled "owls and dreams" and found the following:
To see an owl in your dream, symbolizes wisdom, insight and virtue. The owl
is also synonymous with death and darkness.
To hear the hoot of an owl, denotes disappointments and forewarns that death
creeps closely in the wake of joy and health.
To see a dead owl, signifies a narrow escape from desperate illness and
death. Death in this sense may also represent a symbolic death, as in an
important transition in life.
Catching an owl or seeing an owl in the cage means that you should be
careful of strangers and bad company.