Folklore links CUCUVEA with death, misfortune and spiritual darkness. It is often a guide to and through the Underworld, a creature of keen sight in darkness, and a silent and swift hunter.
It can help unmask those who would deceive you or take advantage of you, considered a demonic night bird symbolizing knowledge of the occult.
People have always been suspicious of the Owl because of man's fear of the dark, or night, and those things that might dwell there.
In general, the hooting of an Owl is considered a portent of death or bad luck, and it may even prophesied death. It is a medical fact that most people die at night, and for that reason also the Owl has been seen as the messenger of death.