Thursday, February 23, 2012
Big Daddy's Chill zone : The Altar and an Owl.
Why an owl? well, there's a few reasons as it's of the night there's an association with the ancient powers of Sister Moon and both are Feminine and I wanted a soft, warm, nurturing and sensitive feel to my pad.
An owl spreads it's wings and flies into the mystic.
Owls' perception pierces the veil of darkness. On a symbolic level, this means that they can see what is hidden to others with only ordinary sight.
According to legends, "It is credited with profound wisdom, oracular powers, and the ability to avert evil."
Owls share the gift of vision with Witches who honour them. Allowing them to see what is imperceptible to others.
Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, had a companion Owl on her shoulder which revealed unseen truths to her. Owl had the ability to light up Athena's blind side, enabling her to speak the whole truth, as opposed to only a half truth".
As in life, Truth is vital . . . both knowing it and speaking it.
So where do Owls get this wisdom? What makes Owl so wise is that she's not distracted by questions of What, Where, When, Why, or How. She knows the only real question is ever and always, "WHO??"
The Owl has a dual symbolism of wisdom and darkness. They are symbolically associated with clairvoyance, astral projection and magic, and is oftentimes the medicine of sorcerers and witches, you are drawn to magical practices.
Indigenous peoples of the Americas consider the Owl to be the Night Eagle because it is silent and deadly in flight, and is a solitary bird with all-seeing eyes. The Owl is generally regarded as a bird of sorcerers because of its association with--and abilities in--the dark.
It symbolizes deception and silent observation because it flies noiselessly. The Owl is feared by peoples who believe that the death warning is in its hoot. In the Navajo belief system, the Owl is the envoy of the supernatural world and earth-bound spirits.
The Pawnee understand the Owl as the Chief of the Night and believe that it affords protection. The Cherokee honor the bird as sacred because of its night-time vision, and wish to draw that power to themselves to see in the dark.
The two main symbolic characteristics of the Owl, its wisdom and its nocturnal activity, have made it represent perception. Considering perception in a spiritual context, Owl medicine is related to psychism, occult matters, instincts, and clairvoyance-- the true ability to see what is happening around you.
The owl can see that which others cannot, which is the essence of true wisdom. Where others are deceived, Owl sees and knows what is there. It is believed it can help your power of keen, silent observation to intuit some life situation and aids in seeing the whole truth. The Owl also brings its messages in the night through dreams or meditation. Pay attention to the signals and omens. The truth always brings further enlightenment.
The Owl, symbol of the Goddess, represents perfect wisdom. Owls have the ability to see in the dark and fly noiselessly through the skies. They bring messages through dreams.
The Owl is the bird of mystical wisdom and ancient knowledge of the powers of the moon. With wide-open, all-seeing eyes, Owl looks upon reality without distortion and acknowledges it, yet is aware that with ancient magical and spiritual knowledge, he or she can make changes.
Posted by Big Daddy Wayne