Friday, January 25, 2013

Goddess of Wisdom

http://www.150.si.edu/chap9/9owl.htm
The Owl & Her Message
What do you believe?

I am a big fan of the Owl. Her presence, her character and her sleeping habits.  
In my leisure, I have been reading different accounts from cultural and mythical perspectives of the symbolism and folklore surrounding this mystical messenger.
  
In Ancient Greek Mythology, the owl is associated with Athena, the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AthenaAs a companion to the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, the owl sits on her shoulder revealing unseen truths to her.  Having the ability to light up Athena's blind side, the owl enables her to speak the whole truth, opposed to only half truths. http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/articles/mythology_folklore/owls.asp

The word owl in Scottish-Gaelic is coileach-oidhche and it means "night-cockerel."  Yet,
 cailleach, means "old woman."  This magnificent and powerful bird is most often associated with the Crone aspect of the Goddess because of her precise nighttime vision and her silent and swift hunting habits. Also, as a guide to the Underworld, being an 'all-seeing' guide, she has the ability to unmask those who would deceive or take advantage of you.

Shakespeare wrote of "The owl, night's herald" (Venus and Adonis, 1593, Line 531) and recognized the role that owls have as the "fatal bellmen" (Macbeth, 1605-1606, Act II, Scene ii, Line 4) of that final deepest sleep. In this way, owls have been seen as heralds of eschatology or the ultimate fate of humans.
(The Oxford English Dictionary defines eschatology as "The department of theological science concerned with ‘the four last things: deathjudgementheavenand hell’.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschatology)

Click the below site for further descriptions from various countries around the world:
What does the owl mean to you?
An omen of strength, wisdom, or warning?!
~ a.

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