8.08.2013

The White Owl



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It's been a busy couple of weeks... But I'm back for Thursday's Children (what, it's still Thursday!)! Last week I was on a short stint of a getaway with a couple of close friends from high school/college. We went to Estes Park, CO - a lovely little mountain town tucked within the surrounding Rocky Mountain National Forest. It was wonderful.
 
Now, I've always had a thing for owls. They're magical, beautiful, and knowing creatures. Truly, they know things, look at those eyes!!! Up until my trip last week I'd only ever seen them at zoos and such. BUT, our last night, I was ending a conversation with my husband over the phone and standing on the balcony of our hotel. Out of nowhere an enormous bird swooped down in front of me and to a nearby tree. I was sure it had to be some other kind of large winged creature...falcon, eagle...which would still have been cool because I wasn't going to get my hopes up that it was an owl. Still, curiosity got the best of me and I tiptoed down the stairs and out into the courtyard area (green space with several large trees near a pond) and in my pajamas no less. I wasn't even sure if the shadowy figure I saw moving high above me in the tree was a bird or branches waving in the wind. Once I was beneath it though, I knew. It was an owl. A WHITE OWL. And it was all for me.
 
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.
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 magickal and spiritual knowledge, he or she can make changes.
 
Owls show up from time to time in my writing...as jewelry, in dream, and in reality. They will always inspire me. Any special creatures continue to inspire you?
 
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10 comments:

  1. Owls are amazing (and yes, there is one in my most recent book). In real life I've only seen them in the wild twice. When I was young, our fireplace andirons were owls with glass eyes, so when a fire was burning their eyes glowed. Creepy but cool.

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    1. Owl fireplace andirons with glowing eyes? That's pretty damn awesome!

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  2. I love owls as well an always feel as if I'm privileged if I have a chance encounter. One time on a hike in the mountains, I saw four gorgeous and huge bucks. They stood calmly together and eyed me. It felt like a mystic moment.

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    1. I love encounters with gentle creatures in the wild. I shared a moment with a red fox once...

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  3. White owls are cool.
    Missed you for this month's IWSG.

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    1. Thanks Alex - this summer has totally gotten away from me! I plan to rejoin next month :)

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  4. I love owls too! I have them all over my house, but I've never actually seen one in the wild. I'm super jealous; what a cool experience!

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    1. Thanks Annie - it was cool! I have them all over my house too (much to my tolerant husband's chagrin...)

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