I realize that my blog is not revolutionary. Hopefully it can be inspiring. Now and then I attract a few unique individuals wishing to create connections with me. Little do they know that I take this “connection” thing seriously. The reason I chose the specific photo above from Mr. Latter’s blog is because I had an encounter with an owl a year ago. Actually he flew across my car once on the way to deliver a friend home. Then as I returned on the same path to get to my home, that owl crossed my path again. Only this time I swear he was looking me in the eye when he did it.
Owl’s are important to artists, spiritualists, realists, naturists and whatever fancy title you wish to apply at the end of your lovely name. Before I let you read about the symbolism, let me just say that I have been hammering out designs recently for my lace work as well as color concepts for my next dye session. Before I start the project, I give it a name and purpose. My current lace project is Demeter, Goddess of Harvest. She is close to my heart since I was born under a harvest moon. Fall is also my favorite time of year because of the …. harvest. Colors are deeper and richer. Textures are more interesting. A good heather aran yarn from Jamieson’s is all I need to get in to that harvest mood. As for my dye works, we have decided to look to our Viking forefathers. You know the one’s who gave us our red hair, love for adventure, and fearlessness.
Before I met Mr. Owl, I was still wondering who I was going to be in my little big yarn shop world. After Mr. Owl, I have defined myself as designer, painter of colored yarns and teacher.
Thank you Patrick Latter for reminding me of who I am now, from where I came and of those journeys yet to be had.
Now you can read the symbolism bit…
Quoted from another site SYMBOLISM…
“The owl is sacred to the Greek goddess of learning, Athena and is even depicted on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of status, intelligence and of course, wealth.
In ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and a protection of the dead.
In this light the owl was ruler of the night and seer of souls. A misunderstanding of this necessary relationship gave the owl some negative associations with death.
It should be clear that the owl was honored as the keeper of spirits who had passed from one plane to another. Often myth indicates the owl accompanying a spirit to the underworld – winging it’s newly freed soul from the physical world into the realm of spirit.”