This morning Rick took this incredible photo of a barred owl perched on the Mother Stone at Ocean Shores. Rick and his dad hauled this stone up from the beach and placed it in our garden in honor of my mother-in-law, Pat. Interesting that the owl found its perch here.
Oh, how I love her little face! I know that in the west owls are symbols of wisdom, mystery, and transition. However, I am trying to figure out why, in general, I find the owl so intriguing. I looked on line and found the following about the symbolism of owls and it gave me an even greater appreciation of the owl:
The Owl is at home in the night. It has great awareness of all that is around it at all times. It has predator vision, which means it sees clearly what it looks at. It has great intuition: it is the totem of psychics and clairvoyants. It has the courage to follow its instincts. Owl’s medicine includes seeing behind masks, silent and swift movement, keen sight, messenger of secrets and omens, shape-shifting, link between the dark, unseen world and the world of light, comfort with shadow self, moon power, freedom.
Owls symbolize wisdom, the ability to see things that are hidden, stealth, swiftness, darkness, freedom, dreams, shape-shifting, secrets, omens, clairvoyance, astral projection, magic, deception, observation, total truth, night, death and misfortune. They are connected to the Underworld and the Moon. They are connected to The Goddess in general, as well as Athena, Mari, Lilith, Anath, Gwynn ap Nudd, Blodeuwedd, Yama and Cailleach.