We went for a drive at dusk this evening, in the old faithful campervan. I love our campervan Fay. A journey is always an adventure in a camper. You can’t help but smile, and it was hugely appreciated after what has been a more than hellish fortnight.
The wonderful thing is that I saw not one but two snowy owls flying close to the van. Having rarely ever seen one, it is beautiful and of deep meaning for me to see two. I strongly believe that animals will make us aware of themselves when the spirit world are trying to tell us something, so not being up on my owl totem knowledge, I returned home to find out what they want me to know.
I discovered a beautiful piece of writing, and thought I would share it with you here.
In Greek and Roman mythology Glaucus (glaring eyes) was the owl that is seen accompanying Athena or Minerva and is symbolic of wisdom and vigilance; because the owl is capable of seeing even in the dark and of vigilance and is awake at night.
The nineteenth-century idealist philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel famously noted that “the owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk”—meaning that philosophy comes to understand a historical condition just as it passes away. Philosophy cannot be prescriptive because it understands only in hindsight.
As a totem animal owls have long been associated with both death and wisdom (from their association with Athena). Their association with death comes from their peerless ability as predatory hunters of the night, they are able to navigate through the most densely forested areas in order to seek out and capture their prey.Owl knows that all apparent manner of death is in fact a liberation into a new life. Something must first be cleared away for anything new to be born. At the time it may seem incredibly painful because we have been taught that death is an ending, not a new beginning, and that what is in the process of being born is always more beneficial than the old. The pain and grief is extended and heightened when we try to hang on to what was because we believe that this is the best we would have, and the unknown can seem dreadfully forbidding.
Owl can take us beyond those thoughts and fears, for Owl sees far into the future and knows that even after the darkest night there is a new dawn that is approaching. It is as inevitable as babies crying and of buds bursting for th from plants in the spring. From every death something new must emerge for life is ever renewing itself. All of life is interconnected and we are all part and parcel of the same fabric that wends its way through the stories of our own life and death. Death then becomes not a loss but a new adventure to be explored with great abandon and joy.
Owl people also need to get a certain amount of daytime/solar energy via the sun, yellow crystals or flowers and so forth lest they become out of balance with the nocturnal side of their nature. It can be easy for Owl people to want to shun the daylight as they tend to be more comfortable at night, and yet they too need the balance that the solar world provides. They might feel overly exposed when out in the daylight and thus it helps them to wear a talisman or shield of some sort where they feel they are protected from the energies of others as often they are extremely sensitive and psychic.
For me, this seems very appropriate at this moment in time, and I am comforted by the guidance given, and being reminded that the darkest night is always followed by the dawn is what I need right now.