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Symbol of the Owl
by Moe | Mar 2, 2015 | Gods & Goddesses, Meaning of Symbols | 0 comments

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Before gods, goddesses, demons and nocturnal monsters of the netherworld
were depicted as humans, they were almost always shown in some type of
animal form. This ancient network of immortal symbolism we can witness
today with one of these secret deities that has been depicted throughout the
course of human history as the bird of night, known as the owl.
The symbology of the owl has almost always represented evil omens,
demons, illness, disease and death to many interrelated ancient cultures such
as the Hittites, Sumerians, Egyptians, Ethiopians, Africans, Phoenicians
(Hebrews), Greeks, Romans, Europeans, Arabs, Hindus, Indians and Latinos. A
nocturnal bird of prey that to them was not a symbol of wisdom, but the
creature who disturbs their sleep and is the "angel of death."
The Egyptian name for the owl is Mulak or Moloch represented by the letter
symbolism of M (m) because its name began with M, and the eyes or horns of
this secret deity looks just like the letter m.

The people who some call the Sumerians, called the owl the ukuku. An
example is from the Sumerian verse: “May the ukuku, the bird of depression,
make its nest in your gateways, established for the Land!,” and “The bird of
destroyed cities . . . . . . a nest. The sleep-bird, bird of heart’s sorrow.” In
ancient Syria, the owl is found recorded in the eighth-century treaty in the

130-31).Aramaic inscription from Sefire. The word for ‘owl’ in Hittite is hupupiau (Puhvel 1991: 3. . The Hittites appear to be the first race of people to depict this deity as an owl like bird that has some of the characteristics of an owl with large eyes. but looks like it is a different creature than the owl which I intuitively suspect it always has been. in which the owl serves as an emblem of desolation.

 Some of the world's first symbolism of this owl creature of heart’s sorrow and desolation shown above was found at the Hittite capital of Carchemish. Atu-ba. but I find them to be the most . Ata-ma and Atta-ma (" the place cf Ata ") were names of towns near Carchemish mentioned in the geographical list of Thothmes III.Athi-ni. At-banti. Khati or Hethei). These ancient artist depictions of the deity may seem to be done by amateurs or to be crude representations of the owl.They did not name this deity hupupiau after the owl. but called this strange owl looking creature Athi (Atti. Aitua (Aituwa). Ata-kal.

the Trojans called the owl deity by the name of Ate.alike deity. Trojan 'Ate' and Greek 'Athena' would be the words we use today to describe how we human consume food with the English words like eat. Their cousins. who then later became identified as the Greek Goddess known as Athena. and in a future article on the science of this ancient owl look. These truths become evident in the epic tales of the Greeks which I will explain briefly below. Ishtar becomes an owl in the hand of Elkunirsha (El-creator-of-the-earth). In the Hittite myth of Elkunirsha and Athi or Asertu.' .or to be crude representations of the owl. but I find them to be the most accurate of the true deity that they were honoring in this symbolism. they would start taking on human form. As time moved forward like in the era of the Phoenicians and Greeks. These ancient names such as the Hittite 'Athi'. This owl deity who lives within us all was directly connected to this alchemical process that we know of as eating. Here is the beautiful Greek Athena who is the same as the Etruscan Goddess Minerva with her sacred owl symbolis-'m. and ate.

.Other versions of this name that can be found for such goddesses as Astarte. Atargatis. Ashtaroth. Athtar. Ashtoreth. Atar. Ishtar and Isis to name a few.

  These various representations of this secret deity then gave rise to the English pagan goddess of fertility and spring known as Eostre. This symbology was always associated with this deity due to its ability to lay eggs within its host. the hare. and the Germanic Ostara. THE PHOENICIANS AND THE OWL . The legend further evolves from the owl symbology to that of the rabbit or more appropriately. and I suspect as time went by the evil associations in the old world in regards to the owl had caused this legend to evolve into the Easter holiday we have today with a rabbit who lays speckled and colorful eggs that remain hidden to us. Eggs that we have to search for in order to claim oUr surprise hidden on the inside.

the owl is the "familiar of wizards. and messenger of wizards and witches. and the race who gave rise to the empire of Rome. Likewise Ovid had said the owl's presence was an evil omen. (owl mournful and most abhorred). an owl is the vahana. Later the owl deity known as Ashtart becomes the demon goddess that is known as Lilith. In Hinduism. The Phoenicians/Sidonians Hebrews sometimes sacrificed owls to be included in their burials back to the 7th century BC. In biblical law. In Sicily. The Roman poet Pliny terms the bird "bubo funebris et maxime abominatus. and called a screeching Owl. In English folk-lore the barn. The eagle owl roosts on the capitals of a desolated Nineveh in the prophetic vision of Zeph 2:14. a circumstance introduced as a precursor of Dido's death. An oracle concerning Edom. the Owl that cries by night near the house of a sick man . or screech owl is specially invested with supernatural power. witchcraft and sorcery. In the 5th Book of his Metamorphoses. Lakshmi. who according to Lucian was also identified with the moon." The Swahili "believe that the owl brings illness to children. mount. but they referred to themselves as the Sidonians from Sidon of Crete (Cretans). and another possible variety of owl will also dwell in it. in Madagascar the owl gathers with witches to dance on the graves of the dead. declares that the eagle owl will inherit the devastated land." Virgil describes its death-howl from the top of the temple by night. In Arab mythology. gifts The ancient Phoenician Hebrews who were the descendants of the Hittites and Egyptian Israelites were the race who gave us the Old Testament. owls are seen as bad omens. MORE HISTORY ON THE ANCIENT SYMBOLISM OF THE OWL The owl symbolism later migrated to Italy and the Romans with the Phoenician tribe of mariners from Crete known by the name of the Italian Umbrians who were said to survive the deluge." Sidon on Crete was at one time the main headquarters of the Phoenician maritime trade and commerce. the unlucky fowl. against the prohibition: Ill-omened in his form. Their chief deity was Ashtart who the Israelitish prophets called "the abomination of the Sidonians. relates how the demon of the underworld Ascalaphus was transformed by Ceres into an owl. owls are included in the list of birds that were forbidden to be eaten. and was supposed to destroy children if they were not watched. of the Goddess of materialism and wealth. plates. They were called the Phoenicians by the Greeks. the owl is associated with black magic. The goddess Ashtart became the patroness of the Sidonian mariners.Blue Willow Studio Handmade Ceramic Tiles tiles. and condemned to predict evil. Isa 34:11. To the Bantu. Abhorred by man." Zulus say the owl is a bird of sorcerers. coasters. because he had accused her to Jove of having eaten a young pomegranate in secret. In Africa. who was created in the first Genesis account.

the Owl is called the "bird of death. In Sicily." The owl was regarded by the Indians of Central America such as the Aztecs. Minerva is the Goddess of the Freemasons who portray her as a young female in Grecian costume with an owl or cock by her side. Ishtar. There is an old saying in Mexico that is still in use: Cuando el tecolote canta. the Owl that cries by night near the house of a sick man announces his approaching death. It is said by some scholars that it is from this symbol that we get the letter m which we use to this very day. and sacred to the lord of the dead. The only cultures who did not depict the owl as a sign of evil were the Athenians. war. is always associated with death among the Mayans. In Hungary. the Indian dies"). They say when a bird of this species having settled on a bush in which that prince had hidden himself from his enemies. Mayans. Maybe even M-adonna who changed her name to MDNA can relate with what I A M saying here. schools and commerce. and we went from the Hittite and Phoenician vases with the true depictions of the deity. . The Mongol and Calmuc Tartars who are the Turkish descendants of the Hittites have held the White Owl sacred since the days of Genghis Khan. The owl." The owl later became sacred to the Goddess Minerva who was the goddess of wisdom. to the later various goddess figures today with pop songstresses such as Madonna. Normans (Vikings/Swedes) and Mongol Tartars. was the Aztec god of death who was often accompanied with owls. Hopi. under the name of the Moan bird. art. Athena and Minerva. To the Native American cultures such as the Cherokee. not believing that a bird would perch on a bush wherein a man was concealed. The Athenians considered the owl's appearance as a sign of victory which gave rise to the proverb — "When the owl flies. These ancient descriptions leave us with the immortal clues of the true identity of the secret symbolism of the owl that later turns into the goddess figures such as Athi. that if an owl flies over your head in the broad daylight. The Hopi had associated owls with sorcery and other evils. those who pursued him past it. Mictlantecuhtli. Isis. the enemy fleeth. a family member or loved one would die within a week.power. and Peruvians as a symbol of death and destruction. el indio muere ("When the owl cries/sings. owls were the sign of a very bad omen.

there the hawks are gathered. beautifully if not truly. indeed. that the owl became the symbol of wisdom from its property of seeing in the dark.  "There the owl nests and lays and hatches and gathers her young in her shadow. "Some writers say." . each one with her mate." Isaiah 34:15 I'll leave you with a quote of wisdom from Charles Knight.

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