Last night was cold here in SW Florida—below 50. That’s cold for me now that my blood has thinned living here. I decided to go for a walk in the dark before a teleconference.
I came to the end of my walk at the cul-de-sac near my home. A huge owl suddenly flew to the top of the light post in front of me. He perched there and looked out and then down at me. I walked slowly towards him to get a better look at his frame in the dark. I was mesmerized but cautious. I respected his talons, speed, and eyesight.
Suddenly he lifted off his perch and began to fly directly towards me. I waited for him to fly off in an angle. “He must be afraid of me, I’m 20 times his size,” I thought, but he kept coming. He dipped down as he flew over my head and headed off behind me.
It seemed an abnormally close call for an owl.
Back home I went to my trusty animal totem book.
I looked up Owl Medicine and found, “Casting out deception, silent flight, sacred medicine bird.” (120)*
This next part was curious:
“Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, had a companion Owl on her shoulder which revealed unseen truths to her. Owl had the ability to light up Athena’s blind side, enabling her to speak the whole truth as opposed to only a half truth.” (121)*
It goes on to say, that “no one can deceive you about what they are doing, no matter how they try to disguise or hide from you.” (122)*
Strange, but powerful medicine. I decided to watch to see how my blind sides would light up. I’ll keep you posted.
- Medicine Cards, by Jamie Sams and David Carson. New York: St. Martins Press. 1999.