The owl has often been a symbol of the mysterious connection between the physical and the spiritual realm. Because of the fact that they are nocturnal, owls have been associated with the idea of being able to see what is not readily apparent and with the spirit world. In Ancient Greece, the owl was associated with Athena the goddess of Wisdom.
Owls are also a fairly easy image or motif to make if you’re crafty like me, but can’t really draw like I can’t. You can use circles or half circles for the eyes and triangles for the other parts like wings, beak and horns, or a variation thereof.
Weirdly, or maybe not, the owl is also the symbol used by the Bohemian Club, that summer retreat in California where VIPs (male only) get together for a couple of weeks every summer to hang out with each other, maybe run around naked in the woods (that’s the rumour), and on one special night perform a ritual called the Cremation of Care where a human effigy is burnt and sacrificed to a 40 foot stone owl on the property. But that’s another story.
So here are some cute etsy finds that use the owl motif.
From etsy shop Eight Mile Vintage Here’s a vintage ceramic owl figure from well known Mexican ceramicist Ken Edwards.
Another vintage piece from etsy shop Lizystuff, this ALAN Signed Gold Toned Metal owl pendant, from the 1970s, is jointed with articulated moveable eyes.
Really cool kids t-shirt from etsy shop Pineapple Pete Kids, made with organic cotton and printed with an owl graphic.
Colourful watercolour print of an owl from etsy shop Littlecatdraw
Bronze owl sculpture from etsy shop GreekMythos.
Owl pendant from etsy shop Nicole de Bruin