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Many cultures have myths, stories and superstitions featuring owls. To some the owl is a bird of ill omen, to be feared and respected; to others, a wise and benevolent creature. Because of its nocturnal lifestyle, it is generally associated with the night, the moon, darkness, death and the underworld. It has been called "night eagle" and "cat with wings". In different parts of the world people believe that if an owl screeches, it means someone will die soon. Sometimes the owl is regarded as a familiar of witches and sorcerers.

In Greek mythology, the owl was sacred to Athena, the goddess of wisdom. As such it was considered a protector of the Greek armies: if an owl flew over the army before battle, this was believed to be a sign of victory. The owl was also depicted on coins. Because of its relation with night and the moon, the owl was more a symbol of intuitive than of rational knowledge. The Little owl owes its scientific name, Athene noctua, to the Greek goddess. A Greek myth tells how the man Ascalaphus, who betrayed the fact that Persephone had eaten a pomegranate while in the Underworld with Hades, was punished by being turned into an owl.

The Romans considered owls unlucky creatures, predicting death or disaster with their cries. Dreaming of them supposedly meant that a traveller would be robbed or shipwrecked. Also witches were thought to transform into owls and suck the blood of babies. It was believed you could discover a person's secrets by placing a feather or part of an owl on him while sleeping.

In Celtic mythology, the owl is one of the oldest animals in the world, along with the blackbird, the stag, the eagle and the salmon. They help the men of King Arthur in their search for the imprisoned youth Mabon. Another tale tells how Blodeuwedd, a woman made of flowers, was turned into an owl as punishment for trying to kill her husband Lleu.

In Ancient China the owl was thought to be a terrifying creature that had devoured its own mother. It was a symbol of superabundant yang and as such was believed to cause drought. Summer solstice was the Day of the Owl and children born on this day were thought to have a certain natural violence. Such children might even murder their own mother or father. Lei-gong, the Chinese god of thunder, has the beak, wings and claws of an owl, on the body of a man.


The owl is a symbol of wisdom and often considered magical. Connected to night and the moon, it is also a feminine symbol. Because it can see in the dark, the owl is linked with clairvoyance and the revelation of unseen truths. Therefore people with Owl medicine are thought to be able to see what others try to hide and to hear what is not being said. The appearance of an owl in one's life may be a sign that it is time to open one's eyes, to watch and listen in silence and figure out the situation at hand. It may also signify the need to study one's shadow self, to try and find out what lies hidden within. Owl may help in finding the truth when we have deceived ourselves, and in accepting things we already know in our hearts. Owls are also associated with prophetic powers and are said to bring messages through dreams and meditation.


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:iconsteppingskyward:
steppingskyward Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the movement and the bird and- FAV N RUN!! *zoooom!*
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youlittlemonkey Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Beautiful:)
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Thank you very much, most appreciated.


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youlittlemonkey Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
You are welcome:)
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DelphinusArt Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
This is a real beauty. :D
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Thanks!


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DelphinusArt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
You're welcome. :)
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
:)

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Ninui2010 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
My favorite bird and a perfect moment !
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:iconladynightseduction:
ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
'tis a beautiful set of wings. Thanks.


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FlockingOwls Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
We loved this picture! So much so that we decided to feature it as an example of what barn owls are for our upcoming "Barn Owl Art Contest" --> [link] ...I believe we've used you before? Such great photogarphy you have, it can't be helped :love: And while we're at it, we invite you to join the contest yourself - we love contestants! And we love owls ;P Thank you!
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Thanks for the feature. :)


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zedek Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006   Traditional Artist
thanks very much, and of course i will drawing, because of my book, im glad also, to know someone who like that kinds of birds.

u are very kind, thanks


zedek@hotmail.com ( if u want)
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:iconladynightseduction:
ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
Very welcome. I love raptors. :)


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zedek Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
jaja yeah but one of them bite me a finger !! was ok anyway
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
LOL, owe. I can't say that, though I've had my chin caught in the jaws of a wolf before.



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:iconzedek:
zedek Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
i have one illustration of the barn owl submitted check it out
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:iconladynightseduction:
ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
I saw that, very nice. :) You should sketch more birds.



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:iconzedek:
zedek Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks for the comments, i wet to see this owls yesterdayans i took some shots,cos, im working in a proyect, its a book full illustrated about the barn owl (im a graphic designer) and im glad u like as much as i do, i love illustrate this bird and since i met them, now i think are my favourites.

(sorry my english)
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
You are very welcome. It's nice to see another raptor lover about these parts. :)


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night-fate Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006   Photographer
:wow: very neat capture :clap:
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
Ahhh my owl, he was so awesome. :)


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BrickBradford Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there he is good ol' barny, my great auntie donated a stuffed snowy owl to the Adelaide zoo she was an awesome lover of owls and nature she's passed on now, such a pity.
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
Snowy Owl's are awesome. I wish they'd had one, but it's the first time I'd seen the show have the little barn owl. That was cool itself. Plus they had a kestrel, tiny little thing, you'd never believe it could eat more than it's own body weight. It was too fast to catch on camera though, maybe next time.


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BrickBradford Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kestrel's are awesome little things, I'll have to go to one of these bird shows I love them.
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Yes they are, a first view for me. I'm going back this weekend I think.


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BrickBradford Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good idea I hope you get a photo of a kestrel those things rock my little beanie.
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006
Not yet! Maybe this weekend, little kestrel is fast.


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BrickBradford Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah they flit about all over the place don't they.
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006
Yep, and I've got this weekend to catch them, my membership to the Zoo runs out at the end of the month. Which is cool, it's really getting to hot for the animals to be very active anyway, plus the place is packed.


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nowherekid85 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
great in-flight shot :) love the legends like usual!
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
:)


He was pretty and lively. Easily the crowd pleaser beside the Harris Hawk.


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Autodidacta Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006
:thumbsup: for both the pic and info.
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
Yeah! I love owls. Thank you.


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Autodidacta Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
You'd love me too. I'm a night owl. :D
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
Mmh, nightime. The best part of my day.



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Autodidacta Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006
Hehe.
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tynana Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh what gorgeous feathers! :)
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
I know! Man she was so beautiful.


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kaibafangirl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
Beautiful.
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
:)


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ShadowoftheReptile Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
It's a great shot, the angle really captures the wingspan and the outstretched feathers. As always, älskarinna, I love reading the legends and history you share, when you post a picture like this.
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
I wanted that angle bad. I took at least twenty shots of her. Thank you graih, for everything.


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ShadowoftheReptile Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
You are welcome, mitt hjärta.
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