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Wisdom through different eyes

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[Feb. 6th, 2011|09:02 pm]
Wisdom through different eyes


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 Hi all :-)
I've not had much experience with totems aside from Spider but recently Owl has come into my life.  I have a basic idea of the associations for Owl-wisdom, stealth,etc but I'd love to know more about the gifts and lessons Owl has to bring.  Please help!  I'd be very grateful :-)
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[User Picture]From: mahpiya_luta
2011-02-13 09:18 pm (UTC)
Warm hearted, jovial, and fun loving, owl people have lively minds, an independent outlook and an adventurous temperament. They like the great outdoors and its freedom from confinement and limitation. Owls require freedom of mind and expression, and freedom to go where they please, think what they like and say what they feel. Their minds are so alert that they are inclined to develop more interests than they can cope with and thus become masters of none. Their inquiring minds entice them into lengthy discussions and arguments. They enjoy talking about things that interest them at the time, but are less enthusiastic about other people’s interest. They are individualistic and sincere and have jovial dispositions, but they are prone to explosive bouts of anger if they are provoked. Their boldness and frankness can sometimes come across as insensitivity or just plain rudeness, and they can be bitterly sarcastic when hurt. Although they require freedom of movement, they can sometimes run away from their responsibilities in a blind dash to avoid burdensome problems. Usually such attempts to evade responsibility rebound on them, and the problems and ties increase rather than diminish. Physically, they are courageous and are usually attracted to dangerous sports because risk and recklessness exhilirate them. They are adventurous and enjoy opening up new ways that others may follow. They are pioneers, explorers, and visionaries, and they like doing things in a big way, though they are rarely satisfied. They will always come back for more, and when that apetite is for material things they can find it difficult to discern between need and greed. For all of their exuberance and confidence, Owls find themselves pursuing many blind alleys and dissipating their energies in all too many directions so that their plans and ambitions rarely materialize completely. They need to learn to fix their mind on a single, clear goal, for they have the energy to attain it. Those with the Owl as a totem animal conduct themselves proudly, and some even flamboyantly. Because they are so observant that little of relevance escapes their attention, they have a keen eye for detail and a good insight into whatever they set their minds on. In general, they are drawn to esoteric subjects and "secret" things, but with this inquisitive urge is an intuitive pull towards cautiousness and the need to keep themselves grounded in the world of practical reality. This desire to vanish from view like the owl disappearing into the darkness is reflected in many ways, sometimes by the normally outgoing owl person becoming withdrawn, even to the point of avoiding the company of others, and sometimes breaking away from situations in which they have been supportive or deeply involved. During this time there is a danger of being misunderstood and causing hurt to others as well as to themselves.

The Path of Owl is intended to lead to the discovery that whatever is required outwardly must first exist inwardly. That which is without was first that which was within. The prime purpose is for the tempering of opposites in order to attain good management of one’s potential. In American Indian culture the weaving of a blanket required the mingling of many skills. It was treasured as a gift because it represented, in an enduring form, the inner beauty of the one who had woven it. It symbolized too, the necessity for a balanced heart and mind and the need for rational thought to be balanced with feeling that comes from the heart. That is the path of Owl. The primary function of Owl is elavation and exaltation. It requires opportunities for raising the intellect and elevating the morality to obtain the clarity of vision that is spirit insight.
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