“O” is for Owls

 

Banner by Fernanda for https://sydandpianyc.wordpress.com July 14 2010

 

As a jewelry designer I always wanted to design necklaces, pins or anything with owls.  I have a fascination with owls; therefore when I directed my intern at the time to design the three head owl pendant I was thrilled to see the outcome,  and now I’m thrilled to own them. The larger owl was designed by Lucky a few years ago.

I went to Wikipedia to find out more about the meaning of an owl, and to my surprise it has a great meaning although from what you read below they have been associated with misfortune as well.

In many parts of the world, owls have been associated with death and misfortune, likely due to their nocturnal activity and common screeching call. However, owls have also been associated with wisdom and prosperity, frequently being depicted as companion animals for goddesses. In Hindu Mythology, the barn owl is considered to be the vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) and thus it is considered lucky if an owl resides near a house. The Greek goddess Athena was commonly depicted accompanied by an owl, and it has remained a common Western symbol of wisdom. This symbolism is evident in the frequent use of an owl in the logos of institutions such as universities and libraries.

In Japan, however, owls are symbols of good luck, mainly through a linguistic accident. The Japanese for “owl” is “fukurou”, the Japanese for “hardship” is “kurou”, and the Japanese for “not” is (in many cases) “fu”. “fukurou” thus implies a life without hardship. Therefore owl symbols are often given to Japanese couples on marriage, because of the bird’s auspicious association.

 

Left and center designed by Fernanda-large owl from Lucky,photo credit Fernanda for https://sydandpianyc.wordpress.com July 14 2010

 

 

Close-up of all three owl necklaces-photo credit, Fernanda for https://sydandpianyc.wordpress.com

 

 

Created by .♥. JUDIE .♥. (bedrest~at home) from Polyvore

 

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