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two children, a boy and a girl. They lived in their igloo, which they had built out of snow blocks.
In the middle of the igloo there was place on the floor for the fire. There was also an opening, a
hole, in the ceiling though which the smoke could escape (get out).
Because it is so cold in the Arctic it is very important that there
is always a fire in the igloo. One person always has to stay in the
igloo and watch the fire.
One day, it was almost spring, he parents went away to go
hunting. They needed some meat to eat, and the children stayed
in the igloo and watched the fire.
The children were alone in the igloo, but the fired was hot and
the igloo was nice and warm. The children played and were very
Suddenly they heard a sound outside. It was the sound of heavy footsteps. Mother and father could
not be back. “Who is this?” asked the little boy.
Four men came into the igloo and looked at the fire. “We have no fire in our igloo.” They said.
“We have come to get your fire!” Then they quickly fetched the fire ran out of the igloo. They
jumped on their dog sledge, and off they went.
When the parents came home from hunting it was very cold and dark in the igloo. The children
were scared and sitting next to each other. When the father and the mother were inside the igloo
they asked: “What happened to the fire?” The children told them about the four men and what had
They were all sitting close together to keep themselves warm. “What can we do?” the mother
asked. “We can’t go and get the fire back,” she said to her husband. “They are four men and you
and me are only two.”
Then they were quiet for some time, everyone was thinking.
Suddenly the father had an idea. He stood up and went out of the igloo and called the little
“Dear little owl”, said the father, “will you help us to get our fire back?”
”Yes, I want to help you, but what can I do?”
”Nobody can hear you, when you fly, and you can also see very well at night.” said the Inuit
father. “Fly over to the igloo of these four bad men. They will not hear nor see you.
Then fly directly through the hole in the top of the igloo and bring the fire back to us.”
“This is an excellent idea. I will try to do it.” said the owl and flew away.
The snowy owl flew through the icy night. She could see the light in the igloo from far away. Very
carefully and silently she flew over the igloo and looked through the hole in the top. She saw the
fire burning and the four men were sleeping on thick furs.
Light as a snowflake the little owl flew through the hole. She quietly picked up some of the fire
and flew out again. Nobody had seen her.
The went up into the night sky and flew back to the Inuit family.
The Inuit family was standing outside the igloo and waited for the snowy owl. The girl was the
first one to see the little owl. “Look!” she said. “Look, our fire is coming back. The little owl
brings the fire!”
The family was very happy again and the dogs were very happy, too.
They all said “Thank you!” to the little owl.
Until today the Inuit are very happy when they see a snowy owl, because they know, that
spring will come soon.
This old Inuit story was retold and adapted after:
Time Life, Lernen ist lustig, von fernen Ländern (1991)
painting by: www.artgoddess.com/ murals.htm
Every wingbeat a thankyou
Mr. Clicks Rehabilitation Story Part 1
The Release of Mr. Clicks
There are beautiful loving people here to help the animals and fellowkind
If you are hurt, trust there is someone willing to help you heal as best they can.
- Pablo Neruda
On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
And when your eyes
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.
~ John O'Donohue ~
image thanks to: www.bonkart.com/web/Gallery%20I.htm
Swift creature of the dark night
Guardian of the Spirit's flight
Herald of new direction
Ancient wisdom in reflection
Nature's shy and silent one
Who sees beyond the setting sun.
Owl represents Magic, Time and Space.
Owl protects me.
Owl can see what others cannot,
Granting me the gift to know the truth in others.
Owl's gifts include:
Seeing behind masks
Messenger of secrets and omens
Silent and swift movement
Link between the dark, unseen world and the world of light
Comfort with shadow self
The owl symbolizes our third or spiritual eye and is thus associated with inner knowledge. Owl is associated with the mysterious, clairvoyance, omens, silent wisdom, and vision. She innately understands the cycles of life, death and rebirth. The owl is a symbol of the feminine, the Moon, and the night and has been called a cat with wings.
The owl is a master of flight and adaptation. She is not a victim, nor an aggressor; she takes the middle path between the hawk and the dove. She does not circle and circle in a restless hunt for prey. She sits in silence -- observing, listening, patiently waiting for the exact moment to strike.
Her great skills are insight and discernment, and she has so much to teach us. While many humans are afraid of the night, the dark and the unseen, the dark is Owl's friend. By learning the lessons of our shadow nature, we overcome our fears, make peace with our conflicts, and soar in freedom. This, indeed, is wisdom.
......the pueo, with all its mysterious wisdom, a bird that flew over the islands well before the first Hawaiians sailed in, is among the oldest physical manifestations of the Hawaiian family protectors, the ancestral guardians, the aumakua. It was believed that after the death of an ancestor, the spirit could still protect and influence the remaining family acting through a body such as that of the owl, the shark, the turtle, or even the centipede. Each species channeling the ancestor held unique strengths. The owl as aumakua was specifically skilled in battle.
...In Hawaii, from before the arrival of the first Polynesians, flies the short-eared brown owl, also named Hawaiian owl, or pueo. Like everywhere else, Hawaii gave the owl a special place in its mythology.
Pueo is sacred. The Hawaiian dictionary lists several meanings and connotations for the word itself: When a certain object or concept is considered important, more layers of meaning are contributed, each level unraveling deeper and deeper symbolic significance. Pueo doesn't signify only an owl, but also denotes a taro variety, the staff of life. In addition it indicates, among other meanings, shortness, the shroud of a canoe, and the rocking of a child. Then there are the many expressions that use the word pueo, such as keiki a ka pueo, "child of an owl, whose father is not known", or, ka pueo kani kaua, "the owl who sings of war, the owl as a protector in battle". A no lani, a no honua, another saying states, "the guardian owl belongs to heaven and earth". Throughout Hawaii, streets, areas, and valleys bear the owl's name, with many such places having an intriguing legend attached to them. Pueo's legacy reaches far beyond brown feathers into the realm of the spirit world.
For more see: www.coffeetimes.com/mar98.htm
N.Robert Wagstaff, nationally acclaimed wildlife artist [www.wagstaffdesign.com], has donated this image to this website to illustrate some of the native wildlife seen at the Fleming Arboretum.
Owl is generally associated with Feminine energies; creativity, sensitivity, awareness of things not yet in form, and magic. How Owl relates to individuals and the messages she brings can only be determined by each person, or with the help of a Spirit Guide. Most often the message will come in one of two forms.
One is regarding the hidden realms within the individual. Are you self-aware? Are you hiding something from yourself? Are there core aspects of your shadow nature you have not looked into, or maybe are afraid to look into? The second would be in terms of relations with others around you. Owl calls you to keep a keen eye for deception. This could be in immediate relations or a reference to people outside your direct sphere, maybe those in more public roles, like politics and business.
Above all, Owl calls us to be diligent and observant, of ourselves and of others. She asks us to look into our own potential for deception as well as our potential for creation. Owl is a messenger of Prophecy. For some, Owl shows up to inform us of the future, as the future lies in the Shadow of the Unknown from our current perspective. Here Owl directs us to look forward, to envision something not yet manifest, and to take appropriate action now to foster it's creation.
Presently, Owl is sitting in the West. This is where her Magic is particularly acute. In the west, Owl is a shapeshifter and a master of adaptation. This is yet another skill Owl brings us, the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Because of great observation abilities, Owl can move and adjust precisly according to new information. Here Owl shows us again that by being acutely aware of our surroundings we can shift ourselves smoothly (mentally, physically, emotionally) as we move through ever changing social terrains.
As the flight of Owl is silent, it's shapeshifting movement is perceived invisible, unnoticed by others. Humility is called for, Owl does not boast. She merely goes about her Magic, silent in the dark.
Obtained from: ~sal - many thanks for the wisdom
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