Thursday, January 24, 2013

Getting Owlish :)

Owl  Themed Jewelry...This fashion  trend seems to keep going and has a non-stop popularity among fashionistas!
The owl jewelry trend is one that began in winter 2009 with a subtle start, making a big splash in fashion trends all around the world in autumn and winter 2010 and early 2011. While most trends fade out very quickly, this quirky is here to stay. From large , vintage styles to beads , imitation jewels, interesting colors and unique forms, owl jewelry is still dominating the fashion scene.

Aside being a really trendy thing, it has a ton of symbolic meaning as well. This figure means lots of different things like intelligence, mysticism,protection, secrets, wisdom etc.

I remember when I got mine, it was something  I was pretty excited about. It was 2 years ago but I still enjoy wearing it from time to time.  

Lately, I've been told that it may have some negative meaning. Of course, I'm more attached to the point that nothing is what people say it is or it may be, if you yourself do not give it a way. What I mean is that I don't believe in such creepy stuff  about symbols etc, but I got really interested in what does this jewelry symbolize and what meanings does it have. So let's pass to the little research that I made.




Owl Symbolism

The owl is sacred to the Greek goddess of learning, Athena and is even depicted on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of status, intelligence and of course, wealth.

In ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and a protection of the dead.
In this light the owl was ruler of the night and seer of souls. A misunderstanding of this necessary relationship gave the owl some negative associations with death.
It should be clear that the owl was honored as the keeper of spirits who had passed from one plane to another. Often myth indicates the owl accompanying a spirit to the underworld - winging it's newly freed soul from the physical world into the realm of spirit.

A quick-list of owl symbolic meanings: 
  • Wisdom
  • Mystery
  • Transition
  • Messages
  • Intelligence
  • Mysticism
  • Protection
  • Secrets

Native Americans associated the meaning of owl with wisdom, foresight, and keeper of sacred knowledge. This may largely be due the fact that the owl is a great foreteller of weather conditions. Also its ability to see at night is legend among the Native Americans, and this attribute would be invoked during ceremonies when an oracle of secret knowledge was required.

Similarly, West African and Aboriginal Australian cultures viewed the owl as a messenger of secrets, kin to sorcerers, as well as companions to seers, mystics and medicine people.

During medieval times in western and central Europe it was fabled that owls were actually priestesses (witches) and wizards in disguise. To this day the owl is considered a witch's familiar (an animal soul-spirit linked to a spiritual person via a unique, communicative bond).

Owl themed jewelry is has become more popular , as I think, with the brand Forever 21. It has been picked up and adapted in several ways and has become a part of all kinds of fashion, from casual to clubbing styles.

The owl-shaped earrings are catching on quickly, especially when they are in bold bright colors with multi-hued stones, but the most popular form is undoubtedly the long chained owl necklaces.

The wisdom captures it's realistic features trying the pendants of the artificials, of the times square

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