Daniel's Little Owl design is available as a greeting card or art print.
In cultures and fables from all cultures, the owl is seen as the wise protector of her woodland companions. Aesop's fable the Owl and the Birds tells of the importance of listening, when the owl no longer shares his wisdom with the unheeding birds. More recently AA Milne immortalises the wise owl among Pooh Bear's woodland friends.
In ancient Greece, the owl, and the Little Owl specifically, was the chosen mascot of Athena, goddess of wisdom. Its ability to see in the dark was believed to be a sign of seeing what others cannot - also known as wisdom. The big shining eyes were thought to be windows into an 'inner light' that illuminated the dark and, in some instances, into the mists of time allowing the owl to prophesy the future.
As well as wisdom, Athena was also the goddess of war. This was an extremely judicious combination by the Greeks. Both the goddess and the owl are perceived as having calm temperaments, looking around extensively before jumping in. This meant they would always use their wisdom to seek alternative solutions to conflicts, only sending their soldiers to war when really necessary. What a good maxim to live by!
Wisdom, calm and harmonious solutions to problems - the owl represents these qualities which are essential to a happy home or in times of trouble.
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One of the most recognisable songbirds in the garden is the plucky Robin. Being a member of the thrush family, it’s not only cousin to the song thrush and blackbird, but also to the nightingale, so it’s no surprise that the robin has a beautiful voice as well.
The earliest depictions of the use of the heart symbol is believed to derive from the ancient culture of Cyrene, a North African city which was founded by the Greeks in 631 BC, and then later ruled by the Romans.
There’s a lot of ancient mythical beasts which seem pretty isolated, unique to a country’s culture, or even to a specific region. Others, like mermaids, dragons, and giants, are intercultural, being known by many. The Phoenix is one of these mythical superstars, and was known by the Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, and even by the Chinese.