As owls avoid light they symbolise sadness, obscurity, melancholy.
In Greek mythology it is an interpreter of Atropos (Morta as Roman equivalent), one of the Fates who cuts the thread of the destiny. As a symbol of wisdom, it was a bird of Athena.
In Egypt it represents cold, night and death.
In Baltic mythology, owl is a bird of the Death Goddess Giltine (from the verb gelti – to sting). In the beginning, Goddess had the form of this bird. Owl’s scary voice predicted disasters: death, fire, birth of an illegitimate baby. The owl was also a bird of darkness, night, the Goddess of the Moon. On the other hand, the owl was a sacred bird, wise, solving important human problems.
In Rigveda the owl was the prophet of death and the bird of the dead.
In Egypt scorpion represents one of the first hieroglyphs and gives his name to on of the predynastic rulers – the King Scorpion.
In Greek tradition, scorpion is the avenger of Artemis and of Diana in Roman mythology. Offended by Orion, the Goddess sent scorpion to sting his heel. After death, Orion was changed into a constellation. For this service, scorpion also deserved to become a constellation. Accordingly, Orion constantly escapes from Scorpion.
In astrology, scorpion is the eighth sign of Zodiac (23 October – 21 November). At this time Nature prepares to a new form of existence. Scorpio is the symbol of resistance, fermentation and death, strength, hardness, struggles. This part of sky is presided by the planet Mars.
Scorpion evokes the fall of nature and vegetation, the return of raw material (Materia Prima) into chaos until the humus prepares the rebirth of life.
Jesus said in the Gospel: “Behold, I have given you power over unclean spirits to treat upon serpents and scorpions and every diabolical power and to cure every decease and every infirmity [Lk. 10:19 and Matt. 10:1].
The tortoise represents the whole universe, it is the carrier of the world. It is a female and a male symbol at the same time.
In one of the pictures of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili a woman holds in her hands a tortoise and a pair of wings. This hermetic symbolism compares and opposes chthonic and ouranian features. The wings could represent Mercury and the tortoise could be the matter from which he produced his zither. This transformation from the tortoise to the zither resumes all the Art of Alchemy. It is the primal matter of the Work as well as Saturn or lead. It represents the beginning of the spiritualisation of the matter and the wings represent the finalisation of the Work. Continue reading Turtle (tortoise)