This talisman was crafted to honor the Owl, traditionally a messenger of night, death, and Otherworldly mysteries.
Owls are fierce predatory birds of night, and thus in many societies have been felt to have a threatening aspect. Their silent flight and nocturnal or crepuscular habits bring them to appear silently out of darkness as if from the spirit world. They are often regarded as messengers of death, or Otherworldly omens, or as a guide for dreams. Their uniquely evocative faces express piercing intelligence and a watchful, predatory spirit, or sometimes can appear sad and tragic. Many owls have eerily human-sounding voices and their calls are often woven into folklore and story as the shrieking of spirits. Owls are woven into the mythology and iconography of Lilith, Athena, Blodeuwedd, and many other divinities.
This talisman features an owl with talons spread, rendered in a decorative style partly inspired by Pictish and Celtic ornamentation, alongside a crescent moon to evoke the spirit of this bird of night.
Talisman is etched in 18-gauge copper, 1.5″ in diameter.
Our copper talismans are hand etched in small runs with careful attention. Talismans are individually hand-detailed, so each pendant is slightly different and unique. They are available with or without a leather cord hand-woven into a Celtic-style knotwork ornament. The artist, Morpheus, personally consecrates all the talismans on her altar.