~February 12, 2017~
This week broke me open. It was full of spirit, fear, love, and rites of passage. I planned to do a lot of self care during the week to prepare for the upcoming embryo transfer. Sunday was spent doing my usually meal prep, cooking and cleaning. I wanted to make sure I had the most nourished dense foods to help my body accept the embryos and allow them to thrive. Monday, I had an amazing massage. Tuesday, a relaxing float and on my way to pickup my son from daycare, I spotted an owl in the road. My heart sank, the owl is one of my power animals and a beautiful mystical creature. I couldn’t leave her in the road. I turned around, hoping that she was just stunned or injured, but sadly she was dead. I scooped her up and carried her back to my car. As I starred at her trying to find meaning in finding a dead owl, I knew that I had to honor her with a ritual. Grandmother Owl is know to possess very powerful hearing and vision. Those that have been blessed with this medicine are usually gifted with the ability to see into the human psychic and are clairvoyant listener. Grandmother Owl is often believed to come to those who need to let go of some part of their life that no longer serves them. She teaches us to see past our shadow, push through the darkness and fear, into light, love and knowledge. Once my little guy and I got home, we set to work in creating a sacred space.
Elliot arrange the jars of herbs, as I laid out some muslin. “Looks like a tree, Mama.” I laid Owl on the muslin. She was a magnification specimen of wisdom, strength, and magic. Elliot was mesmerized by her feathers, and stroked her wings gently. Now mind you, my wee one in only 3 and doesn’t completely understand the meaning of death. But he was delighted to participate in celebrating Owl. We lit candles, saged the room and ourselves, and Elliot did some drumming as I called in the Directional Elements South, West, North, East, Mother Earth, Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, and the Brother and Sister of the Star Nation.
We anointed Owl with Essential Oils: CEDAR: Prosperity, Purification SANDLWOOD: Purification MYRRH: Healing, Purification, Protection CYPRESS: Endings Karma cycles.
Covered Owl with Herbs : BASIL: Protection, Love COMFREY: Healing LAVENDER: Memories, Peace MISTLETOE: Protection MUGWORT: Inner Sight ROSES: Purification SAGE: Wisdom THYME: Purification FRANKINCENSE TEARS: Purification, Spiritual Transformation.
After dressing Owl, I asked Elliot if we should sing a song, “Yes Mama, Free Falling” Oh my sweet boy. I guess that was the most appropriate song out of his small song repertoire. I was just glad he didn’t choose “Dude Looks Like a Lady.” After singing some Tom Petty, we wrapped Owl gently in the muslin and tied it with multi-colored ribbons. As we tied each ribbon we said a little pray for Owl. Then we laid Owl to rest on my alter. We are planning to release his body on the full moon, in a fire ceremony.
Prayer of the Owl By Ron O.
Mighty Santa Muerte I Call Upon You, to Ask Your Permission to Summon Your Wise Owl Santa Muerte You Who Know All the Secrets of the Universe I Seek the Knowledge of the Owl Who Is Ever Present With You
My Mighty Queen, I Need to Open the Pathway to the Secrets of Your Mantle I Need Help of the Wise Owl to This Plea……….. Show Me Santa Muerte, Who My Enemies Are, Who Is Harming Me and My Loved Ones, Mighty Owl Grant Me Your Eyes, That See All to See the Right Way in Life to Follow, Teach Me Mighty Owl How to Be Closer to the Santa Muerte, Grant Me Mighty Owl, Your Great Hearing, to Hear All the Rumors and Lies, Being Said About Me and My Loved Ones Behind Our Back Teach Me Mighty Owl Patience, to Be Always Patient and Humble to Help Those Who Are Need of Help
Santa Muerte I Thank You for the Use of Your Owl Thank You Owl for Use of Your Gifts
Santa Muerte I Humbly Thank You for Your Kindness
Brightest Blessing, Love and Magic to you all!