This article will be a little different than my others as this comes from a dream.
I was in the forest of the Carnutes. It was a very dark night thick with mist, and the moon was at its Waxing Crescent. There were others with me, and we were climbing down a hill, and a Cauannos (Owl) appeared sitting on an oak branch surrounded by evergreen trees that I only spotted. The Owl was calling to me to come over to it and touch it. But it was not making a sound. It was connecting with me with its eyes. The others who saw me walking towards it told me not to go to the Owl as it seemed they feared it. I ignored them and walked up to the Owl and touched it, and then I suddenly awoke.
This dream might not seem like much to go off, but many symbolic elements are hidden within.
Let us break down some of the symbology.
- The forest of the Carnutes was a sacred space that the Druides meant yearly at.
- The thick dark night represents the mysteries.
- The Waxing Crescent represents the building of forwarding motion and hope for something more to come. Illuminated knowledge.
- Downward into the depths of the forest, heading toward the unknown. fearlessness.
- The Oaktree was and is revered by Druids and Galatis as a symbol of strength, honor, nobility, wisdom, and ancient knowledge.
- Evergreen trees are magical as it appears they don’t go through the same motions of cycles as the other trees around them. These trees symbolize immortality and eternal life because they seem not to be bound by the same motions. Represent physical and spiritual nourishment, transformation, liberation, and union. Most Owls nest in these trees.
- In Ancient Greece, the Owl was a symbol of higher wisdom, and it was also a guardian.
- Owls can see in the darkness, and so could I as we both connected within the deep mysteries of the night. Guiding the self by illuminated intuition.
- The eyes symbolize clairvoyance, omniscience, and a gateway into the soul: intelligence, light, moral conscience, and truth.
- The silence is a state of observing the surroundings.
- Not listening to the others I was with, which are other aspects of the self. The one who connected with the Owl was the fearless illuminated seeker.
The meanings are not all Gaulish as we don’t honestly know these answers to those mysteries. I focused on Greek symbolism when needed, but most of this is general.
What I’m getting at
How does any of this fit into Gaulish or Druid things? Well, this is heavy personal gnosis. For me, this is a sign from an ancient Druit showing me that they revered the Cauannos (Owl).
I had a ritual that evening before the dream for the Carnutus for a new holiday I created called Ducospiâ Carnutonon.
I take the dream as a Druit ancestor guided me to understand a little piece of them. And that is the Cauannos, as it was a significant part of who they were. They looked to the Cauannos (Owl) with great respect and used it to mold themselves after it. The Cauannos is the most fantastic idea of knowledge and wisdom. The Cauannos are like the philosopher standing in silence in tune with their surroundings, not saying much but hearing all and breaking the veil of reality to pierce into the unknown void to find.
The Owl Within The Welsh Myths – The Mabinogion
Blodeuwedd was turned into an owl in the Welsh myths as a punishment for betraying her husband and convincing her lover to kill him. In another welsh myth, The Epic of Kulhwch and Olwen. The Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd was asked to provide the hero with information to find his lover but did not have it but knew of an older animal that did.
Arianrhod is a Welsh Goddess, her name meaning Silver Wheel. She is said to be able to shapeshift into a large Owl, and through the great Owl-eyes, sees even into the darkness of the human subconscious and soul. She is said to move with strength and purpose through the night. Her wings of comfort and healing spread to give solace to those who seek her.
In Gaul, we find many depictions of Owls on altars, and in the arts, we don’t have any information on how the Gauls viewed the Owl; everything is speculative.
This article is not about the Owl in myths or about connecting the Owls to any Deuoi.
Welcome another concept into Druidobessus that is the Cauannos(Owl).
For the Druits, the Cauannos (Owl) will symbolize initiations, secrets, death, renewal, illumination, knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, insight, and taking action only after careful consideration and thought. Cauannos is a guide to and through the unseen, a creature of keen sight into darkness, a silent hunter. Cauannos sees and knows what is there. They can help unmask that which is hidden, seeing that which others cannot, which is the essence of true wisdom.
The Silent observer
The Cauannos will be a symbol to empower one’s path to illumination as this will be vital in maintaining a posture for Uissus Druidicos (Druidic wisdom).
- Knowledge is information.
- Wisdom is the understanding and application of that knowledge.
- Insight is the awareness of the underlying essence of a truth.
More on Cauannos and how this fits in with Druidobessus at a later time.
The ancients gave us a great foundation upon which to base our understanding of things on. Today, it’s up to us to add our perception and insight to gain realistic interpretations that fit within today’s world. Now the idea about the Cauannos is not based on historical research or facts. This is coming from a connection from the ancients. Take that however you like.
The image above is imagery from a few Gaulish coins, as usual, to create a new image with new symbolic purposes for meditation and resonation and like always there is a story within the imagery.
Deuoi co te