"Symbols are oracular forms–mysterious patterns creating vortices in the
substances of the invisible world. They are centers of a mighty force, figures
pregnant with an awful power, which, when properly fashioned, loose fiery
whirlwinds upon the earth."
Manly P. Hall,
Lectures on Ancient Philosophy,
p. 356. (Manly P. Hall was one of the most influential occultists of the last
century. He was recognized as a leading figure in the quest for mystical
knowledge, and is considered one of the greatest Freemasons of the last one
"The crucial question, of course, is what kind of meaning is being conferred by
the use of certain symbols–what stands to be gained, what lost, and by whom."
— Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln, The Messianic Legacy, p. 136.
Symbols are employed as tools to
communicate the spiritual attributes of the
New Age movement and the occult. And while most of these symbols are many
centuries old, their meanings have remained the same. In fact, as the public
extension of ancient occult teachings, the New Age movement has placed mystical
symbolism squarely in the face of our modern culture.
What makes this especially disturbing is that while the "marks" of occultism
can be found throughout society, yet we no longer recognize their spiritual
implications. However, just because the average person doesn’t know the meaning of
occult symbols, it in no way negates their significance. As Manly P. Hall stated,
"They are centers of a mighty force, figures pregnant with an awful power…."
The fact remains; occult symbols have never lost their meaning. Today, New
Agers and practitioners of the occult still employ their use, just as mystics have
throughout the ages.
The Wise Old Owl
Owls are an amazing example of God’s handiwork. Depending on the species, owl eyes
account for one to five percent of its body weight. Owl eyes are fixed, forcing the bird to look straight ahead. However, an owl’s neck has 14 vertebrae, which allows
it to turn its head throughout a wide range of motions. In fact, owls can turn their
head a full 270 degrees! Truly owls are an incredible display of God’s creative
But the owl is more than just a magnificent creature; at least that’s what the
of mythology and the occult would like you to believe. As birds of the night and
birds of prey, the owl has been embraced as a symbol associated with psychic powers,
the "angel of death," and the goddess of night. Greek, Roman, and Celtic mythology
all employ owls as representatives of spiritual influence. Hinduism also uses the
owl as a symbol of cosmic spirituality.
Of all the various usages of owl symbolism, Native American religions and their
shaman priests (witchdoctors) have placed upon the bird numerous spiritual
associations. The Cree believed that the whistle-sounds of the Boreal Owl was a
summoning call to the spirit world. If an Apache dreamed of an owl, it was held that
death was on its way. Cherokee shamans viewed Eastern Screech-Owls as consultants on
punishment and sickness. To this day, practitioners of Native American spiritual
traditions hold that the owl represents vision and insight.
Africa the owl is associated with witchcraft and sorcery. To the Bantu the owl is
the "familiar of wizards." In eastern Africa, the Swahili "believe that the owl
brings illness to children." Zulus in southern Africa know the owl as a bird of
sorcerers, and in the western part of the continent the bird is considered a
messenger of wizards and witches. And in Madagascar it is said that owls gather with
witches to dance on the graves of the dead.
As a spiritual symbol, owls can be found throughout the world. Australia, China,
Greenland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia and Sweden all have cultures or mythical
traditions that give spiritual significance to the owl.
one of the most bizarre occurrences of owl symbolism can be found at the
"Bohemian Club." The Bohemian Club is a rich-man’s organization that holds a
two-week "camp" in northern California
every year. This strange and secretive group,
which has received very little press coverage, has an owl as its central symbol.
Each year, approximately 1,500 of America’s most influential CEO’s, government
officials [including both former and current Presidents Bush], financiers, industrialists, and media moguls gather to hear speeches,
network, and share common agendas. They also perform Druid-like ceremonies before a
huge stone owl, complete with robes, fire, incantations, and other rituals.
Of course the owl is also associated with "wisdom." However, if owls could talk, I’m
sure they would "wisely" scold mankind for his careless disregard of Romans 1:22-23,
"Although they claimed to be wise, the became fools and exchanged the glory of the
immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and
May we call upon God to give us wisdom.
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Carl Teichrib is a Canadian based researcher on the
occult and globalization. During the years 2000 and 2001, he was Director of
Research for Hope For The World, the ministry of Gary Kah, and continues to work
closely with this organization. Carl’s material has been published in a variety of
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