I know next to nothing about the symbolism of animals, birds, or insects. I just know that there are certain ones I favor and feel more comfortable when they’re near or on me. I can’t explain it really; it’s like wearing a bee or an owl as part of my ensemble makes me feel better, safer, protected, guided, and connected to the things in life I cannot see; maybe you’d call that Spirit.
For instance, I’ve had a thing for bees for years. If you were in my home office right now you’d see that my soft white linen curtains are flowing to and fro with this evening’s breeze and if you look closer, you see they have embroidered white bees all over them. On my writing table is a framed photo of bees that Russ took. They temporarily lived in a bee’s nest in our backyard before being transferred to a bee farm. I have three coasters lined up that have bees on them. It’s a whole bee corner. Friends buy me “bee” things…because my name starts with B? Not sure, but I love it.
My daughter Erin spotted a bee watch at Nordstrom and dragged me to the counter, pointed it out and said, “You need this.” She was right. And indeed I’ve been wearing it nearly every day since. I love every opportunity to check the time because I see that beautiful gold, lovely bee looking back at me.
The other day I was wearing double bees. Erin pointed it out when she was taking pictures of my outfit. “I got the money shot,” she said. I had to see what she was talking about and it was the way she captured my bee necklace cozying up to my pearls and my bee watch in the same frame. It hadn’t occurred to me when I got dressed that day but a double bee day is all the better with me!
I used to have a cut out from a magazine of what bees mean. I had it hanging on my bulletin board near those white bee curtains. But you know how bulletin boards are; I probably took it down in favor of a picture of a dress. So where do I go to refresh my memory about the symbolism of bees? Google, of course. I grabbed a couple of explanations just now to share with you.
Bees symbolize the idea that anything is possible.
Bees symbolize feminine power.
Bees symbolize community, brightness, and personal power.
Can I say yes to every single one of those meanings? Yup! I can embrace each of them. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Knowing what bees symbolize gives me a boost while wearing them. It’s like holding a talisman in my hand or in my pocket. It’s my secret medicine.
The meaning of owls
Russ and I were on top of Mt. Diablo in the East Bay one hot summer day several years ago. After a short hike to see all the beautiful vistas from there we headed into the air conditioned gift shop. I spotted a stuffed owl, a child’s toy. I put it in my hands and just didn’t want to put it back on the shelf. I was going through a tender time and most days I was feeling weak in the knees with worry. This stuffed owl comforted me. I held it and took deep breaths involuntarily. I felt calmer. Russ looked at me, didn’t say a word, took it from my hands, pulled out his wallet and bought it for me. When we got home I put it on a shelf in my office where I could see it and reach for it too, whenever I wanted to.
Here are a few statements about the symbolism of owls.
Owls are said to bring good luck.
Owls are the symbol of wisdom and magic.
The owl can arouse your conscious self into the process of self-awareness.
Could I use some luck, some wisdom and magic and self-awareness at that time? Oh yes, yes indeed. The owl made it easier to set those intentions or to be open to those experiences.
Finding owls to wear
I remember the moment when I first saw the owl ring created by Victor Sanz, a Sonoma artist. It was rectangular, antique white gold with white diamonds, a red rustic rose-cut diamond and a grey rustic rose-cut diamond. It was nothing short of breathtaking. I tried it on. It was magical.
I didn’t buy it but I never stopped thinking about it. It took many months, maybe more than a year even before I did purchase it. Victor thought of it as my ring. I just had to catch up with him on that.
This ring was a commitment financially. I’m quite prudent and I wanted to be sure I’d wear it a lot. Of course, my owl ring is my go-to ring so it’s been a win/win all the way. It’s still magical to me. I’m still up for the things owls represent: magical experiences, good luck, and deepening wisdom that comes from living each day. Becoming more self-aware is of special interest to me in this chapter of life.
When it came to looking through trays of brooches at the Petaluma Antique Faire a couple of years back, I was attracted to the owls. They are just so varied and decorative! I selected a group of three that I thought would be great grouped together on a jean jacket. It’s cool that they’re both beautiful to me and that I’m attracted to the symbolism of them. Do you know that in Minnesota last month my twin brother and I were driving to my other brother’s house and there was an owl on a stump by the road? Brent said, “Auspicious!” We felt like our trip had been showered with good luck.
Recently I wore a linen cardigan and decided to decorate the top half of the cardigan with pins. The middle pin on the cardigan is a flower but the outer two are owls. I loved putting this cardigan, T-shirt and skirt together. I loved the soft colors, but when I thought to add the owls, that’s when I got really excited. They added more than decoration; they brought the magic.
Giving your outfit a mental, spiritual, or emotional boast
My feeling about getting dressed is that it’s great to put lovely tops and bottoms together to create an outfit. But what more can you do to make your outfit a private sanctuary for you to enjoy all day? Wearing something that is symbolic, if only just to you, is strengthening, reassuring. Whether that’s a symbol of an animal, an insect, a bird, or even something you wear that belonged to a wise aunt or a loving mother, you’re giving yourself some extra love and attention that day. We all deserve more of that!
Do you wear symbols that enhances your sense of well-being? Will you share what they are and how they make you feel? I can’t wait!