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Ariel, the Bird Goddess: Element of Air Wall Plaque

Ariel, the Bird Goddess: Element of Air- by Oberon Zell
Size: 6″diameter, Hand-painted Resin

The ancient Bird Goddess appears first in Paleolithic totemic carvings. By the beginning of agriculture in the Neolithic, Her worship achieved equivalent importance to the Great Earth Mother. Throughout classical antiquity She appeared linked to the worship of many important goddesses in the form of their sacred bird companion and alter-ego, e.g. Aphrodite’s dove, Athena’s owl, Saraswati’s peacock. Her gift to the magickal arts was a form of divination called Ornithomancy.

Keeper of the powers of Air, She possesses multiple aspects: the Maiden whose singing brings the dawn, the Mother of Winds who hatches the Cosmic Egg and the dark-winged Crone who guides spirits of the newly dead into the heavenly afterlife.

These different aspects are often connected to the kind of bird that attends Her. From the songbirds of the Celtic Rhiannon to the vultures of Egyptian Mut, the Bird Goddess brings messages and omens on swift wings from the Otherworld. She covers Her children with the soft feathers of Her nurturing breast, and feeds their bodies with Her sacred Eostre eggs. Souls are weighed against the feather of Her Truth and Her keen eye sees through all deceptions into the Future. Her sharp talons and beak tear away the gross material forms, allowing the imagination to soar free.

She is the archetypal antecedent of the Valkyrie and the Christian Guardian Angel, as well as familiar fairy tale heroines, such as the Swan Princess and the Lady Hawk. Her names come from all over the world: Sumerian Lilith, Carthaginian Tanith, Saxon Ostara, Celtic Morrigan, Polynesian Tuli, Greek Leda, Finnish Lunonatar, Haitian Marionette, Hopi Crow Woman. Whatever She is called, She is the ancient Power of Flight which connects our spirits in the first breath of dawn to the Element of Air.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Yet another beautiful plague in this series of 5 (Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit). This one incredibly detailed and colorful much more so than the picture shows. In fact, its colors are kind of pearlized yellows and browns almost giving a tortoise shell effect with an extreme depth effect. I’m not really sure how they did it or how to explain its colors exactly, but I think they’re very awesome and unusual. As with the others, it has substantial weight to it, a brass hanger, its back is covered in a velvety felt and it comes with a little leaflet explaining its history and meaning. Well worth the money. Also, this seller ships quickly and packs the items EXTREMELY well… they even answer emails right away in case you have any questions.

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