sacred bird

Art by Todd Shepherd - Quetzal

The genesis Maya, in Popol Vuh tells us: “The gods created man. Tlaloc, the blue god, tried with clay. Xipe Totec, red god, with branches, Tezcatlipoca, with gold. All without success.
Quetzalcóatl,feathered Snake, a white god, kneaded a paste of yellow and white corn, mixed a drop of his blood with it, modeled a man, breathed life into it: the man was finished.

**Greetings Ohana Worldwide & Beyond!!**
Alas!! 8x16" Gicleé prints of the greatest masterpiece / activation painting to date “Goddess of the Sacred Feminine” by visionary artist Tori Bird Pope @jah-feel are now available to bless your heart and hOMe!
~Printed on Epson Ultra Smooth Fine Art paper~
~One inch boarder around image~
~100% recycled cardboard backing
~100% recycled plastic seal
~Handwritten blessing on back~
~International shipping~
***Painted & Printed in Kaua‘i***

“As the caterpillar enters the cocoon. A new life enters the womb. Pure soul awaiting to be reborn. Merging into physical form. A butterfly emerges in the heart of the mother. Transformation into unconditional love like no other. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Opening and releasing. Rainbows crystallize by her feet. In her aura these colors meet. Visualize. Connecting to the soul star above. Raining down golden Christ light and love. Purifying. Cleansing. Healing within. “I call upon the violet flame.” The violet flame begins to burn. Transmuting any and all illusion into love. Surrounding the goddess. Grounding the light & love from above. Through the sacral and the root. Creating a grounding cord. Penetrating Mother Earth towards her center. Raising the vibration of our planet through this practice. Breathing. In and out. Focus. Feel the love of the light fill your closed eyes. The creator within us all. The throat opens. Truth of Gods love begins to sing out in hues of blues. “WE ARE ONE!” She sings. Indigo light in her third eye rings. The truth of this creation. One being reflected into all forms of manifestation. “A baby, another me, another we.” Feeling the body lighten. How to let it all go and not be frightened? To know there is no end. Never fear. Just the beginning of a new life. Rebirthing into a higher light. Surrender. Giving love with every breath. Release the grip of fear and begin to fly. An owl in the starry night sky. Looking down at your creation. What a pleasure it is to come to this realization. One with it all. I open my eyes. To a visionary painting, created to see through all the lies.”
~Tori Bird Pope

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Have you seen these fabulous feathers strutting around the Zoo? The Indian peafowl is the national bird of India and is protected in that country. To Hindus, the peafowl is a sacred bird; the spots on the peacock’s train symbolize the eyes of the gods. (📷: Jerry Phan)


Within DEITIES verse, a variety of divine creatures can be found inhabiting both Duat and the overworld of Egypt. These beings – who often appear as composite hybrids of different animals – are not generally regarded as “gods” in their own right, or to the same degree as true deities, but they also do not share the primal affinity to chaos energy that demons have. Instead, divine creatures are known to serve as allies, protectors, and companions to other beings, and many are revered as sacred beings by both deities and mortals.

Okay so this is why I’ve been more quiet than usual this week, had to wait until I completed ALL THESE DESIGN REFS for the new Divine Creatures notes! These are mainly concepts and variations/examples of how certain creatures from the mythology appear in DEITIES verse. Visual designs and notes may be adjusted as the project develops, and hopefully I can do some color tests and other artwork of these creatures at a later point in between drafting o)9

UPDATED JUNE ‘17: Just completed new artwork for two new divine creatures – The Sacred Cattle and the Ouroboros, both of which have also been added to the updated notes!

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best “new-to-me” films: oct 2017
  1. cure (1997, dir. kiyoshi kurosawa)
  2. benny’s video (1992, dir. michael haneke)
  3. u.s. go home (1994, dir. claire denis)
  4. the headless woman (2008, dir. lucrecia martel)
  5. wnuf halloween special (2013, dir. chris lamartina)

honorable mentions:

  • scream 3 (2000, dir. wes craven)
  • constantine (2005, dir. francis lawrence)

short films:

  • 2017 (2017, dir. apichatpong weerasethakul)
  • black out 2022 (2017, dir. shinichiro watanabe)
  • possibly in michigan (1983, dir. cecelia condit)
  • dawn (2014, dir. rose mcgowan) 

favorite new releases:

(thank you, nyff!!)

  • 120 beats per minute (dir. robin campillo)
  • the killing of a sacred deer (dir. yorgos lanthimos)
  • the florida project (dir. sean baker)
  • blade runner 2049 (dir. denis villeneuve)
  • lady bird (dir. greta gerwig)
  • let the sun shine in (dir. claire denis)
  • wonderstruck (dir. todd haynes) 
  • the b-side: elsa dorfman’s portrait photography (dir. errol morris)
  • creep 2 (dir. patrick brice)
  • gerald’s game (dir. mike flanagan)
  • the meyerowitz stories (new and selected) (dir. noah baumbach) 
Difference Between BIRD And OWL

It Has Come To My Ottention That Some Of You People Are Unaware Of The Diffarences Between Thease Two Things – Or Even Insist That Theare Is No Difference What-So-Ever. SO Please Allow Me To Clarify:

The BIRD, A Humble Animal, Just Sits In Trees And Sings

It Blinks Its Beady Little Eyes And Flaps Its Little Wings


Unlike Most OWL It Cannot Slap Some Drums Or Bass At All

A BIRD Will Never Tell A Lie For It Does Not Know How

An OWL Will Never Lie Because It Swore A Sacred Vow

While BIRD Are Mostly Hollow Orbs Wrapped Up In Feather Fluff

An OWL Is Made Of “Spite” And “Rude” And All This Other Stuff

It Has Two Eyes Two Legs Two Wings And Fifteen Hundred Hands

With Which It Shapes Reality, Enacting Owlish Plans

An OWL Could Take All That You Own And Ruin Your Whole Day

But You Would Dry Your Tear’s And Smile And Thank It Any Way

And Thats The Differance.


Persephone- goddess of spring and queen of the underworld (x)

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 3: Endangered

By Delilah S. Dawson | Illustrated by Derek Charm

From the days when Imperial power was at its peak to the time of the First Order and the last Jedi, the all-ages adventures continue!

Rose Tico–breakout character from The Last Jedi, and normally a behind-the-scenes operator–takes center stage in the fight against the First Order! Young Anakin Skywalker competes in a podrace that’s unlike any he’s seen before! And Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, and the rest of the Ghost crew must retrieve a sacred bird from the Empire’s clutches, but space pirate Hondo Ohnaka might get it first!

Volume comes out June 19, 2018


Ambivalent as the bird of wisdom and of darkness and death.

Amerindian: Wisdom; divination

Celtic: Chthonic; ‘the night hag’; the 'corpse bird’.

Chinese: Evil; crime; death; horror; ungrateful children.

Christian: Satan; the powers of darkness; solitude; mourning; desolation; bad news. The call of the owl is the 'song of death’. The owl was used to depict Jews who preferred the darkness to the light of the gospel.

Egyptian: Death; night; coldness.

Graeco-Roman: The screed owl symbolized wisdom and was sacred to Athena/Minerva. The owl was an attribute of the Etruscan god of darkness and of Night.

Hebrew: Blindness.

Hindu: Emblem of Yama, god of the dead.

Japanese: Death; ill omen.

Mexican: Night; death.

[Source: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols by J.C. Cooper]

Some nagging thoughts

Dear Steph, I love your blog! I want to share some thoughts with you.

1) AMMO- When we see the word AMMO on screen when Sherlock talks to Mycroft it flips on screen reading OMMA. OMMA is ancient greek for EYE. Also the owls-statuettes that we see through TST, owls have night vision and they are the sacred bird of Athena goddess of wisdom.Also the norse god Odin gave his eye for wisdom.

2) Vampire - Sherlock rises as if from the dead (although he is risen already-like a vampire from death) when Mary drugs him, in a crypt, and gets out of the desanctified church (from TAB), his lair, in an unnecessary gothic show with lightning and rain and gothic arches. So who else could be the vampire messaging John?

3) Daisies - The daisy is symbolic of the death of an infant in celtic mythology.

4) White roses - Seen in euru’s office when she is a doctor. Symbolic of pure love and new beginnings and used in weddings.

5) Fern - I may be mistaken but it must be a fern. A fern decorative piece in eurus’s office. A fern on the wall of the Watson’s living room. A fern as a brooch warn by lady Smallwood and Mrs Hudson. Ferns symbolize Ying and Yang two opposites coming together.

6) It’s old actually but I think that on Angelo’s sign we can see two lilies - the big ones. Symbol of male sexuality.

Well, sorry for any mistakes, I’m not a native speaker and I have a fever, but really I had to write it down.Thank you !

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Well, I think you did fabulous for someone who has a fever! I’ve spaced this out for easier reading, but all in all this is all so very interesting!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!! I don’t know much about symbolism as a whole, but I enjoy reading other people’s interpretations of it all!