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SUNDAY, Oct 13 – Our Close Encounters of the Wild Kind are continuing. This evening, just before sunset (6:10 PM local time), I noticed our old friend, the Eagle’s Nest owl, peering down at me through the limbs of that tree that look like a giant sling. The last time we saw him was three weeks ago. And then not for seven years before that (see GIANT OWL, HARBINGER OF BIG CHANGES, RETURNS TO EAGLE’S NEST – from ALTZAR.ORG – Sep 21).

This afternoon, I did another four-hour bike-hike-bike up and down the Calvary Hill Arizona. It was the first time I had tested my CALVARY HILL ARIZONA PILGRIMAGE: STATIONS OF THE CROSS PODCAST which I created on Oct 8 and timed specifically for this pilgrimage. It worked like a charm.

I also played my flute for the Spirits while at the top of the Apucheta Hill, perplexing other hikers way below in the valley who must must have thought the mountain was whistling to them. 🙂 I saw them turning around trying to figure out where the sound was coming from.

Wonder if the owl’s rare appearance at Eagle’s Nest is the Spirit realm’s acknowledgment of my prayers and the messages I had sent to them from Calvary Hill?

The owl was completely unperturbed while I took my time taking pictures from various angles, including several close-ups. He just kept staring at me almost motionless, as if posing for an old-fashioned camera.

When I returned five minutes later with Elizabeth to show her my old friend, the owl was still there. He remained there for as long as the daylight lasted that allowed us to see him. As I noted three weeks ago – an own is the HARBINGER OF BIG CHANGES.


Here’s also a shot of the Full Moon as seen from our back yard at Eagle’s Nest:


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UPDATE JUNE 24, 2018


When I was coming back from a walk the evening of June 21, the summer solstice, around 8:30 PM or so, I saw a big owl on the fence of a house two doors up the street from me.

Even though he was no more 15 feet (5m) away, the just looked at me motionless, still as a Greek or Roman statue, just as I stared right back at him. We seemed both curious about each other.

I have never seen a bird, especially one as big as this giant owl, stay so close to a human without moving.

Here are the pictures I took today trying to reconstruct the scene.

And it was only today (June 24, the anniversary of Betty’s passing), that the penny dropped as I was walking back to that spot. Was that owl a sign from Minervina, Betty’s incarnation 17 centuries ago? Is that why he has been visiting me all these years? (see GIANT OWL, HARBINGER OF BIG CHANGES, RETURNS TO OWL’S NEST, Sep 2013).

You see, the owl has been a symbol of wisdom both in ancient Greece and in Rome. The “owl of Athena” or the “owl of Minerva” — has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition throughout the Western world.

In Greek mythology, a little owl (Athene noctua) traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva, her syncretic incarnation in Roman mythology. And Betty’s name was Minervina – the Roman diminutive for a “little owl.”

Wonder if that’s the same one that used to visit me when I had big trees in my back yard? Which is how and why I named my place in Scottsdale – OWL’S NEST (see

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