The 8 of Pentacles card means diligence, knowledge and detail.
So, for my interpretation I wanted to create a creature that represents knowledge and wisdom, hence the eight winged-barn owl. The creature is based on Glaucus, Athena (the Greek goddess of wisdom)'s owl, that was seen as a symbol for wisdom and vigilance for it's ability to see in the dark and keep itself awake at night.
My owl has a third all-seeing eye, silver-leafed pentacle for each wing, and represents new knowledge overcoming old, dead ideas (the skull that it is perched upon) and clutches a magnifying glass to better read by candlelight. It wears the 4th Pentacle of Mercury talisman around it's neck, which gives knowledge and understanding of secrets and hidden things.
Along with the magnifying glass, the owl holds a bunch of clover (signifying hard work and education in Floriography, the Victorian language of flowers), rosemary (wisdom) flanks the pentacle above it's head, and blue salvia (wisdom) and cherry blossoms (good education) peak out from behind the book.
Cory Benhatzel was born and raised in the town of Amherst, New York. At eighteen she moved to Los Angeles where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art & Design. Cory has since returned to New York where she currently resides with her husband and daughter-cat, Moogle. Cory Benhatzel’s paintings are inspired by the occult, natural history and Norse Paganism. The painstakingly created acrylic works deal with themes of the doppelganger, divination, victory, protection, the dance between life and death, triumph, and love.
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