Birds • September Pagan Challenge # 14
Autumn is when many birds start to migrate southwards. In Canada, skeins of geese are seen flying overhead; in England, birds start lining up on telegraph wires, ready for their long journey south.
In many parts of Britain, geese were known as Gabriel Hounds or ratchet hounds, and their flight was associated with the passage of the Wild Hunt.
People have also uses the flight of birds for divination and augury since ancient times. Geese were associated with Odinn (possibly because he was also associated with the Wild Hunt).
One of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had with a bird was a barn owl in flight, looming out of the darkness in the glare of my car’s headlights, one late autumn day near Bath in 2008 or 2009. The barn owl, also known as the screech owl, is associated with witches.