12. THE BIRDS: The 2 owls are facing the observer of the card. They are looking right at you. They sit on a fence of bricks and stones, behind a stone/brick archway. In the background, there appears to be a calm body of water with some other minor details. The ledge has a small crack. Significant? Only the artist Urban knows that.
In the upper right hand corner is the symbol for the planet Uranus. Top glyph in image below.
This symbol was used before the modern-day glyph of Uranus. Bottom glyph in image above.
Uranus is a planet of unpredictability and intellectual freedom. It is the higher octave of Mercury, and the connection with communication ties in quite nicely with one of the meanings of this card. Also, there could be an element of the unexpected with this card’s energy.
Other meanings for the Birds card are 2 of something, old people, gossip, excitement, agitation. I feel a little differently about this card mainly because of the owls. They look very knowledgable. 🙂 There is a mystical and serene impression. A couple of loud chirping birds (protecting nest) wouldn’t give you that same feeling unless they were singing a beautiful song.
No matter what meanings you use for the The Birds card study the cards surrounding it first in order to narrow down the appropriate meaning. For example: saying it’s an old couple right away may not fit into the theme the other cards are painting. A few probabilities will pass through your mind because at times the card combination could mean more than one thing.
Maybe the owls in the image are telling you to be mindful. Think before you speak (gossip).
Oct 30/14: Addendum.
I forgot to mention the “traditional” meaning of grief associated with this card as well. This is especially true when reading the GT and using the near / far technique.
Also, one of the readers (JMK) of this post pointed out the ivy is a symbolism of “fidelity, and strong affectionate attachment, such as wedded love and friendship which ties in nicely with the old couple meaning. Thank you JMK for your input.