The Griffon
Keeper of Knowledge and Riddles
Tarot Box for Cards and other Wiccan Supplies

Keeper of Knowledge and Riddles

The Griffon Tarot Box!

Tarot and Altar Boxes Mythological Collection by DragonOak

Keeper of Knowledge and Riddles

The Griffon on lid is wood burned by hand for everlasting beauty.

The Griffon box is made from solid wood. This is a hand crafted the griffon tarot box that will last for generations, similar to items we found in grandma's attic.

The Griffon box lid fits comfortable over the bottom and fits snugly for non slippage.

No metal is used in constructing the griffon box, as some believe that metal can interfere with the flow of energies.

The Griffon tarot box is hand crafted by DragonOak, "one who walks the pagan path". DragonOak has studied methods of divination for over 20 years and now brings forth handcrafted items that are fitting for the field of divination.

The Griffon box has a hand waxed finish and fitting home for your tarot cards.

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Griffins in Art and on the Web
There are 24 known ways "Gryphon" or "The Griffon" has been spelled through time: Gryffen, girphinne, greffon, grefyne, grephoun, griffen, griffin, griffion, the griffon, griffoun(e), griffown, griffun, griffyn, grifon, grifyn, griphin, griphon, gryffin, gryffon, gryfon, gryfoun(e), gryphen, gryphin, and gryphon.

Griffin feathers are splendid magical cores, evocative of the strength, courage, and ferocity of the beast. Half lion and half eagle, the griffin's predatory skills combine those of the two greatest hunters. This yields a spirit ideally suited to all manner of hunting and questing, whether for sustenance or more intellectual pursuits. Although some griffins or the griffon are as large as African lions, the more common European variety (which at some point migrated to the Americas) is about the size of a mountain lion or bobcat combined with a golden eagle. In any case, the griffon or gryphon has a set of pointed ears and a tufted beard under its beak. The Griffon or Gryphons should not be confused with Hippogriffs, which are half horse and half eagle and have sometimes been domesticated as aereal mounts. Of the Hippogryph, Nigg says:

The Hyppogryph is the offspring of the Griffon or Gryphon and the horse. The hippogryph is the creation of a single known writer, Ariosto, an Italian Renaissance poet,who devised the beast forhis epic, Orlando Furioso. In classical tradition, the Gryphon is the mortalenemy of the horse. Ariosto mated the improbable pair, inspried by a line from Virgil's Eclogues: "Now griffins will be mated with horses." In Orlando Furioso Ariosto joins the two as a symbol of love. (Joe Nigg, The Book of Gryphons, p. 32)

The Griffin, on the other hand, can be traced back through artistic representations to 3000 B.C. Associated with the sun, Griffins pulled the chariot of Apollo. They were guardians of the Great Goddess in Minos. The Griffon or Griffins also pulled the chariot of the Greek god Nemesis (Nigg, 47). The Griffon or Griffins also have a long association with gold, reportedly seeking and digging for gold to make their nests of that precious solar metal.

The Griffon or Gryphon feathers when conjured metaphysically shine with a golden-red light and an aura of pride and courage that is quite palpable. Elementally, the griffin, because it is both aquiline and feline, partakes of strong affinities with Air and Water. However, its fiery qualities of masculine action and assertion are also pronounced. In legend magical powers of healing have been attributed to the griffin's feathers, even the curing of blindness, which may be symbolic for enlightenment.

Lady Gryphon (who ought to know) has this to say at some length:

"The Griffon or Gryphon (and the many spellings there of) is a fabulous beast with the characteristics of two of the most noble of beasts -- the lion and the eagle. The griffon is most easily recognized as a eagle having the hindquarters of a lion. Representations are found in art wide-spread through many cultures, appearing as heraldic beasts, ancient sculptures, relief's, mosaics, and legends.

"The 9th century Irish writer Stephen Scotus asserted that gryphons were highly monogamous. Not only did they mate for life, but if one partner died, the other would never re-mate. The egg-laying habits of the female were first properly described by St. Hildegard of Bingen, a German nun writing in the 12th century. She outlined how the expectant the griffon mother would search out a cave with a very narrow entrance but plenty of room inside, sheltered from the elements. Here she would lay her eggs (about the size of Ostrich eggs), and stand guard over them, especially protecting them against the mountain lions which then roamed the areas inhabited by the the griffon or gryphon. Some authorities claimed that griffins hatched out of chunks of agate rather than eggs.

"Griffins love gold and gemstones, which they steal, hoard and guard with savage strength and ferocity, in ancient times they were symbols of guardianship, protection and the retribution of justice, but in the 19th century assumed the mantel of harmless, and even gentle creatures.

"The vast majority of gryphon's belong to the one species, Raptopantthera gryphos. There are two main varieties: the northern, or Hyperborean griffon, and the Indian griffon. The northern gryphon lives in the hilly forests and mountains of north-eastern Europe and Russia. These forested areas once extended deep into the Ukraine - much further south then they do today. The Indian griffin is found in mountainous regions of North-Eastern India and the Middle East. The only other species of the genus is the opinicus, Raptopanthera opinicus, recognizable by its feline, as opposed to aquiline, forelimbs. It was always rare and is now most certainly extinct."

"The griffon is a large, fierce looking creature, about 2 ft higher then a shire horse. The strong wings sprouting from its back are strong enough to carry it at enormous speeds, and lift it off the ground bearing heavy prey.

"Long ears, sharp eyes and cruelly hooked bills make the griffon a fearsome beast. The tail functions as a rudder in flight. The heavy rear paws help provide extra thrust during take-off and are used to hold pray down while the beak and claws do their worst. The claws are like massive eagles' feet. As the griffon swoops on its quarry, the rear talon sinks into the flesh first. Then the front claws of the griffon close to form a deadly cage, firmly gripping the doomed creature.

"The world's only stuffed the griffon is a fine specimen of the Hyperborean variety. The griffon or gryphon was shot down over Copenhagen by the Belgian Huntress Nadine Legrand. It is now preserved in a Danish Museum." (From Lady Gryphon's Mythical Realm )

See also: Joe Nigg, The Book of Gryphons. Cambridge: Apple-wood Books, 1982.


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