The second symbol is Ultima's owl. Antonio notices it for the first time when Ultima comes to stay with them. It is in the juniper tree outside Ultima's window, and is obviously special because no other owl comes that close to the house. The owl is Ultima's guardian spirit, and Antonio often hears it again in moments of crisis.
The third symbol is the golden carp. It represents an alternative religion to the Catholicism that Antonio is raised in. The golden carp is a god who rules over his realm. The carp is also destined, according to the pagan myth, to rule the entire area when the humans are destroyed because of their sin. Antonio is at first scared of acknowledging any god other than the one approved by Catholicism, but when he sees the golden carp, he is enthralled by its sheer beauty. He feels as if he really has seen a god.
The golden carp is contrasted to the black bass, which appears in the water immediately after the golden carp disappears. The bass is described as "monstrous," with an "evil" mouth, and eyes "glazed with hate" (p. 114). Here the theme of good versus evil is transposed from the human and metaphysical realms to the realm of fish. It suggests that the battle between good and evil is to be found at all levels of life.
The imagery used to describe Antonio's family also links the human world to the wider cosmos. The family name Marez means "sea," so Antonio's forefathers, the men of the llano, are known as men of the sea, because they are wild like the ocean. They are also referred to as men of the sun, and Antonio's father says that they thought of themselves as brothers of the wind, because the wind is free. In contrast, the men from the farms along the river, where Antonio's mother comes from, are associated with the moon. This can be seen in their name, Lunas, and the village where they live, El Puerto de la Luna, which means the door of the moon (Ultima explains that the river valley is the door through which the moon passes each month on its east-west journey). The Lunas live all aspects of their lives in harmony with the changing phases of the moon.
The imagery brings out the interplay of opposites in creation-wind and earth, sun and moon-that is also embodied in the interactions of people.
The poetic imagery finds fullest expression in Antonio's dreams, with their lush romantic visions. For example, this is how Ultima speaks to Antonio in his dream about his brothers and his own innocence: "There in the land of the dancing plains and rolling hills, there in the land which is the eagle's by day and the owl's by night is innocence. There where the lonely wind of the llano sang to the lovers' feat of your birth, there in those hills is your innocence" (p. 71).
Bless Me, Ultima: Metaphor Analysis