Raven brings to the people the gift of mystery. All of Creation is truly a great mystery (hence this term as one of the ways of referring to the Creator), and no animal reflects this better than the Raven. They have an intimate association with the mystery of death. Because Ravens would feed on the corpses of the dead hanging on the gallows, early European settlers hated and feared tis bird and considered it to be an ill omen. They are black, a color associated with the night, the dark, and the fears that reside there.
There are many stories in Native cultures about the mystery and magic
of this elusive black bird. Shamans know the power of an unexpected piercing
sound in altering consciousness. Ravens exercise this power, emitting
as they do, a variety of sounds, some quite piercing and startling. Ravens
are associated with psychic abilities, and their featheers are sometimes
used to aid clairvoyance. If Raven has flown into your life, you can be
sure that something unusual will be happening, something out of the Void,
from the Great Mystery. While you can't fully prepare for the mysterious,
it is good to meet Raven not with fear, but rather with an appreciation
for its magic.
I have lived where the crow's harsh cry shatters the morning
Raven courtesy of Lyndia Radice
The beautiful Raven guides my writing. It has become my totem, a symbol to express who I am and how I want to live. I like to believe that like the Raven I am a guide, a messenger, who leads others to find their unique voice.
I believe that the Raven carries the messages of my heart out into cyber space. Her blackness represents the notion of beginning, just as the symbols of the maternal night and primeval darkness represent beginning. For me the Raven represents creative power and spiritual strength.
When I sat by my husbands bedside at the Epworth hospital here in Melbourne, after he had been operated on for bowel cancer, I noted the black crow that came to sit on the spire outside our window. She bought with her the collective energy of my patrons, people from all around the world who had stopped to think of us and pray for our well-being.
A solitary figure, the crow reminded me to look for strength from within, that out of darkness comes light and fresh beginning. Her iridescence spoke of magic and awakening.
Today I give thanks to that Raven and formally acknowledge her as my guide.
The Raven Queen