The black, glossy-winged raven has long fascinated humankind. Ravens in dreams, ravens perched ominously in trees, or spread across the fields. Ravenology, or the symbolism and meaning of the Raven, is found in many cultures.
Ravens themselves are thought to be the most intelligent of all birds. They can be taught to talk and often teach themselves simple words. They live in highly sophisticated family groups that spread out to forage during the day and return to the roost at night. Opportunists in nature, they feed off the dead to promote life, much like the Egyptian vulture. And like the vulture they represent rebirth and transformation.
Ravens are the birds I’ll miss most when I die. If only the darkness into which we must look were composed of the black light of their limber intelligence. If only we did not have to die at all. Instead, become ravens ~ Louise Erdrich
In Norse tradition they are a symbol for the god Odin, who was accompanied by two ravens: Hugin, who represented thought, and Mugin, who represented the mind and intuition. Odin would send them out each day to soar across the lands. Upon their return they would reveal to him what they had observed on their travels. Odin had many daughters, known as the Valkyries. They transformed themselves into ravens to fly over the bodies of the dead and help them to Valhalla.
Native Americans regard the raven as a shape shifter and a creature of metamorphosis – a trickster. Other Native American tribes, like the Hopi and Zuni, honor the Raven as a creature of light that flew out of the dark womb of the cosmos, bringing with it the light of the Sun.
Dr. Carl Jung considered the raven to be symbolic of the dark side of the human psyche. When a person acknowledges their dark side, they can fully communicate with both halves of themselves, both the conscious and the unconscious mind.
In Celtic Mythology the Raven is associated with the goddess Morrigan, the prophetess. The ability of ravens to speak confirmed them to be an ancient oracle able of keeping and communicating powerful secrets. The Welsh folk hero Bran the Blessed was consider the keeper of ancestral memories, so much so that his head was interred in the tower of London. The ravens that roosted there for centuries were considered the messengers of Bran’s wisdom.
In their most negative representations ravens are associated with bad omens portending death or misery, while at the same time being seen as teachers from the dark side of nature.
Ravens were often called upon in ancient rituals to invoke visions, and aid in magical practices. As the keeper of secrets, ravens were thought to be able to transcend the realms of the conscious and the unconscious mind, and connect with the cosmos carrying within their dark wings messages for those who are worthy of the knowledge.
It is possible that the city of London was initially named for ravens or a raven-deity… ravens were important for inhabitants of Britain for both practical and religious reasons ~ Boria Sax
When a person has dreams of ravens there is often a symbolic message associated with it, most often regarding the changing or transformation of a situation. When we see ravens in the trees or fields, their numbers alone represent an oracle. An old English verse about Ravens as omens of prophecy goes like this:
One for bad news,
Two for mirth.
Three is a wedding,
Four is a birth.
Five is for riches,
Six is a thief.
Seven, a journey,
Eight is for grief.
Nine is a secret,
Ten is for sorrow.
Eleven is for love,
Twelve – joy for tomorrow.
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