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Raven Symbolism & Meaning

Are you studying the Mysteries and need help understanding certain lessons?

Do you want to find your own, true voice and be confident announcing it to the world?

Raven energy can be a powerful ally on your journey to success!

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Raven Symbolism & Meaning

When Raven as a spirit animal guide comes cawing loudly into your life, it marks a moment to pause and give serious consideration to the messages coming your way.

Black as midnight, it’s not surprising to discover that, in many cultures, Raven symbolism and meaning is connected with death and the underworld.

At first this meaning may seem dire, but the representation need not be literal.

Rather, it’s most likely that something is about to transform your life. Whether positive or negative, total transformation is usually dramatic. And, so, Raven spirit can help guide you safely through the fray.

Remember that Raven consumes the remains of other creatures, giving this bird the additional symbolic value of cleansing.

Perhaps there is something old and unhealthy that you need to purge?

Raven is a great helpmate for that. Raven is also an excellent teacher, guide, and partner for magical studies and efforts.

Let this sage master “call” to the quarters of creation with your intention.

Raven has been called a master of time. Procrastinators out there get ready.

If Raven wings his way into your awareness you are about to get a lesson in using time wisely. You need to be in the right space at the right moment, and Raven encourages that change in movement in your life.

Effectively this animal spirit is one that presages a kind of rebirth or renewal when your life may have seemed stagnant.

The ancient Greeks trusted in Raven to carry messages from the Divine, particularly Apollo. This means that while Raven spirit is tied closely to the night, it also has solar qualities.

Working with Raven is a way of boosting your powers of observation and bringing anything that lingers in the shadows into a healthy light.

Ravens have a very distinctive voice and a vast vocabulary. They are among the smartest birds in nature, so don’t be surprised if you start finding that your communication skills improve.

Raven reminds us to stay true to our voice.

You might find yourself feeling a little nervous when Raven decides to speak to your life. That’s natural.

Remember, however, that Raven is a fierce protector sacred to Morrigan. Raven also was the totem to the Queen of the Fairies.

One thing is for certain, with Raven around your life will not want for mystical adventures and spiritual surprises.

Raven Spirit Animal

Some Native American tribes call the Raven a ‘secret keeper’. When you have a Raven spirit animal you must not give your promises of confidentiality lightly, nor give away information given to you in trust.

Raven has no patience for two-faced dishonesty and calls those with whom it interacts to rise to new levels of honor.

People walking the path of the Mysteries are often sought out by Raven spirit. This being prefers to share its knowledge with someone who appreciates the depth and breadth of the Adept, including the challenges that await along that Path.

In the sunlight the color of Raven isn’t simply black, but appears to transform into various shades of blue. Raven can also mimic the sounds of other birds. This means that seekers interested in learning the art of shape shifting would do well to seek out Raven for his teachings.

No matter what, if Raven is your Spirit animal always listen to her warnings respectfully. She is there to protect and guide.

Raven Totem Animal

People drawn to the Raven as a totem have a naturally inventive and mischievous air about them. You will never be afraid of darkness… in fact you embrace it with a passion. You can walk, swim, or fly while remaining totally quiet, which is also the time during which you really connect with the Divine and Higher Self.

A Raven totem means that you are often the human version of Mercury, delivering information to others. This may be something mundane like guidance in their protection or something deeply spiritual. Raven people often walk the line between the worlds, acting as a bridge.

There is no doubt that you will dabble with magic when you walk with Raven. You’ll also find your ability to transform your life in meaningful ways expanding.

Raven spirit challenges you, however, to look honestly at yourself and ask “Never more?” – what hides in the shadows of your being that’s holding you back?

Bring that negativity into the light and cry with the Raven, NEVER MORE.

Raven Power Animal

Having the Raven as a power animal is one way to begin learning the language of animals. Raven knows how to change his song, and by listening you can learn much about Nature’s symbols and signs.

Raven Spirit asks for your respect, not your fear. This Being awakens your inner Shaman, and helps stimulate karmic memories. As these memories emerge they will help you deal with something important in the real world or on your spiritual path.

When you walk with raven anticipate change and new perspectives. Be ready to delve into the realms of the unconscious and reaching for your true Be-ing. This is a hard process, but it brings long-lasting healing in mind, body and soul. This is your moment of rebirth.

Native American Raven Symbolic Meanings

Various Native American tribes tell stories of Raven as the creator of the world including the Inuit and Salish tribes. Nonetheless, Raven is also a trickster who paired humans together and acted as a protector and provider.

In some stories it is Raven that steals and releases the sun similarly to Prometheus.

Raven as a Celtic Animal Symbol

Celtic tradition associated the Raven with numerous bigger-than-life figures including the goddess Morriigan, Bran the Blessed (who was thought to have the power to protect a whole city), and the sun god Lugh, just to name a few. Throughout the Celtic regions Raven represented war and death as well as magical mysteries and prophetic abilities.

Raven Dreams

Dreams about Ravens symbolize transformation and dreaming of a Raven or Ravens is letting you know that change is right around the corner – particularly in your perspectives.

Raven may be calling to you to take your magic to new levels, or reminding you of an important lesson. In either case, there’s about to be a LOT of activity in your life, so prepare accordingly.

Raven in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

Raven is one of the 12 Native American Zodiac Signs.

People born under the sign of the Raven have high energy levels and a passion for success. Raven people will not give up easily. You are here to beat the odds turning disadvantages into benefits.

The Raven corresponds to the Western Astrological sign of Scorpio and the Monkey in the Chinese Astrological calendar. In these associations we see the playfulness inherent in Raven as well as the “fire” of the Scorpio.

When Raven souls manifest their personal power its quite a spectacle to behold. Their quick minds and cunning rarely let them down. However, in their youth Ravens must learn how to respect their animal traits and not use them for harm or selfishness.

Far Eastern Raven Symbolic Meanings

China, Japan and Korea have overlapping imagery for Raven and Crow, with stories referring to a solar creature that moved the sun, cleansed the land after terrible battles, and acted as a guide for sacred journeys. In this respect, if you are pondering a pilgrimage call upon Raven for company and advice.

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  1. Len Kowalyshen January 8, 2018 at 5:32 am - Reply

    I wanted to tell you what just happen to me with a Raven and a Eagle . For a week I had been looking for my lost Tabby cat Scotty that was chased by a big dog .We live on Vancouver island and have 400 yr old fir trees on our property and in the near by forest here is a true story :………..Something happened while I was looking for Scotty , I was putting Lost posters on the mail boxes up and down the street and on Farhill rd . I got to our mail box and was putting the poster on it when I heard a Raven
    over head and up in a fir tree making a funny cooing noise enough to get me to look up to see him as I did this he let go a tuff of fur and it floated down in the air to me and landed at my feet I picked it up and saw that it looked very much like Scotties colour of fur ,at this time I did not know where Scotty was and had been call for him every night and also as I walked up and down the roads . I picked the fur up and looked at the Raven and said to him Really? Really ,where is my Scotty ? he jumped to another tree further into the bush and called back to me as I followed him he then jumped further to an opening over looking Metchosin Rd it was on top of a small treed slope, and cooed and then he changed his calls and jumped over behind me to my right and landed on a branch next to a young Eagle ,now this is kind of strange because the 2 don’t get along usually . I said to the eagle
    I hope you didn’t take my Scotty and I hope you didn’t eat him ,he just looked at me then moved his head to look left and down towards Metchosin Rd , I looked around in the bushes for other signs of fur none did I find . The next day I saw that Raven further down the road eating a rabbit on the side of the road down by Latoria RD . The day after this I was told where to find Scotty by a witness to what had happen the day Scotty was chased and run over as to where they put Scotty . HERE IS THE WEIRD PART, finding Scotty I happen to look up and noticed that where the Raven and Eagle had been was right above where Scotty was .
    2 days had gone by since the Raven had dropped the fur and looking at Scotty there was a small bare patch on one of the inside back legs where that fur had been pulled from other then that Scotty was not touched
    or eaten in anyway . This is not normal as these birds eat the dead animals found ,that is what they do . So my question is this ? They showed Scotty respect and me also by not eating him and they tried to show me where the body was. Isn’t that cool……………………………..and
    It is not like they didn’t know who Scotty was as they have seen him many times before and heard me calling for him. THIS DID HAPPEN AS TOLD ,what you think of that ???

  2. Rose February 10, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply


    Thank you for the info. I have a short clip that I taped of a Raven ( I think ots a Raven, he/she was very large) “speaking” to me ( may not have been to me,but I tuned in. Was wondering if I could send itto you and get your opinion.It’s pretty cool.

    If you send me your email, I will send it.

    Thank you,


    • Len March 20, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Sorry for taking awhile to answer my e-mail is listed below, and I would be very interested in see this short clip, I still can’t believe that the Raven did try to tell me where my Scotty was …….Len

    • Abdu June 3, 2018 at 3:26 am - Reply

      Can any one help me understand why raven follow me in every where I go in night and day. I see the little ones and the bugger ones

  3. 3 Feathers February 21, 2018 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Today is the 19th. This equals a 1. New beginnings.
    Let me explain…..
    Today as I was walking my buddy Dash Dog.
    RAVEN came and landed around 10 yards from us and then hopped along as we walked. I paused our walk and asked Raven what the message was. Looking and cocking it’s head at me it hopped closer and continued with that AWESOME gaze. We continued this visual exchange for what seemed like an extremely long time. At last, with one more blink Raven flew up to the wire above us and looked down to gaze some more. As I asked….was there anymore to tell me? Raven sat back in a normal pose and began looking toward the sky. I replied….”I understand…Thank you for coming to me
    I value the gift. Thank you!”
    I am so GRATEFUL for this. Not only did I recieve another of my Totem Animals, but to recieve my Power Animal at this time as well….. This is another blessing for me, my journey and for my evolution in my craft.
    I pondered for a while and then decieded to read up on the SPIRITUAL significance of Raven. It could not have been anymore spot on!
    Thanks for letting me share.
    Blessed Be

  4. 3 Feathers February 21, 2018 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I am thankful to you and the information that you have made available to all of those who seek. I have returned time and time again to confirm or recieve information for myself and others.
    Great Job.
    3 Feathers

  5. Bridget March 24, 2018 at 3:43 am - Reply

    Ravens have been following me my whole life. I don’t dream of them. But they are always around me, being playful, or teaching their young. I see them everywhere I go and I love them. I know that they are very intelligent, funny, and loyal. So, some years back, when I would see them, I’d see them teaching their young to hunt and to pick up dead prey. Sometimes, I would cry at the sight of them grabbing baby birds. I saw this as a teaching moment, and a moment of tremendous change. I had uncovered a horrendous time in my childhood that I needed t heal from. It caused great upheaval, but was necessary for my growth. They are my teachers. I have never seen them as a negative source. I only see them as messenger, and strength, and knowledge. I knew I would be okay.

  6. DEBBIE April 30, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    I saw a Raven today it came to me while i going into my car and and then flew over me. It then went on top of my house. I drove off. When i camr back it was gone.

  7. Tanya May 11, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I had an experience with a Raven that gave me goosebumps.
    I’m in a wheelchair sitting on my back porch. I see these huge ravens flying ahead, their wingspan was awesome. One comes no more than 15- 25 feet across from me…it hoovers in one spot in the air..like time slowed down. It was looking at me and I looked back at it… It a very surreal moment. Then another huge Raven came from another direction while one stayed high up in the altitudes. When they all came within distance of each other..they flew overhead. Most beautiful experience I have ever had in my life!!!!

  8. Stella Trendafilova June 3, 2018 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Thank you for the info you have shared here.
    I had a dream of having a raven as a pet.
    That’s what made me look for what the symbol of the Raven meant.
    It was close to me in my dream and we were friends, it even landed on me or jumped all over my body in a playful, funny and friendly way. If I have to be honest, if that happened in real life, I am not sure I would enjoy it, but in my dream I was happy with my raven. We had a great time together. I think we were very good friends.
    I am also a Scorpio so when I read your article, I got really excited for what I found out about this spiritual connection in different people’s star signs. I had never known before there was such an equivalent of the Scorpio. According to the Chinese horoscope I was born in the year of the Bull. I am saying it as there was a comparison of those three astrologies.
    Anyway, thanks for the info you’ve shared with us!
    If you ever have time, you could tell me what you think of my dream in matters of symbolism although I’ve already understood quite a lot out of your articles so do not worry about it. 🙂
    Thanks again!
    Best wishes,

  9. Jennifer June 22, 2018 at 12:57 am - Reply

    Jennifer my first interaction with a raben was at a national park I was camping with my Church group. I left my bible sitting out on the bench while we went out for a hike. When we came back there was a Raven tearing the pages out of it like a vulture angry and extreme. It sent cjills down my spine. That was 15 uears ago I was trying to get off of drugs. In fact I just got out of a rehab. My life got really bad after that. That Raven was warning me that if i continued on the path of drugs it was going to hurt. Just like it hurt watcjing him tear into my Bible. Recently the Ravens have been coming back around me. Thry are messagengers. For me my spirit is loud and i am in tune with everything in this world

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