Raven Symbolism & Meaning

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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.

14 Responses

  1. Allison

    I just went to the Grand Canyon North rim for a family hiking vacation with my mom and brother. Ive been heartbroken and a mess for a month over a relationship gone away. The raven greeted me the first day with beautiful songs, called out to me when I felt dispair, flew over me when I was exhausted, and guided me when I was lost. He even sat with me for a brief moment at Cape Final… thank you for thos information. I will continue to love and seek God in all things.

    • Hello, Allison;

      I’m so sorry you are hurting. Raven energy is a wonderful healer – especially when we feel spiritually broken, when we’ve lost faith. Raven can help you find your smile again so just follow where it leads. All the Wild Ones here at WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com are sending you tons of love!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  2. Christina

    Allison,
    After leaving the movies today with my fiancé, I found a dead Raven ! It had struck the side of truck and was smeared down the side of it .
    I’m extremely worried.:.. Is this a bad omen or a good omen?!
    Please help!!!!
    Thank you,
    Christina

  3. Kim W.

    I recently saw a small flock of ravens near my local transportation hub here on Long Island. A few were perched close to me, one was just steps away from me and turned its head all the way around like it was curious. And then the weird things was, they were playing with the seagulls nearby…and none of the birds were squawking. Not one sound. I’ve been going through some serious health issues and personal problems. I saw Ravens a few times last year, but never ravens and seagulls at the same time. I’m an Empath and always been spiritual. I believe the ravens and seagulls are a sign that things are about to change for me in a dramatic way but I’m not entirely certain about that.

  4. Sarah

    I’m not sure if it’s just black birds, ravens, or hawks. I just know they are literally everywhere I go. To make things really spooky, I decided to go on a local trail nearby, and when I was finished meditate. I had already seen a bunch of birds before I went up this hill. Its not crazy to believe they could of seen me and was curious to what I was. Well I had a decent meditation and when I looked up I saw a swarm of black birds and to me it looked like hawks. I kept looking at them and they begin to go their own way. I had ran down this hill and one big bird flew right in front of me that looked like it had a white stripe on its tail. I’ve seen over my school and more come from what seems like out of nowhere to join it. I went on another walk today and the birds I saw looked like raven, and that is what lead me to this cite.

    • Hi, Sarah;

      Where you see spooky, I see magical! When we meditate, we connect with the Universe is a very powerful way. This sends out all kinds of magical/magickal energy and animals can feel that. So, likely what happened is the Birds reacted to the energy being created by your meditation! LOVE this! And, it IS almost Halloween so Raven energy (magical/magickal energy) would definitely be attracted to meditative energy at this time.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  5. Heidi

    This explains so much.

    • Hi, Heidi;

      Thank you for visiting and commenting on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

      • Cheryl

        I also went through a relationship breakup. My husband of 32 years left. I had been reading spiritual books before hand. So I know I was being prepared ahead of time. Conciderimg I had no idea how the first book even got into my books I bought. But decided since I bought it I might as well read it. That was the start. Then when he left it was like I was surrounded by ravens they were on my deck. I admitt it was a little scary to almost touch them. Then on my roof. And I’m the trees around my home. They stayed for a month or so. Well know they are back on my roof, eye level to me in a tree. Let’s just say they have my attention. So my thought is that I’m in for another change in my life. Possibly a big change.

  6. Axel

    Raven has been coming to me for over a year and has helped me thru a recovery process of great personal change. I rely on her mirth and sacred creation connections to magic and walk the spiritual path with her guidance! Thank you, CREATOR/RAVEN!

    • Hello, Axel;

      So happy to know you’re on the path to healing! Thank you for visiting and commenting on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  7. Cath

    Interesting article. “Lugh” corresponds to the Welsh god of the Underworld(Annwn) and King of the Fairy, “Gwynn ap Nudd”. Today, people would not recognise a fairy if it stabbed them in the face. Silly fluttery things hanging about flowers are not fairies at all, look up “Wild Hunt”, “Cwn Annwn”, “Gwynn ap Nudd” to get a basic understanding of what a fairy really is. Welsh rule Number 1: “Don’t f*ck with the Faerie.”
    …To the Raven. Ravens have been around me all of my life, bold as brass, talkative and downright friendly. The largest Raven in the world is the Australian Raven and oh, they are gorgeous birds. One that showed up a lot usually in company was rather unusual as he, he gave a very strong sense of “male” and “otherworldly” had startling brilliant emerald eyes.
    A small “murder” of ravens decided to move onto our farm here in Central Illinois during the beginning of last year’s (2015) Spring. They are playful, noisy, talkative and content to come to the ground and run around just being totally silly nearby. One of them is very good at imitating my extremely talkative red Arabian stallion.
    On the wheel, I was born under the sign of the Raven which interested me since I have never been anywhere that ravens were not present.

  8. Judy

    For all of October, a huge raven pounded on a vertical skylight over my bathtub, a location where I couldn’t actually see him. When I went up into the driveway to look, at least two ravens scolded me vociferously. The window/window frame shook when the raven’s pounded, and there was the sound of debris falling, which made me afraid that the window frame was loose, etc. I’ve since learned the debris falling was just pine needles and other tree debris sliding off the roof, and that the window frame is solid. The raven pounded between 7 – 7:30 each morning, except the one morning I wanted to get up then and overslept! Following the pounding on the skylight, he flew around to a decorative frame outside my bedroom window where he would sometimes briefly attack one of a series of six windows. A week ago, we put a protective barrier over the vertical window and reflective tape hanging on the lateral frame. While the raven returned to the frame this morning, s/he did not attack the bedroom windows, but I can hear him occasionally attacking a downstairs window. A couple of week ago, he was so aggressive and persistent, I became concerned that he might be diseased. A “Wildcare” advisor said that s/he was staking out his territory for a nest and that if I didn’t do something to discourage him/her soon, I’d have to live with these attacks until next summer. My initial reaction to the pounding and then bedroom window visit at about the time I should get up in the morning was that someone from my past had returned in the form of the raven to get me going earlier in the morning, but then I heard him pounding in the afternoon, too. So, is the raven(s) visits symbolic in my life or just “business as usual” for a bird seeking a safe nesting place. I should add that a resident raccoon has also become more aggressive, consistently dragging things down from shelves in my carport and leaving them strewn around the driveway — unless this is the raven at work, too.

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Judy;

      The Raven (and Raccoon) may be going about ‘business as usual’ – doing what comes naturally to them. BUT – they are choosing to do this at your home. In my opinion, nothing is coincidence. The Universe is not random and is never in chaos. So, pay attention to the actions of Raven. What is it telling you? Do you need to stake out your claim? Do you need to keep ‘pecking’ at a project? Are the messages you’re sending to the world being heard and respected? Do you need to bring some magic and mirth to your life?

      Maybe do a meditation and ask Raven spirit to tell you why it’s come knocking on your world.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

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