Raven, Harbinger of Cosmic Secrets

Raven/occult mysteries: the feather of the Raven is sacred to women like me. Within it lay the secrets of magick and manifestation; energies unseen; impossibilities realized. The magick of the Raven is wild and untamed; it carries the energies of the Wild-Woman, the Crone, the Sage, the Wizard, the Witch. The Raven will whisper in your ear, teaching you that which is considered forbidden by some. The Raven will send out its call, and if you’re of the right mind, the right spirit, to hear it, there will be no turning back.

Raven is widely believed to be a harbinger of cosmic secrets and a bearer of magical forces. It is regarded as a divine messenger that reveals omens and foretells the future. It is a keeper as well as a communicator of deep mysteries. The Raven is symbolic of powerful wisdom, vast knowledge, great mental clarity, and high energy. The Native American holy men invoked the Raven to get clearer visions and called upon it for opinion and advice. It is a magical symbol in the Native American mythology that says that a raven created the Earth by dropping stones in the sea and making islands. Southwestern tribes like the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni considered the raven to be a bringer of light and bird of creation that brought sunlight to the humans.

The ancient Greek and Roman cultures believed the raven to be a solar animal (despite its color). They affiliate it with Apollo as well as Athena, deities associated with the sun, light, and wisdom. The African cultures revere the raven as a guide. In the Chinese and the Japanese cultures, it is a messenger of the gods and also represents the sun.

In Norse mythology, the raven symbolizes the mind and intelligence. Legends of the Norse God Odin (also called the Raven God) depict two ravens, Hugin and Mugin accompanying Him. Hugin is representative of the power of thinking and active pursuit of knowledge/information. Meanwhile, Mugin is symbolic of the intuitive ability of the mind.

Every feather I find is a gift. It’s carefully tucked away in a special box or gently placed between the pages of a book. It will lay there and pulsate with unused energy, dormant magick until I feel the need until I hear the call…then I’ll bring it out. I’ll combine the feather with candles, herbs, incense, and often personal items. I’ll open myself to the spirit of the creature, the energy of Air– and often the other elements as well. I’ll cast a circle to contain my magick and protect me from all the other energies and entities swimming around the universe.

Ravens, even though often misrepresented as dark, ominous creatures, offer powerful medicine. They symbolize healing and bring the unseen into reality. Raven helps us acknowledge the darkness and find new ways of thinking in order to grow. It’s there, in the darkness, that we discover the true beginning of our journey and those pieces of ourselves left behind. Raven is also considered to be The Messenger. Seeing a raven often means there are details in your life you haven’t fully acknowledged, yet. Perhaps there’s something that calls for a deeper understanding? Are you paying attention to the advice your guides send you? Raven is the Keeper of Secrets and can help you access what you keep hidden, exposing the truth, so you can integrate, heal, and work your magic.

It is my belief that each of us is endowed in this lifetime with a number of guides – sometimes ancestors or angels, and other times, animals. These animal guides are also known as spirit animals, and they follow us throughout our lifetimes, sharing their wisdom and magic as they illuminate the path of our Highest Good. Are you attuned to the animal realm? Open your eyes and listen closely; the divine messages that your animal guides hold for you can be found all around. There are several ways to connect with your animal guides. Sometimes, they come to us in dreams – other times, they cross our path in reality. Pay attention to which animal spirits may be trying to contact and guide you, in both the dream world and the waking world. You may also try to connect with your spirit animals in meditation. Simply close your eyes as you draw inward, and ask your animal guide to come forth. You may have several animal guides surrounding you, or you may have just one. My biggest piece of advice in connecting with your animal guides is to trust your intuition – it will not lead you astray. Relax and open yourself up to the lessons these animal spirits are trying to share with you.

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