The Raven Spirit Animal
Author: Elena Harris
When a Raven totem has flown into your life, it signifies that magic is at play. Raven ignites the energies of magic allowing it to become one with our intentions and will. Great changes can be achieved at this time and dreams can become a reality. The Raven will show you how to walk into the dark corners of your inner conflicts buried deep within, opening the doors to the deepest power of healing to be within our grasp.
The Raven is a member of the same family as the crow and the magpie, known as the Corvids family. While they are considered different species, the only real difference is that the Raven is considerably larger than the crow. Since the Raven and the crow are so similar, it is encouraged to also read The Crow Spirit Animal. Although they are quite similar, there are meanings that are unique to the Raven.
The raven animal totem is sometimes called the “Keeper of Secrets” and like all birds is a messenger between the heavens and the earth. The raven encourages us to dive deeper and to look within to seek the answers to put in motion the much-needed change. Often times these messages may be difficult, but soaring over hurdles and obstacles is how we grow most. Here are a few common meanings for this power animal.
- rebirth and renewal
- rebirth without fear
- being able to tear down and rebuild
- master magician
- shape shifter
- transformation of difficulties into blessings
- being able to find light within the darkness
- Courage for self-reflection
- Being comfortable with yourself
- Connecting with the crone
- Playful aspects
- Stir life without fear
- Honoring ancestors
- Change in consciousness
- New occurrences
- Power of thought
When Raven Flies Into Your Life
Raven is assuring you of the impeding change. He brings with him the ability to bend time and space for the perfect moment at the right time. He signifies rebirth, renewal, reflection and healing. He helps the transitions and transformations move along smoothly by casting light into the darkness.
When the Raven enters into your life, human and animal spirits intermingle. It is in the blackness that the Raven symbolizes that everything mingles until it is brought forth into the light. The Raven can help facilitate this moving into the light as well as shape shifting your life or your being.
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When Raven Enters Your Dreams
When raven enters your dreams, expect changes in your life. It can symbolize the ending of a harmful habit or phase in your life. If you see a raven eating away at carrion or stealing food from others, this can symbolize that someone in your life may be taking advantage of your bad luck or an unfortunate event in your life. Raven is a guardian and a keeper of secrets. When he is in your dreams, take note and examine your fears. Working with raven will help you discover and slay your inner demons. If he is silent and still while looking at you, he is working his magic. If he creates a loud raucous, he is trying to desperately get your attention and have you take heed. There is an important lesson that you need to remember or your missing an important clue to the puzzle. If he is flying through the sky playfully, he is letting you know it is time to hold on because everything is going to accelerate quickly. Magic is present.
In some instances, a raven can symbolize a death or an end. This is typically seen as feeding on a carrion or the preening of feathers which symbolizes rebirth.
Things to Consider
The raven has an abundance of folklore surrounding his history. Some positive, some negative. Some have said he brings omens, bad tidings and even signifies impending death. If the collective believes these meanings, then it essentially transforms it to be so. In some cases these omens could be true. It is up to you to decide and perceive the feelings you pick up on with each encounter and circumstance.
Raven brings us to a higher awareness of our inner workings, our conscious and unconsciousness. He is a silent observer of his environment. An important lesson you may want to take the time to practice. Observe yourself, your environment and the people around you. The raven is persistent and will find a way to untangle the knots woven in a lifetime so that inner truths may be revealed.
See also: The Crow Spirit Animal