Raven > Creative Connection

In Greek Mythology, Ravens are associated with Apollo, the God of prophecy, truth, music, dance, archery and healing.

In the Bible, the Raven was the first animal released from the ark, post-flood:

“After 40 days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.” Genesis 8:6-7. (New International Version, Children’s Edition, 1978)

To the Haida peoples, indigenous to coastal regions of what is now British Columbia and Alaska, the Raven is creator, transformer, magician, “bringer of light to humanity” and Trickster.

Quoted by 19th century writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe, the Raven is a relentless, insistent and tormenting presence for the grief-stricken mourner of “radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.” The Raven.

In the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, the Raven is messenger and global communicator in his physical form (send a raven), the guardian of human history and memory in his three-eyed form, and the bearer of seasonal change, announcing the official coming of winter, in his white form.

Just a handful of examples of how this illustrious avian character appears in our stories, spanning across time, geography, culture and form.

Their official name – the Common Raven – speaks to their prevalence in the physical world, as year round residents of most of the Northern hemisphere.

Common Ravens, along with American Crows, have also been extensively studied and deemed ‘smart’ by the scientific community, displaying cognitive and problem-solving abilities which match human children and primates.

In illumination, iridescent plumage reveals shades of purple, green and blue, accentuating the Raven’s brilliance.

Conduits of connection, Ravens remind us of an important truth: embracing paradox, an intuitive understanding of the ‘all is one-ness’ of our world, is the key to unlocking the creative potential of humanity.

And, aligning with the creative potential of humanity, both individually and as a collective, might just be the medicine we need to heal ourselves and our home: Gaia.

When a Raven appears for you, ask yourself:

In terms creative expression, how are you acknowledging and aligning with the multi-dimensional, co-creative forces which support Gaia, humanity and all living beings? (ie. our ‘all is one-ness’)

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