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The Raven

Posted by on Nov. 6, 2012 at 8:52 AM
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Raven Totem Mandala

This Mandala is done combining the style of traditional Pacific Northwest Indian art with celtic knotwork. In the center is Raven - the main deity of Pacific Northwest myth. Raven is a trickster, shaman, and light-bringer - responsible for bringing light to the world. Meditate on this Mandala to bring yourself out of darkness. If you're going through a troubled period in your life, Raven can help you rise out of it. Pay attention to your dreams - some of the answers you seek will be shown to you there.

Mandalas have been used throughout time as a tool for meditation and healing. The sacred circle can be seen everywhere in nature - galaxies, our planet, flowers, individual cells - it can be seen everywhere. The energy of these powerful patterns is poured into all Mandalas. Every Mandala symbolizes or represents an aspect of nature and/or spirit. This energy can be used to help heal and transform through meditation.

How is this done? Here is how I've learned to do it:

Find a Mandala that represents what you're trying to heal or meditate on. Place it before you and relax. Focus on the center of the Mandala. Stare directly into it, blinking as little as possible. Breathe slowly in and out. After a little while you will notice a shift - the colors of the Mandala will brighten and maybe even begin to move. Let yourself open to the energy pouring from the Mandala. Feel it flowing into and through you. Do this for as long as it is comfortable. After you see the colors shifting and pulsating for awhile, close your eyes - you will see an amazing thing! The Mandala will appear in front of your closed eyes. Watch and feel it as it pulsates - parts of the Mandala will brighten then fade. Imagine and feel the power and energy of the Mandala flowing through you. Feel it soothe and calm you. If you're trying to heal some part of yourself, feel the energy of the Mandala flowing into you - healing what needs to be healed. Repeat this for as many times as you feel you need to...

A BIT ABOUT THE RAVEN

Raven's Wisdom Includes:

Rebirth without fear
Ability to tear down what needs to be rebuilt
Renewal
Ability to find light in darkness
Courage of self-reflection
Introspection
Comfort with self
Honoring ancestors
Connection to the Crone
Divination
Change in consciousness
New occurrences
Eloquence

Raven
Corvus corax

Range
Worldwide, except for the high Arctic, Antarctic. southern South America, New Zealand and most oceanic islands.

Habitat
Seacoasts, mountains, forests and deserts.

Size
6 - 26 inches long. Can weigh up to 50 ounces. The largest member of the crow family.

Characteristics
Large bird with a short, or medium-lengthed square tail and plumage that is black with a slight purplish gloss. They have a large black bill and black legs.

Behavior
Often seen in small groups, typically with a sentinel on a high perch. These birds are wary of humans and learn quickly from their experience in situations. These birds are known for their 'cah cah' call, but are capable of mimicking many sounds.

Reproduction
The male and female raven will often defend breeding territories where they nest. Usually 2 - 8 eggs are laid and incubation lasts 18 - 20 days. The young will usually leave the nest after 20 - 45 days.

Diet
Varied. Includes fruit, seeds, insects, small vertebrates, eggs of other birds and carrion.

Lifespan
15 - 20 years. Record in captivity is 29.

Miscellaneous
The ravens name (corvus corax) means "croaker" in Greek.

The Raven was a sacred bird to the ancient Celtic peoples. Many of the Celtic Dark Goddesses, such as the Morrigan, are able to transform themselves into the forms of ravens and crows while observing a battle.

These large black birds are generally seen after the battle, picking the carrion off the newly slain. Stigmatized as dirty scavengers, they can never-the-less give us the message that we all must take in the life of another to sustain ourselves.

This bird's association with death has given it a mysterious power. The Celts believed that ravens and crows served as messengers from the Otherworlds. Often to see one or hear one's terrible cry was an omen of great change within the observer's life, a death of one thing and the rebirth of another.

This is the Raven's gift: beginnings in endings. This ancient wisdom is what the crows and ravens carry with them, this is their terrible and wonderful magic.

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