Raven . . .
  Black as pitch,
   Mystical as the moon,

Speak to me of magic,
   I will fly with you soon.



 Throughout time, Raven has carried the medicine of magic.  This has been true in many cultures across the planet.  It is sacred, in the medicine ways, to honor Raven as the bringer of magic.  If the magic is bad medicine, the carrier may be honored out of fear rather than out of respect.  Those who fear Raven may do so because they have been dabbling in areas in which they hd no knowledge, and a spell may have backfired on them.  Rather than analyzing the dark side of sorcery, realize that you will fear Raven only if you need to learn about your inner fears or self-created demons.

 Raven magic is a powerful medicine that can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form.  The void is called the Great Mystery.  Great Mystery existed before all other things came into being.  Great Spirit lives inside the void and emerged from the Great Mystery.  Raven is the messenger o the void.

 If Raven crosses your path, you are about to experience a change in consciousness.  This may involve walking inside the Great Mystery on another path at the edge o time.  It would portend a signal brought by the Raven that says, “You have earned the right to see and experience a little more of life’s magic.”  Raven’s color is the color of the void – the black hole in space that holds all the energy of the creative source.

 In Native teachings the color black means many things, but it does not mea evil.  Black can mean the seeking of answers, the void, or the road of the spiritual or nonphysical.  The blue-black of Raven contains an iridescence that speaks of the magic of the darkness, and a changeability of form and shape that brings an awakening in the process.

 Raven is the guardian of ceremonial magic and in absentia healing.  In any healing circle, Raven is present.  Raven guides the magic of healing and the change in consciousness that will bring about a new reality and dispel “dis-ease” or illness.  Raven brings in the new state o wellness from the Void of Great Mystery and the field of plenty.

 Raven is the messenger that carries all energy flows of ceremonial magic between the ceremony itself and the intended destination.  For instance if a ceremony is being performed to send energy to a disaster area where people need courage and strength, Raven would be the courier for that energy flow.  The intention could be to allow the people of the devastated area to feel the concern and support of the participants in the ceremony.
 If you have chosen Raven, magic is in the air.  Do not try to figure it out; you cannot.  It I the power of the unknown at work, and something special is about to happen.  The deeper mystery, however, is how you will respond to the sparkling synchronicity of this alchemical moment.  Will you recognize it and use it to further enhance your growth?  Can you accept it as a gift from the Great Spirit?  Or will you limit the power of the Great Mystery by explaining it away?

 It may be time to call Raven as a courier to carry an intention, some healing energy, a thought, or a message.  Raven is the patron of smoke signals or spirit messages represented by smoke.  So if you want to send a message to the Blue Road of spirit, in order to contact the Ancients, call Raven.  Or, who knows, the Ancients may be calling to you.
Remember, this magic moment came from the void of darkness, and the challenge is to bring it to light.  In doing so you will have honored the magician within.