Crow and Raven have become interchangeable over time. They hold a powerful medicine of magic.
Ravens are powerful spirit-beings, who excel in astral-travel, uncovering truths, shape-shifting and trickery, working magic, and the mysteries of death. They are the familiars of witches and shamans, for ravens are the teachers of magic, spirit travel, and healing.
As the Creator, Raven is master of all the Elements, and is a symbol of power of Mind when yoked with a deep understanding of the essentials of Spirit.
As Trickster, Raven's cunning deceits lead invariably to wisdom: for the mind must sometimes be tricked in order to get a truer view.
As the Messenger of Death, Raven acts as the Guide of Souls, through the vast expanses of the Other World. Therefore Raven bears the knowledge of the Dead, and may be tempted into revealing this information to those who honour and befriend this Black Bird of Death.
They are the very symbols of intellect, cunning, and wisdom. Haunters of battlefields, ravens are linked to death, the battle-slain, and the other world. They are creatures of mystery and the hidden realms. As the most vocal and cunning of birds, with their aerobatic abilities, ravens mirror the knowledge of sound mysteries and the ecstasy of poets and shamans.
They are the highest form of avian evolution on Earth.
They are the gatekeepers to the void of Spirit where there is no form or structure.. So when someone speaks of Raven medicine, it is more easily understood through the intuitive senses and emotions.
It is said that people who carry Raven medicine also carry a heavy responsibility to Spirit. It as if these people have come into this Earth walk in order to help others break through old paradigms and belief systems into a new, more expanded awareness of reality
Raven carries the medicine of magic; it the messenger that carries all energy flows of ceremonial magic between the ceremony itself and the intended destination; is also about shapeshifting and mysticism.
Raven is powerful medicine. Welcome to our roost.