• Image of Shamanic Raven Medicine
  • Image of Shamanic Raven Medicine

Raven Skull, Matte Onyx, Golden Obsidian, Amazonite, with Triskelion Closure

Raven Symbolism & Meaning

When Raven as a spirit animal guide comes cawing loudly into your life, it marks a moment to pause and give serious consideration to the messages coming your way.

Black as midnight, it’s not surprising to discover that, in many cultures, Raven symbolism and meaning is connected with death and the underworld.

At first this meaning may seem dire, but the representation need not be literal.

Rather, it’s most likely that something is about to transform your life. Whether positive or negative, total transformation is usually dramatic. And, so, Raven spirit can help guide you safely through the fray.

Remember that Raven consumes the remains of other creatures, giving this bird the additional symbolic value of cleansing.

Perhaps there is something old and unhealthy that you need to purge?

Raven is a great helpmate for that. Raven is also an excellent teacher, guide, and partner for magical studies and efforts.

Let this sage master “call” to the quarters of creation with your intention.

Raven has been called a master of time. Procrastinators out there get ready.

If Raven wings his way into your awareness you are about to get a lesson in using time wisely. You need to be in the right space at the right moment, and Raven encourages that change in movement in your life.

Effectively this animal spirit is one that presages a kind of rebirth or renewal when your life may have seemed stagnant.

The ancient Greeks trusted in Raven to carry messages from the Divine, particularly Apollo. This means that while Raven spirit is tied closely to the night, it also has solar qualities.

Working with Raven is a way of boosting your powers of observation and bringing anything that lingers in the shadows into a healthy light.

Ravens have a very distinctive voice and a vast vocabulary. They are among the smartest birds in nature, so don’t be surprised if you start finding that your communication skills improve.

Raven reminds us to stay true to our voice.

You might find yourself feeling a little nervous when Raven decides to speak to your life. That’s natural.

Remember, however, that Raven is a fierce protector sacred to Morrigan. Raven also was the totem to the Queen of the Fairies.

One thing is for certain, with Raven around your life will not want for mystical adventures and spiritual surprises.

Raven Spirit Animal

Some Native American tribes call the Raven a ‘secret keeper’. When you have a Raven spirit animal you must not give your promises of confidentiality lightly, nor give away information given to you in trust.

Raven has no patience for two-faced dishonesty and calls those with whom it interacts to rise to new levels of honor.

People walking the path of the Mysteries are often sought out by Raven spirit. This being prefers to share its knowledge with someone who appreciates the depth and breadth of the Adept, including the challenges that await along that Path.

In the sunlight the color of Raven isn’t simply black, but appears to transform into various shades of blue. Raven can also mimic the sounds of other birds. This means that seekers interested in learning the art of shape shifting would do well to seek out Raven for his teachings.

No matter what, if Raven is your Spirit animal always listen to her warnings respectfully. She is there to protect and guide.

Onyx Healing Properties

Polished Onyx gemstone♥ Strength ♥ Stamina ♥ Constancy ♥ Permanence ♥ Firmness ♥ Durability ♥ Self-control

Onyx is a variety of Chalcedony. Onyx is a 7th Anniversary gemstone.

Zodiac - Gemini, Leo
Element - Earth
Typical colours - Black, grey, white, blue, brown, yellow, red, green

Onyx gives strength. It promotes vigor, steadfastness and stamina. Imparts self-confidence, helping you to be at ease in your surroundings. Onyx banishes grief, enhances self-control and stimulates the power of wise decision-making. It encourages happiness and good fortune.

Onyx treats disorders of the bones, bone marrow and blood. It is beneficial for teeth and the feet.

Obsidian Healing Properties

♥ Purification ♥ Transformation ♥ Fulfillment ♥ Metamorphoses ♥ Manifestation ♥ Practicality ♥ Psychic ability

Obsidian is a volcanic glass.

Chakras - Base Chakra
Zodiac - Scorpio, Sagittarius
Element - Earth/Fire
Typical colours - Black, silvery or brown

Obsidian is truth-enhancing. A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. It blocks psychic attack and absorbs negative energies from the environment. Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension. It stimulates growth on all levels, urging exploration of the unknown and opening new horizons. Brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion. Helps you to know who you truly are. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas. Promotes qualities of compassion and strength.

Obsidian aids the digestion and detoxifies. It reduces arthritis pain, joint problems and cramps. Warms the extremities.

Golden Obsidian

Golden Obsidian is a strongly protective stone. It is particularly effective for scrying, and balancing energy fields.

Amazonite Healing Properties

Amazonite gemstones ♥ Inspires truth ♥ Sincerity ♥ Honor ♥ Self-love ♥ Communication ♥ Eloquence ♥ Integrity ♥ Trust ♥ Clairvoyance ♥ Clarity ♥ Prophecy ♥ Psychic vision

Amazonite, sometimes known as Amazon Stone, is a green variety of microcline Feldspar.

Chakras - Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra
Zodiac - Virgo
Planet - Uranus
Element - Earth, Water
Typical colours - Green with cream veins.
Amazonite is a soothing stone. It calms the brain and nervous system and aids in maintaining optimum health. Balances the masculine and feminine energies. Amazonite helps you to see both sides of a problem or different points of view. It soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear. Dispels negative energy, aggravation and blockages within the nervous system. Amazonite assists in manifesting universal love. It protects against electromagnetic pollution and absorbs microwaves.

Amazonite is beneficial in osteoporosis, tooth decay, calcium deficiency and calcium deposits. It relieves muscle spasms.

Cultural Symbolism of the Triple Spiral

The triple spiral and countless triple protrusions of sacred geometry appear in cultures throughout history as do many symbols utilizing the number three. Hence, the use of three ams in the triskelion and other symbols’ interpretations vary. Common interpretations include:

Past, Present, Future
Mind, Body, Spirit
Creator, Destroyer, Sustainer
Father, Son, Holy Spirit
Creation, Preservation, Destruction
Maiden, Mother, Crone

Concerning the Celts in particular, they believed in three worlds: The Otherworld, The Mortal World, and the Celestial World, and the triskelion might have held that reverence to their culture.

Exploring the Concept of Motion of the Triskelion

When viewing a spiral, the eye naturally flows from one end to the other – sensing its envelopment of motion. Conceptually, these spirals may have represented the action of moving forward, progressing and revolving in cycles – as with the aforementioned concepts of the spiral representing past, present, future, or creation, preservation, destruction etc.

Considering that the lunar cycles and the motion of the sun was the best ‘time-keeper’ for most cultures, it only seems reasonable that they might also consider the importance of such ‘motion’ in the skies. Some concepts associated with such ‘cycles’ include: illuminating, spirituality, intuition, mystery, femininity, completion and rebirth.

Keeping motion in mind, the triple spiral over all seemed to have some sort of universal representation concerning advancement, personal, growth, human development, and spiritual expansion. This symbol simply resonates with fluid energy!