I have a deck of Medicine Cards that were given to me this summer by a dear friend. There are 52 animals on these cards, each animal representing a different medicine that is intended to point out how you can better connect to the Great Spirit, or if you prefer...God.
Each day I choose a card and read along in the book it comes with. It really is wild how spot on these cards are. I have even found myself pulling the same card for a week! I really needed to get that medicine. So on New Years Eve I pulled...
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 way, to honor Raven as the bringer of magic. If the magic is bad medicine, the carrier may be honored out of fear rather then respect. Those who fear Raven may do so because they have been dabbling in areas in which they had 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 of 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 of the void.
If Raven appears in your spread, you are about to experience a change of consciousness. This may involve walking inside the Great Mystery on another path at the edge of 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 mean 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 darkness, and the changeability of form and shape that brings and 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 on consciousness that will bring about a new reality and dispel "dis-ease" or illness. Raven brings in the new state of wellness from the Void of Great Mystery and the field of plenty.
Raven is the messenger that carries all energy flows of ceremony itself and the intended destination. For instance, if a ceremony itself 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 id that 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 is the power of the unknown at work, and something special is about to happen. THe deeper mystery, however, is hoe 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 Great Spirit? Or will you limit the power of the Great Mystery by explaining it all 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 ti the Blue Road of spirit, in order to contact the Ancients, call Raven. Or, who knows, the Ancients may be calling 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."
by Jamie Sams and David Carson
Wow...what a way to start 2012. I hope you all have a Magical year.