Understanding the Raven Symbol (mythology and symbolism)

The raven is a fascinating bird that has long been considered a powerful symbol in many cultures around the world.

It has been associated with wisdom, mysticism and intelligence, and is often considered a powerful spirit animal.

With its black plumage, mysterious beak and remarkable intelligence, the raven is also considered a symbol of secrets, wisdom and transformation.

In any case, this is what we are going to discover together today.

Contents :

Raven and Norse mythology

Raven and Celtic mythology

A totem animal for Native Americans

Raven and Indian mythology

Its place in Asia

A symbol of intelligence…

…but also hunting

Crows and fairy tales

Wearing raven-shaped jewelry?

Conclusion

Image of a raven in black and white

Raven and Norse mythology

In Norse mythology, the raven was considered the bird of Odin, the main god of Viking mythology.

According to legend, Odin had two ravens named Huginn and Muninn who reported to him everything that was happening in the world. Their name means "thought" and "memory" respectively, and they symbolized Odin's wisdom and intelligence.

These two legendary birds were also the source of powerful symbols once used by Viking warriors and priests. This Nordic-style lucky charm pendant is a good example.

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Raven and Celtic mythology

In Celtic mythology, the raven was also considered a powerful spirit animal. It was considered a messenger animal, which could travel between worlds and bring messages from the beyond.

Additionally, the raven symbol was often associated with death and rebirth, representing the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new one.

For the Celts, seeing a large raven was therefore a bad omen or, in any case, a warning from the gods.

American Indian totem poles showing legendary birds

A totem animal for Native Americans

Crow, eagle or owl: if Native Americans have always seen something sacred in birds, the symbol of the crow occupies an absolutely unique place.

In many cultures, the raven is considered a totem animal, that is, an animal that represents a protective or spiritual force for a person or group.

In this context, for some indigenous peoples of North America, the raven is a power animal that embodies creativity and ingenuity.

Its feathers may have been used to create impressive war headdresses. Its nests were used to prepare powerful potions. And its emblem vibrated the souls of shamans.

To learn more about the meaning of the raven among the native peoples of America, here are a few additional words from an encyclopedic site dedicated to Canada.

Crows on a beach in India

Raven and Indian mythology

In Indian mythology, the raven is associated with death and is considered an animal that guides the souls of the deceased to the afterlife. Their nest is a place of misfortune and where darkness is more intense than anywhere else.

In some Hindu traditions, ravens were also believed to be able to see the future. They were therefore considered prophets, messengers of the gods.

Additionally, in India, the crow is also associated with wisdom and knowledge. Anyone who shows an affinity with the mysteries, secrets of the world and hidden symbolism will find it a valuable ally.

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Its place in Asia

The raven raven symbol is extremely important in Chinese and Japanese mythology.

In Chinese mythology, it is considered a lucky animal and is often associated with wealth and prosperity.

In Japanese mythology, the raven symbol is linked to luck, wisdom and personal transformation. Sometimes also, ideas of fertility and longevity are associated with it.

Still other myths tell us how such a goddess married a rook, or how such hunters found themselves guided by these birds towards the monster they were tracking.

In short, the symbol of the raven occupies a prominent place in Asia as well.

A large black raven, with a keen and intelligent eye

A symbol of intelligence…

Aside from its spiritual and mythological significance, the raven remains a fascinating animal in terms of its behavior and cognition.

Crows know how to spot valuable objects. The deer is the king of the forest and the spider knows how to weave invisible webs. However, no animal comes close to our black bird when it comes to alertness.

Yes, crows are known for their exceptional intelligence and their ability to use tools, solve puzzles and adapt to their environment.

They also have phenomenal memories and are able to remember human faces and their surroundings for many years.

Thus, the raven symbol is also a symbol of intelligence and insight.

A crow in tree, ready to attack its prey

…but also hunting

Because of their intelligence and ability to adapt, crows are dangerous birds of prey.

These raptors are capable of hunting and killing small animals, but they are also known to be scavengers, meaning they feed on the carcasses of dead animals.

While this may be considered disgusting by some, it is also part of their important role in the ecosystem as natural cleaning agents.

When carrion is no longer enough, large crows generally feed on small insects, larvae, frogs and even small birds.

Drawing from a medieval manuscript showing ravens

Crows and fairy tales

This is not surprising: the crow is an animal very present in legends and fairy tales. Bearer of dark omens or good news, he leaves no one indifferent.

In " Snow White ", the raven is the faithful companion of the Evil Queen, while in " The Raven " by Edgar Allan Poe, the bird is a symbol of death, despair and the descent into madness.

If you want to dig deeper into these two topics, here are some resources that might interest you:

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Wearing raven-shaped jewelry?

Raven jewelry is becoming more and more popular lately, and understandably so.

They not only have aesthetic charm, but they can also carry powerful spiritual meanings and benefits.

Such jewelry will be a great option for those looking to connect with their intuition and inner wisdom. The raven is often associated with the ability to see the future and understand things that are hidden, which can be a source of wisdom and guidance for those who wear it.

In addition, the crow is a leading protective animal. This can be a blessing for those who wear jewelry in the shape of a raven. In life, it can be reassuring to know that you have a protective animal by your side, especially when you are going through difficult or uncertain times.

In short, there are many ways to wear raven-shaped jewelry, whether it's a ring, a pendant or a bracelet.

And you can also find some on our site, like for example here with this raven skull pendant !

A raven walking alone in nature

Conclusion

In summary, the raven is a fascinating animal that has long been considered a lucky symbol in many cultures around the world. It is associated with wisdom, mysticism and intelligence, and is often considered a powerful spirit animal.

This bird carries messages from the first, such as those of transformation and death, but also of protection and insight.

Sometimes a symbol of a bad omen, sometimes a positive divine sign: its croaking leaves no one indifferent and was the source of fabulous fables.

By choosing a lucky charm in the shape of a crow, you can connect to this symbolism and be inspired by its qualities.

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Discover the author: Cyril Gendarme

Cyril Gendarme is a writer whose website "The Lucky Door" ("La Porte Du Bonheur" in French, his native language) has become a reference in the field of esotericism. Born in Belgium, Cyril has been attracted to the mysteries of the world since he was a child. When his interest in occultism was awakened, a particular subject caught his attention: lucky charms.

After years of study and in-depth research on esoteric traditions from around the world, Cyril decided to share his knowledge with the public through the internet. In 2019, he launched "The Lucky Door," a website dedicated to exploring lucky charms, magical symbols, and esoteric arts.

The Lucky Door is much more than just a showcase for those curious about magic, divination, or tradition. It is the result of Cyril's passion for researching and understanding the mysteries of the universe. Every piece of information available on the site testifies to his dedication to sharing his knowledge of the most hidden symbols and their unique powers.

In addition to his online work, Cyril regularly organizes workshops and conferences in different countries. His presence on social media is also highly appreciated, where he offers personalized advice and happily answers questions from his community.