28 March 2016 Magazine
By Christine Agro,
Nature’s Channel, The Church of Nature, Music of the Plants and Trees, Nature Inspired and Nature Speaks
I call the Ravens our neighborhood watch. They see and know everything that’s going on. Step outside, they let ‘everyone’know. Put out bird seed, ‘come and get it’ they call out.
In today’s Nature’s News there is a fascinating article about Raven’s and their ability to know that another bird might be eyeing their food stash. (Today you’ll find the article in the slider, tomorrow and beyond you’ll find it in grid of stories.)
I’ve been amazed by Ravens for many years. Not only do they play neighborhood watch, but they also like to collect things, especially shiny things. Through studies, Ravens are considered to be as smart as Chimpanzees and Dolphins. Ravens are excellent mimics. They will imitate the call of a wolf or coyote to draw them to a carcass that is too big for the Raven to break apart. Once the wolves or coyotes leave, the Raven easily eats what remains. They can also mimic humans. Check out this amazing video!
Ravens are proficient at using tools too. In this video they use ‘stones’ to gain access to some delicious food. These birds are trained, but studies with New Caledonian Crows have shown them spontaneously bending wire into a hook to get at food. Ravens, Crows and Magpies are all from the same family. (I have a great Magpie story for another day!)
In addition to how amazing these birds are, I like to connect with them as animal totems or messengers. I lived briefly just outside Lake Placid, New York and the Ravens would come to me often. Ravens have a lot of myth and lore connected with them, often dark and frightening, but I have never seen them that way. I’ve seen them as protectors, as community organizers and as wise and magical.
Ted Andrews, in his book Animal Speak, says that ‘Raven speaks of the opportunity to become the magician or enchantress of your own life. Each of us has a magician within and it is Raven which can show us how to bring that part of us out of the dark into the light.’
They are associated with the Winter Solstice which is the darkest day of the year, with the days following getting lighter and lighter. The Raven helps to bring us out of the dark and into the light.
On the day I left Lake Placid the Ravens gathered in my yard, not one, or two, but ten. Ten Ravens sat and cawed as I moved further into the light and followed my path.
If Ravens live where you are, open yourself to connect with these creatures more deeply and see what gifts both physical and metaphysical they will bring you. Just remember the Raven often likes to receive before it will begin to give. In opening yourself up, you begin this energetic exchange that might just turn into something exceptional.