Raven Meaning and Symbolism
Oct 03
Discover Raven Symbolism

Raven Meaning and Symbolism


Overview of the Raven Spirit Animal


Birds are seen as messengers between heaven and earth.   The raven totem no exception. In addition to carrying messages back and forth from a higher plane, raven spirits also bring meaning from a darker place, within. If a raven guide has appeared in your life and spoken to you, turn your focus inward, it is time for a change.  As people we often fear change.  The changes raven totems bring are often meaningful and bring revelation. Change is often difficult but it is through overcoming obstacles and difficulties that we grow the most.  Don’t be fearful or uncomfortable when confronted with the challenge, instead anticipate the end result.


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Encounters with the Raven

What is the meaning of raven symbolism? Find out what symbol the raven spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Are you needing direction or guidance?

Ravens are incredibly perceptive; meaning, that when you’ve fallen under the scrutiny of this bird.  That which needs to be changed should be revealed.  When you’re having difficulty realizing what should change, then change the way you’re looking at yourself or a problem.

Are you aware of magical presences around you? Do you need to make a change?

Raven totems teach magic, or reveals the magic within.  Not fake magic, but the real energy of your will can be used to shape and create the environment around you.  This ties into the message of change not only can you change internally.  You can change the external.  People often dread the raven guide and his message because developing strong willpower, changing, or exercising your intention, takes dedication and persistence.

Do you sense a season of rebirth?

Consider the raven spirit’s consumption of carrion, or dead animals, this is a message that within death is life. When changing, do not simply cast off your old self, but consume and incorporate those parts which give you strength. Learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others.  Give new wings to thoughts and behaviors that were previously stopped from taking flight.

Do you need innovation?

Ravens are not easily intimidated by other birds.  They are persistent, monogamous, intelligent, foresighted (they store or cache food for the future), problem solvers, tool users, and opportunistic.

The Raven Spirit

Could the Raven be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? The Raven might be your spirit animal if you are:


If you’re spirit animal is a raven you are no stranger to introspection.  The ability to access and evaluate yourself, motives, position, desires come easy to you.  This gift is not terribly common and might leave you feeling misunderstood by others.


Because of it’s connection with the higher realm ravens are wise beyond their years.  If the raven is your totem animal expect wisdom and insight to follow you everywhere you go.  If you are lacking knowledge the raven can provide you with insight.


Are you seeking guidance and direction from beyond?  Raven’s have long been revered as powerful messengers.  Whether you or someone you care about is in search of direction and a message the raven totem is here to help you.  Because of their magical association don’t be surprised when their message holds spiritual orientations and implications.


One of the most powerful aspects of the raven totem is it’s essence of divination.  People with the raven as their spirit animal will find themselves attuned to the spirit realm.  This connection allows them to see into the future and into the lives of loved ones – and even their own life.  Some may call it deja vu – if the raven is your spirit animal you will experience this often however it is not deja vu – only you recognizing a future you have divined in your dreams.

What are the Traits of the Raven Totem?

Lessons from the Raven Spirit Animal

Ravens are:

  • Introspective
  • Magical
  • Wise
  • Bearers of Change
  • Truth Seekers
  • Persistent

Raven guide flies to us with the message of heightened perception and greater awareness of our conscious and subconscious minds. Just as a raven is often a silent observer, you may wish to observe your environment, the people in it, and your own behavior. Your behavior is motivated by a deep and complex tapestry woven over the expanse of your entire lifetime. The Raven totem is a gatekeeper of knowledge, a keeper of secrets, and a protector of truth. An interesting note about this protection is that the raven guide often protects us from difficult truths, or inner demons. When faced with a challenge it will persist.  It will approach the problem from many angles.  It will use tools all just to get to that juicy morsel at the center of the problem. Don’t expect change to come overnight, face your own inner challenges, it takes time to untangle the knots you’ve spent years making. The knots are like blocks, untangle them, follow the threads, and great inner truths will be revealed.

What is the true raven meaning? Look inward and embrace change. Raven totem people are introspective and are surrounded by change.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Raven




Raven symbolism is known for being exceptionally smart.  They actually rank very closely with chimpanzees and dolphins when it comes to intelligence.  People with this totem animal revered for their sage like wisdom.  When the raven is your spirit animal you will have no shortage of wisdom and insight.


When you consider raven symbolism it’s important to keep in mind it’s empathy.  Ravens have been known to show empathy to one another.  For example when one raven is beaten in a fight it’s friends will gather around and console it.  If the raven is your spirit animal empathy will come easy to you.  This strength will help you cultivate true and lasting friendships.


Despite popular belief that ravens are stoic foreboding creatures ravens actually have a playful side! They have been observed playing with makeshift “toys” in the wild.  If the raven is your totem animal make sure you’re making time to play and enjoy life with friends.



As a raven totem person it’s important to remain balanced.  When a raven has been provoked or when it is bored it will become mischievous.  Whether it’s stealing someones belongings or food they a clever enough not to get caught.  If the raven is your spirit animal it’s best to keep your hands and mind busy to avoid getting into mischief.

Stressed Out

A common weakness of raven symbolism is stress.  When young ravens reach adolescence they will find fellow teenage ravens to flock together.  Once together they hunt, eat and eventually pair off.  During this time ravens endure a lot of stress and it manifests in behavior and health.  If you find yourself stressed out evaluate your surroundings and make changes where you need to.


It’s in a ravens nature to challenge the status quo.  This quality can be beneficial when it becomes rebellion it has gone too far.  A rebellious raven can cause all kinds of trouble for itself and those surrounding it.

Raven Symbolism: The Raven in Dreams – What it Means

If you’ve had a dream about a raven spirit its meaning is likely that big changes are coming your way or it may symbolize an end to a phase or habit in your life.

As ravens eat carrion, or will steal food from others, seeing one in a dream may symbolize or mean that someone is taking advantage of your misfortune.

Raven totem is a guardian or keeper of our fears.  To see one in a dream can be a message to examine these fears. Raven will guide you in revealing these inner secrets and to see your demons for what they are.

The raven is a symbol for change and introspection.  Think about what implications the answers to these questions suggest, and how they might make sense in your life.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Raven

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Middle East: because of it’s consumption of carrion they are considered unclean animals.

Christianity: ravens are a forbidden food.  There is also a story of ravens being shamed when Noah sends one to search for land and it fails to return.  Now on a positive note for ravens in the bible, comes when a raven feeds the prophet Elijah when he is in hiding from King Ahab.

Nordic lore:  the one eyed god Odin had two ravens as messengers named Thought and Memory.

Native American:  many Native American tribes honor the raven for bringing light to mankind.  There are also many stories of them being tricksters, and seekers of truth.

Chinese myth:  ravens represent  the sun and its cycles.

Ancient Egypt: ravens are seen as harbingers of destruction and battle.

Celtic– Ravens were symbols of battle and destruction, but also of difficult change.

Greek- The god Apollo had a raven as a messenger.

Historical Facts

Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem “The Raven,” beginning “Once upon a midnight dreary,” was published on January 29th 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror.

Animal Quotes

Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
Friedrich Nietzsche
Some say ravens point travelers in the right direction, some say a single raven is a sight of good fortune to come, but a sight of many ravens means trouble ahead.
Lucas Scott

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