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Meeting With The Raven

I have never been confident about speaking about my spirit animals. But for a while ago I met a raven which I feel I can talk about. I first met him when I was waiting on the bus early one morning. I first noticed that he didn’t fly away when I came to close but stayed, confident like a dove. I walked to the station and sat there a while. Then I saw that same raven again walking towards me. When he was about 40 cm from me he stopped and looked at me. He just looked at me, and then I heard in my mind how he spoke to me saying; Good morning, how are you? I answered with my thoughts and said fine, little tired but ok. The raven answered; Ok, well im hungry, im going to look for food. And it walked away..

I have never before got that connection to a live animal, so I thought it was really cool.  A couple of nights later I had a lucid dream about walking on a road in a forest. The raven was flying next to me and protected me from other spiritual beings. I met other animals passing by, and also other humans with their spirit animal. I remember specifically one girl I met which was walking with a fox and a falcon. We talked for a while and took a swim in a beautiful lake before I woke up.

In my lucid dreams the landscape are always very beautiful, I see rainbows, stars, rivers and deep old forests. And I wish that the world would go back to this, to the time before the big cities and exploited forests. But that’s another story.

Anyway, later on I made a journey to meet the raven and asked for his name. Old Angus Kane he replied, I’m your guide, your eye in the spirit world. I am magic, your teacher of will. I don’t really understand yet what he ment with this. But then, time is a very good friend.

In the latest experience, via meditation, to lucid dream, I met him again for short while. I gave him food, and he gave me a feather in return.

Every experience with this raven connects me more with it. But not always do I understand him. I guess I will learn with time.


Symbolic Meaning of The Raven

In Native American lores the raven is a creature of metamorphosis and symbolize transformation/change. In some tribes it is a trickster because of it’s transformation attributes.

Often honored among medicine & holy men of tribes for its shape-shifting qualities, the Raven was called upon in ritual so that visions could be clarified.  Native holy men understood that what the physical eye sees, is not necessarily the truth, and he would call upon the raven for clarity in these matters.

Foremost, the Raven is the Native American bearer of magic, and a harbinger of messages from the cosmos.  Messages that are beyond space and time are nestled in the midnight wings of the Raven and come to only those within the tribe who are worthy of the knowledge.

When I looked up the symbolic meaning of the raven I understood a lot more. But now it’s time to seek more answers from Old Angus Kane.

Regards,
Nick

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Peyote is a spineless cactus that is dome-shaped and soft with button-like nodules. It is blue-green in colour and grows to about 5cm tall and 8cm    wide. There are 2 species, Mescal (Lophophora williamsii) which has flowers white or pink in colour, and Lophophora Diffusa which is more primitive with yellow to white flowers and a yellow-green body. These plants are native throughout the Chihuahua Desert from central Mexico to southern Texas and are also known as Mescal. Peyote is an entheogen containing mescaline as its primary active chemical, well-known for its hallucinogenic effect after chewing the dried out or fresh nodules found on the cactus. They can also be boiled and drunk as a bitter tea. A “trip” last around 6-12 hours depending on the individual.

It has a long history of use as a medicinal herb and often used for journeys to the “invisible dimension of spirits”. It was given to the ancients of this world by the gods so Mexican art to celebrate Peyotethat the shamans could communicate with everything else in the nature. The sacred cactus was apparently well established before the European conquest of Mexico. And at that time, Spanish people declared its use to be a devilish crime against God. Ironically, native peyotists, relying on the humble cactus for divine guidance and inspiration became targets by evangelists and hunted down with sometimes ruthless punishments. The peyote takes up to 30 years to ripe, so unfortunately its very close extinction in its wild habitat.

/ Spirit Drum

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