Raven Medicine

Native American

Raven’s medicine is magic.

Black, to Native Americans, is a color of magical power, and only to be feared if misused. Raven symbolizes the void – the mystery of that which is not yet formed. Ravens are symbolic of the Black Hole in Space, which draws in all energy toward itself and releases it in new forms. The iridescent blue and green that can be seen in the glossy black feathers of the raven represents the constant change of forms and shapes that emerge from the vast blackness of the void. In Native American tradition, Raven is the guardian of both ceremonial magic and healing circles. She is also the patron of smoke signals.

Raven’s element is air, and she is a messenger spirit, which Native American shamans use to project their magic over great distances.


Raven is a contrary spirit. On the negative side, Raven represents the profane, the devil, evil spirits, the trickster, war and destruction, death and doom, the void.

Yet in many cultures Raven also represents deep magic, the mystery of the unknown, death and transformation, creation, healing, wisdom, protection, and prophecy.

Raven is both symbolic of the sun, and the symbol of a moonless night. She is the birth giving light in the center of our galaxy, and the black hole in the center of the universe, to which we are all traveling to our eventual extinction.

Raven it the fatal touch of the Calleach in winter, the wisdom of Odin, the vessel of prophecy given to a seer, the mighty protector of the Western Isles, and the healing message of and Indian shaman.

Raven is a complex bird, both in nature and in mythology.


Bird whose magic is revealing
the hallowed mystery of healing

Native American shamans use Raven’s spirit for healing, especially long distance healing. When doing healing circle for absent friend, the energy can be sent in the form of a raven.

I f you are working directly with someone who is ill, you can use raven feathers to stroke their body, collecting and drawing out the negative energy to be shaken out and cleansed later. Raven is powerful medicine.

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