I love these pieces because I was able to speak about the Sacred Darkness that each of us must face as we transition from this life to the next. This darkness is not cold but warm and nurturing, rather like the womb we emerged from to this world. Ravens are the perfect symbol with which to explore this.
Ravens are portrayed as powerful spirit beings in many cultures throughout time. They are seen as bringers of magic, tricksters, healers, messengers, guides, teachers and even the Creator of the Universe.
The indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest see Raven is a symbol of the Creator and a powerful protector of man. He is thought to be the one that made the Universe and discovered and protected the first man. Raven is the bringer of light to the darkness for humans. He stole the sun, the moon and stars from Grey Eagle who hated man. Raven put them in the sky thus making the world habitable for the people.
The European myths have Raven as messengers, or as alternate shapes for deities and spirits, the most well known are Bran and the Morrigan. Odin of Norse myth had two ravens: Muinn (Memory) and Huginn (Thought) that would fly about his realm and report back to him what they see. Raven is the symbol of Nantosuelta, a Gaulish goddess of the nature, fire, fertility, and death, who’s image appears in a relief at Sarrebourg, France.
For the purpose of these paintings – Heaven’s Birds and Raven Sermon– I am concentrating mainly on Raven’s ability to go between worlds and his function to act as guide of souls to those other worlds. Raven is a being who resides in the “in–between” of things. He can come and go from the Void–the source of creation from which all emerges and into which all will go back to.
When Raven appears in your life, you are about to experience a change in consciousness. Raven is the guide of transitions from this world to the next, from this dimension to the next. Raven tells us to be still and know that this is not all there is. There is more to life and death then we have ever imagined. When transition time comes, we do not go to the next place alone. Raven will guide and protect us on our journey.
I painted this image help you to set the intention to always know that this is but one stop along a journey that stretches far into space and time. When the time for letting go comes, we are never alone.
Affirmation: This life is but one stop on a journey that spreads far across time and space. I release my fear of endings knowing that I am loved and guided through all of life’s passages.