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From the Formless Void

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Sibyl Raven

From the formless void
Motes, particles, miniscule molecules of matter
Slowly began to stir
Drawn by an invisible procreative,
Primordial force
They gravitated
Clinging together tenaciously
Swelling into a giant cluster
A sensual shape with
Dark raven wings

Inflaming, arousing desire, Raven
Spread her wings
Dancing, gyrating provocatively
Upon Wind’s fingertips
Wind and raven’s coming together
Borne of frenzied passion
Was a union, an act of love?
From which was birthed
An exquisite silver, moon egg
Swollen with life.

Curled within the silver womb
Amid deep silence
Lay the Goddess of Love,
Goddess of erotic love, fertility
Wrapped in the very wings
Upon which would ride, ravenous
Procreative inspiration
The all powerful
Creative energy
That fuels the universe

Heather Blakey

Written by Heather Blakey

April 4, 2008 at 2:55 am

Cosmic Raven

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Written by Jane

April 4, 2008 at 2:16 am

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Raven Myths May Be Real

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Raven Myths May Be Real

Diane Tipton, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Statewide Information Officer

Thursday, July 06, 2006 (copied from on 4-3-08)

Ravens are smart, sociable and entertaining. They appear as wise tricksters in the myths of ancient Native American and European cultures and display complex behaviors including life-long relationships with their mates, co-hunting relationships with wolves and humans, elaborate vocal communication and even play.

The Raven is a great shape shifter in myths of the Tlingit, a tribe of the Pacific Northwest coast, moving between the creature and human worlds, bestowing gifts while also playing tricks on humans.

It now appears myths portraying the raven as a wise trickster may have a factual basis. Credible reports tell of ravens in Olympic National Park in Washington learning to mimic the sound of the urinals that auto-flush in the campgrounds, as well as the call that park personnel use during training to simulate an avalanche—”one, two, three, wooosh.” Some experts have recently documented as many as 17 common raven vocalizations.

Traditional native hunting stories of the Inuit people tell of ravens hunting with humans, and describe the birds tipping in flight to direct hunters to caribou. Researchers say cultural and biological evidence suggests ravens, wolves and pre-historic humans are likely to have hunted in each other’s company throughout evolutionary history.

I watch the ravens daily at home. They outsmart the squirrels and tease my dog. Tricksters they are. They will abandon all to wrest the shiny metal treasure back home, should they find something like that.

Written by shelbloom

April 4, 2008 at 12:54 am

Posted in Raven Mythos

Electric Force

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Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
–Mark Twain

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Lightning, whose electricity,
Held the universe together,
Scowled malevolently
Through sword shaped eyes
That pierced the void as
Ravenous Raven, lady of birds and beasts
Erotically danced with promiscuous Wind

Charged by atoms, electrons, protons
Lightning hurled a bolt along a wire of air molecules
That collided upon earth’s stage
At the very spot in Dodona where
a single oak tree stood
Igniting fire.

Raven who lived on peaks of mountainsides,
Who lived in caves
Who rested on the boughs of this very tree
Looked up in wonder
Captivated, mesmerized by
Capricious Lightning’s audaciously bright, flashy show

The gift of fire, of electricity
Bought by Lightning to this most sacred place
His fired passion for Raven
Lives on in the bowels of
the mountains, the caves, the trees
Is told by birds and beasts
Lightning man’s imagination

To this day the Dododan Oak Tree has the property of attracting lightning and the places where lightning struck was regarded, continues to be regarded, as sacred.

In ancient Rome, members of the College of Augurs divined the will of the gods by observing the southern sky for lightning, birds, and shooting stars. A lightning bolt passing from left to right was a favorable omen; a lightning bolt passing from right to left was a sign that Jove did not approve of current political events. Furthermore, whenever the augurs reported any sign of lightning, the magistrates of Rome were required to cancel all public assemblies on the following day. The augurs’ reports became politically useful to postpone unwanted meetings, delay the passage of laws, or prevent the election of certain magistrates by popular assemblies..

Written by Heather Blakey

April 3, 2008 at 11:44 pm