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wunjo

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on April 10, 2021 at 2:56 pm

watercolor 4/2021

Wunjo is the rune stone symbol for joy, peace.

 

And into the forest I go,

 to lose my mind

 and find my soul.

……..John Muir

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casting of the runes

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers on February 9, 2021 at 2:20 pm

watercolor 2/2021

If you want to awaken

all of humanity,

then awaken all of yourself.

If you want to eliminate

the suffering in the world, then

eliminate all that is dark

and negative in yourself.

truly, the greatest gift

you have to

give is that of your

own self-transformation.

…..Lao Tzu

Raven is a bird surrounded by ancient lore…..much of which has flavored perception of ravens today. The raven is a clever, mysterious and most intelligent bird. Actually I am beguiled by any creature who crosses my path and raven is no exception. This one is a Druid bird casting the runes and holding the rune Dagaz. This is the rune of transformation. Shaped like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. The rune of awakening, awareness representing a paradigm shift which is now occurring.

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magi

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers on December 11, 2020 at 3:02 pm

watercolor 12/2020

‘Shine like the whole universe is yours’…..rumi

noel

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Things with Feathers on December 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm

watercolor 12/20

He has his eye on the holiday bell. You can bet that he will take that back to his nest.

humility

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on September 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm

watercolor 9/2020

‘Something beautiful can happen to people when their world falls apart….humility, nobility and wisdom emerge just when our knees hit the floor’

……..Marianne Williamson

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the alchemist

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on June 24, 2020 at 10:11 am

watercolor 6/2020

Go where the Mother’s blanket 

heals you, where she gives you

new dreams…if you learn to live

in these places, you will live through 

these times…this is the time to 

relearn how to live with the Earth.

it is a time to honor Spirit, to listen

to the Mother, to reawaken our

emotional awareness so we can

communicate with the higher octaves of

reality, upon this sacred egg we call

…..Earth.

……Last Cry, Native American Prophecies

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prophesy

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers on June 7, 2020 at 3:56 pm

watercolor 6/2020

My favorite bird and I love the myths surrounding this corvid.  Ravens are magical beings and, if there are any predictions to be given to us, I am positive that Raven will be the one to do the job.

How Raven brought Light to the world…….

Once the whole world was dark….inky, all-consuming dark. The reason for this blackness was that an old man who lived in a house by the river hid all the light in a tiny box. He did this because he was afraid to see whether or not his daughter was ugly.

Now, Raven, in a ploy to steal the light shrinks himself to become a hemlock needle in a basket of drinking water so that the daughter will swallow him. Soon Raven is reborn from her as a human child/raven. The old man accepts him as a grandson and soon Raven begs and pleads with the old man to open the box which holds the light. When the old man finally opens the box containing the light, Raven grabs it and flies out of the house—causing light to spread throughout the world and revealing that the old man’s daughter is as beautiful as the fronds of a hemlock tree.

As Raven flies away, Eagle sees him and tries to steal the light, causing Raven to drop some of it, which becomes the Moon and the stars.

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bran the blessed

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers on November 2, 2019 at 3:35 pm

watercolor 11/2019

In Welsh folklore, ‘Bran the Blessed’ is a primordial raven deity and guardian of Britain whose totem is a raven.

 

stop the words now,

open the window in the center of your chest

and let the spirits fly in and out

…..rumi

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sacred wisdom

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on January 7, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Watercolor 1/2018 5 x 7

 

This is just one of so many Native American tales about Raven as well as other animals. I love to read them.

 

When Raven was killed

Raven had played so many tricks on mankind for so long that one day a great chief decided to kill him. The chief caught Raven unaware and threw him into a large skin bag. Then he began to climb to the top of a steep mountain. Raven asked from inside the bag “what are you doing, where are we going.” The chief ignored Raven. Raven told the chief that bad things would happen if he hurt Raven. But the chief did not listen and finally on top of the mountain, he threw Raven off the mountain. Raven was torn to pieces falling. The chief had killed Raven.

Everyone in the village was happy and they celebrated for days. Then they noticed that all the water was gone. The lakes and rivers were dry. The shaman told them that the water had vanished because the chief had killed Raven. Now the people wanted Raven to come back.

The shaman told the chief that he would have to put Raven back together again. So the chief put all the pieces back together again. Raven came back to life and started to fly away. “Stop” cried the chief. “All the water is gone and only you can return it.” Raven flew higher and said “Look around you, there is water everywhere.”

The chief then turned and saw that the lake was full and that the river ran deep and fast again. As Raven disappeared in the distance, the chief promised never to try to kill Raven again.

Because of his powers and role in their heritage, Natives do not kill ravens.

 

keeper of the secrets

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on April 5, 2017 at 11:43 am

watercolor 4/2017

 

‘Raven’s lesson is to walk without fear even if the way is not clear…trust your intuition to guide you.’

 

As it is with all original people history is recorded through verbal stories. I love the tales from Native American culture because they add to the spirit and mystery of the animals that I paint. I often get lost often reading the myths and that’s how I found this one.

“At one time the whole world was dark. Inky, pitchy, all-consuming dark, blacker than a thousand stormy winter midnights, blacker than anything anywhere has been since.”

“The reason for all this blackness had to do with the old man in the house by the river, who had a box, which contained a box, which contained a box, which contained an infinite number of boxes, each nestled in a box slightly larger than itself until finally there was a box so small all it could contain was all the light in the universe.”

In the story, the old man hides the light because he’s afraid to see whether or not his daughter is ugly. In a ploy to steal the light, Raven shrinks himself to become a hemlock needle in a basket of drinking water so that the daughter swallows him. Soon Raven is reborn from her as a raven/human child. The old man accepts him as a grandson, and soon Raven begins begging that he open the boxes, one after another, each time pleading and crying until the old man yields.

When the old man finally opens the box containing the light, Raven grabs it and flies out of the house—causing light to spread throughout the world and revealing that the old man’s daughter is as beautiful as the fronds of a hemlock tree.

As Raven flies away, Eagle sees him and tries to steal the light, causing Raven to drop some of it, which becomes the Moon and the stars.

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