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Raven Meaning and Messages

In general, Raven symbolism can often be difficult to discern. However, there are always subtle clues available to you. If Raven announces its presence in a loud and raucous way, he is acting as a messenger. In this case, you must speak up and express yourself. This spirit animal could also be letting you know that you are not listening to the information and guidance that is forthcoming from your guardians. In other words, make sure you listen carefully and if you must, speak up for yourself!

Also, the Raven totem is the keeper of synchronicity. He is a master of bending and folding time and space. Therefore, you are precisely at the right moment at the right time. When you see this corvid on the lamp posts and buildings watching you, know that all things are falling into place for you. Hence, make sure you pay close attention to the people you meet for the next few hours. The Raven symbolism may be there to help you on your journey, provide insight, knowledge, and guidance. There is also an element of reflection with Raven’s meaning. Consequently, this bird is reminding you that the people around you are reflecting at you the things you most have to learn about yourself.

Furthermore, like the Cow, whenever Raven’s meaning appears in your life, fantastic magic is imminent. The Raven symbolism also brings messages of transition, change, and healing because of its ability to cast light into the darkness. When this happens, make sure that you are well-grounded and have faith in your journey. This birds’ magic will guide you through.

Raven Totem, Raven Spirit Animal

Raven totem people, like the Hummingbird, are very playful and creative. You also find comfort in solitude and enjoy your own company. People with the Raven totem also seek stillness and quiet and often prefer it to the constant onslaught of chatter and noise in their daily lives. People with this totem are wise and will bring messages for others. As a result, the spirit world uses you as a bridge to the physical world to bring forth its directives. Hence, you have no fear of the dark or the underworld. You understand that there is a perfect balance between the light and the darkness.

Also, with this bird as your spirit animal, you can use time and synchronicity to your advantage. You merely have to think about being somewhere at a specific time, and somehow, someway you are. At the same time, you remove obstacles, precipitate events, inspire competence, motivate, and make all things possible.

Raven Dream Interpretation

There is usually a profound change of consciousness imminent when a Raven dream occupies your sleep. Hence the message of this dream is to make sure that you watch for the clues and guidance that will enable you to soar to new heights. Also, if this bird is still and silent and looking at you in your dream, he is invoking magic. When this happens, you should pay close attention to the surroundings and prominent colours of the vision for further clues.

If this black corvid is loudly calling at you, he is insisting that you take notice of your surroundings. There is something in your life that you are missing, or you have forgotten a valuable lesson learned. Therefore, it may be an excellent idea for you to do some meditation and introspection. A Raven dream in which the bird is flying playful upside-down loops is telling you to fasten your seatbelt because everything has gone into hyperdrive. Absolute magic is afoot, so make sure that you enjoy the ride.

If this large black bird is attacking you or dive-bombing you in your dream, it is letting you know that the direction you are heading is not really where you want to go with your life. You must step back and re-evaluate before making your next move.

There is usually a profound change of consciousness imminent when Raven dreams occupy your sleep. Keep your mind open to receive and discern all that arrives.

Occasionally a Raven symbolism dream can signify an impending death, which is usually signalled by feeding on carrion or preening of its feathers to show rebirth. Thus, a pure white bird in your Raven dream is a message from Spirit and indicates that you are now on your divine path of light and should keep up the great work.

341 thoughts on “Raven”

  1. I had a dream a big black raven was staring at me and then flew to my finger as I held it out, the bird stayed there for a good awhile then licked my finger and flew away. As soon as I woke up I knew it was a message but couldn’t figure out exactly what..

  2. I dreamed I was under a trellis draped wiin vines. I heard a bird perch and it was pruning branches, because I could hear the vine branches breaking. Then it flew off but peered down at me looking straight at me in close proximity from above. I then walked into a dimly light kitchen (which didn’t feel like my house) and it was huddled in the corner on top of the refrigerator. What does that mean?

  3. I had a dream a raven fly in the house in the sink with dirty dishes when I went in the kitchen my ex was standing there looking at me I walk by grab a cup of ice left the kitchen he was looking At me then a friend got the bird out with a broom

  4. Annie Wisniewski

    I had two nightmares today, in which my husband found another woman and was leaving me. I sent him a text, telling him, because it made me really sad. He immediately called and tried to reassure me that everything was fine. In the background I heard a bird called that sounded like laughing. My husband told me it was a Raven that was perched just a few feet from him. I believe it was a message but I’m not exactly sure what it meant.
    His father, who passed a few months ago was also in the dream. He said something to me that I can’t remember.

  5. I dreamt last night that a large raven came to my back, wrapped its claws around my shoulders, squeezed me tightly and whispered in my left ear, ”I miss you.” I was surprised I could understand its words. When I awakened, I didn’t feel fear, but instead remembered the raven I had rescued long ago. I was kayaking in Antelope Canyon, and this raven was trapped in a small area near the water. He was able to hop onto the back of my kayak after a large wave from a speeding boat forced him into the water and then to dry land before shaking his feathers to dry. He eventually flew up to meet his companion, but I’ll never forget how he looked at me kindly before flying away. Could it be this raven from 14 years ago coming to my dream?

  6. In my dream a Large Raven was nesting outside my bedroom window. Then he became a man and crawled through my window and left and egg. We talked and later became friends and lovers. At one point the Raven man became paralyzed in a wheelchair and when he came back I kissed him and I was happy. I woke up shortly after. So I’m at a loss…
    My native american zodiac is Raven. I have not dreamed about Ravens in two years when they came to me as my unborn twins that I ended up losing while extremely ill with a autoimmune condition. I do not fear Raven. Just wondering what is the meaning and message this time.

  7. We were staging in a Slovakian graveyard. The battery was told that rules are simple. Listen to what the riders tell us and all will be easy and everything will go good. There was no answer when someone asked what would happen if we didn’t listen. So as we sat around and talked and people took photos in this Slovakian graveyard it started getting dark. The moment the sun was completely down these torches and fires started lighting and appearing on their own. Things started getting eery. I made my way to climb into the truck cause I didn’t trust it. Then a loud sound like a drum made like three beats near the enter ace of the graveyard where a huge and tall engraved gate now stood that wasn’t there before. The gate screeched open with the most terrifying and demonic sound I’ve ever heard. Then people on horseback wearing big black clones and carrying lanterns and sythes rode out and towards us. They had pale faces with black lips and you couldn’t see above their noses. One of them said it a very demonic and ghastly voice, “the rules are simple. If you stay out and do as you’re told then everything will be ok.” Then they all started whispering together saying something in a language I’ve never heard. While I’m sitting in this truck all of the other soldiers turned into a mist. Then my chief and a section mate fazed into the cab of the truck in a mist. The horsemen rode off into the woods while my chief and le looked at me in horror. Then the convoy started moving and we rode into the woods basically following the horsemen. That is when I woke up. I’m in the army not too far away from Ukraine rn. This is the dream I had while I was out training. I also forgot to include that there were definitely ravens flying everywhere calling out loudly. They were diving and some fighting. What could this mean cause it kind of scares me.

    1. EspionageCookie

      I get a feeling this may represent the ancestors of those within the Ukraine-Russian conflict going on at the moment, with the horrible war that keeps appearing over and over. I suggest taking their advice. You must be very clairaudient (look up signs of clairaudience which is an auditory version of clairvoyance, which is more visual) if they just tell you their advice directly with you in the military being not so far from the war.

      “The rules are simple. If you stay out and do as you’re told then everything will be ok,” they said. If they said so, then listen. Follow the rules and commands of the military you’re in, and you’ll survive. . . is what I gather. If it sounds insane or sounds doubtful to you, then still, follow their advice as their ancestors say so anyway.

      Good luck, buddy. You’re going to need a lot of it.

  8. I had a dream about a pair of old bolt cutters that had their snippers or beak strapped closed.. nobody could open the strap but when I tried I cut the strap loose and freed the bolt cutters that immediately turned into a raven on the shelf that spoke to me saying set me free outside take me to the meadow and set me free which I did and it flew away.. anyone know what this means?

    1. EspionageCookie

      It might mean that you are trying to close down the wisdom in a situation, ignore it and push it aside, but nowadays, your inner wisdom is finally coming out. If you’re trying to warn people of something or encouraging people to be cautious, when many people just want to ignore the real problems of life, it’s a sign that you are learning to speak up now at this point.

  9. I had a dream i was looking at robins and trying to show my son as they were flying close. As i bent down to look at a robin, a raven landed on my shoulder. I wasn’t afraid bit i kept still as i wanted my sons attention to look at the raven. It made me feel special, like the raven trusted me. However it turned soar as very slowly the raven sort of turned towards my eyes and slowly with his beak put pressure on them, as if not to poke them out but to hurt me either way. Anyone have a clue what this could mean?

    1. after reading this post, I remembered a thought that I had written down months ago.
      “If you choose to see what is only in front of you, then you have been blinded.” Not sure what is going on in your life at this time, but my guess is it may be a message that there could be some lies or deceit being directed at you by someone or something you trust.

  10. I had a dream, but can only remember one part of it. The part I remember is a Giant black bird (a Raven?) flew down into my hands as I was doing something. I tried to get it to fly away, to get it off my hands, and finally it did. Does anyone know what this might mean? TIA

    1. EspionageCookie

      There seems to be a huge message incoming for you, but you’ve been ignoring it and avoiding it so far. Is there any person you might have been ignoring lately who wants to offer you a message, an invite or opportunity, but you don’t listen?

  11. When conducting a distance healing I had a spirit raven watching. It had one yellow eye, one white eye. The other symbols with him were a river and a crescent mood (the actual moon on the night was full). I was late setting up the healing so I incorporated a slight temporal shift.
    Any ideas what the two coloured eyed raven means?

    1. EspionageCookie

      The raven in this example represents wisdom. The yellow eye represents the sun or the Divine Masculine and the white eye represents the moon or the Divine Feminine. I just suggest looking up the terms “Divine Feminine,” “Divine Masculine,” “Sacred Feminine,” and “Sacred Masculine.” Read multiple articles, read related books if needed and look for videos on them on YouTube. Then try to balance each of these ideas well.

  12. Any meaning to this real life raven sighting?

    I entered a building that had 4 ravens on the rooftop. Completely spaced apart except 2, 1 of the 2 was poledancing and the other was on guard. The one on guard swooped down after I reached the door, landing no where near me thankfully.

  13. Can anyone interpret my dream for me? It was a very short part I remember vividly. I see the silhouette of a large dog with its back to me sitting and staring out into the twilight. I feel like this is my dog, even though my dog in real life is actually very small. Without a sound, a raven swoops down and lands on my dog’s right shoulder and they both stare at the sky. And then I woke up with a gasp fully awake.

    1. EspionageCookie

      The large dog represents the qualities of loyalty, friendship and protection. If you do not personally know a specific person or animal in a dream, they often represent abstract themes or qualities to the person. The raven coming down on this dog might represent that there is a message from your inner voice when it comes to the themes just mentioned, and that you might be ignoring or avoiding these gut feelings, for all kinds of distractions in other areas of your life.

  14. Okay, Im used to being told by friends and family that when they see a raven in their dreams they sense my presence, but my last vivid dream featured two ravens each with one eye sitting on top of a ledge on a clear sunny day.
    When I noticed they each had one eye they flew away and then the picture refocused like a television glitch and the two birds merged into one and i noticed it had 3 eyes though it looked like a glitch in a video.
    I wasn’t sure how to interpret this as I’m used to being the raven in other people’s lives.

    1. EspionageCookie

      This seems to be the obvious reference to the third eye, of course. Perhaps if you have two contradicting perspectives in your head, or two voices in your head disagreeing on any number of things, try to use your intuition to combine them into a much larger perspective. The answer lies in a balance between both worlds.

  15. i had a dream, in which i’ve just made a friend with a green parrot. i was stroking her head, when suddenly an insect (similar to bumble bee, but all black, not sure) flew into the room, so i run out with the parrot to protect us from being bitten. but then something in my mind i was thinking to not be afraid and observe, so i kept looking at the bumble bee and suddynly i saw a raven, with a green a ribbon. in the dream i felt it’s a message that my guides are with me.

    1. EspionageCookie

      Green parrots in dreams symbolize your childhood, and it represents your childhood traumas that affect you up to now. The bee coming to bite you might represent that being caught up in all kinds of work and business (or busy-bee-ness) has made you lose focus on working with those traumas. The raven with the green ribbon is interesting. If you look up “green ribbon” it shows a lot of articles on mental health awareness.

      This might mean “Do not fear, and observe your early years from a detached viewpoint. Like you are someone else giving advice to yourself, or you’re giving advice to someone with a similar situation. Then ask for whatever answers come up to you first.”

  16. I had this dream where everything was black and white. I was in a house that is not mine, it was big like a mansion in the olden days.
    I heard screaming from my family in this large living room (or family room) and they were screening at a raven in the middle of the room. the raven was loud and it looked like if it was screening at them.
    so I walked to the door and the raven quietly followed me to the front of the house and the middle of the room floor, it flow.
    A couch blocked the door, and the windows were covered and sealed by the blinds.
    when the raven stayed in the middle of the floor, I thought that it was hungry, so I gave it food. when I went to the door, the raven tossed the food next to me so it did not hit me and I said something and I don’t remember.
    then I turn around to see the revan, it had some items that an Indian would wear. like the neckless, the feathers on its head, and something on the beak that looks like if it a bone through the beak.
    then I continued to open the door. once I open the door, it flies out and it came back right after it left as a baby raven, well half the size it was in front of me. then I woke up.
    what does it mean?

    1. EspionageCookie

      It seems like since the raven represents transformation, your family might be screaming a the raven in your dream because they are afraid of some kind of major change in your life. The raven must be hidden and locked inside a room because it represents you hiding a need to change your life that you keep a secret from the rest of the world.

      The items provided by the raven, I’m honestly not sure of, but perhaps it simply means you need to get in touch with nature and supporting the environment like the dedication of an Indian. At least, that’s what my gut says.

      When it left free, and left a baby raven back, it might be a sign that the end of an old life is not a destruction of your entire life, but the beginning of a new life to live instead.

  17. On my way to the store this morning I drove past an old cemetery and there perched on an old headstone was a HUGE Raven. A couple hours later I’m back at the lake cabin we are staying at this weekend, I’m relaxing on the porch looking at the lake and I hear these strange sounds. They get louder as to demand my attention, I peek over the railing and on the grass looking up at me is a beautiful black w/blue irredescent

    1. EspionageCookie

      The raven in the old cemetery might be in relation to the symbolism of the Death card in Tarot, which don’t worry, doesn’t mean a literal death. It’s just a metaphor pertaining to ending something major in your life, to make room for something bigger. Both the raven and the death card represent large amounts of change, which might mean that there might be a deeper hope coming through soon built from the ashes of what has fallen before you.

  18. I recently had a dream where I was walking along and heard a noise behind me I turned around and saw Raven on the ground that look like it had a hurt wing I reached out with my right arm and told her that everything will be OK and it looked at me and looked away and then looked at me again and hopped on my arm that’s when I woke up, what could this mean?

    1. EspionageCookie

      Perhaps this represents the part of yourself that represents emotional intensity and charisma like the raven, but instead of showing that through as your unique self, that part of you is “injured” like the raven with the hurt wing. Here, you try to reassure that part of yourself, and in that dream, you slowly come to terms, at least a little, when it comes to those insecurities of yourself.

      You might be afraid to be different. Like the raven, to be different transforms other people to be able to be different as well. That’s why it might feel so dangerous. To be who you are, does not just mean people copying you to be better, but also encourages the dangerous act of allowing people the inspiration to be who they are as well.

      You are not a masterpiece to be copied, but simply the messenger that allows people to guide themselves out of the labyrinth, rather than being the damsels/gentlemen in distress.

  19. Wanted to share that I had a lot of practice with animal messengers, and I thought I was working closely with my guide for good. As it turned out, I was being tricked by a bad spirit. They use these seemingly fun and harmless ways to groom us, to get us on the hook like a molester hands out candy.

    I was a victim of a spiritual attack last year, and I just want to reiterate that Satan is actively working against those who love God. He used my love of God to trick me; when I was in prayer, he spoke my name in a voice that sounded like thunder. He made me think that God had spoken my name. He can imitate voices–even the voice you would expect from God. He imitated the voice of Jesus as well, claiming that he was Jesus. This led down a road of absolute terror, where he would make me feel all kinds of things in my body. I prayed the Lord’s Prayer and simply stated, “Jesus will you help me?” This enabled Jesus to begin the process of extricating the devil from my life. When I prayed these words, I stopped feeling the terror. I believe he needs our invitation and permission to begin his process, and it is a process. Satan does not give up quickly–he disappears for awhile, and comes back when you least expect it. Just remember to ask Jesus for help. Also, go to a psychiatrist; they won’t believe that you are hearing real voices, but the medicine they can prescribe will help. It won’t erase the presence of bad spirits, but at least it will be a little easier to ignore them.

    1. Beth….I think that this may be happening to me! Please help me by providing more info on what I can do to stop this attack. I have been asking Jesus for help.

    2. hi Beth, These spirits are souls who can be saved.

      Ravens seem to be constantly around me, I had a dream last night about a raven trying to deliver a message but the entity chased it away, then an elk appeared, and three cloaked people who were in a snow storm, I invited them into my warm grass land and provided each with a camp fire. They never interacted they were appreciative of being allowed to warm up. I had the thought they were my guardians. I was curious about the animal guide info and it brought me to your message. Thank you for posting this, I have asked Jesus to help me. I pray that you find peace soon.

  20. Ashley Castaneda

    This morning, I dreamt I was on vacation walking down a street. I heard crying noise in the air. I look to a corner when a light post is and I see a raven struggling, she then falls and I tell myself to not to go after her and save her. I last minute run to try to catch her and but it was too late. She died when she hit the ground. She looked beautiful. Her mouth was open and her baby was in side it too. I think the baby was asleep or is. I can’t tell if this is a good omen or something I need to be cautious about.

    1. EspionageCookie

      My gut instinct brings to my mind the quote, “We stand on the shoulders of giants,” which is a metaphor meaning that we can only come this far due to the sacrifices of those before us. Not just personal family and friends, but the entire society’s progress in general. The raven represents the messengers who bring great change, and it feels like you want to save everyone who sacrifice themselves everyday for society, but you can’t. Though at this point, you can still choose to honor their sacrifices by looking after the new generation of change makers and rebels, with the baby raven.

  21. Recently and in the past I have found myself practically surrounded by ravens. At home in the trees, in different cities, in the trees at work, while traveling by car or my bike. What could this mean?! I went for a short drive around my neighborhood while it was snowing and one started yelling in the tree next to me. What am I missing?

    1. i was at a restaurant today and out of no where a raven flies near my table. it kept looking at me and flew away when i left. i figured out its common to see them in other places other than cemeteries so im not as scared ahahaha. its a little weird tho considering the whole idea of birds follows me all throughout my life. { they always fly out near my window. they whistle back to me, AND i own one as a pet.} wonder if it symbolises somthing? one screaming at you could meaan that theyre trying to warn you of somthing {i heard they are supposed to be “messangers”}

  22. I had a dream that someone had a raven , and when I went to Pick him up he croaked at me. Didn’t bite , just croaked in other words didn’t want me to pick him up. And he went on his way. Meaning

    1. EspionageCookie

      Since the raven represents major change in life, maybe what you require is not more and more change, but focus in one or a few areas of life instead. You might be scattered into different directions, never following through anything, and perhaps the raven left you because more unfocused change without finishing anything is not what you need.

  23. I dreamed a raven attacked me. The raven and I were at a table my son built for me. Anyway, I stuck my arm into the raven’s mouth to dissuade further attack, and next thing I remember from my dream is that I was looking at a featherless turkey vulture running around the table/my feet. What might be the meaning?

    1. Hello Selah:
      Ravens are known to be shapeshifters and will often use this to get their message across in a way that you will remember it. In this case, the raven is reminding you that you are not powerless! You have to take a moment for yourself, regroup, and take action from a place of personal power. You can do this, and you can get through this! You have the strength to make the changes necessary.
      Silken Raven

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