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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:20 pm

Otter

• Date of Birth: June 10 – July 7
• Celtic Birth Animal: OTTER
• Gaelic Name: DOBHRAN (DAV-rhan)
• Key Words: Family, Joyful, Helpful, Intuitive, Playful, Creative
• Description: Otter people are enterprising, with a wide breadth of vision; optimistic and opti-mystic; strong personal magnetism
• Gift, Quality or Ability: Protection, Shape-shifting, Journeying, Shamanic Powers

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with June 10 – July 7 is the Otter whose Gaelic name is Dobhran (pronounced dav-rhan.) (Equos is the Celtic name for this season and means horse time.)

As an Otter you have a strong bond with your family. Your helpful nature will extend to anyone in need. You were born with an intuitive gift and an ability to see things that most others cannot, this is a quality that most admire and few envy. You are extremely creative with the ability to visualise yours and others dreams and lifestyles, you learn in all directions and have an optimistic outlook with a magnetic personality. You like to feel secure and can be very defensive when threatened; you are a shape shifter, a free spirit who likes to roam the land searching for pastures new, gathering information on your playful adventures.

Compatibility: Amicable relationships with the signs of Goose and Seal. Will also relate well to the signs of Salmon, Adder and Stag.

The birthstone of the Otter is a diamond, the product of regeneration and reincarnation.

The ruling Planet is Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, said to be able (if hollow) to hold 100 planet earths inside of it.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Dagda, The Father of all Gods.

Ogham Word is Duir

These animals were considered very magical by the Celts. In Celtic and other folklore the otter is often characterised as a friendly and helpful creature, and is given the name 'water dog', alluding to these qualities. In the Irish story The Voyage of Maelduin, otters on the Island of Otter bring the sailors salmon to eat, and the Voyage of Brendan tells of how an otter performed this service for a hermit, even collecting firewood for him! St. Cuthbert is the patron saint of otters, and after standing waist-deep in the North Sea during his nightly prayer vigils, two otters would come and warm his feet with their breath and dry them with their fur.

Sleek, lithe and playful, at home on land and in the water, the otter is a well-loved member of the Caledonian Forest fauna. A Scottish name for the otter is the 'dratsie', and in Scottish tradition there are tales of 'Otter Kings' who were accompanied by seven black otters. When captured, these beasts would grant any wish in exchange for their freedom. But their skins were also prized for their ability to render a warrior invincible, and were thought to provide protection against drowning. Luckily, the Otter Kings were hard to kill, their only vulnerable point being a small point below their chin.

Otters sometimes swim single file as a family group, and it has been suggested that this might account for some of the Loch Ness Monster sightings! In a similar vein, an old Anglo-Saxon name for the otter was the 'water-snake'.
The otter features in an ancient shamanic Welsh tale. The sorceress Ceridwen left young Gwion to guard her cauldron, but he tasted the draught by accident and gained knowledge of all things. He transformed into a hare to escape her wrath, but she pursued him as a hound. When he plunged into the river as a salmon, Ceridwen became an otter to continue her pursuit. Gwion was eventually reborn as the great bard, Taliesin.

Otter’s medicine includes woman’s healing wisdom, sensibility without suspicion, guidance in revealing ones talents, psychic awareness, faithfulness, recovery issues, understanding the value of playtime, primal feminine energy, joy, playfulness, prognostication

Otters are regarded as the masters of play by the Native American and Celtic cultures. Observing an individual otter or a family of otters shows us that it’s possible to view life as a game to be enjoyed, rather than a burden to be endured. Living is not painful, it’s a gift. Life is too short to worry so much.

The otter represents woman medicine. They are friendly, playful, and free of jealousy. If otter enters your life, always remember the beauty of a balanced female side, create a space for others to enter your life without preconceptions or suspicions. Otter teaches that balanced female energy is not jealousy or bitchiness, but sisterhood and sharing with others. Otter expresses joy for all. Remember that both men and women, have a feminine side. As both male and female humans start to display this medicine, the world will become a joyful place where all can reside happily, playfully and without jealousy, and not be afraid of being harmed or of loss.

Part of the otter's vibrant energy is associated with its deep connection to water, where they spend most of their time, and in which they are very fast and agile. Often they are seen floating on their backs with their paws sticking out of the water, playfully sliding on their bellies or doing acrobatics. Water symbolizes receptivity and has also been long associated with emotional energies in man. Let life simply be, rather than stopping the flow by worrying about things which have happened and about things. Learn to be like otter, gliding through the emotional ups and downs of life with effortlessly.

Otters are excellent parents, looking after their young much longer than most other marine mammals. Baby otters aren't born knowing how to swim - they are taught by their parents. This shows that we too can learn to swim playfully and happily with the flow of life, not against it. The otter symbolises the creative, nurturing energies residing within us and show us how to honour them. Enjoying the company of others of their kind, they are seldom seen alone. Otter people would benefit by living on, or close to, water and generally find comfort in group interactions.

The otter is a strong protector who helps with gaining wisdom, finding inner treasures or valuable talents, faithfulness, and the ability to recover from any crisis. Enjoy life instead of just enduring it.
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Moonhare » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:30 pm

Thank you for all this information, totally fascinating.......!
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:19 pm

Cat

• Date of Birth: July 8 – August 4
• Celtic Birth Animal: CAT
• Gaelic Name: KATII (Pronounced: KACHI)
• Key Words: Creative, Sensual, Noble, Artistic, Graceful
• Description: Cat people have a strong sense of personal integrity and a firm set of values; loyal and trustworthy; deep devotion to family; very affectionate
• Gift, Quality or Ability: Protection, Shape-shifting, Sensitivity to the Otherworld (especially ghosts and spirits)

In Celtic astrology the animal associated with July 8 – August 4 is the Cat whose Gaelic name is Kati (pronounced as ka-Chi.) (Elembiuos is the Celtic name for this season and means claim time.)

Cat people have a creative mind; are very Sensual, loyal and trustworthy and have an air of nobility about them. They are exceptionally honest and their main beliefs are crystal-clear. They are extremely loving, protective and loyal to their family. They change and adapt quickly and are very connected to the spiritual world.

The Unicorn is also associated with this time and symbolises purity and strength.

Compatibility: Amicable relationships with the signs of Owl and Bear. Will also relate well to the signs of the Crane, Bee and Swan.

The Cats birthstone is Red Carnelian, a good luck stone mainly found in India.

The ruling Planet is Earth, the land of the living and the land of plenty.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Govannon, The Smith God.

Ogham Word is Tinne (Holly), and to fell one is a crime punishable by death.

The Celts believe the cat brings us to wholeness and acts as a spiritual link between humans and the universe. It is about magic, mystery and being independent. The cat, a creature which combines a high degree of sensuality with a deeply psychic and spiritual nature, teaches us that the physical and spiritual worlds are not separate, but one. Cats have been linked with mystery and seduction since before the days of the ancient Egyptians. Their image has survived through the middle age, when they were thought to be familiars of witches. Even today, they are thought to have special abilities and understanding of things not normally available to humans. Many a cat keeper has observed odd behaviour such as chasing an invisible something about the house and detecting odd weather in advance of its arrival. Wild and domestic cats are sacred to the Goddess in Celtic folklore. Many Scottish clans adopted the domestic cat as their totem animal, and the MacBain clan used the wild cat. Cats were doors to the Otherworld and Guardians of its treasures. Scottish legend tells of the powerful King of the Cats who could answer any question, and of the Cath Sith, the Fairy Cat, with the dark green eyes and extremely long ears. In Wales, the Goddess Brigit had a cat companion, and Arthurian legend tells of the terrible monster Palug Cat killed by King Arthur.

Many of the Celtic legends pictured the cat as a ferocious, evil creature, but that may have been because cats at that time were untamed. However, it was considered a potent totem animal of several clans; Caithness was named after the clan of the Catti. In Ireland Finn mac Cumhail was said to have fought a clan of "cat-headed" people, probably Celts who wore cat skins on their helmets. The cat is a strong protector, especially when facing a confrontational situation.

In Ireland, Eire - the Goddess for whom the island was named - gave her companion cat the gift of knowledge and confided all the secrets of the cauldron. This imparted all the secrets of women's mysteries and occult knowledge to the cat.

The great Welsh Goddess, Ceridwen, was attended by white cats who did her bidding.

In Christian times, the negative view of felines carried over into the witchcraft persecutions. Cats were already associated with evil, and therefore, the devil. At best, cats were considered unlucky. At worst, it meant extermination.

The association between cats and witches was particularly strong in the United Kingdom, leading to brutal persecution of cats. Cats - especially black cats - were routinely attacked by fearful Christians and tortured, skinned alive, beaten, or burned. Anyone who kept a cat for a companion ran the risk of being branded a witch and executed. In Scottish folk magic, one could ask questions of the spirits provided he roast a black cat over the fire!

Cats themselves are quite resourceful and tend to give us messages of change, flexibility of adaptability. Often, when a cat makes an uncommon appearance in our lives it is a message for us to shake up our habitual routines and make some fresh changes in our lives, as well as be more flexible in our thinking. Cat encourages agility in both body and mind. The cat teaches us that the physical and spiritual worlds are not separate, but one, and is a good assistant for meditation.

Cats can also be quite aloof, and this too is often a message for us to distance ourselves from people or situations. Sometimes the best cure for a problem is to step away from it - the cat inherently realizes this, and we would be wise to recognize this need as well.

Stoic, silent and mysterious, cats fit the bill of Otherworld guardians quite well. They keep the secrets of the Otherworld eternally to themselves, as the gaze with guile upon a world that does not see or understand the depth of their knowledge. Astute, crafty and clever, not only do they make great Otherworld guardians, they are also liaisons to mystic realms. When invoked, they can grant the caller a variety of insights regarding more esoteric, ethereal knowledge. No wonder the cat is a prize among Celtic animals.
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:07 am

SALMON

• Date of Birth: August 5 – September 1
• Celtic Birth Animal: SALMON
• Gaelic Name: BRADAN (bra-TAN)
• Key Words: Wisdom, Inspiration, Rejuvenation
• Description: Salmon people have knowledge of the arts and sciences as well as good reasoning powers; perceptive and clever; keen observers
• Gift, Quality or Ability: Initiation, Shape-shifting, Connection with Faerie

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with August 5 – September 1 is the Salmon whose Gaelic name is Bradan (pronounced as bra-TAN.) (Edrinios is the Celtic name for this season and means arbitration time.)

As a salmon person you are remarkably fresh, inspiring and wise in your thinking, a clever being that has knowledge of the arts and science. You like to take the initiative with projects in life and have great communication skills. You are a very perceptive and intuitive person who is a keen observer of life with a connection to the mystical side of life.

Compatibility: Amicable relationships with the signs of the Adder and Stag. Will also relate well to the signs of Otter, Seal and Goose.

The Birthstone is the Amethyst, a royal and spiritual stone that will enhance intelligence and symbolises sobriety.

The ruling planet is Mercury, (named after the winged Roman messenger god) the second smallest planet in the solar system that is so close to the Sun you can only see it near sunrise or sunset.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Manannan Mac Lir The Sea God and a master of disguise.

Ogham Word is Coll

The salmon was considered by the Celts to be the one of the most ancient and wise of animals. In Irish myth, salmon swam in the River Boyne under the overhanging hazel tree from which the nine nuts of poetic wisdom fell. These nuts were consumed by the salmon, who absorbed the inspiration encapsulated therein. The salmon were then eaten by Fionn mac Cumhal, who subsequently acquired the knowledge of all things and later became leader of the Fianna, an Irish warband of immense strength. According to Celtic legend, Fintan the "White Ancient" was able to assume the form of animals, one of which was the salmon. Salmon would also be the animals which would lead Gwrhyr to the Mabon and eventually toward wisdom and rebirth.

Both salmon and sea-trout (which were often conflated) are unusual in being the only non-terrestrial animals exalted by the Celts. The reason for this may be two-fold. First the pink flesh of salmon suggests the skin of people (which probably accounts for the tales of human–salmon transformations). Salmon are also creatures of two worlds in that they can survive in both salt and fresh water and they vanish on migrations every year (suggesting a link with the netherworld). Thus salmon were not entirely creatures of this world, which might explain their link with inspiration, knowledge and extreme longevity.

In general people with this birth animal are tough and can persevere when others aren’t able to. Often they pick a life filled with challenges knowing that within each challenge lies positive-ness and the opportunity for growth.

They also have strong spiritual desires and work tirelessly to manifest them. Studying genealogy is important. The salmon teaches you how to get in touch with ancestral knowledge and put it to practical use
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:51 am

SWAN

• Date of Birth: September 2 – September 29
• Celtic Birth Animal: SWAN
• Gaelic Name: EALA (ellah, pronounced softly, not harsh/hard)
• Key Words: Beauty, Love, Soul, Grace
• Description: Swan people are kind and gentle, adept in love and the social arts; calm and serene, with a strong domestic sense
• Gift, Quality or Ability: Connection with the realm of Faerie, Shape-shifting, Creativity

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with September 2 – September 29 is the Swan whose Gaelic name is Eala (pronounced as ellah). (Edrinios is the Celtic name for this season and means arbitration(settlement) time.)

As a Swan person you are very loving, courteous and have a beautiful soul with a kind and caring nature. You are well practiced in love and the art of socialising. You feel committed to your family as you have a strong sense of loyalty towards them. Creativity plays a big part in your life, you often use it to mask how you are really feeling and you are strongly connected to the mystical side of life.

Compatibility: Amicable relationships with the signs of Crane and Bee. Will also relate well to the Owl, Cat and Bear.

The birthstone is the Emerald a beautiful stone, it is a good luck stone that enhances well-being. (regarded by the Celts, Incas and Aztecs as the ‘Holy stone’, much sought after by the royalty of the land, such as the pharaohs, Indian maharajahs and maharanis)

The ruling planet is Venus, the planet of love.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Tuatha De Danaan, The Gods of Light.

Ogham Word is Muin

In Celtic tradition the Swan is associated with deities of healing waters and the sun. They are associated with music, love, purity and the soul. They are shape-shifters, can take human form, and have mastered the elements of water, earth and air. They can always be recognized by the gold or silver chain that hangs around their neck. The Swan represents the Soul, our eternal essence and is associated with Samhain.

Swan represents grace and beauty on many levels. It is associated with love, poetry and music. The swan was sacred to Venus, the love goddess in Roman mythology. The swan was often pictured singing to a lyre in Greek tradition.

The swan was a symbol of grace and beauty, representing the radiant divinity of the Gods. The White Swan is also associated with the White Ghost or the White Phantom known as Gwenhwyvar. A mystical bird who figures in several Celtic folktales. Connected chiefly with music and song, the swan also aided in the interpretation of dream symbols, transitions and spiritual evolution. The Celts knew five seasons with Alban Eiler, the vernal equinox, coming in the spring, also called The Flowering. Alban Eiler celebrates the youthful spirit of new life warmed by the March sun, and it was believed that those born at Alban Eiler are gifted with grace and elegance of the Celtic Sun God's swan-maiden bride.

The Swan is one of the most ancient and powerful animals. The Irish bards were both poets and musicians, and wore cloaks made with swan feathers. Also in the Irish tale about the Children of Lir, who were turned into swans and sang so sweetly that all who heard them were put at ease and slept peacefully. These 2 examples along with other Celtic legends of the humans shape shifting into swans highlights the deepest meaning of Swan medicine.
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:52 am

GOOSE

• Date of Birth: September 30 – October 27
• Celtic Birth Animal: GOOSE
• Gaelic Name: GEADH (Giagh)
• Key Words: Direction, Vigilance, Stamina, Family
• Description: Goose people are generous providers, but also thrifty savers/investors regarding their future security; enterprising; they have a sharp intellect as well as wit; artistic
• Gift, Quality or Ability: Protection, Fertility, Creativity, Endurance, Stamina, Inner Guidance

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with September 30 – October 27 is the Goose whose Gaelic name is Geadh (pronounced Gia-gh.) (Cantalos is the Celtic name for this season and means song time.)

As a goose you are good at hiding behind a mask, you are a very cautious person who likes to stay on track of the direction you are headed for in life. You are determined to succeed in life and have a lot of stamina, your ability to save and invest is a credit to you and you like to feel that you will be secure later on in life. Your intellect is very sharp as is your humour. You can be very defensive when you feel threatened and have a fruitful, creative and artistic nature.

The Butterfly is also associated with this time of year and symbolises Faerie faith.

Compatible with the signs of Seal and Otter. Will also relate well to the signs of Adder, Stag and Salmon.

The birthstone is the Opal a magnificent gem that reflects all the colours of the rainbow. (It is reported in aboriginal legends that the creator of Earth came down from the Heavens on a rainbow, in order to bring the message of peace to all the humans and at the exact spot where his foot touched the ground, the stones became alive and started sparkling in all the colours of the rainbow and the opal was born. )

The ruling planet is the Moon, a magical and mystical planet associated with pulling power, moods and physical changes. (The moon is not a planet, but a satellite of mother Earth.)

The Ruling God/Goddess is Guinevere the Faerie bride.

Ogham Word is Gort

As with most birds in Celtic lore, the goose represented prophetic knowledge, bloodshed and skill. The goose was regarded as symbolic of a message or messenger of the Otherworld like the hare and the hen, the goose was forbidden food for the ancient Britons. They could be portents of either good or evil, bringers of luck, omens of death or sacrificial animals. The interpretation of the flight patterns, habits and songs of birds were all methods by which knowledge of future events might be told or unfortunate circumstances avoided. Celtic monks used the wild goose as a symbol of the God Spirit. Bones of geese have been found buried in the graves of Iron Age Celtic warriors.

The Goose is also a symbol of fertility and fidelity. The goose is also a strong symbol of hearth and home. The Goose deals with our own migratory or transitory nature. Always returning to the same spot each spring, the goose was recognized for its incredibly navigational devised, and identified for its keen sense of return to home. Celts being fierce patriots, the sign of the goose was a strong symbol of the importance of home.

The goose will vigorously defend its territory and loud honking gives ample warning of any invasion. This territorial reaction has made the goose a powerful symbol of defensive power and guardianship. A great stone goose gazes watchfully from the lintel of the Iron Age clifftop temple of Roquepertuse in Provence, guarding a shrine of war-deities. At Dineault in Brittany a bronze figurine of a Celtic war-goddess has been found, complete with helmet surmounted by a goose in its characteristic threatening posture, with its neck thrust forward.
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:53 am

OWL

• Date of Birth: October 28 – November 24
• Celtic Birth Animal: OWL
• Gaelic Name: CAILLEACH – OIDHCHE (Kall-eeck – Oheeche)
• Key Words: Wisdom, Change, Detachment, Vision.
• Description: Owl people have a powerful presence/personal magnetism that can both attract and overpower sensitive people; highly imaginative; passionate
• Gift, Quality or Ability: Sensitivity to the Otherworld, Depth of vision, Hearing what is not being said, Magic, Passion, Initiation

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with October 28 – November 24 is the Owl whose Gaelic name is Cailleach-oidhche (pronounced as Kall-eeck Oheeche.) (Samoniosis the Celtic name for this season and translates as seed fall.)

Being an owl person means that you are very wise but may detach yourself from society. Your moods are changeable yet your presence is very dominant and you have a captivating personality which can both attract and overwhelm perceptive people. You have a well developed imagination, like to make the first move and are passionate about your causes. You have an innate sensitivity to the spiritual side of life and can be linked to the magical and mystical side of existence.

The Dog is also associated with this time and symbolises true loyalty, it was a title of honour for Celtic Chieftains.

Compatible with the signs of Cat and Bear. Will also relate well to the signs of Bee, Swan and Crane.

The birthstone is Jasper known as the landscape in a stone because of its remarkable picturesque markings that resemble a landscape.

The ruling Planet is Pluto named after the Greek god of wealth who ruled the dark underworld of myth, it is the ninth planet from the sun.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Pwyll, The Celtic God the Underworld.

Ogham Word is Ngetal

Owls are most often associated with the Crone aspect of the Goddess. The word "cailleach" in Scottish-Gaelic means "owl." Often a guide to and through the Underworld, the owl is a creature of keen sight in darkness, as well as being a swift and silent hunter. The owl aids in unmasking those who would deceive or take advantage.

Owl people generally are private complex people and don't like others to know what they are really thinking. Sometimes this can cause misinterpretations, especially in personal relationships. Owl people also often have clairvoyant and psychic abilities. People born with this animal have chosen a path that implies a need to develop these gifts for the aid of others and they make excellent therapists, psychologists and counsellors.

Owl symbolises the feminine, the moon and the night. They are the bird of magic and darkness, of prophecy and wisdom. The owl is also referred to as the night eagle a messenger from the darkness and a guide through all the mysteries that it contains. They are night hunters and therefore have the ability to see what others may miss. The owl will give you the gift of seeing what is truly beneath the surface and not to be deceived by appearance. In Celtic symbolism, the owl is noted for wisdom, keen sight, and patience.
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:59 am

RAVEN

• Date of Birth: November 25 – December 22
• Celtic Birth Animal: RAVEN
• Gaelic Name: BRAN (Bran)
• Key Words: Visionary, Master Magicians, Initiator, Wise, Crafty.
• Description: Raven people have a constructive approach to life; they will continue a struggle that would defeat most people; self-disciplined, patient, wise, strong oracular skills
• Gift, Quality or Ability: Shape-shifting, Magic, Connection to Faerie, Creativity, Stealth, Wit
• Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of Seal and Salmon; will relate well to the signs of Crane, Adder and Cat; difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs

In Celtic astrology the animal associated with November 25 – December 23 is the Raven whose Gaelic Name is Bran. (Dumannios is the Celtic name for this season and means darkest depths.)

Raven people are extremely Perceptive with an understanding nature and healing their Gift and ability to know what is going to happen is extraordinary: Raven people have a positive and productive attitude to life. They will persist at a task when most people would give up. They are very spiritual and connected to the other world; they are shape shifters and may often change their appearance. Ravens are self-disciplined creatures that are very serene and like their own space.

The birthstone is a black diamond, a deep and mysterious gem.

The ruling planet is Saturn the 6th planet from the Sun, named after the Roman god of Saturday and agriculture and was the father of Jupiter.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Cailleach Beara, The crown Goddess and Celtic Tribal Mother

Ogham Word is Ruis

The Celts celebrated New Year's Eve, "Samhain," on 31st October, a night of supernatural magic when the spirits of their ancestors appeared to feasting villagers. This festival survives as Halloween. Irish goddess the Morrigan, as a raven, rules over Samhain, blessing those born at this time with vision and power. It was cautioned that great care should be taken when dealing with this important totem animal of the Celts. This bird was also connected to Bran the Blessed. In Welsh, "Bran" means "raven." Although its reputation was sometimes dubious, the raven was considered an oracular bird, often representing the upsets and crises of life which were deemed necessary for anything new to be created. The Druids were believed to have the ability to change into the form of all birds and beasts, but among their favoured choices was the raven, as well as the eagle and the crow.

Ravens bear magic and mysticism, and have a long history of myth enshrouding them. Shamans know the power of an unexpected piercing sound in shifting consciousness. Ravens have this power, giving out varied sounds, and can assist us in shifting our consciousness into various dimensional realms. Hence this is a reason why the raven is referred to as a shape shifter with magical powers. ‘Raven people’ can expect continual changes and spiritual awakenings throughout their lifetime.

"To have a raven's knowledge" is an Irish proverb meaning to have a seer's supernatural powers. Raven is considered one of the oldest and wisest of animals.

Also a bird of wisdom and prophecy, Raven was the totem of the Welsh God, Bran the Blessed, the giant protector of the Britain, the Isle of the Mighty. After the battle with Ireland, Bran was decapitated, and his head became an oracle. Eventually Bran asked to have his head buried in what is now Tower Hill in London to protect Britain from invasion. Bran's Ravens are kept there to this day, as protection against invasion. During World War II, they left before the bombings ever began. Winston Churchill, knowing full well the ancient legends, ordered the immediate replacement of ravens, and they were brought to Tower Hill from Celtic lands - the Welsh hills and Scottish Highlands.

Raven was the favourite bird of the solar deity, Lugh (Irish/Scots), or Lludd (Welsh) the Celtic God of Arts and Crafts. Lugh was said to have two ravens to attend on all the His needs (similar to Odin and his ravens). The Welsh Owein had a magical army of ravens.

In Welsh folklore, the raven is also an omen of death. If the raven makes a choking sound, it is a portent of the death rattle. A crying raven on a church steeple will "overlook" the next house where death will occur. A raven could smell death and would hover over the area where the next victim dwelt, including animals. Ravens were heard to "laugh" when someone was about to die.

Among the Irish Celts, Raven was associated with the Triple Goddess, the Morrigan, who took the shape of Raven over battlefields as Chooser of the Slain. She was a protector of warriors, such as Chuhulian and Fionn MacCual.

Raven is also the totem of the pan-Celtic Sorceress/Goddess Morgan le Fay, who was also called the Queen of Faeries. In some tales, she is Queen of the Dubh Sidhe, or Dark Faeries, who were a race of tricksters who often took the form of ravens.
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