A Seer’s Raven

raven-flying-3Ravens are mystical creatures which play a pivotal role in the second book (not yet published) of the Urweltchronicles book series. The Lioness and the Faery Enchantment introduces you to Corvidia, the Royal Faery Seer’s raven.  Corvidia assists Phineas Treadworthy in divining the future of the Faery Realm of Urwelt. I’ve really enjoyed learning more about ravens and placing one as a character in the center of the action in my second book.

raven-feathersCalled the black-winged messengers of gods, ravens have been venerated by many civilizations and myths, from Native American to Egyptian, as well as, the Celtic lands of England and Wales where they figure prominently in the Arthurian legends.  Ravens are not only one of the most intelligent creatures on earth but have many similarities in social structure with humankind.  Due to their high emotional intelligence, they have come to symbolize a depth and intensity of feeling, especially around death. They mate for life and ritually mourn the loss of one another. They would rather die alone that mate again.

They live in close family groups and can be jealous and aggressive when protecting human-touchtheir own.  In short order, they can pick the latch of their cages and often play hide and seek with bright shiny objects.  They are able to interact with humans in a give and take manner and attach themselves to one person, so if you have an opportunity care for a raven, it is a lifelong commitment. As a result, ravens are highly conscious and thus capable of individual decisions requiring respect for themselves and their actions. In a nutshell, they are highly evolved beings ensouled in black plumage cloaks.

The Raven in Celtic Lore

raven-skull2The Celtic people have long attributed mystical qualities to domestic and wild animals alike.  The Raven is no exception.  Ravens brought good fortune while others served as supernatural agents of tests posed by god and goddesses and the faery people of the Otherworld. Due to its dark black color and carrion habits, ravens were often linked with mystical shapeshifting and death, especially death on the battlefield where they behaved as scavengers after a bloody fray.                   horseback-raven

Celtic goddesses are often associated with sexual potency and the Land but also war and death representing the darker side of the mother goddess.  Morrigan decided the fate of warriors on the battlefield decreeing who would die in battle.  She was said to metamorphose into a raven to hover over the battlefield as a harbinger of death.  The raven was emblematic of Morgan in King Arthur’s legends and served as her totemic beast and was also a frequent symbol of “Dark Women of Knowledge” or otherworldly priestesses.

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Celtic legendary seers used observations from nature to divine the future and the affairs of humankind.  Augury by means of birdsong or flight patterns figured largely in Celtic divination., especially among the Druids of Celtic lore. The croaking sounds of ravens were another means by which divination was accomplished.  Different kinds of croaks (from bacach, bacach or gradh, gradh to grob, grob) meant various types of visitors would be coming.  The croaking of ravens was also viewed as a bad omen of things to come.

raven-shieldThe world of Faery, called the Green World or Otherworld, is inhabited by birds and animals which are part of the human world as well. Therefore, they often perform the function of linking the two worlds.  A raven is one such creature that indicates an opening between the two worlds.  Those who are aware of that connection will know that the veil is about to be lifted to allow the seeker to pass into the Otherworld.

Bran the Blessed, a giant of superhuman strength figures in the second branch of the Mabinogion, the earliest prose literature of Celtic legends and mythology of Wales complied from earlier oral traditions.  Bran, meaning “raven” in Welsh, was beheaded and possiblytower-raven buried under the Tower of London where it acts as a protective symbol of Britain.  This legend serves as the root of the tradition in Great Britain that for as long as the ravens are kept in the Tower, the kingdom will be safe.

Ravens figure prominently in the story of The Dream of Rhonabuwy, one of the last links to the Celtic bardic tradition, while anticipating the Arthurian romance legends to come.  Arthur is portrayed as preparing for the battle with the raven-flying-3Anglo-Saxons with much infighting among the Celts beforehand.  Amidst this infighting, Arthur and Owein played a board game similar to chess. While Owein’s army, consisting of three hundred ravens, grew restless, Arthur and Owein played on. Arthur’s men were soon harassed by ravens, who then began to massacre the birds. raven-on-limb Owein gave permission to counterattack and so many men were killed by the ravens that Arthur would have been hard pressed to defend his land. Owein finally relented when Arthur insisted he call off his birds. Cornish folklore also speaks of Arthur becoming a raven upon death, perhaps to watch over the ghosts of warrior knights slain on his battlefields.

Sacred Essential Oils Evoking the Faery Realm of Urwelt

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Urwelt is the name of the faery realm in my books and readers will be treated to more of this faery Otherworld in my second book, The Lioness and the Faery Enchantment.  Urwelt means “primeval world” which is an apt description of the faery world which has been with us for since the beginning of humankind.  The grans spend some of their time in the world of Urwelt learning herbal wild crafting and other sacred healing arts which assist them on their new found adventures.  As many of you know, smell is our keenest sense evoking memories (both personal and ancient) and their ensuing emotions.  No essential oils do this more deeply than thefrankincense_tree_boswellia sacred oils of frankincense and myrrh.  I have never found a brand of these oils better than those I began purchasing from Ancient Essence over ten years ago.  These oils are highly concentrated and pure, but more importantly, uncut by any carrier oils or alcohol.  This is rare in the essential oil business.  I was entranced by the fragrance when I first encountered the oils at healthcare Frank and Myrrh bottleconference.  I was literally transported to another world where oils were used as an aid in the healing process—physical, emotional and spiritual.  I do not normally promote products on this website but my personal experience with these products is such that I want to share them with you.  The oils high vibrational frequency evokes a mystical appeal and presence from ancient times and dovetail deeply into the essence of the faery realm of Urwelt.  For more information on the unique therapeutic properties and uses of these oils go to Ancient Essence.  You will be pleased to finally find such a superb product of quality and integrity.

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Five Ways to Attract the Faerie

Just Beyond the Veil
Just Beyond the Veil

My second book (still in the writing process) in the Urwelt Chronicles series, The Lioness and the Faerie Enchantment, features a greater integration of the Faerie and their particular magick into the story.  Phineas Treadworthy, a faerie seer from the land of Urwelt, comes to Brumley Hall causing a disconcerting amount of mayhem, but also bringing his special brand of merriment and magick. Faeries are not disneyfied, always benevolent creatures.  They are sentient beings of varied dispositions and sensitivities.  Some are small sprites with wings, while others take a human appearance.  For the most part they lie beyond the veil of our consciousness taking many mysterious forms.  Attaching themselves to certain geographical areas such as Europe and particularly to certain countries such as Ireland, Wales and Scotland (the Celtic world) they live their lives in close proximity to us under

Woodland Faeries by Richard Doyle
Woodland Faeries by Richard Doyle

secluded hills, deep within the surrounding woods and forests and in and about bodies of inland waterways such as lakes, ponds and rivers.  Their domains are spiritual and they seek to instruct us with the inner knowledge of our sacred role.  This role is to recognize and redeem our creative forces in serving the living magic of individual and collective integration within the whole of nature, both human and non-human. With this in mind, I have listed five ways to attract the Faerie.  There are others to be sure, but this is the beginning of the Faerie journey.

Under Secluded Hills in Celtic Lands
Under Secluded Hills in Celtic Lands
  1. Incorporate the Faerie into your domestic life, both ordinary and ritualistic.  This lessens the veil between our world and theirs and helps our connection to grow stronger.  By setting aside a special dwelling within the home and offering them food to their liking, such as milk, bread, honey, cake or apples, the household faeries will guard and protect your home from harm (theft, fire, and
    By Streams, Rivers and Lakes
    By Streams, Rivers and Lakes

    other damage).  Bring them into your holiday festivities and make them a part of your magickal practices.  Use herbs and roots such as mandrake which possess the Faerie spirit but beware to harvest it according to tradition to make use of its guardian energy.  Magickal ritual with the Faerie is a partnership and mutual exchange, not an authoritarian summoning.  The Faerie which is a force of nature cannot be commanded to do ones bidding. The exchange must be mutual.

  2. Communication is on their terms, not ours. The humanseekerwill be advised when the Faerie wish to communicate.  They are threshold beings living in the mists between the living and dead, inner and outer worlds and the gloaming (dawn or twilight). Contactmay be easier during times of the year when the veil is thinner such as All Hollows Eve and Beltane (Halloween and May Day).  They may also be present along the roads and trails that lead into and out of the Faerie world or in places they hold sacred.

    Communication When Ready
    Communication When Ready
  3. Respect sacred space guarded by the Faerie. Refine your consciousness through meditation andawarenessto be sensitive to such places.  Ecosystems such as woodlands and watersheds contain their own central point of intelligence where clusters of species have a potent affinity.  Attune to the inner power of place by honoring the balance and integrity of nature.  Respect this interlocking pattern of intelligence and walk lightly leaving no trace but your respectful footfalls behind.

    Leave Only Your Footfalls
    Leave Only Your Footfalls
  4.  Develop powers of the Faerie. Cultivate inner stillness and second sight.  Healing powers and other magickal abilities may be given by the Faerie.  Be in tune to the subtle forces surrounding you and be willing to alter your lifestyle of excessive consumption to live in harmony with the natural world.  Be the transformation you seek.
  5.  Understand the Faerie culture, traditions, rules and prohibitions. You may be asked to fulfill certain tasks and as stated before, commit to inner changes of transformation.  You will be tested by the Faerie and undergo an ordeal of shadows and strange forces along the journey.  Transport to hidden realms every seven years may occur whereby you will be expected to pay a tithe or offering.  Enchantment goes without saying as one attunes to the distinction between the two worlds, illusion and vision.

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