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Art: Raven Guardians by Artist Dawn Lee Thompson
This was a commissioned piece for a Witch of Wicca's home. He installed it in the entryway to bless and protect the house. I love the symbolism of all the elements of this piece; each color and shape is symbolic. Ravens have been used in many cultures for divination. A Middle Irish manuscript relates a system of raven divination. If the raven calls: * from above an enclosed bed indoors---distinguished guest or cleric will visit * if a lay visitor the raven says: "bacach", * if in orders it says "gradh gradh" * and call twice, if warriors or satirists are coming * it says "gracc gracc" or "grob grob"-the first call if the warriors are oppressed. * from the quarter behind you-it is from there the guests are coming. * long calls-women are coming * from the NE end of the house-robbers will steal the horses * from the house door-strangers or soldiers are coming * from above the door-satirists or guests from a king's retinue are coming * from above a man's bed before a journey-he will not come back safe * from the pillow-a woman is about to die * from the foot of a man's bed-his son, brother or brother-in-law are coming * from the storehouse-increase from the quarter from which it calls * from between the storehouse and the fire-agreeable guests * from near the woman's seat-guests are hers, a son-in-law or friend * from S of the storehouse-fosterage or guests from afar are coming. * if it speaks with a small voice ("ur ur" or "err err") sickness will fall * on someone in the house, or on the cattle; if the sheep will be attacked * by wolves, "carna carna" (flesh flesh), grob grob, coin coin (wolves). * if the raven goes with you on a journey or in front of you, and it is joyful, your journey will prosper and fresh meat will be given to you * If you approach from the left, and it call before you-you or some of your company are doomed or wounded. * If it be before you on your way to an assembly, there will be an uprising, and someone will be slain if the raven came from the left. If it call from where the horses are, robbers will attack the horses; if it turn on its back and say "grob grob" some of the horses will be stolen and will not be recovered. There were similarly omens in Ireland associated with the flight and calls of wrens, swans, and eagles.

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