The inspiration for the name Raven came from a book that describes the different animals and how the native American religions viewed them. The Native teachings held up several different animals as their spiritual guides the Raven is one of the highest. What follows are some quotes from that book about Raven.

Black as pitch,
Mystical as the moon,
Speak to me of magic,
I will fly with you soon.

Throughout time, Raven has carried the medicine of magic.  Raven magic is a powerful medicine that can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form.  The void is called the Great Mystery.  Raven is the messenger of the void.  If Raven appears in your spread, you are about to experience a change in consciousness.  This my involve walking inside The Great Mystery on another path at the edge of time.  It would portend a signal brought by the Raven that says, "You have earned the right to see and experience a little more if life's magic."  Raven's color is the color of the void - the black hole in space that holds all the energy of the creative source.

In Native teachings the color black means many things, but it does not mean evil.  Black can mean the seeking of answers, the void, or the road of the spiritual or nonphysical.  The blue black of Raven contains an iridescence that speaks of the magic of darkness, and a changeability of form and shape that brings an awaking in the process.  Fill yourself with the magic of being alive and call Raven to teach you the proper way of using energy. Raven will tell you this magical truth: never go beyond that which you have prepared and trained for.  Life is good, so use the magic.

Cars transport the body.
Raven transports my soul.

Rick Corwine
Chanhassen, MN
1995 "Raven"