“Quoth the Raven, NEVERMORE!” ~Edgar Allen Poe
When I was younger, I remember loving this poem called “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. I made an anthology with the poem in it, and placed a Raven on the front page, but never gave it much thought. It looked cool but was around the time when I was obsessed with the movie The Crow (featuring Brandon Lee).
I would come into school with the eye make up, black jacket and all! I wasn’t aware of the significance at the time but, now that I look back, I can see how the Raven was entering my life already; it was when I was making the transition from childhood to adolescence – a “death” of the previous Self.
By experiencing death, we learn to accept the things we cannot change, but change the things we can (explore the Serenity Prayer for further guidance). However, during these times, one will choose to either hold on, or let go. To those who are perceptive enough to take notice of the Raven, they will find a helpful teacher in overcoming these dark forces of uncertainty, ignorance and death [The Crow / Raven]. Essentially, Raven teaches us:
To learn from the past, but not hold on to it
- To be ready for a change in consciousness
- To know that we are being watched, guided and protected by ancestors
- To not fear the darkness within, as it is there where light is needed most
- To be wary of our own magic and its affects on others