Unraveling the Mystery of the Celtic Bird: The Raven

Raven Celtic Bird
Raven (1835), vintage bird illustration by Wilhelm von Wright. Image in the public domain.

Everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and the same holds true for the raven.

There has been much Irish Folklore about the raven. In Celtic mythology and legend, ravens were linked to death and dying.

Raven Antique Art
The Raven by Felix Bracquemond. Original in the public domain.

Folklore of the Raven

 The Celtic war goddess, Morrígan often took the form of a raven on the battlefield and carried away carrion. She was a cunning shapeshifter in Irish mythology and would seduce many men.

 Although ravens have a historical association with death and dying or ill omens, their symbolism is very complex. Ravens have been used as symbols for healing, prophecy and insights. There have been stories of ravens as psychopomp (spirit creatures) escorting newly deceased souls to the afterlife.  Ravens are considered magical and can represent both good and evil. 

Raven Rattle
Raven Rattle. Image in the public domain.

Historically, ravens have been guardians of the famous Tower of London.

The Ravens at the Tower of London

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I am paying homage to the raven.  Ravens are intelligent birds with their own personality. They can mimics sounds, play games, and solve problems.

The Raven: Smartest Bird

Raven Cartoon

Here are 40 mini trail cam videos of this mysterious and mystical bird.

Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Debra Roinestad

Debra Roinestad