Raven Meaning and Symbolism

In Norse and Celtic mythology Ravens (Corvus corax) with their obsidian plumage and deep, hoarse croak are often viewed with foreboding, for they can be seen as an omen of death. They are also associated as a source of ethereal power, straddling across the worlds of the living and the dead. They are seen as a messenger between the two realms. 

 What do ravens symbolise?

  • Wisdom
  • Fate
  • Ancestral knowledge
  • Divination

Wearing Raven jewellery as a talisman

Vörðr – Raven talon necklace in solid sterling silver

A formidable Icelandic Raven talon pendant, cast in solid sterling silver. This piece is Thorn & Claw’s signature design and not for the faint of heart. 

Ethically sourced from the black shores of Iceland, this Raven claw necklace is hand finished to create detailed shadows and highlights, accentuating all the intricate textures of the natural casting. In contrast, the gleaming talons are individually polished to a high shine.
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 FORNI - RAVEN CLAW NECKLACE IN SOLID STERLING SILVER

Inspired by nordic mythology and Celtic folklore. Adorn and armour yourself, to invoke the protection and wisdom of the old gods.

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MORRIGU - RAVEN TALON EARRINGS IN SOLID STERLING SILVER

Strikingly sleek raven talon earrings, cast in solid sterling silver and ready to dangle closely for your protection.

Ravens in mythology and folklore

Ravens are held sacred in Norse mythology and are heavily associated with Odin. Huginn (idea) and Muninn (memory) perch upon Odin’s shoulders and whisper the secrets of the world to him. Each morning they take to the skies of Midgard, returning each evening to report their gathered knowledge to the god of wisdom, divination, and magic.

Ravens are also prominent features within Celtic mythology. The Morrigan was the shape-shifting Celtic Goddess of fate and death - in addition to being the patroness of vengeance, night, divination, priestesses and witches.⁠
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⁠She was said to fly over battlefields in the form of a raven and determined the outcome of the battle ahead. The Celts believed that as they fought, the Morrigan would soar, shrieking overhead in her raven-form, summoning slain soldiers to the Otherworld. ⁠

The origins of the Morrigan appear to be linked to the megalithic Cult of the Mothers and her role in Celtic legend is comparable to that of the Valkyries in Norse folklore.⁠