Pagan Blog Project Week 6: “C” is for “Corvidae”
This is a scheduled post. I am far, far away from anything other than a dial-up connection on a Windows 98 machine. (I KNOW. It’s… unnatural.) If all is going to plan, I am currently flying back from a week in Cape Town to visit my Oma and an old friend, after spending yesterday at the beach.
This one’s heavy on the pictures, as I didn’t have time to write 6 full posts before leaving. My Pagan Blog Project entries have been rather lacking in hardcore-Pagan factor, so this ought to restore the balance, as well as solidifying my goth cred
I am a fan of birds in general and have spent hours just watching them do their thing in the back yard; it’s soothing. That is one of the things I miss most about living where I do now – no birds other than a few sparrows, and a couple of magpies or crows. Of course, crows and ravens are instantly associated with paganism in general, as well as with specific Pagan paths. It is easy to be enchanted with them – they are so. damn. SMART. And funny. You have to marvel at things like this:
And as for this:
What a troll Apparently, it’s all part of their M.O. Youtube is full of videos of (mainly) crows being, well, fucking dicks. And it’s hilarious. It is easy to see why this family of birds play the roles of demiurge and trickster, hero and villain, associated with both the creative and destructive forces of life. (Come to think of it, trickster and his gift of fire are becoming a bit of a theme around these parts…) Many birds fulfill the role of psychopomps, but being literally eaters-of-death, carrion birds have a little more *oomph* in this department.
Given all this, Corvids are a great source of inspiration for artists due to the wealth of symbolism attached to this family of birds. Some of my favourite pieces:
My Lost Brothers by Ravenari
Generations by Stephanie Lostimolo
Corax by Stephanie Lostimolo
Tribal Raven by Rachael Balsaitis
Next week, a post with wordy words!