"And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting -
Still is sitting - on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor ..."
(Edgar Allan Poe - 1845)
Often honored among medicine and holy men for its shape-shifting
abilities, the Raven was called upon in ritual so that visions could be clarified.
Native holy men understood that what the physical eye sees, is NOT
necessarily the truth, and he would call upon the Raven for clarity and
The Raven still is sitting
... on a dead pine tree (about 2 miles up the West Fork Trail
) near the West Fork of Oak Creek in central Arizona.
And, just in time for All-Hallows-
October 22, 2009