Many have through the centuries seen signs or omens from the natural world.
In my article on Carl Jung’s theory of archetypes “How Can Carl Jung’s Theory of Archetypes Help You In Your Creative Writing?” which I wrote for ezine articles in January 2012, I mention the archetype of the animal spirit guide/messenger. This runs as a theme through all mythology, appearing everywhere from aboriginal legend to ancient Greek thought to the Bible to classic literature.
Here’s what I wrote then on the theme of the animal spirit messenger:
“…the Bible of course makes use of this theme too by giving the Dove a key role as a guide; and as a symbol of peace, love, the Holy Spirit. Another example is the Raven. “To have a raven’s knowledge” is an Irish proverb meaning “to have a seer’s supernatural powers”. The Raven was banished from the Ark by Noah – but it returned later on in the Old Testament to feed Elijah in the wilderness.”
I make use of the theme of the Raven in my new novel A Passionate Spirit.
Yesterday I was in Gloucester where I visited the local branch of Waterstone’s on my Cotswolds bookstore tour.
Gloucester has many historical locations, and so I was tempted to take several photos. When I viewed my photo of Gloucester Cathedral I noticed that my camera had caught a large bird on the wing, flying past the Cathedral.
Then I turned round and discovered that the lovely timbered building behind me was called The Raven Centre.
A fanciful coincidence? Or maybe a beautiful sign or good omen? I choose to hope so!