Raven and Apollo’s voices are entwined through-out Greek history. Apollo the God of Prophecy and Light and Raven who’s special ability of speaking to people combined forces eons ago in ancient Greek mythology, which closely tied and spilled over into developing Celtic beliefs. When the Roman Empire conquered the Greeks in 146BC, they incorporated the Greek Mythology as their own. Apollo was the only God to not be given a Latin (Roman) name.
He had the gift of prophecy and was strongly associated with healing. A patron of the arts with his lyre symbolizing music, poetry and dance. Identified with Helios, the sun god, Apollo was considered the bringer of light and often depicted in his golden chariot. Revered for bringing sunlight to bring crops, health and prosperity to mortals.
The main story of how Apollo and Raven came together goes like this….Apollo, the ladies man (God) that he apparently was got pretty bored one day running the Sun across the sky. He flung a White Raven (may have been a crow-historians haven’t fully decided) to spy on his current Love at the time Coronis only to find her cheating! Apollo was so angry when Raven brought him the news that he scorched Raven’s feathers Black in his fury.
Many view the Raven as a dark and mysterious harbinger of doom, death, lost Souls and of Battle Cries. As a Black carrion bird the eating of dead flesh and croaking voice reinforced this viewpoint. There is more to this, with Raven’s ability to speak a perfect spiritual go-between with the spirit world and our own. A psychopomp. One who aids Souls to the other side without judgement.
Sapphires are believed to be the Stone of Prophecy (and Wisdom) and ancient Greeks wore them for wisdom at Delphi when seeking answers from the Oracle at Apollo’s Shrine.
Pink Sapphire such as the one below brings the wisdom of resilience. It stimulates emotions and encourages love, forgiveness, and release of the past. It honors acceptance and strength of heart!
And to close I have to add this West Coast version of Raven depicted in Raven by Gerald McDermott as the “Trickster” ….. read this one so many times to my little guys!