By Jill Soens
Oversize ravens, small ravens, life-size ravens, ravens on our balcony! Thanks to our Lubbock, Texas sculptor, Jim Eppler, Sorrel Sky Gallery has ravens everywhere and we are frequently asked, Why? What is the difference between a raven and a crow? What do ravens mean?
Ravens are larger and are, on average, 25” tall with a four foot wing span and the beak is more slender and slightly longer than a crow’s. A raven’s feather shines with blue and purple tints when the sun shines on them. The raven’s tail, when spread, meets at a triangular point.
Crows are smaller and are approximately 18 “ tall and their wing span is 3 feet, more similar to a dove. The beak is slighter thicker than a ravens. A crow’s feathers are a flint black and duller than the sheen of raven’s feathers. Crows can fluff their feathers into a mane and the tail curves evenly like a seashell.
Ravens prefer to live in less populated areas while crows are happy living in densely congested areas.
It is not the difference between ravens and crows that interest Native Americans. It is the transformational nature of the ravens that fascinate them. High flying, freewheeling – ravens symbolize change and the metamorphosis of the self into a new state.
Like the magic of “Jim Eppler’s Totem X Heart Song”, ravens are bringers of magic promising transformation and change. Listen to the ravens and they will bring you answers from your “hidden” thoughts and bring messages from the cosmos. Mysterious, intelligent, beautiful, able to learn to talk, able to learn to learn to use tools, ravens are indeed magic and transformational.