Animals Divine - Knight of Swords - Kutkinnaku


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Symbols*: The raven symbolizes a darker aspect of our being. It is wise and shrewd and could be invaluable when facing our innermost conflicts. The icicles represent change and metamorphosis. The snow offers quietude during a time of disillusionment. Its properties can serve as a means of insulating the earth and providing sanctuary amid chaos. The tree roots connect us with the underworld as well as the aboveworld. The flowing cape is energetic. Despite the hibernating tendencies of the winter season, our spirits can still ignite warm and inspiring ideas.

Description*: The Koryak people of Eastern Siberia believed in a big raven spirit named Kutkinnaku. Kutkinnaku was sent by the Supreme Being to help humans conduct daily affairs. Kutkinnaku aided in hunting, fishing, and was a participant in various rituals such as spiritual ceremonies. He also taught the Koryak how to utilize fire as a means of warding off evil spirits. Kutkinnaku had the ability to transform from human form into raven form and was once sent by the Supreme Being up to the sky to help stop unrelenting rains.

To the Koryak people, all natural phenomena were personified and were thought to be inhabited by souls. The stars, moon, and other elements of the cosmos were anthropomorphized. The Koryak reverence for all living things was echhoed in their ceremonial rituals. Animal skins were often donned as a means of being transformed into the animal and shamans often recited the name of Big Raven during shamanistic rituals.

Keywords: Challenges, Conflict, Possible Opposition

Possible Meaning: Kutkinnaku’s participation in human affairs is a reminder that we should remain proactive and socially involved. If we witness or are victim to injustice, it is important that we do not turn an apathetic eye to events that could have far-reaching implications. We may have to fight and exert effort to preserve what is right, but the conflicts that arise in life are unavoidable. Instead of rejecting the challenges that may be presented to us, it is important to face them with competence, rationalism, and dignity.

Thoughts/Points to Ponder: He reminds us to act rationally, and be proactive. He is a gentle reminder to have sympathy for those in need, even if it may result in conflict. Challenges must be faced with dignity.