Strong, curious, and energetic, those born under the sign of the Raven often succeed where others fail. Their deepest desire is to overcome the odds, to triumph, and to prove themselves to the world. They are willing to give up a considerable amount of personal needs, but in return they can use what others consider disadvantages to their advantage. That is their greatest power.
A combination of the western sign of Scorpio and the eastern sign of the Monkey, this is a highly contradictory sign in terms of its dual nature (sun and moon). One one hand, those born during a Year of the Monkey typically start out with an easy beginning of life where they are coddled, loved, and told they are special. Scorpios take much longer to come out of their shells, but where Monkeys usually hit hard times in early adulthood, this is prime time for Scorpio to step up and take action. There will be something of a shift in thinking between childhood/teenage years and early adulthood. This shift in perspective is where they realize their true power and have to decide how to best use their immense inner strength and potential.
Like their animal namesake, members of this sign are difficult to pin down. In many world mythologies, the Raven Spirit was considered a trickster - a sly and cunning individual who would often get what they wanted, or otherwise entertain themselves, through the intellectual manipulation of others. Powerful and unpredictable, these spirits often had few true followers, for most people were wise enough to fear that which only a Raven is capable of.
This is not necessarily a “dark” sign in terms of spirit or personality, though. Many Ravens have highly developed senses of humor, and other planetary aspects in each individual’s birth chart will play a major role in the direction of that person’s life. Ravens can be young, selfish, inexperienced souls or old, powerful souls. How they use their power - for personal gain or to help others - will be an indicator of the karmic direction of a Raven’s life.
Social relationships are where the Monkey shines the most. Loyal, gregarious, and funny, Ravens can be the life of the party or they can be self-absorbed, competitive, and negative. It is entirely within each individual’s ability to concentrate on one aspect of their personality over another. In most cases, Ravens choose who they want to spend time with and typically aren’t that fond of large groups. Instead they prefer to be big fish in a small pond, getting their fix of attention from those who know and understand them best. Being misunderstood, in fact, is very difficult for them to handle, so familiarity in social situations is usually best.
How they fare in romance depends heavily on certain aspects in the birth chart, especially the position and relationships of the planet Venus. Ravens rely on the love and affection of others more than they think they do. They can usually get their fill of social attention from friends, so relationships take on a different meaning to them. Though loyal to friends, they can be much less so in relationships, with passions burning bright at first, then fizzling out quickly. Even though they burn bridges they are absolutely floored when others do the same to them. Others who burn them in relationships will not be forgiven, and those who play coy may become the obsession of a Raven’s attention, at least for a while. There is much maturity necessary to find the right partnership which is why most Ravens end up finding their life partners later in life than their peers.
Most Scorpios and Monkeys will choose their path based on their individuals passions and on the aspects of other planets in the birth chart. These signs don’t strongly dictate the actual career choice, just the personality aspects that lead to a passion which leads to the best career choice.
That said, those who do not yet have a career in mind can benefit from knowing the best natural career fits for Ravens in general. These include scientist, engineer (of any kind), entertainer, doctor, or detective. Whatever they choose, these are individuals who like to be in a position of authority, or at least be a “partner” in a firm. They aren’t fond of taking orders from others and like having flexibility to call their own shots. Many will choose to work alone, though their best work would be done in conjunction with others. Exactly how they choose to express themselves through their work is highly dependent on other signs in the birth chart, particularly Jupiter and Saturn.
Ravens have the Tropical Sun sign of Scorpio, and are born during the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Monkey.
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