Friday, 9 June 2017

Ravens Remember People Who Have Wronged Them

Ravens remember people who have wronged them, a new study has found. The black birds, which have been depicted in Hollywood and literature as bad omens, can recognize the faces of people who have treated them unfairly and tend to avoid those people for at least a month, according to a study recently published in the journal Animal Behaviour. June  8

The study carried out in Vienna, Austria concluded that ravens are able to remember the identity of certain experimenters and their characteristic behaviour (cooperate, defect), and that they prefer interacting with the ‘fair’ experimenter when given the choice at a later stage. The result of the study was published just a day before the Full Moon whose chart at Vienna is shown here. On the Ascendant is Jupiter in tropical Libra  conjunct the star delta (δ) Corvus, Algorab on the right wing of the Raven.  According to Robson, the Raven is associated with “craftiness, greediness, ingenuity, patience, revengefulness, passion, selfishness, lying, aggressiveness”.

Jupiter is square Pluto, a combination that is linked to “manipulative (Pluto) largesse (Jupiter)”.  In Libra it advocates for fairness over domination. How interesting that the ravens tended to avoid people who had treated them unfairly!

So not only does the chart literally highlight the raven, it also metaphorically summarizes the result of the study.

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