The raven has always been associated with the sun and considered a messenger of the gods. In China and Japan, the raven is thought to provide a connection with the Divine. The ancient Greeks considered the raven sacred to Apollo. The Romans considered the raucous call of the raven a symbol of hope. An old legend says that Cicero (106-43 BCE) was forewarned of his murder by the sound of ravens. One account says they flew into his bedroom and pulled the coverings off his bed. In India, ravens are considered messengers of death. However, in the Bible the raven is considered a symbol of intelligence and vision. Noah sent a raven from the ark to see if the waters were abating. The raven returned without success, but when it was sent again seven days later, it returned with an olive leaf, telling Noah that the waters were subsiding (Genesis 8:6-11). Because of its color and strange croaking call, the raven is sometimes considered an evil omen and a sign of bad luck. In Macbeth (act 1, scene 5), Shakespeare wrote: "The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements." In the Middle Ages, people associated the raven with gluttony. Because ravens live alone, they are often associated with solitude. Ravens also symbolize the spiritual and mystical side of life. Consequently, they sometimes appear in the dreams of people who are developing psychically or spiritually. In Christian art, ravens symbolize God's providence. However, dreaming of a raven can also be a warning of impending problems. You'll need to spend time on your own to think about the best way to handle this situation.