Crow Spirit Animal | Meaning & Symbolism

Crow Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, Editor

Crow Spirit Animal

The crow is a spirit animal associated with life mysteries and magic.  The power of this bird as totem and spirit guide is provide insight and means of supporting intentions. Sign of luck, it is also associated with the archetype of the trickster; be aware of deceiving appearances.  If the crow has chosen you as your spirit or totem animal, it supports you in developing the power of sight, transformation, and connection with life’s magic.

Crow Symbolism

Throughout history, the crow has been associated with both positive and negative symbolic meanings. The most common are:

  • Life magic; mystery of creation
  • Destiny, personal transformation, alchemy
  • Intelligence
  • Higher perspective
  • Being fearless, audacious
  • Flexibility, adaptability
  • Trickster, manipulative, mischevious

Other traditional meanings associate the crow with bad omen, death, and dark witchcraft. The crow also carries the power of prophetic insight and symbolizes the void or core of creation.

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The Crow, a Spirit Animal Symbolic of Magic

Crows are commonly associated with magic and the power to manipulate physical appearances. Ted Andrews in his classic on animal totems “Animal Speak” mentions that we can find crows are common animals that we can find all around the globe. As such, they are a reminder that magic is everywhere. When you encounter a crow, just tune into its behavior and it will give you a clue on how to use the magic powers it carries.

Only last night he felt deadly sick, and, after a great deal of pain, two black crows flew out of his mouth and took wing from the room.

~ Unknown Author


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Because of its affinity with life mysteries and magic, the crow is seen in many shamanic traditions as the spirit animal of choice for those who use magic and have the power to manipulate the law of our physical universe. The crow used to be the animal of choice of shamans, those who do witchcraft and shape-shifting.

Crow Spirit Animal

Fun Fact:

Crows have the biggest brain to body ratio among all bird species. Evolved with a highly developed forebrain where intelligence is regulated, the anatomy of the crow brain is similar to humans.

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Crow Symbolism and Life Mysteries

Crows have a usually black with tints of blue depending on the light shining on them. Their color is symbolic of the onset of creation, of the void or what has not taken form yet. Fascinating spirit animals, they carry the energy of life mysteries and the power for deep inner transformation.

As a spirit guide, the crow will guide you in getting in touch with life mysteries and develop your ability to perceive subtle shifts in energy within yourself and in your environment. It has the ability to go beyond the illusions, especially duality of right and wrong, inner and outer.

Crow Totem and Power of Insight

Crows are known to build their nests in very tall trees. Doing so, they can get a better vision or perspective on the rest of their surroundings. By affinity with this trait, those who have the crow as a spirit animal or totem will enjoy a position from where they can see things from a higher perspective.

The crow is also watchful of intruders and predators. The sound it makes is characteristic of a loud, strident bird noise that can warn the other members of it clan over great distance. When you see your crow spirit animal, be on the watch.

The Crow Spirit Animal, a Guide about Fearlessness and Determination

Have you ever watched a group of crows ganging up together and chasing out birds much bigger than they are? This behavior makes the crow a useful animal totem to call when you need support in dealing with adversity. If the crow chose you as your power animal, you are encouraged to develop your personal will power and speak your truth more loudly.

Crows always seem to be able to get away with what they are after, be it a piece of food left on the road or sneaking into other birds’ nests to steal or eat their eggs. Echoing this trait, those with the crow as totem or spirit guide might watch for the tendency to trick or be a bit manipulative.

The Crow In Your Dreams

While the crow appearing in a dream is sometimes considered a bad omen, a foreshadowing of sadness, this is only one of many meanings. A deeper interpretation of this meaning is that the crow is said to fly between the worlds of life and death and an appearance in your dreams may signify a message about your thoughts on life, death and transformation.

Crows are also very intelligent and dreaming about a crow or crows may be a sign of your wisdom or intuition. Your subconscious may be telling you to trust your intuition.

The crow is also a symbol of transformation. What part of your life is or may be going through a transition? Maybe you are changing relationships or careers? Maybe you are buying a new house? Whatever it is, the crow is signaling that you are ready to make the change!

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1215 Responses to Crow Spirit Animal

  • Bill
    I have flocks of Crows in my yard every day, I started feeding them, must be 200 or more, I like it, seems like animals like to be in my yard.
  • Karen
    I have had a black row visit me frequently recently. He sits outside my office window and often brings food which he leaves on the side of the birdbath. He makes no sound, but looks directly at me.What does this mean?
  • Julie
    Hi I was sitting down outside today and a black crow walked up to me really close I thought he would go away. Does anyone know what this means? I read about death or good luck ect Thanks
  • Libertatis
    This is all hocus pocus bullshit. Its cool to look at, but don't get sucked in, soccer moms. Don't let this fuel your personality. Experience shapes that shit, not taking an online quiz to see what age-old bird is most like you.
    • Liz
      Thanks for your input, though. Blessings Love Light and Peace to your precious heart. Truly~
  • kingsley olise
    In the year 2009 or there about I saw so many crow flying in the air to a particular destination, then a man started telling me that the name of that bird is OLU In my dream .in my area they are white and black in color and I saw inm that dream that there is a group that worship that bird, as the birds were flying those that worship the birds started going to the direction the birds were going I saw some other things in that dream before waking up.
  • Anonymous
    i am no longer worried about seeing so many crows
  • Anonymous
    i have been seeing crows all over the place, in my dreams, and always around me outside..there was a flock of them outside my house, how should i feel about this???
    • Anonymous
      feel good. just observe them and see what nature is giving you. ... perhaps a metaphor to help you articulate something.
  • Rio
    I've been seeing crows very frequently recently, they've always been in my life but they've been a lot more noticable recently and have striked a current intrest in spirit animals. All of a sudden crows started to pop up in random unexpected places and for whatever reason i've just been noticing them. Crows would come to my house and caw until I came out, I then got into the habit of feeding them. I moved houses about a week ago and the strangest thing happened, I heard the familiar sound of cawing crows. I went outside to my garden (with a chicken wing for the crows) to see a huge flock of crows, that fell silent upon my arrival and stared at me from the trees. I put the food down and left but, they didn't go for the food which I found very odd as crows will go for any food. They stayed at the trees for a while then they left all at once. I've become obsest with these birds and done lots of research on them but, I'm still unsure if they are my spirit animal as I don't recal many dreams with them (granted I don't usually remember many dreams) but, I've started to get more serious about spirit animals.
    • Anonymous
      nice! keep paying attention. :)
    • Libertatis
      • Liz
        Why are you here, if you do not believe? Love and Much Blessings to you~

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