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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1182 Responses to Crow Spirit Animal

  • Mairi-Louise Creaney
    It's Saturday morning, all is quiet and peaceful am quite happily lying in bed reading, when I heard some noise actually as though someone was unlocking my back gate and creeping along outside my window, to my astonishment, there was a crow as black as coal, on my window ledge, it started to look in my window while tapping my window, when I arose from bed, it's friend was on my fence but a single magpie (baby) had flew to my window ledge and acted as the crow peered in had a look and tapped, my spiritual journey is ongoing but think the crow, gave me some knowledge on how to move forward, my initial reaction was "oh no" but after reading and thinking carefully of situation, I am thankful for the crowd message xx
  • rewolf7
    They have been my family's guides forever. one died near my house today and the whole flock was there to mourn. Is there something I can do to help him on his way? Call the Alala to help guide him?
  • Kelley
    Aug 05- 2017 7:40am - waking up slowly as it is my first day off in over a month and have lots of plans for chores, and settling into my new apartment quietly over the weekend. Sitting outside on my deck I was looking at a crow grooming itself on the power line about 10 meters away- I'm on a 3rd floor apartment. As I was describing this crow I was observing to my sister over the phone mentioning how black this bird appeared to be and what a long neck it had - moments later- a second crow -(that I hadn't seen moments before) flew right to me and landed on my left shoulder, partially on my back. A little surprised - I turned in circles "shake" the crow off. I had to circle twice - as I was turning the crow's wings were fluttering in my face - so I closed my eyes a bit to shield them. The crow didn't squak, didn't peck, didn't sink it's claws into my skin, didn't poop on me- it just twirled around with me twice before it flew off and perched on the nearest pine tree a few meters away. As I was still on the phone call with my sister I told her what had just happened, the the first crow I was watching previously, still on the powerline - swooped over from the power line to join this second crow in the pine tree. Such an odd way to start the day, but grateful mother nature is reaching out to me. Any interpretations of what this may mean folks? I appreciate the description above of having a spirit guide - but wonder if there is something more to it?
    • Kelley
      Still curious to see if any intuitive types may have an interpretation of events...been on my mind...
  • johnnylee
    I have a crow, she been with me for about three years, August. When she first arrived, every one in the house had good luck. She came to me one day on the way home, she was on the sidewalk, scared,and almost killed herself,W/her beautiful blue eyes. I always thought that the ladybug, was my nature name,so now I believe it to be, both ladybug, and the crow. Her Names,Simon or Sinomanta. We walk around with her on my shoulder, not move an we have a good friendship together.
    • Carlee
      That's amazing. I hope that I will have one approach me closer than what I have in the past someday. <3

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