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

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.

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1131 Responses to Crow Spirit Animal

  • Julie

    I have a fairly large family of crows that live around and within my property lying adjacent to National Park land.  Often the crows come near me cawing waiting for me to respond to them.  In the last year I have noticed a protective nature the crows have developed alerting me to possible nearby threats by sitting in the tree tops cawing to alert me of possible danger.  I mostly put my observation aside until this morning when a small group of crows gathered directly above me in a tree making desperate caws to get my attention.  I started looking around and within thirty feet of my small dog and me was a red fox staring right at us ready to engage.  After I confronted the fox it ran away. I thanked the crows for alerting me and they flew away after the danger had passed as if they had acknowledged my gratitude.  Never underestimate the intelligence of earth’s creatures.

  • Brenda Hill

    I wish I could attach photos to my comment. I am a live-in caregiver for a lady who had Alzheimer’s period we live in a beautiful beach house in Florida. She made friends with a crow one afternoon while sitting on the front balcony. He named his self Carl when she asked him well what is your name. My lady, my dear friend passed away a year and a half ago. I now live in the house alone, with the exception of Carl. If I am not careful Carl will now come into the house to look for treats that he prefers over ones that I have set out. I put fresh water out for Carl he loves it he has become a celebrity on Facebook period now that I read this article I truly believe that my lady, my dear friend, has ensured that he has stayed around me because I have had wonderful spiritual growth while being here. Carl has become a wonderful companion, Entertainer comma and has even brought a lot of Serenity to my life. I’ve always loved and appreciated Carl but after having read this article now even more so

  • Andrea Barlow

    I also keep seeing crows recently and can’t help but feel they’re trying to tell me something. Some sort of wierd corvine-magic thing going on there. Now I just need to figure out what it is they’re trying to tell me!

  • Denice

    I’m Love crows. I know is magic. The crow help spirit like dead person or could be demon can be kill it. Crow is watching the evill spirits and person into devil/ demon call prayer. They sign and screach in worlds. But crow ur danger or safe some hunting house by summone crows life..

  • Cherie

    White Wolf along with Raven /Crow are my spirit animals they help warn me and protect me… I have learned to listen to and nature as well for signs… I always talk to the raven and crow as well… I just recently moved into a new apartment and since i have been here a week now raven and crow in numbers… I mean enough to fill several trees. That are outside come to visit and caw, banter and carry on… I say good morning or good evening and also caw back.. The are all just chattering away having a good old time. I have learned to distinguish between when they are warning me of some impending danger if when they are letting me know as well when good luck or good things are coming. This week has been an amazing week… Love and Blessings to you and yours

  • tore

    A big fat crow has been following me lately I see him everywhere I go.. I’m guessing death is coming soon😑

    • Lori Ford

      I don’t think it means you will die soon.  Crows are magical protectors!  Sometimes they can bring messages, but most of the time for me, they are my protectors.  When I take a road trip they are always flying close by. I am comforted by them.  Talk to your “Buddha Crow”, ask if he is is trying to tell you something or if he is your spirit guide.  I wish I had a Buddha Crow!  Lots of loving blessings and heavenly light….❤🌞

  • John Neal

    I’ve been up for a over 24 hours. I had to drop my half bother off at his grandparents. then I had to drop my dad’s dog off to him, on the way I feel asleep at the wheel swerving into the left hand lane, I was entering rim sleep,then all a sudden in my dream I seen a crow looking around it crowed three times and all a sudden I awoke regaining control of my vechle. What is the meaning? Guardian angel or ancestors looking over me. I’ve never been so scared in my life.

  • Sarah

    Crow came to me yesterday, I was waiting in the car and he landed on the roof and did a little dance before pecking on the roof, just to make sure I was listening! A call from spirit to listen… One I couldn’t ignore 🙂

  • Deborah

    My family name is ‘Coe’ which is old English for ‘Crow’.
    All the corvids speak to me, and I always acknowledge them by saying ‘Good Day’.
    I have hand reared Jackdaws and turned them away to be set free when the time came, and they still visit or follow me on walks; and have taken in a heat exhausted young crow found lying in our fields, to later fly free.
    There is a family of Ravens in our paddocks, and I have watched them for many years, from their courtship, through hard winters where I have left scraps of meat for them. It was my delight when this couple brought their 3 noisy youngsters to visit me!
    One time a crow followed me as I left my house, flying from lamppost to lamppost, shouting at me, until I finally turned back at his insistence (closely followed by him) – to find I had left my front door unlocked. That crow laughed at me! 😀
    Jackdaws, Crows, Rooks, Magpies, Jays and Ravens – all these come to me and show no fear beside me, and I treat them with respect, – earning the nickname ‘Crazy Bird Woman’ in our town!

  • John. Markopoulos

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  • frank

    everyday a group of crows talked me near my house that i lived for 20 years.A Huron Indian from a time in 1969 had a spirit bear that talked to me and scared me down to my soul. i had a dream of a spirit dog and spirit wolf who saved me from freezing to death near Rainy River. The spirit wolf didn’t attack me as i smelled like a coyote[trickster], am i a crow from the quiz or a coyote in real life?the poem that i wrote[prose] is called “Snowblind”, it came to me in a dream[1st person].

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