Crow Spirit Animal 2018-06-20T13:46:10+00:00

Crow Spirit Animal

Crow Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, Editor

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.

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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  1. Anonymous August 18, 2018 at 3:47 am - Reply

    I looked out a laundry window and looking back at me straight in the eye was a crow with the most beautiful blue eyes
    He held eye contact with me for a few seconds
    I said well hello he looked a bit longer then few away
    When I went outside he was flying from place to place above me
    Beautiful bird

  2. Janet August 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    There are many crows and a raven or two in my neighborhood. I see them flying into the trees along the park behind my house every day. Whenever I see them on my way to the mailbox, I always say hello. I was working from home one afternoon and walked downstairs to get something to drink. I stopped to look out my front door window and there were at least 100 crows (not a typo… at least 100 of them) sitting in my front yard… right in “bird’s eye view” of my window. I looked up and down the street to see if they were in other yards as well, but they were only sitting in my yard. They sat there about 20 seconds or so and they all flew off together at once. I would LOVE to know what they were trying to tell me. Any ideas?

    • Dimension August 6, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Sounds like you may have seen a “Murder” of Crows. They will sometimes gather together in very large numbers like this when one of their “Kin” has been killed, and they form a “Murder” to seek out the predator who did it and Mob it. They also gather in large numbers like this as a safety precaution against predators for sleeping, especially if their is an Owl nearby. (Crows hate Owls). This is a “Roost”. It could be that because you have been friendly with them, one or more of the Crows brought their “family” or community back to your place so that they could all see your friendly face. They waited for you to see them, and they you, and after everyone got a good look, they flew away. This is most definitely a good thing, because Crows never forget a face. I would much rather have the Crows on my side 🙂

  3. Dimension August 3, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

    My Story.

    I came across this website a few months ago, took the test, and the Crow came up. I started Meditation exercises (for the first time in my life) to help me remove negative energies after I finished the test on this site. Shortly after my first rookie meditation, I noticed 3 Crows sitting in a tree outside my window. (My computer screen faces this window), I watched them for a bit, then one of them flew at my window flapping its wings as if trying to get in. Well, I thought, the Crow is my power animal it has picked me. I wanted another sign to be sure the Crow was in fact my power totem, so I asked the Crow for a feather in my mind. Then a few days later, a Hawk flew into the area. (never seen a hawk here in 10 years). The Crows in my area disappeared. The Hawk was only around for a few days, so I thought, maybe the Hawk is my power animal? So I shifted gears a bit leaning more towards the Hawk than the Crow. (The Hawk looks cooler anyway…) When the Hawk finally left the area, the Crows slowly moved back in, took about a week for the “normal” numbers to return. I’m a smoker, and I have a chair outside that I sit in while I smoke. Today, (August 3 2018) I went for my morning cigarette, and underneath the chair that I sit in was a small Crows feather. I got the answer I asked for in the beginning. I now have the Crow feather in my possession and will keep it as a reminder not to stray again. This is not to say the Hawk had no significance, because after all, you can have more than one totem. This experience has taught me that, when trying to find your power animal, don’t bother. It will find you. Peace and Love to all.

    • Dimension August 5, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Just a bit of a heads up. Be nice to Crows, whether you like them or not. They are very smart and intelligent animals, and if you aggravate them to much, they WILL remember your face, and depending on how you aggravated them they could return in numbers and attempt to “Mob” you (Dive bomb) as they do with larger birds (predators).

  4. May August 3, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

    So for about the last 4 to 5 days there has been two crows and one squaks. This happened like 3 times what is the meaning of it? Some says there is a impending death is that true?

    • Dimension August 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      The Crows message can go either way, dark or light. I think to many people associate the Crow with Evil, darkness and death. I was one of those people for a long time. Death doesn’t necessarily mean physical death, could be that maybe your life is changing in some way. The death of something old in your personal life, starting something new and unknown. The Crows message in this case I believe, is to take this new beginning and follow it. It is true that the Crow was the “Bird of choice” for Shaman to perform witchcraft (shape shifting and such), which is the darker side of the Crows power. A question you can ask yourself is how did you feel when the Crows were “Talking to you”. Write down your feelings and thoughts, and from that, you may find the answer the questions you seek.

  5. Masroor Shareef August 1, 2018 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    One two crows are shouting when they see me out at my work place, they flew some time near me, please tell me to do what

  6. Anonymous August 1, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wondered about my spirit guide and ever since I was little I’ve always been fascinated by crows, now I see why.

  7. Nikki July 17, 2018 at 4:36 am - Reply

    I have recently seen 3 crows everywhere and always in 3’s any ideas

    • Dimension July 18, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply


      I have been researching the crow for a while and I found this, hope it helps 🙂

      “Those are probably sentry’s that you are seeing. A flock of crows will send 1-3 out to check out an area before the whole flock decends. This is also to ensure the survival of the flock if hunters are in the area. Pretty smart.”

  8. Elle July 9, 2018 at 10:58 am - Reply

    The morning after my father died I heard a crow caw and it sounded like it was right there in the room with me. I asked “Is that you dad?” and the crow cawed once again. My dad and I once joked that if there was an afterlife, he was to find a way of communicating with me. Since that morning, all sorts of strange coincidences have happened but I had not heard or saw the crow again until this afternoon. I was thinking of my father when I glanced out of my window and there was crow, looking straight back at me!

  9. Kaylani July 7, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Crows have been following me for a couple of years. I initially I was very scared as black birds hanging around = bad omen for the unenlightened. It is quite confronting to have a large black bird follow you as you walk from the shop or try to peck through the window when you are sitting in a public social setting. Though to be fair it did start hanging around the old lady next doors house right before she died and one of my neighbours right before he moved away.

    I just greet them now, I see them more as protective spirits/more aware of the supernatural than we are and figure it is a part of my attunement to my spiritual side. Plus they have swooped other birds away from me which is much appreciated.

    I had a thought about their voices being like a protectional vibration which is why they are so noisy when I am around, it makes me feel safer.😊.

    Those dunderheads who say it is a bad omen without elaborating why haven’t looked into it properly and are just repeating something someone has told them once or they have read once. We are afraid of what we don’t understand.

  10. Dimension July 6, 2018 at 10:49 am - Reply

    I found some meditation exercises to try. I have never done any meditation before now.Shortly after I was done my meditation I noticed that at least 3 crows had landed on a tree right outside my window. I didn’t really think much of it until one of the crows came right up to my window looking right at me flapping his wings a few times banging on my window as if the crow was trying to get in. My cat picked up the banging on the window, and ended up scaring the crows away. The crow has obviously picked me. I only hope that the message I was being sent was a good one, because the crow can go either way light or dark.

  11. Nancy June 30, 2018 at 5:44 am - Reply

    Looking out of my front window, a crow came hopping across the street and right up me. Just sat there a bit, then hopped back across the street. These crows have been around my neighborhood for over 50 years but I have never had one approach me like that. I have always felt the connection with them.

  12. Karina June 28, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    i was meditating looking for my totem / personal symbol i got to the top of the stairs an there was a girl crow then out of no where i appear next to the nest an 4 boy crows came to me with the girl crow after she called for them once

  13. Lisa June 25, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    I was at work in my office and a black crow came to the window. He just sat their looking at me . I didn’t feel any fear, but just watch him looking at me. 🙂
    I thought it was very interesting for this bird to come to the window.

  14. Susan June 19, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I was searching for my faher’s gravestone. I was having a very hard time finding it. I jokingly said “ok dad, quit playing hide and seek”. Suddenly two crows flew onto my car causing me to stop . I looked to my left and there was my fathers grave. I have felt very close to crows; I trust their intelligence.

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