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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1115 Responses to Crow Spirit Animal

  • Eunice Sawyer Haymer

    I pulled into my driveway and a black crow landed on my fence came out of nowhere then he jumped in the yard

  • Ambika

    Hi, it’s been a month since my father expired. A month before that a crow regularly visited loudly cowing on the rooftop all day,early morning till evening, mainly during prayer time. It still continues even after my father’s death. My mother is scared now what might be the indication.

  • john

    Hi this morning my wife ran upstairs and woke me up said a crow was in the garage, i ran down stairs i open door walked into garage and she was right so i opened the door and the crow flew out, i sat in my chair wondering how it got in and out of no where a second crow flew out of no where i opened the door and it flew out, so now i am thinking how the heck did they get in, there is no holes for them to get in, anyone know how two crows can just appear in my garage with absolutely no way to get in?

  • maurice evans

    Ji I had a really weird in counter with a crow I was walking out my local Tesco and a crow swooped down straight towards my head and landed on a hand rail and started to raise its tail slightly put its head down and up while it was puffed up like it was agitated I watched it for a few seconds and a random guy walked past and it didn’t move nor did it change its focus it remained focused on me the guy looked at me and said alright but now I think about it im not sure if he saw it so I tryed approaching it step by step it let me get quit close but flew off when it felt I was to close could u please help me as im not sure if it was a message or me being chosen thank u soo mich for ur time. Maurice

    • elaine louise mchaffie

      hi i have a hooded crow who has adopted me, hes taken to following me on my walks with the dog everyday he sits at the park gate and greets me with a call then flys to the next tree and waits for me and if a stop he talks to me hes never left the park or followed me home but there sits its so strange and hes so loud other people have noticed and remark on it all the time iv named him covus hes now part of my day

    • John barclay

      Crows can remember a face for up two years. I have two crows that have shown up every day for lunchtime at work for over two years now. I whistle like for a dog and they show up. Thier caws are very distinguable. Thier names are grandpaw and Ray Ray. Grandpaw had a broken leg at one time which is why I could always remember him. He flys in with that leg outstretched.

  • Deb

    For the past week thousands of crows have been gathering at dusk in the treetops a block away from my house. They stay all night and then swarm the sky in the morning when they start to fly off for the day. Is there any particular sybolism or myth associated with this spectacle? They attract my attention each evening and then again wake me in the morning. Litereally thousands of them. They cover an entire corridor along a city street here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I have never seen anything like it. Fascinating.

  • Ivan Aguilar

    Almost everywhere I go two crows always tend to fly or land on things over me an make this weird noise and this started when I had altercations with some people .Is it witch craft or are they warning me ? I also hear people talking about me usually bad .

  • Cindy

    As i sit hear on my couch i had one crow sit on my balcony railing for 10 minutes… What does this mean ..?

    • Ebbs

      It can result of death . Same happened to me. The crow followed me … a week later my beloved mom died .

    • byron

      Or a shift to the

  • Sruthi

    Hey today crow came into my balcony room near to me but at that time I was sleeping on bed.
    My husband heard sound nd came to me then crow flyed and left 3 feathers at morning 8 o’clock.
    Wat it means..
    I need to know.
    Can anyone answer.

  • Suzzanne Mcdonald

    For the last 6 months , a huge group of crows fly over my house? What does this mean?

  • Morgan

    Hi, I’m just gonna give a quick background on why I’m here. Crows were following my friend, still are actually, we thought she was over reacting about it and made jokes and took pictures of groups of them around school. Well that was until we started all seeing them more and it became crazy. I didn’t think much of it until I went to New Orleans and was on a tour with a crowd of people. A crowd landed on a pole a half foot or so above my head and looked me dead in the eye. Like turned and directed the side of its face at me. I honestly think its crazy, but feel it means something since it didn’t get scared off by all the people walking by. Do you think it was just a random thing or?

    • Jean-Luc Vautour

      They want selfies too but work with what they have.

    • Frida

      The crows are linked the Goddess Morrigan and it is similar to your name

      Areas of Influence: The Goddess Morrigan represented the circle of life, she was associated with both birth and death.

      Her name means great queen or phantom queen. It is spelt in several different ways including Morrigu, Morgane, Morrighan and Morgan le Fay in the Arthurian legends.

      She is one of the triple Goddesses, her different aspects are represented by Anu (the fertility maiden), Badh (the boiling mother cauldron) and either Macha (the death crone) or Nemain.

  • Austin

    I took the quiz the frist time and got a lion then i took it a secound time and got a crow. Just wondering which one it is for me.

    • Steve

      your spirit animal might be a lion and you might have a raven as your totem. I believe thats my situation. I read on another site how Crows are associated with battlefields and death… they are carrion, they feed on the expired remains of warriors….They are death eaters. According to the site, “Consider: If you can “eat death” you must 1) Possess the warrior spirit that has died, and 2) Overcome death yourself because you can partake of it, without expiring yourself.” Maybe you are a warrior lion spirit being guided by the crow?

  • E.J.

    First I receive the Butterfly; I just finished reading “The Alchemist” and now receive the Crow. The universe is really speaking to me right now; and all of it is too connected for me to ignore.

  • Renate

    In front of my house there are some times crows and cowing loudly, I always feel uncomfortable with having them around. Last night they made a very horrible loud noise I woke up and thought about my Daughter and I start getting very worried about her, it was going on for 1-2 hours, was difficult to sleep again.
    They Crows give me chills, they have been doing it since the summer but recently the start disturbing me at nights.
    Can anyone tell me what this means and what message they caring in such a behavior.
    Would appreciate your answer.

    • The Alchemist

      The crows are drawn to you because you are on the verge of a major discovery regarding either yourself, your place in the world, or the nature of life itself. You are in the process of making such discoveries nightly, as your subconscious mind is allowed to wander and dream – opening it up to the powers of existence. If you fear for your daughter, this is perhaps a good omen; one that heralds a new phase in your relationship, one that your spirit animal is guiding you towards. Do not hesitate, allow yourself to be swept into this new era of your life. The only reason you might feel uneasy to experience such events is because you fear the change that they may bring. Do not. Be fearless, and let the crow fill you with determination and confidence.

      Yours truly,
      The Alchemist

      • Maria

        question: I feel that the sighting of crows are omens.. I’m curious as to the meaning of 2 crows perched atop the roof across the way from me. my window faces that particular roof top. I live on the top floor, and every morning when I spread the bedroom curtains open to let the light in, there they are.. mostly 2, but sometimes 1.

        • Becky

          Kudos to you! I hadn’t thgouht of that!

  • Nick

    Why isn’t there a cougar spirit animal here, also, what could the crow’s counter part be?

  • skyler

    Does anyone know of the symbolism for a white crow? I’ve googled it but I haven’t had any luck finding anything solid. I had a dream involving a black crow, who was friendly and landed on my arm. I was lying down on A porch after trying to hurdle little girls dressed in different occupational clothes( Drs, princesses, construction, all sorts) the crow was landing and I reached my arm out then a tall beautiful native chick extended her hand and he jumped to her and the made a connection with one another. Then I feel claws on my leg. I looked down and saw a white crow with black spots on my leg, I shooed it and it clung a little tight, not so much painful but uncomfortable leaning towards pain) I got a towel or blanket and got the crow off. I woke after this.

    • Jr

      think little ( baby) bird with spots is you…you are both and you are asking yourself to have compassion and acceptence.  Next time, pick up the little bird and protect your child/baby self.

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