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Crow Spirit Animal

Crow Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info 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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1,220 Comments

  1. Mary February 12, 2018 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I am surprised I am an owl spirit. Although the questions i answered described me. Silly but I was ofmthe crow. I always am around crows. They seem to be,where I am. Besides I love,them

  2. Karen Galanes February 8, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

    I knew I was a Crow and glad today to see I still am. I love them along with Hawks and Eagles. I believe that they carry messages from Heaven and earth. Thank you

  3. Anonymous January 28, 2018 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Crow is a death angel messenger…when it comes,and it makes a sound like a crow but something different…It is also looks like a crow but not from ordinary crow…some thing looks like….and that is a death angel messenger…..”CROW” it comes alone…..not from the birds of Crow….

  4. DDL January 15, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    A group of crows flew
    Over me just now and some of them were flipping upside down in the air.
    I have always acknowledged crows when o see them as I once heard that you should.
    I wondered what flying upside down was about. I just lost my horse a few days ago and have been very heart broken.

  5. VallinSFAS January 11, 2018 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I KNEW my totem would be a song from Joni Mitchell’s album *Hejira*!

  6. Kim December 25, 2017 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I have been noticing a crow on a tree just beside my window everyday, always in my garden area . When my dad is alone in garden .This crow always comes and makes its typical sound caw caw. It seldom use to eat when ever we use to give bread . Always use to come in my garden area and sounds caw caw. I was annoyed by crow and I started throwing stones at the crow . When ever I’m out this crow stays far away from my dad and house .When I not there same things repeated. What does this means

  7. Jamal December 24, 2017 at 5:41 am - Reply

    last year for months on end I had crows popping up where ever I went; school, home etc thought it was weird thoug…
    As it started after a crow followed me one day while I was on a bus and my friends were the ones that notified me of this; as when I was hopping on the bus the crow apparently swooped down after me

    • jayden February 5, 2018 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      the same thing is happening to me

  8. Annette Henke December 17, 2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Crows always seem to make everything work in life no matter what the circumstances… as in life you have to keep on truck in and do not let anything hold you back for to long in life …. feel what you need to feel but keep your vision… 🙂

  9. Don P. December 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    I had two crows walking and flying around my yard today. When I looked out again, three of them were just chilling in one of my trees. Could be a coincidence, I just don’t recall seeing that before.

  10. Prenta December 11, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

    I saw hundredsOf crows flying above me this morning

  11. Misty December 10, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Call me crazy or whatever you’d like, I’ve been called every name in the dictionary so no words offend me. Lately I have been dreaming a lot about anime guys like Sebastian Michaelis as an example and he’s a ceoe demon disguised as a butler for Ciel Phantomhive. I also dream of Aion, Lord Kaname, etc. One day after dreamibg last night of Sebastian and Ciel, my mom and I went for a walk somewhere. I happened to hear cawing and looked up, a crow was circling above my mom and I, lookinv down at me mostly as we walked. I asked my mom what was wrong with the crow out of cincern for it and she had no idea, can anyone please tell me what it means?

    • Misty December 10, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Crow demon, sorry, stupid autocorrect

  12. John E December 8, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

    When I was driving to work today I saw an arrangement of four crows that caught my attention. One was on the ground, the other was on a rock, the last two were on a branch. They were arranged in a very simple yet beautiful pattern – if I only had a camera. Then I got a message from spirit that this was in fact a message for me.

    When I was driving home I saw three crows close to were I saw the four crows that morning. I wondered were the fourth crow was. Then out of no where a giant crow flew in front of my car and lead me car down the road for about 10 seconds before it flew off into the woods. I took this as further validation that crow had chosen to be a spirit guide of mine. For this I am grateful.

    • Anonymous December 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Your story is the closest .. from begining to end to match my experience

  13. Anonymous December 7, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    This happened about a month ago and I would like to share with people. So, one day a crow landed on my dad’s car and started pecking at it. He then told my mom and she searched up what it meant. She found that it meant a change in your life or death. When my mom told me this I didn’t believe it at all. Then a few days after, my grandmother passed away. So then because of this, our family all thought it was the crow. I definitely beleive it was the crow but I hope that my grandmother is resting peacefully in heaven.

  14. Rio October 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    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.

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