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Crow

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    You have magical abilities that are waiting to be discovered and developed with in you. Explore the unknown.
    -Crow
    If Crow has flown across your path;

    It is a sign of change. All that you have been working for and toward is now coming to fruition. Alternatively Crow is giving you clear messages and guidance as to what your next steps are. Pay attention to your thoughts, and to the omens around you. The messages are clearer now than they have ever been.

    Crow as a messenger could also be letting you know that perhaps you are spreading yourself a little bit thing. It’s time to step back – re assess where you are at and take stock of your own dreams and aspirations. Being clear about our own desires is key in manifesting our intentions.

    If Crow is your Animal Totem;

    You have a great deal of personal integrity. You work hard at being mindful of your opinions and actions and are willing to walk your talk, speak your truth and embrace your life’s mission. You shift through changes and phases of your life with effortless ease and are willing to swoop in on opportunities at a moments notice. You have a tendency to have no concept of time as a linear entity and know in your heart that time is literally the existence of the past, present and future in a single moment. You live for for now.

    If Crow has come into your Dream;

    Dreaming of of this bird is usually a message from your sub-conscience. If the crow is flying is means that you need to bring what is hidden in sub-conscience to the surface in order to move forward in your life. If the bird is feasting your sub-conscience is telling you that your current course of action will bring forth a great bounty – however make sure that what you are manifesting is what you really want in your life. A crow watching you or following you in your dream is a good omen of positive changes coming up in your life.

    Alternatively Crow could be warning you that if you continue on your present course of action, you may be in for a great deal of disappointment.

    Additional Associations for Crow:

    Ancestors
    Barter
    Darkness
    Death
    Ethical Behavior
    Ethics
    Fair Trade
    Guidance
    Honor
    Integrity
    Law Of Attraction
    Life
    Light
    Magic
    Manifestation
    Movement
    Opportunity
    Rebirth
    Shape Shifter
    Souls
    Teleportation
    Transition
    Watchfulness
    Work

    By Ina Woolcott

    Many cultures consider crows to be the keepers of the Sacred Law, for nothing escapes their keen sight. To have a Crow as a power animal is extremely powerful stuff. When we meditate on the crow and align with it, we are instilled with the wisdom to know ourselves beyond the limitations of one-dimensional thinking and laws. We are taught to appreciate the many dimensions of both reality and ourselves, and to learn to trust our intuition and personal integrity.

    Crows often appear in groups, and though there seems to be no variation in their caw-ing to each other, each caw actually has a different meaning. Their complex vocabulary is one sign of their intelligence, and is also a sign of their significance as power animals. When a crow explores something new, others watch closely to see what happens and then learn from it. They often make great noise when hunters are around, warning deer and other birds. Crows recognise potential danger and hence always post lookouts when feeding. This is their most vulnerable time. This helps us understand that we must watch what we believe, to test our habitual ideas about reality against a more universal standard.

    Without paying careful attention, we are unable to understand the language of crows, this signifies the fact that we can’t always see beyond our own cultural limitations. These limitations include certain moral codes of right and wrong, along with ‘rules’ that accompany these codes.

    Throughout history there have been many (unnecessary) conflicts and wars between humans due to differing moral and religious beliefs. To truly create a new age of love, peace and harmony it is of high importance for us to be able to transcend our particular cultural limitations and to hold in our hearts and souls what we share as spiritual beings in human form. We are all connected, infinitely and composed of the same ‘stuff’. We need to realise that hurting others only hurts ourselves. Crow is the bird which represents this transcendence.

    Crow can also teach us to be mindful about judging people automatically. Be mindful of your opinions and actions. You need to walk your talk, to speak your truth and to know your life’s mission. Again, trust your intuition and personal integrity, to create your own standards, whether or not they matc those of the world around you. Be an individual, think for yourself, don’t necessarily follow the crowd!

    In the courting process the male crow’s voice takes on a singing quality. This lets us see what the basis of sacred law is, unconditional love, the one unfailing principle by which we can test our own principles.

    Crow is an omen of change. Crows live in the void and have no sense of time, therefore being able to see past, present and future simultaneously. They unite both the light and the dark, both the inner and the outer. Crow is the totem of the Great Spirit and must be held with utmost respected. They are representations of creation and spiritual strength.

    Crows are messengers, telling us about the creation and magic all around us, that is available to us just for the asking. Look for opportunities to bring into being the magic of life. The striking black colour of the crow represents the colour of creation. It is the womb out of which the new comes into existence. Black is the colour of the night, giving birth to the light of a new day.

    Crows are sly and can be deceptive in their actions. They have been known to build false nests high in treetops to confuse predators. Their nests are built very high up, giving them the chance to watch everything that is going on around them.

    As crows are adaptable to all environments and will eat almost anything, they can survive in almost any situation. Crow is surrounded by magic, unseen forces and spiritual strength. If crow enters your life, get out of your familiar nest, look beyond your present range of vision, listen to the message(s) in its caw and act accordingly.

    Crow is the left-handed guardian. Crow knows the unknowable mysteries of creation and is the keeper of all sacred law. There are several species of crow. Raven is one of these and magpies are another. Crow medicine people are masters of illusion. Do not try to figure crow out. It is the power of the unknown at work, and something special is about to happen.
    Crow is also the guardian of ceremonial magic and healing. In any healing circle, Crow is present. Crow guides the magic of healing and the change in consciousness that will bring about a new reality and dispel “dis-ease” or illness. You can rest assure when ever crows are around, magic is near by and you are about to experience a change in consciousness. Crow can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form.
    They are territorial and won’t give up an area without a fight. They are loners, seeming to like to spend time to themselves.

    Jack died on September 12, 1979, a casualty of Hurricane Frederick
    If you have a crow as a totem, you need to be willing to walk your talk and speak your truth. You must put aside your fear of being a voice in the wilderness and “caw” the shots as you see them. Crow is an omen of change. If he keeps appearing to you he may be telling you that you have a powerful voice when addressing issues that you do not quite understand or feel that they are out of balance.

    Crows are the bringer of messages from the spirit world, and is thought to dwell beyond the realm of time and space.

    When you meet crow, he could be telling you that there will be changes in your life and that possibly you should step by the usual way you view reality and look into the inner realms …walk your talk…be prepared to let go of your old thinking and embrace a new way of viewing yourself and the world.

    Crow is the sacred keeper of the law. Crow medicine signifies a firsthand knowledge of a higher order of right and wrong than that indicated by the laws created in human culture. With Crow medicine, you speak in a powerful voice when addressing issues that for you seem out of harmony, out of balance, out of whack, or unjust.

    When you learn to allow your personal integrity to be your guide, your sense of feeling alone will vanish. Your personal will can then emerge so that you will stand in your truth. The prime path of true Crow people says to be mindful of your opinions and actions. Be willing to walk your talk, speak your truth, know your life’s mission, and balance past, present, and future in the now. Shape shift that old reality and become your future self. Allow the bending of physical laws to aid in creating the shape shifted world of peace.

    art of crow symbolism deals with memory-keeping. This is a big symbolic point here. Many cultures believe crows hold memories of ancient worlds, ancient ways of living, and beautiful secrets. I know the Druids strained to understand the language of crows/ravens in order to decode those old mysteries for higher wisdom.

    I don’t think the crow was ever willing to share those secrets, or share the “rosetta stone” to their unique language. Stubborn, willful, and fiercely proud of their wisdom…the crow keeps their mysteries in their own tombs of knowing. Within those tombs, I rather think the crow glories in major glitter. I think they absolutely LOVE being secretive, mysterious, and get joy in withholding their occult knowing’s from mankind. I suppose they’re like a Rubik’s Cube. Those who can twist their complexity into order, may have the gift of wisdom. Otherwise, I rather think the crow says: “f*ck you.” Sorry for the hint of profanity, but the crows that who to me aren’t sorry to spout it – so there you have it.

    Celtic Druids also used the crow as an augury (seagulls too). Meaning, these ancient seers focused on flight, speech and behavior of the crow for the purpose of foretelling events in the future. Now why didn’t they do that with a titmouse? A sparrow? A pheasant? Because the crow knows stuff. As mentioned…they are “keepers”.

    Black (the color of our feathered friend) is historically symbolic of mystery, occult, death…but also symbolic of the unknown, that place beyond the veil. Black is a symbol of the strangeness that creeps along behind the sun-shiny realm of what is “known”. It’s a slippery place to dwell. Only the bravest of heart can go into the darkest black night of the soul. It requires cunning, and a willingness to expect the unexpected. Crows reflect that kind of sentiment.

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    Crows are friends with death. I’m not saying they are symbolic of death – just that they are connected with it. Countless myths and legends place the crow on battlefields…picking at eyeballs, peeling off flesh from the ribcages of fallen warriors in battle. This associates them as “death eaters”. In many warring cultures, this is powerful juju. 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.

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