Crows have such mythology around them, with a huge array of spiritual meaning. Crows are the birds that leave black shadows behind. They are the color of night, dark, mysterious and in most folklore, the crow gives birth to new light and brightness every day. The spiritual meaning of the crow is surrounded by darkness, as in most literature the crow has been portrayed as a dark entity. Is this really true?

The crow is a powerful bird. In ancient red Indian culture, they believed that the crow has the eye of the raven. This is considered to be the door of the inner spiritual world. This makes "Mr crow" the messenger between the invisible world and our material plane. Crows can see the past, present, and future in mythology terms. If a crow suddenly dies the other crows flock around to investigate the death, so they don’t fall victim to the same fate. Crows live between 7-14 years and they bring us magic in life.  

There have been many traditions purporting to explain the origin of crows in many avenues of mythology, there are lots of historical associations in this type of mythology that could affect us in our daily lives. The crow is a favorite bird of the Greek God Apollo. Turning to Greek mythology, they believed that the crow represents our inner desires.

Crows in Japanese mythology

In Japanese mythology, the Crow are of good omen. The crow was supposed to have been sent by Yatagarasu who was a heavenly deity, to guide the emperor Jummu Tenno on his way to Yamato. The Japanese recognize two types of crows.
the first crow was bad-tempered and the second crow provided a good omen. There was another account whereby the crow flew to a monster in the story of Pashkuru Kamui and pecked his tongue furiously. there is another Japanese story whereby the crow guided Ainu to a stranded whale, And as a result, in Japanese mythology, the crow is honored as a friend to mankind.

Crows in Greek Mythology

Crows and ravens were symbols of the great goddess in Greek mythology but they are considered dark due to the black coat and the fact that they eat decaying things. Generally, though I believe the crows are totally misunderstood and they simply mean change.

Crows have been highly pointed out in ancient mythology and lore as a bird with an eager and fervent sight and is appeared to be a solar symbol. Celts used to revere crow as being sacred. They represented the bird as a symbol of purity.

They thought that crows escort the sun each morning during its nocturnal pathway. Greeks considered the crow as a blabby creature having pessimistic traits of egoism and breaking the rules time and again. It is believed that the crow was prohibited from drinking water by a deity because of whom it is condemned to thirst.

Crows in German Mythology

Crows were featured and often connected to ravens in ancient Germany. Of course, ravens and crows are different, they are associated with warfare and battles. According to legend, the raven was often used by the Vikings as a symbol of strength. The raven is also featured on the coat of arms of Vikings. 

Biblical Mythology of Crows

The Bible has many different passages of Scripture regarding crows or ravens. For example, Noah sent a dove and a raven in order to find out if the flood had subsided. The crow did not return because it is self-sufficient but the dove came back for food. Ravens were also been mentioned in the Scripture Job 38:41 and this has consisted of feeding the ravens. The book of Luke 12:24, also has a passage whereby God feeds the ravens and how important these birds really are. The quote in this Scripture is as follows "Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” An interesting point in the Bible is that a crow has a mental age of a two-year-old, by now you will realize crows are highly intelligent birds and they also have a great memory.

In the Old Testament, the Bible further builds upon Noah's Ark, By saying that the crow symbolizes God's pathways of our own lives. Interestingly, the Bible also provides an overview in Leviticus 11:13 creature that the crow is not a clean bird, During this time anything that did not provide cleanliness was not looked upon in a positive light.

Crows and Animal Totems

Having a crow as a power animal is somewhat incredibly powerful and fascinating. A crow has the ability to accede to a person to see his existence in multi-dimensions and proportions. It enables a person to envision the different elements in his life and experience the multiple aspects of his existence.

It endorses one to believe in his instincts and integrity and be pleased and grateful about all the phases of life. It supports the idea of one speaking his own truth and following his instincts rather than just following the crowd for making the decisions of life. Crows have incredible powers of adaptation. Because of its great instincts of adaptation, it is seen to be living in almost every corner of the world surviving in any environment. They are believed to be ubiquitous, being able to live in any situation and circumstance.

Crows are regarded as one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. It is often said that crows have great qualities of remembrance and memorization, being able to recognize one individual human being from another by facial features. Crows are also very cautious and learn very quickly about their safety and protection. When one crow gets the feeling of suspicion and danger, it gives various kinds of calls to its brethren as a warning and caution. It has the ability to foresee danger and predict potential threats, therefore it is always very watchful and alert when feeding.

Crow, being the messenger of vision and magic around every person, is itself associated with the magical world being able to observe the supernatural and unforeseen forces. Humans have always been involved in unwanted disputes and conflicts with each other due to the different cultures, religions, and beliefs. These conflicts have proved to be never-ending, creating negativities all around the globe.

For creating an environment of serenity, peace, and tranquility throughout the world, we all need to be familiar with the significance of love, care, and harmony and being able to surpass the cultural and religious limitations imposed unreasonably. Everyone should know that hurting his own kind would eventually result in hurting himself. Crow is the bird that represents this ability of transcendence.

Crows appear to be extremely creative, being an omen of change. It brings the light and the dark together, representing itself as having enormous spirits and strength. If a crow comes into your life, you need to bring the changes, look forward and act consequently!

Crow shows up as a spirit guide when

  • You need to understand the male warrior energy.
  • You need to understand death.
  • You need to know about the wars in your life.
  • You need to consult with the council.
  • You need to be resourceful.

Call on Crow as a spirit guide when

  • You need to get tricky.
  • You need to be bold.
  • You need to be single-minded.
  • You need to bring knowledge to others.
  • You need to be swift and eloquent.

By Flo Saul
Mar 24, 2013