Spirit Animal Crow
Gifts: Creating your own sacred codes. Being at home in alternate realities and multiple dimensions. Communication. Hearing and sounding the wake-up call. Intelligence and problem-solving skills. Change.
Challenges: Staying too long in other dimensions and not enough time in the here and now. Being “too clever for your own good.” Telling others what to do when it would better serve them to figure it out for themselves.
Crow is an archetypal symbol of “sacred law,” which many people interpret to mean “follow the law.” But this is limited thinking that diminishes Crow’s power. Crow’s symbol of sacred law can be a message to create your own rules rather than following what already exists. Crow is telling you to rule your own realm. Make your own choices. Follow your own path. Other people’s opinions be damned. Yes, that’s easier said than done. But who said Crow was an easy spirit animal to work with?
Crow brings gifts of profound intelligence and problem-solving abilities. These skills are not limited to a single dimension and can be used in service of defining sacred for yourself. Crow’s gift ofcrossing dimensions gives it a unique perspective that you can borrow. When you feel stuck in one-dimensional thinking, expand your perception. Explore alternate realities and identify the boundaries that are trapping you.
Crow is a helpful ally for journeying, such as to meet your spirit animal. If you have a hard time meeting your spirit animal in a journey, you can ask Crow to come in and help you. If Crow is your spirit animal, you may be able to assist others in meeting theirs.
Crow is a skilled communicator. Hearing the caw of a crow can be a wake-up call. Notice your thoughts and feelings in that moment to interpret Crow’s message for you. You may be receiving a sign that you are falling into limiting beliefs or that you are on the right track. Listen to your intuition to interpret the meaning of Crow’s caw for yourself.
For many people, Crow is a sign of change to come—or an echoing of change that is happening. There is no need to fear seeing physical crows. If they do elicit fear of change in you, then give thanks for Crow’s warning that change is coming. Crow is not always a harbinger of approaching change. It can be reflecting the current state of transition. In this case, seeing physical crows can be a reminder to ride the waves of change or a confirmation that you are effectively handling change.
Out-of-whack Crow energy can result in being “too clever for your own good.” When you pin your identify on being a good problem-solver, you run the risk of offering solutions even when they aren’t desired. Not everyone who tells you their problems wants a solution—at all or from you. They may benefit from marinating in their situation before figuring out a solution.
You may get frustrated when you do offer a solution that isn’t accepted. Remember that the best problem-solvers often couch the solution in a way that other people come to it on their own. Whenyou help people come up with a solution on their own, they are more likely to accept it and try it. True, you may not get the glory or the recognition that you want. There is nothing wrong with wanting recognition. But if it overpowers the desire to help, examine what your deeper needs really are and how you can get them met in other ways.