Crow Meaning and Symbolism
Mar 16
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Crow Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Crow Spirit Animal


Crow symbolism represents a connection to magic, inner truth and signs.  This song birds shiny black feathers remind us of night and darkness. Which reiterates its connection with magic and the spirit realm.  Said to be a messenger between realms the crow totem animal will appear where you can expect change. While this spirit animal is active during the day and roosts overnight it’s dark feathers remind us of its connection to night and darkness.  As a spirit animal crow teaches us to find our inner truth. This is done by setting aside beliefs and ideals that get in the way of happiness. A true crow totem animal person is content and prefers to live a quiet life. This is done by discovering your inner truths and living my them.

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Encounters with the Crow

What is the meaning of crow symbolism? Find out what symbol the crow spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Have you been working hard toward a goal or dream?

The crow totem will appear to you to tell you a time of change and manifestation is here!  It’s important for you to not give up on your dream. And for you to keep working toward your goal.  You will be rewarded and see your hard work come to fruition.

Do you feel like you have been struggling with never ending responsibilities?

When you find yourself weighed down by countless tasks and responsibilities that burden your spirit.  Crow symbolism will appear to you with this message. It’s time for you to simplify your life and for you to live quietly.  Remove anything that isn’t serving you and find your peace. Take some time to discover what is important for your self growth and make sure that is taking place in your daily routine.

Have you noticed an injustice?

We live in a world filled with negativity and injustice.  When you encounter the crow spirit animal it is a sign to speak out.  Especially if you have witnessed an injustice. You are not meant to stand by or ignore things that are wrong in the world.  Instead this spirit animal has appeared to you to tell you to use your voice for good. Bring injustices out of the shadows and into the light where they can be dealt with.

Have you encountered the image of the Crow?

To encounter the crow totem in your daily life is a simple message.  Look for signs! The crow is a bringer of messages and will appear to you when you need to be aware of signs or omens.  Notice your surroundings, look for details or reoccurring themes in your life. You must be open for the way the universe is speaking to you!

Do you have vivid dreams?

The crow spirit animal will guide you and open up your mind to vivid and clear dreams.  This is to help guide you by providing you with a way to receive messages from the spirit realm.  And to help guide you in your daily decisions. Dreams are very important to crow symbolism and represent the connection from the physical world to the spiritual realm.

Crow Symbolism: The Crow Spirit

Could the Crow be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:


As a crow totem person your voice is very important.  You will be able to see into situations and notice things others will miss.  Because of this you have the responsibility to speak out when you notice things that are wrong.  In the wild crows will warn others of danger or share details about food by cawing to each other.  Communication is very important to them. Likewise crow spirit animal people can’t help but be outspoken.


This gift goes beyond deja vu and manifests itself commonly in crow spirit animal people.  This ability to see into the unknown, into time and into the past is a gift. It will also manifest itself in dreams and visions during meditation.  As a crow totem person you must be open to the dreams and visions you have and look for them in your waking hours.

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Crow symbolism is known for its abundant creativity.  In fact, there is even research that claims they are the smartest bird in the world.  They have been studied using tools to problem solve as well as working independently or coorperately to find a solution.  People with this spirit animal, will likewise, be known for their creative solutions. Even without existing knowledge of problem or it’s inner workings a solution will seem to “come to them” naturally.


Crows abide by a set of rules and laws.  Not man made laws but the true laws of the universe such as life and death.  People with this spirit animal are attuned to the natural world around them and these unspoken laws.  Because of this they will live by a different set of rules in order to be at peace with the earth. They live simple, orderly lives and don’t believe in testing boundaries or setting their energy off balance.

What are the Traits of the Crow Totem?

Lessons from the Crow Spirit Animal

Crows are:

  • Sensing
  • Cautious
  • Aware
  • Vocal
  • Inspired
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Crow symbolism teaches us an important lesson we can all learn from.  These spirit exists out of time and because of that gives us this message: let go of the past.  It is important for crow totem people to let go of the things that once were, don’t worry about the future.  And for them to live in contentment for the present. Living each moment in its fullness, inspired and taking every opportunity to embrace their inner truth.

What does the crow spirit mean? Magic and knowledge medicine! Crow spirit animal people are connected to deep and magical forces. They also harness the power of knowledge medicine.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Crow

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Crows understand the importance of community and the roles they play inside of it.  In the wild, juvenile birds will often help raise hatchlings by finding food and even chasing off threats.  As adults individuals find security, companionship and a mate within a flock. Within their community they find support and education.  Likewise, as a crow totem person it is important for you to find your community of like minded individuals who can support you.


It’s no secret that memory is closely linked with crow symbolism.  Research has found that not only can they remember individuals but they can identify people years after an interaction.  If your memory is failing or if you struggle to keep facts straight you can call on the crow totem. This amazing spirit is able to restore and improve your memory back to its fullness.

Knowledge Medicine

This spirit animal has a unique form a medicine known as knowledge medicine.  It has the ability to speak with authority which can heal a person or situation.  This authority can be used in every area of their life from daily affirmations, to encouraging others, to business and school settings.  This knowledge comes with great contentment and balance because of its healing power.

Spiritual Strength

As a crow totem person you will harness a spiritual strength.  This will give you the ability to seek out hidden truths. As well as discover your own hidden truths.  This ability to understand the workings of the universe and the place that magic holds within the universe.  Will help guide your decisions and beliefs. Because of this you will know your true path.



A downfall of the crow totem is that they are prone to hold grudges.  Just like crows in the wild they don’t forget an offense and will hold grudges.  Especially against people who have wronged them for generations.  As a crow spirit animal person it’s important for you to keep your grudges in check.  While when you have been truly wronged it can be understood. Be sure your grudge is justified and not based on falsehood.


Good or bad people can’t help but label and generations crows in the wild.  Likewise, good or bad once your reputation is set that’s how others will view you.  Because of this it is important for you to live with integrity. Especially to your inner truths and the natural laws of the world.  Otherwise you’ll be marked with a negative reputation and it will be almost impossible to change others perception of you.


Because of their strong connection to the spiritual realms and magic your presence will say a lot.  Most people will agree that you can be very intimidating to be around. This is a weakness because it can cause you to become isolated.  And for you to miss out on valuable relationships because of your presence. It is important for crow totem people to remain humble and to interact with others kindly.  Otherwise, their intimidation can really become a weakness.

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The Crow in Dreams: What it Means

When crow symbolism enters into your dreams it can carry with it a lot of different meanings.  It can mean that you are about to experience changes in your life. Or that goals you have been working toward are about to manifest in your life.

When you see a crow at dusk or at night, especially when stars are visible, it is a sign that regarding magic.  You are able to embark on a journey into the magical realm and begin to discover your own inner truths. You must be open to the way magic is going to be revealed in your life.

During your dream if the crow approaches you in a friendly manner it is a sign of kinship.  That the crow is trying to connect with you as your spirit animal. Find ways to honor your spirit animal and spend time in meditation seeking guidance.

A crow is a sign of magic and change. It’s important to consider this when interpreting dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Crow

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In Celtic lore crow symbolism is said to be a guardian between this world and the next.

North American tribes are under the protection of the crow according to scared scripts.

Around the World the crow is believed to be a master shape shifter and wielder of magic.

Historical Facts

Canuck, a crow, has become quite the celebrity in Vancouver, Canada.  Where he has a fan base, social media, and quite a rap sheet. He may just be one of the most famous crows to date!

Animal Quotes

Nothing is unreal as long as you can imagine like a crow.
Munia Khan
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
Albert Einstein

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