Crow Medicine

Posted on Posted in Noticing Beauty, Shaman's Path, Signs From The Universe

Crow on power pole
©2012 Carol Woodliff

There are days I wish I had a better camera with me on our walks.  My Blackberry takes amazing photographs but there are some things it just can’t capture as well as the eye can see, like this crow sitting on the post of the electric wires.  This guy/gal was talking up a storm to us as Sadie and I walked by yesterday.

I’ve been have lots of crow encounters lately.  On our walks crows will swoop in front of us, or fly with us tree to tree as progress down the sidewalk.  I hear their calls to each other and I feel like I’m supposed to understand what they are saying to me.

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a community fire ceremony at my house.  My neighbor told me recently that the night of that ceremony, she and her husband were headed out to dinner and as they drove by my front yard there were at least 25 to 30 crows gathered on the lawn. They jokingly commented to themselves that the crows were there for my ceremony. I got the truth bumps—those goose bumps I get when something strikes me as true.  Sounded silly to the Western mind, but to my shaman heart it seemed “spot on.”

I have sensed a sacred communication from the crows, but hadn’t been able to discern their messages.  I would say, “When I get home I need to meditate on what the crow was telling me.”  Day after day, I would return home and get involved in my day and not take time to listen for the crow’s wisdom.  Yesterday, I decided to sit down and actually connect with the spirit of those crows who seemed so insistent on talking to me.  The message was simple it said:

“Dive deeper into the sacred. Trust the unfolding of your path and don’t wait or hesitate. Excavate all within that you label a wound, and love it to the light.  Do this for yourself.  Help others to do it.  You are on the right path.  Miracles are unfolding.”

Was my message really,  “We approve! Keep going?”  My former paralegal self wasn’t satisfied with that answer so I went to the Internet to do some research on traditional interpretations of crows as animal totems and here is what I found:

“Crow knows the unknowable mysteries of creation and is the keeper of all sacred law. . . . 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 nearby 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.”  (


“Crows are the keepers of the Sacred Law. . . .Crow is a omen of Change. Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time, therefore, it sees past, present and future simultaneously. Crow merges both light and dark, both inner and outer.  It is the totem of the Great Spirit and must be respected as such.  They are symbols of creation and spiritual strength.  Look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life.  Crows are messengers calling to us about the creation and magic that is alive in the world today and available to us.”  (

Today on our walk, I didn’t see one crow!  I guess they thought I got the message.

What do you think? Have you ever seen an animal theme in your life?  Have you taken time to sense the message that animal was bringing to you?  Do you think I’m totally “for the birds”?  All respectful discussion is welcome.


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