The Bird of Ancient Wisdom and Second Sight
If you have a crow sighting, and he insists on getting your attention, what does it mean? The crow is asking you to see beyond the limitations of sight alone. He’s asking you to tap into your intuitive second sight and the wisdom of the universe.
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Crows are highly adaptable creatures who can walk, swim, and fly. Therefore, they have full access to the world and its many dimensions. That is why a crow sighting has a connection to eternal life and the spirit world. The crow is the symbol of ancient prophecy, second sight or clairvoyance and a messenger from the spirit world. Because crows teach their young all they know, each crow that you see is a bird with the wisdom of the ancients.
Mysterious and Misunderstood
Both mysterious and misunderstood, the crow is often associated with death and darkness, yet some cultures have revered him as the creator of the world. Much like the coyote, the crow also has the reputation of being a trickster and a shapeshifter because he fools us into thinking he is a mere scavenger when actually he is quite intelligent. Science has even proven that the crow’s brain/body size is proportionate to that of a chimpanzee, and in some studies, he has exhibited nearly human-like thinking and tenacity in solving problems. Tests have also proven that the crow recognizes faces, and he has a long memory for them.
If you have a crow sighting, it’s likely you’ll also hear his caw. The crow’s caw is just part of a very intricate language system, and if he recognizes you, he may have given you your own special caw—kind of like a name. He’s adaptable, intelligent and he can even turn sticks into tools in order to get what he wants. It may sound incredible, but it’s factual.
TED Talk: Crows
These winged wonders got their own presentation when Joshua Klein gave a TED Talk on the intelligence of crows. How many animals get to be the subject of a TED Talk? It’s no wonder that one of the crow’s spiritual messages to us is to never underestimate the power of others as well as our own power.
A Bad Rap
Crows have a somewhat bad rap in our history, often used to represent evil, and things of a dark nature. But the lesson in that is to not judge a book by its cover. The crow teaches us to be mindful of judging others (as well as crows) and to stand out in thought and action—even if it goes against popular opinion.
Much like Man, the crow shows a sense of community and he is a skillful watchman. He observes quietly and warns other animals of impending dangers such as hunters in the area.
The Crow as Your Totem or Power Animal
As a totem of the Great Spirit, the crow represents creation and spiritual strength. He gets the utmost respect. To have a crow as a power animal is powerful. The crow represents wisdom and if you have a crow sighting, you are connecting with his spirit. Together, you can travel beyond the limitations of one-dimensional thinking and laws. If you identify with the crow you can identify with many dimensions of reality and you trust in your intuition. You may even have the gift of “second sight” or clairvoyance. As an air totem symbol, the crow is a direct connection between the conscious and subconscious minds.
Native Americans and the Crow
Many Native American cultures consider crows to be the keepers of the spiritual law because nothing escapes their keen sight. They hold the knowledge of all things including ancient magic.
The crow and the raven (his cousin) are sometimes interchangeable in some Native American cultures, but others treat them separately. In most legends, however, both are symbols of wisdom and intelligence. They can also be symbols of change, as many totems are.
The Crow tribe, whose name in their own language means, “children of the big beaked bird,” adopted their name through their friendly interaction with white settlers and their rough translation of their native name. Lewis and Clark were welcomed by the Crows. Some tribes believe that the crow has the power to talk and they consider them to be one of the wisest birds.
In the Hopi nation, there are Kachinas that represent anything in the natural world or cosmos. One of their Kachinas is the “Crow Mother,” who looks after the welfare of children and to some, she’s the mother of all the Kachinas. There are more than 400 different Kachinas in Hopi and Pueblo culture.
A Timeless Bird
In some cultures, the crow has no sense of time. Therefore he is able to see the past, the present, and the future simultaneously. If you have a crow sighting, know that you are in the presence of a truly powerful and intelligent animal, who has been misunderstood for quite some time. But now that you’ve read about the crow, you can count yourself among the lucky ones who know and appreciate this bird for what he really is.
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