The meandering thoughts of a modern-day hearth witch.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Hedgerow Ramblings // Crows

I have always had a soft spot for crows.
For the past few years I have felt like they turn up whenever something significant is going on in my life - particularly big changes. 
Furthermore, I often see a crow in my 'mind's eye' - it is a symbol which I believe guides me. 

Whenever crows appear, I am reminded to focus upon the spiritual as well as the practical goings-on around me - something which I too often allow myself to be swept away with, forgetting to nourish my soul. It also reminds me that change is inevitable, natural - good even - and there is a bigger picture to look towards.

Many people fear crows and other dark birds - they have a reputation for being harbingers of death, omens of bad times. In legend and myth they are one of the prophetic symbols of war and the shape-shifting tricksters associated with the Morrigan - a goddess of war and strife.

However, the crows also have a great many positive facets in legend - most of which seem to have been buried beneath all this negativity. They have long symbolised resourcefulness, the law, a watchful eye, a link to the magick around us, change, justice, integrity and divination. 

Do any of you have any animals you feel a strong affinity with? 

3 musings:

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh my goodness! I have JUST featured an artist on my blog who has a special affinity to crows. You would really connect with Stacy, and her work is both whimsical and meaningful. I love crows, as well. But I also relate very much to wolves - their beauty, their wits, their loyalty to their pack - there is something that lies behind their eyes that attracts me, too.

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely in the 'love crows' camp. I can't remember a time when I didn't find them fascinating. Then, recently, I heard a couple of radio programmes saying that crows are very intelligent, which I didn't find at all surprising.

I'm not particularly fond of deer, but for some strange reason, when I meditate, I quite often find the image of a stag comes strongly to mind. Funny how the brain works.

Aine said...

Crows are special to me too, and they herald changes as well. I like in a place where many crows live, so now I get to be a little more "personal" with them. They are smart and they recognize you (as the one who gives them leftover bread) and they 'talk' to you. It's amazing!

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