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Crow Dreams

Crow
crow.jpg
Oil pastels, 2007

Dreams from the crow are powerful indeed.  First, please don't freak out and take the first piece of symbology you will find if you surf the net on crow dreams...they are decidedly not one thing or another (like the coming of death).  Crows are one of or perhaps the most intelligent species of birds.  Look closely at your dream.  If I dream of crow, I know there is a message, something to heed, something to listen to.  There is a definite message...find out what it is.

The Eagle, Carrion Crow, and Tortoise.

No soul can warrant life or right,
Secure from men of lawless might;
But if a knave's advice assist,
'Gainst fraud and force what can exist ?
An Eagle on a Tortoise fell,
And mounting bore him by the shell:
She with her house her body screens,
Nor can be hurt by any means.
A Carrion Crow came by that way,
" You've got," says she, " a luscious prey;
But soon its weight will make you rue,
Unless I show you what to do."
The captor promising a share,
She bids her from the upper air
To dash the shell against a rock,
Which would be sever'd by the shock.
The Eagle follows her behest,
Then feasts on turtle with his guest.
Thus she, whom Nature made so strong,
And safe against external wrong,
No match for force, and its allies,
To cruel death a victim dies.

 

Phaedrus, The Fables of Phaedrus (ed. Christopher Smart)

Editions and translations: Latin (ed. L. Mueller) | English (ed. Christopher Smart

Symbology:
 
European Folklore: pending death
Speak or "Caw" your truth: learn to speak your
    mind.
Messenger
The book of law is bound in Crow Feathers
Tenacity
Intelligence
Magic
Shadow aspect due to it's black color
Potential - Alchemical aspect of the "nigredo"
Sentinel or Watchfulness
A Warning
Thievery
Memory-remembrance
Weather predictor...coming storms
     (psychological as well as natural/physical
      world)
Creation/Creativity
 
"Wherever crows are, there is magic.  They are symbols of creation and spiritual strength.  They remind us to look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life.  They are messengers calling to us about the creation and magic that is alive within our world everyday and available to us."
Ted Andrews Animal Speak

Crows are the most intelligent of the Aves Class.  If you dream of this amazing bird, Watch Out!  Multiple meanings abound.  Whether you live in Europe or North America, the appearance of a Crow in your dream is worth investigating.

"Since Crow is the keeper of sacred law, Crow can bend the laws of the physical universe and "shape shift".  This ability is rare and unique.  Few adepts exist in today's world, and fewer still have mastered Crow's art of shape shifting.  This art includes doubling, or being in two places at one time consciously; taking on another physical form, and becoming the "fly on the wall" to observe what is happening far away....
     "Crow is an omen of change.  Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time.  The Ancient Chiefs tell us that Crow sees simultaneously the three fates- past, present, and future.  Crow merges light and darkness, seeing both inner and outer reality."
Sams and Carson Medicine Cards

sandstone carving, 2007
crowcarving.jpg

The Crow is my Shadow.
She is 
Strong and loud.
Noisy and proud.
 
Both Life and Death,
She is
My only savior.
 
She Caws the Truth of my inner Self.
Emotions left behind:
Ignored.
Scorned.
Feared. 
 
"I am your Worth, lost along the way.  Just beyond your conscious reach,
I return. 
I eat the seeds that your dreams have planted.
So that one day they might grow
strong again,
In the daylight."
 
"See Me...Feel Me...Hear me...Heed Me."