The Sacred and Majestic Crows of Sedona
The phrase spirit guide is just what the name implies, its spiritual guides that come in animal form known as totem animals or power animals. While the specific meaning of these terms may vary somewhat, all of them can be referred to as animal spirit guides. The spiritual guide can come to you in many forms that you notice for days around your house or even appear at places you go.
Sedona Crows are an all black thick-necked bird with a heavy, straight bill, sometimes forming flocks in the thousands. These birds have an excellent memory and can be heard shouting a complex vocabulary from upon highs like a sentinel making a huge ruckus when hunters are around, which alerts other animals and other birds. Remarkably when one Sedona crow is exploring another in the flock is watching and learning. Most crows are social, however, many types of crows are solitary, but they will often forage in groups. Others stay in large groups. A group of crows is called a murder. When one crow dies, the murder will surround the deceased walking in circling vortex patterns.
Crows are among the smartest animals in the world as intelligent as a seven-year-old human who understand the concept of analogies showing advanced intelligence like solving complex, multi-step puzzles. A crow can recognize and remember individual human faces sharing knowledge of dangerous people with other crows. Some have even claimed crows can hold on a grudge and pass it on to their offspring.
These mystical birds are smart enough to know they are most vulnerable when they are feeding and post lookouts to watch for any danger. Inquisitive and sometimes mischievous, crows are good learners and problem-solvers. In fact, Crows brain/body size ratio is about the same as that of a chimpanzee. Crows are even smart enough to use tools.
Cultural Depictions of Crows
Throughout history, the crow has been associated with both positive and negative symbolic meanings. The most common are:
Life magic; mystery of creation
Destiny, personal transformation
Trickster, manipulative, mischevious
There are many references to crows in the world through legends and literature where the bird obtained mythic status because it was a mediator animal between life and death. It should also be noted to some there is no consistent distinction between “crows” and “ravens.”
Crows sometimes appear as a method of divination. In Greek mythology, ravens are associated with Apollo, the god of prophecy. These majestic birds are said to be a symbol of bad luck and were the God's messengers in the mortal world. According to the mythological narration, Apollo sent a white raven, or crow in some versions to spy on a lover. Another similar belief was that the birds were beings/faeries who shape-shifted to travel the planes and cause troubles.
In Celtic mythology, the warrior goddess known as the Morrighan appears in the form of a crow or raven and or is seen accompanied by a group of them. Typically, these birds appear in groups of three, and they are seen as a sign that the Morrighan is watching getting ready to pay someone a visit. Witches and sorcerers were believed to have the ability to transform themselves into ravens and fly away, thus enabling them to evade capture.
The Native Americans saw the crow as a trickster, much like Coyote. In the legends of various tribes, Raven is typically associated with everything from the creation of the world to the gift of sunlight to mankind. Some tribes knew the raven as a stealer of souls.
Even within the Christian religion, crows/ravens hold a special significance. While they are referred to as “unclean” within the Bible, Genesis states that after the flood waters receded, the raven was the first bird Noah sent out from the ark to find land.
According to some claim, Crows can travel back and forth between dimensions and, because of this, are able to deliver messages to the dead. Other traditional meanings associate the crow with bad omen and dark witchcraft.
What does it mean to see Crows often
Crows have long been considered to be magical and it is said that even finding a dead crow is a sign of good luck. Wherever crows are, legend says there is change, magic, and death. If you’ve been seeing these incredibly intelligent creatures in your life there are a few possible things the encounter means.
When people begin to see crows everywhere, this could be a sign there could be a change coming. Crows are able to adapt easily to any environment and will eat almost anything, thus when a crow presents itself it’s a possible sign to remind anyone they can adapt to anything.
Not only do Crows manifest a possible message of change, but can remind people about the magic all around us. Black is the color of the night endlessly giving birth to the light of a new day.
This is the symbol most associated with the crow is death which some say that is able to guide souls into the afterlife when death is near. No doubt in some cultures it’s easy to understand why it’s important to pay attention to when and where the crow appears as it’s a sign of the message being sent.
Spiritual Meaning of Crows According to Numbers
The number of crows/ravens can signify differnt signs. One crow can relay a special message from a close relative or friend who has just passed away.
Two crows signal an arrival of good news.
Three crows indicate a marriage in the house.
Four crows signify upcoming wealth.
Five crows imply disease and pain.
Six crows symbolize a theft or robbery that might soon take place.
Seven crows suggest travel and change of place.
Eight crows symbolize grief and sorrow.
The crow is a spirit animal associated with life mysteries and magic. They have earned a place in fiction as mostly negative elements, but traditionally they have a more dynamic and varied presence. Anyone who has ever spent any time investigating the majestic crows/ravens of the Sedona area will find a very intelligent bird who at dawn flys down from the high cliffs of the surrounding red rock mountains into the valley on the hunt returning at dusk to roost for the evening. Seldom do the people come upon these sacred birds in our lives but for brief moments here and there in passing soaring in the sky above in a vortex-like pattern looking down on the inhabitants below. Watching the Sedona crows/ravens it doesn’t take long to view a group of them ganging up together and chasing out birds much bigger than they are! This behavior makes them a useful animal totem to call when needing support in dealing with adversity.
To the Shaman a crow/raven is said to carry the power of prophetic insight and symbolizes the core of creation. If a crow/raven appears multiple times in a row under the same circumstances naturally such an experience is regarded sacred and to be a sign for the person to use their “second sight” to find the reason for the encounter. You are being reminded that the answers to your questions are waiting to be discovered ahead of you and that you must look beyond your present range of vision. Because of its affinity with life mysteries and magic, the crow is seen in many shamanic traditions as the spirit animal of choice for those who use magic. Sedona is well known for those who have used the mystical arts of magic!
NOTE: This information has been taken from a chapter in the book the Sedona/Verde Valley Vortex and or will be added on the next update.
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