Transformation & Crow

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Crow from Anguish, a painting by August Friedrich Albrecht Schenck

Hi Everyone!

After much contemplation I have decided that the name Sparrow Made Co no longer fits with my creations, self or purpose. I have a much deeper connection with Spirit now and in that reflection I feel I have shed my former self/selves many times. I will now be devoting my creations to my practice. My practice refers to my connection with Spirit, Nature, and the intention we put forth when connected deeply to a moral compass of love. Crow has been with me for a long time and in her honor I have named my Creative home, The Adoring Crow.

Throughout time the Crow, and their family member the Raven, has been seen as either an ally or a negative omen. I do not see the crow as a negative omen because it is one of the Spirits that can fly freely from the land of the living to the land of the dead unscathed. It is associated with wisdom, intelligence, watchfulness, magic, mysticism, and past-life connections. They hold large roles in mythology. Black is the color of creation, it is the womb out of which the new is born. It is also the color of Night, black night gives birth to new day. Though the crow is a diurnal, or daytime creature, it reminds us that magic and creation are very much alive during the day. Due to its color crow played a very large part in medieval alchemy. Crow represents the “nigredo,” or the initial state of substance, unformed but full of potential.

In Roman mythology Raven and Crow used to be white, a white crow watched over Apollo’s pregnant lover at Delphos, but when the crow brought Apollo bad news, he turned the crow black. The crows association to watchfulness is still with us today. They always have a sentinel posted and build their nests high in the treetops to watch for predators. They also warn other animals when danger is near, such as hunters looking for deer.

This ability for warning is its second most noticeable characteristic, its voice. The crow is actually considered a songbird due to the shape of its voicebox. The crow has its own language, they caw in many different ways with each caw having its own meaning. We can all learn the language of the crows. The cawing of the crow reminds us that magic and creation are cawing out to us everyday. They can also serve as a warning or alarm.

Male crows sing lovely tunes to their mates and preen their feathers to be as handsome as possible. The pair build their nests together and they do not soil their nests, even the younglings keep the nests clean. A reminder to us to keep our spaces clean both energetically and physically.

Throughout time the crow has woven itself into our mythology. Their stories can connect us to the ancient past. They have appeared in Roman, Chinese (a three legged crow was worshiped as a symbol of solitude), Athapaskan Indians of Alaska (A crow in the form of Raven was the creator of the world), The Celts (the crow was associated with creation, In the Bible, the prophet Elijah was fed by Ravens and crows while hiding in the wilderness, The Norse ( The God Odin had two Ravens who were is messengers, Huginn and Muninn), and many more.

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Huginn and Muninn sit on Odin‘s shoulders in an illustration from an 18th-century Icelandic manuscript.

Wherever there are crows or ravens, there is magic. They are symbols of creation and spiritual strength, and remind us to look for chances to create and manifest the magic in life. They are messengers calling to us, teaching us about creation and the magic that is alive within ourselves and the World available to us everyday.

Join me as a walk this path of creation and magic in my new home, The Adoring Crow. My main Spirit Guide is a Crow. Her name is Rain and she is a great teacher, protector, and guide. We can work with any animal energy in our spiritual practice and daily lives. I will be writing more about these workings in the future.

Blessings to you and yours,

Angel

Published by Angel Crow

Herbalist, Artist

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