The Meaning of a Crow: Its Mysterious Spiritual Symbolism

Crows frequently show up in the realm of magic and mystery, appearing in spells, occultism and folklore. We often associate crows with death or dark magic, yet, there are some cultures and traditions that view crows as positive and life-giving creatures. So, what is the spiritual meaning of a crow, and what does it mean if it keeps appearing in your life?

Crows show up to let you know that there are spiritual shifts happening around you and remind you to pay attention to the spiritual messages that are sent to guide you. They represent transformation, cycles, psychic tools, and insight into unseen realms. Crows are problem solvers and can help you tune into a solution when you are faced with a challenge. 

Just like everything in spiritual language, crows can show up as a spiritual sign for you in many ways depending on where you are on your journey. This article will go over various common spiritual messages of crows and what they may mean to you. 


What Is The Symbolic Meaning of Crow? 

Throughout history, crows have been shown as symbols to represent certain human experiences, especially related to the spiritual mystery that permeates our physical world. 

Here are a few examples of crows showing up in ancient mythology:

  • Crows being the mediator between life and death
  • As a carrion bird, they eat the dead, making them embody death and lost souls
  • They are the reincarnation of damned souls
  • Crows were seen as bearers of tragic news, usually announcing the death of a hero
  • They have been treated as supernatural creatures that can communicate with humans

Symbolically, crows have commonly been a symbol of death, and the transformational process from the physical to the spiritual world. However, in spiritual language, death does not mean the physical act of dying; rather death represents change, transition, transformation, and new beginnings

While crows represent death and dying, this also opens the way for new opportunities and ways to grow and evolve. In shamanism, the act of dying is the most heightened spiritual level you can experience, as it represents the death of the ego and superficial identity, and a remembrance of your highest essence. 

Because of this, crows represent the ending and separation of one state of being that leads to the beginning of a higher spiritual existence. Oftentimes this can be a difficult and challenging period, full of grief, loss, and upheaval. This is why crows are usually associated with “negative” or “bad omen” energy. However, growth can only happen when we go through periods of challenges. 


Are Crows Spiritual Messengers?

The Meaning of a Crow: Its Mysterious Spiritual Symbolism

All birds are spiritually sensitive to energies around their environment, so birds and feathers can often show up as a spiritual message. Crows are even more connected to the spirit realm than most birds and have throughout history been connected to prophetic sight and clairvoyance. Because of this, they are viewed as spiritual messengers. 

Here are common ways that crows can send you messages from the spirit realm: 

  1. Transformation: Crows can show up when you experience a sudden shift, upheaval, internal and external chaos that will lead to a spiritual awakening and internal revelation of self. 
  2. Separation: crows mourn the dead, and can show up when you are experiencing the separation of a loved one, that either passed away or ended a relationship. They show up to offer comfort, and to help you move through the grieving process. 
  3. Endings: Crows can show up to help you end a season of your life and begin a new one. Often we are resistant to change, so they show up to help you release the resistance to ending certain aspects in your life. 
  4. Shadow self: the black color of crows represents shadow work and working through parts of your shadow self. They can show up when negative or dark parts of yourself come to the surface that is holding you back. Crows can help you break through these.  
  5. Illusion: Crows can show up to help you work past a period of uncertainty and illusions that are keeping you from seeing the bigger picture. They ask you to tap into your intuition and pay attention to your inner and psychic sight. 
  6. Mental-blocks: Crows are creative and can show up to help you work past mental, emotional, and spiritual blocks through creativity and problem-solving. 

If you are seeing crows frequently and feel as though you are receiving a spiritual message, pay attention to other signs and synchronicities that are happening as well. Crows move through both the spiritual and physical realm, bringing with them spiritual gifts and messages through patterns and synchronicities that appear all around you.


Are Crows Signs of Good Luck? 

Due to the common association that crows have with death, crows are often assumed to be bearers of bad luck. But in some cultures, crows can be a sign of good luck to come your way. So, are crows a sign of good luck or bad luck? 

Crows can be a sign of temporary setbacks that lead to long-term success and future positive changes. In this way, crows may seem to bring bad luck; however, this luck will change for the better in the future. So, crows are good luck for future success and accomplishment. 

Because crows are so tied into the spiritual realm, they are not stuck on the same timeline that we are. They have been used as a symbol throughout history to bring prophecies and reports of future changes because of this ability to weave in and out of time and space. 

The appearance of a crow can mean that there will be temporary and unexpected changes.  These may be minor changes, or they may be massive upheavals to your life. Whenever our comfort zone gets disturbed, we feel as though we have hit a period of “bad luck.” It can cause us to feel victimized or sorry for ourselves. However, most often, when we embrace these changes and flow with these disturbances, we are usually better off in the long term. 

The phrase “I am my own worst enemy” is the mantra of the crow. We can hold ourselves back in life, and sometimes it takes a higher force to mix things up before we can change our path and start moving in the right direction. 

The crow is to warn you about the changes headed your way so that you can prepare to make the most out of the challenges headed your way. If you can problem solve and be adaptable like the crow, good luck, success, and abundance will follow. 


Do Crows Mean Death? 

The Meaning of a Crow: Its Mysterious Spiritual Symbolism

Through depictions in the media of black objects and beings representing death, evil, doom, and negativity, it makes sense that crows are commonly associated with death and darkness. The historical portrayal of crows being related to death in folklore and fables only adds to this assumption. These depictions can make someone believe that seeing a crow means that death is near. 

But, do crows really mean death, and does seeing a crow mean that you or someone near you will die? 

Crows show up as a symbolic spiritual language of what death represents, rather than the physical act of dying. So, seeing a crow will likely not mean that death is near for you and your loved ones. However, there are deeper meanings and spiritual lessons to be learned about our physical experience of death that the crow is here to teach us about. 

More appropriately, the crow represents reincarnation and the transformation that death brings by opening a doorway to experience an entirely new reality and sense of being. Reincarnation is constantly happening in our lives through the process of change and transformation that keeps us moving forward. 

Anytime something ends in our life, we experience death. This could be the end of a relationship, the end of living in a house, the end of a job, or even the end of a day. Reincarnation is the process of taking that experience and starting over from the beginning with a higher knowledge than you did before. This is the process of evolution and growth.

Crow energy helps guide you through this process. If you feel lost or in a state of grieving, the crow is there to give you comfort and help you mourn in its all-black cloak. When you are empty, the crow fills you with creativity and problem-solving skills to start again. 

The crow represents the familiar but feared figure of death and change. We never like saying goodbye, but we rely on the support to guide us to the next stage in our journey. 


What Does it Mean To Have Crows Hanging Around? 

Some people report having crows appear around them all of the time, or have crows show up in their lives in unexpected ways. Crows that show up in frequent and surprising ways is almost always a spiritual message and one that you should document. 

The message that a crow is sending you can vary depending on how it shows up in your life. Below is a chart of the most common ways that crows can send you a message, and what the message might mean for you. 

Crow Flying In Front of You or Crossing Your PathThe meaning of crow flying in front of you represents the need to do some deep shadow work. The crow is trying to bring attention to unhealthy behaviors that are holding you back. The crow is literally trying to stop your tracks to metaphorically give attention to self-sabotaging behavior that is holding you back. It could also mean that big changes are about to happen in your life, but they will lead to long-term happiness and success. 
Crow Flying Over youThe meaning of a crow flying over you is to help you see a higher perspective on a situation. Crows are tapped into intuition and psychic knowledge, as well as being able to work out difficult problems by finding creative solutions. If you are dealing with a challenge and are looking for a solution, you should meditate and ask your higher self for the wisdom to help guide you. 
Crow Following YouThe meaning of a crow following you is that you have very powerful psychic gifts and possible gifts of mediumship. It might be helpful to seek out an intuitive healer or a psychic to help you bring these gifts to the surface. It may also mean that the crow in your power animal or animal spirit guide, which means that you get spiritually activated when the crow is nearby. 
Crow Hitting Your HeadWhile very rare, sometimes crows can divebomb you and hit your head. Crows hitting your head is a sign that you have done something to harm someone else. It may be helpful to do some self-reflection as ask yourself if you need to clear any negative karmic debt you’ve accumulated. Someone holds a grudge against you, and clearing this will help you release some negative energy you are holding onto. 
Crow Landing on Your CarThe meaning of a crow landing on your car is a sign to self reflect on how much control you have over your life. Your vehicle is often used as a way for spirit to show you who is driving the direction of your life: you or someone else. A crow is letting you know that you need to take back control of the driver’s seat that someone has taken from you. You may need to cut unhealthy people out of your life or start a new chapter with more control over your day to day decisions. 
Crow Looking or Staring At YouA crow staring at you can give you an ominous feeling; however, this is not a negative sign. This means that a crow sees something in you that is making them curious and interested. It is often a sign that you have a unique communication with animals or have a connection to spirits that have passed on. If you have had a loved one pass on, they may be checking out the spirit that is still hanging around you. 


Recommended Next Steps

If you want to keep working with crow energy, there are certain crystals, herbs, and exercises you can do in order to help you uncover what spiritual messages the crow is sending to you. 

The best crystals to work with crow energy are: 

  • Black obsidian: transmute negative energy, protects from energy vampires, gives a sense of security
  • Black tourmaline: protection, grounding, balancing
  • Jet (Lignite): protection from evil, reduces nightmares, luck, divination
  • Ruby: Abundance, creativity, inspiring, new beginnings

The best herbs to work with crow energy are: 

  • Mugwort: develops and manages psychic energy, prophetic dreams, protection
  • Orange peel: divination, luck, abundance, success, new beginnings
  • Wormwood: mediumship, development of psychic gifts, protection, breaking curses 

The best way to understand what messages are being given to you by a crow is to journal and meditate. Write down the struggles or life circumstances you are facing, and next to it write down when and how crows show up in your life. Pay attention to the details of the crows appearing in your life, as well as the emotions you feel when you see the crows. 

After you filled at least a page, sit down in a quiet place, and begin to meditate on the images of the crow you have recently experienced. Bring any of the above crystals or herbs with you (dried or in a tea). Ask for guidance and revelations to awaken to your awareness. After 10 minutes, record any thoughts, feelings, and emotions that came up to you during this time. 

For the next few days, pay attention to any sudden ideas, revelations, or new comforts that come into your life to help you process your current life circumstance. Try to work with the crystals or herbs whenever possible to keep the downloads of information coming. 



Crows are birds that are highly connected to the spirit realm, so if you see them frequently or if they show up in your life in unexpected ways, it is likely a spiritual message. Depending on where you are at on your spiritual journey, crows can mean something different for you, so pay attention to the other synchronicities that are happening around you for further clarification on the specific meaning. 

Some key phrases that are associated with crow are: 

  • Transformation
  • Reincarnation
  • Death
  • Psychic powers
  • Clairvoyance
  • Mediumship
  • Protection
  • Positive Changes
  • Revelation
  • Inner Wisdom
  • Spiritual Evolution
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Higher Perspectives

If you need more inspiration from the crow, here is an amazing video of a crow showing its amazing intelligence and problem-solving abilities. 

Like everything on this site and on the internet, use your intuition when deciding what information works best for you. Sit still and listen to what a crow means for you on your spiritual journey. While this is one way to interpret the spiritual meaning of a crow, everyone has their own unique spiritual language.


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