Crows &  Ravens [in Celtic Mythology]

Ravens and Crows

The scientific name for ravens, crows and their relatives is Corvidae. There are over 120 species and they include ravens, crows, rooks, jackdaws, and magpies. In Celtic mythology the Raven features in many legends. This large bird feeding as it does on carrion with its black plumage and disturbing deep hoarse croak is often viewed with some foreboding for it can be seen as an omen of death. It can also be associated as a source of power, straddling as it does the worlds of the living and the dead therefore often depicted as messenger between the two. {further reading here [ X ] .}

Crow Celtic Symbolism Although they are more connected to death on the battlefield and scavenging in Celtic myths, crows also signify arcane knowledge, prophecy, strategy, wisdom, and messages. According to some Celtic traditions, crows were the bearers of prophecies and could carry secrets between their feathers.

Crow Encounters and Omens

What does it mean when you see a crow?

Encountering a crow is often interpreted as a message. This message can be a piece of advice, an omen, or a warning depending upon whose path it crosses. To determine the meaning of a crow encounter, it is important to look inwards. Note any big decisions, struggles, or diverging paths before you. Crow encounters may present wisdom which can help you to choose a path.

Crows can also be a warning of the presence of duplicitous figures around you. They are a symbol of transformation and intuition; this is why they are the first to know if a person around you has “transformed.” You should also trust your instinct and avoid anyone who feels untrustworthy.

Celtic Mythology

In Celtic mythology, the Morrigan, the warrior goddess of fate and prophecy, often assumes the form of a crow or is accompanied by a group of them. It is said that when you see a group of three crows approaching, it is a sign of her watching.

{Further reading on crow symbolism [ here ] }