Crow Spirit Animal Symbolism and Meaning

Written by Niccoy Walker
Updated: June 7, 2023
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Crows are common birds found throughout the world. But did you know they are one of the most intelligent creatures on our planet? They use tools, mimic sounds, remember human faces, and engage in play and trickery. These birds are often used in tales and folklore and are associated with magic and mysticism. Most people view crows as a bad omen, but that’s not always true. Discover everything there is to know about the crow spirit animal, including what it symbolizes, the messages it brings, and whether it is indeed a bad omen.

Crow Spirit Animal

Crow perched on a post in sunshine

Crows appear to those who have a problem in their life and need to find a solution.

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Your spirit animal will choose you during a meditative state or a significant life event. If the crow keeps appearing in your dreams, real life, art, or media, it may be your spirit animal reaching out to you! This animal appears to those who have a problem in their life and need to find a solution. Or it can show itself when you are ready to find your soulmate or inner circle. You can also use the crow spirit animal to sharpen your intuition and psychic abilities. With this bird as your spirit animal, you can gain intuitive insights, sharpen your intelligence, and attract the right people.

What Does a Crow Symbolize?

Isolated carrion crow in flight with fully open wings.

Crows symbolize intelligence, teamwork, transformation, destiny, adaptability, mischief, cleverness, and mystery.


Crows symbolize intelligence, teamwork, transformation, destiny, adaptability, mischief, cleverness, and mystery. Crows are among the smartest animals in the world, and they call on you to use your wits and intelligence to solve problems and get out of sticky situations. This bird helps you handle any problem, no matter the obstacles. It also wants you to adapt to new circumstances and embrace change; don’t live in denial. Crows flock in large groups and represent collaboration and teamwork.

Crow Meaning and Messages

Find out what the crow spirit animal says about who you are and your direction in life.

  • Serendipity: Crows are linked to destiny and magic. You are going through a personal transformation connected to fate. Call it kismet.
  • Intelligence: People with the crow spirit animal seek wisdom in all things. This allows them to handle life’s problems and find solutions.
  • Perceptive: The crow reminds you not to be too trusting and naive. Watch out for bad actors and keep yourself and your family safe.
  • Strength: This spirit animal reminds you to be fearless, even if you are small in stature. 

If a crow has appeared to you, you may be going through a transformation or have a significant problem to solve. The crow is telling you to take a step back and look at your situation from another perspective. Be open to new opportunities and learn to adapt to change; it will help you grow as a person. If you are going through something complex and challenging, know that “This too shall pass.”

How To Interpret a Crow Dream?

If a crow enters your dreams, it’s a sign of transformation. Are you going through a career change, starting a new relationship, or relocating to a new city? Whatever this transformation may be, the crow tells you to trust your intuition and know that you are ready. Sometimes a crow dream can reflect your thoughts on life and death and can be a sign that you are going through a self-transformation. The best way to interpret a crow dream is to analyze your feelings and emotions. Were you sad, fearful, or contemplative? Understanding your state of mind will better help you understand the meaning behind the dream.

Are Crows a Good Omen?

Carrion crow (Corvus corone), black bird perched on branch.

The omen of the crow often involves wisdom and transformation.

©Rudmer Zwerver/

The omen of the crow often involves wisdom and transformation, and they are not typically bad as most would believe. Transformations can mean many things, but it most often involves a significant life event. The crow can give you insight into how to deal with your circumstances by calling on you to use your wit and intelligence to solve the problem and give you the strength to be fearless. If you see a flock of crows, you need to involve your inner circle to help you solve a problem. After all, “Teamwork makes the dream work!” Crows can also be a warning to look out for untrustworthy people around you. 

Positive Characteristics of the Crow Spirit Animal

  • You are trustworthy and always honor your word. You pride yourself on a high level of personal integrity.
  • You most likely have a major life event taking place, such as a new relationship, pregnancy, or career change. 
  • You are a hard worker, and the fruits of your labor are finally paying off.
  • You may be somewhat psychic and use your intuition to make decisions. The crow encourages you to “go with your gut.”
  • You are highly intelligent and can count on your wit and common sense to help you in any situation.

Negative Characteristics of the Crow Spirit Animal

  • The crow can be a bringer of bad news, like death and tragedy. But it’s often misunderstood as its messages are about transformation in all its forms.
  • People with the crow spirit animal can be tricksters, occasionally being deceptive and lying to those around them.
  • You can be a bit manipulative, forcing things to go your way through intimidation.

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About the Author

Niccoy is a professional writer for A-Z Animals, and her primary focus is on birds, travel, and interesting facts of all kinds. Niccoy has been writing and researching about travel, nature, wildlife, and business for several years and holds a business degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver. A resident of Florida, Niccoy enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time at the beach.

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