|crow, magpie or raven by ana traina ~ 2012 ~|
Six is death.
Then like a combustible engine, the fights would begin as to the real meaning of such a sudden vision...one aunt would protest that it was a messenger of the gods foretelling good news. While another would say it was probably their old nanny, Ester, the witch! Then there would be a moment of complete and foreboding silence before they all broke out in peals of laugher, saying, between deep chuckles and catching their breath, that sometimes they actually saw real red horns growing out of Ester’s forehead. This, I must admit, frightened me a bit. However, most often than not they believed that crows were harbingers of death and disaster. On spying a crow, they would make the sign of the cross, blessing themselves against evil as they lifted their eyes up to god. But O’ woebegone if upon seeing crows, one cawed! Cawing is what they most feared, as they believed it was an announcement of a death that was soon to be heard! A death of someone that was likely, very close. Perhaps, even one of their own! Again, they would bless themselves quickly and chant these words..."Go! Shoo!! Be on your way old crow, and bring me only good news." Even now, many years after they are gone, this memory brings a smile and a salty tear because I know, my great love of crows comes from these fond memories of my aunts and their fun fairytale-like ways of giving magical powers to what others might find just, ordinary.
Here are some other reasons why I love crows, that I was able to uncover and discover...
Crows are the bringer of messages from the spirit world, and it is thought to dwell beyond the realm of time and space.
When you meet crow, he could be telling you that there will be changes in your life and that possibly you should step by the usual way you view reality and look into the inner realms… walk your talk… be prepared to let go of your old thinking and embrace a new way of viewing yourself and the world.
Crows live a long time, and are monogamous. If the male crow dies, the female will never take another mate. Crows take responsibility for feeding their offspring, and escort their young in flight. Crows lead flocks of storks when they cross the sea to Asia.
Happy Crow, Magpie, and Raven Spying!