Crow Medicine

“Wise Old Crow and Ribbons of Thought” by Dar Warner

Today I came across a wonderful post about Crow on Rose Firewalker’s blog. Since I am a Crow by birth (a double if you count both Sun and Rising sign) I really appreciate getting to know the Crow’s true nature and what he/she represents.

I have a great story that illustrates the intelligence and chutzpah of the Crow.

Years ago I was washing my car in my driveway in Southern California, Inland Empire. We had two very tall Palm trees, a long row of tall Arbor Vitae trees on one side of our property and a row of Crape Myrtles on the other. For years, many crows liked to hang out in these trees.

Looking back, they must have had a nest or two there because they were always squawking when we were outside.

At that time I had a pretty stressful life (small children, mortgage, car payments, difficult husband, long commute to an intense and stressful job, etc.). As I finished washing and rinsing our car, the crows were making a whole bunch of noise. It was very annoying. I began yelling at the crows to shut up and I was waving my arms to make them stop and go away.

The car was clean at that point, but not yet dry. My ex-husband was standing outside watching the kids while I washed my car. Right after I yelled and waved my arms at a couple of crows who were being extremely loud, he saw one of them fly over and drop some poop right on the roof of my wet, freshly washed car.

He started laughing hysterically and said, “In my country, we don’t insult the Karga!” (the Turkish word for Crow, which sounds like the crow’s call). He continued, “they’re very smart, and they’re not going to let you get away with yelling at them.” I had to admit it really was pretty funny.

After that, I had a new interest in and respect for the Crow even though my car got crapped on!

Later in life I learned that I am a Crow in Native American Animal Medicine. They sure taught me a lesson about offending my own!

Here is the post: A Common Bird with Uncommon Powers: Crow Medicine

See my other posts about Animal Medicine, made after they began frequently hanging around me. Since moving to Arizona recently, I’ve made friends with a certain Hummingbird who really likes to dance and play with me when I hang out under a certain tree. I was honored that she finally sat still while I photographed her on a couple of different occasions.

Dragonflies also abound in my neighborhood, along with Coyotes, Cottontail Rabbits, Quail, Frogs, Toads, Lizards and Geckos. Currently we have Egrets and Great Blue Herons, always in pairs, except for this one king of a heron, he’s always alone and watches over the lake.

Hummingbird Medicine 1

Hummingbird Medicine 2

Frog Medicine

Heron Medicine

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