The Use of Crows in Witchcraft
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I am writing this article as an attempt to share my views about the magickal and folkloric use for the amazing animal known as the crow. Often associated with mischief, the trickster, bringer of messages and of course death. In Celtic mythology the crow is often seen in groups of three, representing the Morrighan and symbolising that she is watching. To the Norse it is said that Odin has two black winged friends called Huginn and Muinnin who at the beginning of everyday fly around the world watching, only to return in the evening to tell the All Father what they have seen that day.
These are but two descriptions about the crow represented in folklore, in reality the crow is seen in countless cultures around the world. But let’s put the physical animal to the side for a moment and lets talk about the uses for the bones of the crow and what they represent. Bones themselves are crystalline in structure and have the ability of housing energy and information. This is why bones, especially skulls make amazing spirit vessels or spirit houses. During ritual the witch employs different types of spirits to help empower and even do their bidding during ritual to achieve their goals.
Having a skull on the working altar helps to maintain the connection between the witch and the spirit or familiar in question. I personally have a crow skull (among many things) on my working altar, which houses a spirit that I am constantly working with, feeding, and looking after.
Bones themselves can instil a sense of uneasiness which is why many people instantly link bones, skulls and of course claws with negativity and at times evil. The goal of the witch is gaining wisdom and knowledge of the seen and unseen. Knowing when to see something for what it is and not letting fear cloud judgement is important. Working with bones, spirits and other animal related items isn’t for everyone, but for those who do choose to work with such items will be amazed with the benefits of working with such forces.
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