I’ve been obsessed with feathers since I can remember! They have always been sacred to me and for decades I’ve placed prayers on finding them or running into them on my path. Living in Portland, Oregon there are an abundance of crow feathers as there are a high population of both crows and ravens. I collect crow and raven feathers as they cross my path. I wear them and adorn them on my desk and home. I wrap them in sage and herbs, and tie them as offerings to my Ancestors. Feathers no matter what bird I will always hold sacred.
I have learned and studied the difference in bird calls between crows and ravens. When I see them flying I can also note their difference, however, I am learning which feathers are crow and raven.
Crows are smaller birds than ravens and have a long and short smooth “caw” sound when calling while ravens have a very peculiar “croak” bird sound. Ravens are rarely in heavily populated areas while crows are dense in cities like Portland, Oregon. A crow has a fan-shaped feathered tail while a raven has a wedge-shaped tail and longer wings and feathers due to their larger size.
Crow Feather Meanings
Crow feathers can be both black and white meaning they are a combination of wisdom and power of attainment. A black crow feather is a protection from danger illustrating your wisdom, spiritual nature, initiation and path of growth. Black crow feather symbolize protection and security against negative energy.
- Let go of energy that no longer serves you
- Be honest with yourself
- Time to reflect and go within
- Spirit is supporting you
- Your call is being answered
- Balance and well being
- Cunning and most intelligence of all birds
- Skillful at making a living
- Great communication and mastery of language
- Release from old beliefs
- Magick and wisdom
- Energy of the full moon will be fulfilled
- Gifting of financial support, and financial freedom
- Grace of Air Messengers
- Rise Above your circumstances
- Past life connections and spiritual strength
- Black color of creation, night and cosmic mother
- Alchemy and higher awareness (watchfulness)
- Metaphysical and occult knowledge
Feathers are symbols of messengers and change. They are used in ceremonial, rituals, and adornment for warriors, shamans, and indigenous cultures. Birds have supernatural powers.
- Raven Feathers
- Light bringer
- Greater understanding
- Creation and knowledge
- Change coming
- Messenger and omen
- Human and animal connection
Bird Totem Meaning
Bird totems are mystical carrying great mythology and lore. They represent the element of air, the thunder, storms, rain, and lightening. They bring messages to humans from the angels and heavenly realm. Birds are symbolic of light and darkness, clarity and mysticism, both good and bad omens. They are teachers with wise and creative powers and dark, under worldly, destructive powers. Birds are synonyms with freedom and flight, intuition, gods and goddess, medicine and healing, angelic and faery kingdoms, change and transformation.
Birds carry deep sense of navigation and knowing to migrate from climate to climate. They know which route to take and where to fly. Listen to your inner guidance system, trust your self, and move with great intention and knowing that your call is the right path and right way. Develop deep intuition and purpose. Use your heightened empathy and sensitivity as your inner guidance system. Learn to adapt and be light. Keep a light heart free from drama, let go of pain, and the past. Mediate often and be okay with your self with others and alone.
Andrews, Ted. 2010. Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small.