Dead Crow Meaning & Symbolism (Change is Coming)

The dead crow has been a symbolic image for centuries. It is highly symbolic of secrets, and the detriment they can have on an individual, as well as of a shift of energy, and a lack of bravery to speak the truth.

It is also sometimes considered to be symbolic of a bridge between the living and the dead, or a sign of new opportunities coming your way. 

Do not be fearful or concerned if you come across a dead crow, instead look inward and find out what message it is trying to send to you.

If you work through any issues that are causing you to be weighed down or anxious, you will be a much happier and more well-rounded individual. 

Symbolism and Meaning of Dead Crows

Remember that symbolism is subjective. The below are examples of possible interpretations only, and may not be the correct interpretations for you and your situation.

1. Secrets

Crows are mythically considered to be secret keepers, and the dead crow is in turn a symbol of a secret being taken to the grave or weighing someone down.

Secrets weigh heavily on the person keeping them. The symbolic nature of the dead crow could be interpreted as you are being weighed down by a secret that may not even be yours. 

Remember, if someone is too heavy for you to keep close to your chest, there is nothing wrong with reaching out for help externally.

Sharing a secret out of concern is different from gossiping, so make sure you are not telling anyone who knows all the parties involved. Maybe reach out to an external friend or a counselor about the secret. 

2. Shift of Energy

If you are seeing a dead crow in your dreams, it is a sign that you are undergoing a shift in your energy. This could be interpreted as a good or a bad thing, and really requires you to look inward at yourself.

Have you been changing recently? And has the change been positive? 

For many people it is a positive sign, they may have been too caught up in others’ opinions of them before, or did not care for their health, or even lacked motivation or discipline in their everyday life.

They may now be devoted to improving themselves, physically, mentally, and spiritually, and have had a major shift in their energy in a positive way. 

Alternatively, maybe you are changing in a negative way. You might have started shutting people out or making bad choices. The dead crow is not there to reprimand you, rather it is there to let you know it is okay, and there is still time to change that energy. 

3. Lack of Courage

A dead crow may be a symbol that you are lacking the courage to speak your truth. Perhaps there has been something on your mind for a while, but you cannot bring yourself to say it aloud.

Maybe you know a secret that would hurt the feelings of someone you care about.

Maybe you even made a terrible mistake that would hurt someone you love. Whatever it may be, the dead crow is there to tell you it’s time to speak up. 

It may be hard to tell the truth, especially if it is something that is bound to hurt someone’s feelings, but, keeping secrets can be unhealthy, and sometimes it’s better to let it out.

You will have to weigh up the pros and cons and carefully consider the effect your truth-telling will have.

If you are lucky, you may be able to breathe a sigh of relief after letting it out, and work on a plan to remedy the situation.

Some people come out healthier and stronger after being brave and telling the truth, even if it may have hurt people along the way. 

4. New Opportunities 

The dead crow, like many other dead animals, symbolizes something new coming. The death is symbolic of the new chapter, and in this new chapter, you will find that you are provided with many new opportunities. 

Embrace this phase in your life by saying yes to things that are slightly outside of your comfort zone. Try activities and things you have always wanted to do but never found the time for.

Make new friends and go out of your way to include yourself in any situation. 

The dead crow is a sign that these new opportunities could provide to be some of the best memories you will have. Be bold and allow yourself to try new things, and do not be afraid to think outside of the box.

New opportunities could also be something such as a new career path or promotion. Take the time to consider what you really want to be doing for a career and take the steps to make that happen.

Remember, you are in charge of your own life!

5. A Bridge Between the Living and the Dead

Crows are considered to be a bridge between the living and the dead, and even act as a messenger in some cultures between the Earth and the Afterlife.

By dying, the crow is sealing up that connection between the living and the dead.

If you have recently lost someone and been struggling with accepting their passing– the dead crow is a symbol that they are now at peace. Many cultures welcome a dead crow as a sign that their loved ones have no more unfinished business on the Earth, and their souls can rest in the afterlife in peace. 

The dead crow could also be a sign that you have been holding on to the loss of a loved one and it is bringing you down. It is symbolic of the deceased loved one “letting you go” in a selfless act to give you the push to continue with your life.

By allowing yourself to grieve and moving forward taking each day as it comes you will slowly begin to feel like yourself again. 

How to Interpret Spiritual Symbolism

Interpreting symbolism and spiritual meanings is subjective and deeply personal. The symbolic meanings listed in this article are examples of potential interpretations, but might not be true for your situation.

Make sure you meditate and journal about your vision. Reflect on what you saw and think about what message you think is relevant to you and your life right now.

This doesn’t mean choosing the message you want to hear, but the one you think you need to hear at this point in your life. Only you can decide which meaning is the right one for your situation.

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Conclusion

A dead crow is considered by many cultures to be a sign that the soul of someone who has passed away is now at peace. Dead crows represent moving on, new opportunities, and a shift to a more positive outlook.

Crows are also associated with secrets and truth. Some people believe the crow is a signal that there is a secret truth, hitherto unspoken that ought to be revealed.

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