Totemic Form – woman or crow

The vulture, raven, and carrion-eating crow were the Death-goddess symbols of ancient Europe. Valkyries, described as man-eating women, often took the totemic form as ravens or crows.

In Anglo-Danish myths a witch named Krake (Crow) was the daughter of the Valkyrie Brunnhilde.  Krake was a shape-shifter and could transform herself into a beautiful virgin or a hag or a monster or a crow.

The Three Ravens (Kraken) in old ballads were birds of doom perching over a slain hero. Sometimes there were two, as in the Ballad of Two Crows who supposedly plucked out the eyes of a dead knight.

Dreaming of crows can symbolize a sudden change in life, or perhaps death.

Native American Spirituality gives the crow this measure:

As a child I remember my Aunt telling me this poem for the omens associated with the number of crows seen at a time.
One is for bad news, Two is for mirth.
Three is a wedding, Four is a birth.
Five is for riches, Six is a thief.
Seven is a journey, Eight is for grief.
Nine is a secret, Ten is for sorrow.
Eleven is for love, Twelve for joy tomorrow.

A single crow is interpreted by some as the foretelling of ill health.

images:
Ravens Flight by jayderosalie
The Three Ravens by Melan
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