Counting Crows: What the Number of Crows Symbolizes

Arkane Curiosities

Sure, a big flock of crows is a murder. But often you’ll only see a few crows at a time. In some cultures, crows are associated with intelligence, mystery, and magic. The number of crows symbolizes different things, from good luck to death.

One Crow

Crows are linked with the afterlife and death. Seeing a single crow means you have a message from someone recently deceased. This often means bad luck for you. 

Two Crows

If one crow means destruction, a pair of crows signifies harmony and good luck. New opportunities are coming your way. A new chapter of your life is about to begin. 

Three Crows

Bad luck comes in spades when you see three crows together. Something is going to die. It could be an old relationship. It could mean illness will strike a loved one. At the very least, you’ll get some bad news. 

Four Crows

Four crows on the horizon? Cash is coming your way. Four crows symbolizes good luck and prosperity. Maybe a promotion at work or you discover a new source of income. Either way, take advantage of this opportunity. You’re on the right track.

Five Crows

Five crows represents sickness. You or a family member might catch an illness or suffer mental distress. 

Six Crows

This is the most powerful bad luck. Six crows? Tread carefully the next few days. You might have something stolen from you… or you can lose your life. Impending doom is on your way with five crows. This moment of destruction will transform everything, possibly leading to a new beginning. The destructive event you face could be a minor bump, like a car accident. Or it could be a full on disaster. In any event, dark days are coming your way. 

Any more than six crows and let’s face it, you have a murder of crows. 

Tim Kane

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Teeny Haunts: The Crows

I have always been attracted to birds, crows especially. Many of them flock around my house and in the mornings, I can see the crows “commenting” on the kids trudging to school. It’s like they are a bunch of gossiping people.

I am always polite to crows. I read about a study where scientists donned face masks (the plastic Halloween type) and one scientist was mean to the birds while the other was neutral. Well the crows didn’t the like mean one much, dive-bombing him constantly.

Here’s the catch. The scientists came back every year or so with the masks. Thirty years later, the crows still didn’t like the “mean-naked” figure. Despite the fact that the original crows who experienced this were long gone. So the crows have taught their children to recognize and attack people they don’t like.

Message: be nice to crows.

Happy haunting.

Tim Kane