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Spirit Guides in Shamanism: Crow and Goose
Posted In: Meditation And Spirituality  8/14/10
By: Yona Williams

With most birds possessing the ability to fly in the air, this trait as well as other attributes is seen as being a powerful asset as a spirit guide. In this article, you will learn some of the associations that two feathered creatures are viewed as sharing with humans: the crow and goose.  

The Crow

The crow is seen as the guardian of the place before existence and is thought to possess the ability to move in space and time. Crows have also been used as a way to honor ancestors. There is no coincidence that crows are associated with death and have been dubbed as signs of bad omens. However, these creatures are viewed differently in cultures that follow shamanism.

In shamanism, the animal spirit of the crow is seen as a carrier for souls traveling from darkness into light. They represent working without fear of darkness and offer guidance while working in shadows. The creature is also seen as a shapeshifter that is additionally linked to all things related to ethics and ethical behavior. Some see the creature as a reminder to not be so quick to judge people and to recognize your own opinions and behaviors.

Since the crow is equipped with a keen sense of sight, many cultures view the bird as a keeper of the Sacred Law. They also represent change and are believed to have the ability to see the past, present and future all at once. If you've seen the movie, The Crow, then you already know that the bird also represents a messenger – one that is connected to magic and creation.

The Goose

The influence and spirituality of geese has a long history. For example, the bird was sacred to the Roman temples of Juno. In Greek mythology, they were linked to the North Wind. The Native Americans viewed the creature as the totem for the Winter Solstice. With this, the bird serves as a symbol for the sacred circle, communication, dedication, and collaboration.

The traveling patterns of the animal (members take turns leading the flock) are also seen as a representation of knowing when to lead and when to follow. They are still able to achieve balance and harmony within this natural system of working together. Unlike other interpretations of leadership, the act is seen as a shared opportunity that is not exclusive or a hardship.

Canadian geese migrate in such a way that they are looked upon as a sign of the passages of the Great Circle of the Year. They possess a behavior that is respected in many cultures, as they never leave behind a sick or wounded bird of their flock. Many people often overlook just how compassionate and caring they are of one another.

Other associations of the goose include fertility, fidelity, happiness, assisting others during times of illness, understanding the power of community, and the movement of a soul path.


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