It is thrilling to carry a Crow!
I found him hopping around a ball field. He was alone and it was obvious to me that he could not fly. He was easily trapped by a fence and carefully grabbed up. Surprising how many people were out and nobody seemed to notice the bird in my hands as I walked the mile or so home.
Crow is the sacred keeper of the law of harmony. Crow is seen as a bad omen by the Greeks, but noted as a powerful messenger and shaman from the spirit-world by many native legends. The Greek legend has Apollo cursing the bird to black for not serving the god in a timely manner. Black often represents feminine energy. It is something felt rather than seen, intuition rather than reason.
We incarnate into a dichotomous world. Balance is not only the light, bright and cheerful, but an equal ballast of dark, somber and unseen. Ideals in the mind are perfect they cost no time, space or money; but here on the cross of time and space every light has a dark, every out has an in, and every right has a left.
Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 is a well-known passage that deals with the balanced, cyclical nature of life:
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”
Sometimes we come to an astrologer to be told when the next great dollop of goodness is going to come our way. I am guilty of looking longingly at my chart, calculating the next ease from the "benifics" and scorning the heavier transits from the "malefics". I do know that this life is not about being effortlessly served bon-bons of our whimsy, the perfect relationship, or job. All choices include some struggle as well as some ease.
Here is the good news! balance and ease are almost always available even within a difficult period of time.
Often times we are actually working too hard, maybe working hard at resistance. Resistance is working against ourselves. Resistance results in pain. How often have we tried to force ourselves into only the power stroke. When I was learning to skate ski, I struggled unbelievably hard to get moving. My teacher seemed to effortlessly glide. In order to be fast, I thought I had to build the capacity to work even harder. Over the years of learning and subsequently teaching, I've learned that the real trick to speed and fun is to learn to elongate the glide phase, or the resting phase. This simple lesson which depends on balancing, is often the difference between struggle and ease, losing or winning, pain or joy. Work and rest, breath in and breath out, darkness and light these are the natural order of life.
Crow brings us messages from the spirit world, she dwells beyond the realm of time and space. Crow asks us to let go of our old thinking and embrace a new way of viewing ourselves and the world. Accept the unknown, the exhale, the release, aloneness. She shows us how to to listen into the shadow, to open ourselves up to undefined magical worlds. Pain dissipates as balance is restored and we find our voice to speak the truths that exist beyond the lighted world.
In my dream last night my crow is with me at a crossroads, this is our job. Release into the unknowable and be here now.
(Just so nobody worries, I did bring this crow to the vet and to man who rehabilitates birds.)