The crow steps out to get a closer view of me. It cocks its head inquisitively and “caws” loudly. It hops on a branch and “caws” 2-3 more times, It’s eyes and voice captivate my attention. The bird is declaring something to me, or heckling me for not “getting it!” I get that this bird can move between the seen and unseen worlds with clarity. It’s a character that’s in on the joke, that sees the tricks, that escapes in the knick of time, flying free.
This bird calls to us and demands our focus, our commitment to learning the wisdom of the universe’s energy, both dark (the void,the infinite vastness, the dark matter that eludes the ego and rational mind). and light (flight, flying, freedom). Being able to fly, the bird symbolizes a closeness to heaven, closer to divine ideals. The color, that iridescent black that contains all colors in it feathers, is symbolic of our pure potential.
Druid legends say that the three birds of Rhiannon are blackbirds and their song can put the listener into a trance state which enables them to travel to the other world. The bird through all cultures has a similar meanings, similar archetypes. How is this so? The collective unconscious may have some clues. The collective unconscious is like psychic DNA: it contains “inherited” psychic material that links us not only to other humans in the present but also to our ancestors from the past. According to Carl Jung’s theory, though each of us appears to function independently, in actuality we’re all tapped into the same global mind.