Crow Tattoos Anoka MN
Saint Cloud, MN
Crow Tattoo Designs - Taking on, or in other words, getting a crow tattoo can mean many things, ranging all the way from the profane to the sublime. It's best to enter the tattoo studio well informed if you are seeking a crow tattoo.
We speak of a herd of horses, a school of fish, a pride of lions, a gaggle of geese, but crows? A grouping of crows is described as a 'murder' of crows. When it comes to this species of bird's reputation, it seems the crow can't catch a break. Perhaps it's because in the West (or at least, the recent West), the Crow has long been considered a bad omen. Even within cultures where the crow is seen as the keeper of sacred laws, it is still symbolic of the 'dark side' - by which is meant 'that which is unknown'.
Heckle and Jeckle, the comical cartoon duo of yesteryear, did their best to lighten the crow's reputation, but even they played upon the bird's dark and mischievous nature. Native Americans, however, had a different take on this intelligent bird, the First Nations of North America adopting the crow as a symbol of ancient wisdom and magic.
The idea of 'crow as bad omen' originates in Europe, possibly because it eats carrion, or because it has been observed neglecting its young. The Bible hasn't helped, either, with its tale of Noah dispatching the crow in advance of the dove to search for dry land, and of the crow failing to deliver the good news by failing to return. The Dove went on to become a universal symbol of peace, and with an olive branch in its beak, the dove is a symbol of man's covenant with God. (see, Dove ) Greek myth speaks of Athena punishing the crow for delivering bad news, forbidding it from ever again visiting the Acropolis, and turning it from a white bird to black.
The crow is a member of the corvid family, which includes ravens, magpies and blue jays. In the United Kingdom, they also refer to crows as rooks or jackdaws. Omnivorous and adaptable, crows are very intelligent and can be taught to count and to communicate with humans. Known for being attracted to shiny items - and stealing them - this curious bird is actually quite shy. And the crow has the ability to recognize specific human individuals, cawing at and even dive-bombing those humans who tormented crows in the past, and warning other crows that here is a human who is not to be trusted. Even wild crows have to ability to count to some degree.
Speaking of counting crows, there is a nursery rhyme that ascribes different omens to the different numbers of crows, or magpies which fly past. "One crow means sorrow, two crows mean joy, three crows a wedding, four crows a boy, five crows mean silver, six crows mean gold, seven crows a secret that's never been told."
Throughout the world, the crow has long made its presence well known. To the ancient Celts, the crow was an omen of death and conflict. In England, seeing a solitary crow was a warning of ill fortune, while hearing a hoarse c...