Expert: Rev. Alfred Willowhawk, DMsc, CTPR, CTM, RMT, Shamanic Practitioner, Metaphysician, HP - 10/14/2013
Question Hello Alfred-
I'm writing because something happened today that I'm not sure how to handle. Late this morning I was out in my yard and went around the house to find a dead crow on my side door step. My first thought was "oh crap I need to get rid of it before the dogs get it." So I grabbed a plastic bag to put it in - but as I reached for it - I had an overwhelming feeling that it was important, and not to throw it away as just some dead animal. The bird itself was very odd because it did not appear to have had any distress. The other very odd thing is that neither of my dogs disturbed it in any way. They would have normally eaten it, rolled in it, or played keep away. But even as I stood there looking at it - they kept a very wide berth. They had been running around the yard for well over two hours, yet, it was completely un disturbed. It laid there wings closed, talons curled in and face down - as if someone put it to sleep and laid it down very delicately. There were two other crows in the tree above that seemed to be calling out to it (bringing to mind the Morrigan). They carried in quite loudly until I boxed it up and took it in the garage. Then they left. Now I have a dead crow in a box in my garage that I feel connected to somehow and I don't know what to do with it. I feel like it needs a burial ritual or something. I've always had an affinity for natural spirituality but I always felt my spirit animals were the Owl and the Bear - not the Crow. I've studied many paths over the last 25 years, but concentrated Lakota, Celtic, and Norse pagan beliefs as that is my heritage. Everything I've read relates them to death, transformation and communication between the living and the dead. Turning 40 this year - I know I'm in a threshold to the 3rd phase of my life - so in someways it does make sense to me. But I feel like there's something specific I'm supposed to do - and am at a loss for information about finding a dead crow on your doorstep and what to do with it. If my nana were still here I'm sure she would know. Any advice you can give would be great.
Yes I agree that this particular crow is more than just a crow. I am glad that you are aware of the Morrigan and her relationship to crows. In this particular situation I sense that you are correct in taking the message of transformation and communication from spirit guides and applying it to your unique situation.
As it is close to Samhain there is a specific type of honoring that you can do with it. take it to the Western quarter of a sacred circle or an area in your own yard that is in the west. Place it in the ground in the box is ok. Place some henbane or any form of nightshade in the ground with it after honoring brother crow in each of the directions with the herbs. Then place them on top of the box and either set fire to the box or just bury it. I would take 1 tail feather from the body and place it on your personal altar as a reminder of the message.
The best time to do this is during the waning of the moon however if you can not wait that long it can be done anytime preferably at dusk.
If you have further questions feel free to contact me.
Rev. Alfred Willowhawk, DMsc, CTPR, CTM, RMT, Shamanic Practitioner, Metaphysician, HP
I can answer questions related to paganism, wicca, spiritual coaching, Native American Spirituality, shamanic healing, Altered States of Consciousness, Reiki, Celtic Transformational Healing, Celtic Mythology,( Welsh, Irish, Britonic), Kabbalah, Goddesses and Gods. I also answer questions on paranormal experiences
I am a full Professor at Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary and the Sr. Pastor of the Wite Rayvn Metaphysical Church ATC,a Gardnarian 3rd Degree and am also ordained through the International Metaphysical Ministry. I have previously been ordained as an Orthodox Rabbi, and Christian Minister. I am a Registered Spiritual Counselor, Metaphysical Practitioner and have been a Licensed Spiritual Coach, (2007) and a Reiki Master since 1995. I am the High Priest of the Family Tradition mentioned above.
As I learned each technique, I realized the benefits and the shortcomings of each one. As I continued to search, study, learn, and incorporate these into my own growth I became a more balanced, happy, satisfied person, for myself.
As I become more satisfied with myself, I attracted more balanced, happy, satisfied people into my own life.
I realized that these techniques combined together, can be used by ANYONE. Therefore. I became a Spiritual Coach to be able to share this with anyone who wanted to - Be ALL that they ALREADY Are.
I am a published author, and have many articles on alternative healing techniques, including Reiki,meditations, shamanic practices, training courses, and articles on following your own life and spiritual path.
I have earned a Doctorate of Metaphysical Science (DMsc) from the University of Sedona.
Currently, I teach the following courses: Celtic Transformational Healing, The Warrior Within, Intuitive Tarot Reading, Soul Retrieval for Shamanic practitioners, and Shamanic Soul: Path to the Sacred Self,(Core Metaphysical Shamanism), Tree of Life in YOUR Daily Walk as well as all three levels of traditional Usui Reiki.
Organizations Charter Member, International Metaphysical Association
International Metaphysical Ministry
Wite Rayvn Metaphysical Church ATC
Native American Church Wite Rayvn
Aquarian Tabernacle Church International
Education/Credentials B.A. Temple University
BMsc University of Sedona
MMsc, University of Sedona
DMsc, University of Sedona
Traditional Spiritual Leader and Medicine Man, Native American Church
Certified Tarot Professional Reader
High Priest (Wite Rayvn)
Shamanic Practitioner, (Metaphysical)
Gardnarian 3rd Degree
Awards and Honors Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary Volunteer Recognition Award 2012