Feathery friends

Perhaps inspired by yesterday's post, look who paid me a visit today.

I love these guys – so bright-eyed, clever and strikingly beautiful.

These particular crows are a pair of Rooks – they are common in my town.

I had a little skim on the internet to get some more information about crows, and these tidbits appeared near the top of my results:

Because of its affinity with life mysteries and magic, the crow is seen in many shamanic traditions as the spirit animal of choice for those who use magic and have the power to manipulate the law of our physical universe. The crow used to be the animal of choice for shamans, those who do witchcraft and shape-shifting.

One of the oldest legends attached to these birds is that of Huginn and Muninn, a pair of male Ravens who were sent out each day by the Raven God "Odin". These Ravens collected information and gave it to him on their return at sunset. Hugin represented the power of thought and Muninn represented the power of intuition.