imago corvi

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The crow in Celtic folklore is similar to the crow/raven in native myth, in that it is believed to be one of the oldest of the animals, and somewhat mischievous. Anthropologists tell us that folklore about being the oldest animal usually means that the animal played a significant part in the original creation myth.
In Celtic folklore it also plays the role of a bird of omen: ” One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told.”

The crow is the form taken by the Morrigan of Irish mythology when she prophesies battle. Her sister goddess Badb, also a goddess of battle, means ‘storm crow’

My business name refers to the genus ‘corvi’ which includes crows, ravens and magpies and jays (see also Raven)

From the Aberdeen Bestiary (circa 14th c):
“…Soothsayers assert that the crow can represent by signs the concerns of men, show where an ambush is laid and foretell the future. It is a great crime to believe this – that God confides his intentions to crows. Among the many omens attributed to crows is that of presaging by their caws the coming of rain. Hence the line: ‘Then the crow loudly cries for rain’…”

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This entry was posted on August 13, 2013 by in champleve, history, mythology and tagged , , , , , , .


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