3 Crows Meaning: What Do They Symbolize and What’s the Spiritual Significance?

Three Crows in a Tree
Photo: Sheila Sund.

What does it mean if you see three crows together? Is there any spiritual or symbolic significance? In this post, we’ll explore the symbolic meanings of what this experience can signify. 

Three Crows Tree Top

Three Crows Meaning: Family

Crows tend to congregate in family groups of two to eight birds in the spring and summer. Then, in fall and winter, they will flock together in large groups, sometimes in the hundreds or more. 

Yet, while they are very social, crows are monogamous and mate for life. So, while the meaning of two crows together implies a bonded pair, representing true love, seeing three crows together is more unusual. They could be three siblings or a bonded pair plus another from their family group. 

On a symbolic level, three crows represent the idea of family. As I wrote about in my post about the number 3 angel number, the number 3 can represent two parents and a child, or a family unit. 

So, if you see three crows together, it can be a sign to reconnect with your family members. Or it could represent that you could be expanding your existing family or even having a child.


Along the lines of family, three crows together also symbolizes wholeness. For example, a complete cycle of the beginning, middle, and end. This, three crows can also symbolize that something in your life will come to completion. It can also imply that you will soon be fulfilled or made whole, such as being compensated as you deserve.


Crows are known to be some of the smartest animals in the world, and a sign of intelligence is curiosity. In addition, the symbol for the number 3 looks a bit like a question mark.

Thus, three crows meaning also implies curiosity. If you see three crows together, it can be as though the Universe is posing a question to you: Are you curious? Or are you bored? The three curious crows could be telling you that if you are not feeling intellectually stimulated by your work or your social circle, it might be time to make a change. As Steve Jobs once said, “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”1 It was his way of saying that having a sense of wonder at the world while staying humble is the key to living a fulfilling life. 

Personal Growth

Among their many positive attributes, the crow has proven themself to be one of the most adaptable animals on the planet. Where many wild animal populations are threatened due to human impact, the crow has managed to thrive in a world dominated by humans. 

Thus, as an adaptable creature, the crow personifies the idea of making changes in order to do better in life. In other words, the crow represents personal growth.

In particular, three crows together, and the number 3, represents three stages in life: childhood, adulthood, and old age. Or, in Chinese culture: birth, marriage, and death. Still another way to view three three stages is novice, intermediate, and expert.

So, seeing three crows can be a sign that what you are experiencing now will ultimately lead to your own personal growth. It can also be a sign to respect each stage of the process. You will ultimately prevail. 

3 Crows Spiritual Meaning: Mind, Body, and Spirit

Three Crows Fantasyland

On a spiritual level, three crows can represent finding wholeness or unity in three aspects of yourself, which are the mind, body, and spirit. 

If three crows make themselves known to you, it can be a sign to ask yourself if these aspects of your life are in line. For example, if you are doing work that makes you physically sick, it may be time to make a career change. Or if you are overly focused on your physical body at the expense of developing your mind and spiritual practice, you might also need to make some changes. Like an equilateral triangle, the three crows could be telling you to create more balance in your life.

The Third Eye

If you are a fan of the TV show The Game of Thrones, you are probably familiar with the character, The Three Eyed Raven, who possesses the gift of prophecy. The crow is a close cousin to the raven, and many people associate the mysterious black birds with the metaphysical world and psychic abilities. 

Thus, three crows also represent the third eye. Located in the area of the middle of your forehead, your third eye is a descriptive term for your extrasensory perception or psychic abilities.

If you regularly see three crows together, you could be receiving validation or your own psychic abilities or getting a reminder to hone them. We can all fine tune our intuition by doing things such as meditation, praying, being quiet, and spending more time with nature and animals. 

Spiritual Transformation and Enlightenment

Crows have long been associated with death and the spiritual world. Their association with death likely stems from the fact that they are carrion-eating birds, so are present when there are dead animals or in ancient times on battlefields. 

Yet, death is actually a transformative stage, from the physical back to the spiritual. So, crows are symbols of transformation, and notably spiritual transformation. 

Three crows together can represent reincarnation, such as from death to life to death, or birth to death to birth again. 

They can also represent stages of spiritual growth, such as spiritual curiosity to spiritual study (or practice) to spiritual enlightenment.

3 Crows Meaning: Affluence

Three Crows on a Railroad

In a world where so many wild animals are under threat and, notably, bird populations are in decline, the crow is a survivor. The crow has learned to adapt and survive in a wide range of environments, from rural to cities. 

Because of their plentiful numbers, crows are also a symbol of good luck and prosperity. In addition, in the sunlight, the crow’s black feathers look like they have tiny rainbows in them, and rainbows are symbols of good luck.

So, seeing three crows together can symbolize financial wholeness and abundance. It can also represent reaching the highest pinnacle of success in your endeavors.


In summary, seeing three crows together is a positive sign for personal and spiritual growth. The number three is a special number and crows embody a range of positive attributes.  

For a deeper dive into the symbolism of crows, be sure to check out my overview post on crow meaning

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