There is a medicine story that tells of Crow's fascination with her own shadow. She kept looking as it, scratching it, pecking at it, until her shadow woke up and became alive. Then Crow's shadow ate her. Crow is Dead Crow now.
Dead Crow is the Left-Handed Guardian. If you look deeply into Crow's eye, you will have found the gateway to the supernatural. Crow knows the unknowable mysteries of creation and is the keeper of all sacred law.
Since Crow is the keeper of sacred law, Crow can bend the laws of the physical universe and "shape shift." this ability is rare and unique. Few adepts exist in today's world, and fewer still have mastered Crow's art of shape shifting. This art includes doubling, or being in two places at one time consciously:taking on another physical form, and becoming the "fly on the wall" to observe what is happening far away.
The Europeans that came to Turtle Island were named the "boat people" by Slow Turtle. Even with the knowledge of alchemy possessed by certain bout people, none had ever seen the powerful shape shifting of shaman who utilized Crow medicine. Many boat people were frightened by what appeared to be animals coming into their camps or dwellings to discern their medicine. Crow medicine people are masters of illusion.
All sacred texts are under the protection of Crow. Creator's Book of Laws or Book of Seals is bound in Crow feathers. Crow feathers tell of spirit made flesh. Crow is also the protector of the "ogallah" or ancient records.
The Sacred Law Belts, or Wampum Belts, beaded by Native women long before the boat people or Europeans cam to this continent, contain knowledge of the Great Spirit's Laws, are kept in the Black Lodges, the lodges of women. The law which stated that "all things are born of women" is signified by Crow. Children are taught to behave according to the rules of a particular culture. Most orthodox religious systems create a mandate concerning acceptable behavior within the context of worldly affairs. Bo this and so, and you will go to heaven. Do thus and so, and you will go to hell. Different formulas for salvation are demanded by each "true faith."
Human law is not the same as Sacred Law. More so that any other medicine, Crow sees that the physical world and even the spiritual worlds, as humanity interprets them, are and illusion. There are billions of worlds. There are an infinitude of creatures. Great Spirit is within all. If an individual obeys Crow's perfect laws as given by the Creator, then at death he or she dies a Good Medicine death----going on to the next incarnation with a clear memory of his or her past.
Crow is an omen of change. Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time. The Ancient Chiefs tell us that Crow sees simultaneously the three fates---past, present and future. Crow merges light and darkness, seeing both inner and outer reality.
from "Medicine Cards" by Jamie Sams, and David Carson