The carrion crow (Corvus corax,) looks like a raven, but it is smaller, has no beard and its tail expands in a fan-shaped form. Two separate regions make up its habitat: Western Europe and East Asia. Between them extends that of its nearest species the Hooded crow (Corvus corone), which has two- colour plumage. The habitats of carrion and hooded crows barely overlap.
The carrion crow-personas have dark unremarkable and forgettable appearance. They have husky, hoarse and not very pleasant voices, quick dark eyes, relatively short legs and long noses1)if they lack planets in Sagittarius. Generally, their looks are unsightly, a bit obnoxious and even a little misshapen. Both their voice and behaviour are irritating. The crow lacks expressed sexual dimorphism, and its human analogue exhibit sex appeal deficiency.
The carrion crow has conceit that mismatches its exterior. It swanks, whilst its appearance is colourless. It combines subtle looks with bright and loud behaviour. It teases and provokes tirelessly. Its very presence is challenging. It is like a noisy black shadow that suddenly flies upon people. The discrepancy is startling, but it is a winning strategy: it unmans the meeker creatures and they prefer to remove.
Zoroastrians didn’t particularly love the carrion crow. They found it is unattractive, vicious, pessimistic, mocking, clever and insidious. This also applies to other nations’ folklores. The English word ‚crow’ is synonymous with ‘gloat‘, ‚boast‘, ‚exult‘, and ‘parade’ and the word ‘rook’ – with swindler. In Bulgarian language, the meanings are similar plus ‘bounder’.
The carrion crow is challenging and insolent. The carrion crow-personas are puffed up, demonstrative, scornful, provocative, impertinent and cynical. They like group life, spread all sort of gossips and rumours and intrigue more or less underhandedly. The benefit of them is questionable, but they know how to be needed: they help everyone when necessary. They make their own lives pretty well and deftly. They’re not strangers to perfidy and may even possess magical abilities.
The carrion crow-people are conflicting and hysterical. They are natural-born firebrand anarchists. They like to live on display, to demonstrate their attachments, to tease picking everyone and everything. Protected by the group and their dark coloration they instigate quarrels and scandals. Their personal life is often broken and happiness smiles at them only away from home. Although social, crows nest individually.
Crows can be extremely bold. For instance, they venture to harass or attack eagles in order to chase them away or to steal their food. And crows can be successful in this, because they are skilful and agile. Boundless insolence often wins. The carrion crow-people are combative and abhor nothing to achieve their goals. They are feared, because they are shrewd, skilful, quick, crafty, thieving and shameless. They lack unnecessary scruples and act without delay.
Crows are social and smart. They are not stupid at all and are easily trained. They can reproduce different sounds. They easily adopt others’ habits and even learn to speak human languages. They have universal skills and are bumptious. They lack subtlety, restraint and moral code and everything can be expected from them. They combine arrogance with cowardice.
Crows are omnivorous and are scavengers. They steal eggs from the nests of other birds when their owners are absent. They hide food for later use and consume it with the insects that meanwhile have developed in it. They monitor one another and rummage through each other’s secret hiding places. It was found that the crows behave differently when they are sure they are alone and when they admit that they are observed.
To crow and to crow-human education is of paramount importance. The saying, ‘one becomes like those with whom one associates’ applies to them with full force. They are very capable, but often slacken as soon as they are allowed. They spoil easily and may loiter dishevelled like hooligans. They should not be let loose. If kept on a short leash they will be normal and even can be useful. But with the crows one always has to be alert, because they are liars and know how to shift the blame to others, pretending to be poor little ones.
‘A stretch of broken country (ploughed land) with a fringe of woodland ” is Sepharial’s symbol of the degree. It indicates a person with crude and natural character who is completely devoid of the superficiality and glamor of the modern life. He prefers privacy and rustic life. He can make his living by cultivating the soil and selling its products. But in the busier centres of civilization he will pass for one who is ungracious and uncouth. If the person is female, she will be a tomboy. His temper is uneven fickle and at times morose and lowering. Deep beneath his gruffness, however, lies a good and creative nature.
The symbol describes well the habitat of crows. “A ruined farmhand country” can be its civilizational variant. It would explain why crow-persons come to the fore in Bulgaria, a country with great agricultural resources that were devastated by the communist nationalization. The carrion crow-people have natural intelligence, but a raw one. They flourish in uncultured environment. At the social front, they thrive in periods of interregnum and mismanagement. They are natural born leaders of pauperized landless peasantry.
The degree is associated with determination. It indicates an energetic person who precisely determines the shortest path to the target and immediately takes action. Those who are born on this degree tend to classify everything that they meet. They may become cartographers or biologists. Often their work relates to journeys.
But the degree is also associated with laziness, broken-heartedness and daydreaming. This is because it is a cardinal and a critical degree of Moon’s fall. It implants a sense of deprivation and insecurity. A crow feels a congenital deficiency. It may collect some shiny things and arrange them like eggs in its nest. In the best case, the degree gives dreaminess, desire for solitude and simple rural life and a penchant for systematization. Socialization turns on the armour, combativeness and the impudence of the carrion crow-person while insulation turns them off.
The chronic feeling of deprivation is both stimulates and discourages. It leads to a desire for immediate acquisition and hoarding or just to helplessness and idleness. Which of these poles – active reassurance or passive serenity – prevails depends on education, environmental and horoscopic conditions. Usually both coexist in one person. The combination imparts the dualism typical of crows that makes crow-people both brazen and cowardly at the same time. For that reason, the carrion crow degree relates to determination and entrepreneurship, but also to dreaminess and mental brokenness. The propensity to classify that it implants can be seen as a good combination of both trends. Classifying is something like tamed reinsurance or legal kleptomania. However, it can also be seen as productive rewarding idleness.
‘Pilgrims climb the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine: beneath is the earthly whilst above is peace.’ is the Sabian symbol of the degree. It shows its inherent dualism. The crow-people feel the need to connect the inferior with the higher in personal plan. They are pragmatic idealists. To them, good and evil, the ideal and the material, the lower and the sublime, the truth and the dream coexist and are inseparable. Often they cannot distinguish the boundaries between the worldly and abstract and do not understand where reality ends and where fantasy begins. This dualism makes them unprincipled and twofaced. Their hypocrisy may be instinctively and their lies – unintentional.
The symbol shows the uplift of consciousness owing to successive collective efforts and following the tradition. The internal contradiction of its dichotomy consists of mutually exclusive categories such as effort and ease or past and future. The amalgam of dreaminess and sanity is unreliable, because it lacks strict criteria. It may appear like impeded idealism or unfounded optimism.
The carrion-crow people seek comfort and security, but at the same time, they are aspired by everything beautiful, graceful, unusual and incomprehensible. Their pragmatic utopianism is insatiable and can bring them success in art or science.
Crow’s croak expresses the weight of the dream or the grief over what’s unattainable. Its’s as if it says that the ideal requires sacrifice and that heaviness uplifts. It sounds like a strangled longing betraying the burden of visions.
The carrion crow is an omnivorous dreamer. It eats flesh and croaks hoarsely. It consumes rot, but sings the praise of the new. It burps of carrion in the face of the future. It is a scrounges, but trumpets how wronged it is. The carrion crow is a natural herald of negative propaganda and hopelessness inspires it. This omnivorous spiritual being has universal capability, but it is a carrier of dangerous unscrupulousness. It is an opportunist and justifies any means just for the sport.
Crows in Bulgaria
The territory of Bulgaria is of the few places where both crows coexist, although the Hooded crow prevails. Bulgaria is also the only country in which leading politicians born on the day of Hooded and carrion crow head two of the largest parties in 2016-2017. The transit of Pluto in Capricorn, the sign that contains both crow degrees, probably contributes to the rising of the relevant politicians. The degree of hooded crow is near the beginning of Capricorn and that of carrion crow is to its end. About the of Pluto’s entry in Capricorn in 2008 the politician born on the day of the Hooded crow come to the fore. Ten years later, Pluto approaches the degree of carrion crow and its political representative quickly gained great prominence. Meanwhile the hooded crow-politician progressed too and formed a new party in 2016. In fact, the hooded and carrion crows are close species. Until recently were considered subspecies. From an astrological point of view, the degrees of the two crows are also similar. They belong to a zodiacal sign, but are located at the opposite ends in nearly mirror positions. They have many characteristics in common such as hoarse voice. In some respects, however, such as refinement, for instance, they are antipodes. The ancients had a very accurate, but incomprehensible to modern biology, assessment of the quality and proximity of species. No wonder that both crow-politicians reached the pinnacle of their careers in post-communist Bulgaria at the time of the merging influences of Pluto – the planet of the hidden power, secret services and mafia – and Capricorn – the zodiacal sign that rules Bulgaria and careerism.
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