Crane is a symbol of royalty. It evokes balance and grace combined with beauty and longevity. It may be an indicator of ritual and spiritual awakening.
There are fifteen species of Crane. Cranes are large to very large birds that exist primarily in wetlands. They are found on all continents except Antarctica and South America. Some species are migratory and some are not. Some species are known for their beautiful mating dances. Cranes have impacted culture all over the world. In India, ancient Greece and Rome, Arabia, China, Korea, Japan, and North American Native cultures, cranes have been worshipped for their grace and beauty. In Korea and Japan, a version of the Crane mating dance was performed by native tribes. In Mecca, Cranes were worshipped as goddesses. As far back as the sixth century BCE, the Crane was considered a bird of omen in Greece. Pliny the Elder wrote a tale of the Crane holding a stone in its claw when acting as a guard so that the stone would fall and cause it to waken if it fell asleep. This gave rise to the depiction of Crane in its vigilance, a symbol of heraldry throughout the Middle Ages. Aristotle wrote of the Crane in his History of Animals. He wrote that the Crane carried a touchstone that could aid in finding gold. Throughout the Greek and Roman myths, Crane is a symbol of love of joy. It is associated with Apollo and Hephaestus. All over Asia, it has been a symbol of happiness and youth. In Japan, it is considered a holy animal that symbolizes good and longevity.
The Crane totem brings longevity, intelligence, innovation, and honor. It is sometimes secretive and protective of itself as well as others. It is known for loyalty. It may help to overcome obstacles and focus with great concentration. The Crane totem strengthens group dynamics and efforts. It brings strong social energy that makes it easy to work with others. The Crane is willing to do anything for its family and friends. It loves travel and the communication and sharing of ideas.
A Crane vision or dream may be a challenge to use the past to better the present or future. A dream of a flying Crane is considered a good omen. A dream of a Crane on the ground is a sign of trouble of one’s own making. If Crane comes to you, it is most often a reminder to use the past as a source of strength.