Animal Spirits & Totems: Cranes


Cranes are large, long-necked birds that live and breed near water. Cranes that live near large bodies of water tend to be whiter in color, while those that live in forested areas near small lakes tend to have gray plumage.

Fifteen species of cranes exist in the world and all are at least threatened if not endangered. These birds are found on every continent except Antarctica and South America. The largest species is the Sarus Crane. This crane stands at six feet tall on average, with an eight-foot wing span and is the world’s tallest flying bird.

Unlike herons, for which they are often mistaken, cranes fly with their necks stretched out straight. Their long beaks can be used like spears to fish or scare predators. Their call is a sort of purr, or garbled sound, not at all like a duck or goose.

Some cranes are migratory and others stay in the same location year-round.

In recent years, the North American Sandhill crane has made an encouraging comeback. The Sandhill crane is now the only crane species that is stable and/or slowing increasing, although some subspecies, like the Florida Sandhill crane, are still endangered. Like all cranes, Sandhill cranes are very secretive about their nesting and will even daub themselves with mud to makes themselves less visible when rearing young. Recently a 10,000,000-year-old fossil of a Sandhill Crane was found in Nebraska, making it the oldest known bird species in existence.

Cranes have small families of only one or two chicks, hence their secrecy about their nests. These tend to be piles of mud and sticks hidden in remote wetlands. Cranes mate for life and start reproducing somewhere between their third and fifth year.

All cranes engage in dancing behavior especially when mating. Dancing can also be used to repel a threat. Stick tossing is often a part of a crane dance routine.

Cranes can live 20 to 30 years in the wild, but in captivity they can live much longer. The oldest in captivity lived to be 82 years old.

The two greatest threats to cranes are the destruction of their natural wetland habitats, and the capture of cranes for the illegal pet trade.

Cranes in Art

A fox and a crane, both symbols of wisdom and cleverness
A fox and a crane, both symbols of wisdom and cleverness | Source
Walter Crane Book Plate
Walter Crane Book Plate | Source

Cranes in Legend and Spirituality

Cranes have long been associated with royalty, balance, grace, and longevity. The crane is a prehistoric animal and looks like one, yet is also very beautiful and graceful.

They can often be seen standing in shallow water standing on one leg, and their beautiful dancing also speaks to their incredible sense of balance and grace

When a crane comes into your life as a spirit teacher or totem you are being asked to use your past as a source of strength in the present. They tend to appear in the lives of people who are well served by some degree of secrecy in their lives. The crane teaches about keeping your own counsel, protection of family, and balance in life above all else.

A crane totem is also a harbinger of long life and success. People with crane medicine are more revered by others than they imagine, and have long, successful lives. They are protective, wise, and gracious. They choose their battles carefully, choosing quiet wisdom and privacy over aggression.

An encounter with a crane is a powerful experience. You are being asked to look inward, show fairness to all persons, and protect your wisdom while sharing it in appropriate ways. In short, you are being shown the way to balance and good fortune.

The crane is a powerful and auspicious totem in almost all cultures. One exception is Celtic Britain, where cranes were associated with death, treachery, war, and evil women. The crane was one of the various shapes taken by the King of the Celtic Underworld, Annwn.

In China and Japan, cranes were associated with longevity, immortality, and prosperity. In Japan, because of their permanent pair bonds, cranes were often featured on bridal kimonos. Sweet cakes to be served at Japanese weddings are often baked in the shape of cranes for good luck.

As a character in Aesop’s fables, the crane is often portrayed as a problem-solver and a wise teacher. In one story, a crane retrieves a fish from a long, narrow bottle by dropping stones in it, one by one, until the fish is reached easily.

A popular Native American story features a pet crane that saves its owners from destruction at enemy hands, giving its own life in the process.

Sandhill crane and chick
Sandhill crane and chick | Source
Sandhill cranes in Wisconsin
Sandhill cranes in Wisconsin | Source

My Personal Experience

I often walk my dog around a large prairie here that is kept by a university and is open to the public. It is bordered on one side by a large woods which hides a wetland and a small lake. Wildlife is plentiful there and Sandhill cranes can often be spotted hear the wetland areas.

Several months ago, I was walking along the edge of the prairie, which has a paved path. It’s a great place to walk after a rain, because you don’t have to get the bottoms of your pants all wet or wear muck boots. As I was heading back toward my car with the dog, I heard a strange whirring sound that I did not recognize.

I looked up, and there was a large Sandhill crane flying above me, making that noise. I was so excited I almost started whooping (that’s a different sort of crane) but I didn’t, because what happened next was even more unusual (for me, anyway).

Instead of flying over us and just going about its business, the crane circled us three times as I gazed at it. My dog could not have cared less. Then, when it was sure I had seen that (or so it seemed) it continued on toward the southwest, which, oddly enough, is where our house is.

I’ve seen lots of Sandhill cranes at a distance, and have always loved their prehistoric beauty, but up until that moment I had never had one interact with me in any way. They tend to keep their distance, and who could blame them? When I got home, puzzling over it, I thought, 'Well maybe it was warning us.' But we were far from the lake and wetlands, and in fact were on the very outermost perimeter of the prairie, closer to civilization than anywhere else in the 100 acres that forms the preserve.

But I was, during that time, working with intention and protection in my spiritual life and walking in the morning was one of my main times to practice this. In fact, among other things, my practice involved learning to invoke and welcome a protective circle of light around me as I walked and trusting it to remain throughout my day.

I was also considered focusing more intently on the paranormal in my writing life, but for a number of reasons was considering writing under a pseudonym for the first time in my life. I still had some doubts and reservations about it all, but the crane circling me overhead seemed to be saying, 'Hey, you are on the right track. Keep it up.'

It seemed to me that the crane had traced and affirmed both my protective circle and my positive intent, and though it may sound strange, it was a very powerful moment for me. (I can’t speak for the crane.)

Have you had experiences with cranes? If so, please feel free to share them here.

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Meegan Lovett 2 weeks ago

I live by the ocean in Nova Scotia, Canada... Not on the ocean mind you... Not even walking distance... I was walking in the woods behind my house, thick pine and birch with only a few paths and I find myself looking up and see a crane. We were spooked, he was spooked and it was the oddest thing watching it fly in the woods...

What does it mean? for me?....

Lisa 5 weeks ago

Yesterday I had an amazing encounter with a Sandhill Crane where I live in Florida. My husband and I were walking near a wetland preserve area, when two cranes began to approach us. Living in Florida for many years, I am aware that they aren't afraid of humans as other birds are.

These two came right up to us. The one actually began to peck at my hand that I had in a splint due to an injury. I have had much distress about my injured hand, due to the fact that I need my hands for my healing work as a Massage Therapist.

I believe that some how this amazing bird acknowledged my pain. Seems strange to say, but that's what I felt at that moment.

DJ in DE 5 weeks ago

Quick update. After not seeing the Sandhill Crane for several days, I thought it had flown off. Then I heard the crane call the other day while sitting on my deck that overlooks a marsh, at sunset. It comes in, circles, and lands behind the house. And then the next day at sunrise, I was out walking the dogs and saw it fly away.

Tonight, my wife, the dogs and I were on the deck waiting to see if it returned. Sun went down. Started to get dark. My wife spots it flying in from the South. Huge with its neck straight out. It circles the spot where it landed the other day and flies, silently, right towards us.

It gets close and calls. Then it flies right by us, between the neighbor's house and our house with one long continuous call. Maybe 30 feet away. Wow!! We were stunned. I wonder if it was leaving and just saying goodbye.

Who knows, but it was amazing. I felt like it saw us and wanted to make sure we saw it. I hope we see it again, but tonight was a true thrill seeing it flying so close.

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CR Rookwood 7 weeks ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you for sharing that story, DJ. They are certainly amazing creatures.

DJ in DE 7 weeks ago

For the last day or two a Sandhill Crane has been hanging out in a bean field in Ocean View, DE. I happened to see it driving by and at first thought someone's emu had escaped, although I don't know anyone that has one. The bird was about 4.5-5 feet tall. Certainly an unusual occurrence in the summer and in Delaware. I walked up to it and got some really good photos of it just staring at me. Not frightened or threatening, just calm. It brought peace to see such a magnificent wild creature so close. After a bit of poking around the internet, the only similar occurrence I could find in DE was in Nov. of 2010 in Northern DE. So I feel very fortunate to have shared a moment together. It is gone now but I will cherish the photos and the memory.

Sandra 3 months ago

Today out of nowhere, and I do mean nowhere as we live in the woods, as I was standing on my porch with our fog Dixie thinking about our daughter Kellie who had just passed 2 days prior at the age of 44, this beautiful white egret crane came quietly and softly flying in and landed in our circle garden in front of me. It just stood there ever do quietly and graceful looking at me, I was in awe as was Dixie, we remained like this for at least 1 1/2 minutes then Dixie decided to check it out at which time the crane began to fly off, it only flew a little ways out into our field where I followed with Dixie . It remained and allowed me to get pictures as it stood and then as it flew off . I felt such peace and calm wit this encounter as if God was showing us all is well concerning our daughter. Any response??

Tanya 3 months ago

My experience with the crane came when my husband and I took our blow up kayak out on the river for the first time. It was a beautiful day. The run was to about 4 hours. What happened was that it ended up taking 9 hours. As dusk was falling, I spotted the crane. she was standing on the shore with her leg up, watching us. We were quite nervous and scared in this lonely, uninhabited stretch of river, rife with rocks and a lot of tree debris. I focused on the crane, told her in my mind how beautiful she was, and asked her to lead us to safety. For 3 hours, she would stand, watch us, then fly to the opposite side, all of the way back. She never left us, she watched and waited for us, and was very clearly leading us back. I was touched to my very soul. I thanked her, and she flew off back into the woods. How beautiful. We are so blessed.

Marina 3 months ago

Last night I had a dream in which I was standing in a small cove on an inlet from the sea. A flock of the most beautiful blue birds - large - flew in and walked on the shore near me. I reached out my hand to stroke the feathers on the face of one of them and he let me. He was friendly. Then they flew off. I woke and wondered if they were herons or cranes...but when I looked at images of both they were more like cranes. The blue was extraordinary, magical. Wondering how you would interpret this dream??Thank you! I know it means something.

Liz M 5 months ago

Today is mother's day, rough start to the day.. I go outside.. There is a sandhill crane walking in my yard .proceeds to walk towards me. Stops about 10'out and we look each other in the eye..only for a couple min then it walks away

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CR Rookwood 7 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Livv, that is a wonderful development. These birds are so beautiful, and I can't imagine that the uptick in their influence in your life could be anything but positive and lucky. Thank you for sharing that!

Livv 7 months ago

In the past few years, I've noticed a huge increase in crane presence around me, and it's only gotten increasingly stronger. XD I see them everywhere, tons of them! Every single time I go outside, and even inside! (They fly by my window). I don't go a single day without seeing one. And they tend to get pretty close (within 20 feet or less). They've also taken to my fiancée, who now has a crane friend that follows him around outside during his break at work. I haven't done a lot of research into them like I should have, until today, when a black crane showed itself to me. I never even knew black cranes existed! It was definitely a powerful moment to see such a powerful bird fly near me, and definitely prompted me to look a bit closer at what the crane has been trying to tell me. :)

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CR Rookwood 9 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you so much for sharing that JMC. I love the way animals and plants connect us to ourselves and the earth, and I love hearing from people who experience similar things. So glad to hear your story.

codeblackllcjmc 9 months ago

So this story was definitely inspiring. I've been on my own spiritual quest and advancing, thankfully, lately. I was in meditation and notoced a crane right away, so i wanted to do a bit of research as I've seen this sumbolism before, but didn't pay much attention to it. Upon reviewing yoir post, it makes sense because i was having negative thinking about what path to take, but got word from an otherworldly source and it was kind of like a confirmation that everything was okay. Your story along with that reassurance provided much clarity and direction, so i know its safe to spread my wings and take flight... i don't know how much circling I'll be doing, but im more optimistic that things will be okay. Ty so much for your wisdom and look forward to hearing more from you. Many blessings this new year.


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CR Rookwood 15 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Hope, that is so cool! Once you have an experience like that, the world looks different, doesn't it? So glad you shared it here. Thank you!

Hope 15 months ago

I live in Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas,Tx -- for you non-Dallasites out there -- and just 2 blocks from me is the local lake "Lake Cliff", ...and as I was walking by the side of it the other day I had an experience w/ (I see them there often enough,... but THIS was just... DIFFerent... -- spiritual. Ironically/dare-I-say eerily, I, too, ...was practicing God's protective presence and practicing trusting Him/it to be w/ me throughout the rest of the day... *chills* when I saw it. I THINK we're ONto somethin here! ;) ) a crane... that, :)... in fact, moved me so much... lol... that I'm ON hEre =O sayin "Okay Google!: What kind of omen is a White Crane?" =O lol!!! ^•^ ^•^ ^•^ ...seriously though *shivers*

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CR Rookwood 15 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Wow, what a wonderful experience Allie! I'd say you definitely got the validation you needed! I love the stories on this thread too. It's amazing to me how many people have magical encounters with cranes and other animals. It gives me hope for all of us. Thank you for sharing!

AilieH 15 months ago

I really appreciate you, your writing, and the fact that you keep up with this thread. I have enjoyed reading about everyone's crane experiences and encounters. My first encounter with a crane was 3 years ago while looking for a few river rocks to use as story stones with and for my young son. We were next to the river, so I didn't think it was too odd, but I had never seen one in the wild so close up before, so I took photos and counted myself lucky. But just last week my crane encounter was much more spiritual and timely. I was sitting in my reading nook, working on my very first book. I was just wondering if I should really get so deeply into the magical realm that I was digging into, when a crane landed on my roof, 5 feet from my face, at eye level. I was astonished. Our neighborhood is sort of far from a large body of water and I have never seen a crane up so close like that. It really felt like a personal visit. She stared at me for a good 3 minutes, and then I moved closer and she decided I was close enough, thank you very much, and flew away.

I really did feel a sense of renewed energy about my book and the direction in which I am going. Strange how a meeting like that can give one such courage. Strange and wonderful.

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CR Rookwood 16 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Oh my goodness, that is truly amazing--and strangely beautiful. I can tell you for sure that this article on cranes elicits more amazing stories from readers than anything else I've ever written. Thank you so much for sharing yours. You seem to have made some lifelong friends.

Emma 16 months ago

When I was around 7, I was a very lonely child. It would often rain where I lived, leaving the physical education classes to be held indoors. Whenever that happened, I would watch the sandhill cranes outside the doors. I became rather attached to them, and I even named them. I still use these names 13 years later.

Fast forward and I am 12. I had hurt myself, and I was bleeding. I was trying desperately to stop the bleeding, not aware of my surroundings. I was fussing with my injury when I heard a bird cry near me. I looked up, startled. What I found was that I had been surrounded by about 5 or 6 sandhill cranes. They were all standing in positions around me. A couple were staring at me, and the others were facing away from me, flapping their wings for no apparent reason.

To this day, I can't seem to find a logical explanation for this. I find it strange.. but fascinating.

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CR Rookwood 16 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you for sharing that Marzell. My husband and I go hiking in a nature preserve where many sandhill cranes nest. The other day he was taking a photo of a goose and when we got home and put it on the computer there was a sandhill crane, right next to the goose. He hadn't even seen it when he took the photo, it was that well hidden in the reeds.

Marzell 16 months ago

Living in Florida, I have seen many sandhill cranes, but never up close. One afternoon leaving work, a male and female walked right up to me and the male stared me in the eye(I am not very tall), and he stood there for about 3 minutes close enough that my breathing was ruffeling the feathers on his face. 3 of my coworkers saw how close they both were. Very powerful moment in my life.

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CR Rookwood 18 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

They really are! Thank you for sharing, Kathleen. :D

Kathleen 18 months ago

I live on the west coast of Florida and see Sand Hill cranes all the time. In fact as I am writing this there are two Sand Hill cranes in my yard with their two babies...they are beautiful...

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CR Rookwood 19 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Aila, so cool! I love to go walking in wilderness areas with my dog. We see so many cool animals and birds. It's a wonderful way to stay connected and calm. :D

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Aila from Finland 19 months ago

Hi! That is very interesting.. For me allmost the same thing happened this morning when I was walking my dog near by swamp area and doing the light work that I usually do, but this morning I tried some new things with deepening my connection to the nature and letting it guide me. I heard that crane sound and looked up to the sky. Crane flyed low straight towards me and upon me it flyed that round circle and then headed towards that swamp area. That was wery powerfull moment for me too. That is how I googled it and found your site:) And a fun notice: earlier on that same walk I saw a pair of Ravens. Raven is my native american zodiac

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CR Rookwood 20 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you for sharing that wonderful story Viognier! The world can be an amazing place when you open your eyes! All the best to you and good luck on your new job. :)

Viognier 20 months ago

I met my spirit totem - yes, a magnificent crane - whilst listening to a guided meditation about 2 weeks ago. I searched for the meaning and the first one I read was 'good tidings'. I was amazed because I was in the midst of 'realising' a (fantastic) job - trusting the Universe and basically letting go of old limiting beliefs. Fast forward to today, I saw an old painting in the house - I never really looked at it - today as I was helping my folks hang a decorative on the ceiling, standing on a ladder ... The image of eight beautiful cranes literally popped out right before my eyes! And tomorrow is the day where I will be officially joining this wonderful company (yes, I received the fantastic job!)!!! It was incredible, just incredible. I'm still in awe... Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article.

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CR Rookwood 20 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Sandy, I would definitely call that a luck and longevity omen! :)

sandy 21 months ago

My mother, daughter and I were at a restaurant in Charlotte one January night celebrating my 50th birthday when my daughter notices a grey crane standing outside our restaurant. He saw us and started strutting around like he had come to celebrate too. I wonder what kind of omen that is on your 50th--something of luck and longevity I presume?

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CR Rookwood 22 months ago from Moonlight Maine Author

What a great story r.! They do look a bit like dinosaurs. :)

Thank you for taking the time to share~!

r. 23 months ago

I had a strange encounter as a child with a crane i had a river stream in my back yard off to the side there was this lagoon type area surounded by leafy trees where i used to go swimming and fishing and out of know where this huge bird comes flying in with its wings stretch across the river type stream 20-30 feet in width was the river i was so freaked out I've never seen a bird like that in all my life it looked so dinosaurish very dainty but very wide wingspath i knew it was some sort of crane but it is way not native to the north american new mexico area however i seen what i seen never went back by myself again it came gracefully and peacefully but as a 8 year old it freaked me out i seen it coming in and i was gone i took off so quck i didn't even see it land i had a feeling it was worning me as a 8 year old i shouldn't have been out there by myself to begin with

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CR Rookwood 2 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Wow! That is so cool! (And yes, very interesting considering your new status!) I just love these birds. So elegant. Thank you for posting and best wishes for your new life. :)

Joanna 2 years ago

I have been having a beautiful pair hang out in my field the last couple of weeks. In the evening, there is usually a third that pops over and to usher them home. This morning I awoke to a noisy ruckus, and looked out a window to see twenty of them! They fed and made their distinctive clacketty-clack and bugling sounds for a couple of hours, and then all flew off. I did a bit of research and discovered that young birds that have outgrown their parents, hang out together in groups of 20, called a "bachelor flock." Very interesting, as I am newly single and living alone. :)

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CR Rookwood 2 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks niwashi. :)

niwashi kun 2 years ago

Sorry to be nitpicky but the Sarus Crane is the tallest *flying* bird. The title "tallest living bird" goes to the Ostrich.

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CR Rookwood 2 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Dennis, that is SO cool. :) I just love them, they are amazing birds.

dennis 2 years ago

I usually see one or two cranes a year but this year I have seen 6 . I live in ne ohio im in a pretty secluded area.I was just looking at this site to see what the crane spirit animal ment because I was just lsying on the floor below my living room window and happened to look up

And a crane flew overhead.

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CR Rookwood 2 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

I would take that as a good sign, Samantha. It seems to me like reassurance that you can take care of yourself and have the support of the Universe for doing so. Thank you for sharing. :)

samantha 2 years ago

I had a crane land on my fence today, and I don't live anywhere near it's habitat! I know it's a sign, but I just can't get my head around what it's trying to tell me, I am having problems in my relationship and I'm feeling very unbalanced in it, but I don't know how to ballance myself due to what has happened in the past!

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CR Rookwood 2 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Glad it was helpful Oztinato. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

Thanks for this info about the peaceful crane symbol.

I just had a dream about a white crane and needed to study this symbol.

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CR Rookwood 2 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you for sharing that bagyo. I appreciate that you took the time to visit and share your story.

bagyo 2 years ago

16 years ago, a day after I made a prayer to start on my spiritual journey to become closer to God, I drove home and a crane flew by my car for a block. i took it as a sign that my prayer was being answered. and it was. now, I am at a fork in the road again. today I visited my friend a reiki master for some talk and guidance. after I left and drove him, again a crane flew next to my car, this time only for a few feet. but enough for me to recognize it and get the spiritual confirmation that I needed.

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CR Rookwood 2 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

That is a beautiful story, Jan. Thank you so much for sharing it here.

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Jan Becker 2 years ago from Pompano Beach, Florida

Last year I went on a spring break trip to Cassadaga in Central Florida. The day I was due to go, I got a call that a close friend had died, but he lived far away and I figured if I was going to mourn on my own, a Spiritualist community might be the best place. My second morning in Cassadaga, I received a message that a second friend died. She was thirty years old, and had developed brain cancer. I went for a walk to a field at the bottom of a hill shortly after I got the news, and sat on a bench there, by myself, thinking. Two Florida sandhills flew in and landed about 15 feet away from me, and did their dance. I sat there for about an hour watching them. When I stood up to leave, they flew off. It made me think about the origami cranes, and Japanese folklore about cranes, how they carry the spirits of the deceased to the next state. Their dance looks like they are fighting to lift themselves off the ground, like they are bearing something heavy. I thought then that they were trying to lift the weight of my grief. I still think that.

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CR Rookwood 2 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you Pam! That is a beautiful story. I love that you came here and shared it. Namaste. :)

Pam 2 years ago

We recently moved to a house on a lake in Florida where there is a family of sandhill cranes. I love watching them. One day I was arriving home after a weekend spiritual retreat and three of them greeted me in my yard. They came right into my front garden--just a few feet away from me. One of them did his dance for me before they flew away. This morning I looked out the window and saw a lone sandhill crane walking in the road in front of my house. I went out on my front porch to get a better look and rather than run in the other direction he walked right up to me. He was literally a foot away from me. I do a lot of shamanistic work and I see them every time I am in ceremony. Every single time. I came to your page because I know that these beautiful animals are sending me a message and wanted to understand what they are trying to tell me. Thank you so much for interpreting for me. Many blessings to you.

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CR Rookwood 2 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you Spiritwood!

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spiritwood 2 years ago from Wales, UK

lovely :)

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CR Rookwood 2 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Hi Tomi! Yes aren't they beautiful? Thank you so much for reading and sharing your own experience with them. Very, very cool!

Tomi 2 years ago

So glad to find this! Thank you! I have been seeing Sandhill Cranes for years but I thought they were Canadian Geese. Recently had a friend enlighten me as they were flying overhead, huge migrating flocks, here in Illinois in November. Of course they arent geese, they don't sound anything like them! I thought perhaps the geese made that sound when in these huge circling flocks (duh!). So glad to learn about the Sandhill crane! And I just found a set of 4 paintings on silk of sandhills at a thrift store! (a week after I learned what they were!) How cool is that?

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

TW, that IS beautiful! Thank you for sharing it. :)

TW 3 years ago

Several years ago, before crane visits were fairly regular here in our part of MI, we had two land in a field near our house just before we sadly put our lovely dog to sleep on the front lawn. Today, right before we helped my friend's horse to cross rainbow bridge, a pair landed in the same field. I believe they lifted his soul away. It was a beautiful and emotional moment. My totem!

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Christine, how wonderful! Good luck to your daughter in law and good luck on your writing too. It sounds like you have an auspicious start for both!

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Christine Skolnik 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Thank you for posting this interesting and insightful information. A crane landed in our yard this morning, just after our daughter in law went into labor. Also I've been enthusiastically reading the work of Jeffrey J. Kripal, of late, whose last two books were on the paranormal. Yesterday he encouraged me to start writing again. I was not thinking about writing about paranormal experiences, explicitly, though what an interesting coincidence with your experience.

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Sharon, what a great story! Thank you for sharing your experience. :)

Sharon Winnicki 3 years ago

About two weeks ago I was driving along on a two lane road here in vermont around 1 pm when what I thpught was a blue heron was heading straight at my windshield. As I slowed down to try to avoid hitting this creature it veered to my left so that i received a nirds eye view. At this point Ivrealized that it was a crane. As soon as i arrived home and looking in the bird books i learned thst it was a sandhill crane. This is particularly awesome because they are not known to be in this mountainous region altho there are lakes mearby. Since this experience they have been photograped as a pair I feel so fortunate!

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you Shannon!

Shannon 3 years ago

I got your sense of humor and enjoyed your post so much.

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

What a beautiful story! I thought it was your father-in-law saying thank you and goodbye. You couldn't have gotten a more beautiful farewell. Thank you for sharing this.

cam 3 years ago

I found your article searching the internet today for the significance of a crane encounter. I have lived in my state all of my life (50 yrs) and have never seen a Crane before today. We lost my father in law recently and had just attended his military service. The will named my husband as the executor of his father's estate. As we left we pulled into a restaurant for lunch before starting our 3 hour journey home to find 2 cranes standing before us. What beautiful creatures they are! We circled around and came back with our camera and took several photo's of them since neither of us had EVER seen a Crane before. They almost seemed to pose for us going up on one foot and striking a pose. I was simply amazed by this sighting and thought it was strange since my father in law was an avid bird watcher that we should see such an amazing creature on the way home from his funeral. I couldn't help but wonder if it was a sign of something?? What would your thoughts be?

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Wow, what a great crane story! Thank you for sharing it. :)

Kaitlyn 3 years ago

When I was driving home from the store a solid white crane flew up from the creek by the road. I thought "oh wow a stork!" Which then I had some kind of husband and I have been hoping for a baby and I feel pregnant now... :) I think it's a sign!

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

What a beautiful comment! Thank you so much for taking the time to share. :)

Laurien 3 years ago

This morning I took my dog to the park to play as per most mornings. The songs of the returning birds were especially beautiful and drew my eyes to the sky . There was this bird that flew forever towards me, getting bigger and bigger and all of its details were surprises. Its long neck, blazing white feathers, square feet and the incredible breadth of its wings stole my gaze as I watched, mesmerized by its circling flight until it disapeared into the horizon on the west. So Thankyou, your experience is such a lovely reflection to mine and the encouragement is a sweet addition. In those moments of amazement were thoughts of my lifelong goals and dreams and how now is the time to accomplish them.

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you for sharing that beautiful experience laginag! Cranes are native here as well and I have come to love them. All the best to you. :)

laginag 3 years ago

I am greatly appreciative to have found this post. This morning I was walking my favorite hiking trail (listening to "A Course in Miracles audio) and I looked up to see a beautiful crane on the path ahead. It was odd in that there was no water near this path and I have never seen a crane but I knew immediately what is was. I am an intuitive and have recently experienced animal visions during meditation but this was extraordinary. I now understand the true blessing that was presented to me. And so it is!

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Wow, J. That is one powerful dream. I take dreams like that seriously too, and I think you've got a true guide and guardian there. Thank you for reading and for sharing your story!

J. 3 years ago

I've never experienced a Crane in real life, but I had a strange dream. I was doing business as usual things in my dream when it changed drastically. All I could see was my outstretched hand and a Crane, he was gently nibbling my fingers. I was a little scared for some reason, but at the same time I knew he wouldn't hurt me. It felt like I was supposed to be doing something I wasn't, and he was sending me a gentle reminder.

A year before this, I was told by a friend's mother that my spirit animal was a Crane. I never put much stock into those kinds of things until that dream basically. He had a black neck with a grey body. I'd never known about a Crane with that kind of coloring so I researched a bit and what do you know, the Black-necked Crane fits the description. I like to believe he's watching over me, guiding me. It's a nice feeling.

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Lucia I do think this is a positive sign! Cranes are usually taken as a very lucky sign. I would take that as a circle of protection and a sign that you are on the right track and protected in whatever is dearest to you heart. Thank you for sharing your lovely story!

lucia 3 years ago

just this morning saturday morning I was outside, we have a small house at the back and have on occasion there will be one crane sitting on top of the chimeny yes. This morning my neighbour was shouting out look back there was one onher roof and my roof of the small house in my yard. Then the other flew over and they were both looking at me standing on the chimney totally relaxed. I was so lucky to have seem them again but 2 of them now. they were grooming themselves. Cranes bring good fortune yes or no. The crane always flies around our home I can here the crane make that sound. THankyou Let me know of what you think of this meaning.

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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

MK, what a beautiful story! Thank you for posting it. Also, thank you for taking the time to read the article--surprisingly, it is read more than any of my others, so cranes must really resonate with a lot of people right now. That's a wonderful thing. :)

MK 3 years ago

Awesome read. I am a medium so my experience with a crane this weekend meant sooo much to me. Once a week a walk a trail by the river, same trail, however. Monday I took a different path to make an offering to Momma Chola. Normally I am alone but this day my kids were in toe. I prayed for us and just as I felt my prayers had been heard... A crane not only flew by ur but landed nearly a car length away and just smiled at us. It was amazing. We said our hellos and thanks, gathered our belongings and left lighter.

Thank you for sharing this info

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

What a beautiful story Em32! I do believe life goes on after death and that spirits can reach out to us through animals. I agree about the healing power of cranes--I'd say what you experienced went way beyond coincidence and I am so glad that you got that comfort and reassurance. Thank you so much for sharing.

Em32 4 years ago

Two months ago our twin girls passed away, I pleaded to them to send me a sign to let me know that they are okay in heaven. The day before their funeral we were greater at my in-law's house by a pair just walking around about 20 feet from us. They circled around us twice. Then a pair in their baby have been hanging outside the window of my parent's house. They woke up my sister-in-law when she was sleeping after returning from her trip to Europe. We visited our daughter's at the cemetery and took them flowers, only to see 13+ cranes in a field that we drove by on the way home. We received a card with Sandhill cranes on it from my co-workers who knew nothing about all of our crane encounters. And last but not least, I went to see my therapist last week, I was telling her abou the cranes the girls keep sending to me to let me know that they are okay in heaven. She took out her phone to show me a picture she had taken earlier that morning when she got to work...of course 2 cranes standing in front of the doctor's office front doors! They are spiritually powerful birds that have given me a lot of healing power!

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Wow that is a fantastic story! Thank you so much for sharing it. You have been touched by something very special. These birds are indeed magical. Thank you for reading and for sharing your encounter. :)

athena 4 years ago

Here's a real life story of my amazing sandhill crane..

I have seen this crane at a hotel were staying at in Florida, for about a week. I was feeding it bread & left over chips. After a week of seeing & talking to him, he'd call out to me when he was outside. I thought it was really cute, he was very loud when the gator got close to shore. I'd know it wasn't safe then..

The next week went by & my 3 year old austistic daughter managed to open the sliding glass door & wanders out on the highway in front of the hotel.

This crane flew down in front of my daughter catching sum man's attention to hurry & grab her before she was hit by a car.. This crane not only saved her life, but 3 weeks to the day, while feeding this same crane, I meet the man that saved my daughters life...

These are truly gods messengers! Blessed be...

& sense that day I haven't seen him sense..

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you avianvoice! We have Sandhill cranes all over here. They are so gorgeous! I appreciate you coming by. :)

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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I have not yet met a crane, but I will. ANother well done and informative piece. Voted up and awesome!

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Wow, LMC, that is one powerful story. Thank you so much for sharing it here. I love these birds, they are so beautiful, and you did indeed have a rare and magical experience.

LMC 4 years ago

I am fortunate to have had an encounter with a crane. I used to have a roommate and although in a deep sleep, I was awaken by the sound of her at the back door, knocking to get in, I jumped up out a bed to open it and no one was there, I stepped outside in case she walked to the front of the house to knock. I live on a hill so I am elevated, my back porch is above level of the rooftop of the house across the street where a large crane stood across from me looking straight back at me. I walked down the stairs closer, and we just looked at each other, it was such a powerful rare experience. Especially since I live just 10 minutes from Downtown LA, in Highland Park in the city. It wasn't until I waived to construction workers who where working on the house next door, to see it too, did the bird fly up to a tall tree across the way, and there too it sat tall above our neighborhood. I'll never forget it and since do associate the Crane as my animal totem.

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks Mr. Happy! Wow, your FOURTH language. That is really impressive. I know a little French but that's it.

The raven is my avatar because it goes with the name 'Rookwood'. 'Rook' is another word for 'raven'. I have this connection to the dead, and at certain points of my life these birds have come to me with help, so there it is. But lately I've been connecting to many more animals so something is up. I like it though.

I think it's cool that you ask lots of questions. So many people just start arguments, and I've been trying to ask questions instead, because it seems more useful and friendlier.

What is your first language? It's good to know you and I really appreciate your comments and thought. :)

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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Awesome! I just learned what a crane is (thanks) ... I was thinking the construction vehicles ... Ya, it happens as English was only my fourth language. "Muck-boots" is also a new term for me. Haha ... thank You for the English lesson today!

I smiled when I read about You raising your energy sphere of protection. I don't hear such things too often -it is nice when I do. In my experience, I ask the elements for protection. I walk with Air and Water, or better say fly and/or float.

I am curious at this point, why the raven as your avatar? And not the Crane for example? (By the way, I ask a lot of quesitons but I do not require answers all the time, especially if I am asking something personal - curiosity often gets the best of me.)

"the crane circling me overhead seemed to be saying, hey, you are on the right track." - That is what ravens and crows do for me. I always see them when I am on road trips or out in the nature. The guard my flanks and will often fly ahead on the way that I am going. Seeing them means I am on the right path. It is an incredible good omen for me. We met because of the raven. I am grateful (to You and to them).


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks KDuBarry! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Very interesting hub! The dancing and the communication of the crane is very beautiful.

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

They are lovely, kitty! I hope you see some soon. Thank you for coming by!

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Oh, what beautiful creatures! Lately I've been very attached to flying animals, particularly birds. I think I'm going through an "air" phase in my life and that is why. I wish I could see some cranes around my neighborhood, as of late we've had an overabdundance of crows, blue jays, and egrets. Sigh...but no cranes! :)

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks Lipnancy, I will! Aren't cranes beautiful? I just love them. And I'll definitely check out Ted Andrews lecture when I get a chance. :)

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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Cranes have always been around my parents houses. Not sure if they are there to teach me something or just my parents totem. Anyway, love your hub. And if you ever have the opportunity, see Ted Andrews Live lecture on Animal Totems.

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

That's ok, stalks are cool too! lol!

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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK

storks, of course - when I wrote stalks it seemed odd to me lol!

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you jennzie!

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thank you Electro Denizen. I agree, they are so beautiful. We have herons here as well, but no storks--would love to see one of those!

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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK

This was a really interesting read. I grew up in northern France, and we'd get stalks flying by and even nesting on roofs. I know they're not cranes, but in some ways they are similar and they travel hundreds of mile for their yearly migration. There's something so pre-historic about them, fascinating. Great hub!

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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

I never had any experience with cranes, as none live around here. I would like to, though, as they seem like very interesting and beautiful creatures. I also didn't know much about cranes and the spiritual meaning behind them until reading this.

Voted up and beautiful!

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