Hawk Symbolism & Meaning

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Do you need to learn how to move in harmony with other humans?

Is fear keeping you caged and unable to fly toward making your dreams come true?

Are you too focused on minutiae and need help seeing the bigger picture?

Hawk energy can help!

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Hawk Symbolism & Meaning

When Hawk swoops into your life be ready for a whole new level of awareness developing in your mind and spirit. Hawk bears observation skills and broad perspectives on His wings. You could not ask for a better companion if you’ve been working on your overall insights.

Hawk is often a messenger from Angels, Devas and the Divine. He signals a time in your life when you need to focus on what’s ahead and prepare for a leadership role. Your global vision is a potent helpmate in this. Just as the Hawk, you are ready to fly higher than ever before.

It is not unusual for Hawk to inspire a time when you begin working heavily with new divination methods. Effectively you’re learning to trust your own inner guidance and Higher Self. Do not simply brush off gut instincts as being happenstance. When Hawk is around these moments become far more frequent. Direct your attention to the messages you’re getting and let Hawk hone your focus.

In nature Hawk is a bird of prey. This means that you are learning a lot about timing your actions. Hawk medicine begins with observation and ends with swift, decisive and successful movement.

Do not be surprised if you find your psychic abilities, especially clairvoyance, growing. One of Hawk’s greatest aptitude is their vision, but in a spiritual setting this applies to not just physical site but supernatural “seeing” too.

In ancient times Hawk was associated with the soul. The Egyptians, for example, depicted the human spirit as a Hawk that flew out of the body and reincarnated as a Hawk. Notably Horus, the sky god, also held Hawk sacred. Similarly, the Greeks associated Hawk with Jupiter, the chief among all gods.

Hawk Spirit Animal

As a Spirit Animal, Hawk teaches awareness. The universe is trying to send you a message.

It makes sense that it is vital for you interpret the spiritual message correctly and internalize the associated lesson, right?


But when this this bird of prey presents as your Spirit Animal, you are now on notice that even the most ordinary of circumstances could have deeper meanings.

Hawks have the sharpest eyesight of all Raptors. This signifies that it’s time for you to pause and pay attention – to everything.

In particular, Hawk challenges you to get a higher perspective on something that’s been holding you back. Until you get the “big picture” you could remain stagnant.

Also, Hawks hunt in groups. When Hawk shows, perhaps it’s time to ask yourself about the company you keep – in both your personal and professional life. What people do you currently consider part of your true soul group? In times of trouble, who would come to your aid and who would fly away in fear – leaving you suspended in mid air with no ally at your flank?

Hawk medicine can be a bit of a bitter pill to swallow as it not only asks us to consider who our real friends are, but if we are a “real” friend to others.

Hawks often mate for life. With this, and their group hunting practices, Hawks perfectly exemplify the “all for one and one for all” pledge.

Do you have the courage to stand up for your friends and family during times of duress? Have the others in your group misplaced their trust in you or will you fly to their defense should the occasion arise?

Hawk Totem Animal

Hawk people have very positive outlooks on life. You see the best of what’s to come and are anxious to share those words of hope with others. The only problem with your intense perspective is that it may make people a little antsy.

There are some truths humans willfully hide from themselves. Hawk wants to drag those truths out into the light of day. So, if Hawk is your Totem Animal, your lesson in this spin around the Medicine Wheel may be to balance your vision with a healthy portion of sensitivity.

Red Tailed Hawk symbolism and meanings are tied closely to the Kundalini and Root Chakra. Those with the Hawk Totem Animal are passionate, confident partners who possess a strong libido.

Because of the Kundalini connection, Hawk people constantly seek higher enlightenment and devote a good deal of their lives to trying to find and live their bliss.

Hawk Power Animal

Seek out Hawk as a Power Animal when you feel like you’re missing something that’s right in front of you. Hawk is an excellent hunter, and Hawk energy can help you ferret out elusive signs, omens, messages, and even get a better perspective on jobs and relationships.

Hawk can also support the quest for fresh outlooks. The old, outmoded ways of thinking need not remain imprinted on your soul. Awaken to the possibilities that others miss.

Fear is not an emotion Hawk entertains, even for a second. Hawk will swoop in on a poisonous snake and, in a nano-second, tear off their head. While this is a bit gruesome it is, in fact, nature.

Invoke Hawk energy as your Power Animal when ‘poisonous’ people or situations threaten your safety and well-being. Obviously ‘tear their head off’ is a metaphor and not to be taken literally. However, Hawk energy can help you learn how to communicate that you mean business and one should think twice before they try to harm you.

Native American Hawk Symbolic Meanings

In Native American tradition, Hawk is the Earth’s guardian. In spirit form, Hawk flies continuously, remaining ever vigilant. Iroquois stories say that Hawk bears a bow and fire arrows to help in his commission.

Hawk feathers are sacred in numerous tribes, often being included in costumes for rituals.

Hawk as a Celtic Animal Symbol

Celtic symbolism for Hawk is similar to that of the Far East – as a powerful messenger from other realms. When Hawk appeared it was a message to keep your wits sharp and prepare. Circling Hawks presage death or conquest.

Hawk Dreams

Dreams about Hawks is a symbol letting you know it’s time to proceed carefully. There’s something you’re not seeing. Pay particular attention as to what or whom the Hawk is eyeing.


Hawk in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

Among Native Americans the the Red Tailed Hawk birth sign falls between March 21 and April 19th. People born under the Hawk have keen vision, boldness, and tenacity in pursuit of your goal. Others look to you as a problem solver with fantastic insights.

Far Eastern Hawk Symbolic Meanings

Hawk in Far Eastern symbolism is a strong and powerful warrior who can be ruthless when need be. Many times warriors or their leaders had trained Hawks that bespoke of their military prowess. Hawk also appears in numerous paintings that depict similar connotations.

19 Responses

  1. Maria

    This was interesting to read. As a baby red hawk was in my yard in a bush. He squawked at me every time I walked by. And I was worried he was injured. But after reading the definition I get a total different perspective. Thank you

    • Hi, Maria!

      Ermahgerd! A baby Hawk! You are so fortunate to have such a visitation! Happy you found us here and that you enjoyed the read!

      Stay wild,

  2. Kimberly

    I really enjoyed this article. I live in California and I meditate daily. Last week my son and I saw 15 Hawks flying up above in front of our apartment complex. Yesterday as I was driving down a very busy street I looked up in AMAZEMENT and saw 100-120 Hawks flying up above. I was so in awe of this unsual sight that i parked safely in the center of the street’s safety divider with my caution lights on. I quickly called my son and told him that I was around the corner from home. He came outside and witnessed this mind blowi ng and amazing sight. He tried to videotape it but I stayed on the phone too long talking. A neighbor of ours witnessed it also confirming the large amount of Hawks and said that he never seen anything like it either. My mom agreed that it was EXTREMELY unusual for a large amount of Hawks to be flying slowly and so late in the evening. It was around 7:40pm or 7:45pm but it was light enough to see the Hawks. She said that most birds roost at night. She also said that maybe both of the sightings was probably because of some forest fires up in the mountains. I disagree because we are hundreds of miles from the forest living here in The Valley. During this month my son and I also were driving and we saw a beautiful, solid white dove fly extremely fast into the cemetery. What do you think of all this?

    • Hello, Kimberly!

      Woooowwww! You got to see a “Kettle” of Hawks! How uber cool is that??!!!! It’s not often we humans are treated to such an event since Hawks are mostly solitary birds. From a purely “nature” standpoint, I would have to agree – I don’t think it had to do with the fires. Most likely it was a winter migration kinda thing.

      But, here’s what you have to ask yourself, why did they cross my path? What did it mean for my son as well since he was there also. have you and your son been through a tough time? Is it time for you all to “see the bigger picture”, take a deep breath and fly toward your dreams? The energy feels that way.

      Thank you for sharing such a remarkable event!

      Stay wild,

  3. Sandra

    Enjoyed the above readings. I’ve always feed & enjoy the birds including hawks in my back yard then recently I saw a feather in my garage. Not long after seeing the feather my father passed away. When we returned home from his ceremony my son noticed two hawks in the yard then I started seeing them, on a daily basis flying around & just hanging out. I like to think this a spiritual message that my father is still with me. I am at a crossroad in my life & like to think that their presence is a sign of strength & enlightenment of which I desperately need both. Any insight or comments would be appreciated. Peace & Love!

    • Hello, Sandra;

      Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father.

      Here’s what I can tell you about Hawks – my husband and I live in the country on 8 acres of land that backs up to thousands of acres of a natural preserve. We have zillions of Hawks around us. But, interestingly, a mating pair Hawks chose a tree right on the line between our property and our favorite neighbor’s property to build a nest in. Our neighbors are animal lovers and conservationists like we are. We were all treated to watching two baby Hawks grow up, learn to fly and go off to start their own Hawk families!

      Where I’m going with this is, of alllllll the properties in our neighborhood, the Hawks not only chose our place but they chose a tree smack in the middle of our property lines! That is not a coincidence.

      Sandra, I wholeheartedly believe that you can absolutely place your faith in those Hawks. They could be hanging out anywhere but they chose your presence, your property. That’s not a fluke. You can bet your dad asked those majestic creatures to watch over you and your family.

      The next time you talk to your dad, ask him to send you another sign. Something tells me he had a good sense of humor (when he allowed himself to be “frivolous”) and he just might get those birds to “be funny” for you!

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

      My po

  4. Pam

    I am so glad I found this article. I live atop a mountain overlooking the largest lake in New England. Three days ago I was witness to a miracle yesterday. I came out on our deck here in the mountain top and observed what they call “A KETTLE OF HAWKS”. Never had heard of it before but someone told me what I saw so I googled it and indeed it was! About a thousand Hawks (no lie) were gliding overhead on the thermal air currents and just circling overhead. There were at least four groups of hundreds. I video taped them for almost 10 minutes. They were gathering in migration patterns to fly to South America. They were ALL the same breed. Broad-winged Hawks. A moment I will treasure always. Nothing short of spectacular!! ❤️❤️❤️ And since the hawk has always been my totem since I was 22, I googled it again and found your article. I’m so glad I did. I’m going thru a major transition in life now and doing soul searching so your article spoke volumes to me… I’m so thankful I saw that spectacle. A gift from God no doubt….

    • Hello, Pam!

      OMGosh! I am SO sorry! I was telling a friend about your post regarding the Hawks and then discovered I hadn’t replied to your message yet! Ack!

      You are SO right! What an amazing gift from God to be able to witness such a spectacular event. What’s really interesting about this is that Hawk has been your Totem Animal since you were 22. I don’t know if you know anything about Numerology but 22 is a master number. It would be interesting to see if your birthday or name is a 22 in Numerology also. You can read all about the Master Number 22 on my sister site – BuildingBeautifulSouls.com

      Being in the presence of THAT many Hawks AND knowing Hawk energy and medicine is your animal totem power from the age of master number 22 is over-the-top AMAZING! Whatever this transition is that you are navigating you have tons and tons of help from the animal kingdom and will do just great!

      Are you going to post the video on YouTube? If you do, please let me know as I would love to see it!

      Stay wild,

  5. Karen

    Just like others… I’m so glad I found this!!! Hawks have always been close to me, seeing them at particular moments, always grateful for their presence. I frequently find hawk feathers and even have a hawk feather tattoo. A couple days ago my brother called me outside, there were about 40-50 Hawks circling above my house. It was amazing! And intense! What a gift! The next morning I was thinking about all those Hawks in my meditation… Does this mean something? And then 7 Hawks drift over me circling, then 8, awhile later 10. After awhile they drifted so high and the wind carried them further away. They were in sight awhile, it was amazing!!! In meditation today I thought I should do more research on hawk totems… I saw the comments on ‘kettling’ how cool! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Hi, Karen;

      Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. 😉

      You are most welcome! And, thank you for visiting WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

      Seeing Hawks in a meditation is very significant – especially if you felt as though you were the Hawk or ‘travelling’ with the Hawk. Perhaps you are moving toward being able to ‘journey’ with animals – meaning your spirit ‘merges’ with the animal’s energy and you hitch a ride with them, seeing things through their eyes.

      Sure hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

      • Pam

        I love that! I shall tune in to all The signals and signs to make sure I can experience all the animals have to offer!😘

        Sent from my iPhone, pls excuse any typos.

        • Hello, Pam;

          Awesome! Please keep checking in to let us know what other messages your animal spirit guides gift you!

          Stay wild,

  6. Christina Belknap

    Wow, this was a great read. I found this because today I spotted a large full grow hawk in a tree, with a small animal hanging from it’s claws. I was immediately struck by the presence of the bird that flew down onto the ground. I went outside of my building to where the hawk was and stood just a few feet away from it. It was not afraid and it didn’t flinch. However it did look at me and pause for a few strong moments before gently picking up it’s prey and flying on to the next big tree. Wow. I am still so struck by this experience.

    • Pam

      So wonderful!!!!!!!

      Sent from my iPhone, pls excuse any typos.

      • Hello, Pam;

        So happy you enjoyed reading about Hawk as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal! And, thank you for visiting WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

        Stay wild,

    • Hello, Christina;

      Wow! What a magical experience! Hawks really have a way of making us feel honored that they gave us the time of day, don’t they? LOL There’s something so humbling about being gazed upon by a bird of prey, by a free spirit who answers to no one, isn’t there?

      Thank you for sharing your experience!

      Stay wild,

  7. Delia

    I live in Rhode Island, we are close to the city buy at the same time we have a lot of wild life around us, we see deer, fox, chayote, etc. Today I was outside my house, went to get something in my car when I hear screeching so I looked up and two of what looked like Hawks from where I was standing were flying in circle, I didn’t have my phone with me so I missed the opportunity to record it, they were over my head. My daughter when I mentioned it said in RI we also have turkey vultures but I don’t believe it was that, they really looked beautiful and majestic. I also do a lot of meditation but I wasn’t at the moment and I felt as if it was a message of some kind. I read everything posted here and I feel I am in the right place to ask for an opinion. Thank you in advance 🙏

    • Hello, Delia;

      Since I wasn’t there I can’t say for sure if the birds you saw were Hawks or Vultures. But, if they were Vultures, please don’t discount their majesty! Vultures are among the most misunderstood animals on the planet. They are so gentle and incredibly smart! I liken them to nurses – they take care of the world in ways that others can’t ever imagine. They work very hard to keep our earth clean and sanitary. No matter which kind of birds you saw, it was a gift from the animal spirit world.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  8. Christina

    I just saw an image on my t.v while it was off of a big hawk, I didn’t know what it was at first until I asked my sons and husband and they said it’s a hawk, I’m amazed but what does this mean?

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