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Hawk Symbolism & Meaning

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 to see the bigger picture? Hawk, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Hawk teaches you how to go with the flow and free yourself from mental blocks. Delve deeply in Hawk symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can uplift, animate, and inspire you.

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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 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 attributes is their vision, but in a spiritual setting, this applies to not just physical sight 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? Absolutely. But when 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

Sometimes, dreams in which Hawk appear symbolize times where it’s best to proceed with caution. There’s something you’re not seeing. Pay particular attention to what or whom the Hawk is eyeing in your dream, as it will give you greater insight into the situation.

When Hawk flies into your dreamscape, it signals a time in your waking life where you must rely on your intellect instead of emotion. When the Hawk ascends high in the air, it’s a period where your spiritual progress will come into question; Hawk is attempting to reconnect you with Spirit. If Hawk soars in a downward path, the creature is trying to shift your focus toward material matters.

As a bird of prey, Hawk’s presence in your dream suggests that what you are searching for will come into view. The dream is urging you to prepare; it’s a good idea to ready yourself to swoop in and claim the opportunities as they present themselves.

Learn more about Hawk Spirit by reading Hawk Dream Meaning on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

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 represent their military prowess. Hawk also appears in numerous paintings that depict similar connotations.

Hawk Key Symbolic Meanings

  • Clarity
  • Perspective
  • Sharp Vision
  • Prowress
  • Strength
  • Ferocity
  • Power
  • Warror Spirit
  • Air & Earth Elements
  • Going with the Flow

182 thoughts on “Hawk Symbolism & Meaning

  1. jose says:

    i have two wings that i found of a red tail hawk.. i pray with them and use them as a gift from god. i would like to know if these wings give me a sense of power and knowlege. i beleve it does and am i to become a seer

  2. Doris A. Kohler says:

    Would you please tell me the significance of suddenly encountering a huge hawk, stareing at me, quiet and unmoved, (with a dead rodent at its feet), as I walked briskly by.

  3. Angela Smith says:

    i watched 11 hawks fly into sight above me this afternoon 11 they flew in from out of no where it seemed as they flew circling above me i videoed it with my phone in the video it also captured a huge orb of light flying around the same area in the sky above me.what does this mean?Is it a normal sight to see,all 11 were huge in size two of which looked white.does this have a special meaning?

  4. Corey says:

    For while I’ve noticed hawks near me but it stopped for awhile. Just the other day I was walking to my shop which is my work. The way I was taking to the shop is on a huge highway and it’s extremely busy and loud. No place for a hawks to want to be. As I was walking a hawks was on the power line about 30 ft from me just staring at me as I walked by. I even stop and went back and took a picture of him as he just stared at me. Not sure what it means but I know there a good animal to have around. I’ve started a business and have had a rough past but things are better. I’m hopping this is a good thing.

  5. Marlynn Barkow says:

    The first hawk few along side the car but not right next the it then yesterday a hawk flew right next to the car as I was driving right at a level for me to see whatdoes it mean?

  6. Brandi Stading says:

    My cousin was Native American. We are the same age and very close. He passed away in March 2020 suddenly and I miss him terribly. I tried to save him from his demons. When I meditate I can sense and feel him. I’ll ask for a sign and a hawk will appear. Sometimes walking in my yard a hawk will stop on a pole above me and my kids and look down at us. It’s him isn’t it?

  7. Amy says:

    Is there a specific meaning when a hawk flies overhead carrying prey?

    (It was at a significant moment for me with a significant person.)

  8. Georgia says:

    I was walking around our lake property and the largest Hawk I’ve ever seen flew over and circled above me screeching. When I stopped to watch it, it then landed in a tree not far from me and watched me the whole time screeching very loudly. I walked on and it followed me halfway around our lake. I stopped 3 times and all 3 times it landed in a tree not far from me watching and screeching. It never stopped screeching even when it was following me. I got to the clearing and stopped the last time and it circled me again watching me and screeching. Circled numerous times then flew off still screeching. I’ve always had Hawks around my house and had them even follow me down my drive and down the rd some but they never acted like that one. I’ve had them drop food in front of me twice. They have always been around in large numbers. This one just kinda shocked me I guess. What do you think it means?

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