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Hawk Symbolism & Meaning

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.

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  1. Neha February 15, 2018 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Great post! So, I’m a very spiritual person. I have some desires in life, for which I pray and try to connect to God. One day I was feeling very low, I mean really low from within as for a couple of days every day I was facing problems and I was loosing confidence and we getting very weak. Moreover I had no one to share what I was going through. Suddenly just after taking shower when I sat on couch in my living room, I heard a loud strange sound as if some animal was around. I live on 8th floor of a tall building. Slowly I peeked in the patio when I saw a huge bird . It was as if the bird was talking to me and trying to tell me something. I was so amazed to see this. I just wanted to capture the moment so took pictures and a video . But after it flew , I was wondering if it is good or bad omen because I was having a tough time. Then I googled and got some relief. But I must say that I’m a different person after that day with more confidence and fearless. I told everyone in family and such incident has never happened to anyone. I feel blessed and feel presence of God. I had been asking to God to give me one hint that He is listening to my prayers. I believe falcon will show me the path to reach my desires and will keep me strong so that I don’t give up. What is your view on this?

  2. Anwer Ahmed February 18, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    hen a red hawk for weeks comes to your yard -what does that means? Is it Good or is it Bad? Please let me know. I will be thankful to you.

  3. Sarah Emmott February 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I have been visited at least once daily for the past week and prior to that maybe once every other day over the last three weeks. I’m trying to understand the meaning behind the sudden onslaught of visitation. It’s almost like I ask for a visit and I get one. For example this morning I made a cup of coffee and said to myself “I’ll go out on the deck and see if I see one”. I go out on the deck and there is one perched in the tree right in front of me. He took flight a few minutes later. It’s not the same hawk each time and not always in my yard. Everywhere I go I seem to see one. I am going through a difficult time. I’m wondering if he is trying to tell me everything will be OK and to trust my instincts about what is happening and what the outcome will be. In the meantime I am really enjoying the visits. Thank you very much for this information!

  4. Linda February 28, 2018 at 3:44 am - Reply

    When my mother’s ashes were spread a hawk appeared like out of nowhere and landed on the tree where her garden and trailer sat my family and I were the only family there with her in the end I had been fudging with my siblings over this and as her ashes were spread to her oak tree the hawk appeared and just sat on the branch watching us all she was very specific in her wishes she had spent the last year trying to prepare me for her death and told me I had to be strong for her but she said it wouldn’t work the family wouldnt be there unless my sister’s and I could come together so I did my best to forgive as shed told me and protect the family and be there for everyone and her celebration of life turned out beautiful her gathering was so beautiful she passed last month and this reading helped a lot thank you

    • Breen Hawksey March 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Perhaps the Hawk was your Mother’s soul in a new incarnation; or simply borrowing the Hawk’s body and a bit of it’s soul for the occasion. Hawks have exceptional powers beyond what scientists, or we, will ever know. Just my humble opinion.

  5. Brenda March 16, 2018 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    I just witnessed two large hawks courting, I believe, as they were flying from tree to tree and calling to each other (or me??) They even linked legs and spiralled! So amazing. I’ve seen hawks, more often than not, when I am out in nature, but never this display. Any intuition as to what this means?
    Thanks SO much.

  6. Breen Hawksey March 21, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Hawksey(e) [Hawk’s eye – pronounced “E”; meaning Island (eye) of the Hawk’s or simply Hawk Island] is an old family name going back 350+ years in America and 10,000 in Southern Scotland and Northern England; we were Originally (and still remain) People of the Hawk, but in the 14-16th Centuries called Border Lords because we were an independent Peoples, holding loyalty only to our Clan, but more in league with the Scots when push came to shove.

    I have had three VERY CLOSE (<10') eye-to-eye encounters with HUGE Red-tail Hawks; to look into a hawks soul and they into one's is a life-changing experience, mystical isn't strong enough, it is as if centuries drop away. Interestingly, my first two encounters came when I lived on (isolated) Ben Lomond Mountain in a little community called Bonnie Doone on the Central California coast – the FIRST mountain out of the Pacific Ocean. At 2,000' and three miles inland one can smell the salt air during winter storms; it is like standing on the beach! The second of my blessed encounters was less than 5 feet apart; I rounded a bend in a deep, flat, river bottom and surprised the large fellow while he was getting a drink. As he was "helicoptering" upwards we looked deep into one another's eyes and then he was gone! I didn't know a Red-Tail, or any hawk, could go straight up by flapping it's wings! The canyon was narrow so he had no other choice. As he was about head-heighth he then flew more horizontally. His wingspan was close to 6 feet; five to be sure! What a blessed man I am. Thought you might enjoy this story. Thank you and may your days be blessed. Breen

    • Breen Hawksey March 21, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      PS: Since my days in Bonnie Doone (I no longer live there) there has been Hawks involved in my live to this day. I have a Marsh Hawk that comes to visit about once a week, occasionally a Red-Tail (fledgers or young ones) and another I don’t recognize. It sits on my back fence and stares at the house. Hmmmmm…. Breen

  7. Toni May 6, 2018 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    I had never understood the significance of my hawk sightings before. But I know, whenever I saw them, my spirits were instantly lifted, any mood would become much better just at the sight of one. Seeing a hawk just makes me happy.

  8. Vanessa L Robinson June 7, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

    I have to tell what happen to me with a Hawk. I was mowing my yard as I have done for fourteen years a Hawk flew down right in my face, we were eye to eye if it would have open its wings I may not have a face today. Then the Hawk went up in the air and open its wings and flew away. I have never been through anything like this. I am trying to find out what this means.

  9. Reggie G June 12, 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Yesterday, a hawk was in the middle of a busy road. I drove past but turned around because if it were hurt it surely wouldnt survive on that main thoroughfair. I blocked the lane in which he sat(not sure if it were male or female.) There was another gentleman there trying to shoo it out of the road but it would not budge. We assumed it was injured. It looked me deep in the eyes with its one eye turned straight towards me. I sat in the road next to it….not caring about the cars going excessively fast by us. I personally didnt feel it was injured so I grabbed sone gloves and decided to try and move him(or her) out of the road. While we were eyes locked I said I am here with you and I wont hurt you. I reached out and it spread its wings slightly but did not try to attack me. It actually allowed me to touch it and gently stroke its chest and head. Next thing you know minutes later he flew away!!! Yet remained in a tree close by and watched me until i got in my car safely and drive off. I even took some pictures. Nothing like that has ever happened to me, I believe it was a sign of a new something new, exciting and wonderful!!!

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