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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 seeing 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 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.

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

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  1. Hector November 5, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Theres a red tailed hawk thats been following me the last couole of weeks. It even came flying over when i whistled. What does this mean? My fiance has been followed by the hawk too.

  2. David Item November 18, 2018 at 6:57 am - Reply

    There is a hawk that’s been flying over me at night.it only happens when I’m at my highest peak of my energy and I’m being endangered. When the hawk makes a sound & flies over , I start to relax. I think it was sent by an angel from heaven to protect me.

  3. Sammie December 2, 2018 at 4:11 am - Reply

    I could see this Hawk through two wires fences and it spot me flew towards me over my head and land in a tree in my yard .
    Something told to go to the tree where it landed . I approached the Hawked and we just stared at each other .
    It did not more and seemed very calm and still .
    I walk around and drove out of my drive way and home , I stopped the car and look back and he stood there as I drove away .

  4. Ælfwig donnchad December 8, 2018 at 1:44 am - Reply

    This is interesting information to know about. My question is how you got proof that spirit animals exist. I am purplexed by this idea and would love to know more about such a fascinating topic.

    Ps. This makes no sense and doesn’t correlate to science.

    • spiritanimals December 11, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Hello, Ælfwig;

      Excellent question and one I asked myself before starting this website. However, you may (or may not be) incorrect regarding a lack of scientific correlation. As a Shamnic practitioner, evidential psychic medium, and animal communicator I’ve always sought out the ‘science’ of these abilities. Over the years I’ve read every whitepaper regarding consciousness that I could get my hands on. I’ve worked to understand quantum theory and more. See, because the experiences clients and I have I ‘know’ Spirit, Totem, and Power Animals are real. The proof is irrefutable. But, not yet provable because the results cannot be 100% replicated through testing.

      So, based on my current knowledge of the science of psi, I’m putting together an in-depth look at the possible science of Spirit, Totem, & Power Animals. It will take me a few weeks (holidays) but you can check out the works of:

      1. Dr. Dean Radin
      2. The Institute of Heart Math
      3. Dr. Julie Beischel and The Windbridge Institute

      Though their research and findings specifically cite human experiences, it/they could certainly be used to hypothesize the same regarding other animals. Why? Because humans are animals. And, since we share so many DNA pairings with other animals again it just makes logical sense. Now, is that 100% proof? Nope. But, we live in such a fluid world almost nothing is 100%, 100% of the time.

      Thanks for asking such an awesome question and issuing such a great ‘challenge’!

      Stay wild,

  5. Steven December 10, 2018 at 2:24 am - Reply

    This past Friday it was out of the ordinary for to at that location where I saw not one the two red tail hawks sitting up on a transformer they raise their wings and got electrocuted both of them that’s how the football nice can you tell me what the meaning of this is

  6. Felix, Larson, Alex January 3, 2019 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Me and My 2 brothers were making a pact on enhancing awareness in our lives…. As we embraced a large red tailed hawk flew out of a nearby tree, and made himself known to then perch into another tree. The timing of it was unreal and especially after we did research on the meaning of it all. I truely believe in a greater awareness.

  7. Melissa January 4, 2019 at 10:20 am - Reply

    I’ve been spotting a black hawk as I ventured home from work last week. Yesterday, it was circling my home. Today, I passed nearly 2 dozen atop the light posts on the way home. As I approached them, the center hawk on each of the posts (of the 3 to 5 up top of each post…there were 4 posts total) would spread its wings, and bow its head. Both my daughter and I were in awe at their magnificance. I’ve been blessed with very strong intuitions, and they’re only growing stronger. I’ve been working to balance my energies. But paying more attention to the details…my friend was selling iolite today. I purchased some from her to help my visions and energy to aid in faster development. I love my hawks as guides. They’re such beautiful creatures. I’ve been doing my best to focus on the bigger picture; I’m grateful for their message. Thank you for creating this site.

  8. raindrops January 5, 2019 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    What is the meaning of seeing a hawk hovering in the same spot for a prolonged period of time?

  9. Leann Ratner January 25, 2019 at 4:33 am - Reply

    A hawk,flew trough our glass window in our kitchen & landed iinto the sink I was bending over heard a loud sound glass shattering stood up & the hawk was looking at me I was screaming called 911 & a officer who was a birder & was able to release the hawk very thought provoking

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