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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. shawn July 6, 2018 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Hello, I have been recently deeply meditating on nature and animal spirits, It has been difficult as this is a completely new way of life for me, but for the first time in many many years I am beginning to feel at peace with myself. I still do not know who my spirit guide is or rather what it is, but recently during my meditations and before bed I have been asking if the spirit would be willing to speak to me and perhaps reveal what it is, I have been drawn to birds, which is odd as I have never been interested in them at any point in my life before. I’m not sure if this is due to getting The Crow as an animal guide in the quiz on this site, or if my guide is truly drawing me towards birds. The other day after asking the guide before bed, i happened to walk up into the woods in my backyard and found a lone feather stuck in the ground, I was immediately drawn to it, and i wasn’t even actively looking for one, i just happened to be drawn to look somewhere, and there it was. I am unsure if it is a hawk feather, but today was a shocking experience, I was in a deep meditation and asking perhaps if my guide was some sort of bird if it would appear or maybe give me a message, well moments later something screeched so loud it snapped me out of this deep meditative trance, and circled near me in the air, rather low for a hawk, then flew off into the woods, could my guide be some sort of bird or even a hawk? I don’t want to assume anything as I really want to form a deep relationship with my spirit animal and to love it and accept it for whatever it is, any help would be deeply appreciated.

  2. Bertha Fernandez de Sawyer July 7, 2018 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Hi, Shawn
    I would say that it is very likely to be your spirit animal. Sometimes they can be the link to your spirit animal or to spirit.

    • shawn July 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you for the response, i meditated deeply today in nature again, no hawks appeared but there were quite a few birds! And they stayed very close to me in general, even if i moved and they flew off, they came right back! I feel I am on the right path, if you or anyone else has any other suggestions on how to grow closer to my, bird guide i shall call it until i can identify it for sure, i would appreciate any guidance. (i feel immensely drawn to birds in general now subconsciously and consciously)

  3. Amy July 17, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I have been having problems at work lately. The last couple days I have noticed two red neck hawks circling me. What us the meaning of this? I am really sad and having a difficult time going to work any more.

  4. Carol Gibson July 17, 2018 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I’m wondering what spiritual meaning or omen does a hawk represent?

  5. Stephanie Babin July 22, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I keep seeingred tailed hawks on a regular basis. When i am aout about. I also found afeather in my yard recently. Im not sure what this means. Is the hawk my spirit animal or is it just trying to communicate something to me.

  6. Mark July 28, 2018 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Standing in the gate of my back yard a few years ago, I experienced an unforgettable moment. A hawk swooped down to eye level from about 50 meters away, coming right towards me.. in that moment I was stuck, while I was in awe and amazed by this beautiful sight I was also aware of its strength and majesty as this 6 foot wingspan creature cut through the air headed in my direction. It continued till about 5 meters in front of me where it spread its wings forward lifting up to perch on a branch before me staring me down…
    This felt so supernatural and at the time I didn’t know what to make of it.. but I knew I was being communicated to somehow by this creature!! I knew that was a moment in my life I had to bookmark.
    This article touches on a lot that hits home for me..!

  7. Jose August 4, 2018 at 12:57 am - Reply

    Lately I’ve been feeling awkward in many aspects of my life, such as work, family, friends, and even relationships. This morning I was on the phone with a dear friend of mine and something amongst the tree and my backyard fence caught my eye. A beautiful hawk was perching on it as it had just caught a squirrel. It made eye contact with me and I had my phone and took several pictures and videos…I was amazed at its grandiose posture. In several instances of big changes in my life, a hawk has always become present in my life, either by flying close by or perching in a near by tree. Today has been an exciting day as I was a mere 10 meters away from one. I wonder if it’s my totem or a spiritual guide, perhaps both.

  8. Lisa September 1, 2018 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Today I was in a friend’s car and as she was backing out of a parking spot into the street, I looked out of my window and saw on the ground immediately outside of my window, a hawk on top of a pigeon! It just looked back at me. He moved his feet around abit to better position himself on top of the pigeon but he didn’t move as we drive around him. What do you think about this? I would say that they are both in my totem.

  9. Margaret September 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    I am blessed to be able to watch Hawks fly over my home every day. Two week ago as I was sitting with a friend who lost her oldest son in July a majestic Hawk landed in a tree close to us and seemed to just watch us for only a short moment. It landed in another tree close to us again. In the 24 years I have lived here that has never happened. I wondered if that was her son saying good by. Is it possible?

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