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Red-Tailed Hawk Symbolism & Meaning

The Red-Tailed Hawk is a master of adaptation. They go with the flow around other hawks and humans alike, often nesting in easily spotted locations in cityscapes throughout North America. Mind you, some flashiness comes from their unmistakable bright red tail. You have probably seen several of these without realizing the bird may appear as a messenger from the spirit realm.

In considering the meaning of the Red-Tailed Hawk, the significance of the color red comes into the equation. Red vibrates with love, passion, intense energy, strength, power, determination, and the Fire Element. As a messenger, many of the themes appear when encountering a Red-Tailed Hawk Animal Helper.

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Red-Tailed Hawk Symbolism & Meaning

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An adept aerialist, Red-Tailed Hawks soar on the wind when hunting. Alternatively, they sit patiently on a high perch, watching and waiting patiently. Theirs is not a spontaneous life. Once the Hawk discovers its prey, it dives up to 80 mph, remaining in control, using little energy for completing the task. The Hawk’s high vantage point, broad perspective, and sense of pacing are two good lessons from Red Tail Hawk Spirit. You can consider the Element of Air in their energetic makeup, the substance of life’s vital breath, intelligence, clarity, and new beginnings.

Red-Tailed Hawks, like other members of the Hawk and Owl family, have incredible eyesight. Their field of vision is broad. Red Tails spot a mouse as it scampers across an open field with no difficulty. Within 5 seconds, your Animal Guide has its lunch. So, the Red Tail Hawk symbolizes precision and vision, including psychic awareness.

Weighing a mere 2 pounds on average, with a wingspan of about 50 inches, you can find Red-Tailed Hawks as far south as the West Indies. They will nest in a savanna, forest, desert, or perhaps near your apartment building (if it works, don’t fix it). Most enjoy their habitat and stay put, treasuring their chosen nesting spot, except for birds in northern regions who smartly head south when the weather gets cold. Females of the species are larger than males, but both exhibit auburn plumage combined with a lighter-toned belly with a dark band going from side to side.

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This species of Hawk is monogamous, staying devoted to their mate, except for death. Their mating dance takes place in the air, twirling and swirling joyfully. Once eggs come, both parents take part in incubation, the male feeding the female while she nests, making them an excellent illustration of cooperating as a family unit. The feeding continues diligently as new chicks are helpless. It will take 10 weeks for them to learn what they need to know to fly alone.

In terms of communication, adult Red-Tailed Hawks have a loud whistle, while young ones peep. In addition, they have several physical postures illustrating personal intent. Head and tail upright is a sign of aggression, while a bird lowering to the ground shows submission. There are flight patterns used by the birds, staking out their territory too. While onlookers may not understand the subtle signals, Red-Tailed Hawks understand each other well. They remind us how the way we pose sends out signals, sometimes ones we’d prefer were not so public.

Red-Tailed-Hawk Spirit Animal

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When the Red-Tailed Hawk appears as your Spirit Animal, it means something for which you’ve prayed is about to receive an answer. It could be a heartfelt wish, dream, or goal too. Red-Tail Hawk alerts you to the coming gifts so you can recognize them and integrate the blessings. In the process, your Spirit Animal may call on you to turn away from negative habits and lifestyles blocking your growth.

The Red-Tailed Hawk Spirit Animal sometimes takes you skyward as a part of expanding your mental and spiritual awareness. Look through the Hawk’s eyes and observe things which previously confounded you. When you want greater insights, having your Hawk Spirit Animal nearby helps greatly.

Some discover the Red-Tail Hawk Spirit Animal comes to prepare you for an important leadership role in your home, at work, at school, or in an organization. There are messages from the Devas, Ascended Masters and the Divine Hawk will give you so you’re prepared and confident. You really are ready. Just trust.

It’s not unusual for the Red-Tailed Hawk to speak to people who are studying divination. Here, the Red-Tailed Hawk represents your Higher Self and trusting your instincts. As you walk with this creature, you’ll find a lot of those bits of happenstance have far more to them than what’s on the surface. The most ordinary of moments unfold in unexpected ways. Stay sharp.

Red-Tailed Hawks hunt in groups of two, one serving as a distraction when needed. In your life, the behavior asks with whom are you “hunting”. The company you keep matters. You want to trust your partners and know who your real friends are.

Red-Tailed Hawk Totem Animal

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People with a Red-Tailed Hawk Totem Animal are upbeat. They see the best of life’s possibilities and provide hope to individuals who struggle with depression or sadness. You will find such folk to be passionate and confident about nearly every aspect of life.

If your Birth Totem is a Red-Tailed Hawk your keen perceptions make some people very uneasy, especially ones hiding a secret or out-right lying. Humans jump through a lot of hoops when avoiding certain subjects. Be sensitive with your gift.

Meanwhile, your outlook is one of facing things head-on and getting them out of the way. You trust everything happens in life for a reason, and the truth will always win out. You may get peeks of the future in dreams, meditations, or visions. Write them down. They matter!

Spiritually, the Red-Tailed Hawk Totem means you thirst for higher knowledge. You’ve probably thought about what’s beyond what you can see and touch physically. As a child, you spoke to fairies, saw spirits, and found it comforting instead of scary. You observe things from a mystical perspective, and you seek your bliss throughout life.

In connection with your higher vision, you likewise have sweeping outlooks on everyday matters. You can see and embrace the bigger picture. Sometimes it’s hard to explain what you see. When it happens, find a common denominator and build from there.

As someone with a Red-Tailed Hawk Totem, you came into the world to make things better on small or large scales. You have a charge in your soul for protecting the Earth and living harmoniously with it. It is sacred ground you walk upon, so tread gently.

Red-Tailed Hawk Power Animal

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Invoke your inner Red-Tailed Hawk Power Animal when you know your missing part of an important picture. Your Power Animal draws omens and signs to you providing perspective. Red-Tailed Hawk energy puts a spotlight on what you need to discern.

When you know you’re stuck in a rut in your thinking, look to your Red-Tailed Hawk Power Animal. A refreshed outlook, a broader perspective, and a sense of potentials come with its help. Your Power Animal opens the door to opportunities others miss.

A third reason for seeking out your Red-Tailed Hawk Power Animal is for improving your connection to the spirit realm. Be it earth spirits or higher powers, you can’t ask for a better guide.

Native American Red-Tailed Hawk Symbolic Meanings

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The Red-Tailed Hawk is sacred to many Native American tribes just as the Eagle. They embody power, courage, and strength. Sometimes seeing one forewarned of danger. The Red-Tailed Hawk does not have red tail feathers until it matures. If you find one, it is a great honor, as it means you are maturing spiritually.

Red Tailed Hawk Dreams

Seeing a Red-Tailed Hawk in your dream sitting on a perch and looking around means you have a sharp mind. Use it when trying to reach a goal when others stand in your way.
If the Red-Tailed Hawk in your dream seems anxious, it’s a sign you feel uncertain about your soul’s purpose in this incarnation.

When the Red-Tailed Hawk soars and captures its prey in the dream, you too will capture something important-something providing sustenance mentally, physically, or spiritually. Should the Hawk drop its prey, you or someone you know has acted too soon. It’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate tactics.

Seeing a large black predator hunting a Red-Tailed Hawk acts as an omen. You may be in danger.

A Red-Tailed Hawk landing on your shoulder then flying off predicts an adventure abroad. If you have been ill, the dream means you will recover quickly.

Red-Tailed Hawk in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

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In Native American Astrology, individuals born between March 21 and April 19th come under the influence of the Red-Tailed Hawk. People with the Red-Tailed Hawk sign are determined, ambitious, bold, and determined. Such individuals are open-minded and enthusiastic about new people and ideas.

If you were born under the sign of the Red-Tailed Hawk, no problem is too big or too small for you. You treasure your freedom and are constantly learning new things. Sometimes you’re a little too pushy (or seem to) with your intense, powerful personality. Nonetheless, you achieve great things professionally, in part because you always keep it real.

Red Tailed Hawk Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Air & Fire Elements
  • Cooperative Parenting
  • Energy
  • Insight
  • Keen-Mindedness
  • Power
  • Precision
  • Spiritual Messages
  • Truth
  • Vision

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