Hawk – Totems and Power Animals

lightworkerpath-hawk-spiritAs mentioned previously, every animal has a spiritual meaning.  Each can hold a message for you – unique to your present situation or path here on Earth.   I came to understand one in particular which is, essentially, my spirit power animal.  The Hawk.

Here I have borrowed a good overview detailing symbolism of the Hawk:

Hawk Power Animal: Messenger, Discernment, Intuition, Observation, Wisdom, Courage, Truth 

By Ina Woolcott 

The hawk’s gifts include clear sightedness, being observant, long distance memory, messages from the universe, guardianship, recalling past lives, courage, wisdom, illumination, seeing the bigger picture, creativity, truth, experience, wise use of opportunities, overcoming problems, magic, focus. 

Hawk is associated with the number 14, with the tarot card Temperance. The Temperance card represents the teaching of higher expressions of psychic ability and vision. 

The Hawk represents a messenger in the Native American culture. It often shows up in our life when we need to pay attention to the subtle messages found around us, and from those we come into contact with. As with all messages received, it is important to recognise the messages underlying truth. We will be taught to be observant and also pay attention to what we may overlook. This could mean a talent we aren’t using, a gift or unexpected help for which we haven’t shown our gratitude for, or a message from the Universe. As there are so many hawk varieties, the messages vary and can affect all levels of our psyche. 

Hawks are the protectors and visionaries of the Air. They hold the key to higher levels of consciousness. This power animal enables us to awakens vision and inspires a creative life purpose. Having Hawk as power animal means your life will be filled with responsibility, because Hawk people seek the overall view. You will most probably be aware of omens and spirit messages. 

A Red tailed Hawk is special. It will ALWAYS be with you, for life. It has direct ties to the Kundalini, the seat of primal life force. It is linked to the base chakra. If you have this power animal, you need to be aware of and work toward fulfilling your soul’s destiny. It reflects far greater intensity of energy within your life: physically, emotionally and mentally. Spiritual forces will be felt strong within you. 

One trait all hawks share, is the ability to move between the seen and unseen realms gracefully, joining both worlds together. Their acute vision attributes this ability, their discriminating nature keeps them out of dangers path. Hawks have a broad vision, allowing them to see what the future holds. In man this is a symbol of prophetic insight. If this gift is underdeveloped, it is common for people with this power animal to have a tendency of over analysing everything. When this is so, clear vision is lost. You must learn to keep your analytical mind under control, not allowing it to run wild. 

Hawk posses many hunting skills. The most common, when pursuing prey, is to swiftly follow the prey’s efforts to get away. Once the prey is caught in the hawks mighty talons, it is then dismembered with their sharply pointed, powerful beak. For us, this may indicate that we may be able to run, but not hide from our destiny. For, eventually it will catch up with us. 

The destiny of man is to awaken from their spiritual amnesia and to realign with the original intention of their soul. When the hawk gets a hold of us in his powerful talons, we will be asked to evaluate who we have become and to shatter our self created illusions. This will help our inner truth to come out into the open and for it to shine. 

Hawk denotes union with All That Is. The hawk is a bird of the heavens, arranging the changes necessary to prompt our spiritual growth. Having this power animal can be bitter sweet. When accepting its presence in your life, you will be asked to surrender/give up anything that doesn’t honour the integrity of all life. Whether its an idea, feeling or action. Although hard work is involved, the rewards to be reaped are great, far outweighing this. “

The hawk is a messenger between the Otherworlds and this world.  Seems quite fitting for my journey.

Useful References:

shamanicjourney.com – Hawk

The Message of the Red-Tailed Hawk

Totem Animals – Hawk

Hawk Spirit Guide

Animal Speak (Book)

Animal Spirit Guides (Book)





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  2. WildflowerDancing Inthe Sun

    I knew that one of my medicine power animals was indeed Cetan Luta (Red Hawk – Lakota) but I never knew the extent of such a totem. I feel blessed because not only is he my strength, but I now know that I am hurting myself with something I was aware of but did not realize the negative ramifications it was having with my ability to move forward Spiritually! I have always been over-analytical and now I know that I have to work truly on it! Thank you Lightworker!

    1. lightworker (Post author)

      🙂 I’m very glad to hear that this message helped you in some way. Thank you so much for sharing!