Hawk Spirit Symbolism – Gaining New Insight with Visionary Empowerment

Mountain Chickadee

Me and one of my Mountain Chickadee friends

Recently I have had a lot of bird spirit guides show up including an owl (which is so rare here in Southern California) that hovered and soared over the front of my car while in traffic on the freeway saying to myself, “the winds are wise” just moments before. And while I was away in Nevada, visiting my family and spending time in the Sierra Nevadas and at Lake Tahoe, I experienced one  amazingly magickal day with some Mountain Chickadees (they flew all around us, landing on us like trees, singing and brushing our skin as they flew by, and coming to sit on my hands and fingers when I put them out and called them), but it was the Marsh Hawk that prominently showed up each day.

Even before embarking on this trip Hawks were showing up here and there, including finding a Hawk feather on a hike, which I felt to bring with me to Reno to turn into a pair of earrings with another feather, coincidentally. 😉 However, every day there was one or two beautiful Marsh Hawks that were there to greet us in the morning and evening, Hawks that showed up on snow shoeing hikes, and graced the highways on the way home. The Marsh Hawks really got my attention and I was fascinated with their beauty and majesty and every day looked out for this particular one that enchanted me.

Marsh HawkHe would look penetratingly right at me when I would slowly drive up to it and get out of my car, but would only stay long enough to catch my eye in soul connection and to make an energetic impression. I tried to get clear photos of his beauty, but as if he knew, he would allow me one photo only from afar each time and then soar majestically off over the marshland. Having to zoom in beyond my camera’s clarity capabilities, I could not capture his grace and beauty in detail, but am sharing the photos I did get, nonetheless for sake of imparting his energy. I was able to also one day get one photo of a friend of his who shared this marshland with him. Nonetheless, he made a deep impact on me and we had an interesting energetic partnership over the week on an energetic level of exchange that I knew had meaning.

Full MoonDuring this week I also spent a lot of time in nature, on the mountains, in the snow, and by the lake, recharging my energy, receiving the gifts that awaited me, reflecting, and intentfully inviting the shifts that this experience held for me. I had no idea that the day of arrival was on the Full Moon and had even forgotten until I looked at my calendar, that not only would we be celebrating my mom’s 70th birthday, but that we would also be there in the place that Nestor had transitioned on what would have been her 10th birthday – February 1st. It was a powerful energetic time period in many ways for me.

Full MoonHaving been greeted by a spectacular rainbow orb sunset display (which I’ll share in an upcoming post), mustangs on the hill, a full moon sky of clouds that mirrored a bird and feather-like wings, and lastly a clock that didn’t work properly, displaying December 4th, 4:44 am when I went to bed that first night, I knew the angels were guiding and supporting the journey ahead.

Marsh HawkMore of what culminated in terms of shifts and experiences to come later, but back to the Hawks and their symbolism for now, as they feel to be of significance not just for me, but perhaps for many of you also experiencing them either in waking or dream time. Their symbolism and medicine feels very potent and on point for things right now and even in terms of a lot of the shaman and medicine energy sacred tattoos I’ve helped co-created recently and am currently working on.

I decided to look them up in greater detail than what I knew limitedly of them, as I felt there would be a message in their showing up as signs so much. I stumbled on some information immediately that completely mirrored the exact things I had just gotten finished stating out loud in terms of what I was experiencing, processing, and reflecting on for the shifts I felt were upon me.

I hope you enjoy this insightful information from All Totems on Hawk Spirit Meaning, Symbols, and Totem: (view link for more details and information)

Hawk Spirit Symbols: Awareness, Perspective, Insight, Truth, Visionary Power, Guardianship, Strength, Initiative, Decisiveness, Creativity, Messenger, Caution, Maneuvering, Leadership

Hawk Meaning and Medicine: The spirit of hawk brings with it many different meanings. If the hawk totem has entered your life recently take a moment to stop and reflect on some of the following messages:

  • Awareness, Perspective: Do you feel like you’re moving forward in life blindly, or simply going through the grind? If the hawk totem has recently entered your life you may need to stop and take account of your situation. Observe the minute and fine details of your surroundings because it is likely a juicy morsel of information is hidden in the high grass. The spirit of hawk represents the ability to see meaning in ordinary experiences and will help you to become more observant. Many of the messages Hawk guides bring are about freeing yourself of thoughts and beliefs that are limiting your ability to soar above your life and gain a greater perspective. It is this ability to soar high above to catch a glimpse of the bigger picture that allows Hawk people to survive and flourish.
  • Insight, Vision: Are you lacking confidence in yourself, are your bottling up your creative ideas and going unheard? Hawk medicine is both insightful and visionary. Stop doubting your ideas and assert yourself. Trust in your instincts and feelings and have confidence in any bright ideas that have recently come into mind.
  • Initiative, Decisiveness: Are you hesitating or procrastinating about something important in your life? Are you avoiding someone or something out of fear? Hawk totems wait patiently to strike at their prey, but when the time comes they strike with both speed and precision. If you stand by too long, any opportunities that have presented themselves will slip through your grasp. Take some initiative and seize the moment!
  • Caution, Maneuvering: Have you become reckless and impulsive? Do you often find yourself being outthought or outmaneuvered in life? Hawk spirit can alert us to those times when we should NOT take action because we do not yet have all the information we need. For example, someone is thinking about becoming involved in a relationship, personal or business, yet they get the feeling that something is “not quite right”. This needs to be heeded and Hawk’s spirit sent forth to gather the appropriate information to help the person make the best choice. Trust in your intuition, Hawk’s meaning may be telling you to steer clear for very good reasons! Be patient and fully examine the breadth of your decision making, once you have enough information Hawk will guide you to implement this knowledge to your advantage and steer you towards a more favorable path.
  • People with Hawk Totem are…
    • Observant
    • Cunning
    • Decisive
    • Visionaries
    • Leaders
    • Creative
    • Strategic
    • Messengers

Marsh HawkHawk’s Message: The hawk is a messenger of insight, adaptability and openness, it is also about visionary power and guardianship.  Hawk’s meaning teaches us to be observant and to pay attention to what we may overlook. This could mean a talent we don’t use, a blessing for which we haven’t expressed gratitude, or a message from the universe.  The hawk has keen eyesight, it is about opening our eyes and seeing that which is there to guide us. Hawk awakens vision and inspires us to a creative life purpose. Look to the world around you for there are symbols buried in everything.

Marsh HawkHawk in Dreams: To see a hawk in your dream, denotes that suspicions are lurking around you and your activities. You need to proceed with caution. Alternatively, a hawk symbolizes insight. Consider the phrase “hawk’s eye” to mean that you need to keep a close watch on someone or some situation. The key is to sense the subtle meaning carried by the winds of change.

Cultural Symbolism:

  • Native American: Among Native American traditions, Hawk served the role of messenger guide, bringer of messages and portents of change. Hawk reminded the people they needed to be awake and aware. Many Native American tribes admire the hawk for its speed, endurance, perseverance, and sharp eyesight.
  • Celtic: In the Celtic tradition Hawk empowers a person to seek out their ancestral roots and to examine in depth that which is positive (so that it may be integrated into a person’s life) and that which is limiting (so it can be released). Tradition is only worth honoring when it supports joy and fulfillment in one’s life! In this tradition Hawk also supports the solar side as stated above, helping a person to move forward in life and to seek out great quests to embark upon.
  • Greek: In Greco-Roman mythology, the hawk is the ‘swift messenger of Apollo/Mercury,’ and is associated with the sorceress, Circe.
  • Chinese: The Chinese associated this bird with war.
  • Christian: In early Christian symbolism, the wild hawk represented evil; the tamed hawk signified the convert; and the hooded hawk symbolized the Christian hoping in the Light of Christ even though surrounded by the darkness of earth. Because of the hawk’s swiftness in darting down and grasping its prey, this animal is a symbol of death, injustice, violence, and those people who prey upon the weak.
  • Egyptian: In ancient Egypt, the hawk was considered a royal bird and a symbol of the soul (ba). Isis is said to have shape shifted into a Hawk to save Osiris. Horus also carried Hawk medicine which allowed him to see the “unseeable”.
  • Indian: Gayatri is the Hindu hawk who brought an intoxicating drink of immortality known as ‘soma’ from heaven. He is also a vehicle of Indra.Hawk

About Tania Marie's Blog

Creating life as a work of art with a magick rabbit by my side. I remember my song. Do you? Artist, Author and Reiki Master Teacher with over 25 years' experience in creative healing arts and metaphysical studies. Tania inspires people globally to return to natural harmony, draw forth imagination to manifest dreams, embody creative empowerment, and live more magickally and abundantly from their most natural frequency – in essence, Tania helps you to remember your song.

Posted on February 4, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Love reading this!!
    ~Thank you for sharing Tania~
    Isn’t it cool to “see” the deeper meanings/signs from the Universe?
    I went and checked my books(Animal Speak & Nature Speak by Ted Andrews) and they mentioned paying attention to where the messages are found/noticed.
    Here is what it said about marshlands/wetlands:
    transitions,emotions at play,decomposition,new growth/birth
    Marshes are areas of decomposition. They are combinations of water and earth in a passive form. Decomposition is part of the transitional process, the tearing or breaking down of the old is necessary before the new is born. It reflects the alchemical process active within your life, especially if your plant or animal totem resides or is discovered in marshland. In the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Sir Gawain is one who would finally achieve his quest for the Holy Grail. Part of his journey and testing occurred in marsh landscapes. Those who have a totem from marshlands would do well to read the story of Gawain. The appearance of a marsh or wetland in our life will provide insight into what still needs to be cleared out before the new birth can occur. What do we need to shed to enhance the transition we desire?

    Don’t know if that resonates with you, but I too started noticing signs from birds around late Nov/early Dec (had a white owl fly over me/near me 3 times within a week). Looking online found all kinds of doom/gloom associated with owls,lol. Now, I love owls!! Have two tattooed on my arm. They are powerful medicine, associated with the moon and magic(2 favs of mine) Finding legit info was necessary and that’s how I found those books.
    ANyway, thanks again for sharing this beautiful/cool story. Put a smile on my face and reminded me to get my ass outside to listen to the birds/enjoy the sun..
    ~take care~

    • thank you jess! i’m glad you enjoyed this. yes! it IS very cool and meaningful to be one with the signs. i’m super grateful for you sharing this information you found! wow! perfectly aligned with what i was talking about, expressing and processing this week and continue to. awesome! love it. totally resonates. i love that you have integrated your owl totem into your life and sacred tattoos. i am going to be painting an owl soon as part of my series i’ve been working on. 🙂

      you’re very welcome. i hope you enjoy the outdoors and more connecting with nature. it really is essential isn’t it?!

      much love and gratitude.

  2. Inspiring and magickal! Love you and miss you and am so happy you’re recharging in Nature. I may brave the snow today and walk to the woods as well. Brrrr, but possibly irresistible.

    • :)! love and miss you too! yes, it was a wonderful week in the winter wonderland. very renewing and powerfully shifting for me. transformation at hand again! wish you could have joined, but next time! hope you have fun in the snowy woods! i know what you mean. as long as us wee faeries are many-layered in the snow, let the enchantment begin!

      • I ended up opting to paint Nature instead of walk in it, as it is brrrrr outside today. Glad you had such a transformative time! I heard from Denise, too. Hopefully, we can all meet up again sometime. All those Reno/Tahoe connections!

      • sounds perfect…some nature painting in store next week for me. this week nature tattoo designs 😉 cool. yes, denise and i got to meet up at pneumatic with dave and dana and we brought your name up in sharing how we were connected to both of them. i also heard from karen briefly and she had mentioned wanting a bodega reunion 😉 xoox

  3. Yes, and Karen is headed out to Michigan in mid-February. David and I are hoping to see her, as we will be within 2 hours of each other. I forgot about the Pneumatic Diner!! Fun times and yum times … and if there’s a Bodega Reunion, there might just need to be a Mendocino Reunion. We shall see … xoxo

    Jess, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an old favorite tale of mine. 🙂 I had been thinking of it recently because I have a holly wand now, and for some reason that reminded me of the tale, which I’ve not read in a few years now. 🙂

  4. That was fantastic!

  5. I recently found a red hawk feather while walking through my front yard was wondering what it meant. I’m going through all kinds of personal family issues my wife of 14yrs left me and our sons without saying a word and I found her two weeks later. Stress has been out if this world. I have cried once but am trying to be strong for our boys. Does finding this feather have any meaning? I am 1/8 ojibewa and 1/4 Cherokee. Really would like some guidance on more info.

    • sounds like you are receiving confirmation that you are being watched out for, guided, protected, and supported with strength during all of this. a reminder not to lose that connection to spirit. i would go within and ask for your personal message while meditating with your hawk feather. the blog i shared gives a lot of possible things to explore in message, but isn’t all-encompassing. as always and with all things, we each need to see what the personal message is for us, how it speaks to our journey, and be willing to “see” it. i’m sorry to hear of your challenges and send you and your sons much love.

  6. What does it mean when a baby bawk hit the window laid there as if if was dead I picked it up held it it opened its eyes and I pet it it loomed at me and flew away

    • hi nancy, i don’t have all the answers, but seems the hawk definitely was trying to get your attention and make a lasting impression. check out the symbolism again in the post and see where any of it may apply to your life and what you might not be embracing, or about a new path wanting to be awakened…it may speak to your being a healer as well. ❤ blessings and love to you

  7. This morning as I was getting ready to do our very first outreach for a family homeless shelter i looked out my window and there sat a hawk eating something what do you think this meant? My husband and I are incharge of this outreach for our church and today was our very first time going out to do it.

    • here’s something i found that feels to speak to your situation and you can make the inferences from the message: Hawk possess 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.

  8. thank you so much for sharing ❤

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