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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
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