Hawk Spirit Animal2018-09-19T11:33:44+00:00

Hawk Spirit Animal

Hawk Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

When you have the hawk as a spirit animal, you may have an inclination towards using the power of vision and intuition in your daily life. The hawk totem provides wisdom about seeing situations from a higher perspective, using the power of observation, and focusing on the task at hand. It’s a good companion to develop spiritual awareness.

Hawk Totem Meaning

The hawk spirit animal or totem has several attributes and meanings:

  • Hawk is the messenger of the spirit world
  • Use the power of focus
  • Take the lead when the time is right
  • Power to see, clear vision
  • Strong connection with spirit, increased spiritual awareness

Hawk spirit animals belong to the realm of bird medicine. It carries the symbolism that comes with the ability to fly and reach the skies.

The hawk spirit animal as the messenger

The hawk can soar high and reach the heavens effortlessly. As most bird totems, this power animal is often considered as a messenger who brings messages from the spirit world and the unseen.

If you have the hawk as a spirit animal, you may be inclined to play with divination tools and use your intuition to guide your steps in life. Working with the hawk totem could reinforce your ability to rely this type of guidance.

When the hawk shows up in your life, be sensitive to the messages it may carry and be receptive to your own intuition.

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Main meaning of hawk totems and the power of focus

Hawk spirit animals invite us to be focused in our daily undertakings. When you feel the presence of the hawk totem, avoid distractions and focus on the task at hand.

At the same time, hawks can soar and fly high in the sky. This animal has the power to provide support in gaining a higher level perspective on any issue or project you undertake. When the hawk appears in your life, it’s perhaps time to be less distracted by the details and focus on the higher perspective. Relying on the hawk power, you can see what’s ahead clearly and defy any obstacles that may be on your way. A specific way the hawk guidance works is to use a high level and yet clear and focused vision to guide your action.


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Hawk Spirit Animal

Hawk spirit animals and taking the lead when the time is right

The hawk is also a bird of prey. Having this animal as a spirit guide emphasizes your ability to lead and influence others. When the hawk is present in your life, it could signify that it’s time to take more initiative and being active.

Hawks symbolize the power of observation. This spirit animal’s guidance may also indicate that you have the opportunity to study a situation before taking action. Observe the situation and then act when the time is right.

Hawk spirit animal and power to see

The hawk spirit animal is associated with the power of vision. If you have the hawk as a totem, you have or are developing the ability to see clearly and have strong visions. Perhaps, you even use clairvoyant skills to support your goals in life and communication with others.

Just like the hawk can see in great detail at great distances, you maybe able to perceive what others do not. You may have an affinity with piercing life great mysteries and divination in one form or another.

The hawk and connection with the spiritual realms

When you have the hawk as a spirit animal, you may have a natural inclination to receive visions, either in dreams or awake. Your extra sensory abilities and intuition are supported by the power of this animal.

The hawk totem is strongly connected to the spiritual realms. When it shows up in your life, you may be called to pay attention and experience rapid spiritual development. As you develop your relationship with your totem, you may be inspired to feel your connection with spirit more fully.

Hawk symbolism in ancient traditions

In numerous traditions, the hawk has a strong relationship with the world of the gods. Some of this symbolism has persisted in modern mythology and beliefs. In Ancient Egypt, the belief was that a hawk-headed spirit called “ba” would fly off a mummy to come back among the living as a hawk or swallow. The hawk symbolized a part of the soul that would be freed up after death and come back to the world of the living in the shape of a bird. It was also the animal of choice for the god Horus, god of the sky, who was represented with a hieroglyph depicting a falcon or hawk.

The popular belief in more modern times that birds like hawks or owls are announcer of death may be rooted in this myth. For the Greeks, the hawk and the eagle were associated with the god Jupiter, king of the gods. The bird is strongly connected with the realm of the gods.

Dreaming About The Hawk

Hawks are messengers and dreaming about a hawk may signify that something or someone is trying to send you a message! Are you listening? Are you paying attention?

As the hawk glides through the air high in the sky, it reminds you to see things from a higher perspective. Can you connect to the magic of life? Are you accessing your intuition?

The hawk is also a symbol of leadership. It was believed that if you followed the hawk, you would be traveling on the right path.


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  1. nicolas anderson July 19, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    The hawk has been following me for four years now. First it was the hawk up on a property in northern california at about 5500 feet elevation. i was there on this property alone and there was just a special energy about this place a special spiritual energy. A couple comments up someone tells the story of the crows and even if it was 100 crows they all submit to the hawk and go in hiding when it is the hawks time to hunt. I have seen the hawk unbelievably pestor a bald eagle out of its hunting ground. When in terms of relating birds to aircraft bald eagles r your warthogs hawks r your stealths or f-22 raptors. Their speed is superior to the eagle and it frustrates the eagle. i have seen all of this before my eyes. That hawk was there everyday for a year and a half.
    Now i have moved down to about 1000 ft elevation. And right away a hawk. i kept noticing it again and again. same thing. Now there are two a more greyish one and a more brown one. They cry out to me everyday really loud and swoop around me and i talk back to them like my pets. There has to be a nest close by. what if i get to see baby hawks? The hawk has stayed by my side for four years now in two different locations everyday. in my mind its definitely the hawk.

  2. Dimension July 19, 2018 at 9:00 am - Reply

    I have been living at the same location now for over 11 years, never saw a hawk, Or maybe I wasn’t paying attention. In the last month I have started to study animals and nature and have acquired a keen sense of interest in finding answers to questions no one has asked. Yesterday while I was outside, I looked up, and high up in the sky was a bird. It was quite far away and I couldn’t make out any distinguishing features, but I knew it was either an eagle or a hawk because it was soaring in the sky in a repetitive circular motion. I observed the bird soaring an circling for about 16 mins then I went back inside. I couldn’t get the vision of the bird out of my head. So I told myself that I needed to know whether this bird was and Eagle or a Hawk so I could then find the possible message that was being sent. About an hour later, I went back outside and sat for a few minutes to reflect on my thoughts. Then I heard it. I heard the Hawk sound out. I could only detect the direction of the sound, and I knew the bird was close, and probably in a high tree somewhere. I got the answer I was looking for. Not only that, One of my power animals is the Crow. I don’t think Crows particularly like Hawks hanging around their turf. I have many Crows around my immediate area, so they are always around.in numbers. On this day, I saw not one Crow. Normally, I would think that the Crow Family in my area would band together and try to “Mob” the Hawk. Not with killing it mind, just a gentle mobbing to remove this possible predator from their turf. But there was nothing. It was as if the Crows knew the message the Hawk was bringing, so they “stepped aside” to let the Hawk speak. I heard the Hawk cry a few more times that day. Today, the Crows are back in their usual numbers. I’ve been looking and listening for that Hawk, and so far nothing. Coincidence? My common sense says not a chance. This journey just keeps getting better every day, it’s an amazing feeling of positivity.

    • Dimension July 20, 2018 at 9:59 am - Reply

      I’m updating my last comment. I’m starting to think that maybe my previous experience with the Hawk may have contained a different message than I originally thought. In my previous post I thought the Hawks presence made my Crow Totem to “step aside”, But now I wonder. I wonder because I put bread out every couple of days for my bird friends (Mainly Crows). I have been doing this for a few weeks now and every time the birds clean it all up. Except the last time. I put bread pieces out for the birds yesterday, after my last post. When I was out this morning I decided to put out a little more bread. But the bread I had put out the day before was still there, untouched. I find it very odd that that the birds did not take my offering, after all Crows will eat anything. Could it be that the original message I received from the Crow was of a dark nature? (The messages from Crows could be either way dark or light). That’s where I believe the Hawk came, just for a few days maybe to tell the Crows to leave me alone, and that the message I received from them at first was a dark one, and a warning not to follow it. Oddly to, my mind lately has been on fire, all cylinders firing, different thoughts are hitting me in waves, and as exhilarating as that is, I need to sort them out. Maybe its time for a Slurpee 🙂 why not, if my brain is frozen, maybe it will slow down a bit.

  3. Garrett June 28, 2018 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I have hawks fly around my house fairly often. Yes of course they are hunting and such; However, I’ve noticed them in a more connecting way on some really tough days that I’ve had. I deal with and struggle with some very tough ailments that really have put a damper on my life over the years. And the issues that I struggle with are very exhausting and depleting plus the horrible, massive amount of pain that I have both physical, mental, soulful, spiritual, and emotional all culminate at once sometimes. It is very hard to deal with. Then these hawks will appear. And just sit…and watch…and observe me. Sometimes they will slowly do a shallow swoop and just glide around me. I just started to feel the connection somehow when these troublesome times were in effect. Very powerful. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    • Shala June 29, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      wow Garrett! thank you for sharing your story.

      I am having the same experience in the exact moments of sadness, this young hawk lands right in front of me and stays for at least an hour. tonight I can feel his calm yet powerful energy buzzing in my body.
      sending you warm wishes for an abundant life of love & light😉shala

  4. Maddie June 23, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I saw what looked to be a big grey bird I think it was a hawk it has little specks on its chest and patterns on its wings and tail and it was the color of a pigeon kind of but it was too large to be one. Oh so I saw it flying the first time and was astounded, then it flew back near the area I was in along with another bird over a building and I thought to follow it but then I thought “maybe it’ll somehow meet me half way” not long after the thought it came back over the building and then flew towards me and curved so that it literally flew directly over my head and then went back over the building. I tried to follow it for more but I couldn’t see it again but it felt so good to have a interaction with one. It was close too.

  5. Angelina Amorosi June 19, 2018 at 5:58 am - Reply

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  6. Sofia May 28, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I have been interested in spirit animals for a while, and before when I thought about it and looked into it, I thought it could be the Fox. However, now that I come here again and think deeper, all my ideas of art and stories come back to a giant hawk, and I think I know why.

  7. Cassandra May 25, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I just had 7 hawks or falcons circle in my field of vision and they went over my apartment building. It was so cool! End of March I saw a falcon or a hawk grab a bird right in front of me and go up into a tree with it. I practice reiki ( fairly new).

  8. Marsthon momma April 25, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

    I have been seeing red tailed hawk‘s everywhere I drive lately. I have never seen one before in my life while driving or out in the woods or anything like that, but I have seen them absolutely everywhere. Every single day, I would say, for the past week or so.To the point where I was starting to think maybe I should look up the meaning of a hawk. Then today before I had a chance to look it up, when I was driving, a giant red tailed hawk flew right in front of my car and I almost hit it. Even after reading the information about the meaning of the hawk, I still don’t really get it. Why am I seeing these creatures everywhere I go all of a sudden? And today was like a giant smack in the face to wake up and pay attention to this. But I have no idea what the significance is.

  9. Jan April 25, 2018 at 2:46 am - Reply

    I was having a really hard time yesterday. I had been struggling w two deaths in my family. Lost both in a 5 month span. Last month I lost my father. I had been crying on and off all day. I left a friend’s house. Not even 1 minute down the road a big hawk just soared really low above my car as I was driving. I found it really strange, odd. Yet, couldn’t help but to wonder what it meant. Definitely got my attention.

  10. Debra March 2, 2018 at 3:40 am - Reply

    I had a hawk literally fly right in front of my face and go into a tree, when I stopped at the curb. I felt the wind from its wing on my face-it was that close-it was so weird and cool at the same time. I see them all the time, but never have had one within an inch or two of my face.

  11. Anonymous March 1, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I came to this site for answers because a couple of weeks ago. I dreamt of a big beautiful hawk that flew on top of one of our old maple tree. Since then, I’ve been seeing hawks almost every morning in different areas. But now that I look back, hawks have always been around me. But now, I’ve noticed and paying attention. I’m trying to figure out what this all means. Thanks for the information.

  12. Not my real name February 25, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Can anyone tell me what this means? In school about two weeks ago I looked out the window and saw a large white raptor like bird. It was flying with two or three hawks, cI ruling in front of a hill, back and forth. Since then I have been seeing hawks like crazy. In late November my grandmother claimed to have seen a simular white bird flying with two eagles. The other night I had a dream where I was surrounded by hawks, and a large white bird flew by me. I began picking up as many dropped feathers as I could, somehow not holding onto them when I saw a spear lying in the grass. It was a long, heavy iron rod with a pyramid shaped tip, and the end was one large purple and green feather. I picked it up and said “I think someone dropped this?” (Not sure why) and hawks dove down to pick it up, disolving in flashes of lightning. Standing there with the feathers again, a hawk landed in front of me and said “I’m afraid you can’t keep all of thoes” so I gave him the feathers and he gave me four back. A fluffy brown one, a small, sturdy one that shone like mother of pearl, and a large white one with a hole in the center. I can’t remember what the fourth one was. Sorry this was long but does anyone have any idea what this all means?

    • MommaJo April 11, 2018 at 7:23 am - Reply

      On Feb. 25, 2018 a Major Shift Occurred, allowing a Stronger Surge of Positives to become aligned enabling us to Witness some Amazing Occurrences.
      On March 26, 2018 while working indoors on my computer, I heard the Eagle cry like it was sitting right next to me. I went outside phone in hand and started looking. Then a cry and a flash of light that look to be a mile up. I got my bearings and seen 5 Bald Eagles circling with these huge White Birds. I took pictures and finally started videoing. They were not Birds. More Eagles came. Needless to say the experience was Amazing to where you say screw the video i can’t believe what I’m seeing! (Did I Mention we don’t have many eagles in the area)
      Your Heart is Opening and You are a Beautiful Gifted Soul. You are meant to explore the meanings. There are many meaning to different things but if your focus on the things that stand out and not so much the theme, you will understand your message. (Colors, Feathers, Mother of Pearl) Only take info that feels Positive. Start writing a journal to help keep YOUR definitions at hand for New Messages. You can also ask that any messages given to you are clear and that they repeat until you get the message correct. You’ll be surprised how quick everything falls into place. Peace Be with You My Friend and Positive Be Your Guide

      • Not my real name April 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm - Reply

        Thank you, I have been very negative lately and will open up to these things.

  13. Annette February 5, 2018 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I have hope…I’m a driver in New York, yesterday I saw two red tail hawks. The first one I saw flew so close to the vehicle that it passed in front of my windshield. Their Was a instant connection to me. I felt it meant something. Later on I saw another one glide past me again, now I knew it was a sign..
    I got home from work today and my significant other 16 years, packed all his stuff and left his keys on the dining room table. I cried in disbelief… afterwards while thinking, the two Hawks I saw yesterday came to mind. I started to look up what it could mean…and after reading all these comments…Im thankful…I have hope for a better future. I’m going to prosper and be strong!

    • MommaJo April 11, 2018 at 6:37 am - Reply

      The World as We know it, has Changed and We have Also. Mother Earth Is A Beautiful Positive as are Her Earth Angels. We are All Born Positive and the Freewill of others has Shielded our Positive. Each and Everyone who has Come to this sight looking for answers is HERE because of Divine Guidance. Everything Happens for a Reason, Proper Time Proper Place. Your hawks are your messengers from Spirit. If a Loved One comes to mind when ever you see ANYTHING , that is Spirits way of saying ” Hey, I’m Always with You and Your Re discovering Who YOU truly are. A Positive New Beginning for All Embrace the Positive Signs We are Given it every Moment of time. Peace be with You with Your Army of Angels & Guides at your back!

  14. Lazaro January 25, 2018 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I travel a lot because of my work; and when I’m on the road, I constantly spot hawks in route to wherever I’m going! When my family is with me, and I see a HAWK, I ask my family members “Did you see that Hawk??” And they will say, What Hawk? At first, I thought I was the only one to see them, (Or wanted to see them), but now I understand that the Hawk is directing me into my spiritual being and guiding me into many business affairs in the positive, than what I ever expected! I always look forward and I enjoy seeing the hawks during my travels; they more or less give me a sense of protection during my travels. My Granddaughter now travels with me, on occasions; and she is beginning to see them also! I am at peace every time I see them!!

  15. Truly January 18, 2018 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I must be bold in saying that we are all connected to the earth and our spirit animals. They appear when their gift is apparent and needed in our lives. At times I hear a female fox cry in the distance or a doe may appear with her fawn. Today it was the Hawk beautiful and stately on the top of a tree. I feel they come to all of us with their messages for our daily lives. We must be at peace and listen and hear their wisdom.. This world is so full of noise and distractions we can not see or hear what is being conveyed to us. Open your hearts and be silent and drink in the bounty that mother earth sends to us in messages and warnings, ” go softly into this world. and see.”
    Love and Peace

    • Kate February 6, 2018 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you such wise words!

      • Annette February 14, 2018 at 3:25 pm - Reply

        Thank you

    • Anonymous February 12, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

      So true, my experience yesterday was a very spiritual one, leaving work, up a path, I looked up and there were two Hawks on a cable wire, side by side, a little bit apart, one facing forward and the other facing backward, soooo beautiful, I looked up and said thank-you, continued my day.still reflecting on that day

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