Totem Talk

Working With The Animal Totems

SPIRIT OF THE HAWK:  Messenger, Visionary, Protector, Perspective, Focus, Priorities, Inner Visions, Wisdom


Hawk's Wisdom Includes: 

  • Clear-sightedness
  • Being observant
  • Far-memory
  • Messages from spirit
  • Guardianship
  • Recalling past lives
  • Courage
  • Wisdom
  • Illumination
  • Seeing the larger picture
  • Creativity
  • Truth
  • Experience
  • Wise use of opportunities
  • Overcoming problems

Hawk is beauty and grace in motion. In Dreamtime, hawk is a messenger that warns us to proceed with caution. The key is to sense the subtle meaning carried by the winds of change. Hawk's gift is to surrender to the truth that lies beneath the surface of our reality. The key is to go deep within our psyche in order to see our future path with clear vision. Hawk spirit is very powerful medicine that brings great honor and integrity to the dreamer.

Hawk teaches visionary power and clear sight with strong observation habits while using patience. He is a sign showing how to ride the winds of change, creativity and the power to surrender oneself to Spirit's guidance. Hawk clarifies reality and reiterates that one is on the correct life path. He aids in truth and illumination, gives a sense of guardianship and watchfulness and reiterates wise and important of opportunities are opening up. His swiftness, wisdom, leadership and strength in actions will guide with honor, integrity with grace and beauty. He will show how to see more in life from a higher perspective of truth. Hawk will show you how to fulfill your soul's purpose. Be ready for a greater intensity to life for Hawk will guide you in the mind, body and spiritual aspects of your journey.


The red-tailed hawk is a bird of prey. It is the most commonly seen hawk in California and is the largest of hawks. It gets its name from its broad, rounded tail which is russet red in color, the rest of the body is covered with dark brown feathers and it has a wing span of approximately five feet. The female weights about 3-4 lbs and is nearly 1/3 larger in size than the male who weights 2. 5 lbs. Nest building and mating usually begins in March. At that time both male and female perform spectacular aerial displays. They circle and soar to great heights, fold their wings and plummet down to treetop levels. This performance is repeated several times a day which guarantees the interest and attraction of both sexes. They mate for life and both assist in constructing the nest. Hawk loves to soar and glide upon the wind currents with ease and has excellent eyesight.

 Hawk has a strong, hooked beak and powerful talons. Its prey is rabbits, snakes and rodents. It is a fearless bird and can be seen perched on utility poles and tree tops observing life with attention and interest. The red in its tail represents a strong life force or energy. Its message is to flow with life instead of struggling. If you have hawk medicine you are a visionary and can see beyond the surface of things and situations. You are capable of looking at the big picture before making important decisions. Remember to focus on problems before trying to solve them. You are a strong and courageous person. Freedom is important to you so give yourself space in relationships. Hawk is a messenger of the Great Spirit and when hawk is seen circling above you, it is a blessing from the Creator. 

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