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.

76 thoughts on “Hawk Power Animal Messenger Discernment Intuition Observation Wisdom Courage Truth”

  1. My son and I see hawks all the time..ever since my father passed in 2005…we both think it has something to do with my dad…I see them almost every day.
    Can you give us any insight on this incredible sight…

    1. I am amazed that you wrote this! My oldest son and I see hawks often, and usually I take it to mean that we are on the right path, wheather that be for the day or in our lives. My Father also passed, in 1995, and ever since, that is when I started noticing hawks when I would be out driving,etc. Then after my son was born 13 years ago, I started seeing them even more often. My son notices the hawks too, and whichever of us sees it first, points it out to the other, saying: “look it’s our hawk again”. I would be interested in the significance of a person’s passing and interaction/noticing animals as well. Guess this means more research! (Of course, when dosen’t it!)

  2. Chris you are right about your intuition. People’s deaths are often used to push us to look at life from higher perspective

  3. We have been having serious marital trouble and have made considerable progress this past week. Within the last four days, I’ve truly lost count of how many hawks we have seen. Any insight? Thanks :)

  4. I have seen 3 hawks in 3 different places normally where hawks would not be. Last month I was home trying to rest before I went to work and I kept hearing this screeching noise for about 1 hour. I decided to get up and look out the window. Sitting on my fence was a hawk. He looked me in the eyes, shook his feathers then flew away. In which I found kind of strange since I live in the city. 2nd incident was on Monday I got off the highway stopped at a signal light and a hawk flew on the wires in front of my car. 3rd incident I work in a doctors office in which its across the street from a cementary. I just so happen to look out the window and behold at that moment a hawk swoop down pick up a twig and flew away. I have a friend who is a reader and she said it is one of my spirit guides. Could that be?

  5. Aynesia,
    I can see with the help of my guides this is a strong message to clear out what no longer serves you. You have an important role in your destiny, this message serves you as not living your highest self your authentic purpose. You know what your purpose is here on this earth. There is fear that you need to let go of, and once this is done you will be soaring high with your messanger.

    I am personally grateful for this message the universe has brought to me, and to the spirit animal and guides. This message has revealed so much insight and so much vision and clarity, I am truly grateful for the strength it has given me to continue my journey with pure insight I am worth it.
    Thank you,

    1. Me n my partner have been together for six years now we met when we were 18, ever since we became sober after finding out about our pregnancy we started seeing red tails two every time soaring together. It give you such a good feeling like everything is perfect in that moment incredible feeling. Recently I went out of town for work and on the way home I seen 7 perched in trees n I thought to myself I hope everything is okay back home, I had thanked creator for his signs and asked that we’d have a warm welcoming home just as I let my tobacco out of my hand.. there they were right there getting off the highway to London two Hawks swooped down and they landed one in front of the other , I knew that moment everything was great… Yawako ” thank you” creator for the great gifts you have giving us all.. Sight and knowledge that we’re all together belonging to the same Mother Earth

      1. dear all
        I am replying here. i am not sure how to do a new post.

        I have long had associations with red tailed hawks, too numerous to mentions.

        Recently I have three red shouldered hawks that have taken up rescidence bear my home. they call me, when i am insde the house & I go outsde and they are in the trees or flying overhead.
        it aspppears to be a pair and a thrid. I don’t think the third is offspring, but not sure. it does not come as close as the apir.

        I can’t find any symbolism on red shouldered hawks. lots out there on red tails.
        anyone have igfo on red shouldered hawks significance??

  6. I have an interesting tale to tell…
    Today, while I was walking my 8 month old daughter in my arms around the block (it’s the best way I found to get her to sleep) I felt a sharp blow to the back of my head. When I looked up, I saw a Red tail hawk flying by. I touched the back of my head, to find it covered with blood. I ran home and even though it was painful and scary, I’m glad my daughter and I are OK.

    The funny part about this, if you can call it funny, is that I had recently been unemployed for over 7 months. I had finally found a job though a recruiting agency and everything seemed to be going fine. I loved the work, got along with the people there and was at one point even told that the company I had been placed at had a good track record for hiring contract workers.

    Of course that did not happen, because for some mysterious reason I got a call earlier from the recruiting agency telling me not to go back on Monday because the job did not “work out”. I have been racking my brains all day trying to figure out why that had happened.

    I showed up early every day, left late, was enthusiastic and honestly loved what I was doing there. My co-workers and managers also seemed pleased with the job I was making. Maybe there is no correlation between both of these attacks, but after reading this I get the feeling that maybe there is some painful revelation about some reason that I did not see coming until it was too late.

    I wonder if anyone would maybe have some insight on this.
    And please forgive me for the long winded narrative…

    1. Jon, while I am quite late to answer your question, I hope you get the message anyway.

      Both instances are connected, in that they both changed your direction. Your path — whether it was crossing a road at an upcoming intersection, a drunk driver, or a career with the wrong company — was abruptly changed. In both cases, you were forced to veer off the path you had set out before you. Your path was being corrected. Let me repeat that: Your path was being corrected. The blow from the hawk was extreme, so extreme that I believe hawk saved you and your daughter from an immediate tragedy.

      Look at it this way: you experienced divine intervention through hawk. Hawk used its abilities to get the message across. If hawk had brush your head with its wing, you probably would have rubbed your head, said, “Wow, that was weird,” and kept on your path. Or, if it had perched on a pole so you could see it, you probably would have said, “Cool,” and continued on your way. So hawk, being a bird of prey, used its hunting abilities, not to do permanent harm, but to get your undivided attention, which effectively sent you and your baby running for home. Do not be afraid of hawk. It did not attack you in the face, nor did it attack again and again. Moreover, considering the power of hawk as a bird of prey, your wound was rather superficial. If it was attacking you, it would have been much worse.

      Thank hawk for saving you and your daughter that day. And showing you that your path had to be corrected. I don’t know if the hawk encounter was before or after your news of losing your job, but it resonates the same message that your path was being corrected. Confirmation, if you will. Hawk is your spirit guide, particularly the red-tailed hawk. I highly encourage you to learn more about this noble bird, and its role as a spirit guide.


      1. This is very cool. A hawk flew almost directly at me in my bedroom. Maybe this is my spirit animal. I thought it was an owl, but this seems very important somehow.

        1. Last summer I stopped on the side of the road the checkout what was wrong with a bird. I realized this was a red tail hawk and apparently somehow had been hurt. I went up to the red tail hawk and picked it up it did not fight me and I put it in the back of my vehicle in the van and took it to the Columbia South Carolina Zoo. I did not contain the Red tail hawk in the van it just looked around inside van. When I arrived at the zoo, the folks had a hard time getting the hawk out of the van. I picked the kawk and put it in the box with ease. The folks at the zoo where amazed I could handle the hawk.

  7. Wow, this last one from Aynesia and the response to it was like it was exactly about me. Both, the 1st instance of the hawk and the reply about it resonates so much with me. I’d like to share a short version. Saturday I attended Holotropic breathwork event. At the end of the day, when everyone shared their experience and talked about their drawings, one lady who had a twin sister who passed away (I forgot her name), placed her drawing of a hawk on the floor. It was done very nicely, one with big eyes and something that looked like a third eye in the forehead. Interestingly, the way the hack was placed, it’s was positioned at a perfect angle at which it was ‘staring’ directly at me. It really caught my attention since out of all the drawings arranged randomly on the floor, this specific one was perfectly aligned toward me. It had very piercing eyes which were difficult to miss. I left for the evening and a thought came to mind: “What was the message of the hawk staring directly at me?”. Nevertheless, went home and didn’t give it a second thought thereafter.

    This (Sunday) morning, some loud bird noises outside of my bedroom window were getting me out of my dream. The noises were not soothing as every other day, but sounded much more disturbed. I kept trying to remain asleep, but it wasn’t working. Finally, facing my bedroom windows, I opened my eyes. In that moment, I could not believe what I was seeing:

    It was a large Hawk, sitting on the juliette balcony fence, REALLY STARING at me. I couldn’t believe this was actually happening. He sat there peacefully just looking at me, with those intense eyes, while this other bird was flying around him, screeching loudly and even picking at his tail. He was calm, almost not bothered by the other small bird who was obviously trying to chase him away. This must have lasted another 5-10 minutes and then he flew away. I thought this was very interesting you wouldn’t see this bird in Houston.

    It seems that the answer for Aynesia is the same for me. Thank you!

  8. when I first moved to Albuquerque which was probably 10 years ago, I was sitting on a rock out of dam at this letter reservation is very beautiful sight I was eating lunch and reading a book, and a red tailed hawk flew up and sat on the rock beside me scared the crap out of me because I had never seen anything of wild, and here was just beautiful bird just sitting there I fed it the rest of my sandwich lol scared to death that it would attack me but it did not it just SAT with me for over a minute or two it screached and it flew off….it was one of the most amazing things in my life for some reason it felt like that bird I connected. I have also found out recently that I am part Jicarilla Apache which has really sparked my wanting to know, pS I’m adopted and very interested in who I am and my history. I find this all so fascinating

  9. Thank you for sharing this, and for enlightening us on so many qualities of the hawk. I saw a red-tailed hawk in a couple different meditations I did, then also became the hawk in one of them. Everything you wrote rings true for me, in terms of what messages this has for my life. Thank you!

  10. Three years ago, as I walked out of one of my daughters bedrooms, in our family’s house nestled within a magical wooded area in the outskirts of a major Canadian city, I was startled by a big bang sounding like something had hit the house. I looked outside the front door, and was horrified to see feathers flying and on the ground a hawk directly below my daughter’s bedroom window.

    I texted my daughter immediately and told her what happened. She texted me back right away and told me that she was in the middle of a presentation at her school by a local zoo, and that as she was texting me, a handler was holding a hawk and explaining that the number one cause of death for hawks is hitting windows.
    Although initially knocked unconscious, the hawk came too. I managed to track down a bird sanctuary and was on the way to pick up my daughter from school so we could bring the hawk to the bird sanctuary, but it died before we could get it there.

    A few months later, I had the most amazing shock of my life discovering something that negatively effects 7 million people living world wide and 1 million of them living in Canada (including myself). I have become an activist for this cause, and have also discovered that the cause is even bigger than I originally thought and actually has the momentum to be catastrophic to the freedom of all people everywhere – without getting too specific.

    The hawk experience, combined with the synchronistic episode with my daughter was personally an amazing harbinger experience, but I am afraid that I am powerless to do anything about it and wonder what is the point in knowing.

  11. I have had a tough month. My dad had a stroke last month. I have been honored to be asked to step into a leadership role at the nonprofit I work with and my family is having a hard time coping.

    I have noticed redtailed hawks on my way to work nearly every day over this past month. At first I thought this must just be a breeding area for them, however today within 15 minutes I saw two in very interesting activity.

    One was diving to capture a small prey animal, I think a small snake. The second time it was being chased and pecked at by a murder of crows.

    Historically crows have showed up when my memories of people lost are strong.

    This blog resonated with what I was feeling.

  12. I lost one of my closest friends back in 2008 and I can remember handling it really hard. The day of his funeral we were at the cemetery and I can remember like it was yesterday, I had this anxiety attack as they were getting ready to lower him into the ground so to catch my breath I went and sat under this big pine tree and I look over where I left my friends to say their good byes and above them were these three red tailed hawks. And even now that so many years have passed if I find myself stressed upset or out near where my friend is buried I always see anywhere from 3 to more recently 9 red tailed hawks circling over head. I’ve always believed in signs and growing up I always felt like my connection to people got stronger after they past my sister calls me an old soul tells me she’s always believed I was an empathic and I don’t about all that but I know I believe my friend sends me the hawks to show he’s okay and that I’m going to be fine I just need to find a way to have faith in something again.

  13. Megan-

    (Hugs) You are right. Your friend is still with you, guiding you and supporting you. Have faith in your journey and most of all have faith in yourself, no matter where the journey leads or what you encounter along the way.

    Your anxiety attack was literal physical discomfort it took to bring you to your place under the tree so you could be at the right place at the right time to find the solace, comfort and guidance of the hawk and your dear friend.

    Wishing you all the best,


  14. Aynesia, I agree with Charleen. Loss clears and prepares the way for new growth; often better and richer. You are growing, not losing. Have faith and stay grounded. Our daily work and details of life are not meaningless, even if we sometimes see them that way. Keep thriving and keep enjoying yourself in the process…

    Wishing you the very best,


  15. This morning i drove out of my garage i saw a hawk sitting on my landscaping trailer about five feet away not only that the tree behind it were 2 more sitting so 3 in total i was so surprised!! And happy because i been trying to start a business what could this mean?

  16. I’ve been seeing Hawks just before something happens. I have to drop off a loved one to turn themselves in for something we don’t know or be informed till court. A hawk showed up at the airport. I’m going to put out in the universe that the hawk showed to let us know everything will work out

  17. I have been seeing a lot of hawks lately as I am driving. The other night I dreamt of one flying and landing on my shoulder, she talked to me. Unfortunately I’m unable to remember our discussion, however I remember her saying to me “if you need me call out to me” and then she flew away.. What does this mean??

  18. My husband and I were going down the stairs today and there was a Hawk on our front doorstep. We couldn’t help but stop and be in awe with what we were witnessing and in disbelief that a Hawk could be this close to us. My husband was able to take a picture, it was sitting on the railing, near the top step. WHAT CAN THIS MEAN?!?! or…is it just coincidence? Is this normal? Is it unheard of Hawks being this close to homes and people?

  19. Hello all,
    This afternoon my significant other and I were having some issues, and for the first time in a long time we seemed to simmer down and intimately speak to each other about what had been going on, we were definitely closer than we have been lately. After about 60 seconds went by, us both cuddled up on the couch, a dove and a hawk crashed into the sliding glass door directly in front of us. I rushed outside to see if I could help either of them, but I painfully came to realize that there was nothing I could do, I just ended up sitting with them until they were at peace so that they weren’t leaving this world alone. After this all had happened, my SO and I started to consider if this event meant anything, good or bad.

    Anyway, I’ve been browsing many websites to find any useful information on the subject, and unfortunately haven’t came to any conclusions. If anyone could shed any insight concerning what I witnessed today, I’d be greatly appreciative! Thanks!

    1. Hawks eat doves as well as other birds. They never saw the glass while the attack was on. The dove trying to flee for its life and the hawk wanted dinner. Neither of them saw the danger as glass is clear, upon impact their neck were broken. Coloured curtains, or blinds would show the birds that the window, or something was there, thus making a turn away from the window, blinds also help. City windows are the cause of many birds being killed, by flying into them, as it appears like an open area. Some say it is the number 1 cause of birds deaths.

  20. I have been feeding the birds since we moved here 3 years ago. No birds initially, now a few coming and so are the hawks feeding on them. How do I get the hawks out of the area and using the birds as dinner. I know that is what they do and I feel bad feeding the birds, thus setting them up as prey. We want the birds around. If I can`t find a way to keep the hawks out, my shot gun will come out. Any suggestions?

  21. I dont know if this is a good thing or a bad thing but a few months ago I found half of a red tailed hawk wing, the primary flight feathers, about 9 of them still attached to a piece of bone.. I thought this was a very odd thing to find, and the other day I was walking in the woods and found a full wing this time and eleven red tail feathers next to it. As I said before Im not really sure what this means or if its a good thing or a bad thing that I am finding full wings. Help?

  22. I would like to know why the hawk has come into my life? This is how I ended up here. I see Hawks alllll the time. I do live behind a forestry type of area in my back yard. So at first I figured it was why. But I find these feather a lot. Actually feather are constantly on my path to the point it’s freaky but the halk feather always stand out I have about 5. I see them in my back yard on my posts on my fence driving to work I mean all the time. I’m going down a very spiritual path. My energy has been so strong and I feel myself changing deeply. I’m meeting so many people on my path that I seen to help and something about my engery or spirit connects us? These are all special people in meeting. They all have some type of gift? Musically or or have some strange story that’s moving? I’m drawn to these people. I know I have something special? I can’t figure out why or what it is but something is telling I’m different? I wish I knew what my purpose was cause I know it’s great! Any help w this would be appreciated:)

  23. I was at a store in my city where I live and a hawk landed on my car! I am Native American and need so insight does this mean something bad is going to happen to my family or me?!

  24. absolutely not…it means that you have hawk medicine in your Soul and to pay attention to the gifts it provides to you…that Hawk was your Shaman self getting your attention…this site gives you much info on this wonderful Power…use it wisely…

  25. Sorry this might be long but I have a specific question I’d like to ask.
    My mother and I have always had what we called a psychotic ability. It can vary from seeing things before they happen to what I can only describe as thought projections. We think of something and others respond.
    A couple years ago my family and I took a trip to the river to go fishing. Not something I’d normally do because I’m allergic to most all sea life so I can’t eat it and don’t enjoy the sport of the catch. While walking the banks with my husband we each found 2 perfectly intact hawk feathers. I’m Native and believed it’d bring luck but today I’ve questioned if it might be more than that.
    My mom lost her job just before this last eclipse. For the past 3 weeks I’ve been a bit overwhelmed with all of the “coincidences” that have occurred. For some reason those feathers pop into my mind so I start researching hawk totems which led me here. While reading your article a hawk flew over my house and screeched. I’m still covered with goosebumps as its pouring rain here in the SE US with what some are calling the 200 year flood. I’ve not seen or heard wildlife in days.
    My question is where can I look to learn to channel or focus this energy so I’m not living on the edge of anxiety attacks? The line between reality and thought gets blurred when thoughts become reality.

  26. I have been seeing red-tailed hawks since I was little. I have always correlated a sighting with a message from God that I am loved and on the right track and that He is with me. Yesterday I was having a hard day and I saw one in a light pole by my job so I took a few pictures. Then as I was walking away, he flew down and landed near some bushes, so I crept toward him while snapping photos, hoping to get close enough for a decent one…I was able to get within a yard of him as he hunted in the bushes! I took so many beautiful photos of him but I had to work so I left him at which point he flew back up to the light pole! It was an incredibly special moment for me. Nobody could believe how close the hawk allowed me to get to him. It was like we shared a quiet understanding and he knew I was respectfully and reverently approaching him. He looked right into my eyes and I got chills. It was incredible! I wish I could link my pictures!!

  27. Today I witnessed Red Tailed Hawk hunting from a tree. It did a dive bomb maneuver. When it came back up, it flew straight back to it’s perch.

  28. I see this beautiful hawk often in my fence. Gorgeous and even when I open the door, she let me sit there in awe of her! I feel like it is gods way of saying I need to get out of my situation and he’s watching over me as I struggle. Maybe reading too much into it, but God she makes me feel better sitting on my fence and hanging out. I often too see her sitting with deer just hanging out! It’s weird and amazing

  29. I am in process of selling my farm after 11 years. I close in 11 days. In all my time on farm, none of my animals has ever been hurt or killed by hawks.
    Yesterday, new buyers came by to visit. When they opened the front gate to property, a huge hawk swooped down upon them, then grabbed a small bird in mid-air. They relayed this info to me saying how weird and horrible it was.
    This morning, hens were raising Cain. When I went outside, I see a huge hawk fly away and one of my hens decapitated.
    My farm has brought me much sorrow over all these years. I have been bed ridden with sickness, went through divorce, many personal accidents on farm (fell in fire-3rd degree burns after buying property, falling off ladders, broken bones from other incidents). Was advised back then that Native American spirits were angry. (Land had never been developed when I purchased, but I have totally respected land – had to have well dug, electricity, home).
    This is frightening me. What do you ,make of this hawk suddenly appearing and killing?

  30. My wife has been witnessing a red-tailed hawk perched on a utility wire in the back yard of our lot. Occasionally, he has been perched in an adjacent lot of our neighbor, sitting low in one of the birch trees — just out of reach of our dogs. My wife thinks that he has taunted them by placing himself there.

    As far as perching on the utility wire, he has looked directly north into our house, peering through the dining room window. Our dogs has been spooked by his presence, and go bananas by barking. Meanwhile, he just sits there, starring at our house.

    She has pointed out that he has been around our neighborhood for not-quite one week, and today (29-Nov), she noticed, and pointed him out to me. Interestingly enough, when she raised the blinds, it was as if he allowed her to take a photo of him; in fact, he turned his head in both directions, as if he was posing for her. Once I approached the window, he immediately flew off.

    My question to this group is — who was he there for, and what message is he bringing?

  31. A hawk has been flying into my bathroom window over and over again. I thought it was someone throwing a brick and I almost called 911. What does this mean?

  32. For 3 days every time my nephew was with me we saw a red tailed hawk the day I dropped him off when we saw one and on my way home it flew right out in front of my car I’m trying to figure out is it me or is it him the Hawks trying to send a message.

  33. Since I was a young girl, I have always been fascinated by Hawks and Falcons. But it wasn’t until today that I realized how often I see them.
    Today, I was getting ready for work when I heard what I thought was a rock hit my window. I went to see what it was and to my shock, looking back at me was Coopers Hawk. It was tangled in my bush wings spread, I was afraid it was dying. I rushed outside wanting to help it and it let me!! It let me pick it up and untangle its feet and wings. I took it to my porch bench and placed it on the cushion and he sat next to me, calmly watching me. It let me stroke its head and back, but I noticed that one of his feet seemed like it was hurt. But I can’t be sure. He sat with me for 10 minutes before he decided to fly away and sit in the tree across from me.
    As I went to work I saw more hawks flying above me and realized how many times a day I see them. This wasn’t the first time that I’ve been in close proximity even handling, with birds, wild birds. But my first hawk.
    I know birds have lots of different meanings with the spiritual realm, But what does this mean?

  34. Hi, I know this is gunna sound a little strange to most but last night I had the strong sense of spirits being around me (good and bad). I had also been answering questions aswell as making statements in reply or in agreeance of my loved ones before they had the chance to to ask the question. I was litterally hearing them speak outloud when infact these were still thoughts in their heads. (I know, you think I’m crazy right? But I swear to you on my two kids lives this was all too real.)
    So anyways, after this strange Friday evening/early Saturday morning, I woke up with the kids, got them their bowl of cerial, and proceeded outside in the backyard for my morning smoke. Upon opening the door I noticed a Red Tailed Hawk eating a smaller bird while being perched on a low tree branch.
    I found this to be quite odd, considering I live in a townhouse that’s less than 5 yrs old, with no mature tree aound that’s in the suburbs of toronto.
    Now, being that I’m one who believe’s in the symbolic meaning of things, I decided I’d look up what’s to be said on the red tailed hawk.

    Well, we all read the symbolic meaning of the hawk (It’s the whole reason why we’re here). And the meanings make total sence to me.
    I was just wondering tho, that if anybbody knows if there’s any additional meanings that may be pertaining to how the hawk was eating a smaller bird. If anybody can shed light on that aspect of the hawk it’d be greatly appreciated.

    Thx n God Bless

  35. I love Hawks and have always had Red Tails guiding me. Today, one hit my window as I was driving. I went back to see if it was injured but didn’t see it. I know this is a lesson about paying attention but, does that mean to what just happened or what is currently happening in my life?

  36. I have been having problems in my relationship. My boyfriend drank heavily, and I don’t. We’ve had 7 years, and 2 beautiful kids together. I have 3 daughters. I am fearful of them seeing him while he’s intoxicated. So I have been telling him it is over. My oldest daughters dad told me he will help me if I relocate the kids. I had a bad break up with him 7 years ago. While going to see him in November, I was packing and looked out of my window. Sitting on my air conditioner was a red tailed hawk. He sat staring at me through my see through curtain. Ok, after coming back from seeing him a second time, the day I got back, the same hawk was sitting on my air conditioner. This time he didn’t fly away when I opened the curtain. Instead he stood there and stared at me. He held his head up, beak in the air, and stared directly into my eyes. He goes away after about two minutes. What does this mean?

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  38. Hello,

    I just lost my mother back in November. I had such an amazing experience with ahawk about a week ago. I live in a suburb of Chicago. My mother was very close to my son who is 6. I happened to go into his room that looks into the yard and there was a huge hawk sitting on the fence looking into his bedroom window. The hawk and I made direct eye contact. Before I could take a picture he flew away. My mother was a very spiritual person and so am I. I was very comforted that this had happened. Just felt compelled to tell my experience :)
    Thank you

  39. I am so glad to read that all of you have had similar experiences with hawks. After my uncle passed away who I was very close with I wondered if he would send me a sign or something. On the one year anniversary of his death a very large red tailed hawk landed right on the railing of my deck and looked directly at me for several minutes then flew away. After that they kept showing up all the time. I was coming out of work one day and one flew right up to the building and over my head. It was so close it almost touched me with it’s wings. It then landed in the grass right where I was walking. I got very close to him and took a picture. So beautiful. Today I was thinking a lot about my uncle as it is his birthday. Driving home from work another hawk came out of nowhere and landed right next to my car while I was stopped at a light. I’m just fascinated by what it could mean. I feel it is my uncle letting me know he’s still there. I also feel it is reminding me to keep focused on my higher purpose.

  40. My mom had a dream before I was born, I can’t recall all of it but a native man shot a white hawk from the sky and gave it to her, he told her that it was mine, or a part of me. What does the white hawk symbolize?

  41. Hello. I have been seeing a red-tailed hawk whenever I think a certain type of thought. I was on a yogic/guru based path for 5 years and stopped due to back pain in 2012. In 2012 as I had stopped doing the guru path and was realizing I had bypassed early life trauma, I would often look up and see a hawk soaring above my backyard (like 5 or 6 times at least) when I was contemplating moving on from the path. I did move on and in the following years I realized that maybe I should not have been on this fiery, transcendent path, doesn’t feel like my disposition. Alas, I got on the path because I was unconsciously avoiding early life abuse which disempowered me and caused me to lose my center. I still feel strong Kundalini energy which opened through the path I was on.

    So, 2 months ago I was driving down the road and I thought I just need to surrender to this energy (the Kundalini) and immediately this big, beautiful Hawk came down out of the tree to my right and landed on the ground. It was magical to see it’s size and power up close. I knew it was no coincidence.

    A few weeks ago I thought I need to just surrender to this Guru whom I was involved with and I looked up and saw a Hawk.

    Yesterday, I thought I just need to let go of what I think my life should have been (if I had not gotten involved with fiery yogic path) and get on with Enlightenment/Self Realization; I looked to my left and saw a Hawk.

    I’ve read that the Hawk is a messenger from the Great Spirit and it’s obvious to me there is a message happening here. The thing is I don’t know if the Hawk medicine is supporting my thoughts, or trying to communicate for me to widen my thoughts beyond what I’m thinking at that moment. Is it supporting the thoughts, or suggesting a different way of seeing?

    As you can see I’m confused. I know the answer will need to come from within me. But, I wanted to share my experience and perhaps others may be able to shed some light from their own experiences.


  42. Yesterday I heard a loud noise in my garage and wet to investigate. one of my dogs had a hawk cornered on a shelf. I ran into the house and got a towel and tried to catch it so my dog wouldn’t hurt it and finally ended up tossing the towel over it. I gently grabbed the hawk in the towel and rushed into the fenced in area of my back yard to keep the dogs away from the bird. It was a beautiful creature with bright gold eyes and curled talons tipped with needle sharp points.
    I gradually released the hawk from the towel and it just sat there on the ground and stared at me for at least 2 minutes. It was an amazing and blessed experience for me. My dog ran up to the fence and startled the hawk and it stood tall, spread its wings and opened its beak. I would have given anything to have had a cmera. Finally the hawk took off and flew so gracefully through my back yard and into the forest.

  43. I was walking to the store and noticed a woman in the passenger seat of her car taking a picture with her phone. I thought she was taking a selfie, however, as I walked in front of her vehicle( which was to my left) I found myself looking to the right and noticed I was standing two feet from a red tail hawk that was standing at eye level with me. The hawks back was to me. I was stunned. I said, “Hello.”. The hawk turned its head and I saw its left eye its beak, its talons, I felt it’s power and then it opened it’s wings and flew away to the north west. This happened on February 13th.

  44. Hello,
    My brother was murdered in Aug 2015. One day in the fall I saw a hawk and it flew down by my feet and just stared at me. Ever since that day, I have been seeing hawks everywhere. One even moved in across the street from my house. I’m not looking for them they just show up right there for me to see. Most recently I was on a highway and a friend said oh my gosh look out the window. I did and it was a hawk flying along the side of us and its head turned and looked at me.
    Is this a coincidence that this is happening so much after my brothers death or is it him sending a message he is ok? Any insight would be helpful.

    1. Just to add to this. It is a red tailed hawk that I always see. One flew by me right before Christmas then a rainbow came out of the cloudy sky.

  45. Last summer while working alone on restoring a vintage camper I had a hawk visit me 3 times. I would look up and he would be sitting about 10 feet from me just watching me. Our daughter got married last summer in a barn. Since then I have started looking and wanting a barn to start a business for event venue. I would often be thinking about this while working on the camper. I go out a drive around looking for property with barns on them. While I am out, I see Hawks all of the time. They constantly swoop down at my car and then up and away. Or just sitting on a fence post watching me as I drive by. Or flying high circling around.
    Just wondering if it is telling me to follow through with this barn venue thing I would love to do or if it could be telling me to stay away?

  46. My husband passed away December 15th of last year, we were together 25 years. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer in May it was a shock and to lose him at 47. I’m doing day by day grief is hard. Our oldest daughter is deployed and I’m watching her girls. I had,to pack up our house and move to another state, lost everything . I don’t care avoid any of that I would of given anything for him. This morning I was going to let the little dog out , and right in front of me was a hawk. I shut the door so the dog didn’t get out. I then went outside by myself and he came back and sat on the fence for a while he wasn’t bothered by me at all. Could it be a sign from my husband?

  47. I’m trying to interpret recent dreams and interactions with both eagle and hawk and understand what spirit is telling me:

    Last week I had a dream that I was in the forest with a guide and we came upon a cliff with a hawk in a nest in a crevice. An eagle swooped in and attacked and killed the hawk and then proceeded to take over it’s nest. In my dream, while I felt I should be frightened or appalled (Hawk is my spirit animal.) I looked at the eagle and it was calm and regal and I couldn’t be angry or scared.

    Today ( My birthday!) A bald eagle flew right over me, very low while I was driving. I could see it’s eyes it was so close. I continued to drive along the cliffs of the coast line when I saw a Hawk swoop down in front of my car and land on it’s prey. I was getting ready to rejoice that I was being visited by Hawk spirit when it suddenly tried to take off with it’s prey in it’s talons and flew right in front of my bumper and my car hit it! I could see it flapping it’s long wings in my rear view mirror. I couldn’t stop the car and there was a steep drop off on one side and cliff/rock on the other side of the road. My 3 kids were asleep in the car and it was far to dangerous. I feel horrible and I’m racking my mind what spirit is telling me. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
    Love and Light! ~ Morgan

  48. I have been seeing hawks for quite some time now. As far as I know, they arent too uncommon in my area of new jersey. But one particular time always resonated with me very strongly. While on a hike in new york with a friend and my brother, we’d stopped on the trail for a snack and break, as we’d walked a long way and had not yet found the connecting trail we were heading for. As we sat, a red tailed hawk flew over us very close and landed on a very nearby branch. I remember having a very strong feeling about this wonderful occurrence as it happened. He stayed for perhaps a few minutes, I remember him looking directly at me. I couldn’t help feeling, he was there for me. At the time, it was a very difficult and emotional time for me in my life. Although I had seen many hawks before, and certianly many since, nothing has made me feel more certain the red tailed hawk is my spirit animal. When I see them now, I thank them for being in my life, and reminding me to find my path, sometimes they are simply a comfort to me, knowing when I need them, they are Always there.

  49. I have a couple of things happen dreams happen often of Hawks and a hawk man but beyond that, when I moved into my current house that very day. A hawk flew down my street about head high, gliding effortlessly, veered up and circled. I lost sight for about 30 seconds and it came back with two smaller Hawks almost as he he was introducing me to them, still effortlessly and head high. Yes they were red tails. Then, more recently I had a very dear friend pass away but the neat and interesting thing about it was that the day before he passed I was awakens by some noises in my back yard. So I got out of bed and I went out back. Only to see five red tails in my tree. I sat and stared for a while as they stared back, then one by one each of the red tails flew off. As if they were trying to say something to me. Then on another day, the day my son graduated from college, a red tail soared high above us seeming to be proud. Also I should mention that on a random day while my son was at school a red tail was on a pillar in my sons path so close he could have touched it. Just sitting there watching him. What does this mean?

  50. I’ve been wondering what it might mean to see …Hawks and bald eagles. As well as a red tail hawk, all within a weeks time?

  51. My Daughter just moved to Tucson Arizona to attend the University of Arizona she had been there for about two months and one day as she was leaving her apt a Hawk was on her balcony with another bird that he caught sinking his Talons into it oh and by the way my daughters name is Talon she’s studying veterinary Medicine do you think this had a special message for her she didn’t get I wish I could post the pic it’s remarkable

  52. My adult son found a falcon in his garage this morning. It was sitting in his old jeep. He had to get close to get it out of garage so he could leave to work. The falcon landed on a shelf before flying away.

    In the 70s, my son’s father would raise birds of prey including falcons. He loved these birds. He passed in the late 80s and he had an old jeep before he died. My son bought his jeep in memory of his father. The night his dad died, he dreamed of a funeral procession. He was 13.
    I feel there is a message here. Do you?

  53. Just came back from a trip that took me to take care of my 90 and 85 year old parents, very stressful not because of them but to see the greed an wrong intentions from some of my brothers and sisters in regards of property and whatever my parents have, We are a Family of 12 very separated as if we come from different worlds, as I am the oldest daughter and very sensitive towards what is going on and have always had a good intuition about things, just the venom that runs through the Family and unable to mediate or at least have some peace before my parents go has left me feeling helpless and with extreme anxiety and depression, also I mention my son is having surgery on Wednesdsy, I was meditating this morning looking for answers when I turn my head to look through the French doors were I was sitting and one of the 2 doves that have been playing in my garden for 2 years crashed on one of the little Windows and behind her a hawk, I got up and open the door, the hawk flew to my tree while the five laid on the hound bleeding from its beak, I put her in my hand and caressed her till it died I didn’t know what to do but The hawk was looking at me during this few minutes, Ibdecided to put her on the ground and wait, in about 10 minutes he picked the dove and flew back to the tree, I look up and on the electrical wire cables above me was the doves partner, I have been crying and I don’t know what is going to happen to the other dove, now I am asking myself the meaning of this, I have always been able to see or feel things that will happen but I am through so much pain and stress right now I am lost, add to that problems with my relationship since I got back just trying right now to let it be! thanks for reading

  54. Today I asked for a clear, reconizable sign from the heavens that I was heard and am be guided. One immediately flew low in front of me on a walk. I got it. Thank you .

  55. I recently completed yoga teacher training. In the training spirit animals were mentioned as an animal encountered quite often. I realized then that the hawk must be my spirit animal. As I drove home (across the country) at the end of the training, I told this story to a friend on the phone. I mentioned that I am constantly seeing hawks. We hung up the phone and within 30 minutes I’d seen 8 hawks, having not had seen a single one before the phone call. I was blown away and began counting as they appeared before me. I wasn’t seeking them out. They just came to me. That day alone I saw 40 red tailed hawks. It was very emotional and a bit jarring. I am still processing the experience and will never forget it!

  56. Today I saw a hawk 2Xbox in less than 1/2 hour. My contact worker was gIrving me a ride home cause my car is in shop, as we got in truck he notice a hawk sitting on large rock eating something – amazing to see this but then he drop me home and I decided to take walk up to restaurant to get some food as I shut my side door there was another hawk scooping down low and then soar up in sky – wings were stunning to see and how graceful hawk was flying in sky
    Amazing and early that day I was praying
    things has been piling up for me and I been overwhelmed, then I see a hawk , twice in 1/2 hour wondering what it means if it means anything.

  57. Since a breakup that left me hurting, I have been seeing red tailed hawk everywhere. More frequently now as I am working on my self to get over that relationship. Recently, I saw a psychic and she told me my animal energy was a tigress; upon researching the tigress I found that it was the red tailed hawk. As I stated, I see them everywhere now, my work even has a family of them flying all around the property and they sit on the top of the building near my window; this morning on my way to work a juvenile hawk flew across the road literally in front of my car where I had to slow down so I didnt hit it. What does this mean and what should I be expecting?

  58. I recently had a dream involving a hawk in such a strange way i couldnt help but search up on it and found this amazing page. (Ill skip to the end of my dream) i was in some type of school( im still in HS) and i felt something coming is was a girl who was a snake(as her spirit animal but some how i knew) well to cut the story short she was trying to attack me (in human form) but it felt like a snake attacking i had warned her and i looked down at my shadow while i walked and saw my arms turn into wings of a hawk treatening her to stay away, I was a hawk (sorry i cant explain it good) but since then ive been looking trying to figure out what it meant. Me as a person believe everything in dreams have meaning. Well yea just wanted to get that out there anyone have any idea what it could possibly mean ? And im not quite sure if theres ever hawks around me as most people have said but i dont really go out unless i have to (online hs) and im not one to take notice if i see hawks that much

  59. Today i.e. 28/03/3026 b/w 4;30 PM to 4:45 PM, Hawk hit me on my head, i don’t no what exatly it means.
    In our Hindu Hawk is a sacred bird, we call it as our lord Vishnu’s vehicle

  60. I had a dream last night of a huge red tail hawk. It was about 4-6 feet from tail to head. It landed on a branch about 25 feet away and looked at me. After a few moments of being in awe, other people nearby also noticed the hawk. As they approached the hawk flew away. They took out their phones and took pictures of hawk as it soared around. Hawk then landed further away. It flew and landed in various spots a few times. Then I woke up.

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