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.

32 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…

  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,

  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.


  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

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