Symbolic Meaning of the Hawk

symbolic hawk meaning

Attributes & symbolic meanings of the hawk:

  • Attention
  • Vision
  • Power
  • Energy
  • Leadership
  • Intensity

We take these indications from observing the hawk in nature.  Here we see the hawk has tremendous vision.  Their eyesight is phenomenal and a key factor in their incredible hunting abilities.  Here the hawk is a message for us to keep our eyes (both physical & spiritual) keen on the areas that most require our attention.  Specifically, the hawk beckons us to hone our focus on the areas that are out of balance in our lives.  Recognition is the first step to solution.

We derive the essence of power, energy and intensity just by visually appreciating the hawk.  Consider its powerful beak and impressive talons.  It’s steely stare and intense focus also contribute to the aura of power the hawk holds.  As such, the hawk asks us to be aware of the power each of us has over others. 

Further, we must each respect our potential positions of authority (leadership) and honor all those with whom we interact.  It is abhorrent to the hawk’s spirit when we are careless with our power (or worse, dominating, arrogant or mean) when dealing with others. 

Furthermore, the hawk is a solar animal which makes it kin to all the attributes summed up by fire and sun.  Attributes such as brilliance, clarity, energy, and unification.

In dreams, hawks represent our yearning for freedom and clarity and is often considered a message from the subconscious to use our intellectual power to obtain the freedom we desire in lives.

Other links of interest:

Symbolic Meaning of the Hawk (full article)

Animal Totems List

Totems of the Air

Symbolic Meanings