Hawk Spiritual Meaning/ Their Lore and Symbolism
February 27, 2024 11 min read

Hawk Spiritual Meaning/ Their Lore and Symbolism

By Lady Saoirse

TL;DR- The hawk is a powerfully spiritual creature and hawk sighting meaning has been pondered for centuries.  What does it mean when you see a hawk while you are awake and in dreams? Join Spiritual Blossom to find out all about the spiritual meaning of seeing a hawk and how they can teach you.


What does it mean when a hawk flies in front of your car? It might mean the bird is going somewhere and you just happen to be in its path. It might also mean that the bird is bringing you spiritual messages, and all you need to do is listen to find out what they are. Learn all about the spiritual meaning of hawk sightings with us today. Find out what it means to have a spirit animal and what hawks teach when they are yours. Learn about dreams of hawks and read all the way to the end to find out how to get your very own horoscopes delivered to you from Spiritual Blossom today.


What’s a Hawk?

Hawk Spiritual Meaning/ Their Lore and Symbolism

Hawks are birds of prey that live all over the world everywhere except for the continent of Antarctica. They're considered to be some of the most intelligent birds on the planet and they have a high amount of nerves that connect their visual receptors to the brain that makes it possible for them to have superior vision. They are long distance migrators, and most species of hawks start traveling sometime in summer and reach their destinations by winter. They tend to prefer migrating in flocks than migrating alone. A lot of hawks prefer a habitat that is in an open area like fields and deserts because it's easier for them to locate their prey. They can live in the tropics, on mountains, and on plains. Many hawks prefer to hunt just before nightfall and they hunt small animals like lizards, mice, snakes, and even fish. To read about Water Signs, see here: What are Water Signs? (spiritualblossom.com)

The largest hawk is the ferruginous hawk which can have a  wingspan of five feet in length and the smallest hawk, called the sharp-shinned hawk can have a wingspan of just 9 inches long. Hawks can see farther than humans and their eyesight is 8 times clearer than that of human beings. Most hawks mate for life, and if one partner dies, the surviving mate will find another. Hawks are protected by federal and state laws, and it breaks the law to kill or capture a hawk. Some Hawks can reach speeds of up to 120 mph. There are more than 200 species of hawks and they have been around for at least 35 million years. Some of the more well-known species of Hawks are ospreys, eagles, and white-tailed hawks. To read about the spiritual meaning of  eagles see here: What Does Seeing an Eagle Mean Spiritually? (spiritualblossom.com)


What Does the Hawk Symbolize

Hawks are known for their grace, speed,  and beauty but they mean so much more than that spiritually. People from all over the world have famous myths about hawks. They symbolize sharp focus, leadership, intuition, and the very force of life itself.


Hawk Spiritual Meaning/ Their Lore and Symbolism

” Watch them like a hawk” has become a famous saying because of how hawks have unbreakable sharp focus when they're paying attention to something. Their vision is so clear that they can see things from great distances, and they can also see in color. They also have excellent hearing,  and can detect very faint sounds. Whenever a hawk does something, it focuses only on what it's doing with great intensity. It applies all of its energy to the task at hand and uses all of its strength and abilities to meet its goals. One Zodiac Sign known for having intense focus is Scorpio and you can read about them here: The Best Love Matches for Scorpio (spiritualblossom.com)


The hawk has been associated with different ancient gods and goddesses, including the ancient Egyptian God Montu. He is a god of war who represented the victories of the pharaoh. He was especially revered during the 11th dynasty during military successes and reunification of Egypt, and he was a supreme god during that time. Hawks represent all forms of success, accomplishing goals, and conquering enemies because of how powerful they are during the hunt. They focus on prey, swoop and with great speed and might, and successfully capture what they want. To learn about the Angel Numbers 6 and 666, which can help you to be successful read here: What is the Angel Number Six and 666 Meaning? (spiritualblossom.com)


Have you ever seen how a hawk watches things in silence? They seem to know all hidden things, and be able to detect everything in their surroundings. So, they symbolize psychic abilities and intuition. In ancient times, hawks were considered to be messengers of such gods as Apollo, a god of prophecy, and they are mentioned as messengers of the gods and the Odyssey and the Iliad. Ancient Celts believed hawks could travel to the Otherworld, and many people worldwide throughout history have believed that hawks knew hidden truths. One Zodiac Sign that is very in touch with their psychic abilities as Pisces and you can read about them here: Pisces Zodiac Traits and Love Compatibility (spiritualblossom.com)

Life Force

Hawks are associated with the ancient Egyptian god Ra. He is a god of the sun who rules all parts of the world including the sky, the earth, and the underworld. He was portrayed as being a falcon headed god and he was believed by the Ancient Egyptians to be the god who created all kinds of life. He has a very important job. He carries the sun across the sky during the day and a different form of him carries it safely through the underworld at night before it emerges again in the day. Without the sun there would be no life on earth, and so the falcon headed god Ra and hawks themselves symbolize the very life force itself.  Click here to read about gods and goddesses of the sea: The Folklore, Myths, and Gods of the Sea (spiritualblossom.com)


The Meaning of Dreams About Hawks

Sometimes, a dream is simply your mind occupying itself in your sleep, but sometimes a dream means so much more. When you dream about hawks, it can symbolize any of the things that they traditionally symbolize. Pay attention to the details in your dream though, because depending on what kind of hawk you dream about, the messages will be different. Today, we will explore what dreams about several different kinds of hawks can mean. To read about dream interpretations see here: Your Guide to Dreams and Interpretation of Them (spiritualblossom.com)

Dreams About a Cooper’s Hawk

Hawk Spiritual Meaning/ Their Lore and Symbolism

Called an avian outlaw by some people, the Cooper’s hawk has been known to raid farms, bird feeders, and feedlots, thus making some people feel like they are pests. Because of these things, the Cooper’s hawk represents opportunism. When you dream about the Cooper’s hawk, you are being instructed to seize any opportunity you can find and use it to your own advantage, no matter what it takes. One Zodiac Sign that's flexible and seizes opportunities is Gemini and you can read about them here: Gemini Zodiac Traits and Love Compatibility (spiritualblossom.com)

Dreams About a Red-Tailed Hawk or Chicken Hawk

Red-tailed hawks are one of the most common kinds of hawks worldwide. This is because they are good at adapting to all different types of environments. They do this in a very smart way. Although they are known for going after people's chickens, earning them the nickname of chicken hawks,  they will eat a variety of mammals, lizards, and even seafood. When you dream about a red-tailed hawk, you're being told to be flexible. You will succeed better in life if you learn different ways of doing things and if you will adapt instead of being stubborn. To read more about dream interpretations see here: Your Guide to Dream Meanings Part 2 (spiritualblossom.com)

Dreams About a Red Breasted Hawk

Also known as the red shouldered hawk, these birds have an unusual and ruthless hunting technique. When they sight their prey, they drop directly onto it from mid-flight. They then sometimes pick up the prey, fly very high in the sky, and drop it to the ground to stun it. When you dream about the red breasted hawk, you are being told to go ahead and be savage. You might be a kindhearted and gentle spirited individual, but this dream tells you when you're in a situation where you are pushed to defend yourself, or pursue something that's in your best interests, be as harsh as you need to be, and don't feel sorry for people if they get in your way. To even more about dream interpretation see here: Your Dream Bible and Dream Analysis Guide (spiritualblossom.com)

Dreams About a Sparrow Hawk

Hawk Spiritual Meaning/ Their Lore and Symbolism

The sparrow hawk hunts by surprise attack. It hides and jumps out at its prey. They even take advantage of people's gardens for use as hunting grounds. They learn how to fly very low to the ground, and to even fly upside down. Dreams about sparrow hawks encourage you to learn new skills and do things that nobody would have ever believed that you could do. Like the sparrow hawk, you are a multi-talented individual and you should be a lifelong learner. One Zodiac sign that enjoys a variety of experiences and loves to try new things is Sagittarius and you can read about them here: Sagittarius Traits and Love Compatibility (spiritualblossom.com)

Dreams About a Fish Hawk

Also known as the osprey, the river hawk, and the seahawk, the fish hawk nests near bodies of water where there's plenty of food. They eat mostly seafood and fish, and they almost never eat dead or diseased fish. Dreams about the fish hawk tell you not to settle for anything less than the best. If you dream about a fish hawk during times when your romantic relationship is struggling, you're being told that your romance is not good enough for you, and you should not sell yourself short. If you dream about a fish hawk when you've gotten a new job offer that doesn't provide the amount of compensation that you want, you are told to negotiate for a higher salary, or take a better paying job. One Zodiac sign that will not compromise their standards or settle for anything less than what they think is the best is Leo and you can read about them here: Leo Traits and Love Compatibility (spiritualblossom.com)

Dreams About a White Hawk

Also called the white necked falcon, The white hawk is a tropical hawk that likes the woods. White hawks are considered to be a top predator because they hunt a lot of different species but almost no animal hunts them. Dreams about the white hawk tell you to work hard, sharpen your skills, and strive to be the best you can be in every aspect of your life. You have what it takes to be the best of the best, but it's not easy. Get ready to work hard and be the top “hawk” in your world. To read about another powerful creature, the snake, see here: Dreaming of Snakes- Meaning and Symbolism (spiritualblossom.com)


Hawk Spirit Animal Meaning

Hawk Spiritual Meaning/ Their Lore and Symbolism

Spirit animals are animals that we have a soul connection with. Some people believe that everyone has at least one spirit animal, and the hawk is one animal that might be your spirit animal. When the hawk is your spirit animal, it teaches you great lessons to encourage you to cultivate your own personal power. The hawk shows you to focus intently when you pursue success, and to seize it victoriously. Hawks teach you how to plan quietly in the presence of people who would treat you as an enemy, and put your plans in action in ways that they would never expect. Your hawk spirit animal could very well visit you in dreams, or you could see them regularly in nature. Another bird that might be your spirit animal is the cardinal and you can read about them here: What is Red Cardinal Spiritual Meaning? (spiritualblossom.com)

Hawks are mighty hunters that terrify many other animal species, but one species is a serious danger to hawks- human beings. If the hawk is your spirit animal, while it's teaching you profound lessons, you might decide that you want to protect it. Man made pesticides are a great danger to hawks, so don't use any. People will use pesticides to get rid of rats and mice, and then the hawks will eat the rat or mouse that's had the poison and it will kill the hawk. Encourage everyone you know to stop using pesticides permanently, because the more hawks are alive, the less pests will be out in nature. Add a water source to your property, put up bird feeders, and attach hunting perches to your trees. Doing these things will help to attract hawks to your property and they will help to keep your property pest free. To read about another creature that helps with pest control, the spider, see here: Dreams About Spiders- Meaning and Symbolism (spiritualblossom.com)


When you see the mighty hawk, perhaps you're just lucky enough to behold the animal in all its glory, but sometimes seeing a hawk means more than that. Hawks symbolize the life force itself, victory, intuition, and sharp focus. When they visit you in dreams they bring powerful messages, and when the hawk is your spirit animal it teaches you all of its gifts. May all of your meetings with hawks be spiritually meaningful, and may the hawk teach you well. So Be It.


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About the Author:  Lady Saoirse has studied magic and lore for most of her life but started walking her own Magical Path after being spiritually reborn in the desert. Today she is a High Priestess for The Temple of the Goddess, she is a psychic advisor and spiritual counselor, she shares her gifts as a Psychic and Content Writer for Spiritual Blossom. She has written for Mysticsense and PaganPagesOrg emag.