Hawk Animal Medicine: Messenger
As a power animal, Hawk “awakens” not only the memory, but also the elements and the kingdoms, and it teaches you to look. Hawk can help you to be more observant, and to see ways out of a difficult situation. It encourages you to examine life from a higher perspective so you can identify new opportunities, as well as hazards that might block your progress.
Hawk also encourages you to look more closely at your everyday life, and especially for “messages” that lie hidden in ordinary happenings. Messages of the spirit are often close at hand but obscured by the obvious.
Should you hear the shrill cry of the Hawk during your journey, it may be warning you to beware of an impending event that may force you off balance, or it may be a call to be bold and decisive at the arrival of an unexpected opportunity. In any event, Hawk encourages you to follow the dictates of the heart. Look more closely.
Hawk is akin to Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Hawk medicine teaches you to be observant, to look at your surroundings. Observe the obvious in everything that you do. Life is sending you signals.
Life in the initiation. If you have pulled the Hawk card, then right now a clue about the magic of life is being brought to you. This magic can imbue you with the power of overcome a currently stressful or difficult situation. The test is your ability to observe the nuances of power lurking nearby. Is power the talent you have and are not using? Are solutions always hard to find because you have lost the broader vision of Hawk? Or is the Great Spirit displaying a gift that you need only to receive? Have the colors of the morning inspired you to create? Of has the gloominess of a present situation left you earthbound, unable to hear the voice within the raindrops splashing on your window? Pay attention! You are only as powerful as your capacity to.
The Ancients recognized this magnificent bird of prey as a messenger bringing tidings to their Earth Walk, the Good Red Road, from the world of the grandfathers and grandmothers who lived before them. If Hawk were to magically cry, it was a sign to beware or be aware. This could mark the coming of a warring tribe, the birth of a child, or the celebration of counting coup. Hawk’s cry signaled the need for the beholder to heighten awareness and receive a message.
Hawk medicine is a totem that is filled with responsibility, because Hawk people see the overall view. Hawk is not like Mouse, who sees everything through a magnifying glass. Hawk medicine people are aware of omens, messages from the spirit, and the color of the calling card you gave them three months ago. No detail slips by them unnoticed.
If Hawk has circled and landed in your card spread, you are to be aware of signals in your life – so notice and receive them. Hawk may be teaching you to grab an opportunity which is coming your way. On the other hand, Hawk may be bringing you the message that you should circle over your life, and examine if from a higher perspective. From this vantage point you may be able to discern the hazards which bar you from freedom of flight. Remember: Hawk has a keen eye and a bold heart, for Hawk flies close to the light of Father Sun.
Honor all life forms and humans as messengers. Trust life’s messages and signals.
Source: Sams, Jamie and Carson, David. Medicine Cards (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1988).« Back to Glossary Index