Animal Symbolism—Hawk

Animal Symbolism—Hawk

Late one afternoon, I drove a friend and myself to a favorite park by the Delaware River to hang out and enjoy the sunset. We brought our cameras along and took shots of the surrounding area not expecting to have a visitor. Mr. Hawk arrived just as we were getting ready to leave. He landed on a fence and allowed us to get within ten yards of him, which gave us an unlooked for opportunity to get some close up shots of this dapper fellow. With silent grins on our faces we zoomed our lenses and clicked madly away!

Hawk is a Messenger and to see one means that a message is coming your way. Being ‘hawk eyed’ means to be aware of what’s going on around you. That is the true essence of Hawk. It’s important to notice the signs, symbols and synchronicities that are appearing in your life for they are trying to tell you something. The message can come in the form of a dream, person, T.V., book, thought or feeling. When Hawk shows up its time to pay attention.

This magnificent bird has shown up in my life on many occasions. Some messages were easy to figure out while others took a bit of work. I keep a journal so that when I do see a Hawk or any animal for that matter, I have a reference to go back to. It’s important to note what’s happening in your life when it arrives. Perhaps you have a pressing question or need that you’ve been carrying around for some time. When Hawk suddenly appears, you can be pretty darn certain that an answer to your question is soon to follow.

Here’s a classic example of a Hawk encounter that I experienced. I was driving to see a friend for lunch at her home. On the way there a Hawk dove past the front of my car a few feet from the windshield. I knew instantly that the meeting with my friend would turn out be an important one, so I had my radar up pronto. She mentioned during the conversation that she belonged to a writing group after I had told her I was in the beginning stages of writing a book. Afterwards, I realized the writing group was the message that Hawk wanted me to hear. I subsequently joined the group and it turned out to be one of the best decisions that I made during that period of my life.

So what was the message of Hawk that day in the park? Just prior to seeing the Hawk my friend and I were discussing our difficulties in relationships with the opposite sex. I mentioned that we have to get our manifesting skills in gear so that we can attract the right mates for ourselves. And lo and behold, Hawk flew right overhead and landed on the fence. So what do you think the messenger was trying to tell us this time?

Photos by Jeanne Claypoole



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Also known as the Artistic Mystic, Shelley is a published author, an award-winning artist, and an intuitive. She has written and illustrated children’s books, adult non-fiction books, and journals. She has a B.A. in Illustration and there is always a painting in progress on her easel; her favorite subject matter is animals, nature, or some kind of fantasy. Shelley is also a spiritual advisor, a Reiki master, and a dream expert. She teaches workshops on Spirit Animals, Dreams, and Art.

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    Posted at 14:21h, 09 July Reply

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  • Dawn (Bax) Dennis
    Posted at 21:27h, 02 August Reply

    Of course there have been two juvenile red tail hawks living in my backyard for the past couple weeks!!! They make calls early in the morning and I’ve been so curious about them. I have been thinking….there must be some symbolism here that I’m not aware of but should look up. Needless to say I haven’t had the time. And….ah-HA! Here was the answer. This is the first time I’ve been to your blog and when I saw the symbolism of the hawk it made me smile. What a coincidence.

    Now I just have to pay attention I suppose.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 21:57h, 02 August Reply

      That is so cool, Dawn! It was great seeing you again—let’s stay in touch 😀

      • Shelley Szajner
        Posted at 15:09h, 01 December Reply

        Hi Paul,
        Sure, you can use the photo. The artist who took the image is Jeanne Claypoole. Please contact her and she will give you the hi-res of the image.


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