Ted Andrews talked about how people want their spirit animals to be a noble, popular animal such as a panther or a horse. In an episode of Star Trek Voyager, Captain Janeway does a meditation to discover her spirit animal. Much to her chagrin, it’s a lizard. All animals, real and mythical, have significance.
Too often, we look pass animals who don’t fit our idea of what a spirit animal should be. I’ve always lived in locations with snakes. It was never my intent to do so, but the snakes arrived, along with the birds, and the spiders. Never considered them messengers before, but they are.
My neighbors, whose house is a couple feet from ours, never seem to have these same visitors. Spirit Animals visit us every day if we stay observant we’ll notice them. Yesterday, we were on the highway heading to my mother’s house. I watched the green mileage signs intently watched the miles lower the closer we drew to our destination.
On one sign, a hawk sat on a sign near the road. As we drew closer, the bird swiveled his head and looked at me as I stared back at it. It didn’t move from the sign despite the heavy traffic. Birds with their ability to fly have always been considered messengers from the spirit world. As we draw closer to Samhain, the veil between the two worlds thin. It isn’t unusual to dream of departed friends or relatives.
If you believe your personal totem animal is the hawk, then you are probably more likely to use divination tools such as Tarot cards or pendulum. It can also be a sign of spiritual growth or an upcoming growth surge on the psychic realm. It is also a sign that you’re about to receive a revelation.
The hawk reminds us to pay attention to intuition, hunches, and dream messages. The bird can soar high and see the big picture. Often, it is difficult for people to see the overall image when in the middle of it. The hawk also serves as a soul carrier in various mythology.
What if you can’t tell a hawk from a falcon, kite, or a kestrel? Good news is their meanings are very similar.
Information for this blog came from Dr. Steven Farmer’s Pocket Guide to Spirit Animals, What’s Your Sign Website, and Spirit Animal Website.