What is the Message from the Red Tailed Hawk?

Red-tailed Hawk This past month we have experienced some wild weather patterns in southern Ontario and it was on one of those thunderstorm days that a Red Tailed Hawk shared a message with me and my friend.

We were waffling about whether to head out for our scheduled 5pm Nordic pole walk as the skies were quite ominous however; we changed locations and decided to give it a try. Leaving from my place on a rural road, we head out for a quick walk and chat before beginning the evening supper activities. The winds were quite strong which gave a sense of anticipation. My attention was drawn above to a beautiful hawk circling above…how I love to watch the birds of prey as they are on the lookout for their next catch. As we moved along, I noticed that the hawk was now about 200 meters ahead of us and just hovering in the sky on the north side of the roadway.

I motioned to my friend and we were both so intrigued on how this light bird could hover and hold its position with the winds as strong as they were. As we approached, it did not move…there was intensity of its focus. It was hard to see if that focus was on us or something else….! We were passing the hawk and kept half turned around to watch it…unable to take our eyes off; so curious to see if it was going to move. Sure enough, with lightning speed it dove to the ground below and disappeared into the long grasses at the side of the road. I noticed a car coming from the same direction and said “let’s see if the car passing disturbs the hawk to come up”. Sure enough it did and in its beak, supper appeared to be a small mouse or shrew. Amazed to have witnessed this, we expected the hawk to fly off to enjoy its catch. Instead, it circled around us and once again placed itself just ahead of us, hovering over just long enough to show off its prey, then it moved the mouse from its beak to its talons and flew away. We were in complete awe! The hawk intentionally came back to show us its catch before heading off. I knew this was a message for us from the hawk and couldn’t wait to look up the totem message when I got home.

The main characteristics of the message from Red Tailed Hawk came up as Visionary, Awareness of the Big Picture, Latent Power, Guardianship, Higher Calling and Channeling. For a link to the website I referenced click here.  For me, what stood out was the Visionary who believes that all things happen for a reason and Guardianship to honour and protect Mother Earth because I hold a deep knowing that all is one. There is much development change happening in our geographic area and I am aware of how that effects our energy as we witness the falling of many trees, the covering up of yet more precious acres of farm field for new housing developments and more road expansion. We will adjust, however it is important to take time to pray for the wellbeing of the creatures that are affected, the landscapes and us, the residents who have known these beautiful lands.

Have you ever experienced any animals crossing your path that really pulled your attention? I would love to hear…. You can connect with me via phone or email, leave a comment right here on the site, or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

Until next time,

Karen

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  1. Carole Plant says:

    I can think of several times in my life when animal totems have touched my heart. When I first was introduced to my husband, just over ten years ago, we went on a very awkward first date to walk the Barrie waterfront. We landed at a little patio and, while he was off getting us a drink, a grey squirrel walked right up to me, lay down between my feet, curled up his little front paws in a heart and just stared at me. He seemed like the wisest of wise souls, and so at peace. When I came home, I Googled squirrel totems and got ‘nesting’, ‘family’, ‘community’. Soon Dave and I were married. (As you well know Karen!) Last summer, I went to take a waterfront listing. When I got there, there was a huge white swan sitting in the water at the shore. When I went in to see my clients and tell them, they said they had never seen a swan there ever before. And we never did see him or her again. I Googled that totem and it was really cool. It’s worth Googling, but basically, the swan is one of the most powerful ancient totems and the ugly duckling story reigns poignant here. Something that may not seem everything it could be at first, becomes the most glorious thing of all. And that was true of those clients for sure. Their transition was super blessed. Thanks for sharing your story Karen. I loved it. I am crazy about nature and we are long overdue for a walk!

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    • Karen Armstrong says:

      How beautiful your stories are Carole and I am sure with your connection to nature and animals that there are so many more. I loved reading these. Over the past month I have watched a lone female turkey meander through our yard if I happen to be home in the afternoon. Well yesterday my son Taylor said she came by with 5 little ones in tow! It feels so special to have a safe place for her to bring her young into the world. And the main message for Turkey is “The Turkey is a spirit animal closely associated with honoring nature and the Earth. Symbol of abundance, this totem animal encourages us to honor our sources of nourishment, whether they are physical, emotional or spiritual.” I think we have lots to catch up on…thanks for sharing Carole.
      Karen

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  2. Marianna says:

    Hi Karen,
    Reading about your experience about the hawk reminds me what I experienced at Dreamers Rock at Manitoulin Island. This is the highest point at Manitoulen island. I climbed it twice. The second time when I was up there meditating, I saw in the far distance a group off hawks, as it turned out there were as I remember about 6 red tailed hawks. I send them a message to come in my direction, I waited patiently for them to come to my direction. I was very intensely watching their approach coming closer and closer. I realized they received my message we had a connection. After a while they circled above me several times, I received a very peacefull feeling and felt so connected to their energy. Nature and me became one. The magic birds, while I was sitting on top off the world what a message. After the circling above my head they slowly moved away to their previous destination.
    There is a tree on top off that rock, people hang on their ribbons as a form off prayer, I put my ribbon on there as well.
    The tranquil feeling stayed with me for quite some time. Later that summer I painted this experience on my native drum.
    Hawks have always been a big part of my nature experiences especially when we ran the native children’s camp at the Cinference centre at St. John’s side road.

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    • Karen Armstrong says:

      What a beautiful story Marianna..,it is special to know the inspiration for the artwork on your drum. Whether domestic or wild, animals fill such a unique and meaningful place in our lives. How lucky we are to share life with them. My boys sure did enjoy that native camp you and your daughter ran those many moons ago. So lovely that our lives have reconnected too – thanks for sharing.
      Karen

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