Have you ever looked up in the sky to see a hawk soaring upon the
currents, and not until the sun’s light catches its tail feathers just right do
you say, “It’s a Red Tail!”…and of course, one can’t help but follow that
with, “Ohhh, how beautiful!”
Hawks are one of the most intriguing and mystical of the birds of
prey. They are the messengers, the protectors, and the visionaries of the air.
Hawks and owls have the keenest eyes of all raptors. While there are several
different species of hawks that vary in size, appearance and environments, today,
I’d like to discuss the Red-Tail, as it is my personal totem and holds a
special place in my heart.
The Red-Tail hawk’s cycle of power, is the Spring Equinox, the
Fall Equinox and the New Moon. Their power is further represented by the
distinctive red tail feathers that develop as the bird matures. THEY ARE NOT
BORN WITH RED TAILS, BUT RATHER, “EARN” THEM WITH AGE AND THROUGH
WISDOM. I repeat, …earned through maturity and wisdom. Red-Tail hawk reminds us that this takes time and is not something that is given. As with all juveniles, the young hawk is on its own path of becoming. We, too, are always in the process of becoming.
Red represents Power, Energy, and
the Kundalini. The Kundalini is the force that directs the flow of all other
energy fields within the physical body. This force lies dormant within each of
us when we take up the “Robe of Physical Life”, and is thought to lie coiled at
the base chakra (located near the base of the spine–the coccyx or tailbone)
and referred to as the Serpent Power.
There the power lies sleeping until
it is awakened via the soul. It then begins the journey of spiritual
discovery and is consciously acknowledging and incorporating its life lessons…through
maturity and wisdom.
The feathering of the Red-Tail has
two phases: a little lighter during the summer and darker
during the winter. The lighter is often symbolic of more joyful and sociable
kinds of energy. How do you feel during the summer months?
In addition, the
darker phases can reflect a time to be alone or to withdraw a little. How do
you feel during the winter months? Interesting, isn’t it?
The sky is the realm of Red-Tail.
Through its flight, it communicates with humans and with the Great Spirit. Among the Native American traditions, the Red-Tail hawk is seen as a strong symbol of visionaries and spiritual messengers. Because the hawk is able to soar high above the earth, it has a perspective of the “bigger picture,” which we cannot experience with our “feet on the ground.”
When Red-Tail shows up, what message is hawk trying to convey? What is hawk seeing that we are not? These are particularly important questions to consider as we examine our spiritual selves. Specifically, what should we be doing to live more authentic, spiritually-centered lives? What do we still need to do to earn our red tails, to have a broader perspective, to see things more clearly, to rise above the day-to-day details of our lives…to soar to greater heights?
This powerful bird can awaken visionary power and lead us to our creative life purpose.
Sending you love and gratitude,