photo credit: richard seaman
In some Native American traditions the red tailed hawk carries the role of visionary and messenger. Hawk served the role akin to Mercury, bringer of messages and portents of change. Hawk reminded the people they needed to be awake and aware. This honorable totem symbol brings the lesson of discovering dormant abilities and helps us to see the big picture. It is a symbol of illumination and peace. In the Pomo tribe Red Tailed Hawk was a symbol, along with the Great Horned Owl, of protection and a sure defense against enemies both seen and unseen.
The hawk was considered an animal symbol of victory and freedom to the ancient Celts. It is typically depicted in Celtic art clutching or devouring a rabbit which was symbolic of lust, greed or frittering away resources.
I find it really cool and interesting that a red tailed hawk should soar above the inauguration yesterday. Sometimes Holy Spirit speaks to us so clearly.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
QUOTE As President Barack Obama finished his inaugural speech Tuesday, Frank LaMere watched a red-tailed hawk circle the U.S. Capitol.The moment for LaMere symbolized the soaring spirits of those privileged to witness history and hear Obama’s call to action.“Looking around Washington right now, you can feel a new energy, barely minutes old but clearly there,” said LaMere, a Winnebago tribal member, shortly after Obama’s swearing-in Tuesday. UNQUOTE