The Meaning of a Falcon, Spiritually Speaking

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The totem spirit of the falcon has come into my inner circle lately, with individuals asking about the symbolic meaning when they see the falcon in their meditation or dreams. Recently as I returned to my host’s home from an afternoon walk a peregrine falcon was spotted on a branch hanging over the house.

Falcon’s are amazingly strong, keen predatory birds, the choice of those who practice falconry. In world war II the falcon was used to intercept carrier pigeons, using its most amazing diving swoop at speeds over 200 mph to incapacitate its target.

What is the meaning of the falcon, spiritually speaking? This bird gives the appearance of being uninterested in our world and the things we consider important. The falcon is far more precise, exerting its great wing power and speed and its striking ability with care, not in a “hit and miss” way.

Another quality that the falcon has that sets it apart from other predatory birds is it’s hooked beak, used for snapping the neck of its prey. Strength with the right tools, quick results.

What meaning could the symbol of the falcon hold in our human world? The precision and directed purpose of its flight makes the falcon a symbol that could carry into both our personal and professional world. We are ineffective when we try to please everyone every time, or when we focus too much on “trying things on for size” instead of making a choice and giving it everything we’ve got.

The falcon, this power animal is a great symbol of what can be achieved when we are committed to our goals.

© 2011 Estee Taschereau, HummingbirdShaman.com™ See into your own spirit-driven world with a soul-level spiritual reading session. All sessions by appointment, available via Skype, phone and email.

The image in this post is the peregrine falcon observed as stated in the story.

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