Eagles “teach a balance of being of the earth but not in it” (p.139). Their powerful grip and ability to utilize what they have grasped is symbolic of their connection to the Earth. It is an invaluable part of their great hunting prowess, which ensures their survival. The message is to keep oneself grounded, laying a foundation for yourself while expanding your vision of what is possible. Eagles conserve their energy when hunting. They do not waste their resources and bide their time, waiting for the right moment to strike. With tremendous control of their powerful wings they glide slowly and silently so as not to alert their prey. They sometimes hover for a brief moment for a more accurate strike. The image of the Eagle inspires us to strengthen our wings on the winds of life while developing an acute sense of timing in terms of when to hover and when to strike when opportunities present themselves.
The eagle’s magnificent ability to fly and soar to great heights with its keen sight and hearing represents a more expansive perspective of reality. A visit in a dream or a sighting may signify the opening of a new vision within the present moment, reaching far to the past and into the future. An eagle’s sharp beak and powerful jaws are designed to cut, tear and crush. In humans the jaw is important in digestion, but also in speech. The eagle’s message may be the need to develop discernment in when to speak, how much, and how strongly in order to not inadvertently hurt and rip the other person to shreds.
Photo Credit: Derek Keats
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