Spirit Animal Eagle
Gifts: Vision. Courage. Connection to spirit. Strength. Fearlessness. Ferocity. Focus. Determination.
Challenges: Lack of grounding. Vision that is always so big can block empathy (can’t see the trees for the forest).
Eagle is a powerful, archetypal symbol of the bridge between you and God/the Universe/your Higher Self/your soul.
I cannot write or even think about Eagle without lines from Peter Gabriel’s “San Jacinto” coming to mind. “Red paint, eagle feathers, coyote calling, it has begun. . . . I hold the line, the line of strength that pulls me through the fear. . . . San Jacinto, yellow eagle flies down from the sun, from the sun.”
Eagle connects you to your intuition, to divine guidance, to your inner wisdom. Eagle imbues you with courage and flies you away from the fear that falls off your shoulders, like a ratty blanket you’ve long outgrown. Eagle is holding onto the other end of the line of strength that pulls you through the fear.
Eagle gives you a bird’s eye view of your situation, to help you better assess your situation—the destination, the obstacles, the best direction to take. Soar with Eagle up a thousand feet, five-thousand fee, fifteen-thousand feet. See how dramatically the situation changes, loses its punch, becomes more manageable.
Like Hawk, Eagle not only has excellent big picture vision, it can also see details from a distance. Remember that you don’t have to be in the thick of things to see what’s important. Often, you’ll get the best view the farther removed you are.
When you are fully connected to your Higher Self and to God/the Universe, you are fearless—truly without fear. Use this connection to Spirit as yet another perspective to take. When you look at your fear from the perspective of Spirit, you see that fear no longer serves you. Is there danger? Quite possibly. Is there risk? Yes, there may be. Spirit recognizes danger but never chooses fear.
Eagle is both a hunter and a scavenger. It gets what it wants by whatever means necessary. This does not mean that you have to be callously ruthless. But Eagle is teaching you that being ruthless to a degree can be necessary to achieve what you want in life.
A real challenge for Eagle is landing. The shadow side of Eagle is having a fear of being permanently grounded. For you this means you may have your head in the clouds and be perceived as “flighty.” This can result in your metaphorically flying in circles, weighing your options, changing directions more frequently than actually benefits you. Not only is it okay to come in for a landing now and then, it’s absolutely necessary. Without the nourishment that comes from temporary grounding, you’ll burn out and fall out of the sky.
Another challenge to watch out for is having such a big picture vision that you can’t relate to detail-oriented people—or effectively communicate your big vision to them. You easily see the forest, but there would be no forest without the trees that you ignore. Keep your vision focused on the forest, and be sure to listen when people tell you about the trees.