Peregrine Falcon

The peregrine falcon, as an animal totem, is a powerful symbol and means of self-discovery.  It stands for greater vision and the power to focus and to connect with your spirit and awareness.


When you perceive a totem such as a falcon, although it can be a guide, it is not you.  You have an affinity for and understanding of the peregrine, but that is just one aspect of you.  You are many things and more.

An analogy comes to mind, one that may be seductive for others yet may be harmful to you. People tend to view birds as beautiful but rather fragile creatures.  Feathers are soft, but wispy. Wings are capable of the amazing power of flight, yet they are filled with hollow bones that break. Compassionate humans feel compelled to rescue and fix broken wings.  However, that may be harmful, because it may limit your trust in your own capabilities.

You may very well feel broken to some degree.  Not afraid, not beaten, but wounded.

In a sense, you may be like a bird with a broken wing, but you do not need to be rescued, because you are incredibly strong, more than you may realize, although you have growing awareness of your strength.

Instead, you are a resourceful traveler who can face obstacles, feel lost at times, but always find your way.

You are a warrior who, felled by an arrow, grits your teeth, extracts the arrow despite the pain, stitches up your own wound, then stands up to fight again.

Let the peregrine be your totem, your guide, but know that you need not have a falcon’s wings in order to fly.



About goldenbearflyer

Robert Martz is a writer who doesn't make any money writing, so he keeps a day job in finance. He lives and works in Walnut Creek, CA. He began blogging in 2011 as a way of taking responsibility for and finding a place to put his thoughts and feelings. He loves to eat, cook, and travel. He volunteers, practices yoga, runs, bicycles, hikes, and explores nature with passion and a child-like sense of wonder. He is inspired by his amazing friends, doers and other writers. Check out another of his blogs at
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2 Responses to Peregrine Falcon

  1. Kris Lord says:

    “You are a warrior who, felled by an arrow, grits your teeth, extracts the arrow despite the pain, stitches up your own wound, then stands up to fight again.” Might be one of my most favorite written lines ever!

  2. A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings.

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