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Hummingbird Totem:

   Wed, February 21, 2007 - 10:12 PM
I love to research the spiritual message behind signs of nature, especially the ones related to animal totems. I have always loved hummingbirds and love to plant flowerbeds that will support butterflies and hummingbirds. I was recently inspired by a dear friend to investigate the spirituality behind the hummingbird. It appears these tiny creatures pack a powerful punch of jubilation and celebration! For many people, the hummingbird is the creature that opens the heart.

Hummingbirds are signs of: Spiritual Messengers / Timelessness / versatility / energy / vitality / joy / renewal / hidden treasures / sincerity / healing / persistence / peace / infinity / agility / playfulness / loyalty and affection.

The hummingbird lives on nectar and searches for the sweetness of life. It finds the hidden treasures underneath the surface. The hummingbird is loved by the flowers and plants because through its journey it not only collects the nectar, but also gives back to the earth because it pollinates and creates new life and new sources for nourishment along its path. Hummingbird feathers have been prized for their almost magical qualities because the mere presence brings joy to the observer

In many traditional cultures of the western world the hummingbird has powerful religious and spiritual significance. In the high Andes of South America, for example, the hummingbird is taken to be a symbol of resurrection. This is because each hummer becomes lifeless and seems to die on cold nights, but it comes back to life again when the miraculous sunrise brings warmth.

When we assume hummingbird consciousness, our life becomes a wonderland of sensuous delights. We live for beauty, delighting in flowers, aromas, fine mist, and delicate tastes. When it becomes our totem, the hummingbird teaches us to laugh and enjoy the creation, to appreciate the magic of being alive, and the truth of beauty.

The hummingbird can fly in every direction, changing direction instantly. It is able to hover and dart around in order to find the treasured nectar. Hummingbirds awaken us to the beauty of the present moment. As they dance the four quarters of embodied existence, they bring us medicine to solve the riddle of duality. They also awaken us to the medicinal properties of plants. Hummingbirds teach us how to draw the life essence from flowers. "They can teach us how to use flowers to heal and win hearts in love."

Hummingbirds also teach us fierce independence. They teach us to fight in a way where no one really gets hurt. They teach us simple courage. Andrews says the twittering, vibrating sounds of the hummingbirds bring us an internal massage that restores health and balance. Hummingbirds also inspire us to protect the environment and to preserve old traditions that are in danger of being lost. When Native American ways were being destroyed by the expanding Euro-American culture, the Ghost-Shirt religion was established to try to bring back the animals and old ways through dancing. The leader of the dance was a hummingbird.

Certainly hummingbird magic is available to all who live in the World. There is something inside the soul of all of us that wants to soar through sunbeams, then dance midair in a delicate mist, then take a simple bath on a leaf. There is something in our souls that wants to hover at beautiful moments in our lives, making them freeze in time. There is something in us that wants to fly backwards and savor once more the beautiful past.

There are different ways that a totem animal can be discovered: In Native American tradition they may make their appearance while one is on a vision quest. They also come in dreams, mediations, and shamanic spirit-journeys. In other cultures your totem is the animal that is always around and brings spiritual peace and insight when they are in the person’s presence. Many who do not take the time to see the importance of totems such as Anglo-Americans and Europeans should remember that their prehistoric ancestors had animal guides and found them in much the same way Native Americans do.

The Hummingbird is a beautiful and useful reminder in our lives. This totem reminds us to explore the past and extract the sweetness from it. It can help you find joy and sweetness in any situation. It reminds you to grab joy as swiftly as you can. Hummingbird reminds us to find the joy in what we do and to sing it out with our hearts.

It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol - further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity. By observing the Hummingbird, we see they are seemingly tireless. Always actively seeking the sweetest nectar, they remind us to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day. Some Hummingbirds are known to wing their way as far as 2000 miles to reach their destination. This quality reminds us to be persistent in the pursuit of our dreams, and adopt the tenacity of the Hummingbird in our lives.

Hummingbird as a totem, comes when we need to spend time soaking in the love of nature so we can learn how to integrate joy into our lives.

If you have Hummingbird medicine, you adapt easily to whatever situation you may find yourself in, and make the most of your new circumstances. You don't waste time looking back and wishing for "what was" for you are concerned with making the most of "what is". Also, you find joy in your own heart. You take great pleasure in spreading joy and love and beauty to all around you, and have the gift of taking that inner joy into new and different surroundings. You have a talent for finding the good in people, and are not put off by a gruff or abrupt exterior, for you know that, if you can only get beyond that tough outside layer, you'll find goodness and beauty inside. You may have a gift for working with flowers, maybe growing them to share with others, or using flower essences for healing. Aromatherapy may be your calling. You have high energy and a spirit that must be free. To restrict that wonderful, free, loving energy is to suffer great depressions and feelings of uselessness. Hummingbird must fly free in search of beauty, spreading joy and love to all it touches.

The most profound questions the Hummingbird asks is:

"Where is our joy?"
"Is our happiness found within, or do we seek it externally?"
"What is the source of our joy?"
"What must we do to increase our joy?"

The Hummingbird animal totem most important message to us is:
"The sweetest nectar is within!"


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Thu, February 22, 2007 - 7:11 AM
thank you so much for sharing that!! i knew some about hummingbirds, especially the joy part, but not about the infinity symbol, or rebirth aspect. i will tell you from my own observation of them--i have many feeders in summer--that they are ounce for ounce the fiercest creature i know. i have always said if they were any bigger we'd all have to look out! the cats don't even look at them:) their aerial battles are just amazing to see. and i laugh whenever one of them is perched on a branch and raises its tiny wings in a gesture of menace to another one approaching. they are great fun to watch. and it is always such an exciting moment in the spring when you hear the first high pitched sound that means they've arrived. you should check out last month's national geographic. it had the most amazing hummer pictures i've ever seen.
Thu, February 22, 2007 - 8:16 AM
Well said! My hummingbirds are pretty fierce. Especially when we forget about the nectar feeders we've put out and they have a perspective mate to impress. They Vvvvvmmmmm around our heads in the pool to let us know that they demand room/nectar-feeder service.

Love and splendor,


Thu, February 22, 2007 - 11:37 AM
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvmmmmmmm captures that noise perfectly!!! how funny. my aunt read a story once in the national enquirer (god bless her, she believed every word they wrote) that said hummingbirds migrated by riding on the backs of geese. i tried to explain that geese migrated in the other direction, but she was convinced. i've had this image ever since of little hummers sitting back relaxing with a paper and cocktail as they ride the goose express:)
Fri, February 23, 2007 - 12:39 PM
Yes! That is exactly the sound that the one made that landed in my hair... I thought it was a large bug... LOL

My family was in the boat one day. When suddenly I heard a Vvvvvmmm sound and something landed in my hair. I wiped at what I thought was a large bug, then looked down at my fishing pole to see a tiny (about 2") hummingbird sitting on my pole. I noticed the little guy was panting and in trouble. So, I told my companion to get me to the shore ASAP. We were in the middle of the lake and I was amazed that the small creature was out that far out over the water. It took several minutes to get to the shore and the little guy was look worse every second that passed. At the time I did not know that they need to feed about every 10 minutes. When we got to the shore I lifted the small bird on my finger and pointed towards the shore and said, "Fly Little One, your safe now"... with that the little hummingbird took off and landed in a tree just off the shore. I was very concerned becuase the little guy look so bad by this time. Then suddenly the tiny bird spotted some nearby flowers and took off to feed.

It was really cool... I had to wonder how many people have acutally held a live hummingbird.