About the Hummingbird

ruby-throated hummingbird

The Hummingbird symbolizes the enjoyment of life and lightness of being.

The hummingbird pollinates and, along with the bees, brings life and renewal to fruits and flowers.  It has a unique ability to hover, moving its wings in a figure 8 pattern, a symbol for infinity.  This holds a message for us – when we find ourselves stuck in time, seemingly unable to move forward because of past regrets and future fears, the hummingbird teaches us how to view the past and future in ways that heal us and bring us a lightness of being and a true enjoyment of life.


The Medicine of the Hummingbird

In Native-American tradition, every living thing has it’s own medicine – it’s own natural power – and can be a teacher for us. Here’s an excerpt from one of many sources on the Hummingbird.


From Ted Andrews,

The hummingbird teaches us to laugh and enjoy the creation, to appreciate the magic of being alive, and the truth of beauty.  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.


From Medicine Cards,

The song of Hummingbird awakens the medicine flowers. Hummer sings a vibration of pure joy. Flowers love Hummingbird because nectar-sucking brings about the reproduction of their families. Plants flower and live because of Hummingbird.

Hummingbird can fly in any direction. Hummingbird can also hover in one spot and appear to be motionless. Great Spirit created Hummingbird to be slightly different from other feathered creatures.

Because of their magical qualities, Hummingbird feathers have been used for millennium in the making of love charms. It is said that Hummingbird conjures love as no other medicine does, and that Hummingbird feathers open the heart chakra. Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. To Brother and Sister Hummingbird, life is a wonderland of delight – darting from one beautiful flower to another, tasting the essences and radiating the colors.

If Hummingbird is your personal medicine, you love life and its joys. Your presence brings joy to others. You join people together in relationships which bring out the best in them. You know instinctively where beauty abides and, near or far, you journey to your ideal. You move comfortably within a beautiful environment and help others taste the succulent nectar of life.

(from Medicine Cards; to read more, read http://scottfoglesong.printandwebdesign.com/44-hummer.pdf)