Hummingbird Medicine

Hummingbird Medicine

Cinnamon Moon 1
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Joined: 16 Oct 2003, 23:40

25 May 2004, 02:20 #1

Hummingbird Medicine

*Ted Andrews/Animal-Speak:

Keynote: Tireless Joy and the Nectar of Life

Cycle of Power: Daytime

The hummingbird may be the smallest of birds, but it is also the most fascinating. Anyone who has ever seen this tiny bird is filled with a sense of wonder and
joy. Its name comes from the vibration of its wings as it flies or hovers. We have all heard how good it is to whistle while we work, but humming is much more
effective. It creates an internal message, restoring health and balance. This the hummingbird reminds us to do. It reminds us to find joy in what we do and to
sing it out.

There are over 300 species of hummingbirds. This is very significant. In the Hebrew alphabet, the letter "shin" is given the numerical value of 3000.
This has associations with fire and relationships, the past and the future. As we will see later, this is even reflected in the wing movement of the
hummingbird. It has the ability to move its wings in a figure 8 pattern--a symbol for infinity and links to the past and future and the laws of cause and

Hummingbirds have long bills and tongues that enable them to extract nectar from flowers. In fact, they could not live without flowers, and many flowers could
not live without pollination from hummingbirds. Again this reflects the mysteries of cause and effect that the hummingbird can teach so that you can extract
your own nectar.

Hummingbirds have knowledge of how to use flowers for healing. This includes their fragrance, their color, and their herbal qualities as well. They can teach
you how to draw the life essence from them and create your own medicines--as in the case of Bach flower remedies and other flower elixirs. They can teach you
how to use flowers to heal and win hearts in love.

The hummingbird is the most skillful flyer of all birds. It can hover in the air. it can fly backward, forward and sideways. In fact, it cannot walk; it flies
everywhere. It reminds us that if we truly enjoy what we are doing, we become light as a feather, and life is rich with nectar.

The humming bird can reach high speed at its take off. It can also stop immediately in flight from a high speed. It is such a skillful flyer and is not afraid
of any predator. Humming birds have even been known to chase off eagles.

No other bird can fly backwards. This reflects the hummingbird's ability to explore the past and to draw from it the nectars of joy. The hummingbird can
help you to find joy and sweetness in any situation. Its swiftness is always a reminder to grab joy while you can--as quickly as you can.

Because of its iridescent colors, the hummingbird has been named for jewels and glittering stones--i.e., the ruby-throated hummingbird. It has also come to be
associated with the Faerie Realm. One species has been called the wood-nymph hummingbird and another the purple-crowned fairy.

The iridescet colors have also caused it to be associated with rain. More specifically, it is associated often with the rainbow promise that follows the rain.
To the Pueblo Indians, the hummingbird's rainbow coloring, its great strength in flying, and its hovering about flowers, has associated it with various
ritual practices. Prayers sticks and ceremonies were used to bring the rain and help with endurance.

Hummingbirds are big eaters, and most of their food is comprised of the nectars (sugars) of the flowers, although they will also eat tiny insects. The
hummingbird may eat 50-60 meals a day. Because of its small size and its high degree of activity, it loses body heat quickly, so it must digest food quickly.
Individuals with hummingbird totems should watch their own sugar levels. Are you getting too much or too little? Are you not getting enough sweetness in your
life? Are you not savoring the sweet things in life.

Hummingbirds are very playful. Even when bathing--and they bathe often--they play in the water. They also seem to fight with each other, although no one seems
to get hurt. Now scientists pretty much agree that these are only mock fights for exercise and fun.

Hummingbirds are fiercely independent. Except when mating, they like to be alone and free, seeming to revel in that freedom. During the mating ritual, the male
does anything he can to gain the attention and affection of the female. If the female chooses to mate, she returns the attention, otherwise she just flies off.

Mother hummingbirds are hard workers. This is necessary, for they receive no help from their mate. She will usually lay two eggs, again very symbolic. Two is
the number of the inner self, the feminine to which we must give birth and expression to find our own joy.

Hummingbirds are master architects. They build their homes with great care and design. Some are very intricate, but each is unique to itself. If the
hummingbird has taken up residence in you, you may wish to redecorate. It may be telling you to do something to create joy in the home.

Hummingbirds can also hibernate overnight. The body temperature will lower, its feathers will ruffle up as insulation and it will assume a state of torpidity.
It will appear to have died on its perch. This is done to prevent exhausting the energy supplies necessary for it to live--while allowing it to rest. For those
with the hummingbird as a totem, it is important to get regular and deep sleep and rest. It will be necessary so that you do not burn yourself out.

The ruby-throated hummingbird is a wonder of migration. Every winter it makes an amazing journey. for several days it will eat and eat, storing up food and
energy in its tiny body. Then it will fly for days and days to get to a warm climate. Some have been known to make a journey of 2500 miles or more, from Alaska
to Central America. Scientists are still unsure how it is able to store up enough energy to accomplish such a journey.

But it does, and because of it the hummingbird is a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible. It will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful
living from your own life circumstances.

*Bobby Lake-Thom/Spirits of the Earth:

Hummingbird is a very good sign. She is a good-luck messenger. She takes our prayers to the Great Creator. She is a doctor and healer. The Hummingbird has the
power to travel long distances under great odds and obstacles. Her colors promote healing and balance. She is very smart and very spiritual. She can teach us
how to soul-travel, develop psychic powers of the mind, and how to be graceful.

*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:

The energy of pure joy to keep you aloft the flower of the world, extracting the nectar of life wherever you go. This is the only bird in nature that can fly
backward. As such, consider what part of the past you're retrieving for productive review. Love. In folk magic, hummingbird feathers were a common
component in love charms. Just take care that this is not forced or manipulated. Such a relationship will not last.

Among the Native Americans and Basquwe people, this represents total honesty. They believe that hummingbirds cannot tell a lie. Reveling in freedom and
playfulness. Scientists have shown that these birds seem to enjoy both tremendiously. How much free time or play time have you had lately?

*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:

This beautiful iridescent bird is found only in the Americas. There are hundreds of species of hummingbirds. Except for some large species in the jungles of
South America, this creature is extremely small, some no bigger than bumblebees. It is the only bird capable of backward flight; its wings can beat fifty-five
times a second. It has a very thin, long beak and a long tonuge, making it possible for the bird to feed while suspended in the air.

A fearless thing for its size, the hummingbird exhibits superb precision flying, especially during ferocious battles between males during the mating season.
I've seen our cats creep alongside of the house rather than expose themselves to the high-speed bombing runs of hummingbirds streaking between the porch

The Mayans associated the hummingbird with the Black Sun and the Fifth World of their legends. Their deity Quetzalcoatl was considered to be a hummingbird god
and, as the Feathered Serpent, wore its plumes. Although the feathers of this bird were used in love charms, the Aztecs had a war god, Huitzilopochtli
("the hummingbird on the left"), who wore a crown of these plumes.

Superstitions: It is believed by many that hummingbirds migrate by hitching rides on larger birds.

Magickal Attributes: Happiness, love, relaxation. Don't be so judgmental. Love and happiness in your life.

*Jamie Sams & David Carson/Medicine Cards:

Joy. Hummingbird is associated with the Ghost Shirt religion, which taught that a certain dance done properly would bring about the return of the animals, and
that white people would disappear. Once again the Original People would know the joy of the old ways. In Mayan teachings, Hummingbird is connected to the Black
Sun and the Fifth World. Hummingbird can give us the medicine to solve the riddle of the contradiction of duality.

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--up, down, backwards and forwards. 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 a 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. Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss
to 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 loe 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.

Hummingbird holds the Bow of Beauty which is delicately inlaid with gold and silver flowers, pearls, and precious jewels. Hummingbird disdains ugliness or
harshness, and quickly flies away from discord or ddisharmony.

If Hummingbird has flown into your cards, get ready to laugh musically and enjoy Creator's many gifts. Drop your judgmental attitude and relax. Hummingbird
will no doubt give you a flash of the spirit, darting here, there, and everywhere. Get ready for a strange new burst of energy which may send your senses

Hummingbird hears celestial music and is in harmony with it. Hummingbird may invite you to an art museum or a concert. Hummingbird energetically embraces the
highest aesthetics.

Never be coarse in front of Hummingbird, for this is a fragile medicine which may have no understanding of worldy affairs. Beauty is the target, and
Hummingbird's mission is to spread joy or to be destroyed. Hummingbird quickly dies if caged, caught, or imprisioned.

Follow Sister Hummingbird and you will soon be filled with paroxysms of joy, and experience a renewal of the magic of living.

Contrary: If contrary Hummingbird is in your cards in any configuration, it speaks to you of matters of the heart. How or why has your heart center closed?
Have you done something callous to another, causing them to shut off the love they once felt for you? The contrary Hummingbird may presage sorrow and the
inability to see the many blessings we two-leggeds have been given and the primordial beauty that surrounds us. If contrary Hummingbird sings its forlorn song,
perhaps you should journey into your personal pain and know that your sorrow is your joy in another reflection.

*Denise Linn/The Secret Language of Signs:

Are you too busy and frantic in life? Is it time to slow down and relax? Hummingbirds represent the absolute energy and joy in delving into the nectar of life.
They can fly up, down, and even backward. Expand your joyous energy in all directions.

*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:

Hummingbird warns of frequent indecision; mental vacillation.

*Zolar/Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions:

Should a hummingbird pick at a girl's breakfat, it is said that she will marry during the year. If she is already married, a woman will have a child within
the year. In Latin America, hummingbirds are thought to be a refuge of dead souls.

*Open for discussion.
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~To Be A Feather In Spirit's Wing~


autumn mouse
Honored Member
Joined: 21 Dec 2003, 14:26

16 Jun 2004, 03:40 #2

After the children left with the sitter to go to
the petting zoo and playground, I took the tools out into
the yard to get some gardening done. I mowed the lawn,
pruned back some of the plum branches, relocated some
cocoons that were attached to the pruned branches (yay,
butterfly!! One of them was starting to outgrow the
cocoon!!) and I trimmed the edges. We don't have any
gas/electricity powered gardening tools... everything is
done manually, so with the warm weather we are having
today, I was getting nice and sweaty. Time for a break. I
sat down on the stairs to the kitchen deck with a glass
of home-made lemonade, and just basked in the beauty
before me. Trees in various shades of green and red,
flowering plants, birds galore... raspberries about to
turn red, cat lazing around underneath the sage bush, ...
and I drifted off into thought about our future home. I
have a specific area in mind for our future home -- and
two of the streets in that area are called
"Princess" and
"Empress". How wonderful would it be to
live on a street with such a feminine name in this time
of Venus' uprising.
As I was musing, I was
suddenly pulled back into this dimension by the sound of
a hummingbird. They are by no means rare in our city, but
they are not seen often in our neighbourhood. This one,
therefore, immediately caught my attention. It flew
around the butterfly bush (South-East) for a brief
moment, and then came straight toward me. Right in front
of me, it flew up a bit, over my head, appeared to vanish
behind me (West), and out of nowhere reappeared and flew
over me again towards the North-East. She was soooo close
to me when she flew over my head, that I felt the hairs
moving by the rapid movement of her wings.
I thanked Hummingbird as she flew off. What a
glorious gift while basking in the Sun, in a flowering
garden. I'm going to print out the Hummingbird article
(even though I've just quickly read it), so that I can
sit with it and get the most out of Hummingbird's

autumn mouse
Honored Member
Joined: 21 Dec 2003, 14:26

17 Jun 2004, 05:22 #3

I'm sure that the hummingbird came in part to
validate my experience of beauty that moment -- the
beauty continues to awe me, just the vibrance of life,
our garden (it's by no means a show garden, just that
everything is so abundant at the moment), the kids, life
in general ...
I am not clear yet
entirely on the four quarter directions -- South-East and
North-East being part of Hummingbird's message.
This is what spoke to me in the Dancing the
Wheel intro article:
The direction
from which Hummingbird came to me:
South -- trying out new

East -- realm of

After flying directly over my head,
Hummingbird was behind me:
West -- This is the realm of soul-searching,
of self-examinations, of knowing our shadow nature, our
dreams, and our inner spirit

It appeared as though
Hummingbird temporarily vanished here in the West, but it
suddenly reappeared, flew straight over my head
The direction in which
Humminbird left:
North -- find what needs doing and the
knowledge of how to do it

East -- tapping the cosmic realms of

So I am wondering how
South and East, and North and East would combine in this.
Is there another reference article that I have overlooked
in which the quarter directions are mentioned?


Cinnamon Moon 1
Spirit Keeper
Joined: 16 Oct 2003, 23:40

17 Jun 2004, 08:17 #4

Yes, Mouse, there are several other articles that
have accumulated over time on this topic. Before we
started the libraries these topics came up at different
times and were presented in similar but also varied
degrees according to the situations. I feel there is
repetition but also there is variation in the material
In the main library look
Dancing the Wheel Introduction

Dancing the Wheel For the First Time
Forces Overview
Seven Sacred
Seven Directions
Walking With the Powers That Be (the
latter half of the article)
considering the message, where your thoughts were
wandering at the time or the topmost issue in your life
is being addressed. Just remember that what direction the
message comes from is the perspective you have to take on
the issue. The direction they go to is what you need to
apply to resolve it. ImageBlessings,
"The power and ways are given to us to be passed
on to others."
...........Fools Crow,
Ceremonial Chief, Teton Sioux
~To Be A Feather In Spirit's Wing~


autumn mouse
Honored Member
Joined: 21 Dec 2003, 14:26

17 Jun 2004, 08:50 #5

Thanks Cinn! Is there an article on the passages
between the directions: North-East, South-East,
South-West and North-West? How does one combine the
directions in that way? How does one interpret these
I was daydreaming about
the location of our future home, thinking that wouldn't
it be great if we lived on a street with a name as
"Empress" or
"Princess" (two streets in our
neighbourhood which have some really nice character
homes) -- Venus's influence of late, the feminine, ...
how the feminine mysteries are so strong in my life and
how I am learning to work with them... living in a street
with such a feminine strong name felt like a nice idea.
Which is when Hummingbird showed up.

Cinnamon Moon 1
Spirit Keeper
Joined: 16 Oct 2003, 23:40

17 Jun 2004, 09:20 #6

Okay then you apply those issues to the directions
and to what Hummingbird represents. As for the
cross-quarters like Northeast, they are the transitions
between things.
For instance, the
North is sustenance, heart, sharing, give-away, things we
do to sustain and it is also endings of the old cycles.
The East is new beginnings, concepts, birth, higher
thoughts. So the Northeast would address the transition
from one to the other and hence indicate that it is going
to come to pass through your heartfelt needs and
An example would be in
the focus aspect here that you would need to transend
this change through creative searching, perhaps putting
your higher self into action on matters and using
spiritual abilities to manifest your desires. In this
case there was magic in the air as you creatively
explored your desires and I believe Hummingbird was
telling you to hold that focus and call it to yourself. I
know this is rough and there's a lot more you'd
personally see, but hopefully you are getting the idea.
"The power and ways are given to us to be passed
on to others."
...........Fools Crow,
Ceremonial Chief, Teton Sioux
~To Be A Feather In Spirit's Wing~