The Hummingbird: Folklore, Symbolism, and Spirit Guide
The Hummingbird: A Beautiful, Intriguing Creature
As a little girl, I was often delighted and intrigued by the appearance of a hummingbird. My grandmother kept hummingbird feeders in the backyard, and every once in awhile we would get to see these tiny, beautiful creatures hovering nearby sipping nectar. Are you just as fascinated with the hummingbird as I am?
Hummingbirds are not only beautiful, they are also some of the smallest and fastest-flying birds on the planet. A few types of hummingbirds are so small they are comparable in weight to a penny! These creatures are loved all over the world, though they are native only to the American continents. They have much to teach us.
In this article we will look at:
- hummingbird folklore
- hummingbird symbolism
- the hummingbird spirit guide and its lessons for you
The Hummingbird In Folklore and Mythology
The ancient indigenous people of both North and South America have various myths and stories centered around the speedy hummingbird.
The Aztecs (ancient people of Mesoamerica) honored a god of war known as Huitzilopochtli whose name means "Hummingbird of the South". The Aztecs felt hummingbirds were not only fierce but sacred animals. Upon death, Aztec warriors were believed to morph into hummingbirds and fly to join the god Huitzilopochtli.
To the Mayan people, hummingbirds were magical, sacred creatures. One particular legend tells of the hummingbird's creation - sculpted from the left-over feathers used in the creation of other birds. The gods were so in love with the hummingbirds, they put on a great celebration where all the other animals were invited to honor the hummingbird in his bright beauty and wit.
Just like other birds, hummingbirds were thought to be messengers between humans and the gods. To the Pueblo Natives, hummingbirds bore their messages of praise and requests to Mother Earth for the shamans.
Even the Cherokee have a legend of the swift, tiny bird. The legend says that the hummingbird used his speed and swiftness to grab a piece of the world's first tobacco plant in order to help heal an old woman.
And on and on these legends go. Dozens of Native tribes all over the United States, Canada and South America have their own endearing stories of the hummingbird. We can see just how special these little birds have been throughout time.
With all of the amazing things the hummingbird can do, it's no wonder they have so much to teach us. The Hummingbird symbolizes many aspects of life.
The hummingbird represents living a joyful life. Think of how the hummingbird flits from one place to another, happy and bouncy. Full of life. We would do well to learn how to love life like the hummingbird.
The hummingbird has the ability to fly backwards, an ability that only a few birds of the world possess. In this way, the hummingbird symbolizes taking a step back to further examine a situation. Sometimes we have to take a step back in order to move forward.
Swiftness / Speed
The hummingbird represents speed and agility for obvious reasons. They remind us that sometimes in life it is advantageous to be able to act quickly in emergent situations.
The hummingbird is very light-weight, some weighing no more than a penny. This is symbolic of moving through life with a lightness. Leaving gentle footprints behind us on this earth means to care for the earth, care for our families and treat everyone and everything with gratitude and respect. Most people do not move through life with a lightness like the hummingbird.
Hummingbirds have a metabolism so high that they have to consume more than their own weight in nectar every day or else they will die overnight. In this way, the hummingbird represents endurance and survival. They are always hours away from death, yet they survive and carry that inevitable brightness everywhere they go.
The great thing about symbolism is that it is different for each person. You might think the hummingbird represents something not listed here, and you're right! Whatever the hummingbird symbolizes to you is what is important. Take nature's messages to heart in whatever way they may appear. Even in the tiniest of birds like the hummingbird.
The Hummingbird Spirit Guide
If you believe in spirit guides, you might also believe that animals can come to us as spirit guides. Often animal spirit guides are temporary messengers that disappear once we have received their sacred messages from Spirit.
The Hummingbird Spirit Guide comes to those who need to learn a specific lesson in life. Again, the message the hummingbird spirit guide brings to you might be completely different from the message it brings to the next person; however, these messages may be similar. The Hummingbird Spirit Guide might bring you lessons of joy, swiftness, adaptability, and lightness. They might also come into your life with a message from a deceased loved one. It is also quite possible that these birds as spirit guides might represent a certain ancient god and a message or lesson that can be learned from that god.
If the Hummingbird Spirit Guide has come to you recently, you might see them flitting about your yard. You might see their image on the Television screen or in books or magazines. You might see them all over the internet and for no logical reason. This is because they are trying to get your attention! Do your research on the hummingbird itself and ask the hummingbird spirit guide to reveal its message to you. Take to heart the message or lesson. The Hummingbird Spirit Guide is a very special messenger and should be honored.
© 2016 Author Nicole Canfield