As you might imagine given my name, I have a special relationship with hummingbirds. About 15 years ago, while sitting in circle with a Native American elder, we were asked to pull an animal medicine card as our totem animal (the card deck and book are entitled “Medicine Cards” by Jamie Sams & David Carson). I received hummingbird and its message was about Joy! Over the years, I’ve come across a number of books, cards, posters etc. that convey similar messages. However, it has been in watching and communicating with hummingbirds directly that I have received the deepest messages. Some years ago when I felt it was time to choose my last name (to replace the surname I had at the time), I said a prayer asking for assistance and guidance. Three visits from hummingbird hovering right in front of my face made the choice obvious. Whenever I am visited by hummingbirds, I always feel joy and uplifted. In fact, as I have been typing this post now, a little hummingbird has hummed her song and hovered at the glass feeder outside of my office window while enjoying the sweet drink. What a gift!
If you have not already connected with a particular animal as a totem or helper in your life, perhaps you might like to consider asking for one as a way to assist you along your path.
Following is an excerpt from the Medicine Card book to learn more about the medicine of Hummingbird:
Hummingbird joyful little sister, nectar you crave! All the sweetness of the flowers is the love you gave.
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, backward, and forward. Hummingbird can also hover in one spot and appear to be motionless. Great Spirit created Hummingbird to be slightly different from other feathered creatures.
Hummingbird feathers open the heart. 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.
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 reeling.
Hummingbird hears celestial music and is in harmony with it. Hummingbird energetically embraces the highest aeshtetics. Beauty is the target and Hummingbird’s mission is to spread joy or to be destroyed. Hummingbird quickly dies if caged, caught or imprisoned.
Follow Sister Hummingbird and you will soon be filled with praoxysms of joy and expreience a renewal of the magic of living.