Hummingbird Totem

Hummingbirds are among the smallest of birds measuring 7.5-13 cm. Their beating wings generate a hypnotic hum as they flap at high frequencies audible to humans, typically 50 beats per second, and some of the fastest hummingbirds measured a breathing rate of 250 breaths per second. They can hover, fly backwards, upside down and display extreme acrobatic skills with a wing rotation identical to an infinity symbol. This eternal symbol represents the essence of hummingbird in the spirit realms.

Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any warm blooded (homeothermic) animal. They conserve energy at night by entering into a form of hibernation. Early to rise in the dawn morning hours they seek the luxuriant nectar of flowers uniquely co-evolved with hummingbird. These flowers are generally pollinated by birds with little access for other pollinators. There are close to 350 hummingbird species, the earliest dating back 30 million years. Nearly all hummingbirds are found in the Americas.

Considering such rapid metabolism, hummingbird has a long lifespan, potentially up to a decade. Most averaging a span of 3-5 years.

In courtship the male hummingbird dives toward his mate and downward, then upward, forming a large U, then back again, generating a vibration equivalent of 10 G’s of gravitational force, the highest reported acceleration ever recorded in any vertebrate. Twice the speed of a peregrine falcon in pursuit of prey.

The Elders on Hummingbird Totem

Sister hummingbird hears celestial music and is in harmony with it and she embraces the highest aesthetics. The fragile medicine of hummingbird ushers in the magic of living and expression of joy. As a tiny dancer hummingbird share bursts of energy and delight.

The song of hummingbird awakens the medicine flowers and sings a vibration of pure joy. Flowers love hummingbird because nectar-sucking brings about the reproduction of their families. Hummingbird brings life to the plants and flowers.

Hummingbird feathers are used in sacred ceremonies because of their magical qualities in opening the heart. Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. The beauty of sister hummingbird and the flowers that feed her teach us how to taste the essence of her spirit and radiate the colors that bring her joy.

Her beauty abides in those who choose to live in beauty.

The fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of the infinity symbol. They are a symbol of eternity, continuity, and infinity. Hummingbirds many attributes include: affection, playfulness, energy, joy, peace, and renewal.

Witnessing hummingbird in flight we are filled with awe and wonder. The hum of the hummingbird reminds us of our own ability to hum the root of an ancient hum, known as OM, restoring health and balance.

hummingbird1Hummingbird is fearless of predators and has been known to chase away eagles. With a fierce independence, they prefer to be alone and free unless it is mating season. During the spring the male will do all he can to capture the attention of the female with his high velocity acrobatics.

Hummingbird totem may appear in your life for many reasons. Examine all facets of hummingbird and reflect on her qualities within yourself. These may include what is missing as well. Hummingbird shares beauty, joy, and playfulness. She has a very high energy, is sustained by pure nectar, builds immaculate nests, chirps a staccato blast in celebration and defense.

Hummingbird knows the secret of sound, music, and vibration; enrich your sensitivity to healing sounds through beautiful music, and the gentle sounds of nature. She hums her song with her wings, and lives in freedom.

By: Russell Webb

Hummingbird References:

Mayan Legend of Tzunuum the Hummingbird – Gift to the Hummingbird.
Native Peoples Share Hummingbird Medicine.
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews – Book
White Eagle Medicine Card Deck
Medicine Cards – Animal Totems
Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air – Incredible Agility

Shamanic Drumming
Power Animal Drumming: Calling the Spirits – Michael Drake