Birds in general are showing us how to fly free and open our hearts and minds to the spaciousness of the blue sky realm while still having both feet on the ground. They are the intermediaries between the celestial and terrestrial realms and they will give us messages from the spirit world in their songs and flight patterns. In all cultures they are well known as omen bringers. You may have heard that if a bird flies into your house, it is a sign of imminent death. This actually happened to me! In the 70’s, I was living in a rented room on the top floor of a big house in New Jersey. A bird flew into my room through my window and we later got the news that one of our roommates was killed in a car accident in Philadelphia. When the bird came into my room, I did not know that it was a death omen, but I remember how uncomfortable it made me feel. Wild birds belong outside – they never come in the house. It was unnatural and upsetting.
Birds are related to reptiles because they lay eggs and have scaly legs and claws, but they are warm – blooded, unlike the typical coldblooded reptile. In a sense, birds are feathered serpents – like Quetzalcoatl! The reptiles have powerful kundalini/snake medicine and birds, being winged reptiles, mirror the freedom and connection with the cosmic which is the result of full kundalini activation.
Hummingbirds are very unique and extraordinary creatures. They are the smallest of the bird kingdom and they are extremely delicate and beautiful. Their wings and hearts beat at very high rates and they can hover in place or fly backwards. They are very swift and can fly up to 35 mi. an hr. They get their name from the hum generated by their rapid wing vibration. When at rest, their hearts slow way down to a mere fraction of their active waking rate. Their beaks are very long and sharply pointed, enabling them to feed on only the sweetest of flower nectars. Like bees, they serve as pollinators – one of the few bird species that does this. Like other birds, they also feed on insects.
The two paragraphs below ( copied from Wikipedia ) have some fascinating info on the sounds they produce and their beautiful translucent coloring.
Sonation during display dives
The outer tail-feathers of male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) vibrate during display dives and produce a loud chirp. When courting, the male ascends some 30m before diving over an interested female at high speed and producing a high-pitched sound. Experiments showed that the birds could not make the sound when missing their outer tail-feathers, and that those same feathers could produce the dive-sound in a wind tunnel. The bird can sing at the same frequency as the tail-feather chirp, but its weak syrinx is not capable of the same volume. Many other species of hummingbirds also produce sounds with their wings or tail, including the wings of the Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Allen’s Hummingbird, Streamertail, as well as the tail of the Costa’s Hummingbird and the Black-chinned Hummingbird.
Wing structure and colours
Many of the Hummingbird species have bright plumage with exotic colouration. In many species, the coloring does not come from pigmentation in the feather structure, but instead from prism-like cells within the top layers of the feathers. When light hits these cells, it is split into wavelengths that reflect to the observer in varying degrees of intensity. The Hummingbird wing structure acts as a diffraction grating. The result is that, merely by shifting position, a muted-looking bird will suddenly become fiery red or vivid green. However, not all hummingbird colors are due to the prism feather structure. The rusty browns of Allen’s and Rufous Hummingbirds come from pigmentation. Iridescent hummingbird colors actually result from a combination of refraction and pigmentation, since the diffraction structures themselves are made of melanin, a pigment.
Hummingbirds are revered in indigenous cultures, especially in Central and South America, where they proliferate. To have Hummingbird as your power animal is indeed very fortuitous!
Hummingbirds are masters of vibration. Their rapidly vibrating wings give them an unsurpassed buoyancy, speed and maneuverability in flight. They can shift from a very swift heart rate while in flight to a very slow rate while at rest, allowing them to conserve energy. Their beauty, delicacy and refinement matches the flowers that they pollinate. Flowers are like chakras and Hummingbird’s long pointed beaks and their pinpoint accuracy in using them allows them to extract the sweetest nectar.
When we have Hummingbird medicine, we are adept at modulating our frequency, enabling us fly freely in multidimensional realms and our mastery of vibration and finely tuned focus allows us to obtain the sweetest joy – nectar from any situation. When at rest, we can go into deep meditation and when active, we move with grace, refinement and efficiency, excelling at sharing our gifts in a way that helps others open their chakras and blossom into the beauty, bliss and freedom of self – realization.
Astrologically, we can see that Hummingbirds embody the qualities of Uranus (unique, flight, freedom), Mercury (swift, agile messenger), Chiron (mastery of vibration, pinpoint accuracy) and Venus (beauty, grace, refinement, delicacy). I humbly offer you the gift of Hummingbird Medicine!
Love & Gratitude,
ICRT Certified Reiki & Karuna Reiki® Master teacher
Acupuncture Detox Specialist