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The Delightful Hummingbird
gathering Nectar of Joy


The beautiful hummingbird is a fascinating creature, filling all who see one with wonder and Joy. Its name comes from the vibration of its wings while it flies and hovers, savouring the sweet nectars of Life. Its cycle of power is Daytime.

This wonderful bird reminds us to take joy in Life by humming and singing it out to the world. Humming is great for internal massage, restoring health and balance.

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There are over 300 species of Hummingbird. In the Hebrew alphabet the letter “shin” is given the value of 300. This has associations with fire and relationships, the past and the future.

Hummingbirds move their wings in a figure 8, the symbol for infinity, the links to the past, future and cause and effect.

Hummingbirds have long bills and tongues which enable them to extract nectar from flowers. Many flowers depend on pollination by hummingbirds. This reminds us of cause and effect, teaching us to extract our own nectar.



Hummingbirds have knowledge of how to use flowers for healing. This includes their fragrance, their color, and herbal qualities as well. They can teach you how to draw the life essence from them and create your own medicines.

- Ted Andrews (Animal Speak)


Flower remedies such as Bach flower elixirs are hugely beneficial, for healing and winning Hearts of Love.

The hummingbird is one of the most skillful flyers. It can hover, fly backwards, forwards, sideways. It cannot walk, it flies everywhere. This reminds us that when we truly enjoy what we are doing, we become light as a feather, absorbing all the richness that Life has to offer.



Hummingbirds can reach high speeds at take-off and can also stop immediately from high speeds. They are not afraid of any predator and have been known to chase off eagles.

No other bird can fly backwards. This fantastic ability symbolizes the skill to explore the past and draw nectars of learning and experience. These rhythms can help you find sweetness in all situations.

Its swiftness is a reminder to grab joy when you can.



Because of its iridescent colours, 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.

- Ted Andrews (Animal Speak)


The hummingbird is also associated with the rainbow of promise following the rain. To the Pueblo Indians, the hummingbird’s rainbow colouring, its great strength in flying, its hovering around flowers, has associated it with various sacred ritual practices. Prayer sticks and ceremonies are used to bring rain and help with endurance.

Hummingbirds are big eaters. Most of their food is comprised of nectars (sugars) of flowers and tiny insects. They may eat 50-60 meals a day and must digest food quickly because of their size and high degree of activity. Those with hummingbird totems should watch their sugar levels.



Are you getting too much or too little?
Are you hypoglycaemic or hyperglycaemic?
Are you not getting enough sweetness in your life?
Are you not savouring the sweet things in life?


Hummingbirds are very playful, even when bathing, they play in the water. They also fight with each other, however these are mock exercises for fun.

Hummingbirds are fiercely independent, except when mating, they like to be alone and free. During mating the male will do anything to get the attention of the female. If the female wants to mate she returns the attention, otherwise she 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.

- Ted Andrews (Animal Speak)


Hummingbirds are Master architects. They build homes with great care and design which are intricate and unique. If hummingbird has taken residence, you may wish to redecorate and create joy in home.

Hummingbirds can also hibernate overnight. Their body temperature will lower, its feathers will ruffle as insulation, and they assume a state of torpidity. This is done to prevent exhausting their energy supplies. For those with hummingbird totems, it is important to get regular deep sleep and rest. 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, storing up food and energy. Then it will fly for days to warmer climates. Some have been known to make a journey of over 2500 miles from Alaska to Central America. Because of this miraculous journey, the hummingbird is a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible !



The hummingbird will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living within your own precious and sacred sphere of Life.

Thank You to the incredible Ted Andrews for these sacred teachings.