January 9

Hummingbird Symbolism and Mythology Roundup


Hummingbird symbolism and mythology roundup is a fun post to write. I love hummingbirds so much I made it my logo. People often ask why is the hummingbird your sign or symbol that I use in conjunction with my artwork?

There is a story behind it! I will make it short and sweet because I want to list the hummingbird symbolism and mythology from various cultures.


The Simple Answer

The simple answer is that one of the very first watercolor tattoos I did was a hummingbird. I painted the hummingbird in watercolor and did the tattoo from the painting.

Before that, you must know that I have tattooed since 1999. Over the years it’s easy to see that one of the most common motives for getting tattoo are for memorials. Honoring lost loved ones is perhaps the most common tattoo request.

For some unknown reason, I am attracted to hummingbirds as a symbol. You might have thought I’d picked a stronger image for a logo but the hummingbird is indeed a strong little creature.


Stories of Loss

Time and time again I have listened to stories of loss. My job is simply to listen to what the customer wants and give them my best tattoo artwork to help with the acceptance and healing.

The role of a tattoo artist is not unlike a counselor. Artists are not trained, licensed or even motived in some cases to give any advice.

It turns out that the less advice you give the better. It seams most people just need to be seen, heard, and assisted with the expression of grief in these cases.

Artists do this job unknowingly. The motives of the artist might be financial most the time. All in a days work!

I guess the difference for an artist that sees beyond his or her self is that they are consciously helping people. These artists might even enjoy it.


Mysterious Hummingbird Appearances

Of the many stories of losing loved ones, the hummingbird keeps making an appearance. In my experience, the hummingbird plays a role in helping us transition with losing someone we love.

The hummingbird is a symbolic a message from beyond the veil of reality. A messenger that delivers a powerful gift of relief in knowing that everything is going to be all right. Because you see, people spot hummingbirds sometimes directly after loosing someone they love.

The beautiful colors and quick movements take the morning away and help anchor us in the present moment. Hummingbirds are sometimes hard to spot. It seams when a space of emptiness opens up then we become more aware of our surroundings.

Maybe they were there before but we didn’t notice?


Hummingbird Symbolism Roundup

That’s it for now with my short story. Now I want to cross compare how that corresponds with hummingbird symbolism and mythology of the past.


Hummingbird Spirit Animal

Is the hummingbird your spirit animal? Lets find out what that means. According to spiritanimal.info the hummingbird spirit animal generally symbolizes joy and playfulness, as well as adaptability.

The hummingbird has strong sensibility, is a spirit guide to lift of negative energy, and is capable of traveling great distances. The fast movement of the bird indicates freedom.


Hummingbird Spirit Animal


Hummingbird in Dreams

Has the hummingbird appeared in your dreams? What kind of symbolism does this have? I searched for hummingbird symbolism in dreams and dreamstop.com had this information:

“A hummingbird is a lucky omen and an auspicious dream symbol. The hummingbird symbolizes grace and cheerfulness, and its quick motions cause it to be symbolic of working quickly and effectively to accomplish your goals. If you are visited by a hummingbird in your dreams, you can be sure that good luck is coming to you soon.”



Hummingbird Spiritual References


Couldn’t find much in the bible about hummingbirds. Although the impressiveness of this little creature doesn’t go unnoticed by findinggoddaily.com

Couldn’t find anything in Taoism or Bhagavad Gita about hummingbirds. I did find a beautiful and poetic blog post from 2009 about hummingbirds that said this amongst other insights:

“Hummingbird is the creature that opens the heart. When the hurt that caused us to close our hearts gets a chance to heal, our hearts are free to open again.”


Hummingbird Totem Animal Symbolism in Native American Mythology

Here is where the hummingbird has more notice. In the Shamanism and Native American folklore. Seams that hummingbirds are commonly representing resurrection or messages from beyond.

It is said that the hummingbird totem helps us focus on what brings us joy rather than dwelling on the negative.

A Mayan legend says the hummingbird is actually the sun in disguise, and he is trying to court a beautiful woman, who is the moon.

If you have Hummingbird medicine, you adapt easily to whatever situation you may find yourself in, and make the most of your new circumstances. You don’t waste time looking back and wishing for “what was” for you are concerned with making the most of “what is”


Hummingbirds and Happiness Within

This site brings up the questions that the hummingbird totem asks us. Is your happiness found within, or do you seek it externally?

One of my favorite posts on the topic of hummingbird symbolism and mythology is exemplore:

“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.”

Hummingbird Comments Please!

That was a fun little roundup post about Hummingbird Symbolism and Mythology! Of course I didn’t cover all the resources out there. Please comment with what hummingbird symbolism you like best.





Hummingbird, Spirit Animals, Totem Animals

You may also like

How to Overcome Creative Block

How to Overcome Creative Block
{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}