Taking It Slow: The Hummingbird’s Omen

Here in New York where I live, there is only one species of Hummingbird, and we see this specimen only when we look hard at where we are and what’s going on. Yet, in the tropics, flitting through all levels of forest in Costa Rica, you see hummingbirds hustling about their duties.

In terms of ecology, the hummingbirds and the plants that are their food supply have a very intimate, dependent relationship. Without the hummingbirds, those vibrant red flowers with their deeply cupped shape would not be able to reproduce. And without the carb-loaded sweet nectar found within the depths of those flowers, the hummingbirds would not be able to survive the night.

We were blessed with the opportunity on our travels to visit a hummingbird garden area a few times. We got to watch the hummingbirds fight and challenge each other over the previous spots along the feeders for at least an hour in the dim light of the setting sun.

Hummingbirds use so much energy during the day that sometimes they fall into a near-death state, called torpor, at night to conserve their energy. Can you imagine running yourself so near death everyday that you’re not really sure if you’ll be able to get your heart working in the morning?

Slow down! It works for the hummingbirds. It doesn’t work for us. There is something to be said about the perseverance of these little birds with their flashy colors and quick moves, but they are made for their job.

We learn to take life one step at a time from these little creatures, some of which are no bigger than the size of your hand.



8 responses to “Taking It Slow: The Hummingbird’s Omen

  1. I’m assuming that the omen related to a hummingbird that you’ve held would be entirely dependent on your meditation towards the subject. What do you think it symbolized? What lessons does the hummingbird have for you to learn? Why did the hummingbird interact with you like that?

  2. What does a dead hummingbird in a black bacg with pictures of someone mean? My mother was a witch…and I found this when I clean her room after she passed. What do I do wioth it? An old Gypsy told me, my mother was wishing death on that person in the picture….is a dead hummingbird an omen of death. Sorry, I have many questions and no one who wishes to answer them. And now my mom is gone and I can’t learn from her. I was told to bury it in a christian cemetery to break evil spell. ??? My mom was a good witch. I think! Any info would be better than none at all. I need to put this to rest before my dog eats it.

    • Olga – I realize the delay in this answer, but just in case you still were subscribed, I wanted to mention something. In many legends, the hummingbird is a messenger between worlds, and it is possible your mother was trying to connect with the person in the photograph. I would have advised other than Falconrider and told you not to dispose of it. The hummingbird is a powerful totem and amulet and it can bring many good things. It is a shame you disposed of it – well I shouldn’t use the word “shame” – I am not saying you should be ashamed, but there are many people who would have been happy to have it!

      I am glad you treated it respectfully and gave it a burial spot. I have much more information on hummingbirds and their symbolism if you still have questions.

      I just came across this forum looking for more information because I found a dead hummingbird this evening.


  3. Olga – no one can properly answer that. Magic is in the hands of the user. It could be coincidental, it could be any number of things.

    If you feel that it had some intention to it, you can bury it or toss it away from you as a way of releasing yourself from its influence. But we are not in a Christian fairytale, and burying it in a Christian graveyard won’t really do anything – unless you believe it will.

    How can you tell it was a hummingbird? Was it recently dead? Preserved? If your mother’s gone, I doubt that what you do with it will have any lasting impact on the world. Treat it with respect, but dispose of it how you will. Forget about it. Attention goes where energy flows – and if you keep focusing your attention on it, you may worsen the entire matter.

  4. Thank you for your response. The hummingbird is preserved and still beautiful, even though dry. I will bury the little thing in a flowerbed of it’s choice. I have great regards for life. That is why I heal. My mother and I were complete opposits in these works. I will also find a home for the rest of her dried body parts and pcs……Thank you. Blessed be. Olga

  5. I have twin boys with Autism and was speaking to my Mother in law about how she had seen the hummingbird outside her window give birth to two eggs right before my twins were concieved. Also, a hummingbirds were seen outside my window for my other girls right before each of their concievments. Your thoughts??

    • Hummingbirds remind us to live life to our fullest, but hold a little back for ourselves. My guess is that the hummingbirds, which you seem to be associated with, are reminding you to do your best, but save some time for yourself. Perhaps, also, given the contemplative nature of your questions, they’re reminding you to value your family and what you have. Autism is an interesting state – I wouldn’t even necessarily call it a disease, although it is a disability in our current day and age. Listen to and care for your children, and I’m sure they’ll be teaching you more about those hummingbirds every day. My personal totem tends to be the red tail hawk – it gives me comfort, and reminds me to see things in the bigger picture. I hope your family is well, and Blessed Be

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