Hummingbird Meaning and Symbolism
Oct 27
Discover Hummingbird Symbolism

Hummingbird Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Hummingbird Spirit Animal


While small in size Hummingbird Symbolism is not simple or small!  This totem is a giant in its presence and the meaning it carries.  This totem ushers in with it love and expressive love along with a sweetness that is natural to this nectar drinking creature.  People with a hummingbird as their spirit animal are very free spirited!  They have a strength of heart which makes them bold and fearless.  Through their spiritual awareness they seem to flutter through life and situations with ease and grace.  This totem animal is about speed, endurance and awareness!


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Encounters with the Hummingbird

What is the meaning of hummingbird symbolism? Find out what symbol the hummingbird spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Are you starting out on a journey?

The hummingbird has appeared to you to act as a guide.  In the wild hummingbirds travel vast distances for migration.  They rely on their natural skill, endurance and resilience to arrive safely to their destination.  When a hummingbird has appeared to you be encouraged that you are going in the right direction!

Have you felt trapped or held back?

When this totem appears to you it symbolizes releasing and freedom.  Carefully consider areas in your life you’ve felt held back or trapped – the hummingbird will help you find your freedom.  Spend time in careful meditation and allow the rhythmic beating of the hummingbird’s wings to reveal the places you need freedom.

Do you feel sad?

You can draw on the power of the hummingbird totem to bring joy into your life.  Surround yourself with natural beauty like flowers or art to help lift your spirit.  Just like how hummingbirds sustain themselves with sweet nectar find the sweetness in your life that gives your spirit life.  Allow this spirit animal to bring joy into your daily routine!

Is it time for you to take a chance?

When you’ve been stuck in the same routine and need to make a change now is the time!  The hummingbird totem is bold and encourages us to step out of our comfort zones and take chances!  Whether at work, in a relationship, or a passion or hobby don’t be afraid to take a chance.

Have you encountered roadblocks or obstacles?

The hummingbird is known for its natural ability to maneuver and perform incredible feats of flexibility.  This totem may be telling you to take these obstacles in stride and simple maneuver around them.  Don’t let unforeseen things get you down or discouraged!

Hummingbird Symbolism: The Hummingbird Spirit

Could the Hummingbird be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:

Quick to Decide

Hummingbirds live in a world where agility and speed are a way of life.  Are you quick to make decisions?  Do you thrive in a fast paced work environment?  These are all signs that your spirit animal is a hummingbird!  Hummingbird totem people are can make decisions in the blink of an eye.

Expressive Love

When it comes to hummingbird symbolism a well known trait is their expressive love.  People with this totem have no trouble expressing their love to their friends and loved ones.  They will find ways to express their love not just in words but in actions.  They will find new and creative ways to show their love to everyone they care about.  Being in a relationship with a hummingbird is like a never ending honeymoon.

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Spiritual Awareness

Hummingbirds flutter between the natural world and spirit realms.  Because of this they are associated with the fairy realm and spiritual awareness.  Someone with this totem will be able to hear and interpret messages from other realms.  They carry with them an awareness of other realms and use this to help guide them through day to day life.  Hummingbird totem people have a strong ability to sense what’s happening around you.  Harness that ability and spend time developing your sight and hearing to better understand the messages being sent to you!

What are the Traits of the Hummingbird Totem?

Lessons from the Hummingbird Spirit Animal

Hummingbirds are:

  • Spiritual
  • Light bearers
  • Joyful
  • Messengers
  • Bold

When it comes to hummingbird meaning and symbolism this totem is powerful in a spiritual sense.  Known for being bearers of light these joyful messengers who boldly set out on the journey of life.  Hummingbirds are respected by those who understand them and know how to accept their ever changing views and routines.  When well attuned to their totem people with this spirit animal are invaluable friends who can be trusted to provide good advice!

What does the hummingbird spirit mean? Beauty and flexibility! Hummingbird spirit people are surrounded by beauty and are very flexible!

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Hummingbird




The hummingbird totem has a strength of heart that is unparalleled.  This is manifest in courage and fearlessness!  This spirit animal is renowned for its ability to look past the odds or insurmountable circumstances and overcome them.  This is because it relies on its strength of heart and character to overcome daunting situations.


Due to their size and speed hummingbirds have the ability to twist and turn in the blink of an eye.  This gives them incredible flexibility.  Someone with this as their totem animal will be able to twist and turn in order to work with their environment.  Whether plans, time or details change they are able to flex and turn at a moments notice.


Adorned in bright jewel like hues hummingbirds live in a world of color.  Not only do they wear brightly colored capes they are surrounded by beauty.  It’s no wonder hummingbirds usher in with them feelings of joy!  This totem surrounds itself and those in its life with beauty and wonder – and joy!  Share your light with others and bring joy to the world around you!


The hummingbird totem fosters a strong connection with the physical and spiritual realms.  Because of this connection they can act as ambassadors between the realms.  They can use their gifts to act as guides to others who are searching for connection.  Whether it’s used to help them strength their connection with their spirit animal or for you to strength yours this connection is important.


Jumping Ahead

Because hummingbirds are quick to make decisions and they have no trouble switching gears it can be hard for them to work with people who need time to make decisions.  This happens especially at work or in relationships – when a hummingbird totem person understands something or is ready to move on they don’t idle well!  You need to learn to be patient and allow the other parties involved time to reach their conclusion.


Hummingbirds symbolize dreams, hopes and ideas – unfortunately due to their small size hummingbirds are dainty.  They can be crushed and destroyed when they are exposed to violent elements without adequate shelter.  When you are about to embark on a journey or take a chance be sure you have a safe harbor you can turn to if you’re at risk to be crushed.

Head in the Clouds

Because of their connection with other realms hummingbird spirit people can really live in their own worlds.  Because of this they can get lost in their own reality.  With their “head in the clouds” they can lose touch with their responsibilities, friends and loved ones.  It’s important to make sure that while you’re embracing your journey and connection with other realms you’re still connecting with others in the physical realm.

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The Hummingbird in Dreams: What it Means

The hummingbird totem is a sign for connection between the spirit and physical world.  It is telling you to strengthen this connection.  Look for ways you can engage with both realms in order to receive insight and messages.

These tiny birds are believed to live outside of time – with the ability to travel between the past and present.  When the hummingbird is seen in your dreams intermingled with the past it is telling you that something in your past isn’t settled.

When the hummingbird is present in your daily activities it is telling you to embrace the present and look for messages in the spirit realm.  Embrace the joy of the moment!

Hummingbirds are believed to live outside of time and are known to be bringers of light.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Hummingbird

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Mojave – There is a legend that tells a story of primordial people who lived underground in a world of darkness.  They sent a hummingbird to look for light high into the sky – after following a complex path it discovered the higher world where people live now.

Native American – There is a widespread legend that hummingbirds are messengers between worlds.  They can help seekers and shamen keep their spirit and nature in balance.

Mayan – The Mayan people believed hummingbirds were messengers between humans and the gods.  Magical and sacred creatures they were believed to have great power.

Aztec – The Aztec people believed warriors would transform into hummingbirds and journey to the god Huitzilopochtli. They are believed to be sacred and fierce creatures!

Historical Facts

Linnaeus was the first biologist to describe hummingbirds in a scientific treatise, in 1758 he published accounts of eighteen species in his Systema Naturae.

Today there are 356 documented species of Hummingbirds.

Animal Quotes

May my faith always be, at the end of the day, like a hummingbird…returning to its favorite flower.
Sanober Khan, Turquoise Silence
It is not the strength of body that matters, but the strength of the spirit.
J.R.R. Tolkien

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