shamanic traditions

The Royal Hummingbird – A Bridge Between Sky and Earth

The Royal Hummingbird - A Bridge Between Sky and Earth
Hummingbird from Animal Wisdom Tarot Card deck

This time of year feels bittersweet when it comes to my favorite bird – the hummingbird. I simply adore these little ones so much. But this time of year they are gearing up to head south. The flurry of “juicing up” on the feeder which hangs right outside my writing cottage screen door, and I can see from my desk, brings me so much joy all summer, and especially this time of year when there is an abundance of action.

But at moments I feel melancholy anticipating their departure soon. I hate to see them go. The hummingbird has great meaning for me having connected me to the other side after my dachshund, Frankie passed away in 2012. I’m quite positive two weeks after she died that she came to me as a hummingbird assuring me she was doing well, and that I too, would be just fine. It is a gift from Frankie that I still carry in my heart to this day – and I always will.

So thinking about the hummingbirds I’m reminded that letting go is part of life and we have many, many moments of them. That in doing so, we trust that what we love and enjoy returns – maybe not always in the same way, but it does return. Just like my little hummingbird friends will return in the spring.

I’m also recalling an online program I listened to a few weeks ago with Shaman don Oscar Miro-Quesada talking about the Royal Hummingbird. In part he shared:

In Peruvian shamanic traditions, the ruby-throated Royal Hummingbird symbolizes the ability to act as a bridge between Sky and Earth – – the traditional role of the shaman. By lovingly pollinating flowers and crops, the Royal Hummingbird gracefully weaves connections between terrestrial ecosystems and spiritual and material worlds.

The Royal Hummingbird shows you how to journey into the higher realms of consciousness and come back with guidance for your daily life. This special communication between worlds provides you with inspiration to manifest and express your greatest dreams.

You can get the free recording here if you wish to learn more. I found it fascinating.

And in honor of all that the hummingbird has been, and is, in my life I want to also share with you the wisdom of them from my friend, Dawn’s beautiful Animal Wisdom Tarot Card deck (picture of card above in photo). May Hummingbird’s message resonate with you in some way that guides you and enriches you, too.

Six of Branches acknowledges personal triumph, happiness, and healthy self-esteem. Gleaming with presence, sparked with joie de vivre, you may experience sudden illumination and a desire to share your brilliance with the world. Life feels balanced and good.

Hummingbird shares beauty, wonder, and joy as it pollinates flowers and spreads the sweetness of life. Dazzling and iridescent, with an amazing ability to fly backward, sideward, and upside down, Hummingbird’s small body holds the big energy of a free-spirited warrior. Enlivening and uplifting, Hummingbird encourages us to shine our magnificence while remaining grounded, in harmony with self and others.

Receiving this card may signify spiritual insight, expansion, or breakthrough. It cautions us, however, not to lose poise. A flash of arrogance, conceit, or out-of-control pride can ignite a wildfire within. Know that you are capable of success and inherently wonderful, whether at home, alone, or in the midst of an adoring crowd.

Like Hummingbird, align yourself with nature, Earth and Spirit; be fully present as you express radiance. This is how we inspire others and energize the world.

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