Hummingbird Myths and Stories and the Power of Presence

I delight in finding a story from decades past that speaks of the strength and determination of the hummingbird. These tiny birds are warriors who will defend what is within their territory. There are many hummingbird myths and stories, stories of the power of presence which delight us and create a bridge that the soul longs to travel.

Excerpt from The Writings of James Russell Lowell

“With shame I confess it, I have been bullied even by a hummingbird. This spring, as I was cleansing a pear-tree of its lichens, one of these little zigzagging blurs came purring toward me, couching his long bill like a lance, his throat sparkling with angry fire, to warn me off from a Missouri-currant whose honey he was sipping. And many a time he has driven me out of a flower-bed. This summer, by the way, a pair of these winged emeralds fastened their mossy acorn-cup upon a bough of the same elm which the orioles had enlivened the year before. We watched all their proceedings from the window through an opera-glass, and saw their two nestlings grow from black needles with a tuft of down at the lower end, till they whirled away on their first short experimental flights. They became strong of wing in a surprisingly short time, and I never saw them or the male bird after, though the female was regular as usual in her visits to our petunias and verbenas.”

The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, 1900 – Page 210.

The Power of Presence

The interactions with the hummingbirds is intentional and determined. They dedicate themselves to surveying their territories, challenging or hiding from their threats, and defending and embracing what they treasure. The flowers may hold the nectar of nature, but we hold the nectar of the soul. The hummingbird recognizes what is within its reach. Are we receptive to this mutually beneficial exchange?

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My greatest love is assisting others shift into the comfort of acceptance and appreciation. This relational, open-hearted energy carries into my many interests: photography, symbiotic gardening, long walks, and enjoying nature. Ready for a shift in your own world? Sessions available by appt.


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Kavi's greatest love is facilitating the shift from questions into greater joy and understanding. This energy of joyful expression transfers into her many interests: photography, organic, symbiotic gardening, long dog-lead walks, and, of course, bird watching. Ready for a change within your own world? Seeking your own multi-dimensional support and alliance? Healing sessions and transitional support are available by appointment.

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  1. Joy says:


    Tonight I was given a magical wand that had the body of a hummingbird on the end. I know that this hummingbird was probably found, and I regard this as a highly magical wand, but the wings were barely on there and fell off, promptly after being unwrapped. It was pretty old, I don’t know who made this wand, but I know it was made by shamanic druids. So I’m planning on using superglue to put them back on, but I would like to know if there’s any spray adhesive I could use to preserve the bird on the end of the wand so that I can keep it intact? I know this is a really ODD question, but hummingbird is my totem too, and to be gifted this completely out of the blue is significant to me.

    I didn’t know how to directly email you.

    • Hi Joy,
      Interesting gift, and I am sure there are other old hummingbird relics in this world. Shamans believed that the hummingbird was a very empowering energy, the strongest spirit of love. Some cultures thought the hummingbird to be what God would look like in the physical world.

      Please allow me two comments: the hummingbirds feathers were treasured 100 years ago, and this amazing bird was trapped and killed in droves for the value of their feathers. Today they are protected by law. To trap a hummingbird is cruel, and they will not survive in captivity. I’m sure you understand and agree that the power of the hummingbird is not in the physical, it is in the spirit. We can embrace and appreciate hummingbirds for their beauty and our amazing encounters, and turn inward to mirror the love magic that is seen within the hummingbird spirit. I share this for the sake of the readers who might think having a live hummingbird (or even a dead hummingbird) would be “cool”.

      That said, what you have been gifted sounds very amazing. I see that you hold the hummingbird in the highest esteem, and have a powerful quest in your life to understand spiritual energy.

      For repairs of your wand I would suggest contacting a taxidermist, they are the experts on preserving skin, hair, and feather. Thanks for sharing!

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