Is a Dead Hummingbird a Sign of Something Bad?
There is a saying, “Signs are everywhere”. Historically signs and symbolism focused on warnings, something to indicate that trouble could be around the corner. We’ve learned to read those signs quite well, too. Signs were often shared in stories, and were woven throughout the bible. “When in evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: For the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today; for the sky is red and lowering.” Jesus even scolded the people for reading the signs around them better than reading the signs about themselves by saying, “You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!”
In olden days, and even today we’re focused more on the “bad” signs than the good. Those good signs, omens, or symbols do sneak in to our lives every now and then. Having the choice, I’d take the “happy” signs over the troublesome, and the “soulfully present” messages over the darker omens any day.
Janice’s Hummingbird Story
“I had a question: I see hummingbirds all the time, I think they represent my father who has passed. However, today when i came in to work there was a dead hummingbird by the office door. I hope this does not mean anything awful.”
This question is right up there in the “great question” category. Seeing something that we instinctively interpret as an omen, something bad, mixed in with the uncertainty because it is, after all, just a sign, can cause us concern. That’s just the nature of signs, they are meant to wake us up, and it’s up to us to pay attention. Signs are simply indicators, not negative messages or warnings from the cosmic forces.
Sure there are some signs that we know lead to something “not so wonderful”. Watching wildlife suddenly head for the hills is a good sign that a tsunami is on the way. Watching your pet act agitated for no reason, that could be a sign of an earthquake in the near future. Animals “read” these signs far better than people, wouldn’t you agree?
There are signs that are not ominous, they are simple “outside the expected”. They can be a subtle message from the soul of someone departed through the forces of nature, such as a hummingbird, or a hawk or eagle, or even a ladybug on the window who just will not go away. Those signs are often ones of support, love, and an invitation to raise the energy to a level that promotes happiness and health.
What about a dead hummingbird, what does that mean? Isn’t that a bad sign? I certainly would not appreciate finding one of my hummingbird spirit friends at my feet, but I would appreciate the message. Death is sad, and we miss those whom we’ve loved in this lifetime. But death is not the end of the soul, it is only a transition. Animals have a much different relationship to death than humans do, but they treasure their life and breath more so than we.
Understanding that I cannot express your personal message or inner meaning within the open forum of the website, that’s what we talk about in sacred space during a soul-level private session, I can talk about the more generic perspectives of your question.
What kind of message can it be when a dead hummingbird appears?
It could be very Easter-like, resurrection focused. It could be a message to bring your energy out of the clouds, off your problems, and back “from the future” (or past) so that you can be more conscious right now, where it matters. The sign can be playful, in it’s own way, a spirit to spirit sign that translates to say, “See, I told you I’m not gone, just elsewhere”. I’ve seen many signs over my lifetime, and interpreted those message for clients often over the past 30 years. Sometimes it is a sign that someone is watching over us, tapping on our shoulder in any way they can to bring us out of a funky mood, or be more alert and ready to change course if needed.
Love is all around us, even when in the disguise of a warning or what appears to be an omen. If asked, which would you choose? A heartbreak today that soon enough passes, or a lifetime spent going in a direction that wasn’t for our greater good?
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.