Why do so many love the hummingbird, and keep the hummingbird symbol close to their heart? What is it about this tiny, seemingly fragile bird that inspires us and captures our hearts? Is it the rapid movement of their wings, defying our vision and our mind’s ability to follow? Is it their rapid heartbeat, or their quest for sweetness that appeals to us?
As stated by Hubert Howe Bancroft in 1882: “The general virtues which make comprehensible the humming-bird attribute as a divine one must be added the special virtue of bravery peculiar to this bird, which is specially suited to the war-god.” ..”extraordinary courage” “That such a martial spirit should exist in so small a creature shows the intensity of this spirit; and the religious feeling is the sooner aroused, when the instrument of a divine power appears in so trifling and weak a body.”
For many the hummingbird is a symbol of strength, beauty, and divine presence. Others look at the hummingbird as a sign, sometimes as a message from a departed loved one. What does the hummingbird mean to you? Please share.
Photo by Michael Woodruff 2007 shared via wikimedia.