Spirit of the Hummingbird

The Spirit of the Hummingbird


The Hummingbird is one of the sacred animals of the Andean tradition, in Quechua it is called ‘kinti’ or k’enti .Not built for flight the Hummingbird is fearless and ingenious. There is a story of the Hummingbird wanting to visit Great Spirit but bring unable to soar to such heights the journey was seemingly impossible. So one day the Hummingbird snuck under the wing of the Condor. When the Condor flew high into the sky the Hummingbird popped its head out from under Condor’s wing and came face to face with Great Spirit. Great Spirit was so impressed by the Hummingbird’s bravery and ingenuity for undertaking this impossible journey that the honour of joining the other sacred animals, Serpent, Puma/jaguar and Condor was bestowed upon the Hummingbird. It is the messenger of other dimensions.

Another aspect of the spirit of the Hummingbird is to teach us how to live in joy and to drink from the nectar of life. In the Munay Ki the Hummingbird is one of the archetypes with which a relationship is built. The seed of the Hummingbird’s essence is implanted in the Solar Plexus, the centre of our inner Sun. Here the Hummingbird connects us with the ancient ones, Grandfathers, Grandmothers, ancient memories and ancient wisdom which becomes awakened within us.


A few years ago I was taking a journey to visit my Grandmother on the Isle of Wight. It was December and as I set out from Glasgow on the train the snow began to fall. It snowed all the way to London which had come to a standstill by the time I arrived. The buses were not running and I had to walk with my luggage and bags of gifts for 45 minutes to stay with a friend for the night. The onwards journey from London to the Isle of Wight involved a 2 hour coach journey followed by a ferry. My friends were telling me I was mad to attempt the journey. I tuned in and the Hummingbird told me loud and clear that I should go. So I set out the next morning, the journey was seamless, the roads had been ploughed, we arrived at the harbour early, I took an earlier ferry than planned and arrived with no difficulty at all. The Hummingbird inspires us to undertake the impossible journey in all aspects of life.

In Mexico, in the ancient nahuatl language the Hummingbird is known as ‘Huitzilin”. In the Mexican tradition, Huitzilopochtli: means several things: it is the ‘hummingbird that flies to the left’, the principal deity of the Mexicas; it is the rising Sun; it is the energy that removes all thorny obstacles from the path, bestows the strength to persevere and bring all projects to fruition; it is also the one who is equipped with both discipline and willpower.


More recently, in Mexico I was trying to find a building I had been to before but had forgotten how to access the entrance. I asked someone in the street and they sent me in a direction I felt sure was wrong. At the next junction I corrected my course to return back via a different road to where I felt I should go. On the corner of the street, as confirmation, was a mural of a Hummingbird, I followed that road and soon found my way to the intended destination.


So Huitzilin, the hummingbird, a tiny bird that can fly even though its wings are so short that flying should be impossible, from a purely aerodynamic standpoint, is also considered, in the Mexica tradition, to be the ‘bird of the impossible’, the energy that can make us overcome all sorts of difficulties. It is also the only bird capable of flying backwards and whose purpose is to evoke in us the same powers that it possesses: the power of discipline and willpower, to be able to do anything we wish in our life.

Call upon the Spirit of the Hummingbird to overcome the impossible and bring joy and sweetness into your life.

Tiffany Stephens – June 2016.