Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hummingbirds & our BLOG

Hummingbirds: To many they represent a message from heaven and in in many cultures that has powerful spiritual significance.

Many of our moms find great comfort in the presence of the hummingbirds, so when I found this background, I knew it was perfect for our blog…I hope you will agree and enjoy the new look of our blog… As always, I welcome your input… Cherie Houston

I thought it would be interesting to find out a little more about these beautiful creatures and this is some of what I found…

Hummingbirds are a common Animal Totem and these magical beings are most often viewed as a symbol of joy, happiness and love and come to awaken us to the beauty of the present moment.

Hummingbirds are native to the mountains of South America and are seen as a symbol of resurrection. Early Spanish explorers gave the hummingbird the name Joyas voladoras, which means, "flying jewel".

In Mexico, there is a common folk belief that the Colibri (hummingbird) bring luck in love and romance. Stuffed hummingbirds were once worn in ancient times as lucky charms to help the lovelorn.

In Central America, the hummingbird held a great place of honor with the Aztecs, who decorated their ceremonial cloaks with hummingbird feathers. The Aztec chieftains wore hummingbird earrings and the priests had staves decorated with hummingbird feathers. It's said they used these to draw out the evil of people who had been cursed by sorcerers.

In Aztec mythology, hummingbirds and butterflies were believed to be the reincarnated spirits of those who have died. Huitzilopochtli was the Aztec god of the Sun and war and was represented as the hummingbird. Huitzilopochtli means "Blue Hummingbird on the Left" or “hummingbird from the left." The "left" is the location of the spirit world. Huitzilopochtli was depicted as a blue man fully armed and with his head decorated with hummingbird feathers.

Another widespread belief is that hummingbirds, in some way, are messengers between worlds.

The hummingbird serves to remind us of the beauty and wonder of the world. Hummingbird medicine brings the songs of joy and love to our spirit. With hummingbird medicine, we are able to have a carefree, loving heart and take pleasure in the beauty of life. Hummingbirds help pull our awareness out of the mundane so that we can recognize and value the magnificence of this creature..

The Chayma people of Trinidad thought that hummingbirds were their dead ancestors and so forbid the harming of the creatures. In Jamaica they are called “doctor birds”

Overall, Hummingbirds are considered a good omen. If you see one, you can expect that something good is going to happen to you very soon. It is also a sign of spring. It is said that Hummingbirds die each autumn only to reborn in the spring, and hummingbirds migrate across great bodies of water by hitching rides on the backs of geese.

Whatever you believe – I think we all agree that they can bring a sense of peace of wonderment as we watch them – similar to the feeling of wonderment we experience remembering and our children…

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