Saturday, November 6, 2010

Talisman ~ the Hummingbird?

Have you ever noticed that certain an animal or say a bird... will appear to you as you go through the daily rituals that make up your life?  Well this summer when we were doing a little driving tour of BC I noticed that everywhere I looked I saw hummingbirds.  Not live ones mind you... those had migrated by the time I really noticed what was going on.   What I saw was depictions of hummingbirds. It started with the sun catcher that sweetie bought for me in Merritt. 

I just had to bring home the temporary tattoo & matching rubber stamp I found in a little hardware/gift store in Lillooet, BC. Both are by the same BC native artist Maynard Johnny Jr.

A few weeks later at the Filberg Festival in Comox I stopped to admire the most beautiful rubber stamp collection by Lisa Yang.  She immediately hooked me by demonstrating her beautifully designed original stamps.  She picked out of quite a pile .... if you look on her website, well over 200 different sets .... the hummingbird.

So I decided a little research was in order.  I found many sites that explained the symbolism of the hummingbird as a Totem animal or Talisman as it were.  Here is an excerpt of one I quite enjoyed.

"The hummingbird symbolizes many different concepts. Because of its speed, the hummingbird is known as a messenger and stopper of time.
It is also a symbol of love, joy, and beauty. The hummingbird is also able to fly backwards, teaching us that we can look back on our past. But, this bird also teaches that we must not dwell on our past; we need to move forward. When the hummingbird hovers over flowers while drinking nectar, we learn that we should savor each moment, and appreciate the things we love.
It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol - further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity."

So as far as symbols go this is one I can embrace.  It seems as if we are bombarded with the idea that we must live in the moment, don't get caught in the past with "what if's" and "if I had only ..." or maybe worse yet, always thinking the future holds whatever it is to make us happier, more sucessfull, thinner :) ... you know the "one day soon" that we like to tell ourselves.  I think that we should savour the moment, learn from our past, and look forward to the future all at the same time. How hard can that be?

1 comment:

Andreia said...

Doing a research For Interior design,I came across a web page about the Gulf Islands where my project is located, then aboriginal art, then hummingbirds, my favourite bird (one thing always lead to the other)...In Brazil - South America where I am from, they are bluer and greener while here they are more to a grey-green colour. I didnt know the symbolism behind this amazing little creature. Thank you for the information...I will surely need for my design concept :)