Hummingbirds are symbols of wisdom, joy, and good luck. These special birds are revered in the indigenous cultures of the Americas. They are gifts from nature that remind us to receive sweetness from the world. In feng shui, we can bring in such auspicious symbols into our spaces to uplift the energy around us. Learn about what hummingbirds represent and how you can incorporate them in the feng shui of your home.
The Symbolic Meaning of Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds are tiny birds of flight that are native to the Americas. They are called hummingbirds because of the hum that is produced by their extremely fast wing speed. When hummingbirds are in flight, their wings beat so quickly you can’t even see them. This is one of the teachings from the hummingbird, that even while in motion, they embody stillness.
These little birds are especially venerated in indigenous shamanic practices of North and South America. Like other migratory birds, the hummingbird bravely embarks on a journey and teaches us to follow our dreams and have confidence that the universe will provide for us. In addition, hummingbirds feed from the delicious nectar of flowers. They can remind us to look for the sweetness that life has to offer us. Like the hummingbird, we can drink from the nutritious and rejuvenating sweetness of our world.
Therefore, hummingbirds are honored as omens and expressions of good luck. They remind us that we can be still and mindful as we move with grace. We can trust that we will be protected as we journey courageously with life’s adventures. And finally, hummingbirds teach us that there is always sweetness in life that we can savor.
Feng Shui & Hummingbirds
Feng shui originally comes from China, but in our modern world, we can absolutely apply teachings from other parts of the world into our feng shui applications. Feng shui looks to enhance and raise the vibration in our homes and lives. So, if hummingbirds resonate with you, we invite you to use them in your feng shui.
In general, hummingbirds are colorful birds. When selecting a hummingbird symbol for your feng shui, you can use five element color theory to give an extra layer of intention. In feng shui, the five elements are earth, metal, water, wood, and fire.
- Brown, beige, yellow, and other earthy tones bring in earth element for more self-care and support.
- White, gray, or silvery metallic tones invite metal element for beauty and precision.
- Black and midnight blue bring in water element for more wisdom and flow.
- Blues, green, and teals are wood element, inviting growth and healing.
- Reds, fiery oranges, and bright pinks are fire element and can inspire as well as invite expansion.
Since hummingbirds are typically an array of colors, you can bring in more than one (or maybe even all) of the five elements. The rainbow of colors that includes all the five elements is especially lucky and creates positive qi (life force energy).
Using the Hummingbird Symbol in Your Home
The hummingbird can be a symbol of good energy, wisdom, and joy. If you find yourself attracted to hummingbirds, here are some ways you can use this symbol in your home’s feng shui.
One of the simplest ways to bring the hummingbird energy into your home is to set up a hummingbird feeder. Bring these special beings into your life with sweet offerings. Many feeders come in a red color that not only appeals to the hummingbirds, but also attracts fire energy in feng shui for more inspiration and bright yang (active) qi. Red is also one of the luckiest feng shui colors.
You can place an image of a hummingbird in an area of the feng shui bagua map that you would like to activate. Or you can place a hummingbird in a room of your home that would benefit from its teachings. A hummingbird in the front entry can invite the energy of this symbol from the outside world. You can also try the hummingbird in your meditation area to remind you to be still and mindful with your practice.
Wearing Hummingbird Imagery
Feng shui isn’t just about decorating your home, but it really looks at all the energy around you. This includes your body. If you are connected and drawn to the spiritual meaning of the hummingbird, try wearing hummingbird imagery on your body. You can find jewelry, feathers, or hummingbird-inspired clothing.