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The hummingbird is the archetypal animal of the North direction of the Q’ero medicine wheel. This tiny creature represents courage and perseverance.  It is in no way physically suited for the journey it embarks upon, yet it goes.  It flies to a destination it should not be able to make it to, stopping for nectar in places it doesn’t know how to find, all while bringing a smile to the face of every person that happens to catch a glance of it.  The hummingbird is the definition of possibility.  It knows nothing of probability.  

Energetically the hummingbird represents the mythic part of us, our subconscious.  It lives in the territory of dreams and fairy tales and magic and stories.  Hummingbird thrives on ceremony and ritual.  It makes a space sacred when we call it to us.  In the North, through the eyes of the hummingbird, everything is exactly as it should be.


The hummingbird teaches us that our world can be bigger than we think it can.  It expands our territory and shows us where to go, when to leave, and how long to stay.  It lets us know that our nectar comes from places we never imagined and reminds us the universe is on our side when we flow with it.  If the hummingbird did not obey the direction moving through it, it would not last long.  The same is true for us.  If we do not follow the pull inside us, we begin to lose our luster.  We begin to die.  

The hummingbird is associated with the third chakra, the solar plexus, or sun chakra.  It is our place of power.  The energy of the third chakra is courage and expression in the world.  When it’s functioning well we walk with certainty, not arrogance - we manifest through being, we don’t just simply materialize by the sweat of our brow.

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