A voicehearer’s path ~

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Hummingbirds ~

bryans2I adore these little guys. They are so tiny, and you must watch your feeders closely or you will miss their presence altogether. They are swift, silent, bright little dots lightening up the day of anyone who gets the pleasure of seeing one. In fact, that is their medicine, they are “Bringers of Joy”.

There is much more to hummingbird medicine than just their joyous energy, the Native peoples see the hummer as a symbol, often of one who gets quickly to the heart of a matter because of that wonderful beak. There are only a few of the bird family that can hover in flight, and the hummer is one of those who can. Sunhummingbird4 Bear, my favorite resource for animal totems, gives the medicine of “clarity” to the hummingbird folks. What wonderful medicine, for it is only as we see clearly that we can progress as individuals, or as a people. They don’t just hover, they can fly backward, forward, and sideways as well. No wonder they are thought to bring clarity, they look at things from all sides!

The Hummer has been thought for many generations to bring love into one’s life. This medicine was considered so strong that there were those who would dry and grind the heart of the hummingbird and use it to create love potions. I am glad that most, today, would much rather simply watch these little acrobats.

Their feathers are irridescent, making them catchers of the light to bring it into the lives or those they touch, and are  most often shades of green or teal, very much attuned to the heart chakra, and the healing of it.  If you suffer depression, these are wonderful birds to watch or meditate on, for even thinking of them, once you have watched them at any length will bring a smile to your eyes.

Blue ~

As much as I love green, and cannot live without it, I love the color blue even more. Most specifically the color of lapis lazuli, or indigo, the color of the midnight sky. Yes, you may have gathered by now that I am a color addict. Where another person may want a fix of a drug like heroin, give me a good set of colored pencils and I will be quite happy for days. Many of the drawings on this blog are my “work”, I put that in quotes because it is sheer joy to draw. A pity I cannot seem to earn a living at it, as that would be truly a vocation to live with. Hm, I was just Googling the colors again, and it seems that I am extremely ordinary, blue being the all time favorite color with green following as a close second. I like that, I don’t often get to celebrate being normal like the rest of the world, that’s kind of nice!

Blue is considered “honest”, i.e. true blue, loyal and faithful. It symbolizescommitment and constancy, presumably because it is indeed the color of the sky and of water, (which is colorless and reflective, and mostly reflects the sky. Blue is considered cooling, and a color that is used in Emergency rooms as it is calming. Blue is also a color associated with the intuition and the aiding of it.

The Trivia Library had some fun things to say about blue. This color is also considered to indicate depression, extremes of loneliness and sorrow. I love the blueness of the sky, there is something quite reassuring about the constancy of that sky in a world that just keeps on changing whether I want it to or not. From Wikipedia, my favorite quick source on the web;

Blue is a colour, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 440–490 nm. It is considered one of the additive primary colours. On the HSV Colour Wheel, the complement of blue is yellow; that is, a colour corresponding to an equal mixture of red and green light. On a colour wheel based on traditional colour theory (RYB), the complementary colour to blue is considered to be orange (based on the Munsell colour wheel).[2] The English language commonly uses “blue” to refer to any colour from navy blue to cyan. The word itself is derived from the Old French word bleu.

The bluebird as a totem is about inner, true happiness, and the mindfulness that brings that awareness. Since blue is attuned to the throat chakra, it is about speaking truth for happiness to awaken in it’s carrier. The bluebird totem is also a reminder to be open to creatively expressing yourself, whether through singing, (bluebirds are songbirds, after all), painting or writing.

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