The bird species I see everyday range from tiny hummingbirds to bald headed eagles and turkey vultures and also include feral wild turkeys and peacocks. My bird feeders are busy from dawn to dusk. Beyond them I can see no man made structures aside from our fencing from any window in my home. The views I witness are meadows, fields and forest panorama and beyond lies the ocean.
I’m setting out make a new beginning in this blog and this is my new theme Inuit Types which was installed yesterday. I can’t say I’m mastered all the the backend choices I can make but I will over time. I’ve been considering choosing a hummingbird or a dragonfly as a favicon. I have always identified the hummingbird which is one of my totem animals and where my First nations name (brightfeather) is derived from, so choosing a hummingbird as a favicon is a natural choice but I’m also drawn to dragonflies.
The Hummingbird animal totem’s message is: “The sweetest nectar is within!”
The hummingbird symbolizes many different concepts. Because of its speed, the hummingbird is known as a messenger and stopper of time. The hummingbird is also a symbol of love, joy, and beauty. The rapidly fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity.
The hummingbird is able to fly backwards, which teaches us that we can look back on our past. But, also teaches that we must not dwell on our past; we need to move forward.
Always actively seeking the sweetest nectar, the hummingbird reminds us to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day. Watching a hummingbird hovering over flowers while drinking nectar, we learn that we should savor each moment of our brief lives, and appreciate the things that feed us within.
Dragonfly ~ My Eastern Gate Animal Spirit Guide
Dragonfly is one of nature’s shape shifters. The dragonfly inhabits two realms, air and water. Dragonfly is a magical totem, signifying our ability to transform ourselves as we travel our path of self knowing toward enlightenment.
Its iridescence and shifting colors lift us into dreamtime, where we understand that “reality” is the illusion. Our visions are channeled through our unconscious mind, ever connected to The Great Mystery that is Life.
Dragonfly reminds us to celebrate Spirit in all living beings. When Dragonfly enters our lives, it is time to dig deeper, lift the illusion of suffering and believe in our limitless divinity.
It is said that Dragonfly was once Dragon covered with beautiful, shimmering scales and wielding great inner strength. It could change form at will, and light the darkness with the fire of its breath. Coyote tricked mighty Dragon into changing form and believing itself to be tiny Dragonfly.
Because of pride, Dragon got caught in its own illusion just as we, because of ego, are forever accepting our facade as our true selves. Too often we believe our failures, our shortcomings and our limitations are real.
We have forgotten that we too can change form at will, wield great inner powers and can light our darkness with our hope, determination and faith.
Dragonfly medicine teaches us to pierce our self-made illusions. I’m asking my readers to weigh in on choosing a hummingbird as a favicon or choosing a dragonfly as a favicon. Please let me know which one you think is the best choice for me and why.