The Inkas have three primary holy power animals called The Trilogy. The Condor, The Cougar, and The Snake.
They also have a fourth one, the Hummingbird, which also belongs to the holy power animals; the Hummingbird is often illustrated together with the three others. To some degree, The Hummingbird belongs to The Condor since it is also a symbol for the upper world.
The Condor (the Eagle):
- Teaches us to see visions and unlimited possibilities.
- Teaches us to see our potentials and to realize them.
- Stands for general view and to obtain the divine.
- Lifts us up and fly wings by wings with the great spirit.
- Teaches us to see through God’s unconditionally loving eye.
- Symbolizes the balance for which the human being strives.
- The future and the possibility to watch life in another dimension, to float through the sky.
- Represents the upper world in heaven.
- Direction: East.
- Element: Water
- Stands for no fear, freedom, and to travel after death.
- Helps us to walk with strength, to walk beyond the fear.
- Helps us to see that there is nothing to fear.
- Symbolizes courage and inner strength.
- Teaches us to walk the path of peace.
- Protects our medicine space.
- Teaches us to use our strength with wisdom.
- Represents the middle, the materialistic world, the present.
- Direction: West
- Element: Earth
- Shed our limitations as the serpent sheds its skin.
- Teaches us about the way of beauty.
- To know our power and to tread cautiously on earth.
- The serpent is healing.
- Symbolizes intellect and knowledge.
- Teaches us to let go of our fear in one cut.
- Lives under the earth, represents the lower world with its heavier energy.
- Direction: South.
- Element: Fire.
- Even though the hummingbird is not directly included in The Trilogy; it is often pictured together with it because it belongs together with the Condor and is linked to Machu Picchu.
- The symbol of the contact to the upper world which is necessary for the new epoch.
- The hummingbird is related to Machu Picchu.
- Helps us to follow the call of our heart and to receive guidance in everything we say and do.
- To the delight of ourselves and the world, in order to have the possibility of drinking from the nectar of life.
- The hummingbird helps you to get “the sweet things” in life and show great courage.
- The hummingbird delivers the news that endurance and persistence are important elements in our lives.
- Stands outside time and space.
- Direction: North.
- Element: Air