Week 7 – Goddess Knowledge – Eagle Woman

Despite the fact that the life-giving and death-wielding Bird Goddess is one of the oldest representations of the goddess, eagles have usually been linked with the masculine, with a few exceptions (the Sphinx of Egypt had the wings of an eagle, and the Aztec goddess Cihuacoatl was also called Eagle Woman). This Eagle Woman shows a new marriage of the feminine and the eagle. SHe represents all an eagle stands for: spirit, valor, majesty, renewal, accuracy of sight, spiritual aim, and the ability to soar to the heights. She also holds in her hands a vessel, the traditional symbol for the feminine, for that which receives, contains, and nourishes. Here both sets of values are joined, emblematic of a different combinations of strengths that are part of women-born.

Eagle Woman is a joyful affirmation of our ability to break out of millennia-old stereotypes and find new definition the embraces our entire continuum of being alive. She teaches the women can express qualities of the eagle while continuing to contain and nurture.

For more information about the Goddess Eagle Woman please click on this link: Informaton about Eagle Woman

To see images of Eagle WOmen please click on this link: Images of Eagle Woman

Why Smudging Your Body With White Sage Is A Must For Every Highly Sensitive Warrior (A Guide To Smudging)

Smudging is the ancient practice of burning medicinal, sacred herbs with the intention of clearing the energy of your home, office, an object, or yourself. It corrects and balances the energy, immediately. It cleanses negativity and even kills germs, as this article states. It’s like taking an energetic shower!

White Sage is one of the more popular smudging herbs used, oftentimes in bundle form (otherwise known as a smudge stick). However, White Sage is often combined with other sacred herbs, such as Cedar, Sweetgrass, Mugwort, Yerba Santa, and Lavender.

Smudging can done by burning smudge sticks or loose herb. But, either way you burn it, once you bless yourself with this White Sage smoke, those dark energies will start running for the hills. And, that’s definitely a good thing!

Why smudging your body with White Sage is a must for every Highly Sensitive Warrior

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Smudging for Cleansing

Spirit of White Buffalo

 

Native American myths and culture have always been my inspiration. The first approach to the mysteries of Shamanism in my life was through the  Native American ways of spiritual work. Then I learned about the Scandinavian Shamanism and I discovered the many common things in both paths. My studies and research led me to the knowledge that in its essence the pagan ways are quite alike in the different parts of the world as are the Old religions,too. They all seem to have one origin that is very old and points towards the beginning of human history on Earth.

Here is a wonderful article I found online about the White Buffalo Spirit . This is the Spirit who walks between the worlds and connects the Red Road/ the path of incarnation and physical life / and the Blue Road / the path of the Spirit /.

When you think of Celtic tradition these are Dragons who walk between the worlds and open new realms, in Native American traditions it is White Buffalo Spirit  who connects the worlds.

Read about this here

http://www.crystalwind.ca/animal-totems/spirit-of-white-buffalo

and a powerful meditation with Native American Flute sound

 

 

 

 

 

Native American calling/prayer

Four Directions Prayer

Creator, it is I. Thank you for today’s sunrise, for the breath and life within me, and for all of your creations. Creator, hear my prayer, and honor my prayer.

As the day begins with the rising sun, I ask, Spirit keeper of the East, Brother Eagle, Be with me. …

Spirit keeper of the South, Wolf, Be with me. Help me to remember to love and feel compassion for all mankind. …

Spirit Keeper of the West, Brown Bear, Be with me. Bring healing to the people I love and to myself. ….

Spirit Keeper of the North, White Buffalo, Be with me….

Mother Earth, Thank you for your beauty, And for all you have given me. Remind me never to take from you more then I need, and remind me to always give back more than I take.

Read the original article here

http://aktalakota.stjo.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8582

Cleansing Your Spirit Native American Style

by Cherokee Billie

Video on Youtube: https://youtu.be/c5Zzi254KUE

In today’s modern world there never seems to be enough time.  We rush from the time we get up until the time we go to bed.  We battle traffic, work, deadlines, e-mail, family matters, and love life.  Everything we have to get done in 24 hours!  There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.  People used to work a 40 hour week, now the work hours go into your private life and many people have to spend time on the computer or phone continuing work at home.

People often come to me for psychic/spiritual advice, and they are totally burnt out.  They cannot understand why they cannot stop crying, yelling at people, being angry, and feel totally confused.  The fact that they know something is wrong is the first step to turning their lives around.

In our high tech modern world, we need an antidote. It is time to turn back to the ancient teachings of Native Americans, which offers common sense, an uncomplicated approach to life, and a way to appreciate our existence.

Frequently people ask me about cleansing their spirit, and I give many different ways to do it. Here are two of my favorite methods.

Releasing The Past

One of the most effective and simplest ways to cleanse your spirit is by releasing the emotional baggage that you are carrying on you.

You can do this by writing down the situation or the name of a person on a piece of paper; also you must have a heat-proof container and matches. Place the paper in the container and light it on fire. As you watch the smoke go up, picture what you have written about going up into Spirit and releasing it from your life. Native Americans have always used smoke in sacred ceremonies because of the belief that smoke is going up to the Great Spirit.

You can do this as many times as it takes until you feel you have released the burdens you have been caring. You will find yourself feeling much lighter each time you do this.

What is Smudging?

Smudging is the name given to the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing. For thousands of years this ceremony has been practiced by Native Americans.  This is a powerful cleansing technique. It is a ritual to remove negative energies and have them go in smoke to the Great Spirit.

Smudging can be used to cleanse your spirit, mind, and body. It can also be used to cleanse a house, building, vehicle, work place, or another person.

Most Common Herbs Used For Smudging

Sage
For removing negativity and for healing, White Sage is preferred.

Sweetgrass
Sweetgrass is used for blessing after sage has been used. It is used to attract positive energy.

The Art of Smudging           smudge kit

The first thing to do is to make sure that the area is well ventilated and open up windows so that the negative energies have an easy means of exiting.

Get a shell or any flat heat-proof container. It is good to have a feather to move the smoke away from the person or object that is being cleansed.

Light the smudge stick and when you see a flame, put the flame out using the shell or container and the stick will continue to smolder.

Move the smoking stick around your body starting at the feet and use the figure eight motion as you move the stick up your body. Continue this until you get to the top of your head. At this point the energies have been released into spirit, and you can then proceed to cleanse another person, object, or space. You can do chanting or prayers as you use the smudge stick. Make it a sacred ceremony for yourself.

As the stick burns, put the ash in the shell.

When smudging an area like a room, house, or car, it is beneficial to acknowledge the main directions, which are: north, south, east, west, up, and down. Continue to use the figure eight motion and use the feather to move the smoke away and out through any windows.

It is recommended to smudge all closets, attics, and basements in a house as negative energies often store in those areas.

When you have finished Smudging, extinguish the stick by dampening it with water, crushing it against the shell, or placing it in sand. Keep your smudge stick, feather, and shell in a special area, medicine bag, or on an altar.

Start doing this and watch the changes that occur in your life. You will be amazed at what starts changing!

If you would like personal instruction on this sacred art, contact me, Cherokee Billie, and I will be glad to teach you personally.

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”
Native American Saying

™®©2008-2015 Cherokee Billie

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