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Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Cosmic Convergence" Is Really "Double Hummingbird Reed"


Sunday, July 18 is a “Double Hummingbird Reed Day”

It’s both a
Reed Day and a Reed Week, and both the Week and Day also have Hummingbird influence.

Here’s why this symbolism is important:

In the creation story,
Sky Woman or Star Woman falls to Earth through a hole at the base of the Tree of Wisdom, or from the Pleiades (possibly two ways of saying the same thing). She is pregnant, and close to her delivery time.

The firstborn,
Flint Knife, has burst from her side his impatience to see the world. He walks away from his mortally wounded mother after he is born.

The second son,
Reed, is born the natural way, and stays with his mother to care for her, and follows her instructions for her burial. He is rewarded with the gift of medicine and vision, gifts denied to Flint Knife.

In the Cherokee version of this story,
Flint Knife is not evil, just inconsiderate and selfish. His wants and needs come first, just like a child.

Flint finds its purpose in being rigid, solid, hard. It fractures easily, and can be worked to an edge for blades.

Reed has rigidity also, but finds its true purpose in being hollow… as a flute, pipe stem, bubbling stick, blowgun.

Both Flint and Reed have their legitimate purposes and value. In the stories, Reed cannot accomplish one of his heroic works alone, and must call on Flint to join forces to defeat greater and greater opponents. An arrow can be made only of reed, but it penetrates farther with a flint arrowhead.

Flint Knife walks off, and builds a small house by the beach. He sees only himself, and if always depicted singly.

Reed, however, stays with his Mother, and meets the Four Sisters, one of whom becomes his wife. Reed sees the needs of others, and sees himself in constant relationship. Reed is usually depicted as a pair of reeds.

The pipe stem, the bubbling stick (a tube used to blow the healer’s breath into a medicine liquid), the sucking tube (a tube used to extract malicious influences from a patient) are all signs of the healer, and find their value in their emptiness. The scepter of authority carried by a chief was at one time made of reed. Some of the Lakotas speak of aspiring to be a “hollow bone,” a veiled reference to the stem of the first Pipe brought to them, which was fashioned from the thighbone of a buffalo.

The First Wind, Bird, or Influence of the Cherokee Calendar (there are 13) is the Hummingbird… small, fast, resourceful, and amazingly aggressive for its size. It is the initiator, the first volunteer. “One Reed” was the name of an important Mayan king, a reformer, who opposed the tyranny of “Flint Knife.” This may be the origin of the story, that this human pair was somehow reincarnations of the twins in the Creation story.

With both the Week and Day set at “One Reed” or “Hummingbird Reed”, part of the message is clear – this is the day to start a new cycle: don’t just pray for renewal, for reconciliation, for healing, for peace, but follow the example of the tiny hummingbird. Get up and Do something, fly as fast as possible, challenge adversaries much larger than yourself and drive them out of your life!

All the while, remain a hollow reed/bone, an open conduit of the Divine Will.
Raise your pipes, raise your flutes… if that doesn’t work, raise your bagpipes. It’s not going to be a “sit and reflect” day, it’s going to be a “get off the bench and into the game” day.

NvWADOhiyada!

Cherokee words:

Reed, Ihiya ee-HEE-yah

Flint, Dawisgala dah-WISS-gah-LAH

Earth, Elohi ey-loh-HEE

Heaven, Galvlati gah-luhn-LAH-tee

Healing peace, Nvwadohiyada,
nuh-WAH-doh-HEE-yah-DAH

may you path be blessed,
Brian Wilkes

Reminder: the 2010 Cherokee Calendar should be available by October

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