Wisdom is knowing we are nothing. Love is recognizing we are everything. Our lives move in The Space Between.
Today’s ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ marks a rare cosmic phenomenon.
A convergence having last occurred in 1866, January 31 witnesses a simultaneous supermoon (point nearest Earth in a given orbit), blue moon (second full moon in a calendar month), and blood moon (red appearance during the total lunar eclipse).
Derived from the Greek word “ekleipsis” meaning “to leave behind and to abandon”, eclipses are cross-culturally honored as harbingers of change, catalyzing our abilities to manifest while expediting the demise of situations we’ve outgrown.
On a literal level, eclipses reveal a shadow.
Metaphorically, the same may be interpreted as this total lunar eclipse returns to astrological sign of Leo.
Representing fertility and rebirth, this zodiac is the same in which August 21’s total solar eclipse temporarily cast darkness upon the planet before re-emerging into light.
Parallels may be seen between this symbolism and the White Buffalo Prophecy of the Lakota Oyate.
Within Native American culture, the American Buffalo is a symbol of abundance, manifestation, and sacred life. Forged from legend, this symbolism recounts oral story which spans generations:
Long ago during an era in which resources were scarce the OcetiShakowin - the seven sacred council fires of the Lakota Oyate - came together to camp in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Despite numerous days of unsuccessful hunting trips the sun remained strong in the sky, fervently shining upon the camp.
As days pressed forward, two young hunters returned to the hills.
Along their journey a beautiful young woman adorned in white appeared, instructing them "Return to your people and tell them I am coming." This woman fulfilled her promise, gifting the Lakota with the sacred pipe while sharing the mysteries of earth and showing how all is connected.
Last seen shape-shifting into a snow-white buffalo calf before disappearing into the setting sun, White Buffalo Calf Woman promised to return every generation to guide Earth’s people along the path of wisdom and peace. Legend recounts upon her leaving, great buffalo herds surrounded the Lakota camp and, as the pipe was honored, starvation ceased and bounty remained.
Her return, as prophesied, would occur in an time of great shift and transformation - the birth of a newly enlightened era.
The Native Americans see the birth of a white buffalo calf as the most significant of prophetic signs. Oglala Medicine Man from Pine Ridge, South Dakota foretold, "It will bring about purity of mind, body, and spirit; unify all nations—black, red, yellow, and white."
The birth of the sacred white buffalo provides an indication that good times are imminent, a commencement of the next cycle of life’s sacred hoop.
May 7, 2016 saw the white buffalo return with the birth of a calf on Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate land.
To a species having recently faced extinction and at 1-in-650 million odds, this event is significant to Elders, Wisdom Keepers, and sacred nations. Sioux Valley Chief Vincent Tacan recognizes the birth as “a signal to us that not only is our culture and people surviving, but thriving.”
It is a reminder one does not need to struggle to survive. This is especially true when proper action is supplemented with intention and sacred time for reflection. By adapting to allow union of the seemingly mundane with the divine, all that is needed will come to be provided.
The forefathers have long spoke of days of great peace and global unity which are unfolding in the skies and on the ground.
We can hear their distant echoes.
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