THE SWALLOWS COME TO SAVE EARTH
compiled by Dee Finney
THE CIRCLE MAKERS
|This crop glyph of swallows leading the planets in an upward direction
appeared on 8-3-03 near Whitehorse in England
See: http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2003/walkershill/walkershill2003a.html (This page is now behind their fee based archives.
On May 22nd, 2007 a crop glyph with 4 swallows appeared at Wexcombe Down, Wiltshire that I don't even remember seeing until today, 7-23-08.
Today, the crop glyph below appeared in two-stages - which I will present below:
This crop glyph is located at South Field, Alton Priors, Wiltshire
The Hopi believe that swallows are the messengers of God
Comments from people who live in the area are these. One man who drove past the area at 4:30 a.m. said that there was no formation in the field. another man who drove past the field at 7:30 a.m. said the formation was there. That was on 7-22-08.
The question remains is this. Why were 6 more birds added the next day, instead of doing the whole formation in one day which 'they' would have been capable of?
Two days before, this crop glyph appeared in a different field, in Hillside Farm, Lockeridge, Wilsthire.
We added this glyph to a page we've done before at: http://www.greatdreams.com/153.htm
because it rather matches this one:
As I am working on this page, a group of swallows are flying back and
forth in both directions right outside my window because their nest is on
the porch and two cats are lying on the bench which is below the window
and they are not happy about that.
|As soon as we saw this crop glyph, something hit us as familiar and
important. This is what we knew we would find.
Swallows- Because of its annual return, the swallow is often used as a symbol of spring, increasing light, fertility, regeneration, and birth and awakening. In Mali, swallows are considered symbols of purity because they never land on the ground. One of the most fortunate of birds, to see a swallow in the early days of spring is very lucky. If swallows nest in the eaves of your house, success, happiness, good fortune and protection from storms are assured for all.
|The following legend concerning the building of the Moqui (Hopi) villages
upon impregnable bluffs, is related by William E. Curtis in his Children
of the Sun, 1883:
The Moquis (Hopis), who live in Arizona, seventy miles northwest of Zuni, have a legend that the earth was once a small island, inhabited by one man, whose father was the sun, and whose mother was the moon; that the gods sent a wife to him to cheer his loneliness, and that the earth grew as their family multiplied. The children became dissatisfied and restless after years, began to wander, and built up towns. Visits between them became infrequent, and finally ceased, until in generations their common ancestry was forgotten. Centuries ago a war broke out between the Pueblo, or permanent Indians, and the wandering tribes, and the former were driven to the rocks and caves, where they built nests like wrens and swallows, erected fortifications and watch towers, dug reservoirs in the rocks to catch the rainfall, and held their enemies at bay. The besiegers were beaten back, but the hollows in the rocks were filled with blood, and it poured in torrents through the canyons. It was such a victory that they dare not try again, and when the fight was over they wandered to the southward, and in the deserts of Arizona, on isolated, impregnable bluffs, they built new towns, and their descendants, the Moquis, live in them to this day.
The Swallows of Four Corners - A Dream with Drawing of Swallows
Song of the Rain Chant
Far as man can see,
In the Hopi creation story. The Creator placed insects in the earth and told them to figure out the meaning of life. After a time, the insects still had not found the meaning, so Spider Grandmother was sent to help. She helped them move up to the next chamber, where they became animals. Again, they could not find the meaning of life, so Spider Grandmother came again, and helped them to travel up to the third chamber, where they became human beings. After more time passed by, and the humans had not figured out the meaning of life, Spider Grandmother came again, this time assisted by birds. The people climbed up to the surface, and then Spider Grandmother taught them how to weave.
How the Hopi Indians Reached Their World
When the world was new, the ancient people and the ancient creatures did not live on the top of the earth. They lived under it. All was darkness, all was blackness, above the earth as well as below it.
There were four worlds: this one on top of the earth, and below it three cave worlds, one below the other. None of the cave worlds was large enough for all the people and the creatures.
They increased so fast in the lowest cave world that they crowded it. They were poor and did not know where to turn in the blackness. When they moved, they jostled one another. The cave was filled with the filth of the people who lived in it. No one could turn to spit without spitting on another. No one could cast slime from his nose without its falling on someone else. The people filled the place with their complaints and with their expressions of disgust.
Some people said, "It is not good for us to live in this way."
"How can it be made better?" one man asked.
"Let it be tried and seen!" answered another.
Two Brothers, one older and one younger, spoke to the priest- chiefs of the people in the cave world, "Yes, let it be tried and seen. Then it shall be well. By our wills it shall be well."
The Two Brothers pierced the roofs of the caves and descended to the lowest world, where people lived. The Two Brothers sowed one plant after another, hoping that one of them would grow up to the opening through which they themselves had descended and yet would have the strength to bear the weight of men and creatures. These, the Two Brothers hoped, might climb up the plant into the second cave world. One of these plants was a cane.
At last, after many trials, the cane became so tall that it grew through the opening in the roof, and it was so strong that men could climb to its top. It was jointed so that it was like a ladder, easily ascended. Ever since then, the cane has grown in joints as we see it today along the Colorado River.
Up this cane many people and beings climbed to the second cave world. When a part of them had climbed out, they feared that that cave also would be too small. It was so dark that they could not see how large it was. So they shook the ladder and caused those who were coming up it to fall back. Then they pulled the ladder out. It is said that those who were left came out of the lowest cave later. They are our brothers west of us.
After a long time the second cave became filled with men and beings, as the first had been. Complaining and wrangling were heard as in the beginning. Again the cane was placed under the roof vent, and once more men and beings entered the upper cave world. Again, those who were slow to climb out were shaken back or left behind. Though larger, the third cave was as dark as the first and second. The Two Brothers found fire. Torches were set ablaze, and by their light men built their huts and kivas, or traveled from place to place.
While people and the beings lived in this third cave world, times of evil came to them. Women became so crazed that they neglected all things for the dance. They even forgot their babies. Wives became mixed with wives, so that husbands did not know their own from others. At that time there was no day, only night, black night. Throughout this night, women danced in the kivas (men's "clubhouses"), ceasing only to sleep. So the fathers had to be the mothers of the little ones. When these little ones cried from hunger, the fathers carried them to the kivas, where the women were dancing. Hearing their cries, the mothers came and nursed them, and then went back to their dancing. Again the fathers took care of the children.
These troubles caused people to long for the light and to seek again an escape from darkness. They climbed to the fourth world, which was this world. But it too was in darkness, for the earth was closed in by the sky, just as the cave worlds had been closed in by their roofs. Men went from their lodges and worked by the light of torches and fires. They found the tracks of only one being, the single ruler of the unpeopled world, the tracks of Corpse Demon or Death. The people tried to follow these tracks, which led eastward. But the world was damp and dark, and people did not know what to do in the darkness. The waters seemed to surround them, and the tracks seemed to lead out into the waters.
With the people were five beings that had come forth with them from the cave worlds: Spider, Vulture, Swallow, Coyote, and Locust. The people and these beings consulted together, trying to think of some way of making light.
Many, many attempts were made, but without success. Spider was asked to try first. She spun a mantle of pure white cotton. It gave some light but not enough. Spider therefore became our grandmother.
Then the people obtained and prepared a very white deerskin that had not been pierced in any spot. From this they made a shield case, which they painted with turquoise paint. It shed forth such brilliant light that it lighted the whole world. It made the light from the cotton mantle look faded. So the people sent the shield-light to the east, where it became the moon.
Down in the cave world Coyote had stolen a jar that was very heavy, so very heavy that he grew weary of carrying it. He decided to leave it behind, but he was curious to see what it contained. Now that light had taken the place of darkness, he opened the jar. From it many shining fragments and sparks flew out and upward, singeing his face as they passed him. That is why the coyote has a black face to this day. The shining fragments and sparks flew up to the sky and became stars.
By these lights the people found that the world was indeed very small and surrounded by waters, which made it damp. The people appealed to Vulture for help. He spread his wings and fanned the waters, which flowed away to the east and to the west until mountains began to appear.
Across the mountains the Two Brothers cut channels. Water rushed through the channels, and wore their courses deeper and deeper. Thus the great canyons and valleys of the world were formed. The waters have kept on flowing and flowing for ages. The world has grown drier, and continues to grow drier and drier.
Now that there was light, the people easily followed the tracks of Death eastward over the new land that was appearing. Hence Death is our greatest father and master. We followed his tracks when we left the cave worlds, and he was the only being that awaited us on the great world of waters where this world is now.
Although all the water had flowed away, the people found the earth soft and damp. That is why we can see today the tracks of men and of many strange creatures between the place toward the west and the place where we came from the cave world.
Since the days of the first people, the earth has been changed to stone, and all the tracks have been preserved as they were when they were first made.
When people had followed in the tracks of Corpse Demon but a short distance, they overtook him. Among them were two little girls. One was the beautiful daughter of a great priest. The other was the child of somebody-or-other. She was not beautiful, and she was jealous of the little beauty. With the aid of Corpse Demon the jealous girl caused the death of the other child. This was the first death.
When people saw that the girl slept and could not be awakened, that she grew cold and that her heart had stopped beating, her father, the great priest, grew angry.
"Who has caused my daughter to die?" he cried loudly.
But the people only looked at each other.
"I will make a ball of sacred meal," said the priest. "I will throw it into the air, and when it falls it will strike someone on the head. The one it will strike I shall know as the one whose magic and evil art have brought my tragedy upon me."
The priest made a ball of sacred flour and pollen and threw it into the air. When it fell, it struck the head of the jealous little girl, the daughter of somebody-or-other. Then the priest exclaimed, "So you have caused this thing! You have caused the death of my daughter."
He called a council of the people, and they tried the girl. They would have killed her if she had not cried for mercy and a little time. Then she begged the priest and his people to return to the hole they had all come out of and look down it.
"If you still wish to destroy me, after you have looked into the hole," she said, "I will die willingly."
So the people were persuaded to return to the hole leading from the cave world. When they looked down, they saw plains of beautiful flowers in a land of everlasting summer and fruitfulness. And they saw the beautiful little girl, the priest's daughter, wandering among the flowers. She was so happy that she paid no attention to the people. She seemed to have no desire to return to this world.
"Look!" said the girl who had caused her death. "Thus it shall be with all the children of men."
"When we die," the people said to each other, "we will return to the world we have come from. There we shall be happy. Why should we fear to die? Why should we resent death?"
So they did not kill the little girl. Her children became the powerful wizards and witches of the world, who increased in numbers as people increased. Her children still live and still have wonderful and dreadful powers.
Then the people journeyed still farther eastward. As they went, they discovered Locust in their midst.
"Where did you come from?" they asked.
"I came out with you and the other beings," he replied.
"Why did you come with us on our journey?" they asked.
"So that I might be useful," replied Locust.
But the people, thinking that he could not be useful, said to him, "You must return to the place you came from."
But Locust would not obey them. Then the people became so angry at him that they ran arrows through him, even through his heart. All the blood oozed out of his body and he died. After a long time he came to life again and ran about, looking as he had looked before, except that he was black.
The people said to one another, "Locust lives again, although we have pierced him through and through. Now he shall indeed be useful and shall journey with us. Who besides Locust has this wonderful power of renewing his life? He must possess the medicine for the renewal of the lives of others.
He shall become the medicine of mortal wounds and of war." So today the locust is at first white, as was the first locust that came forth with the ancients. Like him, the locust dies, and after he has been dead a long time, he comes to life again-- black. He is our father, too. Having his medicine, we are the greatest of men. The locust medicine still heals mortal wounds.
After the ancient people had journeyed a long distance, they became very hungry. In their hurry to get away from the lower cave world, they had forgotten to bring seed. After they had done much lamenting, the Spirit of Dew sent the Swallow back to bring the seed of corn and of other foods. When Swallow returned, the Spirit of Dew planted the seed in the ground and chanted prayers to it. Through the power of these prayers, the corn grew and ripened in a single day.
So for a long time, as the people continued their journey, they carried only enough seed for a day's planting. They depended upon the Spirit of Dew to raise for them in a single day an abundance of corn and other foods. To the Corn Clan, he gave this seed, and for a long time they were able to raise enough corn for their needs in a very short time.
But the powers of the witches and wizards made the time for raising foods grow longer and longer. Now, sometimes, our corn does not have time to grow old and ripen in the ear, and our other foods do not ripen. If it had not been for the children of the little girl whom the ancient people let live, even now we would not need to watch our cornfields whole summers through, and we would not have to carry heavy packs of food on our journeys.
As the ancient people traveled on, the children of the little girl tried their powers and caused other troubles. These mischief-makers stirred up people who had come out of the cave worlds before our ancients had come.
They made war upon our ancients. The wars made it necessary for the people to build houses whenever they stopped traveling. They built their houses on high mountains reached by only one trail, or in caves with but one path leading to them, or in the sides of deep canyons. Only in such places could they sleep in peace.
Only a small number of people were able to climb up from their secret hiding places and emerge into the Fourth World. Legends reveal the Grand Canyon is where these people emerged. From there they began their search for the homes the Two Brothers intended for them.
These few were the Hopi Indians that now live on the Three Mesas of northeastern Arizona.
|Grandfather Hopi's Prophecy
From it he pulled a carefully drawn color copy of a Mayan prophecy, and an African prophecy as well. He explained many of the symbols, and that their arrangement indicated a timeline. He told us how some of the earlier symbols related to the events of the past. At the end of the Mayan prophecy drawing were two birds: the yellow one at the very end was the larger bird of purification the dark, smaller bird just preceding it was the symbol of the bird that sings at night.
He then said, "Like this bird that speaks at night, we, the Hopi people, are to speak what we know now. The pure of heart, the children, those with a connection to God, may be told directly by God what to do in this time (of great calamities). Parents, do not make your child do what you think in this situation. Let your children decide what they need to do, for God may tell them, since they are without sin. Many now are seeking a connection to God. For some it is too late. Examine if you once had a connection with God. Maybe you could hear something. Pray for your families.
"We live here high on this mesa because once, long ago, there were floods in the low places, and it is coming again. This mesa does not have a spring. We made an agreement long ago, that there would be no spring in our mesa. It would make a weakness during the floods and the shaking of the land. When the time of the troubles comes, our mesa will be strong.
"Sometimes I have travelled, even to Hawaii, but I will go no more. Now is the time it is good to stay home. When these things come, you stay home.
"At first, Martial Law will tell you to drive slow and watch for dangers because of the floods and volcanoes. They will take all the wood from our houses. Did you know our government was told it has too many people, so it gave AIDS to the people to make the population smaller? It has even come to our tribe.
"When I was young, I thought these things (prophecies) could never come. But then as I grew older, some of the things started to happen. Now we think these things are all coming next year. Some have already started some places. Pray for your families. Maybe some will survive."
Nightfall slowly darkened the room as he was finishing. As we thanked him for his warning and made our way down the steep mesa roads, across the sweeping plains towards Winslow, I couldn't help but think of Grandfather as the bird that speaks all he knows in the night.
|THE HOPI PROPHECY AT THE UN
The Hopi Prophecy
We Hopi believe that the human race has passed through three different worlds and life ways since the beginning. At the end of each prior world, human life has been purified or punished by the Great Spirit Massauu due mainly to corruption, greed, and turning away from the Great Spirit's teachings.
The last great destruction was the flood which destroyed all but a few faithful ones who received a permission from the Great Spirit to live with Him in this new land. The Great Spirit said, "It is up to you, if you are willing to live my poor, humble, and simple life way. It is hard but, if you agree to live according to my teachings and instructions, if you never lose faith in the life I shall give you, you may come and live with me." The Hopi and all who were saved from the great flood made a sacred covenant with the Great Spirit at that time. We Hopi made an oath that we will never turn away from Him. For us the Creator's laws never change or break down.
To the Hopi the Great Spirit is all powerful. He appeared to the first people as a man and talked with them in the beginning of the creation of this world. He taught us how to live, to worship, where to go and what food to carry, gave us seeds to plant and harvest. He gave us a set of sacred stone tablets into which He breathed all teachings in order to safeguard his land and life. In these stone tablets were made instructions and prophecies and warnings. This was done with the help of Spider Woman. Before the Great Spirit went into hiding, He and Spider Woman put before the leaders of the different groups of people many colors and sizes of corn for them to choose their food in this world. The Hopi was the last to pick. The Hopi then chose the smallest ear of corn. Then Massauu said, "You have shown me you are wise and humble. For this reason you will be called Hopi (people of peace)."
It was to Spider Woman's two grandsons the sacred stone tablets were given. These two brothers were instructed to carry them to a place the Great Spirit had instructed them. The older brother was to go immediately to the east, to the rising sun and upon reaching his destination was instructed to immediately start to look for his younger brother who shall remain in the land of the Great Spirit. The older brother's mission when he returned was to help his younger brother (Hopi) bring about peace, brotherhood and everlasting life.
Hopi, the younger brother, was instructed to cover all land and mark it well with footprints and sacred markings to claim this land for the Creator and peace on earth. We established our ceremonials and sacred shrines to hold this world in balance in accordance with our first promise to the Creator. This is how our migration story goes, until we met the Creator at Old Oraibi (place that solidifies) over 1000 years ago. It was at that meeting when he gave to us these prophecies to give to you now at this closing of the Fourth World of destruction and the beginning of the Fifth World of peace.
He gave us many prophecies to pass on to you, and all have come to pass. This is how we know the timing is now to reveal the last warnings and instructions to mankind. We were told to settle permanently here in Hopiland where we met the Great Spirit and to wait for Older Brother, who went east, to return to us. When he returns to this land he will place his stone tablets side by side to show all the world that they are our true brothers -- when the road in the sky has been fulfilled and when the inventing of something, in Hopi means, gourd of ashes, a gourd that, when it drops upon the earth will boil everything within a large space and nothing will grow for a very long time.
We were told that three helpers who were commissioned by the Great Spirit to help Hopi bring about the peaceful life on earth would appear to help us and that we should not change our homes, our ceremonials, our hair, because the true helpers might not recognize us as the true Hopi. So we have been waiting all these years.
It is known that our True White Brother, when he comes, will be all powerful and will wear a red cap or red cloak. He will be large in population and belong to no religion but his very own. He will bring with him the sacred stone tablets. With him there will be two great ones, both very wise and powerful. One will have a symbol or sign of the swastika, which represents purity and is Female, a producer of life. The third one or the second one of the two helpers to our True White Brother will have a sign of a symbol of the sun. He, too, will be many people and very wise and powerful. [One will have the symbol of the moja, or cross.] We have in our sacred Kachina ceremonies a gourd rattle which is still in use today with these symbols of these powerful helpers of our True Brother.
It is also prophesied that, if these three fail to fulfill their mission, then the one from the west will come like a big storm. He will be many in numbers and unmerciful. When he comes he will cover the land like the red ants and overtake this land in one day. If the three helpers chosen by the Creator fulfill their sacred mission, and even if there are only one, two, or three of the true Hopi who remain holding fast to the last ancient teaching and instructions the Great Spirit, Massauu will appear before all, and our would will be saved. The three will lay our a new life plan which leads to everlasting life and peace. The earth will become new as it was from the beginning. Flowers will bloom again, wild game will return to barren lands, and there will be abundance of food for all. Those who are saved will share everything equally and they all will recognize Great Spirit and speak one language.
We are now faced with great problems, not only here but throughout the land. Ancient cultures are being annihilated. Our people's lands are being taken from them, leaving them no place to call their own. Why is this happening? It is happening because many have given up or manipulated their original spiritual teachings. The way of life which the Great Spirit has given to all people of the world, whatever your original instructions, are not being honored. It is because of this great sickness called greed, which infects every land and country, that simple people are losing what they have kept for thousands of years.
Now we are at the very end of our trail. Many people no longer recognize the true path of the Great Spirit. They have, in fact, no respect for the Great Spirit or for our precious Mother Earth, who gives us all life. We were told that someone would try to go up to the moon, that they would bring something back from the moon, and that after that nature would show signs of losing its balance. Now we see that coming about. All over the world, there are now many signs that nature is no longer in balance. Floods, drought, earthquakes, and great storms are occurring constantly and causing much suffering. We do not want this to occur in our country, and we pray to the Great Spirit to save us from such things. But there are now signs that this very same thing might happen very soon on our own land.
Now we must look upon each other as brothers and sisters. There is no more time for divisions among people. Today I call upon all of us, from right here at home, Hotevilla, where we too are guilty of gossiping and causing divisions even among our own families, out to the entire world where thievery, war, and lying go on every day. These divisions will not be our salvation. Wars only bring more wars, never peace. Only by joining together in a Spiritual Peace with love in our hearts for one another, love in our hearts for the Great Spirit and Mother Earth, shall we be saved from the terrible Purification Day which is just ahead.
There are many of you in this world who are honest people. We know you spiritually for we are the Men's Society Grandfathers who have been charged to pray for you and all life on earth, never forgetting anything or anyone in our ceremonials. Our prayer is to have a good happy life, plenty of soft gentle rain for abundant crops. We pray for balance on earth to live in peace and leave a beautiful world to the children yet to come. We know you have good hearts, but good hearts are not enough to help us out with these great problems. In the past, some of you have tried to help us Hopis, and we will always be thankful for you efforts. But now we need your help in the worst way.
We want the people of the world to know the truth of our situation. This land which people call the Land of the Freedom celebrates many days reminding people of the world of these things. Yet in well over 200 years, the original Americans have not seen a free day. We are suffering the final insult. Our people are now losing the one thing which gives life and meaning to life -- our ceremonial land, which is being taken away from us. Hotevilla is the last holy consecrated, undisturbed traditional Native American sacred shrine to the Creator. As the prophecy says, this sacred shrine must keep its spiritual pathways open. This village is the spiritual vortex for the Hopi to guide the many awakening Native Americans and other true hearts home to their own unique culture. Hotevilla was established by the last remaining spiritual elders to maintain peace and balance on this continent from the tip of South America up to Alaska. Many of our friends say Hotevilla is a sacred shrine, a national and world treasure and must be preserved. We need your help.
Where is the freedom which you all fight for and sacrifice your children for? Is it only the Indian people who have lost, or are all Americans losing the very thing which you originally came here to find? We don't share the freedom of the press because what gets into the papers is what the government wants people to believe, not what is really happening. We have no freedom of speech, because we are persecuted by our own people for speaking our beliefs.
We are at the final stages now, and there is a last force that is about to take away our remaining homeland. We are still being denied many things including the right to be Hopis and to make our living in accordance with our religious teachings. The Hopi leaders have warned leaders in the White House and the leaders in the Glass House[the United Nations] but they do not listen. So as our prophecy says then it must be up to the people with good pure hearts that will not be afraid to help us to fulfill our destiny in peace for this world. We now stand at a crossroad whether to lead ourselves in everlasting life or total destruction. We believe that human beings' spiritual power through prayer is so strong that it decides life on earth.
So many people have come to Hopiland to meet with us. Many times people have asked how they can help us. Now I hope and pray that your help will come. If you have a way to spread the truth, through the newspapers, radio, books, through meeting with powerful people, tell the truth! Tell them what you know to be true. Tell them what you have seen here, what you have heard us say; what you have seen with your own eyes. In this way, if we do fall, let it be said that we tried, right up to the end, to hold fast to the path of peace as we were originally instructed to do by the Great Spirit.
Should you really succeed, we will all realize our mistakes of the past and return to the true path -- living in harmony as brothers and sisters, sharing our Mother, the Earth with all other living creatures. In this way we could bring about a new world, a world which would be led by the Great Spirit, and our Mother will provide plenty and happiness for all.
God bless you, each one of you and know our prayers for peace meet yours as the sun rises and sets. May the Great Spirit guide you safely into the path of love, peace, and freedom. May the holy ancestors of love and light keep you safe in your land and homes. Pray for God to give you something important to do in this great work which lies ahead of us all to bring peace on earth.
We, the Hopi, hold the sacred stone tablets and now await the coming of our True White Brother and others seriously ready to work for the Creator's peace on earth. Be well, my children, and think good thoughts of peace and togetherness. Peace for all life on earth and peace with one another in our homes, families and countries. We are not so different in the Creator's eyes. The same great Father Sun shines his love on each of us daily just as Mother Earth prepares the substance for our table, do they not? We are one after all."
|The Prophecy of the Seven Fires
Then seven prophets appeared to the people. The First Prophet told the people that in the time of the First Fire they would leave their homes by the sea and follow the sign of the Megis shell. They were to journey west into strange lands in search of a island in the shape of a turtle. This island will be linked to the purification of the earth. Such an island was to be found at the beginning and at the end of their journey. Along the way they would find a river connecting two large sweet water seas. This river would be narrow and deep as though a knife had cut through the land. They would stop seven times to create villages but they would know that their journey was complete when they found food growing on the water. If they did not leave, there would be much suffering and they would be destroyed. And they would be pursued and attacked by other nations along the way so they must be strong and ready to defend themselves.
The Second Prophet told them they could recognize the Second Fire because while they were camped by a sweet water sea they would lose their direction and that the dreams of a little boy would point the way back to the true path, the stepping stones to their future.
The Third Prophet said that in the Third Fire the Anishinabe would find the path to the lands prepared for them and they would continue their journey west to the place where food grows upon the water.
The Fourth Prophet was two who came as one. The first told them to expect a race of people who had light skin. The future of the Anishinabeg would be known by the face the light-skinned people would wear. If they come in brotherhood there would be a time of wonderful change. New knowledge would be joined with the old knowledge and the two peoples would join to make a mighty nation. Two other nations would join to make four and they would become the mightiest nation of all. If they brought only their knowledge and their good-will they would be like brothers.
The second being of the Fourth Prophet warned the light-skinned race might wear the face of death that would almost look the same as the face of brotherhood. If they come carrying a weapon and if they seem to be suffering, beware. Behind this face is greed. You shall recognize the face of death if the rivers are poisoned and the fish are unfit to eat.
The Fifth Prophet said that in the time of the Fifth Fire there will be a struggle between the way of the mind of the light-skinned people and the natural path of spirit of the many nations of natural people. As this fire loses its heat there will come among the people those who promise great joy and salvation. If the people accept this promise and abandon the old ways, the struggle will continue for many generations. This promise is false and it will nearly destroy those who accept it.
The Sixth Prophet told them that in the time of Sixth Fire it would be clear that the promise accepted during the Fifth Fire was false. Those who were deceived by this promise will take their children away from the teachings of the elders. The elders will lose their purpose in life and many will become sick and die. Many people will be out of balance and the cup of life will become the cup of grief.
The Seventh Prophet was younger than the others who had come and there was a glowing light from his eyes. He said that there would come a time when the waters had been so poisoned that the animals and plants that lived there would fall sick and begin to die. Much of the forests and prairies would be gone so the air would begin to lose the power of life. The way of the mind brought to the red, black, and yellow nation by the white nation would bring danger to the whole earth. In this time there will be a new people who will emerge from the clouds of illusion. They will retrace their steps to find the treasures that had been left by the trail. The stories that had been lost will be returned to them. They will remember the Original Instructions and find strength in the way of the circle. Their search will take them to the elders and the new people will ask for guidance. But many of the elders will have walked the Path of the Souls to the Star Web. Many elders will have forgotten their wisdom and they will not be able to help. Some of the elders will point in the wrong direction and others will remain silent because of their fear. Some of the elders will be silent because no one has asked them for their wisdom.
If the New People will find trust in the way of all things, in the circle, they will no longer need the selfish voice of the ego and they can begin to trust their inner voice. Wisdom will be once again be found in dreams of the night and of the day. The sacred fire will once again be lit. The Light-skinned People will be given a choice between two paths. If they choose the right path the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth Fire the final fire of brotherhood/sisterhood. If they choose the wrong path, then the destruction they brought with them will come back to them. The people of the earth will experience much suffering and death.
The Prophecies are Fulfilled...but for the Seventh
Along the Great Salt Water in the East, life was full and rich for the People, the Anishinabeg. After the Seven Prophets came to them, there were many large gatherings to discuss their predictions. Many people did not want to move away from their homes with their families and begin a long migration through strange lands. Some unselfishly supported those who believed in the power of the prophecies and were ready to follow because they thought it was in some way part of the Creator's Plan. One group supported the plans to follow the Megis into the unknown lands of the setting sun, but they pledged to stay and care for the eastern fire of the people. They were called the Wa-bun-u-keeg', the People of the Dawn. Five hundred years later they would be among the first to be caught in the death and suffering the Light-skinned people would bring. By the time of the Fourth Fire, their homes, families, and villages would be tom apart. They would be scattered, lose their roots, their power. Today these people are called the Abenaki. The U.S. government does not recognize their existence as a tribe. These are my people. My great-great grandmother was born in Vermont in about 1841, married a white man and they moved to Wisconsin and then to Minnesota. They did not realize that they followed her relatives who had made the journey hundreds of years before. Many Ojibwe people live in Wisconsin and Minnesota today.
The people followed the Great River to the Setting Sun, the St. Lawrence River, looking for the island shaped like a turtle. Near present-day Montreal they found such an island and the Megis shell rose up out of the water to greet them. There they brought the Sacred Fire and did many ceremonies to cleanse themselves to be ready to receive their next instructions. After some time they continued to follow the Great River into a sweet water sea until they came to a roaring waterfall that spoke like thunder. They called it Ani-mi-kee'wabu, place of the thundering water. Once again the Sacred Megis shell rose up out of the water and greeted them, and the Sacred Fire was brought here. Today the Light-skinned people call this place Niagara Falls.
Again the people moved on along another large sweet water sea until they came to a narrow river that was cut deep into the earth. It was the river the First Prophet had described. Many people were drowned trying to cross this river. When the people set up a village there, the Sacred Megis rose up out of the water to greet them. That river is today called the Detroit River.
At this time there came to be three groups among the Anishinabeg. Each group had a special task. One group, called the 0-dah-wahg', were responsible for providing the people with their food and supplies. They were the hunters and traders. A second group, called the 0-day'wah-to-mee, were the keepers of the Sacred Fire as the people moved along. The third group was the faith keepers of the nation, called the 0jib-way.
Today, the 0-dah-wahg' are called the Ottawa, the 0-day'wah-to-mee are called the Potawatomi, and the 0-jib-way are called the Ojibwe or incorrectly, Chippewa. These were the nations of the Three Fires, powerful and united by a common purpose--following the Sacred Megis to an unknown destination. The nations of the Three Fires were asked to join war expeditions against the Light-skinned invaders in the East, but they remained focused on their mission and their destiny, whatever that was to be. They followed the sissagwad, the soft whisper of spirit, not knowing where it would lead them..
At the time of the Second Fire the people were encamped along the east shore of the third sweet water sea. There they searched for a way to cross the sea to continue their journey in search of the food that grows on water. Here they stayed for a long time establishing villages and planting gardens. In attending to basic survival needs, people began to neglect the sacred ways and soon forgot about their journey. Only a few of the elders still remembered the purpose of their migration. Then a little boy had a dream about a path of stones that would lead across the waters. They returned to the River that Cuts Like a Knife and retraced their steps. There they found a chain of islands that lead across the sweet water sea.
Moving the people by canoe they continued their western journey in search of the food that grows on water. On the largest island in the chain the Sacred Megis appeared to the people, rising out of the water.
This island became the center of the Anishinabeg nation, the Sacred Fire was brought here, the sacred water drum of the Midewiwin Society was heard again. Then the water drum was moved to the eastern shore of another sweet water sea and the Sacred Megis appeared again. Here the people had their first contact with the Light-skinned people, French explorers, voyageurs, and traders--Ah-dah-way' wih-nih-neeg. These people brought many gifts, metal knives, axes, kettles, and pots, woven cloth and coats, colored glass beads. These people came in brotherhood, and seemed to be friendly and respectful of the ways of the people. These people were treated as brothers, many of them married women of the Anishinabeg, and they were adopted into the nation. It was the beginning of the Fourth Fire. In the East, other Light-skinned people would come wearing the face of death. These people destroyed many villages of the People of the Dawn who had remained along the Great Salt Water. They destroyed the garden paradise the Anishinabeg had tended for thousands of years. These people seemed not to know how to be in balance and yet they believed that their way was the best and only way to live.
Groups of the Anishinabeg traveled along the north and south shores of the fourth sweet water sea and reaching a bay at the western end they found mah-no-men, wild ice, the food that grows on water." The destination had been reached. Spirit Island in the bay was the sixth stopping place. Not very far away along the southern shore of the great sweet water sea they found an island shaped like a turtle, the final sign that their journey was complete. They placed tobacco on the shore as an offering to the Great Spirit who had led them to this holy place. They called the island Moh-ning'wun-ih-kawn-ing. This became the capital of a powerful Anishinabeg nation and the Great Sweet Water Sea was called Gii-dzhii Ojibwe-gah-meeng, the Great Sea of the Ojibwe (called Gitchi gumi in Longfellow's poem, Hiawatha). The Sacred Megis rose up out of the waters and told them that they had reached their destination and that now they must continue to follow the path of the spirit so they could light the path in the time of the Seventh Fire. Here they brought the Sacred Fire and the sacred water drum sounded for many years. The prophecies of the First, Second, and Third Prophets had been realized, and the prophecy of the Fourth Prophet continued to unfold.
Light-skinned men in long black robes, Muk-a-day-ih-kahn-ah-yayg, came clutching a black book to their chest and carrying something that seemed to honor the four directions. These men were impressed with the generosity, honor, and respect shown by the Anishinabeg. Still, they wanted the Anishinabeg to change their ways and accept the teachings of a man from far away,. They warned that not following this book they would not be able to walk the Path of Souls to the Star Web to join their relatives. This was very frightening to many of the people and they left their traditional ways to follow the Black Coats and their black book. A wedge was driven between the people of the Midewiwin Society and the people following the new teaching. The conflict between the people of the black book and the people of the Sacred Megis split the community into factions that broke the circle of the nation. People scattered to the smaller lakes of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Thus began the time of the Fifth Fire. The wave of light-skinned people forced all native people into poverty on tiny reservations supported by erratic deliveries of promised supplies and equipment. These were usually rotten, poor quality, or insufficient to care for the needs of the people. To educate the children in the new ways the light-skinned people took children away from their parents, put them in boarding schools far away from their homes and families, cut their hair, took away their medicine bundles, forbade the use of their native language. So the hoop of the nation was broken, taking the young people away from the medicines, the stories, the teachings, the spirit ways, the strength that had brought a spirit-filled people on a journey for more than six hundred years. The children were taught to walk the way of the light-skinned people who thought that theirs was the superior way, the way of "progress."
This was the time of the Sixth Fire. Children were turned against their parents and their grandparents. The teachings of the elders could not be heard and the elders grew sick. They had lost their place in the circle. The circle was broken. The weapons used by the light-skinned were untrue stories, racism, guns and bayonets, cannon and disease. Today the weapons are courts, attorneys, textbooks and schools that teach propaganda as history, movies and television that portray the way of Native People in a shallow way.
Now is the time of the Seventh Fire. By the light of the Seventh Fire come the Ogichidaag', those who would use their power and strength with wisdom and gentleness to bring harmony and balance. They will soar with wabishkie ginu*, the White Eagle, bringing the wisdom of Spirit with the first light of day. They will learn of their power and strength like the gidzhii makwa' the Great Bear who holds ice and snow in the North so the Earth would not be covered with water. And they will open their mind and heart like makinaak the turtle who offered his back upon which to build a new earth. Before I left America, three Indian people each gave me a gift--the eagle of dawn, a bear claw, and a turtle. And Grandfather Oak, a 96-year old Indian man that I healed at a powwow in Massachusetts gave me his dancing moccasins. I am the Dream Dancer and I am here to create the new possibilities offered by the Vision of the Seventh Fire. I was to find a female companion, my spiritual and earthly mate, with whom I would bring the message and the teachings of the Seventh Fire. I found her living at the foot of the holy mountain, Mt. Shasta in northern California.
When I went to Europe in 1998, I thought I was just going to market dream catchers, tell their stories, and teach dream catcher weaving. Before I left, I had been told by an Mishanagqus, American Indian woman who has strong medicine that I had a much larger job to do. Great Spirit had showed me that I was to teach a new way of being for a new people. I had returned the ancient stories to the people. Now is the time of the Seventh Fire. This is where the path divides. No longer will the way of the mind be allowed to dominate and divide. People of the mind must be shown the vision of the Seventh Prophet of the Anishinabeg and given a choice to learn to walk in balance. They must rediscover their connection to all things --- the path of the spirit. To many "civilized" people, the path traveled by my People seems slow and primitive. The power and wisdom of this path is not easily understood when their mind is taught to play inside boundaries and their heart is closed to sissagwaad, the soft wind of Spirit. My project is to teach the way to peace, the wisdom and the power of the spiral, the way of the circle, how to walk in balance between mind and heart, how to find inner strength and serenity, and how to use strength and wisdom according to the Original Instructions. This is the traditional way of the Native people of North America. I have taught this with drumming, storytelling, song, dance, and the weaving of dreamcatchers. It was not enough. There must be more.
Bit by bit the pieces have come together. I saw that I must teach people how to be guided by spirit and how to receive energy from the universe. Then they would become Ogichidaag, leaders who would use their power with gentleness, wisdom, and love to guide others to a new way of life. To do this we must emphasize the importance of the way of the circle in remembering the Original Instructions--love, honor, and respect all beings in the Web of Life. Many others have taught the way of the circle but the circle was not integrated into the lives of people. There must be a focus, a purpose that creates a vortex around which the circle can spiral into being.
We want to help people learn how to do the earth experience in a new way, a way that works with the new energies of this new time. The old way is a way of individual limitation, separation, isolation, hierarchies, domination, and a mind guided by ego. The new way is a way of individual blossoming, togetherness, community, the circle, cooperation, and a mind that is guided by heart, by spirit. The most effective method we can use to learn this new way is a practicum, a practical application of the experience of the circle way. In the practicum we will create a community with a common purpose of mutual support using the Native American model of the circle way.
In the circle each person cares for the whole circle and the whole circle cares for each person. In the circle leadership is shared, rotated so that each person learns to lead and to follow. As ducks and geese migrate between their winter and summer homes they fly in a V-formation that takes advantage of an undulating flow of air, a vortex street, that be 'ns with the wing beats of the leader. The birds in the second position follow at the left and right in the wake of the leader. They can fly with much less effort in the rolling waves of the leader's rhythm. Their wing beats catch the wake and stroke it to keep it rolling along the formation to the birds in the third position and so on. When the leader tires she falls back in the formation while another moves ahead to work at splitting the air for the others. The formation rides along on the shared effort of all.
Life can be so much easier for humans if they would learn from nature. For humans the circle is a most natural and fulfilling way to live. In the circle we can see that giving is the same as receiving. When the geese and ducks migrate they give and they receive, receive and give. There is no difference. The others in the formation are important to them. Each has value and worth. Not all can fly with the same strength and endurance. Perhaps others are more alert to danger when the flock is resting or sleeping. Others may be better at identifying the landmarks or the best places to stop and eat. Who knows?
We can create vortex streets like the wing beats of the birds, that can carry each of us, all of us, to a deeper experience. There are many leadership tasks in a dynamic circle. Some are good at talking to people. Some are teachers. A few are good at selling. Everyone has some form of creativity that has yet to be fully tapped and appreciated. Some are effective communicators on the telephone or in a group. Others write well or understand computers and internet access. We will discover the special function of our being in the circle, like an organ in a body. Each of us can learn from others in the circle. We learn how to fly together, to travel beyond our limitations, to discover how unlimited we really are. Soar with the White Eagle.
All rights reserved. Copyright 2001, Allen Aslan Heart
|The subject matter of 'swallows, long celebrated among lovers of Minoan
art, celebrates everyday things readily visible at the time. Often entire
walls were decorated, not with exotic subjects or fear-inspiring images,
but with familiar images of frolicking dolphins, swimming fishes, garden-variety
field lilies in bloom, octapi in motion, doves or swallows in flight or nesting,
and most striking, the many group-portraits of beautiful women with long
black curls, clad in wasp-waisted culottes and tight bodices, engaging in
animated conversation, where one among them may be a priestess or goddess.
There is only one reference in the entire Bible: "Bats, swallows, and birds alight on their [Babylonian idols] bodies and heads; and so do cats" (Letter of Jeremiah 6:22).
BIRDS OF OMEN
AUGURS classified birds as either good or bad; owls, crows and ravens were generally considered birds of ill omen. In Celtic occult lore, the sight of three ravens on the ground, especially from behind, was an indication of some disaster ahead. Magpies are also associated with witchcraft and omens of death. Among birds whose appearance is lucky are swallows and storks.
NEW PLANETS FOUND
Date: March 30, 2000
By Richard Stenger
CNN Interactive Writer
WASHINGTON -- Astronomers on Tuesday announced the discovery two Saturn-sized planets outside the solar system, a milestone in the search for distant celestial bodies that resemble Earth.
The previous 30 planets found outside the solar system are at least the size of Jupiter, Earth's largest neighbor. But the new finding lends credence to the theory that small planets outnumber giants in the galaxy, according to NASA.
The team of astronomers indirectly detected the new planets, more than 100 light years away, by studying their gravitational pull on host stars.
Using Hawaii's Keck Observatory, they measured changes in the velocity of the stars as small as 36 feet per second, about the speed of a bicyclist, according to one of the planet sleuths, Geoff Marcy, a University of California, Berkeley astronomer.
The finding of Saturn-sized planets supports the idea that large planets accrete from small ones, using gas and dust that encircle stars, according to NASA. The theory predicts that more small planets exist than large ones; researchers are increasingly finding this trend in the data.
Fast orbits, blistering heat
The newly discovered planets have quick and close orbits around their host stars. One of them, with at least 80 percent the mass of Saturn, circles a star known as HD46375 from a distance of 3.8 million miles and completes an orbit roughly every three days. In contrast, Earth is 93 million miles from the sun.
A second planet with 70 percent of Saturn's mass orbits the star 79 Ceti from 32.5 million miles. Its three-day orbit, like that of most of the known extrasolar planets, is highly elliptical. It completes an orbit every 75 days.
"It's very different than solar system planets. Ours are in beautiful, concentric orbits," said Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institute in Washington, one of the planet discoverers.
Because they are so close to their parent stars, the new planets, presumably gas giants made of hydrogen and helium, undoubtably experience blistering temperatures and couldn't harbor life, according to NASA.
The larger planet has an average temperature of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the smaller one about 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
The new planets likely formed farther away from their stars, where they accumulated cool gas. They then migrated to their present locations, possibly disrupting the orbits of smaller planets along the way, according to NASA, which sponsored the research.
The astronomers made the discovery as part of a multi-year project to look at the wobbles of more than 1,000 stars within 300 light-years, using the Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
The team spotted 21 extrasolar planets before the latest two. But with the 79 Ceti planet, "For the first time we have one with less wobble than that between the sun and Jupiter," Marcy said.
The researchers said ground-based observations will help them find planets the size of Neptune within a few years. They think many smaller planets exist, but said advanced telescopes, deployed in space, would be required to find them.
Searching for gentle giants
Marcy said the discovery of a planet like Jupiter, with a concentric orbit, could prove crucial in the search for terrestrial-like planets. Unlike marauding jovian cousins in other systems, Jupiter does not affect the orbit of its neighbors and in fact protects planets in the inner solar system from dangerous space debris, he said.
Gas giants elsewhere could likewise absorb killer comets and meteorites that otherwise might slam into a smaller neighbor, perhaps one that resembles Earth, he said.
Hunt for Earth-like Planets Begins
By Andrew Bridges
Pasadena Bureau Chief
22 March 2000
PASADENA, CA. NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announced Tuesday it has awarded its first contracts to begin design work on a highflying quartet of telescope-equipped satellites that will seek out other Earth-like worlds.
The innovative Terrestrial Planet Finder mission, still more than a decade away from launch, will hunt for worlds like ours orbiting stars within a range of about 50 light-years, studying their numbers, size, location, diversity and suitability for life.
The missions initial design calls for four free-flying satellites, each carrying its own 137-inch (3.5-meter) infrared telescope in an Earth-trailing solar orbit. The light gathered by each telescope would be combined in a fifth satellite, which would also hold the missions instrumentation.
(NASA intends to test the concept in 2003 with the launch of Space Technology 3, made up of just two free-flying space telescopes that will fly and work in unison.)
The awards announced Tuesday went to Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, TRW and SVS Inc. The individual teams represent 75 scientists drawn from nearly 50 universities, industrial firms, research institutions and NASA centers.
"Weve succeeded in our goal of engaging some of the best minds in the world," said Firouz Naderi, the missions project manager at JPL, of the teams that will further refine various concepts for Planet Finder.
By December, NASA will narrow the field to two teams, which will then be subjected to further study ending in November 2001. The actual mission will not launch before 2012.
At the onset, the mission will examine some 250 stars already spotted by an earlier effort -- the Space Interferometry Mission set for launch in 2006 -- which will hopefully characterize any planets in orbit around them.
Once its cataloging work is complete, Planet Finder will then zero in on those stars that are most likely to hold habitable planets in an orbital embrace, searching for the telltale traces of life.
Through the technique of spectroscopy analyzing the spectrum of light reflected by the planets to see which elements are present the mission will tell scientists the relative proportions of gases such as carbon dioxide, water, ozone and methane at each of those planets. These elements can strongly suggest the presence of life.
"Well be looking for warm, water-bearing planets like Earth, and even for signs of primitive life," said Charles Beichman, the missions project scientist at JPL.
Scientists boast that the mission could, with as little as two weeks of observations, tell whether any particular planet harbors primitive life. The mission itself could last as long as five years.
To accomplish its task, the Planet Finder will wed the incredible sensitivity of spaceborne telescopes like the Hubble Space Telescope, but perhaps 100 times sharper with the high spatial resolution of an interferometer.
In interferometry, light gathered by separate telescopes is combined to form one image. However, the images resolution equals that produced by a telescope equipped with a single mirror as wide as the distance between the individual mirrors. In the case of the Terrestrial Planet Finder, the satellites will fly as far 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) apart.
The Planet Finder will take the "Goldilocks" approach in its search for habitable planets, using its four telescopes to focus on those bodies that are "just right" for life. That means the candidate planets must lie in a zone where temperatures allow for presence of liquid water, presumed to be necessary even for life beyond our planet.
To spot such small, relatively cool bodies, the Planet Finder will rely on a technique called "nulling" to block the bright glare of a planets parent star, allowing the dim planets to appear.
Since 1995, astronomers have discovered more than 30 planets orbiting stars other than our own. However, those planets have all been Jupiter-sized or larger, and far too close to their respective stars to be able to support life.
THE STORY OF THE THREE SWALLOWS
We are never more like Christ than when we are giving to meet the needs of others.
Three young swallows were perched on a dead branch that stretched out over a lake. One adult swallow got alongside the chicks and started shoving them out toward the end of the branch pushing, pushing, and pushing.
The swallow on the end of the branch fell off. Somewhere between the branch and the water four feet below, the wings started working, and the fledgling was off on his own. Then the second one.
The third was not to be bullied. At the last possible moment his grip on the branch loosened just enough so that he swung downward, then tightened again, bulldog tenacious. The parent was without sentiment. He pecked at the desperately clinging talons until it was more painful for the poor chick to hang on than risk the insecurities of flying. The grip was released, and the inexperienced wings began pumping.
The parent swallow knew what the chick did not... that it would fly--that there was no danger in making it do what it was perfectly designed to do.
Birds have feet and can walk. Birds have talons and can grasp a branch securely. They can walk, they can cling. But flying is their characteristic action, their nature. And not until they fly are they living at their best, gracefully and beautifully.
|Joseph Campbell - The Inner Reaches of Outer Space
In the Old Norse image of the World Ash, Yggdrasil, upon which Othin hung himself for nine days and nights in a sacrifice of himself to HImself to gain the wisdom of the runes (the scripture of the gods, there is an eagle perched on the topmost branch, and beneath, a dragon gnawing at the roots, of which there are three." The bird is a universal symbol of the spirit and spiritual flight, as is the feather of spiritual power. in India the wild gander, hamsa, is symbolic of the atman, the Self, and such a perfected saint as Ramakrishna is known as a Paramahamsa, (Paramount or Supreme Wild Gander"). Jesus at the moment of his baptism saw a dove descending from the heavens. Zeus approached Leda in the aspect of a swan.