The three of us, Mum, Matt, and myself were pottering about in the used bookstore a few days ago and I found a wonderful book for reawakening your Spirit and Creativity. It is called “Hunab Ku- 77 Sacred Symbols for Balancing Body and Spirit”, written by Karen Speerstra and Joel Speerstra.
I opened the book and within the fist 2 pages (of the Introduction) knew that I had found the seeds for a deep garden of perennials. The first Symbol is perfect for where I am in my my Cycle.
When you build anything, you start with the base. With this symbol, they have combined Native American Mythology, Chakra Medicine, and Mayan Numerology to create our base. Seated in the Muladhara Chakra, bathed in the red of ochre, the color of birth-blood and buried with the builders of the the Effigy Bear Mound in McGregor, Iowa, United States. Expressed with the Mayan 1 for Solitude and Strength, it symbolises our return to the womb or cave to rest and rally our forces befiore returning to an active role in our lives.
Another symbol inherent in the Great Bear Mound is the powerful,protective aspect of Mother Bear with her cubs. Ursus Major could as easily be Ursus Mater, with her cub, Ursus Minor sparkling along with her in the night skies.
I will be searching for my own Bear Archetypes and tales over the next week, and I welcome anything you would like to share, O Constant Reader (TY Stephen King for the nickname).