this rite connects us with the daykeepers – this includes our ancestors those who built ancient calendars that marked where the sun would rise and set at specific dates of the year, those who build ‘adams calendar ‘, and those whose calendar charted the evolution of consciousness as well as the passing of time. It includes those who built, and tended altars and places to promote healing, and to honour nature – places like machu picchu, stonehenge and other stone circles – which the four winds society call the ‘powerhouses of the planet’.
(author of image unknown – it can be found on sites such as http://www.amautacunadehistoria.com/2007/03/las-trece-torres.html )
brian cox in ‘the wonders of the universe’, shows us in chanquillo, peru the remains of an ancient civilisation, where not much remains of their culture, but what can be clearly seen, is an ancient stone calendar, dated at around 2,500 years old, that accurately. there are great towers that map the suns progress across the land over the year, beginning with solstice on December 21st (summer solstice/longest day in the southern hemisphere), where the sun rise point is just to the right, of the right-most tower, and continuing on, through the towers and the gaps in the towers, to june 21st, their winter solstice/their shortest day, where the sun rises on the left of the left most tower, in between that tower and a beautiful mountain.
so that any time of the year we can look at that calendar, and say within the accuracy of 2-3 days what the date is. here is a clip of his experience: the chanquillo calendar
( photo from http://atlasobscura.com/place/pyramid-kukulcan-chichen-itza )
the pyramid dedicated to kukulcan (or quetzacoatl) at chich’en itza), built over another temple 800-900 AD is over 53.3 meters wide, and 24 meters tall, with a 6m temple on top. and is another example of the daykeepers at work.
“this pyramid dedicated to Kukulcan (or Quetzacoatal), the feathered serpent god, is visited by its namesake. On the equinox Kukulcan returns to earth to commune with his worshippers, provide blessing for a full harvest and good health before entering the sacred water, bathing in it, and continuing through it on his way to the underworld.
“The mesoamerican fascination with, and knowledge of, math and astronomy shines when examining the details of its architecture. Each of the four sides has ninety-one steps ascending it, 364 steps total, with the temple topping the pyramid considered an addition step totalling 365, each step representing a day in the calendar. Additionally, the pyramid’s nine stages, bisected by a staircase on each side, represent the eighteen months of the Mayan Calendar year. The pyramid was built to be a physical representation of the Mayan Calendar (the same calendar that predicts the end of the world in 2012), while its orientation, slightly north east, is believed to have been calculated in order to create the phenomenon know as the “descent of kukulcan”.
“…crafty and mathematically brilliant architecture combined with the natural rotation of the earth creates an amazing and somewhat eerie image of a giant snake crawling down the temple. for five hours an illusion of light and shadow creates seven triangles on the side of the staircase starting at the top and inching its way down until it connects the top platform with the giant stone head of the feathered serpent at the bottom. for forty-five minutes this impressive shadow stays in its entirety before slowing descending the pyramid and disappearing along with the crowd that gathered to see it”
the adams calendar, that is said to be dated from 75,000 years ago, is an ancient circular monolithic stone calendar site in mpumalang. it it thought that it was around 60,000 years ago that humans migrated from africa and populated the rest of the world.
“adam’s calendar also presents the first tangible evidence of consciousness among the earliest humans in the ‘cradle of humankind’. the site is built along the same longitudinal line as great zimbabwe and the great pyramid. it is also aligned with the rise of orion’s belt some 75,000 years ago.”
brian cox also in the ‘wonders of the universe’ programs, reminds us of how these relate to the modern day, how these calendar makers are connected to the astronomers of today, and how we still use the sun and moon to regulate our day, with the 365 ¼ year being the length of time the earth takes to go round the sun, and the 29 ½ days it takes the moon to go round the earth forming the basis of the months, and the 24 hours it takes for the earth to complete one rotation, our day. and he reminds us that the stars in the universe also tell the time in their own way, that “mark a passage of time stretching over ‘trillions of years, the deep time that shapes the universe”.
daykeepers are said to have great connection and wisdom of the earth, working for humans to live in harmony with the earth, and stories tell of them calling in the sun each morning, and the calling in the setting each evening (maybe this is the part of us that loves watching the sunrise, and sunset). Working between the worlds of days and night, it is also said some daykeepers worked between the world of this and other-worlds, associated with the gatekeepers of these worlds, as well as with the midwives. The daykeepers also were midwives who were there for births into this world and ‘deaths’ (the ‘birth into the next world), and the feminine principles has also been associated with the gatekeepers between world. as with the daykeepers were also the herbalists, curanderas/curanderos – in ancient times, it is thought that these were generally women, but also men. This acceptance, and nurturing and other aspects of the feminine can be, and is, done by males of course, we’re talking here of archetype – of the feminine principle. many master healers, herbalists, folk healers, curanderas and mid wives, are said to work from this place of the daykeepers, many of whom work from this place.
it is also said that daykeepers also work to guide in the living in harmony with the earth. this is a connection with those who realise we are stewards, caretakers of the earth, and live with respect to that, to do what we can to take care of the earth, and live in symbiosis with the earth.
again, something else brian cox said in ‘wonder of the universe’ reminded me of this connection
“every atom in my body was once part of something else, an ancient tree, a dinosaur, a rock – in fact definitely a rock, and the reasons that rocks can becoming living things, and living things can become rock is because everything [physical] is made of the same basic ingredients. these ingredients are the chemical elements, the building block of everything on earth”;
this reminds me of the story where one person will drink water from a stream, and feel that they own that part of the stream that they have drunk, while another will say ‘i am the stream’. all our atoms are literally made up of the plants, the stones around us, so literally, as well as spiritually and energetically, we are ‘one’, we are connected.
alberto writes how he works with sages who work with the intelligence, divinity, ‘divine mother’ – an intelligence/energies to heal. this divine energy they believe/see, we are this divine energy embodied in matter, and like ‘the ribbons of sunlight that wrap themselves around the trunks of trees and then release their light when we place a log in the fire, they claimed they were able to see emanations of this energy around the body of a person in the form of a luminous matrix’. alberto also writes how he came to learn to do so too – to sense and comprehend this life being interconnected through strands of light. he explained to his scientific mind that animals eat plants, a chlorophyll turns light into sugars to feed the plants which become, for example, carbohydrates like rice or wheat, which we turn back into light insides our cells (through a process known as the kreb’s cycle). He writes that ‘with time, my logical brain relaxed its vice type grip on my awareness, and I was able to perceive more directly the luminous weave of all creation.’ (p.xx).
often calling the earth ‘mother earth’, or pachamama, the daykeepers are also said to honour the ways of the feminine, and these rites are also a connection to a ‘divine feminine’ principle, the ‘feminine’ energy which is found in both males and females. This energy is a loving, accepting energy, like the land that holds us, like many mothers, fathers, aunties, uncles, grandparents and other relations do for their children, and like nature that gives and gives us food – nurturing and love, whatever we do. A place of pure love and acceptance.
and it is a connection to the deep, ‘dark’ feminine too – like the dark rich earth where seeds of our becoming can be sown – the womb of the mother earth, and the wild tangles forests, the sacred garden of the earth.
(picture by terese nielson : available to purchase from http://teresenielsen.typepad.com/the_world_of_terese_niels/miriam-of-magdala-mary-ma.html )
it is a connection too, to ‘the black madonna’, as in our ancestor and archetypical mother of early human beings, which are thought to have evolved in africa. and is an archetype too of the feminine that is connected with the land for many cultures. it is said that many ancient places of power are names after females tara after the goddess tea, taitlu after taitlu, emain macha after macha, and so are many rivers and settlements, like the goddess dana who gave her name to rivers don in yorkshire, danube in germany and others.
in his book ‘power up your brain’, alberto writes that his mentor says,
‘our deity is an ascending divinity who rises from the earth like the golden corn, and reside among us. our creative force is known as the pachamama, the divine mother’.
courtney davis in ‘celtic women; (p.17), writes that in Celtic traditions, the feminine is the ‘world of magic, transformation and regeneration, a world which is timeless’ .
courtney davis’ description on the same page, of masculine ‘ruling’ the outer world, and the feminine, the inner world, also reminds me of what jill bolte taylor’s experience when she experienced a stroke, and found herself completely in the world of what the word ‘feminine’ is said to represent in this context. the word ‘feminine’ in this tradition, is the feminine principle, and the feminine archetypes that we all have inside us consciously or subconsciously, where we can all connect and utilise these qualities as is seen in jill’s talk. this feminine principle also is also inside us physically too, as it is said to relate to our right brain. jill bolte taylors experience, for me, has given me a great insight into of this – actually, come to think, talk is called ‘a stroke of insight’ :
in this talk, there is a clear difference between the two hemispheres of the brain, of the right ‘masculine’, ‘i am me’, and of the feminine of ‘i am all’.
jill says in the talk;
“we are the life force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. and we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. right here right now, i can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere where we are — i am — the life force power of the universe, and the life force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form. at one with all that is. or i can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere. where i become a single individual, a solid, separate from the flow, separate from you. i am dr. jill bolte taylor, intellectual, neuroanatomist. These are the “we” inside of me.”
For those of you who understand computers, our right hemisphere functions like a parallel processor. While our left hemisphere functions like a serial processor. The two hemispheres do communicate with one another through the corpus collosum, which is made up of some 300 million axonal fibres. But other than that, the two hemispheres are completely separate. Because they process information differently, each hemisphere thinks about different things, they care about different things, and dare I say, they have very different personalities. [Excuse me. Thank you. It’s been a joy.]
while the left part of the brain deals with, what is associated with the ‘masculine’ – lineally, past and future. takes the collage of present , and picks out details, and categories, and associates with the past, and projects possibilities. its the ongoing brain chatter that connects us to the external world,. ‘i am’, a separate individual, separate from the energy flow around us. it helps us remember the shopping list, calculating intelligence to know have to do the washing etc.
the right part of the brain, is that which is associated with the ‘feminine’ ‘ – was where atoms and molecules of the arm blending with the atoms and molecules of the wall. perceiving all energy, feeling ‘at one’ with the energy all around, very beautiful. a ‘silent mind’, disconnected from the brain chatter’. she said coming from here, she felt all stress gone, no emotional baggage. felt ‘sense of peacefulness’, and ‘euphoria’ “captivated by the magnificence of energy around me. And because I could no longer identify the boundaries of my body, I felt enormous and expansive. I felt at one with all the energy that was, and it was beautiful there”.
“Our right hemisphere is all about this present moment. It’s all about right here right now. Our right hemisphere, it thinks in pictures and it learns kinaesthetically through the movement of our bodies. Information in the form of energy streams in simultaneously through all of our sensory systems. And then it explodes into this enormous collage of what this present moment looks like. What this present moment smells like and tastes like, what it feels like and what it sounds like. I am an energy being connected to the energy all around me through the consciousness of my right hemisphere. We are energy beings connected to one another through the consciousness of our right hemispheres as one human family. And right here, right now, all we are brothers and sisters on this planet, here to make the world a better place. And in this moment we are perfect. We are whole. And we are beautiful”
And I look down at my arm and I realize that I can no longer define the boundaries of my body. I can’t define where I begin and where I end. Because the atoms and the molecules of my arm blended with the atoms and molecules of the wall. and all I could detect was this energy. energy. and I’m asking myself, “what is wrong with me, what is going on?” and in that moment, my brain chatter, my left hemisphere brain chatter went totally silent. Just like someone took a remote control and pushed the mute button and — total silence.
which do you choose? and when? i believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world and the more peaceful our planet will be. and I thought that was an idea worth spreading.
jill bolte taylor’s experience to me, describes to me the differences, of masculine and feminine, and helps clarify, that it’s not a ‘male’ and ‘female’ quality, it is a quality that is within us all, and is only named as’ masculine’ and ‘feminine’, and only symbolised by a female/a mother. if we stick literally to this sense of the roles, many men are ‘mothers’, as well as fathers, and many women, are mothers and ‘fathers’. these and other experiences, have has opened up to me, many questions of what is meant by ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’, finding how a balance of both in each individual is so beneficial. but the main thing is, that the symbols are used to help our mind and soul, to quickly connect with these qualities, and energies, and what they mean.
courtney davis also writes that it the feminine is relates to the ‘otherworld’, and that the power of the feminine was not wiped out by the coming of the iron age and the christians etc in some countries, but it went into the ‘otherworld’, also known as the ‘underworld’, and the ‘world of our subconscious’, and of course, this feminine power still exists in this world today, and is being welcomed back to these places.
this keeping the feminine safe in the otherworld, also reminds me of the ‘underworld’ journeys where we can visit our sacred garden, and retrieve parts of our ‘life essence’ that is held in grace there, as well as explore our subconscious, and find what is hidden. It is here where we can also retrieve our inner feminine from these places if we have hidden them there in grace.
This part of the munay ki is related to is the west and the jaguar, where we can see into our subconscious, find and accept our shadows , where we can step beyond fear and practice peace, where we can walk (poetically speaking) and leave no tracks as the jaguar does.
mythically speaking, here we can come back to our sacred ‘garden’, and recover the parts of us that that realises our unity of all at a fundamental level. realises that our bodies are made of the same materials as the earth and the stars, realises the unity of our universal consciousness. It is said that with this connection, we can speak with the trees, rivers, and ‘great spirit’ and walk in beauty on the earth.
this rite itself also assists us in healing our inner feminine, and alberto writes of the importance of strengthening the ‘feminine force within’, connecting with nature ‘a force that infused all of creation, a sea of energy and consciousness that we all swim or be part of. i came to understand that our western notions of the divine are perhaps a masculine version of the life force that infuses every cell in our bodies, that animates all living beings, and that even fuels stars’.
with these rites, we can also become daykeepers, who can call on the power of the ancient lineage of daykeepers, and can call on the power of the ancient altars, to assist in brining healing and balance to the world.
while I’m sharing what I’m learning from a variety of experiences and places, it is also to be remembered that these, as with the other connections of the rites, are only guidelines – while having this connection and wisdom associated with the feminine assist us in connecting to these powers, and gifting these rites, and receiving these rites, that we experience this energy, and how it feels to us.