In anticipation of this grand new journey I will shortly be taking into South America, I have begun to familiarize myself with the current geo-political stratagem. This, in turn, has produced so many conflicting thoughts about freedom, sovereignty, our commons, and, of course, our beautiful Grandmother Earth and her children.
As we enter this sixth new moon of 2015, the lessons of Storyteller, are somewhat philosophical because here we ask one another to sit in debate (already having learned how to listen with our entire being) and reflect upon another’s point of view without judgment. This is so difficult. But the reason why this is crucial is because it is central to democracy. And our Circle of Law is very democratic.
There are many ways of framing a response to another’s point of view and, indeed, a story. What we need to remember is to “feel” our deep interconnection with All Our Relations and make sure that the story takes into account all sides of the Medicine Wheel of Knowledge. If it doesn’t, or there is only one point of view that is dominating the narrative, we have permission to ask deep and penetrating questions.
Storyteller, the sixth full moon, begins tonight. She is the seer of speaking the truth. The natural world is alive with song. All we have to do is be open to listen. We may even become a discerning enough listener and seer to ask questions and be confident that the answers will come. This, however, is a disciplined practice of routinely going into the silence.
This moon also reminds me of the six. I was taught that the number six represents all of our ancestors beginning with the Grandparents. When we call out to them in personal ceremony we may say, “All of Our Ancestors Who Have Loved Us Since Always”. I love this shout out. It’s beautiful.
When we honor the spiritual aspect of our human ancestry (the individuals who trekked and endured and brought change, so that we may have an enriched life experience because of their wisdom), I feel heartened. This is what the Medicine Chiefs, our philosophical/spiritual leaders, try to teach us. They want us to learn about our own symbolic language–how we interacted with what is real and tangible on the Good Red Road of Life.
It is a pleasure when the Moon’s phases coincide with the posts! This is the 6th new moon of this year. Jamie Sams, in her book The 13 Original Clan Mothers calls her “Storyteller”.
This month we will learn about the art of storytelling as well as looking critically at the kinds of stories that fly from our lips. Since we have been practicing becoming both discerning seers and listeners, testing our abilities to understand story can have fascinating implications and revelations.
Wishing you lovely dreams and beautiful stories this moon cycle! 🙂
Welcome to Woman Walk Softly! My name is Victoria L. Martinez. The image to your left is a painting that I created at the end of a year long workshop I conducted on the 13 Feminine Truths of Indigenous America. She is my version of a storyteller who became her vision. She is called “Woman Walk Softly” and will serve as the logo for this site.
In the next few weeks I would like to share some of the wisdom that I have learned from many of my indigenous teachers and ancestors over the course of thirty years. Beginning with a celebration of today, the first full moon of the new year. From Jamie Sams, author of The 13 Original Clan Mothers, she is called “Talks With Relations”. She is embodied as an immortal Grandmother who teaches us about our connection to all life on our beautiful Grandmother Earth.
I am grateful to be able to share this first bit of wisdom with you today and hope that you will continue with me over the next few weeks as I further develop this site. Thank you for tuning in!