Archive for September, 2010

Lizard Totems

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Lizards are great garden companions, as they keep the bug populations down.  I love sitting on my patio and watching all of the different kinds of lizards that hang out there.  We seem to be on the same wave length and often times I sit and sing to them.

Over the years, I’ve had to rescue a few of them from precarious places or mishaps and they have grown to know that I will do them no harm.  The last such rescue took place this summer, when one of them had crawled into a flower pot that didn’t have a drainage hole.  While routinely watering, I found this poor fellow nearly drowned and hanging on for dear life.  Quickly, but gently, dumping the water out, I helped my soggy friend to the pavement, and then to the refuge of one of my plants.

Shamanically, lizards can help us identify with subtlety of perception, how to bridge our conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings, and help us become lucid in our dreams.

They help us to gain the ability to perceive subtle movement, in our physical, ethereal, dreaming and waking states, while teaching us to feel what others my not feel, to see what others may miss, and to hear what others do not hear.  Lizards also teach us objective detachment, how to break from the past, and how to explore new realms in our lives.

So if you have lizards where you live, it might be prudent to make friends with them and sit a spell.  You may find new abilities cropping up that you didn’t think you had!

Domes – Why put them on architecture?

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Why did the ancients put domes on their architecture?
Domes are a replica of the celestial sphere of the heavens, and because of this they are a sacred symbol, that represents the natural order, and the cyclic repetition of the universe.

We can feel this sacredness when we enter a place of worship that has a dome. The the high ceiling allows us to feel elevated and in this way, we can more easily contemplate the Divine.

Acting as a cosmic canopy, domes can be both visible  and hidden from sight.  For instance, the Native American Kiva, sports an invisible dome that represents the cosmology of the Seven Sacred Directions.

The symbol of the Dome can also help us to bridge our conscious and unconscious feelings and thoughts, as well as, the mundane and sacred aspects of life.

 

About the Author…
 Barbara-Lynn Freed has over twenty years experience in Shamanism and teaches a 3 year Shamanic apprenticeship called Resurrecting the Old Ways:  Walking the Land & Honoring the Spirits in Right Relationship.  To find out more about this program and how to sign-up visit her website.

Mercury Retrograde – What is it?

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

A retrograde planet simply means that from the earth, it appears to be moving backwards.

Since Mercury is the planet that works with many different kinds of communication, when it is retrograde, it tends to play havoc with connections, computers, and other electrical devises. It can also cause delays, lost packages, doing things over, indecision, ambivalence or second-guessing ourselves.  It is definitely not a good time to sign contracts or have surgery, because we are simply not thinking clearly, so it’s easy to make a mistake.

So, how can we get the time of Mercury Retrograde to work for us, instead of against us?

The idea here is to go with the flow!  This is the perfect time to slow down and examine our lives.  In this way we may be able to find new perceptions or change our life rhythm.  It is a time to reflect, meditate, contemplate and take a break from our routines.

That’s nice, you might say, but how do I conduct my business affairs and earn a living this way?  Instead of charging forward with new plans of action, tie up loose ends, clear off your desk, and return to old, neglected projects that have been sitting on the shelf.  In this way, you will be ready to move forward with new business when the retrograde period ends.  By learning how to use Mercury retrograde periods wisely and consciously, these times will usually turn out for the best.