The Butterfly of Transformation
Blue Storm Wavespell
Power of Transformation and Regeneration
November 23 – December 5, 2016
Butterflies for me are the ultimate symbol of transformation, where each one of the four stages of growth transforms into something new and totally different. Sometimes, we are afraid of storms, as they may feel too “stormy”, chaotic and messy. While the invitation is to embrace change by letting go of what we are holding onto and trust the unknown, the glyph also reminds us to stand in the eye of the storm so we can regenerate and transform in a new chosen path.
As I am typing these words, a beautiful green and tiny lizard just showed up inside my office! One of the lizard’s meanings as an animal totem relates to the power of regeneration and renewal in order to transform and transcend beyond one’s wounds… how symbolic and synchronic timing : -)
This is the 7th Wavespell of this Tzolkin cycle of 260 days in its modern interpretation, which started on September 6, 2016 and ends on May 23, 2017. If you are just joining us, you can read about the invitation for this cycle here where you will also find useful documents you can download to get in tune with it daily.
Unprecedented Times of Transformation
It is certainly not the first time that our beloved planet is going through so much turmoil, violence and destruction. Indigenous mythology and different traditions speak of previous worlds that were created and destroyed. We have been witnessing major wars, epidemics and other “apocalyptic” experiences in modern times.
Nevertheless, things are different now for several reasons. Globalization has created a much more intricate system where everybody is affected one way or another for what occurs anywhere else in the world. Internet and technology overall shortened distances and erased boundaries, where we know what is happening on the other side of the planet at the same time that it is actually happening. As the truth can no longer be hidden or denied, many of us have consciously chosen to become active participants in this shift referred to as the Great Awakening.
Dakota Access Pipeline Project and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Most probably you have heard by now about the situation in North Dakota generated by a pipeline construction project and its implications. Depending on whom you ask, there are basically two positions. Let me first explain the facts before sharing how I feel about it.
Dakota Access Pipeline Project Facts
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a U$3.7 Billion pipeline project that will cross four States in the US from North Dakota to Illinois with an approximate length of 1200 miles. Part of the construction will go under the Missouri River by Lake Ohae, half a mile upstream of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
The US Army Corps of Engineers approved the project and granted the permits to the pipeline developer, Energy Transfer Partners, in July 2016.
Standing Rock Sioux sued the Army Corps to stop the construction in that part of the project claiming that the pipeline was a threat to the tribe’s environmental and economic wellbeing, and that it would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance. A main concern was the potential contamination of Lake Oahe, their source of drinking water, irrigation and fishing.
Even though Standing Rock has been opposed to the project since learning about it a couple of years ago, it only came to national and international attention in recent months when protests escalated as construction moved forward. Early September, after a federal judge ruled against the tribe’s request expressing the lack of evidence for potential damage, the Obama administration stepped in and asked to temporarily halt the construction until Army Corps reviewed its original decision on the disputed section and maybe reconsider altering the pipeline route.
Native American and non-indigenous supporters from the US and around the world have joined in solidarity protests asking for construction to be stopped and the pipeline to be rerouted. Hundreds of tribe members and volunteers from different places have been camping by the construction site where tension continues to increase and many being injured and arrested.
A couple of days ago, there was a violent confrontation with the “water protectors” where law enforcement officers fired rubber bullets, and sprayed tear gas and water cannons at the crowds in the late hours of the night at below freezing temperatures.
Amnesty International and the United Nations are monitoring how the protests have been handled to see if there were any human rights violations…
Who says What? Project Pros and Cons
The developer and pipeline supporters say that the project is beneficial for local economies and the creation of new jobs. They also say that, by promoting domestic oil production, it decreases US dependency on volatile foreign markets. Another argument is that it is a safer way to carry oil by reducing transportation by rail and trucks.
On the other side, Standing Rock Sioux tribe members and opponents to the project emphasize the environmental impact and possible contamination of their main water source due to leaks, as well as the destruction of ancestral burial grounds and sacred sites.
The developer says all precautions were taken to ensure the pipeline’s safety, that standard legal procedures were followed and that all permits were granted to proceed. They reiterated their intention to continue with the construction and that the pipeline will not be rerouted from its original plans.
The tribe says they were not properly consulted, the green light to proceed was expedited without taking all factors and existing laws into consideration, and that there is more than enough evidence that oil spills and leaks happen everywhere. They reiterated their intention to stand firm in spite of the upcoming winter until construction is stopped and the pipeline rerouted.
While project supporters say that the tribe doesn’t have any rights over the area since it is technically located half a mile from their reservation, protestors say that history of injustice continues and repeats itself since all that area once belonged to the Great Sioux Nation and they lost their lands as treaties were broken (you can read about it in their legal claim, points 7 to 9, and 38 to 42).
How do I feel about it?
I feel very, very sad and I ask myself, are there limits to what we can do to native people and the environment in the name of “progress”? Is it ok for legal procedures to continue overriding moral values? What are our values as humanity, to start with?
This is no longer about one group against the other. About the right and the left. About the rich and the poor. It’s about all of us, and it’s about our beloved planet. It’s about being conscious of the environmental impact of our actions and the importance of historical and cultural preservation. And it’s about keeping the sacred, sacred.
In the name of “progress”, we are destroying our planet. What is truly needed and what is just corporate greed? How can economic development continue without further jeopardizing the environment? When are we going to start respecting our ancestors and their land? Can we continue being so trapped in our human lifestyle that we continue forgetting about our spiritual essence? Can we continue neglecting Nature and deny that we are part of Nature?
Even if this situation may sound as “more of the same”, it is no longer the same.
Dear Future Generations. Sorry. - by Prince Ea
Activist, anthropologist and artist Prince Ea shared a great message last year on Earth Day in this short video, which is mainly focused on saving trees but applies to what we are doing to Mother Earth on all levels. I will just mention a few parts and encourage you to listen to all of it.
<<Dear Future Generations,
I think I speak for the rest of us when I say, sorry.
Sorry we left you our mess of a planet.
Sorry that we were too caught up in our own doings to do something.
Sorry we listened to people who made excuses,?to do nothing.
I hope you forgive us,?we just didn’t realize how special the earth was…”
You know, when I was a child,
I read how the Native Americans had such consideration
for the planet that they felt responsible
for how they left the land for the next 7 generations.
Which brings me great sorrow, because most of us today,
don’t even care about tomorrow.
We are the root, we are the foundation, this generation,
it is up to us to take care of this planet.
It is our only home, we must globally warm our hearts
and change the climate of our souls
and realize that we are not apart from nature,
we are a part of nature.
And to betray nature is to betray us,
to save nature, is to save us.
Because whatever you’re fighting for:
Racism or poverty, feminism or gay rights,
or any type of Equality
it won’t matter in the least,
because if we don’t all work together to save the environment,
we will be equally extinct. Sorry.>>
As we celebrate tomorrow Thanksgiving in the US, lets give thanks to our beloved Pachamama and all of its living beings. In gratitude, to all our relations.
In Lak’esh & Munay,
Yellow Electric Star
mariela [at] mayankin [dot] com
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In Lak’esh means “I am another yourself!”, a Mayan greeting that recognizes the Divine in each living Being. It’s a message of Unity that reminds us that, when we give, we are also receiving. In this way, the Mayan honored and respected each other, reinforcing the belief that we are all interconnected: what we do to others and to our environment will also affect ourselves in the end…
Munay means both ‘Love’ and ‘Beauty’ in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Munay, translated as ‘To love’, is one of the three principles of the Andean way.
CURRENT CYCLE: September 6, 2016 to May 23, 2017 (for useful documents click here)