Samhain Transitions into Day of the Dead in the Pueblo Nations

Written by Sherrie Locke on 7 Kawoq, October, 2014.

The thinning of the veils is upon us. The time of the year the dead can communicate with the living. You can look all that up on the Internet.

All Souls Day Pilgramige

I was inspired today to tell you how this works at the REZ (reservation, which we call the Pueblo) in the Pueblo (Tewa) Nation. First off, I have never spent these days at my own family’s home pueblo, which is Santa Clara. Many years ago, I was “adopted” into the Tortalita (little tortoise) Clan at Santo Domingo Pueblo, so it is the place I had the honor to participate in these rituals.

The day of Samhain (All Hallows Eve) is a very quiet day at the Pueblo. No trick or treating, not even going out after dark. By the time the sun is setting, everyone is in the house. There are NO festivities on this night. The families sit indoors.

This is a night that is known to be dangerous, one that is best spent inside with the family and elders. The spirits are afoot, both kinds of spirits, the good ones and the disruptive or even dangerous ones. Meditation and prayer is the set. Many times we get to listen to stories from an elder if we are lucky enough to have one in the house.

The next day is completely different and unusual in its own way.

On the Day of the Ancestors, by the door of every home (to the left) is a special clay-fired vessel that holds water with a gourd dipper. When you enter the home (by invitation only, of course) you are offered a drink from the “special” water, and after that, invited to sit with the family. The food is simple, usually some traditional bread and a soup made from blue corn meal with high mountain wildflowers (which are yellow). Now it gets interesting.

You can hear a lot of traffic coming into the pueblo, pickup trucks full of families with tons of food and staples piled in with the kids and the elders too. They are not laughing or talking, they are praying.

Soon there is a knock at the door. I was wondering why nobody made an effort to get up and answer it. Outside the door you can hear the Lord’s Prayer and prayers asking for forgiveness. More knocking at the door, several times before anything happens. Then, the elder (man) of the family finally goes to the door, usually still carrying on the conversation he was in the middle of when the knocking started.

When he swings open the door, there is an entire family standing there, praying and asking for forgiveness, with handfuls of baskets of food. Without ever looking at any of them, Grandfather then takes the food and offerings and shuts the door in their faces. No eye contact, no thank you, nothing — just take the food and shut the door and return to the conversation. All this starts to pile up on one wall of the house, which is now stacked to the ceiling with food, melons, bread (traditional) and what we might call staples. Never is it even looked at nor does anyone care what is there. This goes on ALL DAY long until the house is full of food.

After this had been happening for a while, I asked “Why is this happening?”. Grandfather told me, “It’s the Spaniards from all over the state, coming to the pueblo to ask for forgiveness for what their ancestors did to us.” I don’t know what is done with all that food, I think it is given to the poorest families there. We never touched one piece of it.

Moral to the story… You are still paying the debts of your ancestors. You are also sharing in their blessings and the legacy that was left behind.

Aho! Mitakuye Oyasin!
~SL, 2014.

Cord Cutting: Letting Go of What No Longer Serves You

Written by Sherrie Locke on 11 Tzi, October 2014

We hold onto things energetically. People hold onto us energetically. Clearing the field is beneficial for all parties concerned and also gets us out of a rut in our thinking and our emotional states. Cord or Line cutting is a practice I was taught many moons ago when I was in my teens. Later, when I was associated with two foundations for psychic research we did lots of experiments on the principles and the outcomes of this type of work.

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How to Clear Energy

There are many ways to cut and clear energies. My suggestion is that you start with a smudge (read my post), then a shower or salt bath followed by the practice of “line cutting.” This can be done in many ways, such as a recapitulation technique (read my post). Recapitulation is used when there is a remaining emotional charge to the subject; it is best performed before the remaining lines are cut to the subject or subjects.

After you have cleared your aura and the emotional charge around the subject, clearly visualize yourself, then the subject or person. “See” the line and connections. Some may look like rope or string, others might look like rotted spagetti or roots. It is not necessary to clear the other person, and I suggest you just stick to yourself on this one. Look all over yourself, especially behind the shoulder blades, in the chest area, front and back and ladies between your legs if you have had any guests there, men too, check your connections and see who has left a hook a line or something.

When you have an idea of “where” they are attached, then pull out a sword or a giant pair of scissors and snip, snip, chop, chop, just like cutting weeds. The other end will go back where it came from. After performing this, breathe deeply the light and fill those holes with clear white light until they are radiating light, until “you” are radiating light. Now seal your aura, and you are done… next!

Don’t worry about cutting a valuable connection. If you cut the existing energy, it will re-connect and be a clearer and stronger connection. When I do cord cutting now, I use one fell swoop and cut all previous connections. I find that my loved ones always reconnect with me and that we are clearer than the previous vibration. Usually I can get a good nights rest, an *extra bonus.

Line cutting allows us to let go of attachment and make room for the Universe to do its job. Our responsibility is to clear and hold space for what we are manifesting, which is rarely a person or money. We may have issues or past experiences with people that need to be cleared or let go of for our best interest and to move forward.

I am posting this article at this time since we are in the very last of the Balsamic Moon and getting ready for a New Moon partial Solar Eclipse (a powerful one). Whatever of the past we can let go of between now and then will serve us much more greatly than we can at this time imagine. Do the work, do your work, it serves your highest good.

Otherwise, a general good day for line cutting is a Tijax day on the calendar Maya. It is also a practice that is well served on the last quarter lunar phase in preparation for the new cycle. Set yourself free.

Love and light. See you on the other side of the Eclipse!
~SL, 2014

Powerful Transformational Eclipse Coming October 23, 2014

Written by Sherrie Locke on 1 Ajpu and 8 Kej, October 2014.

This week will be intense courtesy of the overlapping energies, with a solar eclipse on top.

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The past weekend was grounding and a bit less intense than the previous weeks since the Equinox. Rather like the calm before the next eclipse. The obvious theme…how can you bring more harmony into your life?

Lots of things are moving. The Pluto/Uranus square is still intensely active, internal battles are being fought, even though we may not know yet “why” or in what context all this will all play out. Do not assume you know how all this will manifest just yet. Life changing events are happening.

The overall theme with the 2-1/2 year transit (know your relationships and your own motivations) is coming into the last six-month run, and we will have a much clearer view by late April to early May of 2015, so be patient and observe. What do you understand about yourself that was hidden from your view two years ago? How have your relationships shifted? Really exciting relationship stuff coming both in your personal life and in business. *Positive Mojo.

Solar eclipses always occur on the new moon. This coming lunar phase kicks off the Scorpionic energies, so there will be further plumbing of the depths as three planets move into Scorpio on the day of the partial solar eclipse. The eclipse occurs at zero degrees Scorpio (in Western astrology) 15 minutes, which translates to 5:57 PM for the East coast of the US, 2:57 PM Pacific time, and at 4:57PM for us here in Guatemala. Visible here and many other parts of North America. Here’s a link…

Solar Eclipse October 2014

Be sure to brush up on how to view a solar eclipse (this one is a partial). I have welding goggles, which are perfect. You can look up the water technique on the Internet. Don’t try to look at it directly (sometimes this surprises me that I need to remind people of this).

Remember, The lunar eclipse changes us INternally. It has been all about inner shifting and transformation. Look back at the last two weeks or back to the last Equinox. What is shifting? What has shifted? Read my previous 70 posts on related subjects.

Now for the coup de grâce, a super powerful partial solar eclipse.

Remember, The solar eclipse changes the EXternal and the way we are perceived in the world. Time to out your new found self to the world! Hope that works out well for all of us.

At the time I am posting this article we are in the balsamic phase of the moon, still letting go of what no longer serves us. Let it GO! Don’t worry! If you let go of something that is meant to be, it will clear the current existing energy pattern and the reconnection will be cleaner and stronger. So if you have anything pending, finish it once and for all so you can get with the new energies. Let me know if you would like me to write an article on this subject.

Also remember, in the Northern Hemisphere we are in the overall element of WATER (Air for those of you down south of the equator), which will shift to EARTH element on the Solstice in December (FIRE for those of you in the southern regions). This is relevant to the current eclipse cycle.

Recap of the Current Cycle

On September 22/23, 2014 (read my Mabon article), we changed elements with the Equinox. A day later on the 24th of September we had a very powerful new moon. Mercury went retrograde on October 4th, followed by a powerful Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8th. Enter the “wormhole” or what we like to call the “sideways elevator.” This is where we are now. Thursday is the partial solar eclipse, and the sun enters Scorpio (in Western astrology) at zero degrees Scorpio 15 minutes, which will make the next two weeks or so interesting and guaranteed to be life changing. Choose ye well!

Zip, Boom, Bang! Transformation Station!

Breathe deeply and open your heart, be fearless and present.

Blessings!

~SL, 2014

Note to my readers: I have been traveling and also spending focused time on the current energies and transformation. I will get back to my regular Monday and Thursday posts soon.

Thanks!
Mitakuye Oyasin!

Here Comes the Eclipse Cycle

Written by Sherrie Locke on 8 Jaguar, October 2014.

We have already entered the last Mercury Retrograde cycle of 2014 and are gearing up for the second half of the annual eclipse cycle. The Full Moon in Aries (in Western astrology) kicks it off with a Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8th for most of the globe.

Blood moon eclipse

Just before this eclipse cycle, Mercury, the planet of communications and connections, went retro last Saturday on October 4. This year the eclipse cycle may seem a bit more intense due to the planetary overlying energies and the squeeze to let go of what no longer serves us, to let go of what is not us.

Many years ago, one of my original teachers said, “Eclipses are like light a switch: on, off, on, off. If you track them (for years) you will see how this plays out in your life.” Eclipses change us. The lunar eclipse changes the way we feel internally, the solar eclipses change the way the world sees us. So the first eclipse is all about the IN-ternal, the second (solar eclipse) in this cycle rearranges things EX-ternally and changes people’s perceptions of us.

Sometimes there are variances, like three eclipses in a row (over 6 weeks). This eclipse cycle is not like that, but it doesn’t make it any less intense. It’s rather a blessing that Mercury will retro back into Libra (in Western astrology) for the event, which will make it a bit easier than the eclipse cycle occurring during Mercury retro in Scorpio! Whew. There will, however, be ‘tips’ to and fro as the scales of Libra attempt to balance. This will manifest in the communication/expression parts of our lives. Better to say nothing than to come off as a dictator. Watch your words.

It really is a time to sit in your core. I have been feeling this for a bit. Meditation is key (read my previous post). Meditation makes the intense energy much easier to deal with.

If you have, or are dealing with a health issue, certain symptoms may come up from last December/January. This can be a turning point, so make it a good one. Also, sometimes things break, get broken (beyond repair) or lost (permanently) during cycles like these. So if any of that is happening to you, or does happen during this cycle, just remind yourself, it’s time for something new, an upgrade perhaps.

We had two T-squares today (Monday, October 6) to deal with as we head into a highly pressurized Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday which will be visible in most of North and South America and Asia. You may feel squeezed during these next few days. Remain calm, it’s your choice ‘how’ you will deal with it. Stay out of criticism all the way around, meaning no criticizing yourself or others.

This eclipse is a ‘once in a lifetime’ event (with all these planetary ‘condiments’) we have had nothing like this for 84 years and it won’t repeat for us again in this lifetime.

Make it a good one, transformation is good! As we say here, learn to surf.

Blessings and hang in there!
~SL, 2014