21 Days of Gratitude, Day 18 – Spirit that Transforms

9 Serpent/CHICCHAN (Cherokee, Serpent Do’tsi)

Chicchan, Feathered Serpent, Kukulkan or QuetzalcoatlGalactic Tone 9: Patience; getting a better perspective of the bigger picture. With energy of 9, plans or patterns begin to come to completion. 9 requires patience and perseverance found in the bigger picture.

Serpent/CHICCHAN: Movement and the creation of time; sensual and dramatic, this sun sign embodies intense instinctual wisdom and creates a connection from Earth bound to heavenly aspirations. By sincere service to others, Serpent opens and expands its heart. Serpents are very adaptable, even fluid, until trapped in a corner, and then they explode. Chicchan symbolizes the transformation of time, transcendence, and individual evolution, and represents those predestined for spiritual vocations.

Cherokee Serpent/DO’TSI: Symbol is Constellation Serpens. (The brightest star in Serpens is Unukalhai or Cor Serpentis “Serpent’s Heart”.) Serpent people are Sky people who come to earth periodically as Educators. As above-So below, on Earth the Serpent is the roots of the tree of knowledge. Serpent power is vital energy, the moving force, the instinct and desire for creativity, the trigger that sets off the action. It lights the fuse that magnifies and explodes the life force itself.

See my Tzolkin Page for resources.

Spirit that Transforms

Serpent/Chicchan is described as one of the most powerful daysigns in the Tzolk’in and is “associated with the mystical Feathered Serpent, Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl as the Aztecs called this deity.” (Mayan Calendar Portal) Chicchan presents us with an opportunity to be transformed through Spirit.

The transformative energy of Chicchan is likened to the quickening of “Kundalini Energy,”  also referred to as “The Serpentine Fire.” The symbol of intertwined snakes is representative of spiraling energy making its way up the spine and  resembles the double-helix DNA molecule of all living organisms.

Galactic Tone 9 encourages us to see something through. We may be impatient due to a limited perspective.  “The way things should be” can prevent us from seeing transformation already in motion.

If we are willing to see things in a new light, we may experience a profound awakening. If we are ground in to closed thinking, we may suffer the lost opportunity. Under the 13-day trecena, Earth/Caban we are creating a new world. That requires new thinking. We can be opened through our willingness to throw aside preconceived notions.

Serpent/CHICCHAN embodies deep, instinctual wisdom and intelligence, and can teach us how to be fluid and flexible. The new inspiration that will result is the catalyst for a longed-for Spiritual transformation.

To all my relations, I stand steadfast in faith that my prayers are heard and responded to.

The evidence may not be seen (yet), but felt within.

in lak’ech – i am another you
Jaguar Woman, 9 Eagle/MEN

Happy Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico on the days of November 1 and 2. Though it coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s and All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient tradition of honoring their deceased loved ones.

Altars are decorated with candles, flowers, photos and other items that represent the interests and life of the deceased, along with offerings of food, drink, and bread. The belief is that the gates of heaven open on midnight of October 31st and the spirits of the children are allowed to return for 24 hours to reunite with their families. On the second day, November 2nd, the spirits of the adults arrive to enjoy the festivities prepared for them.

Day of the Dead Altar

Day of the Dead Altar

Observing the holiday with friends in Puerto Penasco, MX, students built altars as a school open house project. Blazing candles throughout the school would never have flown in the USA. 🙂  The students loved sharing stories about the meanings behind their displays. I was curious to see bottles of tequilla and some kind of silver hooks on one altar, which turned out to be cock-fighting spurs of an uncle, who I was told also liked tequilla.

It was their tradition to have a party at the cemetary on November 2nd, where  folding chairs, coolers, picnic food and boombox music was the backdrop for sharing old stories and memories of the deceased.

The tradition has spread to parts of the US. I was first introduced to the tradition by celebrations held in Tucson, AZ. I created my own Day of the Dead altar and found it to be an awesome experience. It was as if I were hosting an open house for my deceased loved ones, as their presence was felt coming and going over the course of the holiday.

The door of Spirit is open to acknowledge and send love to your deceased loved ones.

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