Minisa Crumbo’s beautiful painting for the Wesak has had me thinking about the Sacred Berries of Spring. I thought what a blessing they must have been after the winter as an offering from nature that appears for the first harvest. I asked Minisa, 1 Wind/IK, if she would share the story and she has been gracious to share.
Many thanks and much appreciation, Minisa, for sharing the story as it was passed down.
much love, in lak’ech, Debra
Continue to read Minisa’s story.
Yes, Jaguar Woman, there IS a strawberry-demen teaching and yearlong right of passage ceremony for the young girl becoming woman. The sacred berry is representative and guardian of the life carrying qualities of the womb and the potential of ‘new life coming’ medicine.
The other berries, which follow later in the season, represent the certain cellular division ‘medicines’ of the ‘new life coming’ and as a metaphor of the young girl becoming woman capable of ‘Carrying Life and the Waters of Life’.
In the demen-spring or early summer ceremony she and a circle of women will pray and prepare to seek, greet, offer thanks for the gift, gather and invite the ‘medicine’ to join in and with, the girls body through the coming 13 moons, at which time the demen give-away ceremony will be seated and complete, with a feast prepared for all participants.
Through this time, the ‘young woman becoming’, will observe a 13 Moon strawberry fast. She will then be offered the demen and other traditional foods, at the conclusion feast to FEED and NOURISH her life and the herself, the life of the circle, her people, and ALL life, ‘in a good way’.
From this time onward she will be woman, having merged with this beautiful and powerful ‘medicine’, assisting her transition into the beauty and responsibility of an adult woman.
Migwech Creator, Sekmekwe, Gizes and all of the Demen for these and all of the gifts, known and unknown, spoken and unspoken..mine (and) breathed alive.
Respectfully retold, in the appropriate season.
2 Wind/IK (Cherokee Whirlwind/ DAK’SI I’SB)
Galactic Tone 2: Mysterious as the question ‘to be or not to be?” Two is the recognition of the separation of self from all else and the desire to be rejoined. Walking a balance while making choices of all kinds, light/dark, male/female, good/bad, Yin/Yang, is the energy of this number. Experiencing the differences between one and another is the use and purpose of this number.
Wind/IK: Breath of Spirit, breath of life. Winds embody the power of dissemination and planting of good seeds or ideas. Dreamers and planners with powerful imaginations, Wind persons make great orators and they spread the word of spiritual inspiration as it is carried by the wind. Wind is the power behind the movement of natural cycles such as weather, erosion, and cultural change. As the wind, these persons are extremely changeable and adaptable. They may appear inconsistent or fickle to others. Wind can be destructive to self and others by putting on airs. When Winds strut and boast, expanding on facts and accomplishments, they are building the dark clouds of trouble that may become hurricanes.
Cherokee, Whirlwind/AGALU’GA: Whirlwind’s symbol is a double spiral helix in rising smoke. Wind brings energy for an Inquiring mind, learning and wisdom. In Cherokee, the constellations are represented by 12 birds (dancers), the 13th bird is the Whirlwind, the lead dancer. This reflects the whirling of life. Wind is the breath of the Universe (matching the Mayan symbol) channel of communication and carries the Sacred Smoke to the Great Spirit (Source- Hunab Ku in Mayan); matches the pulse of the breath of the Cosmos.
[Text in italics was the primary source of inspiration for my journal. These are the sources that started my journey and they are the reference for interpretation each day. By providing the original text, I hope to offer a way to see what inspired my thoughts and by including all the aspects – allow for something more to inspire you. Mayan descriptions are those written by Ian Lungold. Cherokee descriptions came from multiple sources. Links to sources and other resources of study are offered on the Daykeeper Resources Page. ~Debra]