29. Indigenous

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29. Indigenous – Root Chakra – Belief

The word Indigenous means original people. Humans traveled out of Africa over 150,000 years ago planting roots of belief throughout the world. These early cultures co-existed with animals, plants and trees as climates changed and seasons passed. Eventually their curiosity led them to observe the stars at night and the ongoing cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth played out by the sun and moon each day.  Trees became ladders or bridges that provided a way to travel between the earth and the heavens. Trees became hitching posts to the stars and the sun.

The sun guided them by day and the moon and stars by night providing inspiration for the mind and soul. The sun also helped to establish the agricultural cycles of the seasons and the eight sacred directions. Ancient stories written in the stars became epic tales of deities that ruled over nature and the universe. The word pagan actually means, “one who lives in nature.” The root chakra reminds us to live in harmony with nature to reconnect with our roots.

Message: Ground yourself by walking among the trees. Imagine yourself as a tree connecting the earth with deep roots streaming from your feet. Feel your body anchored in the present as you reach to the stars.  Release any burdens you are carrying. Open yourself to feeling loved and supported by nature and all of its many gifts.

“A year of beauty. A year of plenty. A year of planting. A year of harvest. A year of forests. A year of healing. A year of vision. A year of passion. A year of rebirth. This year may we renew the earth. Let it begin with each step we take. Let it begin with each change we make. Let it begin with each chain we break. And let it begin every time we awake.” – A Celtic Chant

This symbol of the Celtic Cross represents Europeans connection with the solar year and the seasons.

The Celtic Solar Calendar

East – Spring – Equinox – Birth – Festival of Eostre

SE – Beltane – Festival of Beltane – Blossoming of Spring

South – Summer Solstice – Life – Festival of Love

SW – Lammas – First Harvest of Wheat

West – Fall – Equinox – Death – A Time to Release

NW – Samhain – Honoring the Ancestor Spirits

North – Winter – Solstice ‐ Rebirth ‐ Go Within

NE – Imbolc ‐ Festival of Brigid ‐ Bringer of the Light

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