29. Indigenous – Root Chakra – Belief
The word Indigenous means original people. Humans traveled out of Africa over 150,000 years ago planting seeds 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 cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth played out by the sun and moon each day and night. Trees became ladders or bridges that provided a way to travel between the earth and the sky, as 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 by reconnecting 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