O'siyo Oginalii. Tsilugi!
( Hello Friends. Welcome!)

~The Earth is our Mother, Care for her; honor all your relations.
Open your heart and soul the the Great Spirit.
All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect.
Take from the earth what is needed and nothing more.
Do what needs to be done for the good in others.
Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each new day.
Speak the truth, but only of the good in others.
Follow the rhythms of nature; rise and retire with the sun.
Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks.~

~The Native American Creed~

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Web of Life and the Four Sacred Directions and Seasons


This piece was inspired by the four sacred directions of the Cherokee people and the belief that everything and everyone is connected by a delicate but perfect web. This belief spans across almost all nations and tribes.
It for me, being Native myself, is a very important concept that I remind myself of often.
You, my reader, are my sister (or brother)...we've just never met.
Every living thing...the four leggeds, the winged ones, the tiny little creatures and bugs that we never notice, the sea creatures and the trees and plants are also our relations and should be respected as I would respect you.

The four directions are each in themselves very important and bring their energy into our lives.

The color for North is Blue (in this case Lapis) which represents sadness and defeat. It also represents gola (winter) and is a season of survival and waiting.

The color for East is Red (in this case red Jasper) which represents victory and power. It also represents gogeyi (spring) and is the re-awakening after a long sleep, victory over winter and the power of new life.

The color for South is White (in this case natural howlite) and represents peace, happiness and serenity. It also represents gogiayeli (summer) and is a time of plenty.

The color for West is Black(in this case black stone) which represents problems and death. It also represents uligohvsdi (autumn or fall) and is the final harvest; the end of Life's Cycle.

This piece is currently listed for sale here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38732987


Many Blessings to you all,
~Cassandra
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ManyMoonsJewelry

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful work, and I love the meaning of the colors! Found you in the Etsy forums.

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  2. Beautiful work, beautiful blog post! Found you in the Etsy forums for blogs...I'll visit again...love the colors you used here.

    -Chelsea
    http://pixelcouture.net/

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  3. Hi,
    I really like your blog and your avatar is just beautiful. Your web of life jewelry is lovely.

    Bonsaiishop
    http://www.bonsaiishop.etsy.com

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