The Little Deer, a Cherokee Legend – Deer Hunters of the Western Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Hunting Season 2011

Think Before You Shoot (or if you must, for you own health,¬†think after… read on and you will see what I mean; it can’t hurt to know these things ūüôā

This post was motivated by love for both human and animal kingdoms.

One With The Earth; are you awake or asleep?¬† A myth is a legend and as many historians will tell you, the power of the myth (See:¬†Joseph Campbell) is…. well, powerful and it holds a truth that is deeply engrained in consciousness.¬† That is, if one is conscious enough of consciousness¬†to ‘be’ conscious of it.¬† Either you get that or you don’t.¬† Let’s move on…

Do you find hunting, the hunter‚ÄĒsport hunting with no reverence for the animal‚ÄĒemotionally upsetting? Are you a hunter who is¬†looking forward to the upcoming hunting season and one who has never considered the spirit of the animal and its connection to your christian god?¬†¬† Do you believe nature and its inhabitants are¬†on the earth for the sport of serving¬†your destructive pleasure? ¬†On the other hand, you might carry the memories in your soul of the early days when man was merged with nature as one.

Perhaps, like me, you dread the start of the upcoming hunting season.  May you find some comfort or balance with your emotions with that by reading this post.

Whether you have an aversion/abhorrence to hunting OR an attraction to killing animals (either way), my intention in writing about this whole issue of hunting and killing animals is that it be of service to the reader.

If you‚Äôre a hunter with no conscious awareness of your spiritual connection to your¬†animal brothers and sisters, maybe you could develop¬†a-little-bit-of one by reading the story of the Little Deer below.¬† You may want to think about what you are doing when you shoot to kill in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina–you are on sacred ground, the Cherokee Ancestral Home where animals were considered ‘relatives’ and their clans respected.

This information comes from some writing by Warren Jefferson who compiled such information on beliefs of the North American Indian.

The lives of the  North American Indians were infused with the supernatural and there was a constant interaction between the spirit world and theirs.

In my recent study which comes from a renewed interest in Indian culture I came across a Cherokee myth or story referred to as Little Deer.  I am most interested in the ancient ancestors, before Europeans came to North America.

Many Indian tribes throughout North America tell of a time when humans and animals ‚Äėshared common ancestors‚Äô and ‚Äėspoke the same language‚Äô with animals.¬† (See Ted Andrews, Animal Speak)¬†¬† We see groups with semi-animal and semi-human ancestors in American Indian culture–half-man and half-animal.¬†¬† But then don‚Äôt we see the same thing in the ancient cultures of Egypt and Greece for example?

Pre-patriarchial times is what I mean… the matriarchal days when earth mother was honored have an influence on the consciousness carried forward into some Cherokee myths. 

There were animal totems and certain animals were seen as protectors of the animal clan.  The person would, in those days, enter into the relationship with the spirit of a particular animal species such as the wolf, bear, caribou, elk, deer or other animal and incorporate the animal’s characteristics into one’s self drawing the animal’s qualities, strengths and survival skills.

Perhaps there are many of us who have the memories of living in such ways still alive in our souls?  And we are the ones who would likely shutter at the thought of sport killing and hunting.

Once a totem animal, in Indian tradition, has been acquired, the person is bound to certain actions and taboos regarding that animal.

Christian or non-spiritual hunters today seem to have no taboos other than their enjoyment of the kill as a sport without any consideration for the soul of the animal.

And, Yes.  North American Indians believed not only animals but trees had a soul too.  Living closely with nature thousands of years ago  it was as obvious to them, just as it would be to today to anyone who lives close to nature and who has thrown off patriarchal religious conditioning which poisons the mind to the sacredness of nature.

Often a person could not hunt or kill his totem animal even as a matter of survival and even if the spirit of the animal was¬†honored.¬† This is because someone’s totem animal is, for them,¬†¬†in effect a special¬†‚Äúrelative‚ÄĚ.

The Cherokee ancestral home is in the present-day western Appalachian Mountain region of North Carolina.  Today, many (or most) Cherokee people live in Oklahoma, since their forced removal from the region in 1838 known as the Trail of Tears.  I live in the Cherokee Ancestral territory.

I believe the following information comes¬†from James Mooney‚Äôs ‚ÄúMyths of the Cherokee‚ÄĚ about North American Indians.

Man is the paramount power and hunts and slaughters the others as his own necessities compel, but is obliged to satisfy the animal tribes in every instance, and according to the Indian system, the bones of the dead are covered with presents for the bereaved ‚Äúrelatives‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒthe other animals of the animal tribe. (I wonder how many hunters stop to think of the bereaved animal relatives of the animal they kill.)

This pardon by the hunter is made easier, according to the shamans, through their knowledge of reincarnation in which it is understood that every animal has a definite ‚Äúlife term‚ÄĚ, which cannot be curtailed by violent means.

If the last paragraph above is true, it will help me get through this year’s¬†deer hunting season‚ÄĒthe beginning of which is closely approaching.¬† I find it highly significant that I seem to have drawn in the information exactly at a time when it is most beneficial to know!

According to the shaman, if the animal is killed before the ‚Äėexpiration date of the allotted time for that animal’s life‚Äô, the death is only temporary and the body is immediately resurrected in its proper shape from the blood drops, and the animal continues its existence until the end of the predestined period, when the body is finally dissolved and the liberated spirit goes to join its kindred.

This belief appears in the story of Little Deer (below).  In that story, certain supernatural personages have dominion over the animals and are therefore regarded as the… well, for the lack of a better word, perhaps the one who disseminates karma.

Here is the short story of the Little Deer from Cherokee Myth (and there are truths in myths!) about a hunter who¬†neglects to¬†do a ceremony for the animal’s spirit¬†after killing a deer.¬† The following story comes from beliefs of North American Indians regarding their animal ‚Äúrelatives‚ÄĚ who they call the ‚Äúfour-footed tribes‚ÄĚ.

The Little Deer

Now, whenever the hunter shoots a Deer, the Little Deer, who is swift as the wind and cannot be wounded [the Soul of the animal group leader for the deer], runs quickly up to the spot and, bending over the bloodstains, asks the spirit of the Deer if it has heard the prayer of the hunter for pardon.

If the reply is yes, all is well, and the Little Deer goes on his way; but if the reply be no, he follows on the trail of the hunter, guided by the drop of blood on the ground, until he arrives at his cabin in the settlement [the hunter’s living quarters], when the Little Deer enters invisibly and strikes the hunter with rheumatism, so that he becomes at once a helpless cripple.

No hunter who has regard for his health ever fails to ask pardon from the Deer for killing it, although some hunters who have not learned the prayer for the animal’s spirit may try to turn aside the Little Deer from his pursuit by building a fire behind them on the trail.  (Moony 1900)

Here is another version of the mythical tale of The Little Deer:

In these early days, the plants, the animals, and the people all lived together as friends. As the people multiplied, however, the animals had less room to roam, and they were either slaughtered for food or trampled under the humans’ feet. Finally the animals held a council to discuss what to do. ¬†The deer held a council and decided to send rheumatism to any hunter who killed a deer without asking its pardon for having done so.

When a deer is shot by a hunter, the fleet and silent Little Deer, leader of the deer, runs to the blood-stained spot to ask the spirit of the killed deer if the hunter prayed for pardon for his affront. If the answer is no, Little Deer follows the trail of blood and inflicts the hunter with rheumatism so that he is crippled.

The more you are motivated by L.O.V.E., the more fearless and free your action will be

Daily Divination 8-1-11 Neptune/Mercury Joy and Enthusiasm‚ÄĒCan You Feel It? Now‚Äôs the time to Channel Inspirational Energy; I-CHING Kua 16 with Astrology and Tarot Archetypes

Enthused, zapped, lit up, electrified and turned on with energy‚ÄĒcan you feel it? Today take that bridge to the world of Joy and Enthusiasm! There‚Äôs nothing like it under the Sun and speaking of Sun, let‚Äôs add on Optimism and Celebration! Enthusiasm has nothing to do with ego; rather, its¬† in connection to The Divine that we experience it– and in doing so, we ¬†joyously merge with Life and with others. Something is shifting‚ÄĒperhaps it is because July is now behind us and we have the optimism of the new month ahead; but something has definitely shifted.

Astrologically, we have Mercury in nearly an exact opposition to Neptune which can illuminate the ever-present grace of The Divine; the ocean (Neptune) of inspiration is communicating (Mercury) with us!

The image for the I-CHING Kua 16/Enthusiasm is a perfect representation of a Cosmic Neptune and Communicative Mercury.

The keyword for today is Enthusiasm and you will do well to create it wherever and however you can and share it with others‚ÄĒit should be easy.

Today is a great day to inspire others and even the most daunting goals can be achieved easily with a little Enthusiasm; that grace is easily obtainable today.

Take time to celebrate today; never underestimate the power of shared Enthusiasm. The increase in confidence that Enthusiasm provides today will help you successfully achieve any endeavor.

Enthusiasm is generated by inspiration and the planet of inspiration (Neptune) is making a direct hit to the planet of communication (Mercury). But now I’m repeating myself. Mercury and Neptune will oppose until August 8th. It’s a great day; a great week (just like it is any time but especially NOW) to be touched by the illuminating creative power of Enthusiasm!

ASTROLOGY AND TAROT KEYWORD ARCHETYPE ASSOCIATIONS FOR I-CHING KUA 16/ENTHUSIASM

Aquarius ‚Äď detaching from conditioned reality; individuation

Pisces ‚Äď ruled by Neptune; Universal Mind; Cosmic Ocean of Consciousness

Capricorn¬†‚Äď the boundary between egoic mind and cosmic consciousness; leadership

Death ‚Äď transformation; change

Hanged Man ‚Äď surrendering to The Divine; ‚Äúlet go and let god‚ÄĚ; moving from escapism to inspiration

The Chariot ‚Äď seeing the ‚Äúbig picture‚ÄĚ

The Empress¬†‚Äď fulfillment of the creative impulse of The Universe; harmony; stream of intuition; co-creatorship with the divine; the feminine principle; inspiration

The World ‚Äď dancing to the rhythm of life in the NOW; inner visions; unity consciousness; Oneness withS Divine Spirit; manifesting Heaven on Earth; like ‚ÄúThe Chariot‚ÄĚ, seeing the whole picture; joyful participation in the creation of life

See you tomorrow….

Regression into Past Life, Childhood Experiences and the State in Spirit Prior to Birth in Human Form

My PSYCHIC tells me I was a glass of water in a PREVIOUS LIFE

Last night while reading a Regression Therapy book, I closed my eyes for a moment¬†and asked to be taken back to my last lifetime.¬† It was rather a quick flash but as I recall it… I was working in a “light bulb factory” in Brooklyn, NY.¬†¬†One of my current life¬†sisters and my¬†brother were my children in that life.

Interesting.  But a light bulb factory in Brooklyn?  Really?

I thought¬†about¬†that a moment ago and so I googled to see if there actually was such a thing and lo and behold…

I found this on a page about Lewis Latimer, “In 1883, Latimer went to work for Thomas Alva Edison, who owned Olmstead Electrical Lighting Company in Brooklyn, New York.”¬†¬†Apparently, he helped the famous Thomas Edison¬†make¬†light bulbs last for longer periods of time¬†and after many experiments with¬†different methods and materials, they made inexpensive bulbs so that people could afford them.¬†¬†Then everyone bought light bulbs for their homes, offices, and many other places, including streets.

Don’t get¬†me wrong–I’m not saying that I was Lewis Latimer in a previous life or anything.¬† I’m sure I was just a worker in the light bulb factory.¬†¬†The point is that I was pretty amazed to¬† find out that there actually was a lightbulb factory in Brooklyn, NY!

Latimer died in 1928, so my last lifetime (if my information is correct) was late 1800’s or early 1900’s.

Like I tweeted earlier today, “Each of us retains all unconscious memories of all we’ve ever experienced, there’s no limit to the details we can recover in an altered state.”

Before I got into that past life, I¬†regressed back to my current life childhood.¬† I¬†recalled having had¬†measles and the mumps and eventually had my tonsils taken out.¬† I remembered how being home from school and reading books was a special pleasure!¬† ha!¬†And it STILL IS–a day¬†spent¬†reading a¬†book¬†remains one of my¬†greatest pleasures.¬† I remembered how I didn’t mind being sick and may have even created (who knows!) the childhood illnesses so that I actually could be home–and read.¬† I had to laugh at this apparent pattern carried into my adult life.¬†¬†Years ago¬†when I had a 9-5 job, there were certain days that I’d “call in sick” because I wanted to just stay home a read a new book that I’d gotten.

That’s the reason for regression work–to locate and isolate patterns.

Thinking now about working in a light bulb factory in my last lifetime–a smile comes across my face.¬† I can understand why I would ¬†have had ¬†an¬†attraction to wanting to work in an area that¬†contributed to bring¬†light into dark places!

I still try to do that, but in a much different way. ūüôā

In Spirit BEFORE birth into human form

What I like best about regressing is to go to the times before birth while still in spirit. 

That feeling of being truly who I AM without hindrances, without problems or heavy feelings like fear or worry.  Beautiful.

The lightness and happiness is how… well, its like how my mother felt to me after she crossed over.¬† She came to me a day or two after she left her body and her energy was happy and light–so, like that.

I feel that so many times in my work as a medium as I connect clients with loved ones¬†on the other side; that feeling of lightness and joy is…. well, there aren’t too many words to describe it.

I find that as I think of myself before being born into a human form, that I am filled with that state of being and can tap into it at will just through thought an intention.¬† Oh, it’s very true that sometimes for days, weeks or months-on-end I can be in that state without disturbance… I just mention it here so that maybe the reader will try it themselves¬†to see what I mean.

These just a few thoughts coming up today… thought I’d blog them out.¬† ūüôā Meanwhile, I’m preparing to do regression work with any of my clients who are interested sometime in the near future.

Wishing you a joy filled weekend…