Creation: Placing the stars

The Milky Way

Sky-father’s palm print

“While the Sky-father and Earth-mother were together, the Earth-mother conceived in her ample wombs – the four great underworlds – the first of men and creatures. Then the two entered into council that they might provide for the birth of their children.

“”How shall it be?” said the one to the other. “How, when born forth, shall our children subsist, and who shall guide them?”

“Sky-father spread his hand high with the hollow palm downward. Yellow grains like corn he stuck into all the lines and wrinkles of his palm and fingers. “Thus,” said he, “shall I hold my hand over thee and thy children, and the yellow grains shall represent so many shining points which shall guide and light these, our children, when the Sun-father is not nigh.”

“Gaze on the sky at night-time! Is it not the palm of the Great Father, and are the stars not in the many lines of his hand yet to be seen?

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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