The Navajo Nightway (Night Chant) is a nine-day healing ceremony used to restore order, health, harmony and balance to the people. Each ceremony will vary depending on the seeker / ailment / remedy and the medicine man performing the ritual. Four days are devoted to purification, after which The Holy People are called upon.
Prayer sticks, rattles, dancing and construction of sandpaintings are tools used in retelling ancestral stories of a “cultural hero of particular visionary power. Through this retelling, the singer aims to bring about hozho, or holiness, harmony.” source
Genius for adaptability.
Description of Diné, found in Navajo Ceremonial Systems, here.
Mercury and fluctuating moon rule adaptability.
Adaptability tests incoming as Mercury stations direct at 24 degrees Gemini on July 1.
Transits of the Moon always shows swings and tests of adaptability – moods, imaginations, sensitivities, energy.
Twice a month when it applies in square to our natal moon, an inner emotional crisis point looms, twice by trine we are gifted harmony, once by opposition we work on emotional compromise, and once moon comes home to roost, we find the ultimate comfort zone. Moon also phases, meaning more adaptability is required as our energy rises and wanes.
Frogs and the Four Sacred Plants [corn, bean, tobacco, squash]
This sandpainting would be used for treating a person who was crippled or suffering some form of paralysis, even arthritis. Sounds like a Saturn transit. These types of illnesses are believed to be caused by the Water People.
I loved reading in Ceremonial Systems how something as simple as too much weaving can upset the natural balance. Addicted to weaving is not exactly late-night drunken binges territory, but it delivered a resounding aha moment, nonetheless.
Mars retrograde in Libra (my midheaven) found me wrong – granted less tragically wrong than I have been previously – but still very wrong. In my case (as astutely noted by The Oracle of John Dee), the acquisition of knowledge and the eternal quest for understanding caused my suffering.
How poignantly 9th house Virgo. Natal Sun/Uranus/Pluto hashing out the square delivered both an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, as well as the subsequent realization of chaos as I was pitched headfirst from the blasted tower.
Perfection issues much ? How hilariously apt.
Only two more hits to go.
Despite all my errors, much has gone right, and I am working very hard at two jobs with very little if any time off. I am moving slow (still moving) with a lovely Saturn opposite Moon transit – I am sober as a judge. This is a good thing.
I am adapting well in some areas and for this I am thankful.
How to be adept at adaptability.
1. Structure – Cull the trivial. Know your peak Hours, Moons, Transits – work with them.
2. Know your Elements – Your natal Moon and Mercury, how they operate in differing elements that alter vibrations – work with the energies as they transit.
Moon = Emotions, sensitivities, comforts
Mercury = Thought processes, communications
Moon or Mercury in fire is outspoken and inspiring
Moon or Mercury in earth is practical, slow and steady
Moon or Mercury in air is fast, thoughtful and social
Moon or Mercury in water is nurturing and feeling
3. Know your Moon phases.
New Moon = new beginnings, instinctual re-birthing
Cresent = breakthrough, formation of future through the past
First Quarter = active pioneers, here to change things
Gibbous = need to perfect, analytical, learning truth
Full Moon = completion, exploring ideas/relationships/goals
Disseminating = distribution of knowledge, communicators
Last Quarter = re-examination of self, contemplation
Balsamic = quiet visionaries, loners, distilled wisdom
4. Know your Mercury Rx stations. The retrograde period is intensified around stations, note this and give extra time + heaps of patience around travel, communications and machinery.
With these things in mind, you can plan peak productivity times, craft rituals and ceremonies in your life accordingly, work the cosmic energies to your advantage for ultimate balance and harmony.
This is a cool time-lapse of a Sacred Tibetan Sand Painting.
The glare is a bit harsh for the first few until more sand is placed…patience.
Like the Navajo paintings, these are created for a specific ceremony, destroyed afterwards.
From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date, the Drepung Loseling monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.