Turning now to the Americas, we find a correspondence to the divine masculine motif in Kokopelli, who was often invoked in rituals relating to marriage, child birth and agriculture. Images of this humped backed flute player with a basket strapped to his back, often portrayed as part fertility god, part pied piper and part trickster, in equal measure, can be found in petroglyphs (rock carvings), pictographs (rock paintings), kiva murals, ceramics and baskets at numerous sites stretching across the desert and mountainous areas of the southwestern United States. Who were the Anasazi or Ancient Pueblo people? No one is really sure. By all indications they just seemed to vanish at some point in history, leaving archaeologists few clues to their intriguing lifestyle, beyond being portrayed primarily as scattered farming communities, growing corn, beans and squash in the Four Corners region of the Colorado Plateau. Today Kokopelli is honored as one of the Hopi kachinas, but by some accounts he was an important deity in the ceremonial life of the Anasazi in the Pueblo Period, from approximately 700 AD, onwards. The old gods, which to our modern way of thinking may be casually dismissed as the primitive and unruly anachronisms worshiped by our superstitious ancestors, are, in reality the essential embodiment of the primal forces of nature. Thus it would be true to say that they are not only an indispensable part of our heritage, they are the spirit within our genes, our repository of ancestral knowledge, and our portal to the very heart and soul of planet Earth. By all accounts there is a profound yearning in our culture for the experience of community, collaboration and partnership, and to this end the spirits of nature want to work with us. They want us to take an active and conscious role in the healthy functioning of our planet. From this comes true healing, both personal and planetary. Ultimately, in our world of duality, we, the gods, goddesses and humanity are meant to be intimate partners, co-creators and equals in manifesting Heaven on Earth. For those who would like to pursue these topics further, the following books are recommended: The Elements of Natural Magic ISBN-13: 978-1862040762
Elemental Nature of the Divine Masculine: continued
In Service To Humanity 1908 - Present
Sacred Rituals from around the Globe.