Honouring Our Ancestors at Samhain! Follow the #TarotBlogHop!
|Symbols of Samhain|
Mercury starts it's retrograde motion on October 31st in the sign of Scorpio and will go until November 20th--then will be stationary for several days and resume it's forward motion again. The affects of this transit will last a bit longer while we on planet Earth are in Mercury's "shadow."
|Saami Tipi (aka "Lavvu") and the Northern Lights|
The Saami live in the Arctic north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwest Russia (they used to be called Laplanders--now that is considered a derogatory term now as it referred to a torn or patched piece of clothing). They experienced hostility, killings, being forbidden to speak their languages or use their Shaman drums, forced assimilation, kidnappings of their children and forcing them to attend Nordic/Scandinavian schools, and "the bottle, the Bible and the bayonet," by their colonizers; the same playbook that the indigenous peoples of North America, Australia and many other places throughout the world went through. The Sami are still fighting for their rights; their right to herd reindeer, for environmental protections over their lands, waters, the preservation of the Arctic snow and ice for their survival and their own self-determination as an indigenous people based on human rights.
The medicine of the Saami Shamans is very powerful! Just recently an oracle deck was created by one of the Saami Shamans (or Noaidi) living in Norway--Astrid Ingebjørg Swart. She has sent me one of these decks and I use it constantly. You can check out my description and review of her deck or purchase it HERE.
An interview I did with one of Saami people's world renowned musicians and cultural ambassadors, Mari Boine is HERE. There are a lot of Shamanistic elements to her music, she uses the Shaman drum and she speaks with great authority and knowledge of her people's culture. Click the link above to read more my interview with Mari Boine for more information.