wakinyan

Father Oak, Father Oak!
Heed me on this stormy night!
Lest my frail heart
Be filled with fright!
Sit at my bed’s foot,
And keep me warm,
As we hearken to
The thunder’s storm!


Father Holly, Father Holly!
Heed me in this stormy gale!
For thee my love
And adoration prevail!
Thine daughter am I,
Do hold me close,
Like a tree am I,
Child of Cernunnos!

— 

Susurrus

An original invocation by me :) Feel free to use it and share!

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Story this reminds me of: 

When Wakantanka (Creator God) turned his back, Unchekula (the dragon-snake that lives in the Missouri River) decided to flood the Earth in order to kill The People, of whom he was very jealous. Only Wakinyan, the Thunderbird, cared enough about Wakantanka’s People to lead them safely to the Black Hills in order to save them by spreading his black wings and causing the sky to tremble. Wakantanka gave Wakinyan power over the rain, and Wakinyan in turn always uses it to save The People whenever they ask in dance. 

(Story told by me, memories from my Tunkashila’s story-telling. I can’t remember the specifics.)

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Deeds, actions, rumors that I just might have a life.

What does one do but carry on when what you think you are and what those around you perceive you to be collide. Yeah, carry on. All the shouting and pouting in the world won’t make it so.

Your currency is devalued.

Weighed down by pockets full of change.

Spend it!

Spend it all!

Those who dreamt of the wakinyan, the thunder-beings or thunderbirds, were compelled to become heyokas, or sacred clowns: people who had received a divine gift of power from the thunder, and must now use that power to help their people, by acting in a strange, crazy, humorous way that would touch the people with the healing power of laughter, and with the visionary power of being able to see the world all over again, by having something contrary put right next to it. One duty incumbent upon the thunder dreamer, who was believed to have been divinely selected, by his dream, to play a certain role in society, would be to go in front of the entire village, and act out his dream in public. This could be a way of humbling himself, cleansing himself of some degree of pride or pretentiousness, which would bring him closer to the spirit power; and also, perhaps, a way of sharing some of the wealth of the dream world with the whole community (the thunder-beings - communicating to him in his sleep - could, by making him act out his dream in public, under threat of their lightning bolts, project their message to everyone else, as well). Having completed this stage of his dream-inspired journey, the heyoka would then, many times, act as a “contrary”, doing everything weirdly, and in a “backwards” or bizarre way. He would become the holy clown, holy crazy person, of the village. If he wanted out of this supremely challenging role, he might fulfill the obligations given to him in his dream; participate in a demanding heyoka ceremony; and, thereafter, return to “normal life”.

That is not to say that I am one, but I am fascinated by the idea. Imagine a world where that person over on the corner is sacred, acting out their vision. Imagine if we all acted out our vision. Yes, we all have a vision, that’s right. Imagine that.

     

Name: Thunderer

Tribal affiliation: Sioux

Native names: Wakinyan, Waukkeon, Waukheon

Pronunciation: wah-keen-yahn

Also Known As: Thunder Bird, Thunder Being, Thunder Spirit, Thunders

Type: Nature spirit, thunder, lightning

Related figures in other tribes: Thunderbirds, Animiki, Binesi, Seven Thunders

Wakinyan, known in English as the Thunderer or the Thunderbird, is a powerful sky spirit of Sioux mythology. The Thunderer has the form of a giant bird, with wings that make the sound of thunder and eyes that shoot lightning. The Thunderer is the mortal enemy of the horned serpent Unktehi.

http://www.native-languages.org/thunderer.htm

http://nativeamerican-art.com/lakota-legend.html

http://trailtribes.org/pierre/all-my-relations.htm

I just found out what these grove marks are on the deer bones left for me. Squirrel brought them to me and placed them where i would see them. Squirrels chew on bones mostly deer as they will dig them up. They chew on them as they chew on acorns to strengthen their teeth. Squirrel is a bringer of love and abundance. Squirrel brought me these deer bones where deer medicine brings unconditional love!! So beautiful to connect this with all the abundance I’ve been blessed with recently!! I thank the spirits immensely especially my knew power animals Deer and Squirrel!! And as always Wolf,Crow and Red Hawk!! Pilamayaye Tunkasila Skan na Wakinyan, A'ho by ezrasageofthesun https://instagram.com/p/27LX-lqmOt/

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