Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Sacred Circle

"You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round... Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle.  The sky is round...and so are all the stars.  The wind, in it's greatest power whirls.  Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.  The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle.  The moon does the same, and both are round.  Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were.  The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves."

                                                                                              Black Elk, Oglala Lakota, 1930

Painting:  Mandala #39 Santa Fe
Copyright Diane Fergurson

Black Elk Quote was taken from:
"Words of Power; Voices From Indian America" edited by Norbert S. Hill, Jr. (Oneida)
Fulcrum Publishing

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