September 13, 2015
12 Wisdom/Cib (Cherokee Owl/ U’guku)
The symbols of this day are the way-show’ers that have gone before. A day to honor the knowledge passed down from the ancestors, and good day to reflect on what you have learned to find a new perspective.
12= Understanding – the gift is a great capacity of retrospection, allowing disassociated parts to become a new and functioning whole. The energy of 12 is that which provides a new piece of understood information or accumulated experience to be applied.
Wisdom/CIB= The old ones. Wisdom of the ancients. Wisdom aligns us with the ancient memories that wait in the stone of temples and sacred sites all over the world. Wisdom people grow luck like a crop using a balance of prudence and tenacity. The tremendous inner strength of this sign, enables silent introspection to discover areas of oneself that contain wisdom more valuable than any trove of archaeological treasure. Wisdom person are valient defenders of family and community.
(Cherokee) Owl/U’guku = Symbol is Arcturus, the brightest Star in the Constellation Bootes. The Cherokee Bear constellation (Ursa Major) includes the Big Dipper plus four stars in Bootes.
Prehistoric Polynesian navigators knew Arcturus as Hōkūleʻa, the “Star of Joy”. Arcturus is the zenith star of the Hawaiian Islands. Using Hōkūleʻa and other stars, the Polynesians launched their double-hulled canoes from Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. Traveling east and north they eventually crossed the equator and reached the latitude at which Arcturus would appear directly overhead in the summer night sky. Knowing they had arrived at the exact latitude of the island chain, they sailed due west on the trade winds to landfall. If Hōkūleʻa could be kept directly overhead, they landed on the southeastern shores of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. For a return trip to Tahiti the navigators could use Sirius, the zenith star of that island. Since 1976, the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūle‘a has crossed the Pacific Ocean many times under navigators who have incorporated this wayfinding technique in their non-instrument navigation.