Humanity's Sacred Relationship With the Stars
Aluna Joy Yaxkin
October 1996

In ancient history, humanity was acutely aware that they came from the stars. These ancient original ones, our genetic ancestors, honored and respected the relationship between the Earth and the stars. They knew that our solar system and galaxy were a sacred living being of which they were a cell of the body. They lived in a sacred relationship, honoring their responsibility to anchor the cosmos with the Earth in a living bridge through the human heart.

These ancient ones also worked with the cycles of time based on stars, constellations, planets and most prominently the Sun. What was happening in the sky was enacted on Earth. The traditional peoples of today still understand that when what is happening in the stellar world is also being done on Earth in the same way, at the corresponding place and time, a sacred power can be drawn down and humanity can attune to the breath of the great spirit. The stars are known to be the holy breath of the great spirit.

The Lakota people are acutely aware of this sacred relationship between the stars and Earth. Two ancient maps painted on buffalo hides prove there is a sacred and significant relationship between the stars and certain land forms and geographical locations on Earth. One map is of the cosmos and the other is of the Earth. They are the same. In other words, the map of the stars matches the map of the Earth. When certain stars and constellations are in an important alignment, the Lakota will go to the corresponding spot on earth to reenact what is happening in the sky based on these ancient maps.

In the Black Hills, many ceremonies take place each year based on what is happening is the sky. As the sun moves counter-clockwise through the constellation on the elliptic, the traditional people move clockwise through the black hills in a sacred circle from one ceremonial center to another. Each site and ceremony is correlated to a different constellation. In this manner the tribe mirrors the sun's path on Earth. This is in keeping with the wisdom of what is on the Earth is in the stars, and what is in the stars is on the Earth.

In the ancient culture of the Maya, there are also many clues to sacred relationships with the stars. The sacred site of Tikal in Guatemala has recently been discovered to be a representation or mirroring of the constellation Pleiades. At Chichen Itza near Merida, Mexico, thousands gather every Spring Equinox, when the sun creates a shadow of a serpent on the pyramid of Kukulkan. At Dzibilchaltun, the sun rises on the equinoxes through a precisely placed doorway in a small pyramid at the end of a long sacbe, an ancient road of light, and also marks the new year.

Ancient cultures around the world are reminding us of our interconnectedness with the stars. The pyramid complex of Giza in Egypt has been revealed to be that of the constellation Orion. Many sites in Great Britain also have celestial connections. The aboriginal of Australia also knew how to gauge their lives by observing the stars.

One of the most noticeable hindrances to interpreting ancient sky related knowledge is today's general lack of experience actually observing the stars. Actual visual observations allow any human being to establish an accurate calendar by using the patterns and motions of the celestial bodies, including meteor showers, comets, and lunar and solar eclipses. The first appearance of a star pattern, in association with sunrise is called a helical rising and is highly effective in setting a yearly calendar.

In Lakota tradition, the observance of Orion in the spring at twilight was a signal that it was time to begin planting. For the Maya in the Yucatan, solar markers reveal their time to plant. These are agricultural calendars. But there are many other cycles that mark important and sacred events that are other than agricultural.

In Lakota tradition, the Big Dipper represents the sacred pipe and the coal to light the pipe is the Sun. On the morning of the vernal equinox, the Big Dipper activates a cosmic ritual to rekindle the sacred fire of life on Earth. Using the higher powers of the stars and the Sun, traditional people helped to regenerate Earth by mirroring this ceremony on Earth with a pipe ceremony while still in their winter camps.

Other calendars of the Maya like the 52-year cycle called Tunben K'ak ushered in the New Fire Ceremonies. It is when the Pleiades occupies the same position geometrically as it did 52 years earlier. The Pleiades appears at the zenith of the horizon above the Sun. This cycle represents all evolutionary possibilities and the sacred connection between the Pleiades and Earth. It is a time of renewal and all fires are put out to symbolize leaving the past behind so they could move forward, clear of karma, for the next 52 years.

The Maya also use a calendar based on Venus and considered Earth and Venus to be twins. The Mayas say that a part of us is here on Earth and another part of us is on Venus. When we lose vitality and strength Venus can help us. Every eight years, Venus strengthens Mother Earth and humanity. Many faces of pyramids were oriented toward the movement of the Sun and Venus. It was known that they were intimately linked.

The visual observation of the Sun's passage 23.5 degrees north to 23.5 degrees south on the elliptic at sunrise is a highly accurate way to create a yearly calendar. The center or first day of this calendar is the Equinox, which is between the extremes, and the Solar force is equal in the Southern and Northern hemispheres. By keeping a record of solar movements over the years, anyone can determine the arrival of the equinox with reasonable accuracy.

The Pleiades also occupies an important place during the Equinoxes and Solstices. In the Americas, at Summer Solstice in late June, the Pleiades rises just before they fade in the light of dawn. At the Autumnal Equinox, the Pleiades rises at midnight. During each winter solstice the Pleiades is visible in the east just after dark, and at the Spring equinox the Pleiades is with the Sun and can not be seen.

Through these ancient traditions and stone monuments we understand that Earth and the Cosmos have a sacred relationship to each other. But humanity also has a big part to play in is this sacred cosmic relationship. Humanity is a living bridge between Earth and the stars because we have hearts. We play a vital role in anchoring the cosmos to Earth.

In the distant past and even with today's indigenous people, work to anchor the cosmic frequencies to Earth was and is done by the use of the teepee and the stone pyramid. What is needed for this work is a vortex of brilliant light that related to the Earth and another that related to the cosmos. A joining of these two energies was vital. In the illustration provided, the pyramid shape that reaches up to the cosmos represents the earth and the human being. The pyramid shape reaching down to earth represents the cosmos, the stars or the Sun. These shapes are not flat two dimensional forms. These shapes are three dimensional and are represented by a double cone shape in the North American traditions and tetrahedrons in the Mayan tradition. The connection between two pyramid shapes reminds us that what is above is also below, and that the universe works with the law of duality. In our physical world we can only see representations of this cosmic force in the teepee and the pyramid. This is the body of Creation. The energy that is coming in from the cosmos is invisible and represents the spirit and can only be seen in the inner worlds. By using the Teepee and Pyramid these ancient ones were re-creating a universe on Earth in which to live.

Once a foundation was built on Earth for anchoring this star knowledge, the inner shape of this pyramid or cone was filled with powerful light. At this point cosmic orientation can occur. Humanity can master chaos and destruction, because we are no longer limited to the Earth plane but are sustained by the larger universal energy. We become limitless, become telepathic, and travel the dimensions and the cosmos at will.

The wisdom and tradition of the teepee go even deeper when we look at the material used to build the teepee. The teepee was wrapped in buffalo hide. The buffalo is the embodiment of solar power on earth. Living inside a teepee symbolizes living inside the skin of the sun. In the nomadic nations, following the buffalo was to follow the Sun on earth. Following the Sun and the buffalo is part of living in harmony and balance with the sacred powers of the universe. Within the space of the teepee the Sun dancers of the Lakota become a star, a sun on Earth.

For the Maya, their way to anchor solar and cosmic wisdom is done with different material. They built pyramids out of stone with roads of light called sacbe (meaning to walk in the light). Walking the ancient sacbe in these sacred ceremonial centers is a solemn rite in which each walks into the light of the Creator. This is done with great respect. The stones of the pyramids hold and store information of Earth and the Universe. When one climbs the pyramid, each enters the mind of the creator, Hunab K'u, and can access the wisdom on the cosmos. When we climb the pyramid we enter the world between worlds. We are not on Earth, yet are not in the stars. We become living conduits for stellar wisdom.

Carved on many of these sacred Maya centers is the symbol X. This again is a reminder of the energy of the Earth and the cosmos merging at the apex points, linking the stars with the stones. In this way the energy of the teepee was carved in the Mayan pyramids and the teepee carries the energy of the pyramid.

Today, most people don't have access to a stone pyramid or a properly built teepee. So how does one work to anchor the cosmic frequencies where they are living? Simple. You are the teepee and you are the pyramid! When we sit in a mediation position our bodies become the same shape as the teepee and the pyramid. At the top of our heads is the descending pyramid, bringing in the wisdom and knowledge of the cosmos, awakening our DNA. When we meditate on the rising of the Sun, Moon, and star constellations, we accelerate this process of anchoring cosmic truth. When we honor the roots of this wisdom, carried in the simple teachings of the indigenous and traditional peoples, and equally honor and respect the power and wisdom of cosmic sources of wisdom, we become living teepees or pyramids and a bridge between the dimensions.

Human beings are pieces of the Sun. The sacred Mayan calendar Tzolk'in means "to understand the pieces of the sun". Whether we observe the celestial cycles in the heavens physically as the Lakota and/or use the cycles mapped with Tzolk'in and other Mayan calendars, we are activating deep inner wisdom that is our birthright as human beings to receive and use for the higher good of Earth and humanity.

Despite centuries of repression, ancient indigenous techniques of anchoring star wisdom have persevered. Ethnoastronomy is a completely valid and natural way to reconnect with the ancient wisdom of the cosmos. It does not separate by using only the intellect. It does not separate due to the differences in culture, tradition or social status. The Sun, stars and Moon shine on all of humanity equally. This wisdom and activation can be obtained by anyone who has the desire and goes outside to look up with awesome wonder. Ethnoastronomy links humankind and the universal whole with the unifying solar heart. It is a simple, yet integrated system in which body, mind and spirit and most importantly the human heart are used simultaneously.

As the dark cycles slowly lift from across the globe, humanity is beginning to believe that there is more to living on Earth than the limiting reality we are emerging from. We are beginning to remember our sacred connection with all of Creation. The written word, spiritual dogmas, and the desire for wealth and power are becoming a dream of the passing dark cycles. We are beginning to view ourselves as part of a universe, not just a small isolated planet. We are learning how to receive support from the cosmos. The power games for energy from each other are fading as we begin to realize and manifest our starry heritage. We feel the presence of our cosmic brothers and sisters awaiting our awakening so we can communicate and live together once again as universal family. It is as simple as remembering to look up to the celestial heavens, as we enter the new day.

References: Lakota wisdom was obtained from Lakota Star Knowledge, Studies in Lakota Stellar Theology, Sinte Gleska University 1992. Mayan wisdom was obtained from Tzol ek' Mayan Astrology by Hunbatz Men and orally transmitted wisdom from Mayan Elder Hunbatz Men and The Maya Mystery School, Merida, Mexico. Cosmic information was revealed by the buddies, The Cosmic Maya.

For a Universal Merkaba meditation, refer to April 1996.

Aluna Joy Yaxk'in . . . A Star Messenger - Earth Oracle - Soul Reader - Sacred Site Junkie was literally born awake and in the company of her guides, the Star Elders. Today she has evolved into an author, spiritual life coach, sacred site guide, alternative historian, ordained minister and modern mystic. In the Inca world, Aluna is considered a Qawaq (cow-wak), a clairvoyant or seer of living energy. Aluna acts as a spiritual archaeologist using her clairvoyant / clairsentient gifts to excavate current messages from the masters of ancient, enlightened cultures to uncover what affect this has on humanity and the collective consciousness. She is well known for her down to earth, accepting attitude that makes each one feel like they have come home. She inspires and encourages others to recognize and accept their own authentic divinity and connection to the Creator. "Our groups are family, and each one is a teacher and also a student. We work together as a team to unravel the sacred mysteries of life." Aluna coined the term "sacred site junkie" because she is one herself. After her first trip to Tulum, Mexico, her life changed dramatically, and she was sent on an entirely different path in life. Since this time, her work has been influenced by uncountable shamanic experiences in sacred sites of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia, Egypt, Greece, England, Australia and New Zealand. Aluna has been leading groups in the Maya world since 1986, the Inca world since 1996, and the Egyptian world since 2008, and the mystical world of Avalon (England and Scotland) since 2007. Aluna offers Star Elder Sessions, formulates Sacred Site Essences and a free newsletter. She is the author of "Mayan Astrology" and her articles have been published worldwide. Website: Facebook: YouTube:

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