The Great Principles
Bring no harm to yourself or others.
Be true to your word, and let your word be true.
Do not steal, not even a glance; walk your talk.
Use wisely the life force within you.
Give more than you take for nothing in the world really belongs to you.
Serpent: Mother of the Waters. Archetype of the healer throughout many cultures, teaching us to shed our personal past the way she sheds her skin, to walk softly on the earth. A quiet and profound presence, moving slowly and graciously on the earth.Primary life force and pure wisdom who dives deep and knows the way into the deepest places inside ourselves – The One who knows the way back to the Garden of Eden, the place of innocence.
Jaguar: Mother-Sister Jaguar who knows the way across the rainbow bridge to the world of mystery – the One who swallows the dying sun, teaching us to step beyond fear, violence and death. The archetypal connection to the life force of the jungle, everything that is green; steward of the life force, Luminous Warrior who has no enemies in this world or the next and can see through us. Jaguar represents the Life and Death principle and renewal.
Hummingbird and Ancient Ones: The place of the ancestors, Grandmothers and Grandfathers, ancient memories, ancient wisdom – the Ones who have stepped outside of Time but slip through the curtain to help us remember the ancient ways – the way of the Hummingbird, who drinks directly from the nectar of Life and allows us to drink directly from knowledge. Hummingbird represents the courage required to embark on an epic journey. He is is not built for flight and yet undertakes and accomplishes every year an impossible journey over the Atlantic, migrating from Brazil to Canada. Hummingbird is teaching us trust, confidence and courage to accomplish the impossible within our own journey.
Great Eagle, Condor: The great archetype of the East, the place of the rising Sun, the place of our Becoming. Eagle allows us to see from high perspective, vision of clarity and beauty, ability to see into the past and the future. The great wings of the eagle hold the heart. Eagle teaches us to see with the eyes of the heart. He encourages us to leave the nest and to spread our wings. He offers protection and allows us to fly wing to wing with the Great Spirit.
Huascar: Lord of life and Lord of death. One of two sons of Pachakuti Inka (the Inka who read the prophecy of bearded men with sticks that spoke with fire who would turn the world upside down). Huascar was the keeper of the medicine teachings. He was killed by his brother who then negotiated with the Spanish. He became the harmonizing principle of the Lower World – the chaotic dark place of all creative potential. He/she is the renewer of the Earth and our own personal need of renewing our own earth, fields that are fallow, places that need aerating. The gift of Huascar is to harmonize our relationship with our Shadow.
Quetzelcoatl: Lord of the morning, Lord of the dawn. The Day Bringer, Morning Star. Quetzel is a beautiful jungle bird and coatl is serpent, reptile, a feathered, winged serpent that has acquired flight. He is the organizer of the middle world, he brought irrigation, medicine plants and stonework, walked the Americas, brought stability, music, dance, flutes, drums. Though Quetzelcoatl has been lost in our culture, we can call on it individually, an animistic knowledge of the ways of the Earth which organizes your relationship with the Middle World. When you come into relationship with Quetzlcoatl you don’t have to micromanage your life.
Pachakuti: Historically, the Inka king who was given the prophecy that the world was turning over (coming of the Spanish). The keeper of the possibilities, the organising principle of the Upper World. Pachakuti embodies the concept of circular time, stepping outside of linear time. He makes time stand still, brings order, heavenly order. When we get into relationship with Pachakuti allows us to recognise what can be changed and changing it before it is even born.
With time we develop our own relationship with the archetypes.