Taos Lines Up on 12-22-12

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Back in 2011 a Mayan wisdom keeper from Mexico, Ac Tah, was invited to speak at a conference in Taos presented by the local Labyrinth Society. Taos has never been the same. Ac Tah impressed many locals with his integrity in his role of descendent and appointed messenger of knowledgable Mayan ancestors. His perspective is that the end of the Mayan calendar coincides with a never-before galactic alignment from our Central Sun, to Sirius, our Sun, ending here at planet Earth. This is an energetic event, called a dimensional shift and in Mesoamerican culture seen as the return of Quetzalcoatl. Some visualize it as the beginning of the new age of Aquarius.

However it’s described or understood Ac Tah stayed connected to the people he met here in Taos after returning to Mexico, and his influence led to the creation of the powerful ceremony I attended at New Buffalo Center on December 22nd. The pyramid in the photo above is symbolic of it. It was designed by Ac Tah and built in Mexico. Apparently there have already been many built and erected throughout Mexico. A group of four Taos men drove a truck down to a town north of Mexico City to pick up the deconstructed pieces of the assembled one pictured. That part of the story is in itself dramatic.

These photos reflect the commitment of literally hundreds of Taos residents, those who contributed their skills, money and dedication to make the event possible and those who answered the invitation to come and participate in Ac Tah’s vision of a 12-22-12 ceremonial gathering.

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The so-called “ceremony” was actually a dawn-to- dusk day at the New Buffalo Center (in the 60s and 70s a famous hippy commune near Arroyo Hondo). I arrived in time for the 2nd of three time slots for gathering, around 11 AM. The centerpiece of this time’s grouping was a newly made sacred pipe created by local artist and ceremonialist, Reuben Medina. The pipe itself is a story, like many background pieces of the total puzzle of the day.

I spoke on the phone today with Reuben and learned that he was inspired to make the pipe based on the story of White Buffalo Woman. She appeared magically to give the first sacred pipe to a group of native Americans whose males had become too warlike. Thus the pipe (chanupa) was called a “peace pipe.” For Reuben the pipe spoke to the welcome return of the Divine Feminine at this time, along with the return of the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl. He had decided to gift the pipe to an extraordinary woman, Pat McCabe, his friend, who has devoted her life to the return of the Divine Feminine by traveling and teaching through Lakota ceremony.

This photo captures the moment that he passes the chanupa to Pat. It’s important to my telling of this story for you to visualize the pipe as having two parts, a male and a female. The bowl separates from the tube part. In any case it symbolizes the coming together of the dual aspects of the Divine, masculine and feminine, in harmonic oneness.

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If you focus in on this photo you can see the pipe (shaped like a snake) with the bowl  sticking up and tropical bird feathers hanging down. Pat seems to be selecting herbs for placing in the bowl. Without being able to foresee where this pipe area would be set up inside the circle (there was delay in Pat’s arrival) I had chosen a good position for taking photos. The day was cold but the sky was clear and thus sunny. To face the Sun I had to turn completely around but I did this at times to feel its warmth on my face. In the context of the story about the energy arriving on Earth by way of our Sun it felt doubly good to connect with it in this way. There was a thin layer of snow beneath our feet, keeping them cold, but I observed that my body was able to adjust to the outdoor conditions better than I might have thought. It seemed like the elevated energy was keeping me in a state of heightened gratitude and focus, allowing me to feel content.

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At this point, the pipe is lit and being offered up to the sky for all to see and the drummers are drumming. Pat offered some teachings about the shift toward honoring the energy of the Divine Feminine. In conclusion each of the 60 or more participants in the circle were encouraged by Reuben to hold the pipe, touch the end away from the bowl to each shoulder and  smoke the pipe if they wish. During this time people in the circle were invited to offer a song, most with accompanying drums and rattles and everyone was encouraged to join in.

I feel very grateful to all the Taos people who made this event happen, the 12/21/2012 Ceremony group, and Ac Tah’s team in Mexico who coordinated with them. For me, what has come up is the concept of “community.” All along the path of this event Taos (and Mexican) people have demonstrated that when something captures the hearts and imaginations of a group of strong and trusting individuals just about anything can be accomplished.

Let there be LOVE…

 

Recycled Art Show & Tell

This fabric piece by Susan Faeder was my favorite. It’s not large or nicely framed, nor do I have any idea who Susan is, but it won my heart. So painterly, and her self-expression is so full of feeling. Yes, I’m blogging about last Saturday’s Arte de Descartes that I mentioned last week while focusing mainly on the organizer and originator of this 11-year Taos recycled art tradition, Melissa Larson.

Also greatly admired this wood and metal piece by Lydia Garcia. It takes the idea of retablo art to a new level. As the title suggests…glorious! And I won’t be able to show all the art that had a similar energetic quality to these first two, but I will say that this is the kind of art that I expected to find more of in Taos when I moved here, now 15 months ago–art that feels authentic, from the soul, and with its own inherent quality of liveliness and spirit. And for this reason I highly recommend any of you reading this who missed the opening to try and get by the Stables Gallery and see this show, a true Taos treasure. It’s open until September 11 and the hours are normal business hours.

This construction is by Sybille Palmer, a Taos local and art friend of mine. It’s titled Ceremony and is expressive of an aspect of one of my favorite themes, the Divine Feminine. The small painting to the right is my collage named Shakti Yantra, which expresses something similar but in a highly symbolic language. The juxtaposition of the two pieces feels harmonic.

Out in the courtyard during the first two hours of the opening was Reuben Medina and his band of several musical friends. It is my understanding that Reuben has a kind of open house at his place on Sundays for a musical gathering, but don’t just show up on my word please. He obviously loves music and the idea of playing in a spontaneous way in the context of a group. This approach lent a beautiful atmosphere to the courtyard where lots of folks were milling about, some in anticipation of the fashion show.

The recycled fashion show (called Glam Trash) started at 6 PM with a bang–this very relaxed and dramatic woman on stilts. Wish I had her name to offer. But this photo captures the excitement of the moment when she appeared to start things off. Also I love the way the photo reflects the natural beauty of this courtyard dedicated to art of all kinds throughout the seasons in Taos. It is an extension of the Stables Gallery which is basically a public gallery, operated by the Taos Art Organization, TAO.

There were, of course, many charming and delightful women who walked the “catwalk,” some in shoes that made walking in gravel a challenge–women of all ages and shapes and degrees of swagger and interesting outfits. But there were also many young girls and this one stood out in my photos. Her outfit was named, “Everything.”

And I would be remiss if I failed to mention the band that played for the fashion show. Each person walking down the path had her own individual music. As I hope you can see from this photo the kind of music played somewhat defies typing. Horns were a big part of the sound, I’ll say that. The complexity of the drums and percussion you can only surmise from the set-up on the lower left corner of the photo. The entire event–this celebration of recycling was a wake-up call to the spirit side of myself and I expect that was the effect it had on everyone. What a collaborative creation, a kind of art “happening” in the heart of downtown Taos! I’m proud to have been a small part of it.

My other collage in the show–Divine Feminine Yantra