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« Topic Start: September 23, 2010, 12:29:08 pm »

Wise women of the forest,
Wild sages of the fields,
In voices loud and clear
their wisdom is revealed.
 
"Begin each day with gratitude
for the blessings yet to come,
and gradually your heart and ear
will attune to the Earth's sacred drum.
 
Sacrafice,
Give generously of all that you have
all that you are, or yet may be,
and you will find the fruits of wisdom
become your gift from the Axis Mundi.
 
For,
when all is said and done,
we are already One.
Connections invisible,
or plainly seen
bind us together,
though in this life
we may never convene.
 
Saints and Shamans
have clung to my tail,
knowing all Life is sacred,
despite our woes, conflicts or travail.
It is only shadows we must conquer,
only ourselves over which me must prevail!
 
Our dusty robes, like daily habit,
in shades of ochre, copper and black
are but a gentle reminder
that staying grounded and humble
will keep you on the right track.
 
Fetility and abundance
follow in our wake,
as we dance gently
around the Wheel,
and holy rattles shake."

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It's been awhile since I posted one of these Singing poems. Everyone remember how to play? Each poem is inspired by a Teacher found in Nature; a tree, animal, star, stone, etc. Can you guess who is singing?
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« Reply #1: September 23, 2010, 01:47:28 pm »


It's been awhile since I posted one of these Singing poems. Everyone remember how to play? Each poem is inspired by a Teacher found in Nature; a tree, animal, star, stone, etc. Can you guess who is singing?

It's odd - if it weren't for the voices part I would have thought snake.  The only other singer I could see for this one is crow or one of the morning birds, but the snakey bits don't fit with that.

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« Reply #2: September 23, 2010, 03:43:51 pm »

It's odd - if it weren't for the voices part I would have thought snake.  The only other singer I could see for this one is crow or one of the morning birds, but the snakey bits don't fit with that.

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Snake is a balancing energy for this Teacher, as is Crow, both of which have been posted here at the Cauldron. Perhaps if I post a list of Potential Balancing Energies? Wink
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« Reply #3: September 23, 2010, 03:45:38 pm »

It's odd - if it weren't for the voices part I would have thought snake.  The only other singer I could see for this one is crow or one of the morning birds, but the snakey bits don't fit with that.

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Here we go, see if this helps...

Potential Balancing Energies: Fox, Wolf, Dog, Coyote, Bobcat, Frog/Toad, Lizard, Salamander, Snail, plants like Grasses, Grains, Poison ivy, Wild Grape, Hazelnut, Dandelion, Blueberry,  or Chokecherry, Trees like Oak, Pine, Dogwood, Hawthorn, Apple, Cedar, Sage, or Aspen. Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, other Birds like Ruffed Grouse, Quail, Crow, Owl, Eagle, or Hawk, Snake, Squirrel, Insects like Spider, Ant, Grasshopper, Cricket, Millipede, or Earthworm.
 
 
Key Concepts: Gratitude, Sacrifice, Natural Cycles, Virility/Fertility, Abundance, Renewal, Generousity, Awareness, All Life is Sacred (All Our Relations)
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« Reply #4: September 23, 2010, 04:54:23 pm »

It's been awhile since I posted one of these Singing poems. Everyone remember how to play? Each poem is inspired by a Teacher found in Nature; a tree, animal, star, stone, etc. Can you guess who is singing?

I know I'm not the best at these, but I'm drawing a complete blank here. You've previously posted every teacher that comes to my mind.
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« Reply #5: September 24, 2010, 01:23:17 am »


I've read it several times and all I can come up with is rattlesnake. Which is a different way to say snake, I guess.
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« Reply #6: September 24, 2010, 04:49:21 am »

I've read it several times and all I can come up with is rattlesnake. Which is a different way to say snake, I guess.

Seconded.
The colors would fit that too.

I love those song-riddle poems, but I suck at solving them.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7: September 24, 2010, 02:42:33 pm »


I know this is odd, but the first thing that came to my mind was flames and embers.   Cheesy  I think it might have been the part about Saints and Shamans.

This is the most intriguing poem you've posted so far, Entwife.  Thank you.   Smiley
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« Reply #8: September 24, 2010, 02:55:31 pm »

Seconded.
The colors would fit that too.

I love those song-riddle poems, but I suck at solving them.  Cheesy

There are never any wrong answers! Each answer shows me connections between Teachers, and often points out ones I've missed, so each is invaluable! This one, unsurprisingly, is prooving to be quite elusive, and no one has guessed it anywhere that I have posted it. On other sites, I've posted it under an alternate title which uses this Teacher's most common Native American nickname. I chose a different title here because I thought that might be too much of a dead giveaway for this crowd  Wink So, as I often do with a Singing poem that leaves readers puzzled, I have tweaked the poem. I will post it in this comment with it's alternate title, along with the list of potential Balancing Energies (so you know what it isn't), Key Concepts- the main lessons this Teachers presides over, and Key Associations- that which people most often associate with this Creature Teacher. Normally, that last category would include Deities, Popular or Mythic figures, but I don't really know of any related to this Teacher which is native to North America. Let's see if you clever people can guess this Teacher now?


Song of the Give-Away Eagle

Wise women of the forest,
Wild sages of the fields,
In voices loud and clear
their wisdom is revealed.
 
"Be Thankful!
Begin each day with gratitude
for blessings given or yet to come,
and gradually your heart and ear
will attune to the Earth's sacred drum.
 
Sacrifice!
Give generously of all that you have
all that you are, or yet may be,
and you will find the fruits of wisdom
become your gift from the Axis Mundi.
 
For,
when all is said and done,
we are already One.
Connections invisible,
or plainly seen
bind us together,
though in this life
we may never convene.
 
Saints and Shamans
have clung to my tail,
knowing all Life is sacred,
despite our woes, conflicts or travail.
It is only shadows we must conquer,
only ourselves over which me must prevail!
 
Our dusty robes, like daily habit,
in shades of ochre, copper and black
are but a gentle reminder
that staying grounded and humble
will keep you on the right track.
 
Gather in fellowship,
and feast on joyous Wisdom!
Fertility and abundance
follow in our wake,
as we dance gently
around the Wheel,
and the Winds' holy rattles shake."

Key Concepts: Gratitude, Sacrifice, Natural Cycles, Virility/Fertility, Abundance, Renewal, Generousity, Awareness, All Life is Sacred (All Our Relations)

Key Associations: Thanksiving, Shared Blessings, Harvest, Abundance, Give-Away Ceremony, Pride, Autumn, Family/Fellowship

Potential Balancing Energies: Fox, Wolf, Dog, Coyote, Bobcat, Frog/Toad, Lizard, Salamander, Snail, plants like Grasses, Grains, Poison ivy, Wild Grape, Hazelnut, Dandelion, Blueberry,  or Chokecherry, Trees like Oak, Pine, Dogwood, Hawthorn, Apple, Cedar, Sage, or Aspen. Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum. Birds like Ruffed Grouse, Quail, Crow, Owl, Eagle, or Hawk. Snake, Squirrel Insects like Spider, Ant, Grasshopper, Cricket, Millipede, or Earthworm.
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« Reply #9: September 24, 2010, 03:11:02 pm »

I know I'm not the best at these, but I'm drawing a complete blank here. You've previously posted every teacher that comes to my mind.

This seems to be the most difficult Teacher poem since the one about the Milkweed and the Monarch, so you are in great company, Randall! I've tweaked the poem and added some clues. I fully expect one of the Cauldron's clever patrons to figure this Teacher out today  Grin
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« Reply #10: September 24, 2010, 03:24:14 pm »

I know this is odd, but the first thing that came to my mind was flames and embers.   Cheesy  I think it might have been the part about Saints and Shamans.

This is the most intriguing poem you've posted so far, Entwife.  Thank you.   Smiley

That is very interesting! Someone else on another site guessed Air or Wind, which I can easily see as a potential Balancing Energy... I hadn't really thought about Fire, but I can see how it would apply. Hmm... in all honesty, I can easily see Fire being a potential Balancer for a majority of Teachers, animal or otherwise, now that I think about it! Great guess! See what I mean? There are no wrong answers here, just not the one we're looking for... and each answer reveals a new connection, new perspective. This is why I love posting this almost as much as I love writing them  Grin I've tweaked the poem and added some clues in the thread here. See if that sparks anything for you.
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« Reply #11: September 24, 2010, 03:26:09 pm »

I've read it several times and all I can come up with is rattlesnake. Which is a different way to say snake, I guess.

This seems to be the most difficult Teacher poem I've posted in a long time. No one has guessed it yet on any of the sites where it is posted, so you're in great company! I've tweaked the poem and added some clues. I fully expect one of the Cauldron's clever patrons to figure this Teacher out today though  Grin
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« Reply #12: September 24, 2010, 03:40:16 pm »



Turkey?
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« Reply #13: September 24, 2010, 04:14:03 pm »


Turkey?

Congrats, Morag, on being the very first to guess this clever and elusive Creature Teacher! Well done!  Grin Which clue did it for you and tipped you off?
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« Reply #14: September 24, 2010, 05:00:59 pm »


Turkey?

Now that you'd identified it, I can see the clues. Entwife, this was a _really_ good one!
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