I had the opportunity to do some bookstore browsing today and came home with Sun Bear and Waburn’s The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology. As I’m leafing through the book I find reference to Waboose, Spirit Keeper of the North which is a white buffalo.
Later I’m opening my mail and find an appeal to sign a petition to stop senseless bison killings in Montana. What?!? I find myself catapulted from a place of sacred musings to present day angst and anger. Bison restoration is threatened in Montana! You’ll find the petition on behalf of the bison here and I urge you to support this effort.*
I went to my photo library and found photos I took on my 2005 trip to Yellowstone National Park . Being able to see bison up close was a highlight of the trip even if it did slow everyone down whenever the bison started meandering along the roads through the park. There was a feeling of oneness among all of us in the queue of cars as we were given the opportunity to sit and contemplate the magnificence of these gentle giants. (I know they have a fierce side which is why everyone stayed in their cars.)
There is also a sense of terrible loss as well when one remembers that it was not cattle but huge thundering herds of millions of buffalo that roamed the prairies of our American forefathers until their senseless slaughter from 1865 – 1883. You’ll find more about this terrible tragedy here. Sadly the motivations to accomplish this disaster were profit and the genocide of the Native Americans who depended on the buffalo.
In The Medicine Wheel it states that the white buffalo brought renewal of both body and spirit. It is interesting that in the past few years there have been several white buffalo calves born, beating the odds of one in 10 million. Here is an excellent recent article on the promise of the white buffalo that seems to be occurring.
Jamie Sams and David Carson in Medicine Cards say that because of the buffalo’s desire to give the gifts that its body provided, and because of its willingness to be used on Earth for the highest good before entering the hunting grounds of Spirit, Buffalo did not readily stampede and run from hunters. They say that buffalo signs may indicate a time of reconnection to the meaning of life and the value of peace.
Such a powerful, positive gift and message. I feel we are entering such a time!
* Good news! I just read that Montana’s Governor vetoed the last of the 2013 anti-bison legislation on May 9th. Read it here!
Go here for more information on the American Bison.
Go here for the American Bison Society.
And for those who can stomach it, go here for photos of the near annihilation of the American Bison. It is heart breaking.