Mesa means table. There are sacred tables called altars or masks of the earth. Altars have an umbilicus or navel and have married the earth. They link the spiritual with the physical. They are places to prayer and reverence. There are many kinds of altars, church altars, community altars and altars associated with various rituals. There are different alters for different purposes. But we are speaking here of personal altars or home altars. An individual can gather spiritual resources and use them on their altar to draw power.
Hampton Roads Press is pleased to announce the new book by David Carson, "Spirit Clans: Native Wisdom for Personal Power and Guidance." is a spiritual roadmap to remembering who we are and where we belong. Spirit Clans guides spiritual explorers through a journey of self-discovery in this informative primer on Native American myths of the spirit clan."
Spirit Clans: Native Wisdom for Personal Power and Guidance
David Carson. Hampton Roads, $16.95 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-1-57174-840-9
Carson (Medicine Cards), member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, guides spiritual explorers through a journey of self-discovery in this informative primer on Native American myths of the spirit clan. Unlike power animals—which are individual guides to personal power—Carson writes that the spirit clan is a blessing imprinted into the soul’s development, the center of one’s identity, and a source of protection and energy. In brief chapters, Carson charts the origins of spirit clans and then describes 75 different clans (Alligator, Cottonwood, Fresh Land, Lizard, Mole, Tornado, and Yellow Jacket) that are meant to provide guidance on living a meaningful life. Composed of fables about the clans and their spiritual traits, the chapters explore the essence of animals, plants, natural elements, and celestial bodies. For example, Turtle represents ancient wisdom, stability, and environmental awareness; Sage releases healing, purification, and well-being; and Moon reflects feminine energy, fertility, self-knowledge, and inner light. Though novices may be mystified by the brief introductions to the spiritual practices, those interested in Native American mythology will find this useful. (May)
Signed copies of Spirit Clans: Native Wisdom for Personal Power and Guidance will be available for sale on this website in May.