Nancy’s memoir of Star Jaguar Pilgrimage to the Yucatan, as addressed to the participants, February 2019 –
Dear Dragon Hearts –
When Traveller’s Joy receives direction for a pilgrimage, guidance comes from intuition. This means the divine feminine principle of Space informs the male principle of Action about the direction that spirit wants to take. Creative manifestation is in working out the HOW, while trusting that WHY will reveal itself, like Great Mystery, when it is ready.
We resonated very clearly with the dragon paths of the Yucatan this time, without pointing it out a lot during the trip. Partly this was done to allow space for the intuition of all leaders and participants to find their impressions of the energy tracks themselves. We give gentle and sometimes fierce guidance for protection of the group but the “tours with spirit” part of our by-line on the website means that spirit guides us and that we organizers do not even know intellectually how much that is true until we get there. Because of the dragon work we have done in the past, either implicitly or explicitly, the constellation of energy and vortexes known as “the dragon” is always there at the sites and comes through differently in different cultures. We were there to learn about Mayan culture and many of us looked through dragon eyes to see it.
Some of us know the plumed serpent referred to as Kukulkan (or Quetzalcoatl) appeared to Mayan people as a priest who became deified as a “force of nature. He joined the energies of heaven and earth, and one of his central sites was in Chichen Itza. This we can find out by research, and it’s good to do that research because it tells us whether we are on the right track or not. Other senses give us experiences to translate through inner knowing and the overlay of the indigenous culture.
By “mere coincidence”, which we know is synchronicity, when David and I got home, Carol Bradley gave me 30 year old copies of The Ley Hunter, a British magazine dedicated to ancient wisdom, landscape and sacred sites. It was published by the Dragon Project folks. Some of you will recognize the members of that project that include Paul Devereux, and will know that their work was not limited to the megalithic British Isles but had interest in connections world wide, since leys, or dragon lines, are found everywhere, with sacred sites marking their placement. A copy that jumped out was about the Yucatan which, I think you will agree, affirms our trip, in addition to the many comments you have already made.
We were reminded by Zoe in the UK and by Meg who was with us, that we were in the Yucatan during their culture’s “wave spell of the serpent” on the Mayan calendar. That meant that we were definitely in for transformation. We invoked it in the cave, as an earth energy that we needed to address at this site as a portal to other realms. Again, the dragon is the serpent let free to fly.
Much has been written about dragon in many cultures, and there is more to be discovered by travel and spirit journeying. I have written elsewhere so am going to mention it mostly in our context. It was certainly embodied in Alison during her dance around our circle, and several more of you keep a dragon eye out, in contact with the essence of dragon, I know.
I am writing here because dragon spirit is calling me to NOTICE and HONOUR its place in our journey. When we say that the land calls us to make a pilgrimage, we mean that those essential dragon energies are awakened now because of all the previous work we did in finding them in many places: caves, wells, mountains, seaside. We have the dragon in our hearts and minds, and so this piece of writing after the pilgrimage is another honouring of our sacred work. It’s now time that I honoured the dragon’s place in the scheme of things so my life will settle down! I have had large turn-arounds and changes happen since three days before we left, and they will remain in my face until I surrender and finish this article.
It takes tremendous trust, not only of our own guidance but that of others, to get into collective dragon-sized energy and dance the world into creation. And when I say dance, I mean that body and soul, movement and sound, are not separate, but are included in the making of the spirit tracks WE are laying down as we live our lives.
On this trip, we went to Izamal, the Yellow City; Merida, the White City; Valladolid, the Green City; and Ek Balam of the Black or Shining. All are nodes on a celestial galaxy of leys. I would like to say we were “clever” enough to choose these sites by that knowledge, but it was intuition. Stephen Mizrach’s article in Ley Hunter #31, Autumn 1998, to which I refer at the start of this article, came to our house to be read by me after the fact. When I wrote before the pilgrimage that we would find spirit tracks laid down by others, I meant we would follow in their tracks, and I did know something about the concept of spirit roads but not in this detail. The article says that the sacred roads or sacbes of the ancient Maya were metaphorical but also literal, in that they were pilgrim paths. Izamal had its apparition of Mary after Hispanic take-over, but the town was a pilgrimage site before that, as many sites were.
For those of you who climbed around Izamal, you know there are 5 pyramids to create a cosmic “cross” and that the connections of these pre-hispanic roads have been found, leading to other cities.
Cities had celestial (pyramid, cenote) qualities, along with the hawkers and vendors and travellers, in order to integrate the sacred into all life.
In 1996, there was the first regional Bioregional Gathering of the Americas at Tepoztlán, Mexico. I stayed an extra day to climb a pyramid built into the side of a hill located there. It taught me a lot about the purpose of these places where you see the “view of the gods” at the top.
At Ek Balam with my brother in 2012, by climbing up, I saw how we have been given “time”, the Mayan calendar, to understand that from the vast Space of timelessness, time flows into systems created by different cultures in order to be in alignment with the cosmos and the earth.
We called in the World Tree when we arrived at Genesis and of course had our own experience with the ceiba as World Tree in Ek Balam; it is suggested that the Milky Way feeds that tree, and when there’s not a mountain, a pyramid is built In the East. The world axis/tree is Mt Kailash for Buddhists, Hindu and Jain religions, which reflects a universal indigenous impulse to communicate with heaven on earth through sacred trees. The Sundance Tree is of the same nature.
Behind this veil of cultures comes the manifestation of dragon energy that we can have access to for dealing with present time on earth; it necessarily involves a large or dragon-view because of the long cycles of time and space, and it also involves a different relationship to our environment that joins modern quantum science with unbounded spirit. We approach the dragons for assistance, or they choose us, in being willing to participate in this great re-weaving of perceived reality.
We have Allison’s emergent children’s story from the lands of the Celts, we have David C’s inner energy compass of itinerary, and we have many dragon spirit names already identified in our group that went to the Yucatan. Our trip was another part of the grand design, as was the guide at Ek Balam, the dancing light on the cenote wall, the discovery of song, fang and claw that Lori mentioned. We find dragon spirit in the land and if we are willing to embrace their place in creation, we can find one another again, and thrive together with deep interconnection to all Beings.
My Mayan sign is Red Cosmic Serpent and I had Dragonfly as my ally, and Ancestor of Protection as an archetype that watched our circle from in person or from afar, from above and below, and standing on my head, if necessary. Because it was the right time. Our time together.
Thanks to all of you,
Nancy Dancing Light
See also Lori Folkins’ account in the archive page of her blog: https://www.spiritdrumming.com/archives.html